What do you do when you have an unknown quantity of a mystery composition of yarn from hazy origin?
Got a bag of old shirts? Cut them up and make a rug!
Doris Chan's fourth book breaks down lace garment construction into simple shapes, then guides the reader through construction of sophisticated-looking skirts, vests, wraps, and dresses. This is not only a wonderful introduction to charted crochet patterns, but also a great starting point for more experienced crafters to adapt shapes to their own vision.
I designed this simple, middle-out knitted wrap based on a common design of alternating decorative and mesh panels. It's designed for summer nights in Georgia, made of a cool and easy care cotton-acrylic blend. The light, springy yarn was enjoyable to work with and easy to carry around in my canvas project bag.
I sent it to my mom last week, and it arrived on the Thursday before Mother's Day. I think she really liked it, and she will use it as a shield from the fierce air conditioning required by all public buildings in the deep South.
I finally finished these simple arm warmers. I didn't use a pattern here, just kept trying them on my wrists as I went. Each row is double-crochet, with 3 rows of 2 decreases toward the wrist, and the same number of increases back out to the hand. I decided against an added thumb so it wouldn't add bulk when picking wild berries or carrying a hiking stick.
This week, I mailed the baby blanket for my new cousin back home to Georgia. That sweet pink diagonal striped blanket from a few weeks ago is on the way to its new home. It was so bright, and fun to make, and took just the right length of time. As I was starting to get tired of making little white squares, I got to the last corner.
I met my sister for brunch last Sunday in the Ukrainian Village. I used to live with her in the neighborhood, walking distance from the famous venue Empty Bottle. We ate the wonderful Bite Cafe food there (same food but with no wait when you eat at the bar). There was some clever crochet briefs on display by Sara Enigmann. I snapped a few pictures, posted below. Warning: Don't click if you're offended by playful phallic symbolism.
For my sister's roommate, I worked up a quick beanie on a Saturday trip to the Indiana Dunes. While my friend drove, I used my own head as a template for this hat. It turned out to have a little point at the top, which Kobe says is perfect to fit the ponytail he wears at the top of his head. I think it looks a little like the cap of an acorn. I worked on it a little more after we hiked the Three Dune challenge, for a total craft time of 4 hours. Click below for the instructions.
I'm working on my first C2C blanket for a cousin's new baby. Diagonal color changes are so easy with this technique! The baby's name is Lydia, and I think she'll like these sweet pink stripes.