Friday, October 15, 2010
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Recently went to Sustainable Fibers in Elgin, Texas and I must say they are a great group of fine artisans.
If you go further to Paige, Texas, you can also stop at Yarnorama and see all the new beautiful yarn that Susan has in store. The Yarn Crawl has started and the LYS from Austin to San Antonio have alot of great goodies for those who participate.
I have been reading many books on dyeing yarn, spinning, a little on weaving, and lately on rag rugs. Too cool. Been looking at the great economical thrift stores for recycling sweaters. Can't get enough.
The most important point I want to share is a motif taken from my mother's quilt that she gave me after I lost
all those quilts from a past hurricane. It's going to be her birthday soon and I wanted to give her something I made from the heart and to say thanks for her unconditional support. Let me just say that I went through many prototypes and finally came up with this one. I would love to share this pattern with you.
|The white motif is from Baby sport on Size 6 needles.|
|Both sizes to see the outcome.|
|This motif is from worsted wool on Size 8 needles.|
Cookie's Bow Ties
I will be making panels and merge together each panel.
In the swatch, I cast on 23 and slip stitched the first stitch and knit the 23 stitch for a smoother edge to put together for the panels. You may use his as a discloth, or a blanket, your call. Just be creative!
Cast On 21
Bind off. Block. Enjoy. Valis
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
|Crochet View a long completed shawl as laid out.|
|Another layout view.|
|Front view of Shawl as placed on with its own self button closure.|
The revised pattern is corrected to the first post and on here, too. Will correct the videos,soon.
|Back view of shawl.|
On another note....
I love the way this shawl has its own neck shaping and edging.
The next item in this post is the new teal circular shawl that will be out soon. This was made organically and now I have to figure write out the pattern. Almost done. So that's all for now and thanks for your patience!Valis
Monday, August 16, 2010
|My Photo for the crochet blog|
Been sick for a while and doing better after a rest and recovery.
While resting, I decided to create a new blog for crochet.
It is Valis' Crochet Moment. To start, I added the CAL as the first post.
I am working on this teal colored circular shawl/blanket to be posted soon.
Thanks for your patience. Valis
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
|Welcome to our Crochet View-a-Long!|
|My contribution to the CVAL|
|This pattern works pretty fast and fun!|
For now, keep on crocheting! Valis
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
|Our project in the video|
Ok, let's get started. In order to see the video and its contents, I thought it was better to place the instructions here. We don't need eye strain.
If you are a beginner or need a refresher, please take the time to review the following: (Referencing Lionbrand Tutorial)
|Part A: The Beginning|
- Make a chain (ch)
- Make a single crochet (sc)
- Make a double crochet (dc)
- Make a triple crochet (tc)
- Make a slip stitch (ss)
- Join a chain into a circle.
- Make a special shell of 5dc in 1dc stitch (st)
To learn this pattern, I suggest any worsted weight yarn.
1 I/9 5.5mm crochet hook.
2 stitch markers. Place marker (pm)
1 pr of Scissors
1 blunt end needle for weaving in those loose threads.
|Another close up example|
The Pattern: Part A Video
- Chain (ch) 3.
- Make a circle by slip stitch (ss) of 3rd chain into the 1st ch as a join. (Makes a tiny circle)
- Ch 1 and insert the hook in the tiny hole and make a single crochet stitch (sc).
- Make 8 more sc in this circle.
- Ss the 9th st into 1st ch1.
- Total 9 sts.
Working back and forth
- Ch 1 and turn.( This represents the first sc in the row)
- 1 sc in the next 2 sc and place marker (pm)
- 3 sc in the next sc.
- 1 sc in the next sc.
- 3 sc in the next sc.
- pm and 1sc in the last 3 sc.
- Total:13 sts
- Ch 3 and turn.(This represents the first dc in the row)
- 1 dc in the next 2 dc and pm.
- 5dc in the next dc.
- 1 dc in the next 5 dc.
- 5 dc in the next dc.
- pm and 1 dc in the last 3 dc.
- Total: 21 sts.
- Ch 1 and turn.
- 1 sc in the next 2 dc and pm.
- Triple crochet (tc) in the next dc.
- 1 sc in the next dc.
- Continue (tc in the next dc and 1 sc in the next dc) until you get to the last 3 dc.
- pm and 1 sc in the last 3 dc.
- Total: 21 sts.
|Another swatch as a reference|
- Ch 3 and turn.
- Dc in the next 2 sc and pm.
- Make 5 dc in the next tc.
- Dc in the next 13 sts.
- Make 5 dc in the next tc.
- pm and dc in the last 3 sc.
- Total: 29 sts.
- Repeat Row 5.
- Repeat Row 6.
|Where we stopped from Part B|
15 inches from the top of the semi-circle to the base as a shawlette or go further.
- I know this is a short CVAL but Part C will cover Rows 7 and 8 and see the final outcome and its edging.
- Be Creative! The purpose is to promote creativity and uniqueness.
- You can add a picot edge or shells.
- You can change anything on this pattern, for it is a guide to a half-circle shape.
- Just be forgiving of my videos. After 11-12 tries, anything more than 2 minutes is tough.
- Just enjoy and have fun with this project.
- Don't forget: If you use lace yarn, take it slow and easy!
- My gratitude to those who joined my Ravelry group on Valis' Crochet View-A-Long. Thanks so much!!!!!
- Let's see those photos, and introduce yourself.
- Don't forget to weave in ends with blunt end needle or crochet hook.
- Remember to block your work.
Making Crochet Magic!!! Valis
Monday, July 26, 2010
Just wanted to let everyone know that I made a crochet view-a-long. Everything in video with instructions included. Still using silent movie with music genre but hey, that's me.
Also, added a crochet group in Ravelry, too.
It's Valis' Crochet View-A-Long.
Never done one before, so we have a new territory to visit. Some people don't like to wait so, I also did a PDF in general form to share.
Now, I'll be doing this as I go, so in essence it a CAL...for me. ;)
The photos are my swatches I've been working on and completing the video.Soooooooooon!!
Until then, make crochet magic! Valis
Thursday, July 22, 2010
|Shrug-using autumnal colors|
|So nice outside-had to take photo|
And there is Mara, this hard working gal at Kirby Lane. Always a smile and always serving her customers with such commitment. I wanted to do something for her to say "thank you" for making this place a great Austin attraction.
So, I made her a shrug from my pattern and embellished it with the elongated stitch and crochet edge back from Mypicot.com.
I tapered the cuffs and added a button to each side.
Hope you enjoy and happy knitting! Valis
Friday, July 9, 2010
Finally completed the Short Sleeve Shrug. New pics are here.
Decided to use in Elongated Stitch and kept to the measurements very nicely. This measurement is for Large/Xtra Large Size. A medium size young lady tried it on and the arms were longer and roomy from the middle section. Now, she liked it because she can add a blouse underneath with room to spare. Please swatch your projects. This shrug fit myself and another plus size young lady perfectly. For myself, I might go 17 inches from back of neck to hip, personally. This young lady loved the fit as I originally measured as the prototype.
It took only One skein of Worsted Weight Yarn.
For the neck and back, you can slip stitch with a crochet hook or single crochet to obtain a smoother edging to the neck and back area. Hey, I believe you can continue embellishing to your hearts content.
New videos for the progress of this project on youtube along with the stitch guide video and pics available to you on Ravelry.
Decided to add the pattern again:
____________inches Total Across: Elbow to Elbow
1/4 ___sts Arm 1/2___sts Neck 1/4___sts Arm
____inches Down from Back of Neck to Hip
9. Cast on your ___ sts.
(My cast on is 144 sts. The arms are 32 sts for each arm and 72 sts for neck.)
1. Garter stitch the first 1/4 total sts and place marker (pm), then knit (k) 1/2 total sts, pm; k the last 1/4 sts. Leave the markers there.
(For me, total of 144 sts=k36, pm, k72, pm, k36.)
2. The total amount of rows = the measurement from the back of the neck to the hip. Check your gauge on your swatch or you skein label to determine your rows.
(For me, the measurement is 15 inches. My gauge in a 4X4 swatch is 18sts X 24 rows. (6 rows per inch X 15 inches =90 rows.) After completing this shrug-some have requested to make the back length to 17 inches. Your choice!
3. Once you completed to the final row, bind off. Use scissors to cut off a very long piece of yarn. Place the second set of markers as in step 1 so as to keep the markers in place to sew with the darning needle the 2 arm placements.
4. Sew the 2 arm placements together.
5. Try on your new shrug.