Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Yarn Harlot

Hello all you knitters! Last night the ladies and I went over to our local B&N to listen to the Yarn Harlot and have a great laugh at the expense of the non-knitters of the world. It was our own little cult and felt so good to be surrounded by people who understood all of the humor. If you haven't been exposed to Stephanie's work, check out her books. You WILL laugh.

In Other Knitting News...
I finished up knitting Patrick's scarf to go along with his new hat and I still have yarn leftover. I only purchased 300 yards--or so the labels said. So far I have a man's hat and a 5.5 foot scarf that is pretty wide, and 120 yards leftover. Something seems off. Oh well, I'm not complaining. I'm going to try and get some type of fingerless mittens out of it. (It is all yarn that I purchased at the Greencastle Fiber Event a few weeks ago--will post this weekend my pix.) I'm trying to be good and knit up all the yarn I bought there. Next up after the alpaca is one of the merino yarns for a shawl.

"...and I approve this message"
I'm sitting here watching MSNBC as I type and I still don't know who to vote for on Tuesday. Usually, my vote doesn't matter at all. Indiana votes very late, so things are usually decided by now and I am a very liberal minded voter in a very Republican state, so it elections it doesn't really matter either. Now I get to have a voice and I don't know what to do. At least I have two good options (in my opinion). I keep waiting to see something that locks in my vote--we'll see.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Babette Blanket

I haven't posted in a long while, but I promise to change that soon. I've been busily working away on projects, teaching, and making new friends. (Shout out to AncestorLady and KnittingBelle!) Above is an image of my main block in the Babette blanket. It is SUCH a fun and simple little crochet project. It is like painting a piece of art because you can use whatever yarn you feel like. Let the creative juices flow!

Had a really bad experience today, so I'm off to drown my sorrows in ice cream. Ice cream and new tv shows, just what the doctor ordered.

If you are local to the Indianapolis area, join us at the Indians game on June 1st for Stitch N Pitch. We have tickets available at the store. They will be reserving a space for all of us to sit together (under an awning). Families are welcome, as well. Needle arts, baseball, hot dogs--fun on a Sunday afternoon.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Double Crochet

Yarn over and insert your hook into the stitch.
Yarn over and draw the yarn through the stitch.
Yarn over and draw the yarn through two loops,
yarn over and draw the yarn through two loops.
You should now only have one loop left on your hook.

Single Crochet

This is the shortest stitch in terms of height.
Insert your hook into the stitch, yarn over and pull through the stitch,
yarn over and pull the yarn through both loops that are on your hook.
You should now only have one loop left on your hook.

Chain Stitch

The first row of any project is a chain stitch row.
Yarn over and pull the yarn over through the loop on your hook.

Yarn Over

Lay the yarn over your hook from right to left (or top to bottom).

Crochet Slip Knot

To make a Slip Knot cross your tail end over the other yarn. Insert your crochet hook in front of the circle, but behind the tail so that your tail is now on the hook. Pull the tail end and the other yarn until you have a loop on your hook.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Welcome to the World of Knitting!

I'd like to send out a huge hello and welcome to all the new knitters and crocheters I've taught lately. I've had a run on private lessons this week as people are getting ready for spring break and other trips. It is so exciting to see everybody learn and fall in love with the crafts. Please don't hesitate to contact me with questions as you have them. I'm also working on updating the reference links off to the side of the blog.

To all those out there that have seen me crocheting my nephew's Spiderman afghan, here is the link to the designers posting: 


It is a wonderful pattern for all those avid spiderman fans out there. (I decided to make this and to come up with a still to be written mask for my nephew after he pulled down the pumpkin hat I knitted him over his face and yelled, "I'm spiderman!")

Will post more this weekend to catch up on the exciting first week of Brownie Knits!!!!!!!!