In seven easy lessons you can follow along and craft your first (of many) crochet cardigan. I had such an amazing time in Denver filming the class with the Craftsy crew. It’s a blur of bright lights and laughter and LOTS of crocheting.
I’d love for you to take the class and share your experience and finished sweaters with me! You can sign up for the class here and you can even buy the full class kit and have all the yarn you’ll need to make your first sweater shipped right to your door.
Lots doing in ChickenBetty Land lately! The new book comes out in just over a month and I have a plethora of new things in the works for late 2014 and 2015.
Before too many big things pile up on my plate I’m working to clear away a few little things. Storey Publishing is looking for pattern submissions for their latest 101 One Skein Wonders series of books and this time it’s crochet for little ones. I’ve dug out an older pattern that I never published and revamping it in gorgeous madelinetosh sock, as well a playing with another idea. You can see the baby bonnet here, it will be part of that set, and the gradient yarns (Freia Fine Handpaints sport and Louisa Harding Amitola that I can’t decide between) will become something else.
If you have a crochet pattern for babies or kids consider submitting! They are happy to accept previously published patterns.
I also scored a great old, but new to me book, that might help me make sense of long draw spinning. Here’s hoping.
The granny square project continues, I have enough yarn to keep going in until maybe mid-September, we’ll see.
I’ve been super busy, 35 designs in just over a year and I’ve got 5 or 6 more to give you before the end of 2012, but I’m finally feeling a bit settled and finding time for things that have been neglected.
The beans are climbing all over the fence, the peas are beginning to flower and the tomatoes are really beginning to take off. Over in the main garden we are almost done with the first bed of radishes, a few more coleslaws and salads and we’ll be ready for a second planting.
We also have a bunch of little berry patches that we hope to consolidate for next year. Black raspberries, I feel a pie coming on!
The cockerels and pullets have been separated. The male Steves are living in the new “dude-coop” and the lady Steves have moved down with the hens.
We also picked up 5 Leghorn chicks, from Mr. Lipman’s 2nd grade again, whicj brings us to a grand total of 35 chickens. I know, but really, we’re pretty sure that 2 of the leghorns are male so that means that by the end of the summer we’ll be down to 21 hens. Holy shit, did I just say 21 hens?
Who needs eggs? You do, right? Right!
And how do we corral all these chickens? a Liberal use of chicken wire and other fencing which brings me to the freebie!
My hair is kind of a crazy thing to begin with and the summer humidity does terrible things to it. I often wear my hair in a ponytail but sometimes I just want it out of my face. So what’s a girl to do?
This is a simple mesh kerchief that ties at the back neck to help corral your frizzy summer locks (it also doubles as a great neckerchief!)
I’m also really happy to finally show you my current favorite sweater. Kirsten was designing this as I was getting my feet wet with spinning. I decided to spin my own yarn so I could make one. I spun up 8 oz of Kangaroo Dyer Merino and 8oz of Louet Merino and Silk and plied them together. I love the color!
I knit and knit until all that was left was scraps of yarn for seaming and sewing on the buttons.
I am over the moon for this sweater and I wear it all the time, I’m wearing it now.
I’m hip deep in Fall design work now but I reward myself with mini spinning breaks. The bag of sample nubbins that I got at the 2011 MSWF from Into the Whirled is filling this need perfectly.
Alright, I’ve got a pattern to get typed up and a class to finish packing up supplies for. Next time I’ll have a garden update and a free pattern for you 🙂
Here I sit filling in my June schedule on the calendar and updating my projects whiteboard and I realized just how much I already have planned for this summer. Then I realized how much of what I did this past Winter and Spring that I never told you about!
I’ve also been working on a series of small, round, animal, amigurumi with Webs Design Coordinator Kirsten Hipsky. She does the knit version and I work up the crochet. This project has been, at times, frustrating and hysterically awesome. Wait till you see what we come up with next!
I guess I should tell you a bit about this summer so you can get in on some of it if you’re local. I’m teaching another great series of classes at Webs.
We’re starting out with a Design your own crochet cowl class that runs for 4 weeks and really gives the students insight into what it takes to design something as simple as a tube! Yarn choice, hook/gauge choice, choosing a stitch pattern or several and deciding on the type of construction: flat and seamed or in the round.
Then we have 3, two week workshops for specialty crochet techniques.
Ah, week three. I thought I’d give you a bit of a break and let you get those thirty some-odd motifs done. It really does finish up much faster is you have everything ready to join when we get to Row 2.
So, how about weaving in ends? Awesome.
Here we have a motif all done through Round 3. Let’s get rid of some of those pesky tails.
I always work from the inside out. You’ll notice that there is no dark green tail. Since the stitched in the second round are fairly close together I was able to crochet over the tail from round one, eliminating the need to weave in that tail.
3 easy steps to weaving a tail into a stitch (or group of stitches)
1.) Back through the tops of the stitch(s)
2.) Down through the body of the stitch(s)
3.) Through the “feet” or bottom of the same stitch(s). I try to g through the feet of at least 3 stitches in this step.
Trim that tail and call it done!
Now, chains are a little bit harder to work a tail into but it is possible.
You’ll need to get the tail up t the top of the chain by working up through the body of the stitch.
Then you’ll meander through the chain stitches. following the yarn through to mimic the stitches as close as you can.
Once you’ve reached the next stitch, head down through the body of the stitch. I like to double back through this stitch once more.
All trimmed, no tails dangling, ready to join everything together!
Next week we’ll tackle the tricky part that pulls the whole thing together.
Pop me a question if you’re stuck. Till next week Chicadees!