Arm Knitting and Some Crochet

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Apr 202016
 

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An Update, Arm Knitting and Some Crochet

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I’m back with some scarves.  I use to do a lot of knitting but working two needles and holding up the weight of a garment to manouver the knitting needles became too much for me with my arms being affected by my health issues, so I started doing some crocheted items.  Less of a problem with loosing stitches as of course only working with one stitch at a time, not a whole knitting needle of stitches that have the habit of coming off if I have to put my arms down mid row.  And it is also easier to work with the growing piece of crochet resting more on my lap, so less weight to contend with.  I can’t manage consistent tension to do any real garments, but other things, like hats, scarves, blankets, bags, etc., I do manage.

I have got a very large granny square blanket on the go, and have had it on the go for a couple of years.  It is now as tall as my youngest nephew, if not a bit taller – and as it’s a square the same width.  I have to work on that while in an armchair in the sitting room to have the weight spread across the arms of the chair. That is my large, ongoing, project.  But while working on that I’ve also been making smaller items.

What I’ve got to show you today are not exactly traditional scarves because of the yarn I’ve used for two of them, but I hope you like them.

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ARM KNITTING:

Have you ever tried arm knitting.  I got a few rolls of this “Yarn”

Scarf 104 03 Scarf 104 04It is like a very wide piece of knitted yarn that you can then work with.

For this first piece I did some arm knitting – casting on three stitches and using my arms as “knitting needles”. One skein of yarn makes one scarf.

Scarf 104 01

This photo was taken in more of a shaddow and so shows the loops of the chain a bit better.

Scarf 104 02With the loops on my arms, and sat in bed watching TV, I could just pull a few loops, knitting from one side to the other, and then put my arms down to rest, without the stitches falling off past my tumbs sticking out, and the whole thing didn’t take me an hour to make.

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CROCHET:

For this scarf I used the same yarn but decided to crochet into the side of the yarn.  By picking up a piece of the side of the wide ribbon yarn, then scooping up another piece onto the crochet hook, then another, before taking the last loop through the first two, it started gathering up the edge of the wide ribbon yarn and gave the other edge a ruffled look.

Scarf 103 01 Scarf 103 02By continuing to pick up two loop fulls of the ribbon yarn edge and taking the last through all the way along the edge of the yarn the whole lot became ruffled, and tended to twirl round on itself, making an unusual type of scarff.

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This next scarf is a more traditional crochet item.  Made using treble stitches throughout.

Here’s a closeup of the stitches and edge.

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Here’s the whole scarf.

Scarf 04 02

I’ve tried to spread the scarf a bit more out for this photo to give you a better idea of the length.

Scarf 04 04I’m going to have to take a photo of the yarn ball band with yarn content and details at a later date and put it in because I forgot to do it the same time as photographing the scarf itself.

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Apr 012016
 

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Today we see the start of a new challenge on the “Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog” – and I’m now shareing the inspiration piece I created on this month’s theme.

DLD Challenge BadgeDLD DT BadgeEach ”Dragons Lair Designs Challenge” goes live the first Friday of the month with a new theme each time. The winner will get picked by “Random” so that it is fair for all levels of crafters. The winner gets a prize, as well as a badge for their blog, and the winning entry will also be highlighted on the challenge blog the following month. Although we’d love to see Dragons Lair Designs items on your creation, you may ENTER the challenge using ANY MATERIAL you wish as long as you clearly follow the set theme. You may enter the challenge with ONE entry per month. So why not consider joining in with us this month – go to the challenge blog and have a look at the rules and the inspiration created by my fellow Design Team members.

For April the theme is “Anything Goes”.  Yes – Anything at all you’ve crafted!

Please join in and let us see your crafted creation.

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CREATION:

I was in the middle of crocheting a scarf when I received items from the new “Artistic Expressions” collection (that’s launched in the Dragons Lair Designs online store today) to play with.  As soon as I saw the new collection I decided it would be perfect to use to decorate a gift bag to put my creation in when it was finished.  In fact, I decided to also crochet a floppy bag to match the scarf and put both in the gift bag.

GiftBagCollection 01

Dragons Lair Designs Item:

Consumables:

  • A4 sheets of 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock
  • A4 sheet of 350gsm white cardstock
  • Funky Glue Pen
  • Three pieces of yearn – the same as used for crocheted scarf and bag
  • 5 Pink Eyelets
  • Acetate
  • Nuvo metalic pen

Equipment:

  • Scissors
  • Hougie Board
  • Trimmer
  • Crop-a-dial
  • My Craft Studio software

Method:

I started by taking items from the kit into My Craft Studio Elite software, resizing one square panel and printing it out twice on super smooth cardstock to make the main panel front and back.  I then started building up, copying and resizing different items to make a tag, embelishments and a framed pocket.  Everything was then printed and cut out.

I used my scoreboard to score the cardstock with the panels on to make the front and back of the main bag shape and also to make the framed pocket to go on it.  Acetate was put in the frame window.

This pocket had the wording “Gwybodaeth Golchi” (which is Welsh for Washing Instructions) put on one of the tabs in the collection and digitally attached to the frame before printing, because I’m using the pocket to put in the yarn ball band that includes the washing instruction for the yarn.

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I cut a panel from the heavyweight cardstock to put inside the bottom of the bag for strength,

I used the funky glue to glue everything together.

It makes a spacious gift bag.

GiftBagCollection 06

The Crop-a-dial was used to put in holes and eyelets at the top of the bag and on the tag.  I wrote Sgarff (Welsh for Scarf) on the printed side of the tag – the other side being left blank for anybody to write a greeting for the recipient.

I took pieces of the yarn I’d used for the scarf and bag to make the gift bag handles and to thread through the tag to tie it to the gift bag.

GiftBagCollection 02So here’s the front and back of the bag.

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This is the yarn I used to make the scarf and bag – it’s a sort of knitted ribbon type of yarn.

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Here’s a closer look at the scarf.

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GiftBagCollection 11And here’s a closer look at the bag.

GiftBagCollection 14 GiftBagCollection 13And to finish – all the items together –

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I hope you like my creations and that you will join us in the Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog this month.

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  • Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog : new challenge the first Friday of every month
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Some More Crochet Makes

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Mar 072016
 

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An Update and Some Crochet

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In this post I’ll be showing you a batch of small crocheted items I worked on very early this year.  I’d shown you one of the hats a few weeks ago – here – and today I’ve got a second hat I made for another nephew, and a crocheted collar I made for myself – to keep my neck warm under the edge of a coat or knitted woolly jacket.d

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CROCHET:

Both these items were made using the same type of yarn, 2 balls per project, but using different colours.

This hat was for a nephew.  He actually prefers to ware it with the fluffy bobbles inside and with just the front edge turned up to show some of them.  Says it keeps his head warmer like that.

Crochet Hat 02 02Several shots of the yarn band.

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This is my warming collar.  I had thought of doing it in the round but decided that I didn’t want the bother of pulling it on over my head so did it to cross in the front with a button to hold it in place.

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These are photos of the ball band of this creation.

Crochet Collar 03 03 Crochet Collar 03 01 Crochet Collar 03 02

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Some Crochet Makes

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Feb 292016
 

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An Update and Some Crochet

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This post, like many of my latest posts, is showing some of my make from last year that I didn’t have the strength to blog after finishing making.

I made a point of keeping the ball bands from all the yarn so that I could photograph them as well, and blog them with the item, so that I’ve got a place to go to for referance when I need to wash the items.    This is especially useful when I’ve used two different yarn together to make an item – like I’ve done with my scarf and hat.  I also keep a piece of the yarn tied to the ball band until I’ve bloged to make sure that I’m recording the right details with the right item.  Then, when the ball band gets lost (I say when, not if, because I know it’s guaranteed to get lost LOL), as I’ve got the photo of the ball bands online I can go back to check when needed.

And if I’m giving a project like these away I give the ball band with the item so that the recipient knows how to wash it.

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CROCHET:

The first two items I’ve got to show you are a matching set of scarf and hat I made for myself.  I’ve not made much for myself lately and I thought I wanted a nice new scarf and hat before the winter so I started early – in June I think – well before the winter started.

Here’s the scarf –

Scarf 01 04And two closer looks at the stitches.

Scarf 01 02 Scarf 01 03Not sure what the stitch is called.  It might be a double treble, in a v pattern.  I crocheted it with two yarns together, one being a verigated colour and another being a really fluffy yarn.  Here are the ball bands of what I used.

Hat 01 05

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This is the hat I made to go with the scarf.  Made using the same two yarns, but with a bit of a variation in the stitch.

Hat 01 01 Hat 01 03

Unfortunately, just displaying it over the arm of an office chair doesn’t really show what it looks like, but it’s the best I could do at the time.

Here’s a closeup of the stitches, though you can’t see much because the fluffy yarn used filles out the stitches and makes them less defined – but it does make for a nice, warm, hat.

Hat 01 02

I then decided that, as crochet was something I could do more or less on my side in bed, I’d do some more crochet and decided to make an oven muff to remove hot tins and things from the oven as well as matching mats to put on the table under anything hot that came out of the oven or microwave.

Of course, as heat is involved in the use of these items I needed to use some cotton yarn and so I chose a Sugar n Cream ombre yarn.  I didn’t try and make the mats the same size as each other as we have lots of different sized things that might need to be put on the table while protecting the table.  And with the ombre effect of the yarn, even if I did all of them an identical size I wouldn’t end up with mats that look the same.

This is the oven muff.  Plenty big enough to get two hands in, or to use doubled up for extra protection from the heat.

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This is a closeup of the crochet stitch.  I was doing double stitches but doing every other one into the poste of the stitch in the previous row instead of all being into the top of the previous row. This made the material produced more dense and better for handling hot things.

KitchenSet 02

This is one of the mats – after crochet but before washing and pulling into a square shape.

KitchenSet 05And a closeup of one area of the mat –

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The next two items are two scarves.  Unfortunately I just can’t find the ball bands for the yarns I used.  Just don’t have a clue what I used.  I can tell from the date of the photos that they were finished before the end of June, but no idea where I put the ball bands for this batch of crochet.  Must have put it somewhere really safe, really, really, safe.

The first scarf –

Scarf 02 01

Closeup of the stitches (though stitches don’t show up well because of the yarn type).

Scarf 02 03

2nd scarf –

Scarf 03 01

Closeup of the stitches.

Scarf 03 02

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The Cap Fits!

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Feb 082016
 

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An Update, A Few Musings, And A Hat

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Hi Everybody!

A lot of writing in this one, but if you’ve not got the time to read then you will find my crafted make towards the end if you want to scroll forward.

I know that over the last year my blog posting, as well as my crafting, has been very sporadic.  It’s not that I’ve not crafted at all, or that I’ve not blogged at all, just that my health was such that even when I did feel up to crafting it quite often left me too exhausted to blog, and a lot of the time I was in too much pain to do much crafting at all.

2015 started with me in a bad way with a cellulitis infection on my ear and part of my face.  Then I had a sucession of other colds and other infections.  Then I badly damaged my sacroiliac joint and couldn’t even sit up for more than a couple of minutes never mind walk or craft.  And of course, with all those going in it knocked my M.E. symptems up a few levels.  I finally feel as if I’ve turned a corner and am working my way back to my “normal”, which, if any of you know about M.E., you’ll know isn’t anywhere near “good”, but is bareable.

I did manage to get photos of most, but not all, of the bits I did manage to make during the year – a lot of it made when on my side in bed so not always of as high a standard as I strive for – so I’m now hopeing to sort slowly through the photos and blog my makes that haven’t made it onto my blog during the year.

I hope you’ll be able to pop back regularly to see how I’m getting on with my catchup, and to see any new creations I manage to make this year.

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MUSINGS:

I’m sure that, bareing in mind what I’ve said above, you’ll realise that I’ve had a lot of time for thinking and musing.  I may not have managed to get my laptop out a lot during the last year, but I have managed to get online on my tablet as I could manage that when lying in bed.

One of the things I have noticed while browsing around online is the growth in the “Adult Colouring” field.  Now of course a lot of us “crafters” have been colouring for years and have appreciated the artists for creating stamps and digi-stamps that we could buy and colour in to our own taste and in our own time.  We’ve all known that colouring in can be a nice, relaxing, activity that allows those of us who are hopeless at drawing to be “arty”.

Unfortunately, as has been happening in the stamp and digi-stamp field for a while now, no sooner had “Adult Colouring Books” hit the newsagent, supermarket, etc., shelves, or that artists released some “Adult Colouring Pages” for free or that could be bought online, than some less than honest people decided that they were free to do whatever they liked with them and share them with whomever they liked.

Scanning in of pages from books, taking “promo” shots of colouring pages and taking out the watermark, or blowing up small “promo” shots to use as colouring pages (but of course the quality is poor and pixellated), etc., etc., and then just posting these illegal copies as “free” for others to use.

Of course, some who come across these “free” “Adult Colouring” material quite possible don’t come from the “crafting” world, and won’t have come across the ongoing issues with theft of copyright material that most crafters have already come across.  They genuinely believe that anthing that appears on the Internet, anywhere, marked as “free” must be free.  And then pass it on to even more people – thus compounding the problem.  They don’t realise that the 1st person to post it online for “free” wasn’t the “owner” of the image and therefore didn’t have the right to put it up as “free” in the first place.

Then of course there are those who know full well that you just can’t take images and pass them on for “free” to others, whether you got them for free in the first place or not! – but still choose to do so.

There are those who know full well that what they are doing is wrong but use excuses like – I’m poor, disabled, etc., and can’t aford to buy.  Well do without then I say – they’ve obviously been able to afford, or get somebody to buy for them, the colouring medium they are using. Do without until you can afford – it’s not as if buying Adult Colouring images is super expensive either in book form or as digital downloads – and if you’ve got a computer and Internet connection and a printer to print out these stolen “free” images, then you are not that desparate for money (and there are Adult Colouring images available online that the artists themselves have chosen to give for free on their own websites if you are that badly off.  But an artist giving things for free at a particular time doesn’t mean that anybody who gets a copy for free has the right to post it elsewhere and give it for free to others, not unless the artist themselves has given them permission to do so, but of course they can give a link to the original location to others so that they can go and get their own free copy.  We know that artists can use these freebies to draw people to their website and work in the hope of making a living from sales of their other work, not for others to seem like benevolant benefactors passing stuff on for free without any reference to who the artist owner is.)

What’s even worse is those that do know, because they’ve been told what they are doing is wrong even if they didn’t know before (and from the reactions I’ve seen I suspect they already knew but didn’t care about the law or what’s right), who go out of their way to verbally attack anybody who tries to educate them about the law regarding what they are doing.  Sometimes the people who are attached and called names for pointing out that what they are doing is wrong is actually the artist who’s work they are abusing.

I just find it quite sad really when artists are told to get a job to put food on their family’s table – when they already have a job – it’s called being an “artist”.  I think that those who steal and then pass on the stolen goods should get a job themselves to pay for what they want instead of stealing, or if on a pension or benefits because of genuine health reasons should save just a few pennies a week to get what they want.

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HAT:

I’m not great at crochet – my hands don’t always manage to get a consistent tension – but I do manage to do a few simple bits every now and then.

I had some unusual yarn that had tufts of yarn sticking out of it every now and then and decided to make an unusual hat out of it in a shape with two corner tufts that’s quite popular at the moment.

This is it –

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Not the best picture, but you get the idea I’m sure.

Quite funky I think.  It was given to one of my nephews as a birthday gift.  And it fitted!

For some reason the nephew prefered the corner tufts sticking out front and back, not to the sides like in the photo.  But who cares if he’s happy and wants to be different.

This is the band off the yarn I used if you want to know about it –

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