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23 January 2012 @ 11:41 pm
2012 update: Crochet is for Cuteness  

It's bedtime, so this update will be quick, but I finally have things to update! Hooray! My crocheting progress has been somewhat hindered by a double-booked social calendar (all my friends and acquaintances seem to have made New Year's Resolutions to "do more cool things and invite Little Red") and because crochet apparently involves a lot of counting.

It's harder than it sounds, okay?

I was so salty about having to do so much counting for this basic headband (Chain 141? Really?) that I couldn't even begin to cope with the way that entire project was coming out more like a plate of curly fries than a headband, so I started another crochet project and it was only when I remembered that I said I was going to blog this adventure that I realized that if I didn't finish these darn things quickly the month would BE OVER.

I have things to accomplish, people! I haven't even made a Granny Square yet - or a single thing out of Red Heart!

So, I busted out the first of my Four Horsemen of Finishing, Blocking.

Curly fries, meet steam iron.

After that, there were the other three Horsemen (Sewing, Weaving in ends and Finding that one thing you totally messed up and stressing about it for days) and then, cuteness!

Forgive the Myspace pose but I needed to show off the GIANT CROCHET FLOWER DECORATING MY HEAD! :) The yarn is Cascade 220. The pattern is by creativeyarn. WEARING THIS TOMORROW.

I also made a Georgette Collar (pattern: Shara Lambeth Designs). I made it with a pima cotton yarn and it was a happy dream of happiness that reminded me that blocking is not just a last-ditch attempt to repair a yarn disaster but is really "the thing you should always do especially when you're using a stitch that's even vaguely lacy or involves points."

I might be upside-down. I can't make iPhone and LJ Scrapbook be friends.

Things learned:

1) Cotton can be as delicious to work with as wool.

2) I can now work from English crochet patterns as well as American. The terms are all the same as American crochet, except they all mean something different. Two peoples separated by a common language, etc.

3) I am now one of those people who will make and wear silly frou-frou things that I would never buy off the shelf BECAUSE I CAN AND IT'S AMAZING, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE GEORGETTE COLLAR.

Next Up: Time to bust out the Granny Squares before it's too late, I think!
a universal sighnaushika on January 24th, 2012 07:43 am (UTC)
So cute! :D
Little Red: knit - my purlsmylittleredgirl on January 26th, 2012 07:06 am (UTC)
Ty ty!
Lannalanna_kitty on January 24th, 2012 07:51 am (UTC)
those are so cute!
Little Red: knit - my purlsmylittleredgirl on January 26th, 2012 07:06 am (UTC)
Awww, thank you! I wore the headband to work and want to wear the silly collar so badly that I might just DO IT and give people haughty looks if they ask what in heck it is, like, come on, don't you know FASHION?
teh nos'nostalgia_lj on January 24th, 2012 04:48 pm (UTC)


Little Red: joy of borg - cleverocitymylittleredgirl on January 26th, 2012 07:02 am (UTC)

Do eeeet!
elly: misc [ my secret identity ]elly427 on January 25th, 2012 03:38 am (UTC)
Okay, love, love, LOVE the headband. Do you have any suggestions for places to look that explain crocheting in the round well? I just cannot figure it out for the life of me, and no one I know in real life crochets.
Little Red: sga - arts & crafts - qwirkymylittleredgirl on January 26th, 2012 07:04 am (UTC)
No, not yet. That's on my crochet month bucket list though, because I botched it when I tried it earlier this month. I have been told that you Skip The First Stitch, but I think I'm going to need pictures or something. I'll find something useful and share!