I’ve been crocheting away, here is my trio of “Love”:
Going clockwise from top center: Waterfalls, Diamonds Overlay, and Cluster Bobbles.
The new addition: Cluster Bobbles.
The puffs are very… umm… interesting. Only for the very patient person with excellent tensioning.
Did you know that Bernat makes scented yarn? Neither did I! It’s the same price as the normal stuff, and I didn’t even notice that I had some… I HAD noticed that my bag smelled rather nice, but I didn’t make the connection. But beware – make sure you sniff your yarn at the store, my mom tried to buy some and some of the balls had less than optimal scent levels! I suppose that the scent will probably wash out or wear out with time, but I can think of tons of good reasons for scented yarn:
- it makes your bag smell nice
- it’s nice to work with
- it makes an even nicer gift if it smells nice… I’m totally putting them in packages that I mail!
- it would probably make your drawer/closet smell nice, just keep putting a new one in once a month or so to keep it smelling great!
- smell is a great invoker of memories… either to make them or recall them. Give a child something with a scent, then expose them to the same scent as an adult and they’ll be instantly transported back in time!
And today I also have a fantastic tip for you! I was at Michael’s and I found these cute little paperclips that are shaped like a star. It was about $1.50 for a whole package of them, and I’ve started using them as stitch markers:
They’re great because they’re easy to find, easy to see, easy to hook onto work, but because of the shape they don’t fall off and stay out of your way. You’re welcome. 😀
Here’s a great example from that 365 dishcloth challenge that I mentioned before. It’s the Summer Fan and I decided to do it in rainbow colors.
Because each color was isolated in its own area, I didn’t finish any of them off until the end, so I carried them straight up the backside. Thus, in the middle it looked like this:
But by the end I got it all worked out… even though I missed the last round around the edge. I’m going to try it again but put 6 colors in the middle and white around the outside, so I’ll try to remember the last round next time 😀
Sometimes I forget about this wonderful thing called the internet (that’s pretty funny coming from a Software Engineer, huh?). I was searching around my house like a mad-woman last night because I got some pretty new handi-crafter cotton and I wanted to crochet and I couldn’t find my dishcloth books. There’s nothing special about my books (well, one does have a PIG! with a curly tail and everything, it’s so freaking cute!) but when I first started crocheting, there was NO SUCH THING as the internet! Well, maybe it existed, but no one was using it. And for sure no one was using it to post crochet patterns. Even when the internet started to become popular, the people that were using it were not the people that were crocheting or sewing.
So after turning the house upside-down, I thought to myself “why am I looking for these stupid pattern books? I have a World Wide pattern book on my computer!”. I then thought of where my books were (well most of them anyways), but this morning I started googling crochet dishcloth patterns and found this:
This website is having a 365 dishcloth challenge so there’s a new dishcloth EVERY DAY! I’m going home and checking some of these out. I’d like to print them out so that I have them to try out, but I’d likely lose them with my books again 😉 I’m also thinking about trying my hand at designing them… there are prizes!!!
"Waterfalls" in "Love"