DW Scarf completed

Doctor Who crocheted scarf 2 is complete. You might remember that I was working the Season 14 scarf rows as noted on Chris Brimelow’s site but using the yarn and colors from Tara Wheeler’s Witty Little Knitter site (the Vanna’s Choice option).

I used an I hook this time. The finished size is about 10 1/2″ x 106″. That is 8′ 10″ which is just shy of the perfect length. The knitted scarf would be 9′ including 5″ fringe on both sides. Mine does not have the fringe so the scarf itself is probably a bit longer than the original.

If I added fringe it would 9′ 8″. Still, much closer to the right size than the other one I did, keeping in mind that I used an H hook for that one and it was about 15″ short. If I’d used the I hook, it would have been closer.

There are 7 colors I used: Beige, Olive, Charcoal, Brick, Toffee, Burgundy, and Mustard.

Just to be clear, the Who scarves used on set were knitted, not crocheted. Since I don’t knit I adapted. I CAN do a wee bit of knitting but would never in my wildest dreams attempt something this extensive. My problem with knitting is that I can do the stitches, but if I err or have to stop and return to it, I am lost. I actually almost completed a dishcloth. Then if you can believe this, I messed up on the finish off – cast off I think it is called in knitting – and ended up ripping the whole thing back.

Back to crocheting, I finished making the blue squares and putting them together for the babyghan. The person who asked for this mentioned putting a name on it. I kept the center square blank in case I decided to do this. I didn’t promise it, but I know she really wants it. I was thinking perhaps of making a separate piece – like a heart or star or rectangle or something, with the name on it and sewing it to the center square. The name is not etched in stone yet as the baby has not been born. However she would like to give the ghan as soon as it is done, so I figured if it has the name on something that is removable and the name changes, not as big a problem.

I didn’t measure it yet, but still have the tails to tuck in. The edging is a round of navy and then a round of the light blue. The white squares were made a while back. The blue ones are what I’ve been working on this past week.

That’s all for now. Have a great weekend!

Happy crocheting!

bad skein / metal loom / babyghan

Let’s get the bad news over with first.

I picked up my last skein of Red Heart Soft Navy and had not gotten too very far when I noticed a large bit of orange in my blue. Okay, not a problem. This has happened before to me with various yarns and usually it is one or two small bits which I can either pick at until I get most of it or cut it out and continue. This time, I cut it off the strand and continued.

Then I got another one. And another one. Then I ripped back my project and started pulling out yarn. It was filled with orange bits. No, this is not a variegated yarn. But it is a BAD skein of yarn. heh

It’s unusable for any project except perhaps pet pads. Pets don’t care if there is orange in their blue.You’d think their quality control would have seen this. It’s sooo obvious the bright orange in the dark blue. Maybe it is automated? I don’t know.

I have sent off a note to Red Heart to let them know. If you have this yarn and would happen to have this particular lot, do let me know if you have any problems with it. As you know, I recently made 15 scarves with no problem but I don’t know what the lot was for them. I doubt I have any labels lying around still. Sometimes Red Heart will ask that you return the skein to them, so I can’t use it for anything until I hear from them, not that I would want to anyway.

Since I couldn’t work on that, I decided to try out the loom I got in the mail yesterday. It’s one of those metal looms and I bought it from Amazon. POT HOLDER weaving LOOM & loops colored FABRIC kid NEW

The instructions that come with the loom, forget those. They are pertooey. Basically you stretch a loop across each

The loops that come with the kit are okay. I bought some loops from Hobby Lobby. Those were also pertooey. About half or more of them are too short to work with this loom.

I think I am going to buy some Harrisville loops (or maybe a smaller bag ) and see if they work better. I remember seeing some loops at Walmart but I don’t remember what kind they were. Oh, I just noticed the Schylling that makes the loom I presently have offers refill loops. They are a little rough, but they do fit the loom well. Maybe I’ll get a bag of each and see which works best. Harrisville also makes its own looms Harrisville Designs Potholder (or Harrisville Designs Potholder Deluxe. I wonder if they are different. I felt the loom I have could have had longer tines or pegs or prongs or whatever you call those things. The loops would fall off especially on the last round.

One thing I will tell you is that it is fun at first, but as you come to the last loops, it is so tight that it is a chore rather than fun. To combat this, decided to leave the last row of metal prongs undone. That gives you a little more room to work. You could also try skipping a prong. I think I’m going to try that with these other loops which are very thick. I used a crochet hook to work off the loops.

Anyway, here are my results. I had hoped to make washcloths, but these are too thick and stiff for that. They will make good potholders though.

In addition to the potholders, I made some blue teddy bear squares to go with the white ones I made a while back. I intend to edge each square with a medium or dark blue and assemble them.

Guess that’s it for me.

Happy crocheting!

baby hat in stretch sock yarn

I have been wanting to try this and finally sat down and did it. I purchased some stretch sock yarn some time ago and I was thinking that it might be a good yarn to use for tiny babies (or any babies) because it could stretch to fit their little heads a bit without discomfort. I have not tried it on any little heads, but I will send it off and hope for some feedback.

This is #1 super fine Patons Stretch Sock yarn. I used an F hook. The yarn label recommends a D. The yarn composition is 41% cotton, 39% wool, 13% nylon, and 7% elastic. I am wondering about the wool content now that I think about it.

It is not as soft as say Red Heart Soft but it is not as rough as Red Heart Super Saver.

If anyone has used the stretch sock yarn for hats, I would love to hear about your results and what you think about it. To give an idea of size, here is the hat on top of the skein. 🙂 The skein is 1.75 oz. so not huge.

As I was going through the ‘net looking for various things, I happened across this beautiful pattern by Kim Guzman. It’s a personalized baby afghan. I’ve seen it before, but happened across it again. We’ve had so  many new babies in my extended family. I really should make one of these and see how it comes out. Maybe for my first grandchild? No, no. None are expected any time soon. Just thinking ahead. I’ve already got several ghans put aside for the grands.

So many projects in the back of my head. I’m getting to that point of oh my, what do I hit next? So much to do.

On my to-do list:
Finish Doctor Who scarf
15 Special Olympics scarves promised (need yarn for this)
wool scarves for the Bridge Project
Share a Square 6″ squares (up to 150)
lapghans for nursing home
Knit Your Bit scarves
HAP rectangles
Chain Reaction squares (when the video comes in)
special request project
and whatever else I’m forgetting … (like the UFOs in my box)

Happy crocheting!

DW scarf and Chain Reaction afghan

Here is the progress on my Doctor Who scarf from Chris Brimelow’s pattern, using Vanna’s Choice yarns. I am exactly half done as far as the number of stripes (though the stripes are not of equal length).

I will keep you posted on the progress. As I noted before, it really goes pretty quickly considering it is worked in all single crochet.

I’m using an I hook this time. Last time I used an H I believe.

I’m also VERY excited to share that the latest Crochet Me newsletter has information on the very afghan I was just telling you all about – the Chain Reaction – the one I saw in the magazine at Booksamillion. You can get the pattern (free but you have to register there) here http://www.knittingdaily.com/media/p/67334/showcontent.aspx .

The newsletter also says you can crochet along with them on the Knitting Daily TV show. The first show of the 700 series begins July 21. I’m not sure about channel info but you can see a brief clip of what’s to come in this video. (You can see if the show plays in your area on this page. )

If the show doesn’t play in your area (sadly it doesn’t play in mine) or you miss a show or for whatever reason you can’t get to see them all, you can purchase the entire season here or wait for Amazon to get it. For the Chain Reaction afghan square a long, it is season #700. I would dearly love to do this afghan as part of the CAL. (Amazon didn’t have #700 in my search but they did have the other seasons. Search Amazon.com for knitting daily series I’m thinking they may have it after it airs.

[Added note: I found a spot where you can order JUST the chain reaction scarf CAL as either a download or physical DVD. How cool is that? Half the price of the other DVDs. If that link doesn’t work, just go to http://www.interweavestore.com/ and click on DVDs/videos in the crochet section.]

Anyway, I’m excited about it. Unfortunately, I can only do one thing at a time – first the Who scarf, then we’ll see which of the half dozen projects gets my time. There is this Chain Reaction pattern, the Special Olympic scarves, and the Share a Square which has started up again. All worthy projects. Plus I have some wool yarn that I want to use for Bridge scarves. I also want to make more Knit Your Bit scarves, and rectangles for HAP.

So many projects, so little time! Maybe I can combine the two. The Chain Reaction squares are 12″ (by different designers) but perhaps I can adjust a few of them to 6″ for SAS. We’ll see how that goes. 🙂 If not, I did want to do more lapghans for the nursing home.

Have a great weekend!

Happy crocheting!

Special Olympics Louisiana

As I mentioned in a previous post, I planned to deliver the scarves I’ve made so far to the Special Olympics Louisiana office in Hammond. I did do that and here is a photo as proof.

This is a picture taken by SO staff member Tiffany. We did take some photos with my camera, but I thought hers was the best so I’m borrowing it from the Facebook page. 🙂 They wanted a picture featuring the scarves, so those are two of the ones I made. I gave it back when the photo op was done.

The young man pictured sits at the desk as you enter and welcomes guests.He was working on the computer as well so I think he stays busy!

The door was locked so I was glad I had e-mailed earlier in the week to let them know I was coming and make sure the office would be open.

My box of scarves was the first they’ve received. I also mailed in the first scarves last year. Oh my! A tradition. Heh I’ll have to be sure to get on the ball next year.

Tiffany was the sweetest thing. She took us all around the facility, giving hubby and I the grand tour. We saw all of the offices and warehouse and the meeting room. There was a photo of the very first Special Olympic athletes. Very special.

There was also a chart showing the different logos. Louisiana office had a part in that design, though I can’t remember the details Tiffany gave about that. I do remember the design went through several incarnations as there were at least four in the picture we saw.

We said howdy to those folks who were in the offices. Some were out of town tending to various parts of the business. We also met Dana, who hails from my part of the world and now works there at the SO office. It was unexpected to meet someone originally from here working over there. She actually knows my neighbor well. Small world.  

The picture at left was not one of those I took, but rather one that Tiffany took. Hers was the best of the lot, so I’m borrowing it from the Facebook page. 🙂 

During our tour we received T-shirts commemorating our visit.

All in all, it was a great trip and I’m so glad to be a part of this project. You can follow Special Olympics Louisiana on Facebook as well as the Scarves for Special Olympics project. 

Information on how to participate in this project, and specifically Louisiana, can be found at the main web site, http://www.scarvesforspecialolympics.org/states/view/18 .

Remember that the colors are:
Red Heart Super Saver Cherry Red 0319
Red Heart Super Saver Soft Navy 0387
Red Heart Soft Navy 4604
Red Heart Soft Really Red 9925

PLEASE NOTE: You can choose to work with the Red Heart Super Saver or Red Heart Soft Yarns – or a combination of both – please just use both a red and a blue in your scarf design!

Length: between 54″ and 60″ long. Please include fringe or other adornments within these measurements.

Width: Approximately 6 inches wide

Happy crocheting!