August 6th, 2005


Send in the clowns..

Snagged from crochet_snark, CLOWNS!

Mike hates clowns. I think that being someone who can juggle and do basic sleight of hand, and can do neat tricks with yoyos he should appreciate clowns. He doesn't. One of these years I will be a ragdoll clown for Halloween.

I have a confession. I like plastic canvas. Not things like a clown throw game or an NA "princess" tp cover doll, but for quickie projects for kids I love them, plus teaching children the basics of needlepoint with something they can have when it's done. Plastic canvas, the super fine stuff, also works well for some beading projects. *shhh* don't tell!

Coolest thing this week that is shareable= I'm working with a lampwork designer for bead versions of my little pink mood bats. I'll let you know when they are ready to order. I think, if she can make them, I want a few different little mood bats to turn into a bracelet. She is also making me gitd alien head beads.

When I was at Black Elk the other day, people asked about my purse, I think I need to write a tutorial sometime for exactly how I made it. I'm not really an expert on duct tape, but I will say one thing, for structural things and for certain colors, the duck brand is great, but if you want something thin and flexible, 3 M is best. Wallets with the 3 M are a very happy thing.

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A little math magic..

You probably already know how to do this, but I wanted to post it in case anyone hit this from my website was interested.

I promised Emily a Gryffindor scarf as a reward. It's not exactly like the movies, because being in Alaska, I want it to be warm, and I have mild wool issues. It makes me ITCH. Making it in anything warm that's not wool is very expensive. So it will have to be wool. Since it's going to be wool, it must be crocheted.

There are a few crocheted patterns out there for these scarves, but none of them were what I wanted. For precise patterns you don't have to do the math for, click here or here.

But if you agree with me that neither of these are quite right, you need to do some math. The information here helped me out considerably.

So I went out, and bought my yarn. I didn't find the exact shade of gold I wanted for her scarf, but that's okay. It's pretty close, and worsted weight wool. The lady at the knit shop was incredibly helpful and gave me a couple samples of gloves in a bottle which do really help cut down on the itchies. I was able to do 8 inches of it before I had to take a break, and I had to take that break because I was hungry!!!

So I measured Emily, and a scarf for her needs to be about 45 inches long, a little longer is fine, a little shorter isn't.

Decided which hook size I was going to use. Size H.
On to the rest of the math.

11 bunches (6 dark, 5 light> of fringe means you need an odd number of stitches. 10x something plus 1. In my stitch gauge, that's 21 stitches for a scarf 5.5 inches wide. Because it's wool, I can block it a bit bigger if I must. Change that according to yarn type and gauge obviously. If I were using a sport weight yarn and a size E hook I'd go 31, or a bulky yarn and bigger hook, 11 might do it.

Divide whatever length you need do your scarf in by 19. (the bars on the earlier movies are 10 dark, 9 light, alternating), so for me 45/19=2.36, round up to 2.5, start crocheting in your stitch of choice. In my case, single crochets. Do a few rows and measure until are you close to the number of rows you need, do another row, so in my case, 10 rows is about 2.8 inches. Like I said, a little longer is fine, a little shorter isn't. So that's the number of rows I need for each bar.

It's easy to design your own striped scarf pattern, and do it in which ever stitch your most comfortable in, but a lot of people don't feel like they can design.

Designing the hat my son wants will take a bit more work. I have the colors he chose and his head measurements, but if it just plain doesn't work for me, I'll mail the yarn to R and ask her to knit him one, it's a bulky weight wool, and he wants medium grey and dark teal. They will be great colors on him, but I've never crocheted a hat for a young man before. Keeping it masculine enough looking will be a challenge in crochet. There are really a lot more knit patterns that look good on guys.

I will get pictures when I'm done. At least Emily asked for this. I was scared she'd ask for a Jolly Roger! She's been pirate crazy lately.
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Also, very nifty I think, since I'll be able to crochet with wool using the glove in the bottle stuff, I think I'm going to use some of my tapestry patterns to make felted wool potholders for people for Christmas. I just know I can't be the only one who would be thrilled with goffy potholders. The silliness of nicely done crocheted potholders with ankhs or anarchy symbols on them can't just be amusing to me!