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!

S-s-stuttering S-start to 2014

A New Year! A New Start! A great time until one needs to change those big plans. Mistakes and u-turns, ripping out progress in disappointment has been my theme so far this year.

I LOVE the summer sweater/shawl pattern from an issue of Keitodama 157 I purchased last summer. It has been at least six months of looking for the perfect yarn in the perfect color and a soft linen sample I found at Keito seemed to be the perfect fit. Until I got home and started crocheting. The lovely linen sample in the store is completely different than the thick twine-like linen from the spool I received.  Sure I could use it for a nice crocheted bag. Not a total waste but I can’t start the sweater until I find that exact linen in that exact shade of khaki lavender!

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My local Okadaya shop sells the yummiest, softest little skeins of baby alpaca in the most beautiful colors. Already made a super warm scarf in the shades of purple skeins I had purchased and thought the same yarn would be wonderful to make a lovely lace scarf for shoulder seasons here. Now that I’ve crocheted almost a whole skein of it, I’m not really loving it. The photo in the Keitodama issue (yes, the same issue as the aforementioned sweater) is so well done. My effort just looks like a fuzzy pink spiderweb. I really don’t like spiders.

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I just recently received my latest shipment from Solar Flair Fibre’s Rainforest to the Reef yarn club. The Under the Sea colorway is a gorgeous blue with great pops of color from a mix of merino, cashmere and nylon. Immediately caked it up and found a great rectangular shawl pattern and started on it right away. At approx 30″ wide, I don’t have enough yarn to create it in the length mentioned in the pattern! So having done at least 6″ of the length already I need to rip it all out, start over in a smaller width. ouch. I really like the Beachcomber Shawl Pattern I chose so I still have that.

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One good bit of news is that in my search for the perfect pattern for the Under the Sea colorway, I was able to find the perfect pattern for last month’s club shipment.

January = Lots of work completed, Lots of work ripped out. Hopefully my yarn/pattern choices will improve quickly!

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