November 14, 2008

Catching up

Posted in Charity, Kitties, Ravelry at 12:00 am by Rebecca Crochets

Thursday is for blogging! I’m hoping that I can establish a schedule again where I at least blog one night a week. So now I’m declaring it to be Thursday night.

So, here are some pictures of what I’ve been up to the past week or so.

Baby booties

I’ve been trying to get rid of some of my stash. I really didn’t have too much of this baby yarn, so I only got three pairs of booties. And actually the ones in the foreground are missing a row or two around the top. They’re ankle baby booties!

Curious Puck

Puck couldn’t resist finding out what was so interesting. Could it be something cuter than he?

Preemie hats

And more cute little things. This yarn was donated in February and I’ve already made a number of toddler hats with it, but I was pretty sure I couldn’t get much more from it. Thank goodness someone from the Knit One, Save One campaign visited our crochet group. She handed out booklets with the details and a few patterns to create preemie hats for babies in undeveloped countries. Even in warmer climates, the hats help the tiny babies more easily regulate their body temperatures giving them a better chance of surviving their first month. I changed the pattern a little by using single crochet instead of the double crochet they called for. The pink one on the top right is the closest to the original pattern. I, of course, can never let a good pattern alone. I made pom-poms, stripes, and embroidery. I had so much fun doing these, I made them all in two nights!

Ribbon scarf

I started this scarf some time ago, but now that it’s colder, the women at the Pittsburgh Women’s Shelter can really use them. I finished this tonight. It was also created from donated yarn. It’s Lion Brand’s Incredible ribbon and Wool-Ease, but donated by two different people! It’s so fun to try to match up the yarns to create something pretty. I found the knitting pattern on Ravelry, but had to add a crochet fringe to it!

Special scarf

I also started another scarf tonight. This is a pattern from the yarn label, and will be sent off to the winter athletes in the Special Olympics. What’s fun, is that I was watching a winter sport (hockey) while making it: the Pittsburgh Penguins playing the Philadelphia Flyers. I started the scarf at the beginning of the game, and got this far through three periods, an overtime, and a shoot-out that went through six shooters each team. The game was pretty exciting and I think helped me keep a pretty quick pace!

Katie Bolero motif

And finally, above is the motif from the Katie Bolero that I mentioned in the previous post. The yarn is Patons Silk Bamboo in Almond. It’s 70% bamboo and 30% silk and is so soft and lustrous. I’ve made a few of the motifs and I’m having a problem memorizing the last round. I’ve got everything else down, but the last round is driving me crazy. So crazy that I’m going to make a few changes. Like I said, I can never leave a good pattern alone. I’ll share what I’ve come up with soon…

Well, that’s it for now. See you next Thursday, I hope!

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March 6, 2008

Done with 2 ounces to spare

Posted in Charity, Ravelry at 10:39 am by Rebecca Crochets

Well, the toddler’s sweater is done and I had 2 ounces left of the red yarn. I’m not sure why I was so worried. I’m glad I continued with the project though there were times when I thought I would be changing things on the fly. I do that quite frequently.

One of the charity projects that I’m working on now is a good case in point. Lyn from my crochet group and I got together to sort all the donated yarn we received from Ravelry members of the Steel City Fiber Arts group. They gave us over 220 balls of yarn and 29 cones! Thank you so very much, guys!

Well, we sorted the yarns by fiber and color then bagged them up like little project kits. This bag had 2.5 balls of a royal blue virgin wool/nylon blend and a matching blue-ish boa fur yarn. About enough for a scarf. I decided that I’d do stripes of each yarn until I ran out or until it was almost too long to be a scarf. I started with the fur to make it look like fringe on the bottom (just straight single crochet since you can’t see any stitch definition), then switched to the wool/nylon blend and a single crochet, chain alternating pattern. After doing about 3 inches of the blend, I decided that I needed to use up that yarn fast! I didn’t really enjoy it, and I wanted to be finished with it as soon as possible. So I ditched the stripes and now there’s boa fur fringe only on the ends. I’ll take pictures and post them, because despite not liking the yarn, it turned into a pretty nice looking scarf. The wool/nylon blend will keep the recipient nice and warm.

The scarves that we crochet benefit the Pittsburgh Women’s Shelter. This season to date, we’ve made over 50 scarves (can’t remember the exact number -it could be much higher). But that’s with yarn donated in November. We haven’t even begun to make a dent in the yarn donated in February! Stay tuned for more crocheting on the fly!

January 23, 2008

No surgery necessary?!?

Posted in Ravelry, Robyn's samples at 8:53 pm by Rebecca Crochets

Here I am blogging again! It’s Wednesday night and I was tempted to write yesterday, too. This is a good sign.   …Though I have to admit I almost forgot, since I got sucked into Ravelry again.

Anyway, the orthopedic surgeon looked at the x-rays, and said “Good news. We’re not going to have to operate.” That NEVER crossed my mind. I almost didn’t go to the doctor, just the numbness creeping up my arm was disconcerting.

I’m in a splint for six weeks, but I can still crochet! I’m working muscles I never knew I had! I’m left to typing one-handed, and I haven’t tried knitting yet, but it isn’t too bad so far.

As I am new to this blogging thing (and the Ravelry), I still need to get myself organized. I must find my digital camera, charge up the battery, and get snapping. I totally wanted to have this blog be about the projects I am working on, and not my medical woes (which are usually nil, except apparently when dressing near a doorknob).

Anyway, my goal for next Wednesday will be to post a picture of the cardigan that I’m currently working on for my cousin, Robyn. I basically just have to weave in the ends and this sample is finished! Check out her blog entry about the inspiration and her design process for this piece. And let me say, it was a fun crochet!

Till next time!

January 16, 2008

Sometimes life gets in the way…

Posted in Ravelry tagged , at 7:49 pm by Rebecca Crochets

I’ve been reading knit and crochet blogs for well over a year, and I’ve had two general thoughts about blogging:

-They look like they’re having a lot of fun, showing off their projects, making friends, and getting feedback and compliments.

And,

-It must take an incredible amount of time to write an entry (if they’re anything like me), and then do it everyday!! …with pictures, too! That’s just crazy! Who are these people and where do they get the motivation to set aside time to do this??!?!?

One of my favorite bloggers posts everyday. Besides the content, one of the reasons I like her blog is because she posts everyday. I know, I know, my first and last post was August 15th. Obviously I have great insight into the blogging thing when it comes to others. And, yes, I too, can’t stand it when I’m all excited to check out a certain blog topic from someone I’ve never read before, and they haven’t posted anything new for months. Hypocrite, I am.

I did have these reservations about maintaining a blog, and that’s why I never started one. I wondered -and decided I didn’t- have the ability to be so disciplined. Wasn’t I right! Then, I got my Ravelry invite (see my meager prior post) and knew I had to step out into this blogging world and try it myself, even with doubts about my abilities.

Then life got in the way… I had crocheting to do, some knitting to finish, cats to feed, a husband to entertain (you’d think that if they were bored, they could just find something to fix or paint or whatever), employers to continuously convince to send me a paycheck (it’s called work. and they actually want you to do it AT work!), grad school to start, a Yarn Ball to help organize, crochet groups to go to, yarn to buy, family to phone, a few holidays thrown in… You know, STUFF. TO DO. LOTS OF IT.

Anyway, last weekend, I attended a seminar on writing research articles for peer-reviewed journals, and one of the messages that I understood all too well, was that if you’re waiting for a week where there will not be much going on so that you can do the manuscript, you will never get any writing done because that week will never arrive. (That’s the truth!) The presenter suggested setting aside a regular time to write, or a daily word count goal (It appears the Yarn Harlot tries this method.). I’ve decided to try once a week, Wednesday night. That was the other suggestion she gave us, announce your intentions to somebody so they can ask you about it every time they see you. Well, you heard it here.

…And here I am. It’s Wednesday night, and I’m blogging. So, nah! Here’s the really funny thing: On Sunday, I gracefully (or was that not-so-gracefully) smashed my hand into a glass doorknob in our house, and apparently, the doctor tells me, I have fractured the fifth metacarpal on my left hand! It’s not ridiculously painful, but I am scheduled to see the orthopedic hand specialist tomorrow to make sure I haven’t ruined it for life. And yet, I blog. How ’bout that! Maybe setting a goal is a good idea!

…Tune in next week when we see if Rebecca’s good intentions are only that! And will they amputate her crocheting arm? AAAHHHH!!!!!!

August 15, 2007

Got my Ravelry invite!

Posted in Ravelry at 5:57 pm by Rebecca Crochets

Yes, I got my Ravelry invite. And I knew I had to finally come up with a blog. What’s been holding me back is a name. What to name it? It’s got to be something GOOD! Something that I won’t mind if it sticks with me forever. Something that I can take on the road if needed. (What if I move? I can’t be the Pittsburgh Crocheter in Des Moines. I’m not even a native Pittsburgher -though 7+ years is certainly a long time to visit.) I digress. A name…

Rebecca Knits? Taken. Wendyknits already knits. And does it quite well.

Yarn Floozie? Someone’s been there, done that. Indeed, there’s a Yarn Harlot on the loose in Canada.

Crochet by Loki? Already a cute pet/designer combo on the scene at Crochet by Faye. That and Loki, my cat, only wants to shred the yarn, not help mommy crochet it.

I’ve been mulling this over for a few months now. I’ve been at a loss. Then it hit me. I crochet. I knit. And I oftentimes rip it out. Over and over again. In fact, in order of most time spent, my husband would say it should be called Rip, Crochet, Knit, Never finish. I do finish things. I’ll show him. And I’ll record it on this blog for anyone else to see as well.

Thanks for visiting!