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To brag again

Well over two years ago, I was inspired by Jan, the lovely blogger over at The Snail of Happiness (I’m sorry, I don’t know her name), to attempt a pieced work of crochet. I normally don’t do pieced works because, well… you’ll see. Anyway, she did this masterpiece to which I donated one square.  And, being inspired, I thought, I’ll make a blanket of those squares (the one I donated).  I mean, they’re easy enough to make and I had all of that yarn sitting around, why not?  So made a bunch of squares, enough to make a blanket.  And I even started edging them in white for continuity’s sake.  But then I noticed something.  See these two squares?

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They are exactly the same size… as it should be. And it’s cool and good and everything’s right with the world when all the squares are the same size. But look when I add another square…

20170718_085546 Yep, it’s smaller than the other two. Smaller! Same weight of yarn, same crochet hook, same tension… just smaller. And if were just one square, that wouldn’t be a problem, but a good half of the squares were one size or the other, some from the same skein of yarn!  I know I didn’t add an extra row because then the pattern wouldn’t look right. Nope, for some reason a good half of the squares were just… bigger (or smaller, pick one).  Most likely it was tension. But I wasn’t paying any mind to how the squares looked while I was crocheting them. I just did one up, made sure the pattern was right and tossed it in the basket.  It wasn’t until I started edging them that I noticed this discrepancy.

Now, I understand that there are probably tricks and ways to get everything to look like it’s the same size, but… it bothered me. It bothered me a lot.  In fact it torqued me so much that I put all of those squares in a bag and ignored them… for years. I brought them with me from New Mexico to Washington, but I still refused to acknowledge their existence. They just sat in a bag, in a box, until I could figure out what to do with them. I wasn’t gonna try and make a blanket out of them. That’s fersure.  No way, no how. Just looking at ’em made me mad. Okay, not mad, but definitely frustrated.  I thought I had better control over my tension than that. >_< I’ve been crocheting for thirty years! Am I really that sloppy? Makes me wanna cry.

So they stayed in the Box ‘o Shame until a few weeks ago then I pulled them out and started to crochet this shawl with them.

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It’s a square shawl that’s based loosely on this pattern and I’ve used that pattern before. I really like the pattern because the shawl can be worn as a triangle (above) or a caplet as so:

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or you can totally use it the way I do, as a lap blanket:

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I know it looks kinda psychedelic but I like it.  Since I didn’t make it for anyone else but me, I guess that’s all that matters. ^_^  The hardest part about making this shawl was weaving in all of the loose ends.  There are so many of them! I tried to weave as I went, but yeah, that didn’t happen. I’m sure there are still some stragglers that I haven’t caught, even after two days of weaving in loose ends. But I’d rather do that any day of the week than have a pile of squares staring at me every time I open a box.  I still have about a dozen squares that I don’t know what I’m gonna do with. Maybe make a scarf or something.  Except they’re not all the same size. >_<

Looping

When people ask me about crochet and knitting, I tell them it’s basically taking a loop of thread/yarn/wool and pulling it through another loop of thread/yarn/wool. In this way, one makes fabric. The difference being the how.  Crochet of course, one uses a hook and pulls one loop of yarn through another loop of yarn while creating the cloth one loop at a time.  Thusly:

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Knitting is a little different in that one keeps the loops of the fabric on one needle while using another needle to pull the yarn through each one, creating the cloth. As shown here:

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The fabric created by the two is very different, but the concept is basically the same, you pull a loop of yarn/wool/thread through another loop of yarn/wool/thread and create cloth. The type of cloth depends completely upon the method.  It can be the finest lace or a dense felt that’s warm and waterproof. And it all begins with looping one loop through another, and another, and another until next thing you know, dear reader, you have something you didn’t before.

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I love to knit, and I love to crochet.  The project you see above you is the same project. It’s a blanket I’m bound and determined to make but it’s not turning out the way I want it to. I tried crocheting it first — but I didn’t quite like how that looked.  So I figured I would knit it and see how that came out.  And I never use swatches. Like… ever.  Now I don’t like how either of them look… but I will finish this blanket!   >>shakes fist at sky<<  I just have to figure out a different way to do it. Another kind of stitch maybe.  I dunno.  I’ve put it aside for a different project that’s almost done. I’ll post a picture when I’m finished. It’s what I’ve been working on the past few days, and why I haven’t been online — too much crocheting. I just want to finish the project! I dunno why! It’s summer and this is totally a winter project. But I have this urge to just get it done and over with I guess. I’m trying to work through my yarn stash and I need to do something with my hands. Knitting and crocheting is a good thing to do.

And it’s so easy to learn… Just pull one loop of yarn/wool/thread through another. That’s the first step. After that, it’s all in how you arrange the loops.  And that, dear readers, is the fun part. 🙂