Thursday, May 31, 2007

Oh Yeah!

This is quite possibly the most frivolous and impractical thing I have yet to crochet. I simply cannot resist the Trendsetter Aura aka “Easter Grass” yarn. This skein is the exact same color as grape kool aid and there was no way to silence the kool aid man’s reply to the constant rhetorical fibre query, “do I need this?”

Hopefully the recipient of this scarf is as easily amused as I am.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Baby It's Cold Outside

Baby it’s cold outside is a wonderful pattern available for free at It is worked in one flat piece that magically folds up into a sweater/jacket when completed. It only took maybe 2.5 to 3 hours and one skein of Lion Brand Homespun (here in Sunshine State). I love the buttons and am pretty sure they’re choke-proof. There was guy at the fabric store with a baby waiting for his lady friend to pick out upholstery designs. He didn’t think a baby could choke on them and he let me try it out on his kid who luckily did not ingest said button. There sure are a lot of these babies pupating lately.


I finished “Oasis” from the magazine “Puntorama Ganchillo” issue #229. Even though the magazine appears to be distributed primarily in Mexico and Venezuela, this pattern was designed by Fujiko Takagi and has a distinctive flavor characteristic of many other Japanese designs I’ve seen. The finished product measures about 29 inches in diameter and I’m really pleased with how it came out. It will be a housewarming/engagement present for an awesome seismologist/educator/nice person extraordinaire.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Japanese crochet books

Two wonderful books came in the mail today from Japan. I’ve been putting off my quest for Japanese crochet pattern books for awhile because I know there are some nice Japanese bookstores in San Francisco, but I just never seem to make it up there. I gave up when I saw the hamburger pattern in this first one. I needed it and was forced to order online. The title, I do not know, but the author is Tomoko Fujita and the ISBN is 4-86191-201. It has a bunch of delightful assorted foodstuffs, but we’ll see how capable I am at interpreting the charts.

The second book is a much easier proposition in terms of execution. At this point I’m becoming fairly adept at reading doily charts. The patterns in this one are great and include a wide variety of small projects, large projects, work in the round, and filet. The title is “Classic Crochet Lace”, the author… no idea… ISBN 4-277-26128-0.

Monday, May 14, 2007


This is a simple creation from the 2 buck bucket at Swift Stitch. The yarn is a viscose rayon blend and drapes with a good slippery heft. It's specked with mettalic glitter thread and looks really nice after sundown. It's long enough for headband, scarf, or belt...

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Round Ripple

I whipped up this round ripple baby blanket for an expecting mother in the department. I'm really pleased with how the yarn worked up, it looks just like the moss and lichen found all over the woods here on campus. It's about 36 inches across.