Sunday, September 28th, 2014 03:31 pm
Firstly, thanks for the answers to my questions about how big a skein was. I'm really pleased with the scrap afghan project which is almost finished - I hope to post a picture of the finished blanket later this week (or more likely next weekend) - I'm at the sewing together stage and then all that remains is the final border. It's been a challenge but fun.

I needed something to keep me occupied during an evening away from home and so I tried a cowl - my first ever. I've used Wendy Celtic Tweed effect Chunky yarn (shade 2767) which is like marroons and browns, crocheted with a 10mm hook. It was quick and easy bar one slight problem - hence my question. I'm intending making at least one more cowl and I'd like to see how to get it 'right'.

crocheted cowl

Clicking on the picture links to a larger picture of the same. The pattern starts with a large number of chains which are then slip stitched together and then continues in circles with no turning. Now my problem arose because I ended up with a twist in the initial change, that despite undoing and starting over, I didn't seem to be able to join up without getting another one in there.

Is there something obvious that I'm missing in joining without ending up with a twist? My other thought was to maybe turn at the end of the chains and go back along making my first row (which would make it easier to avoid the twist I think) and then joining and continuing in circles and when I've finished weaving the end of the chains in to close the lower gap, but I'm not sure that will work either.

The Pattern came from the Crochet in Color blog and was called Accidental Cowl.
Sunday, August 24th, 2014 05:01 pm
[Content Note/Trigger Warning: Medical, Dental]

A friend of mine is undergoing dental surgery in a little while, and while Medicaid is covering the cost of the actual tooth removal, they apparently consider anesthesia to be "optional" for the procedure and are unlikely to cover it. They're asking for donations to help cover that cost.

I'm offering copies of my original patterns in return for donations of equal value. I'm also offering an advance copy of this Asian dragon pattern, which could definitely still use some editing, for a donation of, say, four dollars, USD? As little as one dollar if you agree to give me feedback on it ;) Also, if you see anything fannish at [community profile] hooked_on_anime_gallery that I don't have the pattern up at [personal profile] hooked_on_anime yet (plus anything fannish on my crochet tag), I'll work on getting that up for a donation of $10.

Anyway, if you're interested at all, you can find out more and/or donate here. Thanks for your time!
Friday, August 8th, 2014 08:25 pm
Just a quick question, I've got a pattern for a scrap afghan (actually a whole book of them) but it is a US book and while it gives equivalents for the stitch names and I've googled worsted weight and it says the nearest equivalent would be Double knitting what I don't seem able to discover is an approximate measure for 'skeins'.

The pattern is vague - the idea being to use up 'scraps' of wool, but it does say 'you will need 15 oz of the main colour and slightly less than a skein in these colours' but I can't figure out how much that will be to know whether I'll have anywhere near enough. Can anyone give me any clues or approximations? Thanks for any help.
Thursday, July 17th, 2014 02:17 pm
Do any of y'all sell your crochet projects on Etsy or the like? Because I'm nearly finished a purse that I want to sell on Etsy, and I'm trying to figure out how to price it. I've heard 'twice the cost of materials' which would put this purse at $36, and I've heard '120% the sum of cost of materials and cost of labor' which, assuming labor at US federal minimum wage (and assuming it takes approximately an hour to sew the lining), would put this purse at $75. (Amazing how fast a project goes when it's a smallish project using a 16mm hook.) But I'm seeing comparable purses on Etsy for $15-$20, and I don't want to price the purse so high that it never sells. So I'm seeking opinions.
Friday, June 20th, 2014 11:32 pm
Behold the glory that is my crocheted mandala thingie. It is awesomesauceness.

Thursday, June 19th, 2014 09:48 pm
I applied for a job with an organization in their senior center. My interview went well, and I was excited to see that one of the regular, well-attended programs was knitting and crocheting. Yarnwork with elders! Double Joy!

I got a call back asking if I would consider being considered for a better-paying job with more responsibility that's, frankly, right up my alley, but that would have me working at headquarters and not at the senior center.

The thought "What?! No knitting?! No crocheting?! What kind of bait-and-switch number is this?!" flashed through my mind.

x-posted to [community profile] knitting
Saturday, April 5th, 2014 09:46 am
Only of interest to Aussies, but I thought folks would like to know that Bendigo Woollen Mills is having a sale on their "Murano" wool. It is a lovely yarn: 100% wool, multiple colours blending into each other. It is being discontinued, hence the sale.
Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 02:45 pm
As you may already know, the Philippines were recently hit by an absolutely devastating typhoon. In response, [ profile] fandomaid is running a Buy It Now campaign and a Custom Request thread in order to raise funds for relief efforts. I'd like to welcome everyone here to check it out, and, if you have the time/energy/inclination/funds, possibly even offer or "buy" something.

I am currently offering copies of my flying pig crochet pattern in exchange for donations of $2 USD or more to relief efforts. If I meet certain "tiers" of fundraising with this pattern, I plan to put new free patterns up at [personal profile] hooked_on_anime. At $50 USD, I plan to make my crocheted kitty pattern available in exchange for donations, with tips on changing colors and variations for dogs/wolves included. Please consider donating if you have the funds and any of this interests you!
Friday, October 11th, 2013 08:42 pm
A friend sent me a link to "Drops" today - it is a yarn site but they also have free patterns for both crochet and knitting. The link is HERE. The site is available in multiple languages, and patterns are also available in a variety of languages including both British and American English. From the little time I've had to browse so far, there are some gorgeous patterns, although obviously I haven't had time to try any out.
Saturday, September 21st, 2013 09:16 pm
Firstly, thank you to [personal profile] phoenixsong for permission to post this here.

I've just started a crafting comm called [community profile] crafts_for_kids. The aim of the comm is to share ideas of crafting projects that can be done with children and young people. Any type of craft suggestion is welcome for any age of children - young through to teens, independent, guided or assisted, also things to do at home or for people who are working with groups of children. I'd like to see as wide a range of ideas as possible growing over time, but I'm sure everyone would appreciate cheap/free ideas in particular.

This is an invitation to anyone here who would like to join and share ideas. Drop by and join us, we'd love to have you.
Friday, September 20th, 2013 08:42 pm
So it's been a while since I last posted, things got away with me, but I've still been working on a variety of crocheting projects. I've made a bunch of scarves - a couple were crocheted and the rest knitted and two hats.

Photos and details of the hats and crocheted scarves below the cut )

Next project is a crocheted headband
Monday, July 8th, 2013 09:05 am


I'm coming back from Mongolia next week, and I'd like to try again to de-stash some stuff.

Here's a link to my trade-or-sell on Ravelry. I'd rather sell than trade, for the most part as I'm short on cash. But I will consider trades.

Everything has a price in the notes. US shipping included. I can ship internationally, but that will cost more.

I'll only be in the States for about three weeks, so time is of the essence.

Thanks for your attention. Back to your crocheting.

Monday, April 15th, 2013 03:48 am
Blue and Green aka Dean and Cas socks

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 07:04 pm
This year I decided to make a bunting for each month/holiday/season, because reasons. The first one I made was snowflakes for January. Details (with pattern names) on my Ravelry page, and pics behind the cut )

Then for February I did a heart bunting, but made it black like my soul. :)
I used this pattern, and Red Heart in black. Here, on Ravelry, or behind the cut )

Today I finished one for March and St. Patrick's Day. I followed this pattern, and used Caron Perfect Match in evergreen. After they were finished I steam blocked them to stop them from curling up, and it worked pretty well! They look really nice after blocking.

On Ravelry, here, or behind the cut )

Next up, Easter eggs!
Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 03:38 pm
I decided to combine my love of candy canes and my love of crocheting scarfs

Here be candy cane scarf
Monday, December 3rd, 2012 09:19 pm
I needed a bag to hold my yarn stash and I needed to use up said stash so I combined them

link to picture
Saturday, November 24th, 2012 08:08 pm
I pondered whether to put a eyelash-yarn border around it, but a friend pointed out that since it is destined for a male, they probably wouldn't like a sissy border, so I left it plain.
Saturday, November 10th, 2012 01:07 am
Lots of green and gold.

I needed a scarf for my Halloween costume this year, and made this at the very last minute.
Thursday, October 25th, 2012 03:57 am
Hello folks! With the holidays coming up and a bunch of people liking to make stuff to give to their loved ones, I've got some original patterns I'd like to sell. Unfortunately, they're all untested, and while I don't feel any particular guilt about sharing untested patterns for free (see: [personal profile] hooked_on_anime), selling them is a different matter.

Here's some of the patterns I'd like to test and whose beta-patterns are ready to go:
Flying Pig
Asian-style Dragon

Here's a couple things I'd also like to test but whose patterns aren't (fully) transcribed yet:
Floppy Cat

Here's a couple of things that I'm not sure if anyone would be particularly interested in buying/making, but I'm willing to transcribe:
Red Crowned Crane
Mascot Bird (I also made a Stephen Colbert version of this.)

Important things to know: Most of my patterns are almost entirely in (US) Double Crochet/(UK) Triple Crochet. The Asian-style Dragon is about 2/3 (US) Single Crochet/(UK) Double Crochet, but it does have a significant number of DC(TC) stitches involved and some fiddly counting going on. The griffin pattern involves the use of wire in addition to traditional crochet supplies.

If you're interested in testing any or all of these patterns, please comment here or PM me to let me know! Thank you very much!