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My name is Fay and this is my audio and video podcast for those that love fibre crafts, particularly crochet. This podcast is sponsored by my online crafting company, Provenance Craft Co.
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OLD DOG NEW TRICKS
In turn, this will help you keep a more even tension in that part of the row/round!
It’ these little tricks that make your crochet neater.
I’m trying to be careful and swap my crafts around so that I’m not putting too much pressure on my right hand with repetitive stitches. This has meant that I have spread myself across a few different projects and haven’t really finished much.
Moorit 2 patterns have just been released though, so I can show you the pattern I have in that. It's called the Drift bag and it's inspired by the colours and shapes of sea glass. The bag is made with Weku Yarns DK Merino in shade Enjoli and mini skeins of RiverKnits in the Baa and Jewel Orange.
I did get my second dining chair cushion finished, so have a lovely matching pair now!
I also managed to hack back my favourite knitted socks and reknit the heel, sole and toes. This form of sock mending worked very well and would definitely also work for cuff down crocheted socks too.
The trick is knowing where you are cutting the socks and what part of the pattern that relates to. This is another good reason to take good notes as you work through a pattern. Not only will it make crocheting the second sock easier, it will give you good notes to refer back to.
A few of you checked out Knitcompanion and are now using it for storing and taking notes on patterns. There is a free version, so it’s worth looking at if you want to add notes to PDF patterns.
The repaired socks are in Fjord Fibres Trollfjord Sock yarn which is 80% Norwegian wool and 20% polyester, in the shade Moroccan Tagine.
I don’t think that this necessarily helped my hand issues, but I did a one-day woodworking course with my friend Bec. Over the course of eight hours, we learned about the different tools and woods and each made a frame. It was meant to be a tee-light holder but I knew I would get more use from a frame.
My plan is to use some of my lovely natural wools and to do some macraweaving or tapestry weaving to place inside it.
Towards the end of the day, I found myself reflecting on what I had made so far, and it honestly looked like crap. It was only in the last hour or so that the whole piece came together into a nice, neat frame.
I forget this with almost every project I tackle, no matter what medium I’m using. I chastise myself, tell myself I’m not creative and that what I’m producing is rubbish.
What I need to remember is that it’s the final bit of a project that really pulls it together. Whether that is washing and blocking, adding a border to it or finding the perfect things to attach. The finishing touches make the project the vision I had in my head – at least most of the time.
So, lesson learned. Don’t chastise yourself for not fulfilling your project vision when you haven’t even finished it yet!
I have got my next crochet project lined up, the Fridasjal by Jeanette at Air Crochet. If you haven’t come across Jeanettes’ work yet go and take a look. Her designs are chic and timeless.
I also have eyes on her Shades of Autumn Shawl when she releases it in English as well as Danish. Again, I will take to stash and I think the Fridasjal needs to be crocheted in natural coloured yarns from my British Breeds stash.
DESIGNS IN PROGRESS
Progress is being made on my Fall into winter blanket design. I am almost finished as I’m on the border rounds.
I’m using John Arbon Textiles Harvest Hues aran in Blue Spruce as the main colour, then Flax, Bracken, Russet and Pomegranate for the contrast colours (65% Merino and 35% Zwartbles 200m/219yds per 100g).
FEEDING THE HABIT
Claudia from Crochet Luna sent me some of her Z-twist yarn to take a look at. If you are a right-handed crocheter the Z-twist presents your crocheted stitches in a very defined manner. If you are a left-handed crocheter, pretty much every yarn on the market is going to do the same because it is created as a S-twist yarn. Z-twist is rarely seen.
This yarn is 80% alpaca and 20% merino and it is spun in a small mill under an hour from Claudia in San Diego. It’s a special yarn. There is a lovely, plump twist to it and it is full of character.
I love yarns that aren’t homogeneous. When a yarn runs through my fingers, I want to see slight differences in the thickness, I want to feel the fibres. I want to see that there is a human element to the process.
My plan is to work up some samples so I can show what a difference the Z twist makes to a right-handed crocheter. Claudia has plans for this Z-twist yarn and I will fill you in when there is more to tell. I had a zoom catch up with Claudia last night to chat about yarn and all things crochet community.
We are planning something great in the autumn, so watch this space!
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My name is Fay and this is my audio and video podcast for those that love fibre crafts, particularly crochet. It’s a community for people that like to support their fellow humans regardless of race, gender, sexuality, ability, size or age. I hope you feel the welcome embrace and love of the Crochet Clan.
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