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Crochet. Crocheting. Crocheter. Note 1

My Crochet Journal, Entry 1: Crocheter’s Warm-up

Crochet. Crocheting. My favorite way of creating handmade fabric. A hook and string (thread, yarn) is all I need to make something. Whether I’m following a pattern or creating a design of my own, I enjoy the process of making loops that flow into groups of stitches that form flowers and zigzags and waves and geometric shapes and so much more.

Crocheting can be very relaxing and meditative and it can be energizing and entertaining too. There is a range of health benefits attributed to crocheting as well.

I’ve come to realize it’s a good idea to start each crochet fun session with a quick set of warm-up exercises for hands&fingers. I’ve made a quick video of my fav ‘workout’:

The key is to place NO strain or pressure on muscles or joins. The workout should cause no pain or discomfort. The purpose is to warm up and relax hands, to improve coordination and to prep fingers for work. Also, I like using a super soft and squishy ball.

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Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. The information I am sharing here is based on my personal experience as a crocheter and is not intended to prevent or treat any condition. For professional advice, please consult a specialist/physical therapist.

Coming up next: crochet hooks I like using; ways to hold yarn to best control tension; ways to hold a crochet hook.

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Posted in Crochet, Knitting, Yarn

Resentment

I wonder if there are folks out there whose spouses/partners/other family members resent and/or devalue their fiber art interests. Is there a stigma that knitting, crocheting, spinning is a waste of time and resources that a self-respecting professional in any other field would never do? Is there anyone who’s ever felt like they would have been better off sneaking past their loved one/s with their brand new stitch dictionary/yarn/hooks or needles and shoving them in the depths of their stash unnoticed? 😀

I do it all in the open 🙂 never sneak or shove. But sometimes I wonder, is it just me or am I indeed the only individual in the house so excited about my little finds and projects, and should I care?

Well, of course I care about how the loved ones feel about things I do, but whether I should care about anyone’s resentment towards my fiber hobbies is, probably a rhetorical question.

Take a look at the pic:

Knitting on the go - knitting in the car - mytrailinghobbies.wordpress.com

What do you resent more: those stressed jeans or the knitting? 😀

The End.

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Meditative-Crocheting a Doily

Crocheting this little doily feels like meditative-drawing a mandala. It’s complex and intricate yet relaxing & easy – instructions are very clear and easy to follow:

 

Lorelai Crochet Doily - mytrailinghobbies.wordpress.com.

I’ve stumbled upon Grace Fearon’s designs and Lorelei – a free pattern on Ravelry – is my first project – just to get a feel of her designs, which are quite fascinating!

💙Back to crocheting :)💙

 

 

 

 

Crocheting in Circles

Crochet Circles - Bohemian Flower Mytrailinghobbies.wordpress.com

Just felt like crocheting a few plain circles playing with different basic stitches, relying heavily on simple math. Was curious to see if geometry formulae would fully apply in each specific case.

Do you normally use formulae to come up with specific circular designs or is it all intuitive for you?

Posted in Animals | Birds | Pets, Crochet, Knitting

A Knit Hat, Crochet Swans, and a Cat

I’ve finished and test-worn my nordic inspired knit hat. There’s no lining, yet the hat is super warm. With just 20% of alpaca there’s no need to add insulation at all. Can you tell the hat is on a snow blanket? 🙂 There are a few snowflakes on the hat too; – took the pic before it got covered in snow – it’s snowing out!

My Knitted Hat | Estonian Knits | Bohemian Flower, Mytrailinghobbies.wordpress.com

I’ve knitted it using Mountain Bluebird, Aspyn, Yarn Bee yarn. Love the soft fabric it makes!

How do you like working with alpaca?

Oh, and I could help, but share a couple pics of this super cute kitty and an amazing crocheted curtain with gorgeous swans on it!

Kitty and Crochet Swans 2 | Bohemian Flower | Mytrailinghobbieswordpress.com

Kitty and Crochet Swans 1 | Bohemian Flower | Mytrailinghobbies.wordpress.com

There was as person in the room, who, I assume, ‘s the owner of the kitty and possibly the author of the crochet work. They are probably used to people taking photos of their awesome pet and the crochet masterpiece and didn’t mind that I was standing there admiring the view and taking a couple pics (Thank you!). 🙂

❤️❄️✨

 

Posted in Crochet, Knitting

Knitting, Knooking, and Crocheting too

My knit and crochet Lucky Lilac scarf is still work in progress. I’ve used up one skein of I Love this Cotton! and I’d like to add about two more:

Lucky Lilac Knit and Crochet Scarf

I really like this pattern, which I picked out to make “imitation” lilac bush/tree leaves.

Speaking of leaf patterns, if you don’t have a stitch collection/dictionary around, such as Barbara Walker’s treasury books, or Harmony guides, or (include your favorite 🙂 ), or Vogue Knitting Stitchitionary publications (see also: http://www.vogueknitting.com/resources/stitchionary), you can find some lovely vintage or antique patterns in books that are in the public domain now. There’s a nice variety of crochet, knitting, tatting, embroidery… books on The Antique Pattern Library – New Media Arts Inc’s project – site (www.antiquepatternlibrary.org), which looks like a great resource listing materials donated by folks from different parts of the world. Per New Media Arts Inc’s website, “Antique Pattern Library is a library of public domain craft publications and patterns, helping ancient crafts survive and allowing everybody, regardless of money, to share in the rich heritage of patterns our ancestors left us. It provides inspiration and tutorials, patterns and philosopies[sic]. Much work goes into making the sources useful for crafters, and as a result this maker’s library is appreciated and used worldwide.”

Anyway, where was I, ah right, you can find a nice leaf pattern or two in Antique Pattern Library’s or the Internet Archive’s public domain files:

  • Knitting: How to Knit and What to Knit. Compiled and Edited by Marie Louise Kerzman. – see p.75-76;
  • Kant-Breiwerk naar Oude Patronen door Louise Thompson en Elis. M. Rogge – see p.66.
  • The Jenny June Series Manuals for Ladies. Knitting and Crochet. A Guide to the Use of the Needle and the Hook. 200 Illustrations. Edited by Jenny June. (see p.71-72…for a nice border pattern).

I bet there’s more too. The collections are pretty amazing.

Back to my scarf, when the knitting is complete, I’ll decorate it with my little Lucky Lilac crochet flowers:

Crochet Lucky Lilac

Here’s a quick pattern for the flower, which I’ll chart and share at some point 🙂

Foundation: unfinished slipknot (usk, see image in my blogspot post for details re usk), ch3, sl st in usk to join. Rnd 1: ch1, 10sc around, sl st in 1st sc to join.

Rnd 2: ch4, 3tr closed cluster (chain 3 loop on hook, work 3 incomplete trs in same sc as join – 4 loops on hook, yo, pull through 3 loops – 2 loops on hook, yo, pull through remaining 2 loops to make a closing chain – 3tr closed cluster complete); ch4, sl st in same sc as join. One petal complete.

3tr closed cluster - crochet stitch

(sl st in next sc. In next sc: sl st, ch4, 3tr closed cluster, ch4, sl st) x4; sl st in sl st to join.

I like regular lilacs too – just work 8 sc in Rnd 1 and make 4 petals.

The other day, I felt like doing some knooking, but didn’t have a knooking needle – there happened to be none available in any of the huge craft stores nearby the day I wanted to try knooking, so I ended up using a tunisian crochet hook and a piece of satin cord, which made what I call my perfect DIY knooking needle.

DIY Knooking Needle Experiment

The satin cord was too thin to make the knooking process faster or easier; a thicker cord made too big a knot that would not slide through loops. It was not a speedy process, but the tool did work well enough to satisfy my curiosity about the knooking technique. I’ll be doing more of it once I have an adequate knooking needle.

Cheers!

Posted in Crochet, Crochet Patterns, Needle Felting

The Chicken or the Egg? That and Yoga for Wrists and Hands

Well, the outcomes of my crochet experiment indicate that the egg comes before the chicken: first, you crochet an egg, and then you add on little colorful parts to make it into a chick.

Crochet Easter Eggs and Chick 1

When it comes to crochet design – the possibilities are endless. I am a big believer in techniques and projects that do not require too much time, yarn or tools 🙂 sort of minimalistic projects…I love it when I can sit down whenever I get a few minutes and using just a hook and a tiny bit of yarn, and, perhaps, scissors, make something cute and/or colorful and/or practical 😀

So, I used my fav double crochet stitching to create a few little Easter eggs, and a chick. I could have filled them with yarn, but I used fiberfill instead.

This egg here was crocheted in joined rounds:

Crochet Easter Egg 2

This one was crocheted in a spiral:

Crochet Easter Egg 1

I’ve experimented with different stitch count combinations. I’m hoping to get a chance to put the patterns in a presentable format to share with you, a bit later.

For now, here’s a quick pattern for a spiral crochet egg:

MC, (sc, hdc, 10dc) in MC; (2dcinc, dc) x6 (crochet over the yarn tail); 18dc; stuff with fiberfill or yarn in same color, (2dcdec, 2dc) x8; add more stuffing, 2dcdec x4; dc-hdc-sc combination decrease, sl st in next st; thread yarn tail through remaining stitches and pull to close top. Weave in the end.

For MC, I used a single loop magic ring, like the one I used in my crochet pattern Snowballs and Icicles in Color; you can look up the MC technique at the beginning of this youtube video here.

You can use any yarn with a crochet hook about a size smaller than what’s recommended on the yarn label. For this project, I picked out yarn that calls for a 5mm crochet hook and used a 4mm crochet hook.

This little chick was initially an egg, which I decided to turn into an egg that hatched, a little chick that is:

Crochet Chick

Here, the chick is waiting for siblings to arrive:

Crochet Easter Eggs and Chick 2

You can make a hanging loop to turn an egg into an ornament, and then weave in the yarn end tail. Oh, and one egg in there is needle-felted.

I was also looking into crochet and knitting project packing tips for travelers, when I came across some helpful info on redheart.com: How to Pack Yarn Projects for Airplane Travel, which included a link to info on stretches for wrists and hands: Stretches for Wrists & Hands. The article, medically reviewed by an MD, among other things, talks about Yoga for Wrists and Hands – a workout any arty-crafty person can use!!!

I’ve bookmarked a couple more posts on wrist, hand, arm fitness, because, even though I’d never thought of these types of exercises as essential, after longer knitting sessions I noticed I could really use some pre-knitting warm-ups and post-knitting stretching! So, if you love handwork, you may want to include a set of stretches in your arts and crafts and fitness routine. You can google this or you can look it up here:

Stretches to Do at Work Every Day (or “at Handwork” I’d say 🙂 )

http://www.healthline.com/health/deskercise#Benefits6

Hand Exercises for Knitters & Crocheters

https://www.craftsy.com/blog/2013/11/hand-stretches-for-knitters-and-crocheters/

TEN HAND AND SHOULDER EXERCISES FOR KNITTERS

http://www.dummies.com/crafts/knitting/ten-hand-and-shoulder-exercises-for-knitters/

Happy Crocheting!!!

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Can’t Stop Crocheting Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossom Crochet Pattern 2.

I feel so bad for all those trees and pretty little flowers in the cold weather we’ve had over the past couple days and it’s not about to get much warmer…So, today, I’ve crocheted another bunch of cherry blossoms 🙂

If you’d like to make some too, you can look up the pattern in my pattern blospot post here – Cherry Blossom – Easy Crochet Flower – Pattern 2.

Cheers!

 

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Cherry Blossom Crochet

It’s March, and it’s so nice out!!! Blooming trees outside have inspired me to create a cherry blossom crochet pattern to complement my Cherry Blossom knit shawl as a border:

Cherry Blossom Shawl.

I’ve not finished my shawl yet, but I’ve made a few flowers and attached them to bobby pins.

I’ve posted the Cherry Blossom crochet pattern on my blogspot, which I’ve created specifically for sharing my crochet and, potentially, knitting patterns, to kind of have them all in one place and not mix them in with my other hobbies 🙂

I hope you are enjoying a nice weather, wherever you are today! 🙂

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2016 WordPressing Wrap-up

Wow, I really did post a few things creative, I like to believe, hehe 🙂 right here on WP.

It has been a fun journey – creating the blog, learning my way around the tech stuff, recording and sharing some of MyTrailingHobbies things I’ve been up to along the way, discovering amazing ideas and works and the talented folks behind them!!!

I’ve had some “ups” and some “downs”. There was a not so brief period of time when I didn’t get to post anything, but I’m happy I was able to get back to this hobby of mine 🙂 and keep on pressing.

Two things I wanted to note, things unexpected, things kind:

  • In my early weeks of WordPressing, a fellow blogger nominated my blog for two different blogger awards. It was unexpected, but it was a pleasant surprise from someone, whose blog I enjoyed reading very much 🙂 I was and am grateful to her for that. I ended up not following through with the nomination posts – it was too hard to decide on a small group of blogs I liked – there are so many – and each and everyone deserves to be on the list 🙂 To this day, I think fondly of that early blogging experience 🙂
  • Most recently, the Crochet Crowd shared my classic swirl Christmas ornament set info with their community.  My Snowballs and Icicles in Color were featured as one of Mikey’s favorites in their post Crochet Even More Holiday Ornaments.

    It was totally unexpected and totally cool 🙂

I thank all the artists-crafters-creatives who cared to stop by and/or like, and/or comment, and/or follow and/or share what I had to share.

I’m happy to see that my holiday gift 🙂 Snowballs and Icicles in Color pattern got lots of downloads on Craftsy and ❤️  -s on Ravelry 🙂 All of this makes “the journey of my ever-evolving interests” even more fun!

Finally, looking at the list of all the countries I got virtual visitors from, I’d like to extend my best wishes to each and everyone of you! Happy Holidays!!! ❤️😊🎄❄️🌀❄️🎄😊❤️

Posted in Crochet, Crochet Patterns

Bauble Babble

Make some flat baubles to convert them later into soft cotton facial washcloths!

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Keep them flat and round with these little tweaks to the basic crochet circle formula 🙂

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Crochet Flat Circles – Baubles to Facial Washcloths

MC = sliding loop; sc = US single crochet; sl st = slip stitch; ch = chain; rnd = round.

For a straight seam, begin each round by inserting hook, to make the 1st stitch, in the first stitch of the previous round, i.e. same stitch you place the slip st in to join at the end of the previous round.

Option A:

Rnd 1: 6sc in MC; sl st in 1st sc to join; ch1. (6st in Rnd)

Rnd 2: 2sc in each sc of Rnd1; sl st in 1st sc to join; ch1. (12st)

Rnd 3: [scinc (=2sc in 1sc of previous Rnd), sc] around; sl st in 1st sc to join; ch1. (18 st)

Rnd 4: sc; [scinc, 2sc] 5times; scinc, sc; sl st in 1st sc to join; ch1. (24 st)

Rnd 5: [scinc, 3sc] around; sl st in 1st sc to join; make a loop; fasten off. (30 st)

Option B:

Rnd 1: 6sc in MC; sl st in 1st sc to join; ch1. (6st in Rnd)

Rnd 2: 2sc in each sc of Rnd1; sl st in 1st sc to join; ch1. (12st)

Rnd 3: [sc, scinc] around; sl st in 1st sc to join; ch1. (18 st)

Rnd 4: sc; [scinc, 2sc] 5times; scinc, sc; sl st in 1st sc to join; ch1. (24 st)

Rnd 5: [3sc, scinc] around; sl st in 1st sc to join; make a loop; fasten off. (30 st)

Option C:

Rnd 1: 6sc in MC; sl st in 1st sc to join; ch1. (6st in Rnd)

Rnd 2: 2sc in each sc of Rnd1; sl st in 1st sc to join; ch1. (12st)

Rnd 3: [sc, scinc] around; sl st in 1st sc to join; ch1. (18 st)

Rnd 4: [scinc, 2sc] around; sl st in 1st sc to join; ch1. (24 st)

Rnd 5: 2sc; [scinc, 3sc] 5times; scinc, sc; sl st in 1st sc to join; make a loop; fasten off. (30 st)

Now try making these in hdc (half double crochet), using the same formulae.