Adventures in Wet Blocking (prt 2)

Well, it didn’t completely fail .. . . . but it wasn’t a win either. it still curls, but not as much. I may need to try again, but flip it over? It took almost three days to dry, so I grant this a definite maybe. Or, it could be because it is made from poly/poly blend? Idk. Or starch? Again, Idk so yay experimenting! Now, on to the next project(s). Mid-winter and Christmas gifts.

Update – Nope. That is just how acrylic yarn works. Bugger.

The Toadstool Scarf in ‘Modern Lace’ (and Adventures in Wet Blocking)

So, this scarf took me only a couple days, but then, I was working on it quite a bit. The most difficult part? Finding a fraking pattern. So many of them that I found were absolutely gorgeous, but all to complicated for what I what to do with the yarn, or all too simple (or too lacy – I live in MONTANA people, I want a scarf, not a pretty bit of summer fluff). It wasn’t until someone pointed out the Lion Brand has a website with patterns did I find one (yes, I even scoured Ravelry). I went with the ‘Modern Lace Scarf‘ pattern. Simple enough pattern, but looks awesome! Something different for me – I haven’t used taking away and adding stitches much before, but I had the pattern memorized by the time I got through the brown in the first picture.

However, as you can see, I am clearly lacking something. Some weeks and researching later, I find out about wet blocking. So . . . . . . here I am, wet blocking on the back of the big couch. It covers it end to end.

And I used this –

I don’t think I needed to, but, better safe than screwed. And now we wait . . . . .

Coffee Cozie(s)

So. I’ve been doing a lot of coffee cozies lately. And thought most of them haven’t exactly failed, they weren’t what I was looking for. Until this –

I, in my not-so-humble-opinion, think this yarn epitomizes fall, including Halloween with the purple (and I’ve only been able to find it at JoAnn’s).

To makes this, use a size H (5mm) hook, ch 11, singles stitch all rows until you reach about 27-30. Sew ends together. The crown/notacrown on top is 2dc, ch2, 2dc, all in one stitch. Skip a couple, and do it again.

Note – you can do the crowny/pointy bits on the bottom as well, however, unless you really want a rather large cozy, instead of ch 11, ch 7 or 9, ish.

Crochet hook holder, take 2

It is about 25 stitches wide, and the front bit is just a row or two longer than my biggest hook, while the back is a few inches longer than that. This time around I made it with the thought in mind of actually keeping my hooks in it, and not falling out. Ergo, a longer flap, ad sewing in a bit at the opening, on both side. maybe 3/4 an inch on both sides? Ish?