Knit or Crochet or Cross Stitch or... ~ FSU's Crafting Circle

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by AragornElessar, Jun 28, 2012.

  1. myhoneyhoney

    myhoneyhoney Well-Known Member

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    Thank you, Cruisin... blush... and yup, 4 kiddies. Hubby and I were about 23 when our oldest was born 13 years ago. Our "baby" is 7.

    As for knitting and crochet, I do both. I learned to crochet as a little girl and didn't learn to knit until about 6-7 years ago when I finally got over my fear of using TWO needles. :lol: Silly I know. I like both and sometimes use both on a single project. I encourage anyone wanting to learn knitting to browse youtube and knittinghelp.com. This is how I learned to knit first using the english style and now I knit purely continental style.
  2. AragornElessar

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    So I pop over to Red Heart's site to find a link to share here to that lace to make those scarves and this was on the front page of their Freebie Patterns page. My fellow Crocheters, don't lynch me for this, as I now have *another* new pattern in my stash.

    It's too freaking adorable to not want to make.

    Red Heart Yarns ~ Beach Bear Rita

    Just finished knitting the hat of that set and discovered I don't have the right size of needles for the booties. So this one set will have to be sans booties I'm afraid.

    edited to add...Ah HA!! Finally found the instructions for that scarf!!

    Red Heart Yarn ~ Flirty Knit Scarf Knitting Pattern

    And the lace ribbon yarn used...

    Red Heart Yarn Boutique Sashay

    BTW...The one I made myself, I used the one called Salsa, as the Cinnamon/Brick reds *really* look good on me. Mom OTOH, picked out for herself the one called Ballet. It would have been one thing if it had been all pinks, but that grey in w/it to me just looks jarring. It was the one she wanted though, so what else could I do but knit the thing, right?

    If you go past the part where they show all of the colour combinations this comes in, there are both Knitting and Crocheting instructions YouTube videos for this yarn.

    Anyway, there's where I learned how to knit these scarves. What would we do w/out YouTube when it comes to how to knit and/or crochet, I don't want to think about it. :)
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  3. cruisin

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    I find crocheting to be very easy, but I learned from my grandmother, when I was 6.

    The sashay crocheted scarf looks fairly easy, just hard to hold onto. Because it gets bulky. It's like peyote stitch (beading), very hard to get it started,but once you get past the first two rows, it falls into place.
  4. myhoneyhoney

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  5. Jojo

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    Right now I'm cross-stitching a piece for my niece's christening. I chose a sepia-coloured pattern. Here is is:

    http://www.sewandso.co.uk/Products/Ten-Tiny-Toes__VER-2002-bslsh-45-prd-224.aspx

    It had been a few years since I'd done cross-stitch, but I'm dismayed at how much my mid-forties eyes have deteriorated. If I want to continue to stitch, I'll have to get one of those magnifying stands.

    Another project I have on hold, but I'm hoping to resurrect soon, is a bunka punch. I purchased it in Australia more than ten years ago, and did some work on it. I'd like to finish it soon.

    Here's a link to the pattern I'm working on:

    http://www.klema.com.au/austcart/a401.jpg
  6. cruisin

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    ^^ Beautiful. I used to do counted cross stitch when I was working in NYC. I had a long commute and it was something to do on the train. I haven't done it since I stopped working in NY. I should go back to it.

    I don't have photos, but I made my Godchild's Christening gown (the very long kind). It had a full length slip with embroidered lace at the bottom. Then the dress had a scalloped hem to let the lace peek through. Then I did a scalloped collar that had shadow embroidery on it. Shadow embroidery is when you use sheer, white fabric and sandwich colored fabric between it and then embroider around the shapes. I used white organza and pale pink shapes. It was so pretty. I made a traditional cap too. I wish I did have photos.
  7. skatefan

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    I'm sure the parents would have photos somewhere. The gown sounds lovely.

    BTW I don't know how you managed to focus on cross stitch on a train :)
  8. cruisin

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    They can't find them. The parents are divorced and lots of things are "missing".

    I was in my 20s. I couldn't do it now :lol:
  9. skatefan

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    Aw cute :)

    Ah. That's a shame.

    :D
  10. Jojo

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    Aragorn, rarely have I ever whipped out my credit card so quickly. Five minutes after I go to the red Heart website, I've bought 9 (9!!) balls of yarn. OTOH, those make for inexpensive Christmas gifts.

    Thanks for sharing. But now will you send a note to my husband to explain why I HAD to have that yarn? :p
  11. Holley Calmes

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    I would love to see this. I made a pillow for my Goddaughter (I was actually her fairy godmother since I wasn't Russian Orthodox, but I loved her just the same..) It was peach satin and I embroidered violets on it because her name was Anna, which I was told was a nickname for violets in Russian. "Little Anna's Bright Eyes." I know it was appreciated, but by the time she was 13 it was sitting in the closet on a shelf...:lol:
  12. snoopysnake

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    I have crafting in my blood. Sewing's my earliest one - I was improvising my own hand-sewn doll clothes in elementary school, and had my own sewing machine and was making my own dresses by junior high. Those were the golden days of home sewing! Yes, so many fabric shops (not to mention the days of a fabric department in most department stores) have bit the dust. I adore looking at the vintage pattern wiki site. Sewing may be ripe for an eventual comeback, as knitting, and to a lesser degree, crocheting, have had.

    I learned to knit and crochet in my teens but didn't go too far with it. I did a good deal of macrame back then, but mostly was a sewer. Now that my aunts who knitted and crocheted a lot have passed on, and I inherited some of their needles and hooks, and some also from my Norwegian grandmother, I've gotten more serious about using them. First I did mostly crocheted hats and scarves. Now I'm chair of a prayer shawl group at my church. I alternate between knitting and crocheting. I like crochet better because it works up faster and you can't drop stitches!

    For those who want to learn, I think the best books are Stitch 'n Bitch Nation and The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller. Try your local library if you are hesitant about investing in a book.

    Right now I have a few things going at once for myself, the most ambitious of which is this: http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/us/pattern.php?id=1186&lang=us
    I totally love circular needles and the Norwegian (continental) knit stitch now! I'm treading slowly into the scary waters of stranded patterns and steeks! Originally I had hoped to finish this jacket for a cruise DH and I will be taking along the coast of Norway, but now I think I'll be doing a lot of work on it during the cruise. Guess I am drawn by the spirits of my grandmother and aunts to all this!
  13. cruisin

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    ^^ That is ambitious! And fabulous! I hope we will get to see it when you're done with it.
  14. AragornElessar

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    LOL!! I'll do it as long as you send one to my Mom to explain to her why there's going to be at least six skeins of all purpose yarn that'll be coming into this house after my Monthly Blood Work visit later this week. Interweave Crochet had the pattern for a double breasted cloak w/collar in last Summer's issue and I've been dying to give it a go.

    All I need to do now is decide on which colour to do it in. :)

    Oh and I finally have a picture of my almost one month old Great Nephew Parker's Mile A Minute afghan that I made him. My Sister and Brother In Law were here yesterday and she dropped off the album that she and my Niece Lisa made up for us. There were two pictures of the afghan in it, one for the album and one for me, and I was going to scan it today, but time got away on me.

    Oh, did I mention Parker's wrapped up in it? Not that I'm sharing the picture for that reason. The main thing is to show off the afghan after all.

    ;)

    One thing that's driving me bonkers though? The multicoloured yarn I used for the inner strip and the border around the entire thing, looks so pale. Especially against the white I used for the contrast. Now this blankie was crocheted, but I still have about two skeins and a small ball left over from the last skein used on it, left of it. So I've been using that small leftover ball to make up Preemie hats using a pattern I found over at Bev's Country Cottage called Eeenie, Meenie, Minee and Moe. Those are knitted in the round and...

    My Sister didn't believe me yesterday when I told her it was the same yarn when I showed her my latest Preemie stuff I've made. The hats are a bit brighter than the respective parts of the blankie, but the only difference is one was crocheted and the other knit!!

    Figure that one out!!
  15. myhoneyhoney

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    Finished another project... two years in the making. Yeesh, lol. The scarf turned shrug.

    Oh, how I wish I can buy more yarn but hubby's forbid me. :( I need to use up what I have completely before I'm free to fondle and purchase. Boooooo
  16. skatesindreams

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    I love this!
    Could you share the pattern?

    How large is your "stockpile"?
  17. cruisin

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    Very pretty!
  18. barbk

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    I am the least crafty person I know. (My mom finally gave up with the craft kits as gifts after I never opened the Bonsai tree kit that was only supposed to take 3 minutes a week.)

    Anyway, in clearing out MIL's house we found dressers full (literally) of embroidered, cross-stitched, tatted, crocheted, and handmade lace textiles Mr. Barbk's grandma apparently did for many, many, many years. There are a few tablecloths we'll keep, and a few other things, but I simply do not need four huge boxes of handworked goods. (Aprons, tea towels, dresser scarves, handkerchiefs, pillowcases, bed coverlets,...)

    Any suggestions for disposition?

    (And speaking of MIL -- why in the world would anyone have 62 tablecloths?)
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    eBay?
    Many people collect handwork; especially tablecloths, coverlets, and larger pieces.
  20. myhoneyhoney

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    Skatesindreams, the original pattern I used has been taken down by the pattern owner :( but it's very similar to this shawl, just not as many repeats. Ravelry page of original pattern that I used. As for the stash, I have about 20 skeins, most have at least 2 of the same. I guess I better start cranking out scarves to give out for Christmas, lol
  21. cruisin

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    Don't give them away! They are your family's heritage. Give them to family members or just save them for future generations. When my grandma died she had a chest filled with the same sort of things. All of my relatives fought over the jewelry, I wanted the chest filled with the real treasures - things my grandma and great grandma made. I remember asking my aunt if I could have some of the doilies and embroidered sheets, etc. She said take them all, she was going to throw them away :eek:! I have some of the things around my home, some are stored in a box. I will leave them for my children. They are the true inheritance of our heritage. The Christmas before my grandma passed, she took me aside and gave me a gold necklace and a cameo that were her mother's. Her mother brought them from Italy when they immigrated. There was no huge monetary value to either. But this is what she said: "I want you to have these, you are the only one in the family who appreciates their true value and you will treasure them". It still brings tears to my eyes.

    Anecdotal story: I took the necklace to a jeweler to get it appraised. It is 18 KT gold but hollow. He said the gold weight was not significant. But, even if I wanted him to buy it for scrap, he would not. He said the workmanship was exquisite and you just don't see things like it anymore. It made me proud for some reason.
  22. AragornElessar

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    I echo what crusin said barb. Keep them, as they truly are the treasures and heritage of your Family. There have to be some in the Family who would love them, ask around and see.

    myhoneyhoney, that's gorgeous!! Nice brainstorm to turn it into a shrug and it works too. :)
  23. Cyn

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    I learned how to cross-stitch when I was in college -- my "specialty" (if you can call it that :rofl: ) was bookmarks, which I made for several of my friends and the people who lived on the floor of my dorm.

    After college, I became a bit more ambitious and started working on larger patterns which could be framed. During Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm (in 1990 and 1991), my cousin, his then-GF and I spent many an hour glued to the TV each night in the days leading up to when Desert Storm kicked in two of my cousins (my at-home cousin's brothers) were in the Army and their units were sent there. His GF and I found cross-stitching to be a great way to channel our nervous energy into something productive, and I now have two beautiful pieces from those tense nights. Since then, though, I haven't given it a go :eek:.

    My grandmother tried to teach me how to crochet, and an ex-BF's mother tried to teach me how to knit, but I was absolutely hopeless at both of them :rofl: :slinkaway. The one scarf I tried to make was an absolute disaster :scream:. I just don't have the patience to make sure my stitching (or whatever you call it) is even and blocked well. My original goal was to knit a (very long) dusky pink cashmere scarf, which was inspired after finding one at Nordstrom's that cost almost $200 USD :eek. It would have gone perfectly with my winter dress coat (which is a beautiful grey wool), the bottom hem of which is falls just below mid-calf.

    These days, I make jewelry using sterling wire (as well as clasps, earring mounts, necklace chains in a variety of link types), freshwater pearls, and either Swarovski crystal or semi-precious stones (depending on what I'm making). I've never tried to market them in boutiques or done craft shows, but in addition to making jewelry for myself, I have done special requests for friends and family members both for their own enjoyment or as gifts for other people, and I made the jewelry for all of the bridesmaids (10 of them) when my sister got married.

    The other thing I do, which is more for my relaxation than anything else, is painting -- but not pictures (hell, I can't draw a decent stick figure :lol: ). Instead, I either buy unfinished wooden objects (boxes, frames, and the like) or find items at yard sales with potential for something creative, all of which I sand down and paint/decorate/re-finish. I've also stripped, sanded, and refinished a few pieces of furniture that have turned out really nice.

    One of the things I would like to learn how to do is d├ęcoupage, using old photographs and ads/articles from (very) old magazines and newspapers.
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    Wow, those prices are so much cheaper than the British equivalent!
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    That looks wonderful. Do you do any decorative stitches on your work at all or just tent stitches?
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    No decorative stitches....my girlfried Flo is incredible at all this. Some day I want her to teach me more, but for now, it's all just continental stitch-at least that's what she calls it. I'm hoping I might finish my "jade" piece today. the gold thread is kind of hard to work with...
  30. cruisin

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    I like the decorative stitches. In fact, I have two small pieces that are ecru on a tan cloth, which are just decorative stitches. I framed them and put them in my bathroom.
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    It's tent stitch done in continental style; tent stitches can also be done in basket weave style.

    If you have any interest in decorative stitches, please give them a shot. They can make an amazing contribution to your pieces. The book Stitches for Effect is a good place to start learning.
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    I love cross-stitching! So relaxing. :)

    I'm currently working on an Arctic wolf winter scene......quite literally, it's fifty (trillion!) shades of grey. ;)
  33. AragornElessar

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    That's adorable. Well done.
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    I just started to knit a pair of legwarmers for my sister's b-day at the end of the month. I'm using chunky yarn, so it should go fairly quickly. She teaches yoga and has been asking for a pair, so I thought I'd give a thoughtful gift this year. :D

    I took a crocheting lesson today.....I learned years ago but didn't remember much. I'm trying to decide if I like knitting better. Right now I do, only because it's more familiar, but we'll have to see. I'm having a hard time seeing the stiches when it's time to turn at the end of the row. Hopefully it will get easier.
  36. AragornElessar

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    So long as things go according to the chart and you don't miscount...or sew the fabric together as you're stitching...or drop your needle on a tile floor pattern of little black dots on a grey background...

    I not only have done all of those things, but w/the last one did it three times one day!! On the third time, my Dad came in from working in the garden to the sight of me, under the dining table on my hands and knees trying to find the blasted needle and to the sound of me counting from ten down to one in French!!

    Knowing from the last two times he'd come in that I'd already dropped it twice and from what I was doing and the language I was using, he didn't say a word. All he did was do a crisply executed turn that would have made a Soviet era Cossack guard at the Kremlin proud, go back down our entryway/landing stairs that go up to the main area of our house and right back outside LOL!!! :D

    Been there, done that. I have two of the chart booklets of the Endangered Youngins line and have stitched the Baby Cougar Cubs on a sweatshirt for myself and the Baby Tiger Cubs on one for my Niece. Which is where the "stitched the fabric I was working on together" experience comes from. Those Cougar Cubs were going along wonderfully until I undid the hoop to move it up and discovered I'd stitched one of the sleeves to the underneath/back of the design.

    That day was the one my Mom discovered that I wasn't as innocent as she thought, as for the first time for her, she heard certain words come out of my mouth at speed at that moment. ;)

    Anyway...Their eyes? Nine different tints and shades of blue, along w/black, three different dark greys and French Knots in white for a "sparkle" in the eyes. You wouldn't think that many colours would be used in such a small area, but they were.

    I want to dig them out and do the Baby Snow Leopard Cubs one of these days. A friend of my Mom was getting rid of cross stitch stuff she'd never use and one of the things she gave to me was a huge piece of a lovely light Lavender Aida cloth in 14 count. Those little white furry cubbies would really pop on it IMO.

    I need to finish a few things first before I can get a start on it though.

    Thank you. The only thing I don't like about the way my Sister and Niece placed the blanket around Parker in the picture is that you don't see the respective panels all end in points. It really does give a nice look to it compared to other Mile A Minute blankets/afghans I've seen where the ends are rounded instead.

    That's JMO though. :) That blanket's considered an Oldie But Goodie pattern around here. The actual pattern was part of a group of ten different patterns I printed off of a website close to ten years ago. It and the others are sized for Preemies, but it also was the only one that had the directions to be able to make a Full Term version of it as well. I've made many in both sizes and many colour combinations over the years. One of my favourites, and I would have made it for Parker if the yarn dept at the Wal Mart near my sister's had the Bernat Sparkle Green available when I got the yarn, is baby green and white.

    So very pretty, it works for either a boy or a girl and unlike other colours and/or varigated patterns, you don't have to worry about it making a jaudanced Preemie/Newborn look even more yellow than they are. It also makes up really quickly too, which is another factor in it being my "go to" blanket pattern regardless of whether I'm making it for the NICU or for a new member of my family. :)
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    I hear ya! I'm just about finished siamese cat project that I've been working on for over a year and a half....who knew there were so many shades of peach/pink/ecru/cream/white....It's 16" square on 14 ct aida of solid stitches....it certainly seems like a half an acre!:)
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