Saturday, October 14, 2017

Color Controversies

  The internet has been buzzing about the latest color controversy, the Pink/White/Teal/Grey Shoe. If you're wondering how these things happen, it's all in the lighting and camera settings of a photo. I'm not here to debate the colors with you... I'm just bringing you the yarn-y version of this little trick.

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  If you thought by that first picture that the yarn is lavender and mauve, then perhaps you should have a look at a different photo:

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  Now, I think with the next picture you can see there's something off in the coloring. But if you weren't already aware that we are playing games here, you might think that yarn is purple and white:

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  So, exactly what color is it???

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  Pink and purple?

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  Or grey and blue???

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  Does your mind start to adjust to the differences in white balance with each new look?

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  Or are you just as confused as some were over that famous dress that caused arguments around workplace water coolers?

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  And what if I throw in another choice in shades of pale lavender?

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  Or possibly one that looks almost brown?

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  Well, regardless of what colors you think this yarn is, at least I may have distracted you from realizing that I bought more yarn. But I have an excuse because it's a new yarn to me, and I wanted to share it with you. We'll see what it becomes...

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  But not until I'm done with the pattern for the original reason I went yarn shopping: I started a blanket for Rip van Winkle's grand-baby, but decided to add some contrast to this one-color project. I almost - almost - made it out with only what I needed, then saw the Shawl in a Ball by Lion Brand. I couldn't resist and I needed the yarn therapy after Irma. It's good to finally be crocheting again. The yarn hoarding? Maybe not so much...

Happy Crocheting!

PS - Never mind the four bins I've stored in Dad's garage... It's not really yarn hoarding if I only bought one ball, is it?
😏

Saturday, October 7, 2017

A House - GrannySpiration Challenge

We thought we got lucky at first, but we found out we were wrong when we went back with some flashlights and more time to inspect the house... 

  Those who follow the blog and have read my recent updates know I was one of many who lost their home to Hurricane Irma. This obviously makes it difficult to keep up with things like the GrannySpiration Challenge. It's been fun participating in the challenge and a great opportunity to work with other talented bloggers/crocheters, but I have no idea where my life will be going from here. I don't know if I can continue to commit to this monthly linkup and giveaway, so I'm choosing to give it up to make time to concentrate on where to go next... Meaning both mentally and literally finding a new house. For the month of October, for my last GrannySpiration Challenge, and to commemorate what was once my home, I'm sharing one last simple pattern: A house - My House.

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Don't forget to check out the links after the pattern to visit everyone in the Challenge and see what they've created! And as always, you can visit EyeLoveKnots to enter the giveaway and share your granny-inspired projects at the linkup.
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  I hope you can understand that this pattern is not meant to be a big pity-party for myself... Inspiration for my project came from Sigrid of KatKatKatoen. I remembered a story she shared of both good and hard times, and wanted to recreate her project to lift my spirits. Sigrid has crocheted many bright, happy-looking houses, but in the end I felt like I couldn't make myself something so colorful when my home sits dark, empty, and full of mold.

  This project is quite pitiful compared to her fun and lighthearted houses... But please keep in mind that it is NOT meant to be so sad after all! As I sat staring at a tangle of black scrap yarn (yes, I saved the yarn), the idea suddenly hit me: This can be sort of like a funeral for my home. (I know... How is that not depressing, right?) This is my way of leaving it all behind; to move on to a time and place where I will be able to get back to happy crocheting. For now, this black house full of holes represents what I have left, and I look forward to crocheting one of Sigrid's happy homes when I find one of my own.

  You could crochet this pattern in color for a less-depressing motif to use for a housewarming gift... Wouldn't it be cute attached as a tag to a basket of goodies? I also could see it sewn to a pillow, towel topper, or as part of the gift basket itself - A crocheted basket, of course. 😉 See, I've still got the ideas, just not the energy to make them happen yet. I think it has a lot more potential if created by someone in a better mood than me!

Skill level:
Easy

Materials:
Worsted weight (4) acrylic yarn
I used some scrap of Caron One Pound in Black - Total weight: Less than 0.5 oz/ 14 g
Crochet hook size H/8 - 5 mm
Yarn needle

Gauge:
Not important

Notes:
Chain 2 at beginning of rows does not count as a stitch.

Gauge is not important... You can use a different hook size for a larger or smaller house, but it's also easy to add or subtract rows to change size (see notes in instructions).

Stitches:
(American terms)
Chain
Double crochet
Slip stitch

Instructions:
*The pattern begins with the triangle that creates the roof of the house. See the note after Row 3 if working more/less rows for the size of your house.

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Begin with a magic circle, or chain-3 and join into a loop with a slip stitch.

Row 1:
Chain 2. (3 double crochet, 2 chain, 3 double crochet) in beginning loop.
*If using a magic circle, you may wish to wait before tightening your loop. Stitches will be worked into this space again when creating the wall of the house. (You could go ahead and tighten it a little if you wish to work over your tail - just leave yourself enough space for your hook!)

Row 2:
Chain 2, turn. 3 double crochet in the first stitch.
Chain 1. (3 double crochet, 2 chain, 3 double crochet) in the corner space/point of triangle.
Chain 1, make 3 double crochet in the last stitch.

Row 3:
Chain 2, turn. 3 double crochet in the first stitch.
(1 chain, 3 double crochet) in the next chain-1 space.
(3 double crochet, 2 chain, 3 double crochet) in the corner chain-2 space.
(1 chain, 3 double crochet) in the next chain-1 space.
**2 double crochet in the last space.
Chain 2, slip stitch in the same space.**

If a larger triangle is desired, end Row 3 with 3 double crochet. 
Continue working more rows in the same manner: 3 double crochet in the first stitch; (1 chain, 3 double crochet) in each chain-1 space, (3 double crochet, 2 chain, 3 double crochet) in the point/chain-2 space, and so on...
Work from ** to ** in the last stitch of the final row of your triangle.

Moving on to the "wall" of the house, we'll now work across the bottom of the triangle...


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Row 4:
Chain 2, DO NOT turn.
Make 2 double crochet in the same space as the slip stitch. 
*Do not work into the post-spaces of the stitches across the side. Instead, work into the same spaces that contain the sets of double crochet stitches.
2 double crochet in the next space, 2 double crochet in the beginning loop, 2 double crochet in the next space, and 2 double crochet in the last space.

All following rows:
Chain 2, turn.
1 double crochet in the first stitch, and each stitch across.
(10 double crochet total)

I worked four rows this way before finishing. 
Bind off, weave in ends.

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Happy Crocheting!

Whether on wheels or the ground, in a valley or on a hill
May your house always stand around you, strong and still.
Should nature ever destroy your place to dwell,
Remember this one thing, and remember it well:
Possessions and walls will never fill your heart,
But a smile on your face is the way to stay smart.
A house is just a house, and you make your home...
Memories stay with you wherever you roam.


  Of course it's hard to replace sentimental things like family photos or that memento given to you by a special person, but things are just things in the end. And it can be difficult to go from having your own home to moving back into a room at your dad's house at the age of 33, which I feel is well past the time to become independent from your parents... To be alive and safe - even if you cry yourself to sleep every night because you don't know what else to do right now and you wish you could just go talk to your dog's grave like usual - It's part of being alive. Life will get better someday. Until then, I hope you will continue to share my patterns and tutorials while I'm unable to create more... It's the biggest way you can help to support me at this time. 💗

  It's been a great experience to participate in the GrannySpiration Challenge and a wonderful opportunity to make new friends. This may be the end of the Challenge for me, but there are some wonderful bloggers who will continue to share their lovely patterns and inspiration with the world... Please don't forget to support them, too!







PS - To add insult to injury, I've had an irritating spammer hitting the blog's comment section nonstop while I'm unable to tend to it as I usually would... As a result, I've enabled comment moderation. So if you leave a comment, expect it to disappear! It will not be visible until I have time to approve it.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Mayflower Lace Stitch Diagram (pattern update)

 
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  I thought it would be fun to re-work an old design of mine, the Mayflower Lace scarf, in a different yarn and hook size than originally used. I came across a tutorial I had forgotten about making when I pulled up the pattern... I immediately felt like deleting the post because it's so horrible, but I think I'll leave it up just in case you want to check out the old way I made stitch charts. 😳 It seems embarrassingly unprofessional to me now, but it worked for those that needed help back then. It may even still be helpful to see the geometric pattern without all the symbols, but... Now that I've found Stitch Fiddle, it's time to make this graph the right way.

  I also realized that the tutorial linked in the pattern and graph posts no longer exist, so the whole thing is a mess! I was working on rewriting the pattern and recreating the tutorial with Caron Cotton Cakes, and I even tried to make the pattern a bit easier by working in between the stitches instead of directly into them. I wasn't sure if I wanted to continue with what I started because I wasn't quite happy with how the stitch looked with all the changes... Then Hurricane Irma hit us and my work got tossed in bags and bins.

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  Until I find it again and make up my mind, I hope you can enjoy the better chart! This diagram may be a bit confusing at first glance because I created a new symbol to represent the modified stitch... If you need additional help, I did find my original tutorial still available in video form (it's just a slideshow of the picture tutorial). That is a step-by-step lesson for the whole project, so just skip ahead to about 3:00 to see how to work the modified stitch. You can also avoid using the modified stitch and work a regular long single crochet in its place, which will make the stitches a bit more lacy. Find the original written pattern for the whole scarf here.



Click to enlarge diagram:
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  Skipping that modified stitch might make the pattern easier, but I just love the extra texture added by the post-like stitch. Made in worsted weight yarn, it all comes together to make something both lacy and bulky at the same time.

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  If I was to work the stitch in a lighter weight yarn, I think I would like to use the regular long single crochet to create an extra-delicate fabric. Are you interested in experimenting with this stitch in different yarns? I'd love it if you share a photo of your work on Crochet is the Way's Facebook page.

Happy Crocheting!

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