Monday, February 22, 2016

The Lost Crochet Files - 1






  Now, I'll try to make a long story short, but you know that won't happen: Many years ago, I had a friend with a dog, and I was supposed to dog-sit for a week. He said she was a good dog, but as soon as he left, the dog went bonkers. Besides chewing up my boots, urinating on my bed (still sleeping on a $150 futon because of it), and relentlessly chasing my cats, the dog ate my homework. She shredded my notebook full of hand-written patterns, a year's worth of work, in the time it took me to take out the garbage.




  Material things... The boots and the bed can be replaced, even though dog's owner won't pay for it. And the cats got over it when they learned the dog didn't like being scratched as much as she liked chasing them. But that book of patterns... That was irreplaceable. And to add to the string of bad luck from years ago, it wasn't long after that when the computer blew up... Almost literally! The power-supply smoked on it, and it was cheaper at the time to buy another PC. I just finally got it replaced before the new year, and I had completely forgotten that I had photos of past projects stored on the drive!




  Obviously, I don't have patterns for these projects anymore. And some of them are pictures of my beginner projects, so you probably wouldn't want to follow the pattern anyways! In an effort to turn these lost crocheted items into something other than lost time, I'm pulling out those photos to share with you. Some of them aren't so pretty, but they're from the days of crochet past. Let's get a look and a laugh at some! Since I've been working with plarn lately, it was a neat throwback to find today's photos.




  For the sake of my dignity, let me start with one of the projects I'm most proud of from my beginner days. I was in the middle of an obsession with plarn, I had recently mastered the triple crochet stitch, and I saw a bag using the front-post double crochet for the bottom edge. I set to learning the front-post stitch, and this bag was born.


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  I'm proud of completing the pattern in my beginning stages, but it still had its downfalls. This monstrosity of a beach bag is tall enough as it is, but this beginner didn't think about the stretch of the stitch and material. After a year of use as a random tote bag, this now stretched-out project forever resides in my utility closet to hold rags.


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  Hey, check out some of my old experiments! Here's some bangles and earrings, plus a ball of plarn that I had colored. These were just random projects I worked up while testing different ways to color the plastic, and the kids enjoyed the play jewelry.




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  And here's a bit of an embarrassment, but one that's still in use. I made this when I first started crocheting. I learned the single crochet stitch, and I was still practicing the double - Which was the reason I was working this mat up in a combination of singles and doubles, plus playing with a few chain spaces. Yup, that's a beginner's edge all right... Somebody obviously wasn't counting their stitches!



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But hey, it's still being used as a slobber mat by the dog's water bowl. I don't think he notices that the count is off.




Happy Crocheting!




6 comments:

  1. If you hadn't said anything I wouldn't have noticed that the stitch count was off on that last project and would have just assumed it needed blocking. It's fun to look back and see how far our skills have come. Some of my early projects were total disasters.

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    1. My beginner self thought that blocking was going to fix that! I quickly learned that plarn stays where it's stitched. Anything I make with it that doesn't come out straight has to be fixed with a border or some embellishment.

      Next series in line: The Lost Crochet Projects. In my cleaning adventures I found a basket of UFO's from my beginner days. It might be a bit too embarrassing to share some of those :)

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  2. I think it's fun to look back on the early not so great projects. We all have a few things we've made that we choose not to let others see normally but that is how your learn - my doing!
    I am still an obsessive counter if I'm not crocheting in the round, I can loose or gain really easily or have a weird slope if I don't keep checking.

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    1. I think once we become experienced enough to say "I should have known better, now here's how to fix it", it becomes easier to share those not-so-great projects! I've got a few in storage that I never even photographed, lol. Maybe I'll bring them out... Someday. :)

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  3. I have not over worked with the plastic or plarn to crochet or knit before. I have seen bags made with it and thought it was a neat idea. Counting is a must with crochet and knitting - count twice before starting the first row I always remind myself - and sometimes I count 3 times.

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    1. That bag I made as a beginner is a bad example of how awesome a plarn bag can be. As for counting, it's still something I try to work around once in a while, and always regret it!

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