Well, not necessarily, but if you are trapped in your apartment, and even going to the nearest store is a carefully planned and executed operation, and you don’t watch TV (yeah, I’m weird) than the only way to entertain yourself is crafting. That’s why I have been so productive lately (and because being unemployed and searching for a job without success has to be balanced out with something positive, like proving to myself that I am able to make something pretty and usable and therefore I’m not an useless person).
So here’s what I have been up to lately:
Japanese lace cowl made from a single skein of St George’s Tara (80 % wool, 20% nylon, 115m/100g)
It measures 60 x 20 cm
Not the best yarn I tried, on a scale from 1 to 10, it would be 6. I will probably use it in the future, since the price is unbeatable, but certainly not for something that comes in direct contact with the skin.
Since I already had this inexpensive sturdy yarn in my stash, I thought that maybe I can save a couple of box by making a pair of slippers instead of buying them. It’s not a masterpiece, but wearable and comfy is good enough for me. About saving money by making things, it’s discussable at least. While the yarn was really inexpensive in this case, the time we spend crafting is significant, and time is money… But if someone has more time than money on her/his hands, that it is saving, right? Besides, it feels good to be able to make something, even if it’s not as pretty as store bought. What are your reasons, why you choose to make things that would be easier to buy?
Super warm hat from Gedifra Highland Alpaca
I see why they discontinued this yarn, it sheds terribly. I would be very upset had I paid the full price for it. Used 10 mm needles, started with 6 sts at the top, increased with 6 sts every round until it measured a little less than the circumference of my head, knitted 4 more rounds, decreased by 18 in the next 3 rounds (-6 sts/round), knit in 1/1 rib until run out of yarn
Puff stitch hat #1 and #2
I highly doubt that there’s a faster way to crochet a hat. If you know how to make a puff stitch, here’s the recipe: ch5, join to 1st ch, R1: 6 puff stitches with ch1 in between, join with sl st, R2: 12 puff stitches with a ch1 in between (2 in each ch1 hole of R1), R3: 18 puff stitches with ch1 in between (2 in every second ch1 hole of R2), R4: 24 puff stitches with ch1 in between (2 in every 3rd ch1 hole of R3), R5: 30 puff stitches with ch1 in between (2 in every 4th ch1 hole of R4), and so on. Basically you start with 6 puff stitches and increase by 6 in every round until you get the size you want. Then crochet without any decreases or increases until the hat covers 3/4 of the recipient’s ears. Next thing is 4 rounds of single crochet (2 scr in every ch1 hole in th 1st round) and you are done.
This is an easy one too, I was done with it in no time.
Since I made up the pattern, I’m going to share it with you:
Ch5, join with slip stitch
R1: ch4 (counts as first dcr + ch1), [dcr, ch1] 11 times, join with sl st in 3rd ch of the ch4
R2: scr into the first ch1 loop (the one between the ch3+1 that counts as the first dcr + ch1), [2 dcr into next ch1 loop, ch6 and join with sl st into the first of the 6 ch (=picot), ch5 and join with sl st into the first of the 5 ch, ch 4 and join with sl st into the first of the 4 ch, ch5 and join with sl st into the first of the 5 ch and the sl st of the first ch5 picot, ch6 and join with sl st into the first of the 6 ch and the top of the 2nd dcr. 2 dcr into same ch1 loop, sc into the next ch loop] 6 times, but in the 6th repetition instead of the sc make a sl st into the first sc
I also made two Jacques Cousteau hats but the recipient took them while my needles was still smoking, I will try to take photos later.After browsing JC hats on Ravelry, decided that in order to get a less pointy top decrease five stitches in each row instead of four (140/5=28). Pulled together when 25 sts left. It worked out fine.
On my needles:
I call this Gloves with twisted start. What you see here is the 2nd try. Wasn’t happy with the yarn, haven’t knit an inch and already found 3 almost broken sections. I don’t want gloves full of knots, so decided to cut that part and start over with few changes. I liked the changes made, but… the yarn again. After once again running into a broken part, examined the ball, it turns out all the damaged parts are lined up (yep, more to come later) and seems like this ball had a close encounter with a scissor/knife, very possibly in the store when they opened the package. It’s too late to go back, besides I didn’t purchased it in my city, didn’t saved the receipt, so I have to suck it up and learn the lesson (look at what you give money for).
I’m also knitting a pair of Fair Isle mittens from DK leftovers. This is my very first Fair Isle project, and also the very first time I knit with two circulars and both mittens simultaneously. It goes slowly, but at least there wont be second mitten syndrome. I plan to write my next post about this project.