Friday, March 25, 2011

Having fun!

So the crochet is really becoming something so fun! I am getting good at the pattern I am doing which is called Granny Stripe and I LOVE all the colors.

Color Palate

I think crochet and all the fun color combos are bringing out my inner hippie. I don't plan on making a granny square outfit anytime soon but for blankets and maybe even some pillows it is super fun. The hardest part might be deciding which color to use next. Here is what it looks like so far.

Granny Stripes

I have decided to change it up slightly since the pattern has stripes of just 2 rows each and I am going with a random pattern of different widths. I am hoping now that I have enough yarn as where I bought the yarn has no more left but they do plan to restock. The only problem there is that the dye lots would be different but I think with the stripe pattern it would not be too noticeable. Guess we will see and it might be a "go until you run out of yarn" size.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Learning something new!

I have decided that I want to learn to crochet. Armed with a book, a hook and lots of YouTube videos I have done just that.

Crochet Swatch

I have been wanting to make a blanket for a while. I even bought yarn to do it but after a while of knitting on it I decided that knitting really wasn't the right way to go. So after finding this great blog with tons of inspiration and directions on how to do it I started to crochet. It is easier to pick up since I already knit and I knit continental so tensioning the yarn in my left hand comes naturally. I have already started the foundation of the blanket and can't wait to get moving along. I also decided that chaining and then single crocheting into all those loops sounded tedious so I jumped right in and learned how to do a foundation single crochet so no long chain to deal with. This is some fun stuff!

Monday, March 14, 2011

New Design - Swoosh

I have another new design to share. This one is a super fun and easy shawl done with 2 colors of sock yarn. It is an asymmetrical shape that is very fun to wear.



The sample was knit with Skein Yarns Merino/Cashmere Fingering and is super soft and cozy. You can find it here on Ravelry if you are feeling inspired to knit one yourself!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Released: Callisto



My newest design is finally done and on sale at Ravelry. I had a hard time naming this one but with some help from a friend I came up with a name I love. See the clean lines and the arches reminded me of Greece and Roman so the name had to come from there I figured. I looked at lots of Greek Goddesses and found Callisto a nymph whose name means "most beautiful." Perfect! This shawl/stole is knit from a provisonal cast on to one end then the stitches are picked up and you knit to the other end. No grafting, which I know makes most people happy. It has beads on the ends that are placed with a crochet hook as you go and a beaded bind off which I really like. Some lace, some beads = lots of fun!