Verdure leaf-patterned scarf = DONE!

FINALLY!! I have a completed project that looks great too! After so many failed projects and good ideas that really turned out not to be good ideas, this feels nice. The failures left me a little hesitant to start any new projects, worried about yet another fail and a lot of lost time.

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Using Solar Flair Fibre‘s, Where the Rainforest Meets the Reef Yarn Club‘s, Winter Rainforest colorway in the Zorya base, I crocheted 90cm (~36″) of a beautiful leaf pattern. The Verdure Pattern by Josephine Woo is available at www.littleprojectscrafts.com

The pattern is both written and charted, easy to follow. Made 2 changes to the pattern to accommodate my personal taste:

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1) Pattern Modification:
At the beginning of each row, the pattern calls for “ch 3″. Instead I chose to do the (CSDC) Chainless Starting Double Crochet found on Moogly’s Blog, for a much nicer edge.
Free Video Tutorial for CSDC:
http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/

2) Pattern Modification:
I didn’t like how the very tip of the end leaves finished off so I changed it to have a sturdier, more pointed finish.

After this success I am ready to jump into my next project! Wish me Luck!

Purple Baby Alpaca Scarf – DONE!!

Before the End of 2013, I will finish...this lovely lavender, 100% Baby Alpaca scarf.  75grams of super warm, squishy softness in varying shades of lavenders, has been my train companion for the past several weeks. Whenever I can get a seat on the train, I pull out a special crochet project. One that is small enough to not disturb my neighbors and yet simple enough so I don’t need to keep referring to a pattern.

At a completed size of 130cm x 14cm (51″ x 5 1/2″) IMG_0074this beautiful scarf has been the perfect train project. So lightweight and compact it easily fit into the airline regulation ziploc bag to keep it safe as it bounced around in my bag as I bounced around Tokyo.

A month or so ago I completed a big yummy, chunky infinity scarf and have since sadly discovered I really do not like infinity scarves. They look great but I need a super warm scarf that wraps ’round and ’round like a mummy to keep the chill from seeping down my neck. IMG_0073This lovely scarf will fit that need and is super compact in my bag.

Not sure what to do with my beautiful super, chunky infinity scarf…maybe when it’s a bit warmer I can wear it as a fashion statement. sigh.

 

Flutterzags and Puddles

The most beautiful yarn, colorway inspired by the Ulysses Butterfly in Australia, has been crocheted into a scarf for my MIL. Lovingly dyed under the Australian sun by Solar Flair Fibres it creates the most amazing pattern using the Pavement Infinity Scarf stitches. Starting out it was creating nice diagonal stripes but the zagged for a bit before zigging and zagging in the most erratic butterfly way as it flits from flower to flower. The colors move in the newly named, Flutterzags, way until meeting collectively in puddles of butterflies as they are want in a patch of sun, then flutterzagging off for more flowers.

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Find me on Ravelry as StudioDeanna  and check my Project Page for complete details on my pattern modifications.

In a yummy soft SuperWash Merino Wool, the Flutterzags and Puddles scarf is now flitting off to my MILs in cold northern New England. Hopefully it will fly straighter than a butterfly. Now I can cross this item off my list of accomplishments before the end of 2013!

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Pattern Modification:
At the beginning of each row, the pattern calls for “ch 3″. Instead I chose to do the (CSDC) Chainless Starting Double Crochet found on Moogly’s Blog, for a much nicer edge.
Free Video Tutorial for CSDC:
http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/

Butterfly Poem I thought of while crocheting this scarf:

Flying Crooked

The butterfly, the cabbage white,
(His honest idiocy of flight)
Will never now, it is too late,
Master the art of flying straight,
Yet has — who knows so well as I? —
A just sense of how not to fly:
He lurches here and here by guess
And God and hope and hopelessness.
Even the aerobatic swift
Has not his flying-crooked gift.

Robert Graves

Before the End of 2013, I will finish…

With just one month left in the year, I feel really good about all I have accomplished this year so far. I just have a few loose ends to tie up or finish off before the new year: several works in progress I’d like to accomplish before the end of 2013:

Ulysses Butterfly Cowl: An absolutely lovely yarn from Solar Flair Fibres in tropical Cairns, Australia. Perfect to make a scarf for my MIL, thought I’d make it a cowl but I really think a basic straight scarf with the ends folded for a single large tassel on the ends will be best.

I’ve decided I do not like cowls….that’s a whole ‘nother post for another day.

Pizzelle Beret: Purchased the yummy yarn from Avril at the Tokyo Yarn Crawl last month. This pattern did not start out well for me, who is horribly counting impaired. Still slowly stitching away on my Pizzelle Beret, which I call my Sand Dollar Variation, because I erred in the pattern and it only has a total of 5 ‘petals’ vs. the 6 clearly stated in the well-written pattern. At about 60% complete, it looks great and I’m really happy with both the yarn and the pattern.

Purple Baby Alpaca Scarf: My easy train knitting, no rush to finish, but it is starting to get large enough to no longer be a convenient piece in which to work on a crowded train. Soooo yummy soft and so super warm I would like it finished soon for the coming cold winter.

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Hanging Scrolls (3): ideas and materials are put together, just the embroidery design work needs to be added, hanko signed and then post them on Etsy!

That’s enough to finish for December in addition to all the other long term projects in which I am also working. Such as the editing of my Tako Like Cookbook, some bookbinding homework, and the boring task of decluttering the house a bit for the New Year.

Waaay in the back of my mind I am currently mulling…Camping indoors with Granny Squares…I remember a childhood experience of being sick at my grandmother’s house, of her helping me build a fort in the living room in front of the tv in which I stayed until I felt better. Long bouts with chicken pox, childhood flu, and colds were spent under that living room fort covered with Granny Square blankets.  I have no idea why I’m remembering this, but I still don’t have the urge to actually make a granny square blanket so your safe :)

Nomad Crocheter

In June, yet again, I found myself moving…Move #27 arrived the same day I left on a 3-week trip through Thailand and Bali with 3 amazing women.

By nightfall on moving day the stress of boxes and packing paper quickly changed to the stress of international airline travel and the airplane morphed into my new studio. With a de-stash acquisition of a thin blue 99%wool/1%nylon yarn, my newest project became a simple scarf.  Simple, Meditative, with a quiet pattern. Narrow, at only 4 inches (10cm) but with a plan to make it as long as I had yarn with which to crochet, it became an easy companion.

This scarf was the best option for a busy backpacker style tour through Thailand; small enough to fit in a small protective zip bag, simple enough to not worry about a complicated pattern and crushable to stuff into my small suitcase.

While I didn’t finish this scarf on the trip, that’s a good thing. Thailand and Bali were so wonderful and the so food amazing that I was too busy to complete it!

Upon my return to Tokyo I hit the ground running to find a new place to live and didn’t get back to working on the scarf until this past week. The original idea for this scarf came from one of my favorite, albeit, expensive yarn shops in Shibuya, La Droguerie.  A narrow knitted scarf/necklace with bead work on the ends was exactly what my stressed out self needed to get through all this moving and traveling around.

While the crochet work has been finished I still call it a Work in Progress because I have yet to get to the store to choose the beaded end pieces. I’d like to expand upon the idea of just to searching for a nice clip to attach whatever the user may need to keep handy. Items such as keys, stitch markers, an ID tag…What might you like to keep handy at the end of your scarf?

Poor Planning…

Started a beautiful lace summer scarf in a sweet Sakura Pink. But didn’t consider how much lace thread needed to complete the project.

Loved the design, Loved the pattern…until I started to run out of lace color #123.

Stopped in at the nearest Yuzawaya only to discover they were sold out :(

Finally, after 2 months, I found one lonely skein waiting for me at Yuzawaya’s Ginza location!!

So now I’m off and crocheting the piece to be ready for the cool summer air conditioning on the trains.

Lesson learned! Next time I’ll be purchasing a bit more materials than I expect to use, just in case.

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