Icelandic Turtleneck

I’ve been working on the Icelandic Turtleneck from the Crochet Me book for a few weeks. I got a lot done right before and after the trip out to Colorado for Bill & Andrea’s wedding, but then let it sit for a while. Yesterday I picked it back up and got through the part where you create the armholes. I tried it on and it was too big, even though I’m making the smallest size and am under guage. Now, I can’t say I’m surprised to hear this because other folks have found that the pattern runs big as well – partly because of the stretchiness of the stitch, no doubt. I considered making smaller arm holes and throwing in some decreases at the same time, but decided that given the stretchiness of the fabric, it probably made more sense to rip back to the last spot where I increased for the shoulders and bust. So, I just ripped back 12 rows, and I’m going to give this another shot with half of the increases. If that doesn’t work, I think I might frog the whole thing and try again with an even smaller hook. We’ll see how it goes!

Felted Messenger Bag

This is the Felted Messenger Bag from the Crochet Me book – I started it on Friday afternoon and it’s going really fast. I finished the body of the bag last night, so I’d estimate that I’m about 70% of the way done with this project. I have to make the strap, sew it all together and then felt and embellish. (Having mentally checked out of library school really frees up a lot of time for crafting, so I am hoping to have it ready to felt when I’m home for Thanksgiving.)

Project Specifics

Crochet me, crochet you

This afternoon, Joelle and I went to Spark Crafts in Porter Square for a pre-launch book signing and trunk show for the Crochet Me (new website!) book. It was a small group (I didn’t hear about it until Wednesday) but Kim was awesome, and we got to handle a bunch of projects from Interweave Crochet, and from the book itself. It was really fun to finally get to meet her, and the book is just as fantastic as I knew it would be! We also got to chat with Jess & Casey of Ravelry fame.

I haven’t been crocheting much lately, but there are a ton of great projects in this book, including a super cute shell done in the round. I think I might have to make that once I work through a little bit  more of the stash (or get a real job, whichever comes first). There’s also a really great felted messenger bag, which I think I may have to make as well (and which could incorporate a fair amount of various stashed wools, now that I think about it). Anyway, fun times, great patterns, and I managed not to buy any yarn while we were at Spark (um, because I didn’t look at it).

Ravelry!

After patiently waiting since May 10, I was let into Ravelry on Saturday. Yippee! It is totally awesome and I am really enjoying having an online place to keep track of all of my projects, yarns, etc. I’m slowly filling things in, but if you’re on (or when you get there) be my pal (search for spinstah)!

Thanks Casey & Jess! This is awesome. 🙂

3 Yarns to Try

A little thing for Secret Pal 10 — three yarns I’m dying to try.

  1. Handmaiden Seasilk: Do I even need to explain why? The colors are gorgeous and it’s so soft. Windsor Button carries it but it’s expensive enough that I can easily resist.
  2. Lorna’s Laces: Lucky for me, I have some Shepherd Sock (in Red Rover, scroll down a bit) waiting for me to start my second-ever pair of socks. I hope to finish the first pair this weekend, but there hasn’t been much knitting around here lately so we’ll see how that goes.
  3. Araucania Atacama: Another yarn with gorgeous colors that just feels lovely. (But then, when doesn’t alpaca feel lovely?)

I’m sure there are tons of others, but these are the first three that come to mind.

Top Secret

Over the last year or so of being obsessed with RSS feeds, I have slowly grown the number of knitting and crochet blogs that I read and/or skim (yes, and also library and tech blogs). And yet, I somehow always missed hearing about the secret pal things and swaps that go on, at least in time to sign up.

Well, no more. Nicole pointed me to the 2007 Knit-Alongs and Swaps blog. When she posted about the end of Secret Pal 9 I asked where to find out about it, so she sent me to the SP9 blog, where I then found the Secret Pal 10 blog. Signups for Secret Pal 10 just opened, and will be open until the end of the month. I just signed up, and I’m psyched! I think it’ll be really fun to play secret admirer and send someone little packages.

One other thing–If you’re signing up for Secret Pal for the first time, there are two steps. First click “New Account,” and set up your account. Then hit “Sign Up,” and register for SP10.