Wednesday, March 4, 2009

some interesting bits and bobs

I was cleaning my kitchen book shelf and ran across some items I'd made a few years ago. I thought you might like to take a look.
The first 2 were made entirely out of plastic canvas wool and felted. I used to do a lot of plastic canvas years ago, but gave it up in boredom. I still had a large bag full of the tiny little skeins you get of plastic canvas wool and wondered what on earth to do with them. They are so small, you would be weaving in ends forever! That's when an idea struck me; what about felting? The ends would felt in and you wouldn't have to worry about them. I used a color I didn't like and made a small swatch then felted it. It felted beautifully!!

I had a lot of greens and browns, so designed this fish hotpad. Being wool and really thick, it will resist the heat. (not that I use it with hot pans, I might wreck it!). The second was a small coaster I made out of the left over bits. I still have some of the yarn, but in lots of colors and only one skein of each. No the colors don't really go together.

This pot holder is crocheted in Celtic Crochet technique. It is out of the book "How to Crochet the Celtic Way" by Dot Drake and published by Annie's Attic. It's an old book I got from a Crochet Partners Member a few years ago. I also got "Crochet Celtic Afghans" by Dot Drake from her as well. Another Annie's book.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

March is National Crochet Month, so let's CELEBRATE!!

March is National Crochet Month!! Yay!! There are many ways to celebrate. I am going to look up my magazine that had the learn to finger crochet tutorial in it, and teach my 6 yr old dd. She's been wanting to learn and I can't think of a better time. Can you? (now to find it... I think it was in an issue of Crochet! last year but for the life of me I can't remember which one! If any one knows, please feel free to leave me a comment. thanks!)

Another way to celebrate is to buy crochet books! I think this is the perfect time to get the books I've been hankering after. Top of my list should be Bendy Carter's book "Single Crochet A-Z". I didn't know there were that many ways to do a sc?? It boggles the mind!

Next on my list has to be "Beyond-the square Crochet Motifs" by Edie Eckman. The cover is absolutely gorgeous!

Since we are on the topic of motifs, Melody Griffiths "201 Crochet Motifs, Blocks , Projects and Ideas" should be included in the list. :)

I absolutely have to check out Renate Kirkpatrick's "Freeform Crochet and Beyond: Bags, Cushions, Hats, Scarves and More". Judging by the gorgeous picture on the cover, the inside must be spectacular!!

I could list more, but I don't think my budget would like that!! Lol!!