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Rug is Finished

Yesterday’s post was about the beginnings and a how-to (kinda) of my rag rug using old tee shirts.  Today: the final product!

Using a total of 4 tee shirts, measuring in at 22 inches in diameter, here it is.

The final shirt didn’t quite make it back around on the last row (top left section), but I’ll have to live with it.


Alien Attack!

One of the great things about crochet is that it’s easily portable.  And one can do small projects quickly.

Okay, two of the great things about crochet are that it’s easily portable and one can do small projects quickly.  And I can memorize short patterns.

Our three weapons are fear, surprise, and ruthless efficiency…and an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope.*

Anyway, the other day I crocheted a finger puppet in about 20 minutes while I did laundry at the laundromat.  I had made one the night before by following a pattern, but wasn’t fully satisfied with the outcome.  So I made this little alien without reading the original pattern AND I made alterations so it would come out the way I wanted, which is another great thing about crochet.  Amongst our weaponry….

The little fella, ready to begin his tiny attack of the Earth:

Here he is, surrounded by alien skeletons?

Here he poses for his mug shot:

* = The Spanish Inquisition


Two Crochet Dudes

Today I finally got to meet The Crochet Dude, aka, Drew Emborsky.  As a male crocheter, he’s served as something of an inspiration to me and I was excited to meet him.  He was the instructor at today’s Etsy Labs, where he taught us to make “yarn” out of scrap fabric and then crochet it into a simple trivet.  He admitted to being as pleased as I was to be in the same room with another crochet dude.  Here is my final product, which stitched up SOOO quickly!

The hanging loop was my idea, and that goes back to one of the things I love about crochet: I figured out a way to stitch it in on my own.  I “get” crochet, and that is what makes it so much fun for me.

Also, make sure to check out The Crochet Dude’s blog, which includes a picture of Drew and Vickie Howell!  Two of my favorite yarners… yarn people… yarnies?

On a side note, while at Etsy, I was asked by two different people about my store, which I had to admit had no products in it currently.  Hopefully this will serve as a wake-up call, reminding me I can’t sell anything if I’m not making anything.


Power Tools and Yarn. That’s My Life.

Power tools and yarn.  Somehow these things describe me well.  Finally, my powers combined because I needed a yarn winder.  That’s right, the Power Winder!

 

That is a knitting needle inserted into the chuck of a cordless driver.  I then taped the yarn tail to the end farthest away from the driver and taped again close to the driver.

 

Then away I drived.  Drove.  Droved. Then I used the driver to wind the yarn, working it front to back with my free hand.

 

I didn’t have a lot of this yarn to wind, so here is the finished “ball.”

 

And again:

Kerrs, you should recognize that ottoman.

 

It worked like a charm!  ………the second time.  Remember how Picture 3 had a little hand saying, ‘Remember this’?  Well, that’s because as I wound the yarn, I went OVER the bottom taped end.  Do NOT wind over the tape! is the lesson I learned from my first attempt.  What happens is, when you try to remove the new skein by sliding it off the needle (which you have removed from the cordless driver), you get a yarn corn dog.

and it WON’T come off the needle.  I had to unwind it by hand, and start again.  This time I made sure to stay away from the taped ends.

 

Another word of caution: the driver’s chuck left indentions on my knitting needle.  I have not knitted since I started crocheting in 2007, so I didn’t really care.  Hey, might as well put my needles to some use somehow, right?  However, a dowel rod would work just as well.  Or a chopstick, or a pencil… anything round that fits into the chuck, really.  Here’s what happened:

There are 3 of those indentions.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this and maybe it will save you from spending $40 on a yarn winder like it did me.  Feel free to leave comments or questions.


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