These aren’t actually for me! I was just having a cheeky wear of them here before I sent them to @copperspiral in New York. She’s already got them – so now I can publish this picture of them! They were super easy to make and I was rather sad to let them go. The pattern is from Bronwyn Lowenthal’s Love To Knit book. They’re made of Louisa Harding ‘Thistle’ yarn bought from @CafeKnit – and I made both gloves rather surprisingly out of one ball. The yarn is really lovely and soft and they were quick to knit on four 6mm needles. They were, er, even quicker than the pattern suggested because I made them a lot shorter in the arm. The ones modelled in the book came nearly to the model’s elbow and were all bunched up – but I did about 23 rows then did the thumbs. For the thumbs, I used the ‘live stitches’ method rather than the method described in the pattern. It may well have worked fine, but I couldn’t figure out how – so I stuck to a method I know works!
These are a really good gift for a friend – though I do have enough wool to make myself some now…
In other news: teaching crochet @cafeknit on Saturday was really good fun. I had really lovely students and everyone got to make at least part of a granny square, and tried chains, double crochet and trebles! It was interesting teaching crochet to knitters – it reminded me how different the skills are in some ways. I think a good time was had by all!
How nice to find a new crochet book in our local library!
I spent a very happy hour this afternoon reading Sara Sinaguglia’s Simple Crochet. The tag line, ‘With more than 35 vintage-vibe projects for your handmade life’ was rather off-putting because I find the possessive ‘your’ as well as the ubiquitous word, vintage, rather irritating, but I’m really glad I persevered. The book has a lovely, informal tone and is peppered with details about the author’s life and why she first made some of the projects in the book. As always in crochet books, there’s a little too much in the How To section – this sometimes puts me off buying crochet books as it’s rather repetitive. There is quite a lot, though, on something i really want to try: crochet edging on linen or cotton, so that part of the How To is quite eye-opening. Anyway, the book is themed around different rooms in the house and I was pleased to see that I’d make at least two things from each section. What I also enjoyed about this was that quite a lot of the projects involve sewing as well as crochet – the iPad cosy, for example, is made of fabric with crochet motifs sewn onto it – and these projects look really good. This book even had me contemplating crochet washcloths – and that is no mean feat! The photography is gorgeous, too. So – definitely worth a read.
And now for the WIP: so far, my preparation for teaching my first crochet course for Cafe Knit has only stretched to deciding what the wear. But then I thought I’d better write my pattern for crochet bracelets, which I hope will be easy for beginners to make in under three hours! Here they are so far:
I hope my crochet classes go well – it’s hard to gauge how much a random group of people will be able to make in three hours! Still, at least crochet is east to unravel and quick once you’ve got the hang of it. Wish me – and my students – luck!