Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Sunday, June 20, 2010

New Blog

I've been dealing with some personal issues of late. I started a blog to help me sort out my emotions and help myself get well again. It will be mostly short essays, healthful tips, and the occasional bit of crochet as it relates to the subject matter. It is called Confessions of an Overweight Hooker. The link is http://fathooker.blogspot.com/ if you'd like to check it out.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

2-D Butterfly


In honor of the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust
Read more about The Butterfly Project


Materials: any weight yarn or thread (scrap amount in main color, 10 inch piece in contrasting color), hook size appropriate for yarn/thread used, tapestry needle for weaving in ends, fabric stiffener (optional)

Finished Size
Thread (shown above) with (US) size 7 steel hook: 2.5 inches x 1.75 inches (blocked)
Sport (3) with (US) size D hook: 3 inches x 2.25 inches (unblocked)
Worsted (4) with (US) size H hook: 4.75 inches x 3.5 inches (unblocked)

Special Stitches:
Picot: ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook

ch 5, join with sl st in 5th ch from hook to form loop

Row 1: ch 3, dc in loop, [ch 1, 2 dc in loop] 5 times, turn. (12 dc)

Row 2: 5 dc in next ch 1 sp (shell made), shell in next ch 1 sp, sc in next ch 1 sp, shell in each of next 2 ch 1 sp, sl st in top of beg ch 3 from previous row, ch 1, turn. (4 shells)

Row 3: {dc, in next st, 2 tr in next st, (tr, picot, tr) in next st, 2 tr in next st, dc in next st} (upper wing made), sl st in sp between shells, [dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, (dc, picot, dc) in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next st] (lower wing made), sl st in next sc, rep between [ ] for second lower wing, sl st in sp between shells, rep between { } for second upper wing, sl st in same st as last dc made. Fasten off, weave in ends.

FINISHING

1. Measure the center most portion of your butterfly from top to bottom (where the body would normally be on a butterfly. See Fig 1.) Fold contrasting color yarn or thread in half. Wrap folded yarn around center of butterfly from back to front. (see Fig 2) Tie an overhand knot close to top of butterfly as indicated in Fig 3.

2. Making sure not to twist the loop, place the folded piece around the center of the body and pull knot through the loop. (see Fig. 4) Trim antennae to desired length.

3. Stiffen as desired.


Fig. 1


Fig. 2


Fig. 3


Fig. 4


Made with Worsted Weight (4)

Made with Sport/Baby Weight (3)
Pattern designed and written by April Moreland
© 2010 All rights reserved

Sunday, May 16, 2010

A Day at the Fair

Cyndi, Ben, and I spent this past Saturday splashing in the mud and playing with fiber! We visited the HFA Fiber Fair 2010 in Marshfield, Mo. It rained off and on most of the day but everything was in the pavilions so we stayed dry (for the most part) and had a blast! :)

We weren't there but about 3 or 4 minutes when a woman handed me a card and said, "You've won a door prize!" It was a lovely assortment of Goat's Milk bath products in a basket shaped like the state of Missouri, provided by Misty Woods ~ Home, Health, and Goat's Milk Products.


Next it was off to look at the craft tables and all the fiber goodies. There were so many gorgeous handmade items. And the yarns were so much fun to look at. I bought some hand dyed wool for Cyndi to play with:


And I got myself some pencil roving so I can try my hand at Kool-Aid dying and needle-felting:


Oh, and we picked up a couple of hot chicks too! (Pot holders) LOL


But the real reason we were there, at least as far as Ben was concerned, was to look at all the animals:

Little Lambs


Alpacas


Alpaca after shearing


And the most impressive: A lady spinning angora directly from the bunny while he's sitting on her lap. Sorry for the dark picture... the lighting was bad for that one. :(


After the fair we went up to Springfield to visit A New Yarn (my favorite LYS!) where I bought some Noro Silk Garden to make myself a new bag. :)


Well, we were exhausted when we got home but it was totally worth it! We will definitely be going to the fair again next year! :)

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Civil War Era Shawl

A reproduction of the shawl found at: http://www.shasta.com/suesgoodco/newcivilians/womenswear/ladycoats.htm#Shawls

Finished Size: 34 inches at center point (not including fringe)

Materials: Worsted Weight Yarn; US size "H" hook; Stitch Marker; Tapestry Needle (for weaving in ends)

Ch 6, join with sl st in 1st ch to form loop.

*Note: Place marker as indicated on Row 3 to mark center ch 3 space. Move marker up each row as you work being sure to keep it in the center ch 3 sp.

Row 1: ch 5 (counts as beg ch 3 + ch 2 now and throughout), (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc, ch 2, dc) all in same loop, turn.

Row 2: ch 5, (3 dc, ch 1) in next ch 2 sp, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc, ch 1) in next ch 3 sp, (3 dc, ch 2) in next ch 2 sp, dc in top of beg ch 3, turn.

Row 3: ch 5, (3 dc, ch 1) in next ch 2 sp, (3 dc, ch 1) in next ch 1 sp, [3 dc, ch 3 (*mark as center ch 3 sp), 3 dc, ch 1] in next ch 3 sp, (3 dc, ch 1) in next ch 1 sp, (3 dc, ch 2) in next ch 2 sp, dc in top of beg ch 3, turn.

Row 4: ch 5, (3 dc, ch 1) in next ch 2 sp, (3 dc, ch 1) in each ch 1 sp across to last ch 1 sp before center ch 3 sp, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc, ch 1) in center ch 3 sp, (3 dc, ch 1) in each remaining ch 1 sp across, (3 dc, ch 2) in next ch 2 sp, dc in top of beg ch 3, turn.

Rows 5-33: Repeat row 4, do not turn at end of row 33.

NOTE: Shawl may be made longer by repeating Row 4 until desired length.

Row 34 (top border): ch 3, (2 dc, ch 1) in end of row 33, (3 dc, ch 1) in end of each remaining row across top of shawl including the beginning loop. (102 dc)

Row 35 (bottom fringe-optional**): [ch 13, 5 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 5 sc in each of next 9 ch, ch 2] (one corkscrew made), sl st in next ch 2 sp, make corkscrew, sl st in same ch 2 sp, [make corkscrew, sl st in next ch 1 sp] across to last ch 1 sp before center ch 3 sp, make corkscrew, sl st in next ch 3 sp, make corkscrew, sl st in same ch 3 sp, [make corkscrew, sl st in next ch 1 sp] across to last ch 1 sp before laast ch 2 sp, make corkscrew, sl st in next ch 2 sp, make corkscrew, sl st in same ch 2 sp, make corkscrew, sl st in top of beg ch 3 of Row 34.

Fasten off, weave in ends

**Alternate fringe: If you prefer to use a plain fringe, (for each fringe) cut 3-5 pieces of yarn to twice the desired length and secure in ch 1 spaces with a larks head knit along bottom edge. This website has a good tutorial for making fringe in this manner.

Closeup of Row 34 (top edge)

Closeup of center

Closeup of corkscrew

One more for the road...


Pattern written by April Moreland
© 2010 All rights reserved

Solid Corner Half Square

Solid Corner Half Square

Finished Size: 5 inches X 6.5 inches on the diagonal side

Materials: Worsted Weight Yarn; US size "I" hook; Tapestry needle for weaving in ends.

ch 4

Round 1: (beg ch 3 counts as 1 dc) 7 dc in 4th ch from hook, turn.

Round 2: ch 3, 2 dc in same st, dc in each of next 2 sts, 5 dc in next st (corner made), dc in each of next 2 sts, 3 dc in

next st, turn.

Round 3: ch 3, 2 dc in same st, dc in each of next 6 sts, 5 dc in next st, dc in each of next 6 sts, 3 dc in next st, turn.

Round 4: ch 3, 2 dc in same st, dc in each of next 10 sts, 5 dc in next st, dc in each of next 10 sts, 3 dc in next st, turn.

*Note: For a larger square, continue in same manner making sure to increase 2 sts in the first and last st of each row and

to place corner in the center dc of corner from previous row.

Fasten off at end of last row, weave in ends.

Here it is laid on top of the solid square.

Pattern written by April Moreland
© 2010 All rights reserved

Solid Corner Square

Solid Corner Square

Finished Size: 5 inches

Materials: Worsted Weight Yarn; US size "I" hook; Tapestry needle for weaving in ends.

ch 4

Round 1: (beg ch 3 counts as 1 dc) 11 dc in 4th ch from hook, join with sl st in top of beg ch 3.

Round 2: ch 3, 5 dc in next st (corner made), [dc in each of next 2 sts, 5 dc in next st] 3 times, dc in next st, join with sl st in top of beg ch 3.

Round 3: ch 3, dc in each of next 2 sts, 5 dc in next st [dc in each of next 6 sts, 5 dc in next st] 3 times, dc in each of next 3 sts, join with sl st in top of beg ch 3.

Round 4: ch 3, dc in each of next 4 sts, 5 dc in next st [dc in each of next 10 sts, 5 dc in next st] 3 times, dc in each of next 5 sts, join with sl st in top of beg ch 3.

*Note: For a larger square, continue in same manner making sure to place corner in the center dc of corner from previous row.

Fasten off at end of last row, weave in ends.

Pattern written by April Moreland
© 2010 All rights reserved