Wednesday, January 22, 2014

WIPS: Christmas Gifts, Updates, and a Crochet Pattern

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Well, I'll be honest, I haven't made much progress on any of my projects since last week.  My parents came for a (Christmas) visit and there simply wasn't much time for crafting.  I think that I only added two or three rows to Catherine's cape/poncho since last week.


One of my Christmas gifts was An Idiot's Guide to Knitting.  Last night was the first night that I was able to cuddle up with it.  I read every word of the first six chapters.  A lot of it was review of what I've gathered from the internet, but I think that it was good to read and it's so nice to have it all in one place.  It's going to be a cold day today, so I plan on cuddling up with both my book and one of my projects later!

Another Christmas gift was a lovely blue yarn.  I'd like to make a baby blanket for Porcupine.  I'm thinking maybe a knit one with cables.  (But it would have to be pretty easy since I'm a newbie.)  I do have a free class coupon from Craftsy, maybe I should take the Explorations in Cables, Patty Lyons class. . .  Have any of my lovely readers ever taken a Craftsy class?  Or do you have any pattern suggestions?



I am frogging my purple cowl and am going to start again.  This time it's going to be a simple rib from the start.  (A lot like this Ribbed Cowl from Lion Brand.)  I am curious to see how the texture of the yarn will work up in a rib.  (Wow, is that yarn impossible to photograph!)

I did put together a blog post yesterday that some of you might be interested in, it's my Crochet Shell Stitch Baby Blanket Pattern.

I will be sharing this post at the following:
Frontier Dreams with Nicole
Work In Progress with Tami
Yarn Along with Ginny

7 comments:

  1. I've been banned from knitting and crocheting. I need to find the idiot's books. My friends are awesome at it though, something to aspire to!

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  2. Adding this to my wishlist. I'm self taught at knitting and it drives me bonkers when I don't know some things.

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  3. I'm a crocheter but I would love to learn to knit but I just have no time lately. :) I love that blanket pattern!! That is something I would like to make!

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  4. That looks like a great book for newbies to get inspired.

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  5. Cables are a lot of fun -- you just have to pay close attention to what you're doing! I've finished massive cabled works before, then gone over them, wincing at all the mis-cables! They're so much fun, though, and they look so sophisticated. I'm all for learning new things!

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  6. I need to pick up that book, because I so wish I had paid better attention when my grandmother tried to teach me. I really could not even tell you how to start now :( Seems that it would be a relaxing hobby to do in front of the TV in the evening-- and get my face away from the computer and the smartphone.

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  7. So, did you sign up for the Cable Class? Hope you did, pop in the class questions and say hi if you signed up!

    Patty

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