June 25, 2013

Debra: Knit or Crochet?

A couple of us can't leave well enough alone and have come up with a few new ideas to try!

Over on Facebook we are starting a Shawl Knitalong in July. The shawl is the Guernsey Triangle by Jared Flood.  As an expert knitter, we have Barbara to answer our questions.  If you would like to join us either on Facebook or when/if we move the Knitalong here, you are more than welcome.

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For the CrochetAlong, afghans have been mentioned.  This CrochetAlong will probably take quite a bit of time, as in length of time with short amounts of time.  Some are considering this style afghan.  The afghan design is purely up to the individual--the whole project is! 

I am really smitten with this crocheted sweater and may do it in lieu of the afghan.

 
 
So IF you find yourself wanting to try some new ideas, bored with the same ole UFOs and really just crazy enough to switch genres, come & join us!
 
As an Aside:  I found a solution for my Christmas embroideries.  One of the dog sanctuaries I support is going to have an Art & Antiques show in the fall.  I am going to finish the embroideries as a set of decorator pillows to donate to their event.
 
 

20 comments:

cq4fun said...

Yay! Congratulations on finding a good cause for the Christmas embroideries! I love the shawl, but I don't knit. I do crochet, but in 6 months, I still haven't made the pink scarf I promised to make this year! Maybe I should crochet along, just to get that done!

Cyra said...

I'm joining in with the crochet-along. My afghan will be very similar to the pic you show & will have a vintage look to it (I hope) & it will probably morph into a 'shabby/chic' jacket or shrug.
Love that crochet sweater. What colour were you thinking to make yours?

Debra Spincic said...

My mother has made me promise not to buy any yarn. I have to shop her (considerable) stash. We have differing tastes--I like more pastels and she likes earthy jewel tones so I am not sure how much I can find to suit me there. But, the amount is staggering; the same I am sure, people feel when they see my fabric stash.

My mom turns 80 this year and realistically, she will not knit all her yarn before she dies. Unless I die tomorrow, I could realistically sew all my fabric (well, that's my own fantasy. There are some who might not agree!)

So, I'll look for some blue but really, I want to be a copycat and use that blue green yarn just like the picture!!

Debra Spincic said...

Yes, I think this particular group would be a good match for my Christmas pieces. They appreciate the effort.

Sure, absolutely, come crochet your scarf with us in the crochet along!

Suztats said...

OOoohooooh, that is a pretty sweater! I love the colour, too.
Now, if I wasn't moving, AND if I knew how to crochet, I'd be in!...lol

Debra Spincic said...

If you can tat, you can crochet.

Deborah McLaughlin said...

I am trying to resist jumping into all three projects. I have ordered yarn for the shawl. I definitely want to do the afghan.

Judy S. said...

I would love to do the shawl! Jared Flood's patterns are great. What's the pattern for the afghan; it looks nice, too. And you know how much I need some new projects! Tee Hee

Debra Spincic said...

That particular afghan (I think Deborah found it on Pinterest) is made from the blocks in the book 200 Crochet Blocks. It's the crocheter's interpretation.

Sure, come on with the shawl. We are starting around the 1st of July.
My mom wrote an email and she has a few rows knit. I have my yarn but am scurrying to get the front band on my sweater before I start the shawl. I need the rest of this week for the sweater. Barbara mentioned she has some recycled cashmere and Deborah is waiting for her yarn order to come in.

Debra Spincic said...

I'm going to do the sweater over the afghan. I'm not feeling the love for sewing all the blocks together.

ladyhawthorne said...

I love the shawl but I have too many projects already, I do not dare add anything else into the roster.

So glad the Christmas block have found a great purpose!

Debra Spincic said...

I've resisted knitting for a long time but I realized lately it is a way to connect with my mom. I really need to stop and spend some time with her so I am taking up the knitting needles.

Barbara C said...

Great solution for your Christmas embroideries. They'll go for a good cause.

I'm going out of town this weekend, and I'm going to carry along the shawl pattern and swatch with a couple of yarns. I must say, the pattern is quite detailed, so if anyone feels hesitant, the instructions should be helpful to novice knitters.

I think this will be my Crochet Summer. I want to crochet some rag rugs for my kitchen, and I've got a crochet felted bag on my list. I also have "favorited" an extensive list of afghans on Ravelry.

Debra Spincic said...

I "think" I understand the pattern concept; but, I could be wrong!

Judy S. said...

Let's hear it for knitters!!!

Judy S. said...

Shopped my stash last night, got the pattern, had the suggested needle and did the first 6 rows. Looks like a nice project. Today it's back to the baby stuff.

Debra Spincic said...

I know you are experienced, but does it look hard to read the chart?

Debra Spincic said...

:-)

Suztats said...

Ha! Not yet....have to learn how!

Suztats said...

yay knitters! I wait until fall and winter to knit.....right now it's too hot and humid.