Friday, February 22, 2008

Tall Latte

This is my progress on Tall Latte using 6.5 mm hook. So far I'm enjoying it

Stitches closer:

I did several rounds and thought that the fabric is too loose and tried it with 5,5 mm hook,as I would do it normally with worsted weight yarn:

but after several rounds it was obvious that the fabric is too stiff and I abandoned it and returned to my first try.
And this is bonus--the bag that I did from free pattern by Drew Emborsky. I found it on the Ravelry. I plan to line it

Don't fall out from your chair...

..but can you believe that a ling-time crocheter has never done a granny square before? Well, you better believe, because this is me. I don't like granny squares! OK, I said it. I just don't like how they look like! Not cool to me!
Yesterday I had a creative bag. I wanted too do every stitch and motif that I ever wanted to do. I needed to get it out of my system, to move further. Here is what I did:

Infamous granny square

A try of stitches for a child hat
A trial of stitches for a sweater

Yes, I know, it's acrylic, but that's why I'm using it to try new stitches instead of using good yarn!

Here is the swatch that I wanted to do for a long time too. It's Bernat Cool Crochet (70% cotton, 30% nylon), light worsted or DK weight, usingE4/3.5 mm hook
I'm not in awe in this hdc swatch how he colors ar changing , but I've always wanted to crochet socks (I knitted one pair already and wearing them constantly), like these for example
I need to check them on Ravelry and look how they turned out.
This veriegated yarn is good for baby items. That is what I bought it for -- to do a sweater from Crochet today! magazine by Candy Johnsen. Not with these balls,
I need to do swatches with different stitches in this yarn to see which stitches it looks best. For every variegated yarn there is a sitch to shine in!

I did this heart for my hubby for Vallentine's day:
Pretty, isn't it?? :)

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

My behavior patterns

  1. I'm easily distracted by new projects
  2. I want to complete the project even if it was laying around for several years
  3. I need several months to sew three buttons

Tuesday, February 5, 2008


I found perfect yarn for crocheting :
- knit one crochet too BabyBoo (45% Bamboo/55% Nylon) 115 yards, 50-gr ball, Sts per 4": 22 sts, Machine wash cold water, dry flat (DK)
- Lily Chin Signature Collection Chelsea (30% merino wool, 35% cotton, 35% acrylic) DK weight 191 yrd.(174.7m.), 50gr. (1.75 oz.)
_Classic Elite Sundance 50% Cotton, 50% Microfiber, 83 yards, 50 gr skeins, 5sts/inch US 6 needle (DK)
-Diakeito Diacotton Powan 56% Cotton, 40% Nylon, 4% Polyester 21-23 sts, 28-30 rws = 4" x 4"Needle size: US 7 118 yards, 30g (DK)

Designers' salary... miserable. I was listening to Craft Sanity podcast yesterday with Lily Chin. She was describing how is she working twice amount of time to get average salary. And she is a renown designer! Prices for designers' work has been DOWN since 1980's. Something is really wrong with it. Of course, it's not the most demanded work in the world, but big corporations shouldn't take advantage of people who are so passionate about this.
I was listening also to the last Cast on podcast with Annie Modesitt. She is the only one designer who has the courage to speak about it!
I got today Knit Pick's Shine Worsted. I'm going to crochet a sweater from "Everyday crochet" by Doris Chan. She is my the most favorite designer now. I like EVERYTHING that she is doing. We both love dresses and top down design and design that I can wear everyday, not just at summer. I'll chain on today! :)

Monday, February 4, 2008

I'm designing. Again

I have a lot of news!
I designed ....( can't write) and deciding which magazine/yarn company to submit it. Or maybe I need to design more and submit it at once.
I'm also ordering yarn to try how it hangs/ perform in the crocheted item. I'm convinced now that 100% cotton is not the best yarn out there to crochet with because of the weight of the fabric. Especially if it is a big garment as a dress or a sweater for an adult. I'm looking for yarn that has some blend as nylon to retain the shape of the garment also. And it is good if it would be machine washable. It should hang well, not be stiff when crocheted. Soft to skin.
I found several yarn lines that I'm happy with. Cool Crochet from Bernat, Knit Picks Shine worsted and Sport, Main line should be good. I tried TLC Cotton plus -- too stiff and bulky and Lion Brand Cotton Ease is too bulky and stiff too. They don't hang well also. I did swatches.
I'll make swatches and see how they'd behave, and will post later.
One thing that i DON'T want to use is bad yarn, 100% acrylic. If I'm putting THAT much time to design and crochet the garment, I want it to last forever!
I want to make a web site to sell my patterns, maybe separate site, maybe here.