That is off tha hook! No, actually, it still is on the hook...

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Big green

Never purchase a ball of yarn bigger than your head. Instead, buy two of them. Yikes.

The plan is to make a giantic coverlet for the bed. That's the plan, in any case.

What? They were on sale. Stop looking at me. I now have 1706 yards of tonal green boucle.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

aiding and abetting

The new issue of
Craft Magazine
features a wonderful project called "Counterfeit Crochet"

clicky for the direct link!

Well, I was completely taken by this concept of 'debasing designer handbags,' and I loved the way the Chanel bag looks! Unfortunately, the mag doesn't give exact pattern directions, merely freeform guidelines.

A couple of days of research in patterns online: no luck.

I bought the Crochet Stitch Bible: no luck.

Then, I sucked it up and posted a plea for help in several of the yahoo groups I belong to. I posted:

Has anyone else seen the new copy of Craft Magazine & the articles on
counterfeit crochet? I am inspired to make the Chanel bag, but the
stitch used is not described in detail.

Instead, the author/designer uses freeform crochet and so her instructions are very basic: Create a rectangle 11" wide and 6" long, etc.

I am desperately searching for the pattern she used. It looks like a
basketweave, but is on the diagonal, so it has more of a quilted

If anyone has any ideas or stitch instructions, I would be your best friend forever. Okay, well, I'd really appreciate it, in any case

Well, today, in my inbox were several responses, the first exact hit from this FELLA (!)

From: "Ray at Knitivity"

A trip to Google will help a lot:

The stitch pattern on the brown bag is a basic box stitch, although it is called by many names. Here is one set of instructions:


Yay! Gasp! That's it! It's been driving me crazy for days! Hooray for Ray! Check out his blog here: KnitterMan on Knitivity.

I have also received helpful emails from others, but was most surprised by KnitterMan. Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I CAN'T WAIT TO GET HOME AND START MAKING THIS BAG IN black and silver. Woohoot! *pumps fists in air*

Superbowl Sunday, pooptastic!

Even though I was sick, dehydrated, and all over shitty, I gulped down my Kaopectate, and drove to the Yarn Garden for their Superbowl sale. HOLY SHRIMP. This was my first outing to a real yarn store....I'd say I would chalk it up to my feverish state, but that would be a lie. I totally spazzed and bought a bag-full of yarn.

Here's what I scored:
1. Renaissance 100% Wool. 110 yards; I bought 3.The picture doesn't show how wonderful and green-grey it really is. It looks like the ocean to me.

2. Naturally Nazareth 100% Wool, color = Spring. 184 yards; I bought 2 skeins. Again, the pic doesn't show the brightness of the blues and greens in the varigation.

3. Crystal Palace Merino Frappe 80% Wool, 20 % Poyamide. The soft green balls were so fluffy, I got 3, 140 yards each.

4. Bernat Gloucester 100% Cotton in Antique Lilac. I'm working on a set of simple face cloths.

5. Misti Cotton 83% Pima 17 % Silk. It's so soft, I want to swim in it. I hope the 382 yards I have is enough to make a delicate shrug.

6. Cascade  Eco Yarns in Berry, 100% Wool, an enormous 478 yards. It's really fairly soft, too. I plan on experimenting with felting with this.

7. Cascade Eco Yarn in dark grey, same kind as #6. I wanted to make a handbag, but I picked a ultra-complicated pattern. So I might use it for something else until I master the tricky stitches.

8. Reynolds Saucy 100% Mercerized Cotton. 3 of them at 185 yards each. Ok, honestly, I bought them from the super sale rack just because they said "Saucy." But I do enjoy working in cotton.

9. Patons Grace 100% Mercerized Cotton in Champagne. Why? Why? Why???? I envision myself making fancy doilies and towel trim. yeah, sure.

10. Last, but not least, is my treasure. Noro Kureyon 100% Wool. This is #12 I think. Hand made and hand dyed in Japan. *I'm in love*

The Noro has already become my quick obsession. I worked a swatch (soon to become a small felted to come) and just found myself staring into the fabric. The colors are exquisite. Luscious. Mesmerizing. The color changes are mysterious. It is going to sound COMPLETELY RETARDED, I know, but it actually got me choked up, like a beautiful song, or a view of dappled sunlight through trees might. It is a yarn that I want to meditate on, and hold, and form into beautiful things.

And thankfully, it is available for purchase to the highest bidder on ebay, in tons of other hues and fibers.

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