Thursday, August 30, 2007

No capes!

I will not call it a cape or a capelet. I am calling it a wrap... but I will stay away from jet turbines while wearing it, just in case.

Chanson en Crochet wrap

I really did mean it when I said I don't have a lot of experience with crochet, and I give most of the credit to the very clear and very follow-able instructions in the pattern and the pattern's lengthy errata page. This pattern calls for about 400 yards of worsted... I had about 350 yards of the Summer Tweed. It was close enough, although I opted to leave off the last couple of rows along the bottom.

Chanson en Crochet

I wove in my ends Wednesday morning and waited for my dead camera batteries to get enough of a charge to get a couple of pictures before work.

Chanson en Crochet on the railing

Unfastened may be fine for pictures, but my job is a fairly active one. I needed to have it fastened for practical purposes. My button stash is pitiful; it's one of those $1 bags of plastic buttons that they sell at Joann's and Hancock. I want a nice button for this, but I needed something to use for yesterday. I found a barrette that happened to be the right size for the buttonhole. Attached it to the one side, pushed it through the hole... instant button.

Temporary closure. Maybe.

This cheap barrette got So. Many. Compliments... I may leave it there.

Summer Tweed worked up

Pattern: Chanson en Crochet from Wrap Style
Hook: I/9 - 5.5 mm
Yarn: Rowan Summer Tweed, 3 skeins, "Bouquet"

Monday, August 27, 2007

Nasty storm

No cable at my apartment since Saturday... which also means no internet for me. We'd also been without internet at work since Saturday night, and just got it back about 5 minutes ago.

Anyway, I'm not ignoring anyone, I've just been a bit cut off for the last couple of days. :)

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Don't look now... I'm crocheting

A copy of Wrap Style crossed my path at the library yesterday, so I grabbed it. Almost as soon as I got home, I started this:
Chanson En Crochet capelet

It's the Chanson En Crochet capelet. Yes. A capelet. A crocheted capelet (sorry, Amie. I promise I'll keep it away from Panera) . I'm feeling quite well, thank you.

Chanson En Crochet in progress

The yarn is Rowan Summer Tweed. I love it. From a distance away, it just looks lavender. Closer up, you can see the tweedy flecks of greens and oranges and pinks and blues. It makes me smile, and I've been trying to find something to do with it for the last year. I only have 3 skeins, so it had to be something not-too-big. I think it's lending itself to chunky crochet pretty nicely.

Incidentally, this project has potential for many comedic foibles... I'm not exactly an expert with the crochet. I can do a single crochet and a chain stitch, and I have to look up everything else. So far (knock on wood) all is going well. I worked on it this afternoon while watching Columbo; LOVE me the old Columbo movies, and I was way too excited to see that my favorite one was on today.

Lots of love and hugs going out to everyone who needs them. :)

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

A third of a sweater!

I had no idea that I was quite this close...

Ljod back

I finished the back of Ljod today during some unexpected waiting time at the mechanic... I'd just had my car in for a scheduled service last week, and when they checked the battery, they didn't hook it back up correctly. So basically, my battery had been slowly draining itself dead over the last week, and finally had it today. And when I say it was dead, I mean so dead that the dashboard clock and all of my radio presets reset themselves. Anyway, they fixed it for free and totally owned up to what had happened, so I give them credit for not trying to pull one over on me (although I may see if they feel like giving me a free oil change, since I had to miss a couple of hours of work to have them correct this).

The knitting progress makes up for it a bit. :)

The armholes look uneven in the picture there, mostly because it's not pinned out. I ran an iron over it to get the edges to stop curling so I could get a picture... better blocking will happen while I'm at work tomorrow.