Crocheted Skulls, a new obsession

Red Merino/Silk Shawl 2 by A Dash of Noir
Red Merino/Silk Shawl 2, a photo by A Dash of Noir on Flickr.

Perhaps that title is a little misleading.

Yes, I have been crocheting many, many skulls., but said skulls are parts of crocheted shawls that are all similar patterns. So, yes, lots of them, but not much variety I’m afraid.

Yet.

I have been spending time looking up ideas for adding skulls to various patterns: scarves, bags, blankets. My Ravelry list of favourites is ridiculously long. The projects will come, eventually. Right now I’m in my collector (of patterns)/obsessive (about one single pattern) phase. It changes on a regular basis but this skull shawl obsession seems to have more staying power than most things that capture my attention.

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I recently spent a whole Sunday at a silkscreen workshop in Toronto.  A friend and I were given an awesome 2-for-1 coupon for the workshop, held at Peach Berzerk in Toronto.  I highly recommend the workshop…and I also highly recommend doing it with a friend!  Much more fun that way! 🙂

I’ve always wanted to know how to silkscreen but never had the opportunity.  The women running the workshop were awesome; very energetic and willing to help out, answering any and all questions, no matter how inane some of them were.   They were incredibly knowledgeable about silk-screening and you could tell they had run the workshop many times before.  Their props, their explanations…everything was crazy clear and easy to understand.  I felt comfortable, as though I was learning along with a group of friends rather than strangers.

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Learning to use a Pattern = Low Rise PJ Pants

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Last weekend, I signed up for Basic Sewing 1 at a college near my home.  It took place Friday night and all day Saturday.  I skipped the Introduction course because I already know the basics when it comes to sewing.  I can turn on my machine, sew in a straight line (usually), and generally create stuff.

What I’ve never done…is work from an actual purchased pattern.  That’s what I hoped to get out of this course, and I did.  I came home with a fun pair of pajama pants made from an honest-to-goodness pattern!

I had no idea how much alteration would be involved in tailoring a pattern to fit specific measurements.  And I also have to admit that, at the end of the day, I don’t think I remember everything we did to fit it…but practice makes perfect, so I’m thinking that I’ll sign up for the Level 2 class in March.

As it is, although the crotch is lower in my new pants than I had intended, they’re still comfy and wearable.  And hey, low-rise pajama pants are still in style, right?

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