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.
Today was the last day of the festival. I have to say I really enjoyed it. This weekend was a lot of fun and I learned some fun things and some important things. Next year I will need to take more classes. I was afraid of overdoing it this year, but next year I really want to load up on the classes and learn as much as I can learn.
I strolled along the one wall where some quilts were displayed. I’ve thought about doing quilting in the past, but I think I’ll stick with my crochet. There were some beautiful quilts on display though.
I strolled around the marketplace one last time and picked up a couple more things. Ugh, I just love to shop for craft supplies. I was trying to stay on a budget this weekend, but I splurged a little. I also went back to the art exhibit. Some of the pieces
Fishing Tales of Elliott Fisherman by Katrina Shorter-Harrison won for use of unique material
Whirlpools and Waves by Raesus Cannon won for wearable art
Facehugger by Katie Freeman won for Three Dimensional
Beginnings by Stacy Hortner won for two dimensional
And That Was Called Love by Abby Rammelkamp won for craftmanship
I went to my second class, Into to Freeform with Susan Swarthout. We learned the bullion stitch and spirals so we could make scrumbles. Then we pieced our scrumbles together. The next picture is an example of Freeform crochet, a really gorgeous panel. The next picture after that is my first attempt at Freeform. I enjoyed this class, and the freedom of Freeform. I can really see myself getting into this. So much fun and creativity. Love it!
Awesome Freeform display
My first Freeform
It’s Spring, at least according to the calendar, so it’s time to make some Spring clothes. I’ve been searching through my pins, trying to pick out some cute items for the spring. Disclaimer: I am not fashion savvy. These are just patterns that appeal to me and my sense of style. lol
The Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival is s little more than a week away! I ended up getting a 3 day pass and I signed up for two crochet classes. It will be my first year attending, so I’m not entirely sure what to expect. Hopefully I will not be overwhelmed.
Online ticket purchases are still available through Friday. And tickets will also be sold at the door.
After next week I will hopefully have a lot more to write about as I continue to work on my WIP.
There are plenty of things in life that can take over and slow down your crochet time. For me lately I feel like a lot of things are slowing me down:
- I’m dieting. And my diet involves both diet and exercise including at least 10,000 steps every day. When you work in an office and you sit at a desk most of the day, getting 10,000 steps a day can be a challenge. I find myself pacing around my house most nights trying to get to my 10,000 steps, instead of crocheting.
- Work. Work has been very busy lately which has caused me to work some extra hours. I also used to crochet during my lunch break, but often times I don’t have much time to take lunch, or a use lunch to try to get steps.
- My cats keep laying in my lap. It seems the few times I do get to finally sit down and pick up my hook, one of the cats comes along and plops in my lap for cuddles. Don’t get me wrong, I do love the cuddles, but it cuts down on crochet time.
- My husband. Sometimes it feels like I never have all that much time to spend on him. Really he should always come first. He’s a great guy and has been very supportive of me and everything I do. I need to also have quality time for him to hang out, go out to dinner, and talk.
And I don’t even have kids. I couldn’t imagine what it’s like for working mothers.
Pumpkin cuddles while still letting me crochet