Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Clarity in all the Chaos

Well work is pretty much horrible right now. I dread going in the morning right now and I obsess about what's going on at work when I'm home. I needed something to get my mind off of the misery. I recently discovered Purls of Wisdom here in Parker. I went to their Wednesday Night session called Women of Wisdom. I have to say it was the most therapeutic experience. In everything that has been bothering me lately I found a sense of peace. I sat down with 6 women all from different backgrounds and found a community in which I could talk about crocheting and knitting. I learned a lot about wonderful women in my community and about myself as I crocheter. So I have come up with a few tips, things that I will update as I go too.

1. Join a community: Whether you knit, crochet or spin you should join a community someone to share ideas with and someone to encourage you and someone to help you keep on trucking when things aren't going well.

2. Find at least 1 sage: I have 3 people that I can go to. People who know more than you about your craft. Someone to help you read patterns, write patterns or teach you new tricks.

3. Your community should not be the same circle of friends: I challenge you to meet new people, people who will support you, but not that you are too connected to so you can have a break.

More to come I promise, for now I need to work on my project before bed.

Sunday, February 21, 2010


I just finished this scarf and didn't particularity enjoy it. It's an easy pattern that I created myself. I use my AMAZING speed hook, which I do enjoy and just single crochet through the hole scarf to the length of my choice. However I don't like this yarn and I felt pressured to make this scarf for a co-worker. Anyway I'm glad it's done and I can move on. WOOT WOOT on that part. Anyway here's a picture of the final product. Coming soon, my dad's Christmas hat that I'm just finishing now. Happy Hooking.


Monday, February 15, 2010

A Yoga Bag

I made my first Yoga bag and I loved making it. Even the challenging parts I enjoyed. I discovered a new yarn store near by and I was talking to the owner about putting good/bad vibes into a project depending on the makers feelings about the project. Anyway, because this was a yoga bag I felt it appropriate to say that I definitely crocheted good vibes into this bag, the whole way. I got the pattern on this blog via ravelry. I loved the granny square style. I modified this slightly to get a thicker strap so it wouldn't dig into my sister's shoulder when she carries her mat in and out. I loved the tutorial that was provided to help me learn how to knit the cord that ties the bag shut. I have attached the link here. I also learned how to make an adjustable ring and I am SOLD! I will never again chain to make a ring, this was easy and made the perfect size. Here is the website I used to show me how to make an adjustable ring. I've attached photos below of the final project as well as pieces I made a long the way. If you are considering this at all I highly recommend this pattern. Happy Hooking.





Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Favorite Scarf again....

Good evening,
I've blogged about this scarf already, but just wanted to post some photos of the black one I just made. Look for the Yoga mat I'll be making here soon. Happy Hooking.



Sunday, February 7, 2010

Learning a lot

Wow, I've recently become really involved with Ravelry, the blog and flickr so I'm learning a lot. I feel stupid for not having known about this site before but I have absolutely fallen in love with Knit Picks. I went absolutely CRAZY and bought yarn for great prices, and stitch markers and other goodies. I will definately be returning. I will also be posting photos here so you can see what I got! I also have been using a quick and easy guide for crocheting. I love the small and easy guide to remember the stitches. I've attached a photo below you can find this at any JoAnn's fabric store. Just thought I'd share a little bit about what I'm learning. Happy hooking!








Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Mi Primero Calcetinas

I finished my first pair of socks for a swap. I am so very proud of this pattern. Not only was this my first swap, it was also my first pair of socks, and the first time that I was able to independently read a pattern. I used my resources and repeated the project many times to get it right but I did it! I found the pattern on Ravelry but then I was sent to Mrs. D Crochets I had so much fun with this and I'm so proud, I hope to make more in the future and only improve!

Here are some pictures of what the socks looked like: