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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Article in Interweave Crochet :)

Really kind of cool ...

A while back (summer, I believe), Kathryn Vercillo of the book Crochet Saved My Life fame requested information from people for whom Crochet has played an important role in their health ... mental, physical or both. On a whim, and being mindful that I need to keep pushing my boundaries if I don't want the agoraphobia to reduce my world to the inside of my own house, I answered. She sent me a questionnaire and I did my best to answer it as honestly as I could. After she had a chance to review it, she let me know that she was going to use it in one of her published pieces and later let me know that it would be in Interweave Crochet magazine's Winter edition.

Well, that magazine was just released (the ebook version is always available a bit ahead of the print one) and I'm humbled at the treatment that Ms. Vercillo gave to my interview. ^_^

I'm particularly grateful that she included the reference to Karyn (owner of my LYS, Birkeland Bros Wool) I had made in answering the questionnaire. Karyn and her sister-in-law, Danielle, have been instrumental in helping me deal with my agoraphobia ... giving me a safe place in the downtown core of Abbotsford that I could retreat to if I am having a rough time within my own skull. This was at Karyn's insistence ... I had only been there a couple of times when this wonderful woman expressly told me that, were I to need it, I was to come to her shop and they would give me a quiet corner from which I could pull myself together.

Karyn is fighting colon cancer and it is not going well ... it had already metastasized to her lungs, stomach, lymphatic system, as well as the bones of her spine and skull before it was caught. And yet, somehow she still manages to be upbeat and positive about her situation. Honestly, I'm in awe of her strength in adversity.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Knitting - The Witchling Society

With Samhain on the horizon, I've decided to give the crochet a wee break and put some time into practicing my knitting ... specifically in becoming proficient at the use of DPN (a set of five double pointed needled that were the first knit-in-the-round tools, long before the advent of today's popular circular needles). 

I'm working a pattern called "Little Witchling" ... an adorable little witch's hat with tons of character ... that I picked up off etsy two years ago (before I had even learned to knit) because it was too prescious to pass up.

I'm going to see how many I can make before Samhain and, although the very first is earmarked for my Sunshine, then I'll figure out what I'm going to do with them (I do have a bunch of craft-gifts still owing to four people that I haven't forgotten about).

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Wire Weaving - Tree of Life Pendant

Worked on my wire working/jewellery skills today:

This is what it looked like at the start.

I am pretty happy with how it turned out.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Crochet - The Cast Iron Dragon's Scales

I began this project when Joie was in the hospital with ketoacidosis because she just could NOT get warm no matter how many hospital "blankets" I piled on her. Chose the crocodile stitch because it was something I had never done before but it turned out to be both labour and materiel intensive and took two months of working on it daily to complete.
The "Dragon" modelling her new scale shawl. 

Since J's nickname back when I met her was the "Cast Iron Dragon", I joked with her while working on it that she was finally going to get her scales.

Started with the bobwilson123 how-to video and then just kind of winged it to add a back post single crochet collar and lapels to create an enclosing garment that hugs the wearer rather than a flat triangle that needs to be fought with to keep on the shoulders.
A back view which does some credit to the
lovely Royal Blue colour of the yarn.

Then added the buttons (chosen specifically for high visibility to failing eyes) and a loop to hold the front closed.

It's like wearing a thermal blanket.
This image does not justice to the colour
but it does show the weave of the scales.

I have some ideas for an improved version, but I'm not going to be doing this again for a while.
Need a bit of a break from the crocodile stitch. ^_^

Monday, January 6, 2014

Crochet - Mary's Little Lamb mittens

They're done and, all in all, I'm happy with them.
I can stand to improve through practice at carrying off the pattern, but they are a nice pair of serviceable pre-schooler mitts and I am very pleased with the lamb appliques ^_^
Done and ready for Sunshine to use.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Crochet - Mary's Little Lamb mittens

Our trip got postponed for yet another week ... which gives me time to add on ... again ^_^

A pair of mittens for Sunshine to match her skelly-lamb hat and coordinate with the scarf I made her for her birthday.

Only have one made so far, and the applique still needs to be sewn in, but I'm confident the other one will come together nicely.

The lamb applique is my very own - very first- design ^_^
Hopefully it looks like a lamb to others too.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Crochet - Mary's Little Lamb

I have not been able to put my crochet hook down since finishing DIL's gift set so I decided I'd give working with that awful (soft and squooshy with a loose twist so tough to crochet with but lovely on the skin) white yarn I picked up before Sunshine's birthday.

I ended up with a hat that has the same gothic faerie tale feel to it as DIL's set so I'm calling it 'Mary's Little Lamb'.

I edged it with the same yarn that I'd same Sunshine's birthday scarf from so they will match and I'm probably going to make a pair of simple mittens to go with to round out the set.

Then I'm going to start on an idea I have for my younger son (sunshine's daddy).