When I was out in New Mexico for vacation I was in a little boutique. They had these cute clothes with patches, lace, and doilies and I thought to myself, “I can make something like that.” Then a month or so ago, a lady in one of my crochet groups on Facebook posted pictures of her granddaughter’s jeans that she patched with doilies. I’ve been wanting to buy a pair of torn jeans ever since, because I wanted to make something like that as well.
I decided to try my hand at crochet socks. I bought this gorgeous sock yarn at Sewickly Yarns during Yarnapolooza this year. The yarn is from Apple Tree Knits in a colorway called Jersey Shore Gradient.
Yesterday I posted some washcloths I recently made, including one that I “designed” myself. I put designed in quotes, because it’s just spiral. But, if you don’t know how to do a spiral, here’s a pattern for you!
Aren’t my article titles so clever? I like to be to the point. This post is about washcloths. I’ve never made a washcloth before in my life. I know that crochet washcloths are popular and quick. In fact I had an old coworker who used to say she would only use crochet washcloths. I just never found the thought of making them very exciting. Then I started to see all this scrubby yarn all around and I wanted to make a scrubby washcloth. I also found some patterns of cute washcloths on Pinterest, so I thought, “What the hell? I can make some as gifts!”
I joined my first Crochet-A-Long (CAL). Back in April. This is probably why I never never joined a CAL before. I was always afraid I couldn’t keep up. Over three months later and I finally finished!
One of the crochet Facebook groups I follow is called Lifelong Crochet. I like this group. They are positive, drama-free, and quirky. Right up my alley. They held this CAL starting at the end of April and I’ve just been behind from the beginning.
We worked on a pattern called Dancing Daisy. It’s a top or swimsuit cover, whatever you prefer, I guess. I’ll likely use it as both. Nurturing Fibres and the designer Brenda Gobler gave permission to Lifelong Crochet to use the pattern for their CAL. It looks like the pattern for the Dancing Daisy cover up is available for free from Nurturing Fibers. Note: this is a British pattern.
So I started the pattern at the end of April and just finished it last night. The pattern was not difficult, I just didn’t have a lot of dedicated time to spend on it. I did like the fact that this pattern taught me to work with motifs, which is my first time working with and joining motifs. This was also my first article of clothing I have ever finished (other than ponchos). I feel like I’ve upped my game another notch on this project.
Blocking the motifs on a blocking mat.
Finished product including my label.
Here you can see the motifs on the bottom of the top and the cat paw at the top of the top.
Modelling my new top. I’m going to wear it to the pool today.
Boy, it has been a while since I have written anything. What am I doing? I’m working on a CAL that I started in April and I’m still working on. It’s a summer cover-up, so I’m really hoping to finish it by the end of summer. I’m also still working on my personal project, but it’s big and heavy and warm, so I’m taking the summer off from working on it.
I’ve been trying to come up with topics to write about, and a little while ago I saw a vagina tea cozy posted to one of my Facebook crochet groups that I follow. It was, um, interesting. I thought it was creative, but some were offended. It made me think about offensive things that people can crochet and so I searched around and created a new Pinterest Board for Risqué Crochet. If it is likely to offend, it is in this board. So if you are easily offended, stop here.
I’ve been noticing lately that a lot of people have been posting pictures of their own re-imagining of designer clothes. So I wondered how much crochet is out there right now in the designer world. I don’t follow fashion myself and I don’t buy designer clothes, but I did find some interesting designer crochet out there. I found a site called farfetch.com, they have all kinds of stuff from various designers. I just did a search for crochet and there were 244 results. Crochet is hot!
There’s the Round Neck Crochet Jumper by Chloé. This top goes for $950. It’s 14% wool and 86% cotton. It’s pretty and elegant. From a distance it doesn’t look like crochet, but when you zoom in on the stitches, it does.