Archive for March, 2011
Last night HBO debuted their version of the classic film, Mildred Pierce. Not quite a remake of the original (1945, starring Joan Crawford), director Todd Haynes takes the more in-depth approach into the life of a working mother in the 30′s and the tumultuous relationship with her sociopathically-ungrateful daughter.
Some of you know about Laurie Wheeler’s CLF organization’s Flamie Awards, but, for those of you who don’t, it’s an annual recognition of deserving designers, books, videos – and companies – who contribute to the promotion and support for all things crochet. And Caron’s nominated as the most crochet-friendly company. AND Tulip’s Etimo hooks the best crochet hook. Here’s a link to the nominations where you can also see some of the amazing books, videos, designer projects, etc. and here’s the link to where to vote.
It’s been a while, but I finally found some time to work on another project using the Pocket Knitter. Using Simply Soft Party in Black Sparkle and Snow Sparkle, I made this little purselet. Great for storing a couple of personal items for your evening on the town, holding your cell phone, or even just a great little gift for a little girl!
MOON LAKE PURSELET
YOU WILL NEED:
- Caron International’s Party (99 % Acrylic, 1% Polyester; 3oz/85g, 171yds/156m): Shown in: # 0007 Black Sparkle (A) and #0001 Snow Sparkle (B)
- Pocket Knitter
- One size US H-8 (5.0mm) crochet hook
- 1/8” wide ribbon in white, approx 22” long
- 1” diameter button, or desired size
- Yarn needle
NOTES: This entire project is made working with two strands of yarn, one in each color.
PURSE: Working two strands of yarn, cast on 14 stitches with the Pocket Knitter. Work in St st until piece measures approximately 12 inches. Bind off across.
PURSE STRAP: With crochet hook and A, create ch about 20” long. Turn.
Row 1: Sc in each ch to end. Bind off. Weave ribbon in and out throughout the length of the strap. Tie a knot in each end. Trim ribbon and yarn ends as needed.
FLOWER: With crochet hook and B, ch 5, slip stitch in 1st ch, ch1. Round 1: 6 sc in ring, sl st to 1st sc. Round 2: ch 3, dc in same sp, dc in next sc, sl st in next st, repeat from * around 5 more times. Bind off. Weave in ends.
FINISHING: Fold in half. Using yarn needle and B, stitch sides together. With crochet hook and B, work one row sc around top. Sew Flower on front of purse. Sew button on top of flower. Run strap through alternating stitches oninside of purse all the way around and tie ends. Weave in all ends. Block lightly, if desired.
“Thanks, Gram!” says Hazy, be-decked in the “I miss you, Hazel” care package of a new fuzzy sweater-coat and valentine pendant, both appropriately shown Hazy-styled with forehead stickers. The sweater would be perfect worn with pants, but pants are not in this girly girl’s vocabulary – or wardrobe. Fuzzy is good, sparkly is good, definitely purple and pink are good - no, great! Hazy is 4 but is wearing a size 6-8 (the coat is a size 6) and it fits her perfectly.
Rnd 1: Using A, ch 4, join with a sl st in 1st ch. Sc 6 times in center ring. Joins with a sl st. (6 sts)
Use tails & tapestry needle to sew pieces together (follow photo as a guide). Weave in ends.
Today’s Movie Monday selection was sent to me from my friend Luke over at Buy.Caron.com. It’s not technically a movie but in the way that many music videos are, it’s certainly cinematic in its own right.
You may remember from the contestant-inspired, crocheted Lilly Earrings I posted a pattern for a year ago that we Caron peeps are a sucker for crafty, American Idol-ers. That said, you can imagine my delight of finding out that one of the greatest Idol finalists, singer-songwriter Crystal Bowersox, is a knitter! Check her out, showing her stitching skills in the video for her song, Farmer’s Daughter. Oh, and props to Crystal & the director for figuring out how to use knitting as the common thread (Thanks, I’ll be here all night!) through the video’s storyline. Enjoy!
Happy viewing; happy knitting!
SMALL SHAMROCK: With F-5 crochet hook ch 5. Slip stitch in 1st ch, ch 4, sl st in same sp (1st ch), ch 4, sl st in same sp (1st ch). Sc in 1st 4 ch sp, *[hdc, 3 dc, sc, 3dc, hdc, sc] in same ch 4 sp, sl st in center, sc in next ch 4 sp, repeat from * 2 more times. Stem: Ch 7, sc in 2nd chain from hook, 2 sc in next ch from hook, sc in each remaining ch, sl st in center of clover. Bind off. Weave in ends.
FOR A LARGER SHAMROCK:With H-8 crochet hook, ch 6. Slip stitch in 1st ch, ch 5, sl st in same sp (1st ch), ch 5, sl st in same sp (1st ch).Sc in 1st 5 ch sp, *[hdc, 3 dc, sc, 3dc, hdc, sc] in same ch 5 sp, sl st in center, sc in next ch 5 sp, repeat from * for this and 3rd ch 5 sp.Stem: Ch 8, sc in 2nd chain from hook, 2 sc in next ch from hook, sc in each remaining ch, sl st in center of clover. Bind off. Weave in ends.
LUCKY 4-LEAF CLOVER: With F-5 crochet hook, ch 5. Slip stitch in 1st ch, ch 4, sl st in same sp (1st ch), ch 4, sl st in same sp (1st ch).Sc in 1st 4 ch sp, *[hdc, 3 dc, sc, 3dc, hdc, sc] in same ch 4 sp, sl st in center, sc in next ch 4 sp, repeat from * 3 more times.Stem: Ch 7, sc in 2nd chain from hook, 2 sc in next ch from hook, sc in each remaining ch, sl st in center of clover. Bind off. Weave in ends.
FLOWER: With F-5 crochet hook, ch 5, slip stitch in 1st ch, ch1.Round 1: 5 sc in ring, sl st to 1st sc, switch to B, ch 1.Round 2: With B, ch 3, dc in same sp, dc in next sc, sl st in next st, repeat from * around 4 more times. Bind off. Weave in ends.
PENCIL COVER: Using the Embellish Knit, knit a cord the length of pencil. Insert pencil into center of cord allowing tip to come out the other end. Bind off at top of pencil. Make small clover and attach to top. Weave in any ends.
CHOPSTICK COIL: Using the Embellish Knit, start knitting a cord. Insert a chenille stem into the center of cord and continue knitting the cord until the chenille stem is entirely covered. Bind of end. Coil around pencil. Add desired embellishments, such as beads. Weave in any ends.
EMBELLISH KNIT SHAMROCK: Using the Embellish Knit, start knitting a cord. Insert a chenille stem into the center of cord and continue knitting the cord until the chenille stem is entirely covered. Bind of end. Bend into desired shape working from the center of the cord so that the ends can be twisted together. With a yarn needle, stitch together. Weave in any ends.
Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts is celebrating National Craft Month by featuring several designers from the Craft Community on in-store kiosks nationwide–I’m thrilled to one of those designers! For the entire month of March, free patterns from all of will be available at every store across the country.
My design is a lacey ascot knit in NaturallyCaron.com’s Spa (shown in color, Ocean Spray). It’s a lovely accessory for the Spring, and works up using only one skein. Go in to a store near year and nab the pattern for it today!
Don’t live near a Jo-Ann? No problem! Download the pattern from their website.
Happy National Craft Month!