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12 January 2007 @ 07:07 am
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Originally uploaded by mollydot.


IMG_0902 v stitch scarf
And shortly after learning to knit, I learnt to crochet. I think I prefer the crochet, but I'll give them both more time. The crochet seems to be faster, though maybe that's to do with the stitches I'm using. And it's much easier to drop stitches when knitting.

The big shape is a wine coloured scarf I'm making in treble crochet. I think it'll be done in another two feet. It's got a lots of gaps, so when I put it over my face, I can still breathe. I think it would be good for very cold weather.

The rest are experiments. The red 3D thing sitting on the yellow is what happens when you neither know how much to increase or decrease each round, nor what you're trying to make. It literally went pear-shaped. The yellow itself is crocheted ribbon. It's quite nice to work with. But when you've only bought 8m, rather than a ball as one tends to with yarn, it disappears very quickly. It's a lesson in how much yarn this stuff takes. 8m of ribbon made a rectangle only a couple of inches long and wide.

In between the knitting post and this one, pretty soon after telling lazy_hoor that I'm not buying any more knitting or crochet stuff, I went into town to buy more yarn for the two scarves (this one and the knitted one). And I came home with even more yarn, a 9mm hook and a cable needle. I haven't used the spedbug-inspired cable needle yet, but I'm glad I got the 9mm hook and the thick grey yarn. Cos now I've started a third scarf. With the thick yarn, big hook, and open pattern (v stitch from the Happy Hooker), it's going really quickly. It's not in the main picture, because I hadn't started it when I took that photo last night.

I've uploaded shots of individual things from this and the previous shot's photos. You can see all my knitting and crochet, just the knitting, or just the crochet. If you know enough crochet to identify stitches, please tell me the ones I've forgotten!
 
 
 
lazy_hoorlazy_hoor on January 12th, 2007 09:56 am (UTC)
It's easy to get 'hooked' (boom boom!) isn't it. At the moment I'm prefering crochet cos I'm an impatient sort and I love seeing results quickly. I've nearly finished the 1 skein scarf already and I've only been at it a couple of hours over the past two days.

Cable needle? Tell me more!
a very caring potatomollydot on January 12th, 2007 10:13 am (UTC)
In that case I'm slow! I tried to do some on the bus on the way in to work, but it was too bumpy and I ended up feeling sick.

The cable needle is for knitting, but it sneaked into this post. It's for doing the kind of things you get in Aran jumpers. I don't know how to use it yet.
lazy_hoorlazy_hoor on January 12th, 2007 10:36 am (UTC)
Oh, that sort. I thought there was a crochet thing I didn't know about!
a very caring potatomollydot on January 12th, 2007 12:05 pm (UTC)
Knitting is greedy. It sneaks into the crochet posts.
lazy_hoorlazy_hoor on January 12th, 2007 10:02 am (UTC)
Oh and LJ communities you might be interested in:

brit_knits, carefreecrochet, crochet_love, crochetcentral, crochetcrochet
a very caring potato: lj todomollydot on January 12th, 2007 10:13 am (UTC)
Shhh! I'm on lj far too much as it is!
(thank you)
lazy_hoorlazy_hoor on January 12th, 2007 10:36 am (UTC)
heehee!
a very caring potatomollydot on January 12th, 2007 04:14 pm (UTC)
Haven't joined any (yet), but I've commented on one: http://community.livejournal.com/crochet_love/65887.html
lazy_hoorlazy_hoor on January 12th, 2007 04:24 pm (UTC)
Very good! Nice little diagram. I see you're as busy at work as I am... ;)
a very caring potatomollydot on January 12th, 2007 07:54 pm (UTC)
Shh!!

Crochet book was waiting for me when I got home. Thank you! I've taken a quick flick, and it looks like it will be very handy.
Caturah Winterhartcaturah on January 12th, 2007 10:11 am (UTC)
I love(!!!) working with ribbon, and I just love the texture of the crocheted stuff. If you feel like getting more of it, let me know, and maybe we could do a order together for one of those websites I was telling you about...
a very caring potatomollydot on January 12th, 2007 10:14 am (UTC)
Hmm... *strokes chin* Tempting...

What do you crochet with it?
Caturah Winterhartcaturah on January 12th, 2007 10:18 am (UTC)
I know.. and I should know better after what's happened to me...

I never really got past the test strips stage, but I've loads of ideas floating round my head now that I'd love to try.... and all I need is the excuse ;)

Btw, the crochted wire tree you did.. where did you get the wire for that?
a very caring potato: artbytheinchmollydot on January 12th, 2007 12:04 pm (UTC)
Been there!

I thought the yellow ribbon crochet I did was lovely with black paper, and I was going to try making a card of it, but it didn't work visually. It's not a "thing" so it couldn't be on the card on its own and I couldn't come up with anything to go with it. A couple of near misses, but nothing that really worked. I might try a tree out of green ribbon another time though.

The wire for the knitted tree on the card? Letterkenny, unfortunately. Treasure Bin, the shop I mentioned to you before. The online shop wouldn't be worth it if you want just one spool of wire. But there's lots of other stuff...
(Anonymous) on January 12th, 2007 12:14 pm (UTC)
As yes. Was it wire specifically for crochetting though? Cos if not, I might just have to take a wander into yellow brick road myself (been in there yourslf recently?)

I'm having ideas for croched ribbon on card now...
Caturah Winterhartcaturah on January 12th, 2007 12:15 pm (UTC)
ffs.. last comment was mine...
a very caring potato: artbytheinchmollydot on January 12th, 2007 12:26 pm (UTC)
I bought a wire knitting kit that had silver coloured wire in it, checked the gauge on that and bought the green at the same time. I haven't tried the wire in the kit yet!
The interbets has wire recommendations for knitting & crocheting. And French knitting. I tried French knitting that same green wire and it didn't really work for me, but I may tried it again.
I can check the gauge for sure when I get home, but I think it's 28. The kit is probably Twilleys of Stamford, but I'm not sure. I can check that too.
Or Yellow Brick Road can probably tell you.

I'd meant to go into YBR when I was on my yarn expedition, but I accidentally walked past it! Despite the bright yellow! gothwalk says it's the angle. It's probably for the best though, I have enough beads for now and I'm fairly sure I wouldn't be able to go in and come out with just wire.
(Anonymous) on January 12th, 2007 12:33 pm (UTC)
It's amazing how difficult it can be to find sometimes. Knowing where it is, I've walking right past it on occasion!

28 guage you say? They should have that, or something similar I could work with.

Are you sure I can't tempt you into a coffee and craft shop some evening?
Caturah Winterhartcaturah on January 12th, 2007 12:37 pm (UTC)
Lj obviously doesn't like me today...
a very caring potatomollydot on January 12th, 2007 12:47 pm (UTC)
Sometime week after next?
Caturah Winterhartcaturah on January 12th, 2007 12:52 pm (UTC)
Sounds good. You can let me know when you're free. But if I don't hear from you some time next week, I shall come poking :)
a very caring potatomollydot on January 12th, 2007 01:04 pm (UTC)
Please do!
wyvernfriendwyvernfriend on January 12th, 2007 01:42 pm (UTC)
Your stuff looks very cool. I've been so sick I actually haven't done much knitting or crochet. I really have to get back into it.

I occasionally threaten to get friends together to talk crafts.
a very caring potatomollydot on January 12th, 2007 01:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I'd toyed with the idea of getting folks over to make cards before Christmas. Maybe I'll think of it in time next year.
 dudi killimengri: Crochet Blanketkillimengri on January 14th, 2007 12:59 pm (UTC)
Yahoo Group Forward
Just had the following in my inbox from the yahoo easy tunisian group, don't know if the 2 urls will be of any interest to you, but I'mpassing them on in case:


Hi Mike! I'm pretty new to Tunisian crochet, and I can tell you the
place to start is at two websites:

www.crochetkim.com
www.chezcrochet.com

Lots of info, lots of links to other Tunisian sites. Kim even does
online classes, and ARNie from Chez Crochet has written a very detailed
book, The Encyclopedia of Tunisian Crochet.

If you can crochet, you can do Tunisian. Easy Tunisian is great because
the big hooks produce a much drapier fabric and quick results.

Cheers,

Amy in TX
a very caring potatomollydot on January 14th, 2007 05:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Yahoo Group Forward
Thanks for that.