Monday, March 23, 2009

March is Passing Quickly

March has not turned into the crochet-happy month I expected it to. I haven't gotten to crochet as many things as I had planned. Yes, I did get the Houndstooth-Check scarf finished. It figures that the weather got warm and I haven't been able to wear it yet, lol! I have not started a crochet sweater yet. I want to make one that I could wear in warmer or in-between weather. Although at the speed I'm going, it might be Fall before I get a sweater done.

I've focused on quick stitch efforts. Here is another baby bib I did in two different stitch patterns just to see how it turned out. It looks a little lopsided at the top, and I think I'll revisit it and put a pocket on the lower part where the stitch patterns change. I had planned to do a bib with a slit in the center so it could just be pulled over the baby's head, but I didn't think the opening was wide enough. I'm going to give it another shot, though. I think doing a chain a little earlier in the row will leave a wide enough gap.

I did the March Squares for the CAL group. Winter Dream from the Dishcloth Diaries, and the March Square by Julie Bolduc,

worked up very quickly. In both cases I used leftover yarn from my stash. They were both done in Vanna's Choice yarn from Lion Brand. I thought about working on the baby blanket in Berroco Comfort DK, but it's still a thought.

I've also had the knitting bug more than usual. I finally got 6 inches on the sock the pattern calls for before the heel gets started. After I'd worked on it a while, I noticed that I messed up. Some of the stitches don't line up like they should, and I think I tightened up a little. I have no plan to frog it at this point. I still get very nervous about dropping stitches and would be afraid I'd end up starting over. I have to call the yarn store to go in to learn how to do the heel. I'm going to be wearing these socks under jeans, so nobody would see the tops, anyway.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Happy National Crochet Month

March is National Crochet Month!! Time to pull out those hooks and get some projects started...or finished. I finally finished the Houndstooth-Check Scarf from the Crochet That Fits book. I may have changed hook size inadvertently. I set the project down when I got the urge to knit. I've been working on my sock, but wanted to take a break. Working with the small circular needle has my hand a little wonky. I've also had the flu, and with the start of spring training (YEAH!! GO CUBS, METS & TWINS), I want a project I can work on in front of the t.v. This scarf is pretty easy to do, so I vowed to finish it this weekend. I still have to finish working in the edges.

I still have a crochet baby blanket I put down a while ago that I need to finish. But, there's a granny square crochet-a-long (CAL) group on Ravelry that I participate in-I skipped February because I wasn't that crazy about the squares, but the March squares are quite nice. There's also the Easy Classic Top from Lion Brand, or to start in with the Learn To Crochet a Sweater book that I have on the shelf. Decisions, decisions.