Get a Grip, People!

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The main reason I haven’t made slippers for myself is because I didn’t want to die chasing my son across our tile floor. Who wants that crap on tombstone? So this made me very happy and I’m sure it can be applied to knitted ones too!

Thank you KT and the Squid! Now when I die it can be for a far cooler reason like saving a bunch of puppies from a fire or succumbing to the running bulls in Spain.

It’s Gone All Shark Week Up In Here!

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Moogly has this awesomeness to share with the world and I’m totally gonna try it. The biggest reason I’m taking on this one (Eventually. I’m still fighting with my current project) is the zipper. How do you put a zipper in a knitted/crocheted purse or pouch or whatever?! Especially when you don’t have a sewing machine! I need to know!

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It’s IMPOSSIBLE! IT CAN’T BE DONE!

No. Wait. There’s YouTube.

Seams Baaaaaaad!

One of the things I love most about crochet is working in the round with only one hook. That noise is awesome! It’s like sculpting with yarn. It all comes to together and its easier for me see where the project is headed. The down fall? The, what I like to call, Frankenstein seam as shown below in the chicken hat I did.

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See? It’s this diagonal line that gives away where you join your rounds. I thought this was due to some fault of mine in reading patterns but no…its supposed to be there. WHY?! It completely takes away from the beauty of your work!

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I tried masking it better on my first attempt with the shark hat I’m working on and it’s still pretty obvious. Not to mention kind of bunchy. Not going well.

But then I watched this video from Crochet Ever After and I was like “Whaaaat?”

Why is this just not a standard way of joining rounds? The nearly invisible straight seam is amazing! It’s easy and I used it on my second hat attempt with far better results!¬†Look!

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No bunching, more uniform, less sloppy looking. I’m sold! I cant wait to try it on other things and get it perfected.

Reverse Single Crochet! Why Do You Hate Me?!

Psst. Com’ere.

So I have not been posting pics of my latest project because it’s a Christmas gift for my bestie and in the spirit of the holiday it will be a surprise. Which is why we are speaking in hushed tones now.

But you know what’s not a surprise? Do ya? It’s that I would have issues with the damn thing when I’m trying to get it sent out before Christmas! That’s the way it goes doesn’t it? EVERY TIME!

Reverse single crochet looks easy but for the life of me I can figure it out. What I’m doing does NOT look like this.

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I’m supposed to be doing it in the front loops only…does that make a difference? It doesn’t matter. I’m just going with it because what I’m doing doesn’t look bad it just doesn’t look right. I’ll post picks after the new year. In the meantime I’m deciding what my next endeavor will be! So exciting!

The Aussies Have it In Spades!

For the last week I have been struggling to get this to work…

Rnd 1: 8 sc into 2 ch from hk, sl st into 1st sc to join. (8 sts)

Cause If I could just get that then it opens a plethora of hat patterns I can tackle. FINALLY! It’s all clear thanks to Paula Daniele – the Crochet Designer, Teacher and Video Producer of the Crochet Hooks You Youtube Channel and Website. She’s the most amazing teacher! Not too quick, soothing voice, and great patterns she designed herself.

Remember that baby hat I crocheted a few posts ago? That was hers. And I’m learning some new moves with an octagonal coaster from this installment. If you’re learning and need some help, this is your gal!

I Still Don’t Get It But…

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There I was sitting in my living room with a book of crochet patterns trying to figure out how the deuce to make heads or tails of the instructions. I was staring some of the “beginner” projects for over an hour and let me tell you, I’ve read calculus problems that made more sense than that noise.

EX: The first line of the baby hat pattern I tried from RedHeart.com goes like this. Rnd 1: Ch 2; 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook; join with a sl st in first sc.

WHAT???

I don’t see how that translates to a circle type pattern I was expecting from the picture. I just kept getting jumbled messes and had to cut horrible knots off my yarn before trying again. I don’t take defeat easily. Today is my day off and I’d damned if I didn’t have something to show for my efforts! So I found whole project videos on YouTube.com!!!! I thought they would just show how to do a single type of stitch, but no! They have whole projects! There were tons but I really like hats so I went with this lady.

Love this woman! Love her! I’d kiss her face if she were here! It took me a few hours but I made my first crocheted newborn beanie! Can I get a “what, what”? I’m so proud. My success was not without some set backs though. Look at this.

 

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I clearly screwed up my rounds. Looking back I think I didn’t do the slip stitches right as I moved to the next round. But I just wanted to finish something to build my confidence, you know? I can’t help but think those gaps shouldn’t be there at all either…I’ll try again and see what happens.

I still have no idea no idea how to read a pattern though. I think knitting patterns make more sense on paper but don’t translate well when I execute it. Crochet is the exact opposite.

Oh well! Vive la Crochet!