Tuesday, February 23, 2016

#crochet365 Feb 18-22

Feb 22 - favorite hook - my size ten steel

Have a couple, use all the time, lose them a lot.

I like the way things look at that scale:

Feb 21 - spouse - yeah, right

Put guy here.

Feb 20 - Addicted - Cheese

Nothing to do with crochet. Just freaking love the stuff.


Feb 19 - Gauge - avoid it

I make a lot of appliques. Size doesn't matter. It's all about how big you want it. Uh. The applique. Yeah, the applique.

My pattern in thread  

Lilitupilli @Ravelry in yarn

Feb 18 - TBT - Ode to February


From the 2011 Thing A Day challenge. Catphabet + February + Year of Rabbit = 28

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

#crochet365 - Feb 8 - 17

Catch up, Feb 8 - 17

😲 #crochet365 Feb8-Notions - Hook Cush, Repetative movement w/a metal stick in your hand leaves an impression! Helps https://t.co/i57N0R3vAD

😵 #crochet365 Feb9-JustfForMe - Everything I make is just for me! But recently, here's a hat I made & actually wear. https://t.co/nOtiMnFPVP

😶 #crochet365 Feb10-WIP-> 24"x24" background to piece for BrownvBoard Natl Historic Site art show. 5"done due Mar1 https://t.co/aDHnhPrune

😮 #crochet365 Feb11-TBT- Fishing line for glass experiment. About inch,  inch & a half. Too inflexible. https://t.co/nM2KkxjX45

💘 #crochet365 Feb12-dinner - ATC of which I was very proud. Still am even tho underwhelms others. Crude but fun. https://t.co/LsFfStZBgG

💝 #crochet365 Feb13 - love- "Bailledor" For my grandfather,quite the dashing rouge. Experiment w/my style. Miss him. https://t.co/CSfBLrI9Ss

💘 #crochet365 Feb14-valentine - down beat, beat down picto-poem https://t.co/MAiTEqS9g4

😶 #crochet365 Feb15 - cozy - Cat blanket, acrylic, a little scratchy, but warm and, well..cozy https://t.co/QeecKPsWr8

😶 #crochet365 - Feb16 - worsted - Beautiful charcoal gray that I simply l love. Bulky wt acrylic but oddly pleasant hand. https://t.co/Fiw1URht2f

😶 #crochet365 Feb17 - WIP - scarf or shawl, don't know yet. https://t.co/gj54ehvSbU

#crochet365, Feb 7, worsted

Feb7 - worsted

Embarrassing fail.

Made the commitment to make a daVinci themed piece for the International Fiber Collaborative.

 Procrastinated trying to figure out on what I wanted to focus.

Finally decided.

The individual elements took a long time.

Got sick, ran out time to make the thread backing I had planned.

So used some worsted weight yarn I had from a scarf project.

Made mistake in pattern. Had to spot chop repair. Turned out lumpy, flaccid and unattractive.

I hate the way it looks. But they wanted it anyway. So now, I'm trying not to think about it too much.

Onward and upward. Wherever "up" is.

Sigh and tee hee.

The Me

#crochet 365, Feb 6, expensive

Feb 6 - expensive


The only thing missing in "Lux" yarn from the BUFFALO WOOL COMPANY

Buffalo (45%)
 Silk (20%)
Cashmere (20%)
Tencel (15%)

Originally priced: $60/hank

Availability: Discontinued

Came in a few different shades of earthtone browns. The one in the photo is what I liked most.

May not look like much, but it is composed of some exotic fibers that are each pretty expensive in their own right.

Those fibers are also proported to be some of the softest stuff around.

I was always curious but couldn't move past the price. Don't get me wrong, it is without doubt justifiably appropriate to charge that much for this yarn. Rarity and scarcity and all.

But $60 is a third of our monthly grocery budget. As a diabetic, my health would be compromised by eating only twice a day. Couldn't bring myself to do that just to satisfy my curiosity.

Yes, that means I've never seen this yarn in person nor held it in my hands. But the description was so enticing I kept wondering.

Fortunately for me, Lux has been discontinued. Temptation thwarted.

Although, when looking up the exact specs on this yarn, I did run across a few Buffalo and silk combination yarns at a more affordable price.

Even saw an item called "Lux something or other" reduced from $60 to like around $37.  Still too steep for my sinuses, but also still intriguing nonetheless.

I should (and just eventually may) look up those latter yarns to document them properly. This may be a free unpaid blog but I'd like to live by some standards, eventually. And this is an issue for me.

 I detest when people write about something visual without including at least one photo. It's done a lot with revues of art shows. It drives me nuts.

If you're going to extoll the artistic merits of a piece of art, have the decency to include a photo so we can understand the work for ourselves.

Perhaps they consider that oversight a method of sparking interest. Teased   sufficiently to entice a person into visiting the museum or gallery and seeing for themselves.

One problem: These types of articles are almost invariably  published in nationally or even globally distributed periodicals.

 The odds are low that an interested individual subscriber has the luxury of time or the abundance of means by which to travel to a venue simply to sate a curiosity.

We're back to art being only for those that can afford it.

Or are fortunate enough to live near one of the very few venues that exhibit fiber art.


Huh? What was I talking about again?

Oh, yeah!

"Expensive" - in the eyes of the crochet beholder:

"Lux" yarn
Buffalo Wool Company
Buffalo, silk, cashmere and tencel
$60 / hank

Temptation Lost.

 ...if Blake were a crocheter.

Hook it.

#crochet365, Feb 5, tiny

Feb 5 - tiny

So many choices. Thread, remember?

Although, for preferring thread and steel hooks, I have surprisingly little made with  uber tiny thread size 20 or 30  and needle-y hooks size 12 or 14.

Couldn,'t find a record in my notebooks. Much less photos. Even though I remember using them. God knows on what.

Anyway, I chose to tweet the photos of that charm bracelet storyline I made a while ago.

I still think about that project a lot. And where I could go with it. Plans are a-percolating over in the back corner of the mind lab.

At least a legend for the individual charms.

The written story too.


Hook on,

The Cx

Friday, February 5, 2016

#crochet365 February 2, 3, 4

Feb 2 - red

7 Deadlies - Anger

Feb 3 - WIP - blocking

Pinned & Blocked

Daisy Self Portrait

Feb 4 - TBT - Return to crochet
 ie unmedicated choice of yarn


#crochet365 Day 31

Day 31 - animals - Guess.
Passing for Cute

Hello there. Did you think you'd be working today?

Nope. I'm not leaving.

  No workie.

Wake Up

Just felt like they needed a few extra photos to explain what they mean to me.

Interruptions of the fuzzy kind.