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Another portrait to show today…and I do apologize, since it was done on the 16th, but I’ve been so busy with the NEXT project in the row!

My parents in law…a picture from 45 years ago…

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Not bad, considering that I accidentally made the pattern with seven shades of colour rather than the 8 I planned on!

I’ve found out that choosing the ‘right’ picture means choosing one with good contrast between the subject(s) and the background. Too much of a similar tone results in a lot of ‘blend’ between subject and background, like in the Luke portrait which I did first.

I’ve learned that I’m likely going about pattern making the super slow way, since I use photoshop and a good old pencil and paper to create a pattern – along with hours of work. I looked at the ‘knitpro’ site and though it looks like it makes things easier, I’m just so comfortable with my ‘hands on’ approach. I believe, for now, that I’ll stick with it since I like the results and I (at least now) can spare the time.

I’ve been wondering about the whole ‘pulling through the ends’ thing that I’ve seen people who are working on these patterns mention. I’ve always been taught to place an end where you want it BEFORE you move on which eliminates all that pulling through business.

Like this;
-you are working on the wrong side and are ready to change colours-

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-I attach the new colour with a slip knot-

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-pull the slip knot tightly down to where it meets your work and cut the original colour and tie a square knot to fasten-

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-now, pull the knot to the back and hold it, down and out of the way while you work the first stitch. The knot will be held by the first full stitch and you won’t have to pull through ends, anymore!-

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I have my own (possibly used by many others though!) way of dealing with the frog pond. I’ll take some pictures of that and talk about it in the next post! I’ve found a way to waste very little wool and very little time when mistakes happen. And, inevitably – they do! 🙂

Have a great day 🙂

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So Much Fun!!

This is my latest portrait in crochet – and I love it!

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It turned out awesome 🙂

Here’s the original picture;

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I was nervous until the eye appeared…and then ‘voila!’, it looked like my girl. I like how it looks in the blue palette too – as always, I agonized over the colours for about three quarters of the project, lol. This was another of my own patterns and I always worry about how they’ll turn out. I think I’ve got it pretty close to perfected though and I’m getting faster and more accurate at pattern making.

Next up is a picture for my inlaws – actually, their wedding picture. I do believe they’re on to me, lol. I did try to have the picture stolen secretly from the house and put back but that’s nearly impossible. Also nearly impossible was explaining why I suddenly needed that picture!

Ok, must go – my crochet hook is calling!

Finished ‘Think Spring’ Rug…

on time for my daughter’s birthday even!

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I gave it to her last night…she says it really brightens up her room and I agree! 

Pattern:  Flower Power rug by Bernat/Lily

Available:  Free on the www.bernat.com site with membership

Materials:  Odds and ends of handicrafter cotton gifted to me.  I didn’t worry about colour really, just wanted a mix of everything.  Brings me back to my years of quilting 🙂

Size:  The pattern calls for 12 blocks.  Mine is 72 blocks about 6.5 inches each.  About 52×60 (roughly)  A nice size for her room 🙂

Now to figure out what to do!  LOL.  I could finish the modern lace henley OR the frost flowers and leaves shawl OR the oak leaves pullover for my mom.  Oh yeah….OR I could return to my new love and spin!

I think I want a spinning wheel so I’m researching like crazy at the moment.  Learning the language, so to speak.  Ratios and flyers and bearings and whatnot…a lot of new things to understand before I feel I know what I’m buying.  My heart is so far set on the Kromski Mazurka…a BEAUTIFUL thing it is.  My dh has his eye on another of the Kromski’s for me (he likes to buy me nice toys…) but I really think the Mazurka does everything almost the same for like 200 dollars less. 

LOL…I wonder how much wool one must spin before one reclaims the cost of the tools!  Ok, lets not…this counts as entertainment right?!

What’s Up…

Good morning 🙂

 Yeah, I’ve been post-slacking these last couple of days.  I was seduced by a crochet project, lol.

This….

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It’s the “Flower Power Rug” by Bernat using Handicrafter Cottons in various colours.  The pattern is available for free at www.bernat.com if you join!

I have no set amount of blocks in mind.  It’ll be a judgement call.  I do want it to be large enough to fill the centre of my daughter’s floor.  She is going to be 14 later this month and I think she’ll love it!

So — I’ll be the lady crocheting like mad between now and then!!

I love crochet but there are so few things I want to make using it, lol.  It also gets to my wrist after a while.  I crochet a while, sew the blocks a while…it helps me not hurt myself.

I am so getting ahead of myself — too many things on the go.   It’ll be a whole lot of finishing up after this, REALLY 😉

In Puppy News…No puppies yet. 

I think it will be any time within the next 7 days…think being the operative word.  Of course I could be wrong.  She’s still resting a lot and not showing any signs of labour yet.  Her milk is starting to come in but she’s not to the point of leaking or anything.  I’m watching her closely!