Archive for February, 2012

Crochet adventures

Posted in Uncategorized on February 24, 2012 by whimsyknitter

In an effort to get things started with this blog, I will share with you my latest adventure.

 

I picked up crocheting about four months ago. In that time I’ve learned how to single crochet, double crochet, increase and decrease- really basic knowledge here, but I find that at this point it’s all of the knowledge I need.

 

I picked up a book shortly before this whole crazy crochet business got started called “Tasty Crochets”.. cute little food items that looked like good projects to begin to learn this deceptively simple pastime. My first project? Poptarts. Turned out splendid, so I moved on to the peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and then the apple, and so on and so forth until I discovered that I had all of the things to put inside of a lunch box, but no crochet lunch box. But, alas, other projects called (Delirium of the Endless, a repeatedly requested “super cute” doll for my mother in law, a christmas elf, Tardis socks, all of which will end up being shown off here at some point, promise. ;)) Finding nothing on my needles this week, I decided to tackle the lunchbox problem. Oh, and the milk carton problem, because what’s a lunch box without a drink?

 

My first attempt at a lunch box was pretty um… well, the point is that it wasn’t very pretty.. well, it looked aesthetically pleasing if one politely ignored the sagging sides in favor of a Salvador Dali interpretation of a crocheted lunch box. I just couldn’t figure out how to get the sides quite stiff enough to at least sort of behave like a lunch box.  But AHA, .. okay first, this is the thing I love about doing this. I poke around a lot on the Internet, and looking at patterns and techniques just sort of happens naturally. The cool thing is later on finding something that can be applied to a situation you’re going through now. Or finding something that might work. Such is the case here. I found a post about fusible web and decided to try it after a quick visit to my local craft store.

And I think it’s working. I won’t know for sure until I have it all said and done. I’ll try to get some pics up of the work in progress tonight. Lord knows that this blog will be ever so much more entertaining if I can provide visual representation of what’s coming off of my needle(s). 😀

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Salutations and oh just let me tidy up in here a bit…

Posted in Uncategorized on February 15, 2012 by whimsyknitter

Okay, so this is where I’m supposed to introduce myself to the Internet at large.

This seems rather intimidating. Let me begin smaller, much much smaller. I began this blog (finally!) for the purpose of documenting my journey into the art of making a really long piece of thick string into something much more usable than a pile of… well, string. While the process feels like it would be entirely more organic if I started at the beginning, I confess that in the beginning the only thing more intimidating than learning to knit was keeping an accurate account of myself doing so. So, unless someone out there has a secret to retroactively applying posts outside of lying, I’m already well beyond the point of beginning.

I’ve been knitting now for a number of years, mostly as a response to my grandmother’s death. I never thought she and I were terribly close until she passed. I miss her terribly, and one of my strongest memories of her is her trying to teach me to crochet. “Go slower!” was the phrase of that particular day and it ended with .. ta da, absolutely zero success. She never tried to teach me again, although I often asked. Honestly, knowing the kid I was, I can’t say I blame her.

Fast forward a number of years and an infinite amount of hard won lessons. I find that now that my brain’s slowed down a little- or maybe just my ego’s a bit more tolerable- I am finally teachable. So, I decided to teach myself to knit- the crocheting came much much later. My first project- a scarf, lime green in its acrylic magnificence and entirely too wobbly looking by anyone’s standards. But still…  off to the races I was. Perhaps if I can dig it up under the pile of my children’s winter gear I’ll throw a picture of it on here, and cringe.

After getting the basic stitches down, I opened my eyes and was so excited to see that pretty much anything (soft!) that I could think of could be knitted, and quite likely already had been. I felt instantly connected to a rich history. I thought originally that I’d love color work. And you know, I think I might, but frankly I just don’t have the time to learn more than basic two color stranding, or that beautiful intricate lacework, or planned pooling, etc. etc. Like my growing stash I see the possibilities of knitting to be more than one person can learn in a lifetime. Such a shame. :/

My little niche is currently occupied with toys- dolls, animals, nearly anything whimsical in nature. Like my growing stash of yarn my ideas of what to make and how to make them grow with each passing day. And so, to that end, I hope to share them with you. Welcome and hello!