Man! I Feel Like A Woman!: Research & Development

It’s a boring job: repetitive. If nothing else, but it pays off in the end.

I want to make myself a new project bag. I started in August with this same pattern, but when I was called out on my slip stitch ladders by another crocheter, on another charity project, I questioned my previous favor of this characteristic.

Man! I Feel Like A Woman! Research & Development

The ladder, is created by the slip stitch on the previous row, causing color interruption. My first thought was that my traditional way of changing colors needed to be revised. The other issue was where the round was being joined. Slip stitching the first stitch can be confusing because it presents as two: the slipped stitch and the first stitch of the round.

As such, I began developing a new way to make my squares. On this square, I slip stitched on the stitch after the first crochet, overlapping the first stitch and cut my colors, each round. This seems more finished, but I was not happy with the first stitch creating additional posts/legs in the first stitch in the previous row.

Man! I Feel Like A Woman! Research & Development

My first thought was to hide the extra legs in the corner. On this version, I began each round on the the last stitch in the corner previous to the edge I ended the round. This provided for:

  • better stitch counting/tracking
  • slip stitch/first stitch issues (now treated as one)
  • crocheting over tails – providing for tighter seams

Man! I Feel Like A Woman! Research & Development

I don’t think I want to make squares; it will require seaming. I want to crochet the bag in-the-round, but want a flat base. I want to crochet the base in the round and then work the sides in neon yellow and orange stripes. The bag base crocheted in the round will require more R&D to figure out how to get the right size.

 

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Someday

The Name

Someday by The Strokes

Random selection from my music library. Actually, being a fan of connectivity, I could say that “someday” I was going to remember my in-the-round skills and yesterday was the day.

 

The Square

Another twelve-inch square for one of the El Segundo Slip Stitchers’ charities.

The Yarn

Mixed unknown fibers.

Designer Notes

This is the second square using (single crochet, chain, single crochet) in the corners versus 3 single crochet and the former alleviates fabric bias pinching. It is a bit trickier keeping stitch count even, but I have accommodated to the point where stitch markers are no longer needed. My project bag – accidentally double-named – is going to look FABULOUS!

der Kommissar

The Name

der Kommissar by Falco

Random selection from my music library.

The Square Motif

Feeling more secure with my intuitiveness, I did not use stitch markers this time, relying on my counting skills alone. I still am not “square.” Again, can I blame the different weights?

The spinal improvements where single slip stitches with the new color only. I think the only way to really alleviate that is to leave the last stitch live for old color. Will investigate with next square.

The Yarn

Mixed unidentified yarns.

Man! I Feel Like A Woman!

Great name for my next project: a crochet purse or bag for marketing, yarn, projects, etc. I have about ten cakes of this Pingouin Fil d’E’cosse No 3. I don’t know how big or how many bags I will make.

Rectangle? Square? Round? What shape should I make?

At first I was thinking market bags, but I didn’t see any I really liked. However, that would use the least amount of yarn and allow me to make more than one bag.

I think I have worked it out…market bags for charity!

Deep Sleep: Inception

Deep Sleep: Inception

I wish I could fall into a deep sleep and never wake again.

On the serious side, I would not figure out what to make with this Newton’s Yarn Country Chenille. The yarn label had not hook/needle size recommendations. I started on a six metal needle, but lost my patience with the yarn slippage. Next I tried a two carbon needle: too small. Finally, at a complete loss as to what I should make, I decided to crochet another single crochet afghan.

I think my mood is challenging my creative process; it certainly has zapped all enjoyment from my crochet/knitting.

Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby: Bound Off

About The Project Name

Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby? by Dinah Washington [Rae & Christian Remix]

I was looking for a name that might match the print, but came across a baby reference first.

About Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby

Dimensions: approximately 28.5 inches square

I am surprised and pleased that approximately 258 yards of super bulky makes a decent size baby afghan. This is a tip to file under cost efficiency.

About The Pattern

Corner-to-Corner Baby Blankie by Shea Leonard

Extremely similar to Lion Brand Diagonal Baby Blanket, but easier.

About The Yarn

Bernat Baby Blanket

Care: Wash in water )not exceeding 30°C/86°F) on delicate setting. Do not Bleach. Tumble dry at low heat, on delicate setting. Do not iron or press. Do not dry-clean.
Color: 04616 Pitter Patter
Weight: 6, Super Bulky

Easier to knit, than crochet. K2TOGs not fun.

Telltale Tuesday

Tale one is that of Over The Rainbow, on which I completed the stockinette field of the shawl, using up the entire skein of Knit Picks Bare Stroll Fingering yarn I hand-dyed during an El Segundo Slipt Stitchers workshop.

Now I get to go yarn shopping for the color that will be the lace at the bottom of the shawl. My initial idea is honey-brown, but I am open to what is available at the store.

Over The Rainbow Shawl
Over The Rainbow Shawl

Tale two is that of Karma Chameleon, a crochet afghan, whose horizontal strips are now completed, requiring further seaming and tail tucks. I think I will be working further on this project today, hoping to finish and then get started on bag/purse one.