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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Clue #2 (Bernat Mystery Afghan)

I had to move up to a K hook (Clue one was completed with a J) to get the right size for this block, and this is my Contrast D - Grass.

While I was waiting for the second clue, I decided to start a new summer scarf. This time, I'm using the Mosaic pattern with Berroco Comfort Sock yarn.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Okay, wow

I have been crocheting for ... we'll just say many years, and I have never seen this. As Christine says, it's just brilliant. Instead of the usual chain-3 to start a double-crochet row, it's a double-crochet!

Read and watch Because this is brilliant... on Christine's blog.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Clue #1 released and completed

Yesterday Bernat released the first clue, so I downloaded and crocheted it right up. I'm sure that they gave us a really easy block to start (alternating rows of single and double crochet), to ease us into it. The first two blocks are the same - using Contrast A (for me, soft taupe).

I'm already waiting for Clue #2!

I've seen Cathy's yarn, and love her chosen colors too - can't wait to see her blocks made up. And I'm hoping that others in the CAL will post pictures on their blogs, facebook, or photo-sharing sites, so we can see all the pretties. :)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Crewel and reading instructions

Last Monday, my crewel kit came in the mail, so I had to start it immediately, of course! wink

I got out the instructions, separated my colors of yarn and floss, mounted my fabric on stretcher bars (I had some that fit perfectly from one of my needlepoint projects), and sat down to start. I read the instructions. I swear I did. But apparently, I missed the part where it said to separate the yarn into 3 strands and recombine into the number of strands required in the key.

When I was close to running out of the pale green yarn, I thought at first that I was just making the satin stitches too close. I adjusted my stitch and moved on.

When I realized that I would be close to running out of the light green yarn (buttonhole stitch), I adjusted my stitch again (I had also realized that I couldn't stitch it as close together as the marks on the fabric, which should have clued me in, but somehow didn't...) Again, I moved on.

Then I ran out of the purple yarn. I had finished the satin and stem stitches, and just barely had enough to make the three french knots. But I didn't have enough to make the six lazy daisies. And that's when I went back and read the instructions.


As it's way too late (in my opinion, for me) to rip out and restitch, I've decided to accept the lesson learned and move forward using the appropriate number of strands of floss and yarn. My project will just be a little more dimensional in some areas. It's not bad, it's not perfect, but I've learned something, and that's part of it. I'll use this lesson in the future, I'm sure. And the good news is that I'm really enjoying it so far! Here are a couple of views of the project so far and the dimensional aspect. :)

Oh, and I'll just dive into my stash and find some floss that I'll use for the missing lazy daisies. The project uses a combination of floss and yarn, so it shouldn't look too out of place, and it's just more personalization, right?

Sunday, September 12, 2010

He's going to be a Magnificent Wizard

I've just started stitching the wizard now - I've finally gotten the fireball almost completed stitching, and I've also stitched more of the dragon's wing and body. Black is such a challenge to stitch on - partly because it's so dark, but partly because it seems to attract much more cat fur than any other color. :)

Friday, September 10, 2010

Like I need another craft

I was catching up on some of my blog reading the other day and ran across an older post of Teresa Wentzler's on Crewel. The design she did is really beautiful, and of course, it made me look around at other crewel designs (since hers is not available for sale, it was just a class piece)...

I've never tried crewel. It never really caught my eye before. But I found this design online and thought it was really pretty too. And it's available as a kit (Dimensions). So I decided to try it - it's called Textured Floral.

We'll see - it's large enough to give me some experience but not so large or dense that I shouldn't be able to finish it (unless I just hate doing it).

I am anxiously awaiting my yarn from Bernat and the start of the Mystery Crochet-along with my friend Cathy. She has picked out her colors too, so I can't wait to see how we both progress as the clues are given.

And I've been reading a lot lately. When I got my new Kindle 3 (LOVE it!) and gave my nephew a Kindle also (linked to my account), I bought the three books in The Hunger Games trilogy. I have finished the first two books and am 33% into the third. Wow, are they good. Compelling. I haven't been able to put them down. I expect to finish Mockinjay this weekend. Of course, my nephew's already read them all, and he highly recommends them also. :)

When I haven't been reading, I've been stitching on Magnificent Wizard, and I've made some good progress, so I should be able to update with a new picture this weekend.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

"The Redder, The Better"

Finished, and presented to my friend Ariel today, drumroll please... the finished quilt along with a closeup pic of the blocks becoming raveled (and soft, yay!)

She was well and truly surprised, and I do believe she loves it! :) It was such a thrill to give it to her today - I swear, I think sometimes that's even more fun than the creating.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

A-binding we will go

I made the binding for the Red and Black Bullseye quilt and started attaching it yesterday. Today I finished it, and I am so pleased with how it looks. Now it's in the washing machine, getting the final touches (raveling the edges of the bullseyes). Here are closeups of the binding from the front and back so that you can see the decorative stitch I used - about 6 weeks ago my mother gave me a new-to-me Elna cam (pattern disc) that has a loopy design, and I realized that it would be the perfect finishing touch for this quilt.

Binding -- back of quilt

Binding -- front of quilt

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

I've joined a new mystery crochet-along

Thanks to my friend and enabler Cathy, I have joined a new mystery crochet-along, sponsored by Bernat.

I haven't crocheted anything in a while, and this sounded interesting and fun!

Here are the 5 colors I chose - I ordered them online, so I'm really hoping they are close to the screen colors...

The pumpkin will be the main color (7 skeins), with taupe being the contrasting color (6 skeins). The accent colors are the dark mauve, grass, and bronze at 2 skeins apiece. The dark mauve looks purple, so I'm crossing my fingers it really is that color.

Thanks Cathy for being a wonderful friend and enabler! I am really looking forward to starting a new project... :) September 22 is when the first clue is announced, and then weekly clues after that. Hoping I'll be able to keep up so I can enter the contest when it's complete.