Friday, August 24, 2012

Show and Tell

by Kelly

It's show and tell time again! Lately, I've been crafting for cooler weather.

I think I'll call the first one a 'Bring Back the '80's' scarf. The second one is  a ruffle scarf made with Lion Brand Homespun. The homespun scarf is sooooo soft, it'll be hard to let it go.

And I'm also working on the project for my aunt, which I mentioned before. This one is really a great stepping stone for me. It's just three panels of stockinette seamed together, with a crochet border. How simple, right?

The only challenge here is that I had to make a gauge swatch...tons of fun, since I failed at that before. But I have learned things since then, and seem to have been more successful this time around. At least, the piece of the garment that is on my needles at the moment is coming in at 19", which is what it's supposed to be.

Fingers crossed...

Monday, August 20, 2012

Crochet Edging Books

by Kelly

While trying to make a pretty edging for my 3D heart ornaments, I stumbled across a must-have crochet book. I know, I know, all books are 'must-haves' for me, but really, take a look at this one.

I think the exact title is Crochet Edging and Braid - 100 Patterns. Since the book is Japanese, and I don't read kanji, I'm not completely sure about that. I found this on Susie Can Stitch, which you can visit to see more beautiful pictures of the books contents. And take a peek at her Hello Kitty crochet project here. Too cute!

Okay, they had me at '100 patterns', but those images are mind blowing. Two problems, though- the book is in Japanese, but fortunately there's no language barrier, because the patterns are given in charts. One more problem, however, is that it's out of print. Oh, but here's another, similar book on Amazon. Oh, wait...that's also out of print. Sigh. Time to contact the library and see if they can get hold of a copy.
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