They have such a distinctive smell as well. I love them.
I have finished my latest crochet project. I have a knitted cardigan that I love as it has a collar and zips up the front and fits me very well. I decided to make another one, but experimenting was called for as I wanted to use the same pattern but I would crochet it!! Mad or what?! Well, I bought the wool when I went to Fibre East last year and wrote about here so where to start on the cardigan.
I decided to make the body in one piece - that is, crochet to the armholes and then divide for the fronts and the back so that is what I did. I added up all the stiches that were needed if knitting, and then made a long chain double crochet (English term) for the ribbed band at the bottom and trebles for the main body. I was a little worried about the sleeves but they turned out alright after I used the knitted cardigan as a pattern, collar looks good but what about the band down the front?
Thinks! Searches the Handbook of Crochet Stitches! Hey Presto - under Trims and Edgings I found a Corded Edging called Crab Stitch and once I had got the hang of it was a very effective band. See for yourselves -
Love it and it is so warm!!
I have now started knitting another pair of socks from the same pattern as before, that is toe to top and I have worn the first pair regularly through the cold weather and they are so toastie!
However as we have crochet group tomorrow I need to start something new so I am going to make a Harmony Blanket. Really useful for travelling, going away or group because it doesn't take up much room and I can just crochet a Granny Square, one or two at a time.
Upstairs in 'The Studio' the three projects are all progressing. The Linus quilt has been quilted and bound and now I must finish hemming the binding and sew on the label; The February Mini Mania quilt top is finished, though it hasn't turned out quite how I was expecting!!
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The Higham Piecemakers Christmas Challenge has been started but I am not 100% happy with it and may change my mind. Help, it has to be finished by 12 March, only a month away. This is the first Piecemakers challenge where I have been dilly dallying with no concrete ideas; normally I know what to do within a few days. Anyway onwards and upwards and I am sure it will be alright on the night!