A few months ago, I came across an acrylic yarn with a metallic sheen to it. I’m not one to necessarily buy loads of acrylic yarn but the glossy, polished look of this yarn drew me in and I find myself…
If you haven’t yet seen my online free pattern for the above scarf, it was posted in English earlier in 2015 in this blog. It has proven to be quite popular. Popular enough that a fellow Raveler offered to translate…
The past few weeks have been an awesome and yet ridiculous and blurry mishmash of back-to-back work assignments, custom orders, teaching crochet and a last-minute trip to Florida. Not necessarily in that order. I’m not complaining at all! I like…
Last week, I was given the opportunity to teach two crochet classes at Black Orchid Designs in Cambridge, Ontario. The first class was Crochet for Beginners and the second class for those who were already familiar with crochet, How to…
B and I are presently in New York City on a mini-vacation. Our first time in NYC. I came originally to see a play but during the planning stages, a friend who lives here told me that there was a large knitting event taking place on the same weekend as my arrival. She was a member of our knitting/hiking group in Iceland last summer so of course she had to bring the event to my attention. Wool Sisters Unite! Vogue Knitting Live was huge and overwhelming and inspiring…every colour, every fibre, every weight….of yarn! And I thought I would share some of the highlights 🙂
A marketplace on two floors??? Yes please!
Two floors of vendors…vendors that spilled out of the main floors and into the surrounding hallways. Yarn spillage! Here, I’ll help clean it up!
A couple of months ago, I wrote a post about wanting to winterize crocheted scarves. Crochet tends to create a fairly open weave, especially if you’re using longer stitches (double crochets, treble crochets, etc) so it isn’t always the warmest it could be, regardless if you’re using natural fibres such as wool or alpaca.
I wanted to try sewing a layer of fleece or some other fabric to the back of my scarves for added warmth.
Yesterday, I finally did it!
It’s an exciting project for two reasons. One is because I finally tried my winterizing idea. Two is because the scarf in question is a Dr Who scarf! Who can’t be excited about that! 🙂
For those who know me, this may sound strange, but it has been so hard for me to meet other fibre artists in my community.
I have spent the past number of years learning my craft from Youtube and books. I have a few friends who knit/crochet and I often ask them out for coffee or to come over for a visit to chat and play with yarn but we’re all busy so get togethers are rare.
I am so much more creative when I’m socializing and sharing ideas.
For an extrovert, though, I somehow find myself having a hard time taking that first step and meeting NEW people in the community.
Perhaps it’s because I still doubt my skills. Maybe it’s because I feel kind of nerdy and awkward….but it has been a struggle.
In the past few weeks however, things have started to turn around!
Over the weekend, I experienced some…shall we say….incredibly effective blocking results with a crocheted item.
I am now the proud owner of an XL skull shawl 🙂
It has been in process for the past few weeks. I wasn’t making it to fill an order or anything, it was more of a side project. Something that may actually end up being for me 😉
If you haven’t yet seen my online free pattern for the above scarf, it was posted earlier in 2015 in this blog. It has proven to be quite popular. Popular enough that a fellow Raveler offered to translate it into…