Saturday, October 10, 2015

The Altered Stitch, Los Angeles, California

I just got back from Los Angeles (pictures soon!) and of course found a yarn store!

We were staying in Valley Village and there was an adorable yarn store a short walk away and they were having a sidewalk sale and had yarn marked down all the way to $1!  It was an adorable store, full of wonderful people and beautiful yarn.  I wanted to buy the whole store, but only got away with a few skeins.

I got all this, plus two more skeins that are going to my good friend Sarah in England, but I want them to be a surprise, plus a Vogue Knitting for only $50!  Oh, the little pink ball on the left isn't from the Altered Stitch.  More on that guy later.)

I got three skeins of this lusciousness.  80% wool, 20% nylon superwash merino wool blend, Hachito yarn by Mirasol Yarns.  

I got one skein of Hachito in a different shade.

I got two skeins creamy white white splotches of pink and brown as well.  This is superwash merino,  Delicious Yarns Taffy in Butter Cream from Valley Village, California.  Yay for local yarns!

Then two incredibly decadent 100% silk from India, it's Duke by Silkindian.  It was originally $29.75, and I got it for $5!!  

It was an adorable store, and I highly recommend it.

And then we stopped in a store where everything was $2 and I found some adorable kitty yarn, and I had to buy some.  (One of these is coming your way, Sarah!)

Next post:  Los Angeles photos!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Trying to get back in the [crochet] swing of things by making my neighbors a baby blanket.

I’m also currently fighting the urge to buy a huge crochet hook and some super bulky yarn and bust out an afghan in two hours but the only thing that’s open is Wal-Mart ??? I doubt they’ll have what I want.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Thursday, July 23, 2015


I finished my first color work project!

Gretchen's Easy Tam by Lion Brand Yarn
Yarn: Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in Wheat; Loops & Threads Impeccable in Folklore
Needles: US 8
Dates: July 18 - 22, 2015

I think it's too big, but I took it to my therapy group and showed them and after oo-ing and aah-ing over it they came to the conclusion it was a perfect size.  I had been working on it there for the past few days.  I wish I had the time to make everyone in the group a hat; I met some lovely people.
 It looks pointy at the top, and there's a picture on Ravelry where it looks pointy on my head too, but in the picture above it looks okay.  Plus I can wear it as a slouchy hat.

I'm really proud of it.  My first time doing stranding and reading charts, and it came out beautifully!  Albeit a tad big.

I would definitely knit this hat again, and I already have planned to, this time following gauge (oops!) and using wool so I'd be able to block it easier than acrylic.  (Steam blocking scares me.  I don't want to melt the yarn!)

All in all, it's a fun, cute pattern, and it looks 5 times more complicated than it actually is.  I feel like I can tackle more complicated charts and color work now!

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Zinnia Square

I - 9 (5.5 mm) crochet hook
tapestry needle

Four colors of worsted weight yarn

For the green sample I used:  Murphy’s Mart Wintuk in Pink, Red Heart Super Saver in a dark blue, and an unknown worsted weight in green
For the white sample I used:  Red Heart Super Saver in Soft Yellow, an unknown worsted weight in turquoise, Red Heart Soft in a dark pink, and Caron Simply Soft in White.
For the blue sample I used:  Lily Sugar ’N Cream in Hot Orange, Soft Violet, and Hot Blue and Lion Brand Lion Cotton in Fuchsia 
For the Christmas sample I used:  unknown worsted weight cotton

ch:  chain
sc:  single crochet
dc:  double crochet
tr:  treble crochet


With C1, ch 3.  Slip stitch to first ch to make loop.

ROUND 1:  Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 11 dc around.  Sl st to first ch of ch 3. Fasten off C1.  (12 dc)

ROUND 2:  Join C2 with sl st to any dc.  Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in same stitch, 2 dc in each dc around.  Sl st to first ch of ch 3.  (24 dc)

ROUND 3: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in same stitch.  *Dc, 2 dc* around.  Sl st to first ch of ch 3.  Fasten off C2.  (36 dc)

ROUND 4:  Join C3 with sl st to any dc.  Ch 3, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, skip 2 stitches.  *3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, skip 2 stitches* around.  Sl st to bottom of first ch 3 sp.  Fasten off C3. (12 points)

ROUND 5:  Join C4 with sl st to top ch 2 of “point.”  Ch 4, 2 tbl, ch 3, 3 tbl in space.  ~*ch 3, sc in top of “point,” ch 3* 2 times.  [3 tbl, ch 3, 3 tbl]~ in next space.  Repeat from ~ around.  Join with sl st in top ch of first ch 4.  (4 corners, 8 sc.)

ROUND 6:  Sc in sp.  Sc.  *2 sc, ch 2, 2 sc* in corner.  3 sc.  [2 sc in chain space.  sc in sc.] Repeat between [ ] once. 3 sc.  *2 sc, ch 2, 2 sc* for corner.  Repeat around.  Fasten off C4.

Be sure to add your completed square to Ravelry!

Happy crocheting!  x o 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

More Zinnias

I was feeling a bit blah today so I pulled out my cotton stash and made a dishcloth (hot pad possibly?) out of my Zinnia Square design.

I love working in cotton to be honest.  It makes me so happy.  I'm not sure why, possibly because it's something that's Not Acrylic.  I work with wool rarely, though I'm starting to use more out it, and I haven't really tried any other fibers.  I have a few balls of Bamboo but don't know what to do with it yet.  
(I have worked with polyester, in Berroco's Love It Colours, which I adore.  I might need to make another Reverie with that yarn, it was perfect.  Oh dear, it's been discontinued!)

And then I felt festive and worked another dishcloth Zinnia square up in Christmas cotton.

Crochet and dinosaurs

Just a little pick-me-up today.

Granny Stripe Madness!

Arwen (happy 12th birthday baby girl!) and I pulled out the granny stripe blanket yesterday.

It's full of smooshy DK goodness.  How squishy it is!  This is a dream to work on though it's a bit warm having a big blanket in my lap.

I'm excited to do this project, just rows and rows of granny stripe goodness.  I'm using DK weight acrylic yarn given to me by my dear friend Sarah (EssHaych).  I've sent her a list of the yarns she gave me as we don't readily have Hobbycraft and Yarnfair brands available in the U.S.  Unfortunately I think the dark blue color has been discontinued, but I trust Sarah will find me a close match or something I can substitute.  

Yarn for the third color repeat waiting to be added.

Hopefully this blanket will be done for this winter!  It's been hibernating in a Scuttlebutt amber ale box for the past few months.  If I had only realized just how squishy and delightful it feels I would have tried to finish it sooner.

Yesterday,  I was also working on my granny stripe cowl so it was been a day full of grannies.

I think I might do three pattern repeats and then block, seam up the back, and then it's ready for wear.  Working on it I realize the length is good, it's about average cowl length.  I'm very glad I didn't frog it.