Wednesday, June 25, 2014

52 Week Crochet Challenge – Week 17 6-25-2014 Celebrate the first day of summer by crocheting something fun for summer

Celebrate the first day of summer (June 27, 2014) by crocheting a beach or summer fun project.
I made this sweet little African flower pincushion to celebrate summer. 

 The pattern can be found here: on Ravelry. I wanted to make the African flower motif for a while. I just love how it turned out.

I am linking up here:

Monday, June 23, 2014

52 Week Crochet Challenge – Week 16 6/18/204 Work a chart motif or project

Find a small pattern such as a square or motif that has a stitch chart. Work the project from only the chart without following any written instructions.
I am using the leaf and floral charts for my big Irish crochet project to complete this post. Here are a few of the charts followed by a couple of photos of the work in progress on a foam core board.  The last pic is of my sweet Barney with his birthday hat on from his birthday this past week. 


Saturday, June 21, 2014

52 Week Crochet Challenge – Week 15 6/11/2014 Find a UK Pattern you may want to interpret.

Did you know that crochet terminology is different in the U.S. and in the U.K.? Do a google search and find a pattern that you may want to interpret.

I began a very big project a few weeks ago involving Irish lace crochet. Many of the patterns from the origination of Irish lace are written in UK pattern-speak. I say pattern speak because most of them are long paragraphs using terms and sentences we no longer use today. Irish lace, according to what I can discover so far was economic sustenance in rural areas of Ireland.

When times were hard, women had to find ways of supporting their family. This was particularly true during and after the great potato famine of the 1840s. During that time period, most women could do needlework, so it was only a short step to lace-making. Irish Crochet and Tatting traveled particularly well as equipment needed was simple, a ball of cotton and a shuttle for Tatting and simple crochet hook and cotton for Irish Crochet lace.

Irish Crochet Lace is made with a very fine steel crochet hook and fine crochet cotton or linen thread. It begins with an outline of the pattern on a piece of cloth. Each motif is then crocheted separately, using cotton cord for volume and shaping. The finished motifs are then basted (sewn with a loose stitch for temporary tacking) onto a cloth in the shape of the pattern. The motifs are then joined using chains and picots. When all the motifs have been joined together forming one piece of lace the basting stitch is removed from the back cloth revealing the completed lace. Following is an example of the original pattern published in the early 1900's.  

These patterns can be found on the website here:

So all of that to say I am working on new pattern language with a bit of a delay to show the progress.  



Saturday, June 14, 2014

52 Week Crochet Challenge – Week 18 7/2/2014

Name a movie or TV show in which someone is crocheting, or that has a crocheted item in it.

This is different from my previous post about actors who knit or crochet. This is just the appearance of crochet on screen.

Friday, June 13, 2014

52 Week Crochet Challenge - Week 14 - Crochet in public sometime this week and tell us about your experience.

Crochet in public.  Well this is not really something new.  I crochet everyday and all the time in public.  Recently we took a two hour motorcycle trip.  I ride on the back and my husband does the real work.  As we rode I crocheted on the back and finished up the backpack that I blogged about a few weeks ago.That was a new experience.  He laughed and said I would probably end up on you tube from some motorist who saw me.

At work my co-workers are all polite and ask what I am working on.  Even when I show photos or explain they usually just say 'oh that's nice' or make some comment  about how they could never do that or don't have the patience for stuff like that.

They do have a fascination with muscle memory when I sit and crochet without looking at a pattern or really even watching what I am doing. Last week we had a whole conversation about muscle memory. I have also made and given them a few small projects.

Whenever we go out in the car I take the current project, I have sat at the table while waiting for the waitress crocheting and knitting, in the drive-trough at the bank or pharmacy, in a play or band program for the kids, while visiting my family and just about anywhere.

I also have a fascination with the appearance of needlework on tv and film.  I make my husband pause what we are watching so I can study the frame to determine whether the actor is actually working the project or simply holding someone's needles or hooks.
Shirley Temple

Doris Day

Katharine Hepburn

Olivia de Havilland as Melanie Wilkes in Gone With the Wind

Katharine knitting on a plane. In public!!

child from 1951
I showed this post to my husband yesterday and he suggested I find some famous men who knit also:
David Arquette.  Even knitted and appeared in a book about scarves.

Ryan Gosling who learned to knit on the set of a movie Lars and the Real Girl.
Misha Collins is a prolific knitter.  He is on the television show Supernatural.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

52 Week Crochet Challenge – Week 13 6/11/2014 Find a new crochet tip to try this week.

Find a new crochet tip to try this week.
Keep a small size hook handy and as you crochet, weave in the tails. This is an aesthetic for me. I like the work to look nice and tidy as I work. I was this way with cross-stich many years ago also. As I complete each section I want to smooth it out, flip it over and have the ends nice and clean. Keeping that small hook is a super easy way to weave in my thread tails.