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“Sweet childish days, that were as long, As twenty days are now.” – William Wordsworth

Isn’t this so true?  I remember days that seemed to stretch on forever when I was younger.  Especially the hours spent at school.  And it felt like holidays and birthdays would never arrive.  Now the days and weeks just zip on by.  Life keeps me busy, busy and that makes the hours fly.   

Still, I’m not complaining.  It’s all good as long as I can find a bit of time here and there to squeeze in a little yarn play 🙂

These little fairies have been waiting to come out and play since late last September.  I have a pattern written up for them and all ready to go.  I’ll let you know when and where it gets posted.

I was so thrilled with how this little project turned out.  Isn’t it sweet and cheery?  I did this little gift bag for an article that was just published in the Loom Knitter’s Circle magazine.  If you’d like to check it out, visit the site, click on Articles and mine is the first one – Let’s Get Ready to Scrumble!  Exploring Free Form Loom Knitting.  This cute little giftie went to kiddo’s bus assistant.  She fell and broke her hip back in February and probably won’t be able to return to work.  This pretty bag flew out the door as soon as the strap was sewn on.  We gave it to kiddo’s bus driver to take it to Miss Nancy.  Hopefully it is helping to cheer her through her recovery.

Here is a little something fun that you won’t catch from the article in the Loom Knitter’s Circle:

This is the flip side of the little gift bag.  As you may (or may not) know, I crochet, needle knit and loom knit – along with various other crafts.  I couldn’t resist slipping a bit of crochet in on this cute little bag.  It’s rather perfect, don’t you think?  Combining two of my favorite crafts into what I think may be one of the prettiest things I’ve done with yarn so far.  Well, it made me smile at least, haha.

I’ve also been tinkering with my little lady bug pattern.  I’ve made a few improvements and modifications and will be putting together a new pattern for it.  Here is a look at the new, improved little critter:

This one is also in a sort of limbo but I’ll let you know when it’s available as well.  Alright, better run – there is work to be done.  Wishing you all a great day – and if it’s busy, may you still find a bit of time for play 😉

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It hasn’t been ALL clinics and doctors and tests around here.  I’ve managed to squeeze in some yarn play too.  And I’ve been meaning to talk about an exciting project that I’ve been working on for a while now. 

Back in October, my wonderful friend Gail, from Straight Jacket Knitting and the ADHD Knitting group on Ravelry, was looking for help in converting some of her patterns from knit to crochet.  After making sure she didn’t have any particular deadline in mind (hey, I’m slow, haha), I timidly offered to help out. 

I started out small.  I picked Gail’s Oh My! Baby Booties pattern to start out.  I had to learn a new knitting trick on this.  I’ve never picked up stitches before and I needed to for the knit version of these cute little booties.  I knit the bootie from start to finish, then matched the gauge with the same yarn and some trial and error until I found the right hook for the task.  Then it was time to figure out how to replicate the construction of the knit bootie in crochet.  I think I did pretty good with it.  Here’s a look at what I came up with:

I’m really happy with how closely I was able to match the knit version.  You can find both the knit version and the crochet version on Ravelry now.

After I finished up with the booties, I chose a bigger project.  I wanted to be able to work on one of Gail’s most popular patterns.  I figured this would be the most helpful to her.  After debating on a few, I chose to work on her Curbing Bag.  I was intrigued by the curbs and wondered how to create them.  I didn’t knit the entire bag in this case.  I worked enough of the bag to understand the creation process and get a gauge comparison.  Then I set about working on the crochet version. 

This project was larger so it took longer but it also had to be put on hold a couple of times for the Knifty Knitter project dvd that I was lucky enough to participate in and then Christmas to-do’s had to be seen to.  Gail has been so sweet and patient.  She told me at the onset of this undertaking that she never has deadlines.  Love that!  😉 

I have to say I was excited to figure out how to create the curbs in crochet.  It’s not really something I’ve ever seen done in the decade plus that I’ve been crocheting.  I think the bag turned out super too.  I do think that when I make another, I’m going to work with just 3 main colors – a dark shade and a light shade for each color.  The curbing bag I created for this pattern was a stash buster and somewhat eclectic.  It actually makes me think of the fabric rag rugs or baskets my Mom loves, lol.  Anyway, here’s a look at what I came up with:

Not too shabby, right?  This is a super sturdy bag.  I need to reinforce the I-cord strap with some coordinating grosgrain ribbon because it’s rather stretchy but I’ll bet I could carry a bowling ball around in the bag with only minimal stretching of the main body, haha.  I don’t have a bowling ball so I went with a beautiful loom and some yarn for the photo take, haha.  Both the knit version and this crochet version for the Curbing Bag are now available on Ravelry too.

I’m still thinking on which project to tackle next.  It needs to wait a little bit while I finish a cute granny square project so I have a while to mull it over 😉

Have a great day!

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Dreaming of a white Christmas?  With a little bit of yarn and even less time, you can have a flurry of snowflakes to trim your tree!

Fast and Flurry-ous Flakes

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You will need:

6 yards cotton thread weight yarn (I used a bit of white Aunt Lydia’s Classic Crochet Thread in size 10)

Size 1 (2.75 mm) steel crochet hook

Darning needle

Finished size: about 2 1/2 inches wide

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Pattern:

Ch 5.  Join with Sl st to 1st ch to form a ring.

Rnd 1:  Ch 4 (counts as first dc, ch 1).  [Dc, ch 1 in ring] 5 times.  Join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 4.  Sl st to next ch-1 sp.

Rnd 2:  Ch 3, dc in same ch-1 sp.  Ch 2.  [2 dc, ch 2 in next ch-1 sp] 5 times.  Join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 3.  Sl st to next ch-2 sp.

Rnd 3:  Ch 3, 2 dc in same ch-2 sp.  Ch 3.  [3 dc, ch 3 in next ch-2 sp] 5 times.  Join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 3.  Sl st to next dc.

Rnd 4:  Ch 4, tr, ch 2, 2 tr in same dc.  Ch 2, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 2, sk next dc.  [(2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr in next dc) ch 2, sc in next ch 3-sp, ch 2, sk next dc] 5 times.  Join with sl st to 4th ch of beg ch 4.  Sl st in next tr and in ch-2 sp.  Pull up a loop approx 2 inches tall.   Anchor with sl st on back of snowflake.  Fasten off and weave in all ends.  Block and starch.  Enjoy!

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Don’t have cotton thread?  Or don’t really love those tiny hooks?  It’s all good 🙂  This snowflake works out really well in worsted weight yarn too.  I worked one up in a bit of white Red Heart Baby Econo (chosen for the sparkle ;D) with my favorite J hook and wound up with a snowflake measuring about 4 1/2 inches wide.  It’s not as dainty but still quite pretty.  You will need about 12 yards of worsted weight.  So what are you waiting for?  Go make your own snow flurry in a hurry. Merry Christmas! 🙂
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Hey there 🙂 I am so proud of myself! I have been wanting to try my hand at broomstick lace for quite some time. Last night I finally got around to it. It was a bit tricky learning because I am left handed and there really aren’t tutorials out there for lefties. But I stuck with it and finally figured it out. I figured a small project would be best to learn with so I made up a dishcloth.

Last week I finished up the pattern for the 4th square for the Afghan/Lapghan Project. I am really excited about this one. It turned out really pretty. Here’s a tiny sneak peek:

                          

I also found some time to finish up three more afghan squares for the Afghan CAL on Ravelry. I think this afghan will be really pretty. It’s going to be hard to give it away.  For some reason, the pictures for the afghan squares won’t load up.  So, if you would like to see them, you can check them out on Ravelry.  My favorite is the Lacy Sun.  I also finished the Flower Burst and Lovely in Green (which I did not make in green because it didn’t fit in my color scheme.)  I hope you enjoy them.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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Today I have froggie brain. I have been working on an important knitting project with a deadline. I worked on it for a few days and then repeated a row out of turn. Being relatively new to how knits work, I didn’t know how to frog back just part of the project and wound up ripping the whole thing out and starting over. No problem, right? I could just double my efforts and make up for the lost time. Progress resumed for a week and all was going better and then A BIG PROBLEM! It was awful! A run in the last stages of the project. It would not be fixed and had to be undone : ( I fretted for many hours and lost heart and confidence. On the bright side, I learned to frog back some – and not ALL of a project. And so, this morning has found me thinking about the advantages of frogging and even the advantages of not frogging.

Years ago, I was given a box of yarn and a crochet hook. The yarn had been in my mom’s closet for some time. She had inherited it from my grandmother and some of the colors were a bit funky. She didn’t feel that she had time to use all that yarn so she offered it to me and tried to teach me to crochet. Now, my mom is right handed and I am a south paw and learning from her was a bit tricky. We started with granny squares. I made a dozen or more wobbly granny trapezoids and then the perfectionist in me just gave up. This was just a craft I wasn’t skilled at! That box of yarn went to live on my closet shelf…

Fast forward a few years. Holidays were approaching and our budget was tight. I decided I wanted to try to crochet dishcloths to give as gifts. If they all turned out ugly, I could still use them to wash my dishes. So I went back to my mom and asked her to try to teach me again. And this time, it worked out great! I stitched up dishcloth after dishcloth – and got better and better. Soon I tenaciously ventured to try new things and before long, I was fairly skilled with my hooks. Crochet became my favorite past-time (and still is). Now, like many other needlecrafters, yarn goes with me everywhere, is stashed everywhere, and is purchased even when I don’t really know what I’ll use it for… yet!

Now to get to the heart of this post, this better, more skilled yarn girl came across some of her dozen or so grannies. “Oh, how awful these look!” I thought to myself. And I commenced to rip frog them. I yanked out all those sad looking grannies and used the yarn to make new, better looking ones. Some time later, a few co-workers asked if I would teach them to crochet. I gladly agreed and we started on dishcloths (even if they don’t turn out pretty, they are still functional, lol) Initially, a couple of my friends were experiencing the same discouragement I had felt when I first started. Like all beginnings, there were some bumps in the learning process. Tensions were not perfect and some stitches went missing. I kept reassuring them that they would overcome it. Some time later, I came across a few grannie ‘un-squares’ that had missed my big frogging. Did I frog them right away and make better ones? Nope! I saved them for the next time I teach a friend to crochet. Now I can use them to illustrate a very humble, bumpy beginning that turned into an ability to produce much nicer, prettier stitches.

Go ahead and frog those special projects and make them right. Take the valuable lessons that come from committing and then fixing a mistake. But once in awhile, maybe when working with scraps/stash, save those oopsies for a reminder that once in awhile, everyone experiences the occasional setback – and show them to someone who needs a little pep talk! Have a great day : )

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My name is Jenny Stark.  This month marks a year since I first picked up a set of Knifty Knitters and began loom knitting.  (My love of yarn arts started about 10 years ago with crochet)  To celebrate this year mark, I am trying out a new blog and updating my posts.  So, welcome and come visit once in awhile : )  Have a great day! 

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