Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Warning: Newbie alert!
I've gotten pretty far on my icelandic cowl...which really isn't a cowl :) I modified the collar, and even has shaping, not bad for my first garment. Going from scarfs to this was a little scary! I've been tempted to make this longer, but I kinda like it as is.
You can see that my sleeves are a little big. Because I used a different yarn, my gauge was off, but I think I'll be able to work with it. I've uploaded more on the flickr page
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
A crafty Flickr user just set up a new group just for WIPs from the book, which should hopefully grow into a great resource for seeing what yarns/colours people are using to make projects from Crochet Me. (Plus, Flickr is pretty much the best site, ever.) Rock.
I'll take pictures as I progress...I'm totally jazzed up about this! Every female I know who would possibly wear something from this book will be getting a gift in the next year, I can already tell!
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Tomorrow is my birthday..and my present to me is this book, and a couple others. Amazon tells me they are "in transit" as we speak. Why did I think they would arrive tomorrow?? Silly me... I should have known better ,what with the busy time of year and all...
My goal is to break my barrier regarding creating an actual garment type thing this year. Got those afghans and pot holders down now. ;)
Wish me luck...
Happy Birfday to me ! tra-la-la-la...:D
Monday, December 3, 2007
I'm pretty sure I've finally decided on the rug. Looks easy and fun ... and I certainly am never in short supply of Red Heart Super Saver yarn, despite all the stash-busters I've been involved in this year.
So ... I just need to find my big hooks and I'm on my way. Hopefully photos will be forthcoming soon!
Friday, November 30, 2007
I had been waiting for my Crochet Me to arrive wondering what I would choose to crochet for the CAL. Well after careful scrutiny of each pattern, I decided to make the Victorian Shrug & Wrap (from the cover) for my Muse. I haven't purchased the yarn as of yet, but I know it will be red. We both love red. I hope to have it finished by Christmas. It will be perfect for her. She reminds of a gazelle; so graceful. The shrug and wrap will look fabulous on her. Keep you posted!
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Here's the stuff:
The yarn is Bernat SuperValue in True Grey (MC) and Black (CC).
Saturday, November 3, 2007
I want to crochet the mini dress. I have some sumptuous yarn that I bought. It wants to be made into a dress, although I have tried 2 other patterns with it.
The yarn just won't work with it, however I can see it here. Yeah! The yarn I am using is Phildar's Canasta in colorway Pistache -#0009. I think it will look awesome.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Ok, Crochetmealongers, let's get this party started! Alright, I had a head start. I began my second project from the book (I'll consider Gordo & Doug my first, for the sake of my dwindling crochet productivity of late) last April, but I'm in full swing with it now.
For a few months, I've been posting progress photos of my in-progress Icelandic Cowl sweater; I started it last April, from a print-out of the tech-edited manuscript. I have a short attention span, and would put it down for weeks at a time; it's a super easy pattern.
Julie threw down the gauntlet last week, suggesting we each wear our Icelandic Cowl to the Canadian book launch tomorrow night at Urban Yarns. I was further along than she was at the time; I thought I could use the challenge to just finish. But barely had the challenge escaped Julie's lips that I tried on my sweater at the end of the cowl section. Dude. It was huge. I'd had to adjust for my gauge being off, and it would seem that I had made a mistake that compounded round after round.
Sandi Wiseheart's voice in my head, exclaiming that no woman's front is the same size as her back! In my case, this is a dramatic truth. I wear a 32-D. My front is significantly larger than my back. I rarely find a button-down shirt that isn't gigantic in the back even when it's taut in front. Anyway, I knew all this when I started the sweater. But I figured that since the sweater is so close-fitting, it would likely all even out in the end. Um, no.
I ripped back. And here's where all my deepest, darkest crocheter ills come to light. Due to the time crunch (also, I'm impatient), I ripped back only to the last round of increases, not farther back. This might actually be okay. I altered the pattern so that the front half of the sweater is slightly smaller than it was before and so the back is significantly smaller (I cut out over 4 inches of width from the back). I also cut about an inch from each sleeve cap.
The ill shows up in how conservative I was. I actually should have cut more. But there's good news. The back no longer wings out on its own. The front is a bit snugger, as are the sleeves. But really? I could have cut another couple inches off the total circumference. I doubted both my math (which was correct), and my desire to wear the sweater so close-fitting (which is how it should be worn). But I think the end result will be passable.
Will it be passable for tomorrow night? I'm doubtful, but won't rule it out. I might become one with the sofa tonight, stitching feverishly.
(It has crossed my mind that I don't much like pink. I never wear it. I've been known to announce that I hate it. Might I be tempted to make another, better-fitting version in a different colour down the line? ... Only time will tell.)
[X-posted at the CrochetMe.com blog]
Friday, October 19, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
Anyone else decide what they are going to do first?
Oh I wished I lived somewhere where there was a LYS having book signing! Wish I had a LYS..lol But I loved the pics you all shared and I'm so jealous but so glad for you all too. I'll try to remember and leave a comment the next time I visit.
Hope everyone else gets their book soon, you won't be disappointed!
I thought I would share my photo gallery of the party we had here, in the Detroit area.
As you may already know, we had a Crochet Me Book Launch Party yesterday, at 5 different cities around the country. I represented the Detroit area, and had a launch party and book signing at Skeins on Main in Rochester, Michigan. I could not have imagined a better day! We had a great turnout, a champagne toast, yummy hor d'oevers and lots of crocheting!
Here is a link to an article I posted about the book launch yesterday: Article
Here is a link to my photo gallery of the event: Photo Gallery
Yesterday was the Crochet Me book launch with promotional parties happening in yarn shops across the country. I was the guest at the Seattle event hosted by Hilltop Yarn and Needlepoint on beautiful Queen Anne. It was so much fun! Cake, cookies, yarn, crochet! Who could ask for more? Read more about the event at my blog.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
I just came home from Kim Werker's Crochet Me book launch event at Webs America's Yarn store in Northampton, Massachusetts. I met Kim...got my book signed and actually got to touch and see almost all of the garment in the book. Now I really don't know what to make first...they are all so beautifully photographed in the book...but when you see the garment up close...it is unbelievable. You can really "feel" the garments drape and detailed stitch work. Check out the rest of my story on my personal blog. Hmmmm..what to do, what to do???? Oh, by the way....this will be my first garment. I am already anticipating using everyone's help!
Friday, October 12, 2007
But for me? hmm ... the turtleneck and arm warmers without the mini ... then for next summer, the Leaves sweater ...
Mgonna hafta quit my job to make time for all of this....
I just received notice that my book will be here by the 18th! I was amazed with my first issue of Interweave Crochet so can't wait to get my hands on the book! I hope to learn alot and can't wait to make something for myself...I love the shrug my eye was drawn to in the previews of the book.
Hope everyone has a great day! Happy Crocheting!
Thursday, October 11, 2007
NBC5 Chicago Street Team writes about Crochet Me! If you're in the Chicago area, you can also catch Kim Werker on ABC 7 Saturday morning news at 6:50 am this Saturday, October 13.
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Monday, October 1, 2007
Update 10/1/07: Officialy book launch is October 14, 2007 and there are 5 events happening around the country with Kim Werker and the book's designers. Details: www.crochetmebook.com.
The 18 designs in the book were contributed by emerging crochet artists and run the spectrum from crochet jewelry to retro bags, scarves, sweaters, shrugs, camis, home decor objects, and more. The book also offers short essays about experimenting with crochet and learning to take design risks, tutorials on sizing, design, and special techniques, and profiles of up-and-coming designers, including Robyn Chachula, Megan Granholm, Melissa Hills, Julie Armstrong Holetz, Amy O'Neill Houck, Donna Hulka, Cecily Keim, Chloe Nightingale, Kristin Omdahl, Annette Petavy, and Carol Ventura.
Join by emailing crochetalong (AT) interweave (DOT) com
Here's a complete list of all the patterns in the book:
- babydoll dess by Amy O'Neill Houck
- icelandic turtleneck by Chloe Nightingale
- convertible victorian shrug by Robyn Chachula
- mini-wrap skirt by Amy O'Neill Houck
- messenger bag by Julie Armstrong Holetz
- convert sweater by Melissa Hills
- style moderne crochet jewelry by Chloe Nightingale
- mesmerize sweater by Kristin Omdahl
- shades of plaid scarf by Julie Armstrong Holetz
- leaves sweater by Annette Petavy
- thigh highs by Cecily Keim
- comfy cardi by Robyn Chachula
- five o'clock tank by Megan Granholm
- cocoon bag by Cecily Keim
- circle motif rug by Donna Hulka
- gordo and doug dolls by Kim Werker
- variations baskets by Carol Ventura
Friday, September 28, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Oh golly, gosh, geewillikers, & ancient stuff like that. This afternoon I was a stepgrandma stitching away at the heirloom blanket for the new crown prince in the family. Then I open my email from crochetme and now I are one of the cogniscenti, creating and experiencing bedazzlement from the wonder-filled new book about to give a major boost to the crochet scene. I reckon the next step is to tiptoe into tagging. (I should never post after 1 am.)
You people are the best!
It's never too late to have a happy childhood.