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weekly photo challenge: minimalist (crochet)

minimalist, adj: of, relating to, or following a style in art, literature, or music that is very simple and uses a small number of colors, parts, materials, etc.; … first used 1929

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All you need is long skinny fabric – ribbon, thread, strips of fabric, leather, wool, acrylic, bamboo, viscose – you get the idea? And a crochet hook. Period. Can’t get much simpler than that!

Started some crochet last week that was originally going to be a mug warmer.  Then my computer mouse hand started its annual winter freeze, and the mug warmer became a hand warmer.

Stretchy ribbing pattern is simple:

U.S. terms

  1. Crochet chain length you need. Chain 1 (turning chain). Turn.
  2. Single crochet into every chain (except that turning chain you just made), to end.
  3. Chain 1 (turning chain). Turn.
  4. Single crochet in back half of each stitch, to end. See last photo for position of “back half of stitch.”

Keep going until you’ve made the length you need.

European terms (someone please correct me if this is wrong – thank you!)

  1. Crochet chain length you need. Chain 1 (turning chain). Turn.
  2. Double crochet into every chain (except that turning chain you just made), to end.
  3. Chain 1 (turning chain). Turn.
  4. Double crochet in back half of each stitch, to end. See last photo for position of “back half of stitch.”

Keep going until you’ve made the length you need.

Can’t get much more minimalist!

Original WordPress post here.

More photos here & here.

weekly photo challenge: monument


When I think of something monumental in sewing I think of lace.  Any person who takes the time and effort necessary to create such intricate and beautiful designs surely has created monumental work by sheer effort.  So although this piece is small, compared to a statue or a bridge, to me it represents a great deal of time, patience, skill, thought and planning to execute.

This piece is standing the test of time, just as other monuments do.  Now almost 50 years old, it’s in use daily, at the moment, although sometimes it’s been laid away for well deserved rests.

It was made by a woman who, in her youth, travelled across the eastern United States by covered wagon, living in Indian Territory 100 years ago.  Much later in her life she crocheted this piece for me, and I value it highly.

Mon”u*ment, n. [F., fr. L. monumentum, fr. monere to remind, admonish.]  1. Something which stands, or remains, to keep in remembrance what is past; a memorial.


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weekly photo challenge: treasure

TREASURE, n. trezh”ur. [L. thesaurus.]  1. Wealth accumulated; particularly, a stock or store of money in reserve.  2. A great quantity of any thing collected for future use.  3. Something very much valued.  4. Great abundance.

Anyone with a fabric stash or a pattern stash or a button stash can identify with the above definition #2: A great quantity of any thing collected for future use.

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extreme weather

safety pin cushion at the ready, trusty ruler & fleece ~ teensiest bit of rod shows at right edge of curtain
safety pin cushion at the ready, trusty ruler, & fleece ~ teensiest bit of rod shows at right edge of curtain

Decided yesterday morning, since the temps were falling faster than Newton’s apple, that remedial assistance was needed for my huge, single-paned, floor-to-ceiling set of windows.  Yep, the ones that already have sheers and thermal fabric over them.  And blinds.

They now also have a 30 minute set of no-sew thick fleece curtains.  Yeeha, does that deaden the traffic noise! And it’s also keeping the place warmer and helping my heating bill.

Easy-peasy solution: I’ve had 2 remnants of green fleece hanging around, waiting for me to figure out what to do with them.  Light bulb moment: Instead of going out and spending $$$ trying to find heavier curtains, why not  pin the fleece to some spare adjustable rods sitting in the closet. and slip them right between the sheers & the thermals?

So I did.  All it took were 2 handfuls of the hugest safety pins I had, and 2 spare tension rods.  You could use straight pins, but I figured safety pins wouldn’t scratch if I had to fiddle with them too much.

It does leave the place darker.  But I wasn’t opening blinds or curtains anyway, to keep the cold out. Might even use them in summer, when heat starts climbing.  Then it’s important to keep light out.  I should use light fleece then, as the dark green will absorb heat and that’s not what we want.

And the little scarf is finito, with a cute little row of fan-shaped edging in either end.  Wish I had more of that yarn, but discovered on Ravelry it’s no longer made, and no one there had more to sell..  😦

crocheted scarf update

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Hopefully the next photos you’ll see will include a nice edging on the finished scarf.  Have somehow managed to avoid all such things until now, but it’s needed to finish this up nicely.

Got the bulk of this completed whilst nattering away on skype with friend Samantha (Sewinloveuk). Sooo nice getting to know each other, and for me to have another sewer & crafter to talk with.  Friend Karen works, which cuts down considerably on sewing & crafting time. But we’re working on that.  😉

Did you know the terminology is different in British and American crochet patterns? I knew that was true for knitting, but didn’t realize it also applied to crochet.  I have 2 newer books of crochet patterns and stitches purchased relatively recently.  Recently as in within the last 10 years or so.   Anyway, realized yesterday that one is American and one is British.

No wonder I was confused.  Thank you once again, Samantha, for sorting me out!

weekly photo challenge: beginning


BEGIN”NING, ppr. First entering upon; commencing; giving rise or original; taking rise or origin.

Beginnings can mean lots of things to lots of people.  Sometimes it may require unwinding some snarls, but the result is bound to please.

When I first “entered into” using this ball of yarn several years ago, it was as a gift for a friend.  As you can see, that hasn’t happened yet.

The knitting needle for this yarn was small, too small to ignite much enthusiasm for continuing.  So the project got put away and forgotten.

Then my lovely British friend, a busy crocheter, got me thinking about yarns I might recycle.  Here was a prime example.

On New Year’s Day I got it out, pulled the knitting apart, and got out a crochet hook.  Then the question: what stitch to use?

I started with a basic single crochet, which gives a solid finished piece.   However, I soon realized that stitch would take more than the single ball of yarn I had.  Finding more would be difficult, at best.

On to Plan B: a more open stitch that used less yarn.  And so the above was started.  And I think it may continue.

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weekly photo challenge: lines-patterns

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He-he!  What an interesting and thought-provoking group.  All are basic elements of sewing, and most crafts, as well as painting, photography, sculpture, and other arts.

While looking up each word, I discovered they’re all used as verb or noun, and sometimes one or the other isn’t what’s generally thought of.

Dug deep into the shoebox and pulled out some photos from 2008 & 2009.  Hope you enjoy!

Shape, v.t. pret. shaped; pp. shaped or shapen.  1. To form or create.
Shape, n. [OE. shap, schap, AS. sceap in gesceap creation, creature, fr. the root of scieppan, scyppan, sceppan, to shape, to do, to effect;]  1. Character or construction of a thing as determining its external appearance…

Line, v. t. 1. To cover the inner surface of; as, to line a cloak with silk or fur; to line a box with paper or tin.
Line, n. [OE. …prob. from L. linea a linen thread, string, line, fr. linum flax, thread, linen, cable; but the English word was influenced by F. ligne line, from the same L. word linea.] 1. linen thread or string; a slender, strong cord; also, a cord of any thickness; a rope; … a clothesline; a towline.

Tex”ture, v. t.  To form a texture of or with; to interweave.
Tex”ture, n. [L. textura, fr. texere, textum, to weave: cf. F. texture.] 1. The act or art of weaving. 2. That which woven; a woven fabric; a web.

Pat”tern, v. t. 1. To make or design (anything) by, from, or after, something that serves as a pattern; to copy; to model; to imitate.
Pat”tern, n. [OE. patron, F. patron, a patron, also, a pattern.]  1. Anything proposed for imitation; an archetype; an exemplar; that which is to be, or is worthy to be, copied or imitated; as, a pattern of a machine.

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crocheted winter hat

can you see the slight pinwheel design in the top?
can you see the slight pinwheel design in the top?

For once I found a crochet pattern easy enough to attempt.  Am pleased meself took time to rip out until the subtle design appeared correctly. Sorry I didn’t make note of the pattern or designer’s name.  Might be local as I didn’t find anything when I searched for the name back in November (when I was planning this slightly delayed post).

Made it bigger, as yarn was in the stash, and knew I wanted to be able to pull it down over my ears when it’s really cold.  Content of yarn is 50% cotton, 50% rayon, so it’s very soft and has a slight sheen.

area on sides with elastic insertion, a double crochet pattern section
area on sides with elastic insertion, a double crochet pattern section

Threaded some narrow elastic through the sections to check and see if my idea was totally crackers, then sewed some ribbon onto the elastic & started threading it through.  (above)

Not quite completed, but wanted to get something out to indicate I did do stuff even if I wasn’t posting… Also kept up reading everyone else’s blogs, just didn’t have time to reply. Apologies to all!