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A Challenge Accepted

YOP3 yarn

After posting my initial list and one brief update, life became rather too complex for me to do much work towards my Year of Projects goals.  And, then, suddenly it was December.

Last year, I did a lot of advanced holiday crafting, and I even finished all of my gifts by mid-November.  This year, not so much.  When Thanksgiving rolled around last week, I realized I was in for some trouble and sat down to look at my handmade holiday list.

Amigurumi Nativity heads

I started this nativity set for my Mom at the end of May, using Carolyn Christmas‘s Amigurumi Nativity pattern.  Currently, I have six heads and I just bought fiber fill, pellets for the bases, and some safety eyes.

My mom also liked this hat I designed, and asked for one in black.  Luckily, I have just the yarn in my stash.

Mountain Colors Twizzle

A few weeks ago, I received this beautiful skein of Mountain Colors Twizzle in Swift Current from Mountain Colors to review.  I figured you can’t review a yarn without trying it out, and something about it said shawl to me.  On Friday, I picked up the delightful Shaping Shawls by Anna Dalvi (an awesome book, by the way) and decided to try my and at designing a simple knit crescent shawl for my younger sister.  It’s about two-thirds finished now.

Geaux SaintsAnd speaking of my sister, I started an earwarmer for her boyfriend.  They currently are in law school in New Orleans but he’s accepted a job in Houston after graduation in May.  This will be reversible: one side will be for the New Orleans Saints and the other for the Houston Texans.  I’ve finished the first side in Tunisian crochet and it will need some serious blocking before it is gift.

Bill hat notes

I have little more than these notes I took earlier this year about my Uncle Bill’s hat.  He has one of those factory made cashmere hats, and I was planning to make a handmade version with some scrumptious Galler Yarns Pashmina I have on hand.  So far, other than the finding the note (which took some time!), identifying the yarn, and picking out needles, I’ve done nothing.

Diagonal blanket both sides

Luckily, I have finished one project - from my original YOP list, no less - a baby blanket for my dear friend’s newborn.

And then there are the 7 or so more handmade gifts that I haven’t even started yet. Oh, and 4 design samples due in mid-December for a magazine (but I haven’t received the yarn support yet).

So here’s my challenge to myself: finish a project every 2 days between now and the end of December.  What do you think?  Can it be accomplished?

For more Year of Projects posts, visit this thread on Ravelry.

Crochet Hooks Review: Addi Swing and Comfort Hooks

Back in March, I did a series of crochet hook reviews and giveaways as part of National Crochet Month.  The generous folks at the Skacel Collection were also kind enough to send me some hooks to review, but I haven’t had a chance to post the review until now.

Crochet hooks donated by the Skacel Collection, including Addi Swing (left) and Addi Comfort Hooks (right).

You may remember that I first tried an Addi Swing hook last year, during my trip to Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Loop Addi Swing detail 2012-05-15
My first Addi Swing.

I’ll admit that at first, I was kind of wondering what the big deal was all about.  It turns out that I just needed to get used to the unusual shape of the Addi Swing, and then I found myself crocheting with it more and more.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Swing, it has a heavily curved handle made with two different textures of plastics.

The Addi Swing in US size A, donated by Skacel Collection.
The Addi Swing in US size A.

The hook handles are color coded, so if you have more than one, it’s easy to find the size you want.  (As you can see from the detailed picture above, the millimeter size of the hook is also clearly displayed on the end of the handle.)  Although the handles are large, they are lightweight.  The hooks feature a not inline point and throat.  Because the handle covers most of the hook, the shaft is very short.  This would be a great comfort hook for someone who likes a curved hook shape or a thicker handle along with a not inline hook.

I find that the large, brightly colored Addi Swing handle makes it much more difficult to lose than other hooks, which helps for those of us who crochet on the go!  On the downside, the relatively short shaft makes it difficult to form bullions and other stitches which require a longer shaft with this hook.

The Addi Swings are available in US Sizes A through L, and generally retail for about $13-$14.

Addi hooks

The Addi Comfort Hooks are another option for the crocheter who needs a longer shaft for forming different types of stitches.  Like the Swing, this hook handle also features two colors of plastic, making it easier to find the right size.  As with the Swing, the hook itself is a not inline shape with a curved point and throat.  The plastic handle is hardened but provides that extra thickness I look for in a comfort hook handle.  The more conventional shape of this handle means that it is easier to adapt to than the Swing.  These hooks are available in US sizes A through I, and typically retail at about $7.

You may be wondering if I will be offering a giveaway of these great hooks.  The answer is that I already did :).  I actually included these in the prize pack I mailed to yarnpumpkin for the Pineapples for Everyone Shawl CAL.

Pineapples for Everyone Shawl CAL prize pack, including hooks provided by Skacel Collection and yarn provided by Galler Yarns.
Pineapples for Everyone Shawl CAL prize pack, including hooks provided by Skacel Collection and yarn provided by Galler Yarns.

Yarnpumpkin was kind enough to share the picture she took of her wonderful prizes.

FO Friday: Pineapples for Everyone Shawl & CAL winners

It’s been three months since I last participated in FO Friday, and it is great to be back!  This FO is actually quite a few weeks old, but I haven’t shared these pictures yet on my blog.

This is my second version of my Pineapples for Everyone Shawl pattern.  I made it during the crochet-along back in February and March.

Pineapples for Everyone striped

Once again, I must credit MC with taking beautiful pictures.  These were taken on a Sunday afternoon, when we took a stroll outside of the Ziegfield Theater.

Pineapples for everyone striped 3

I used Galler Yarns Inca Eco in Denim and Raspberry.  I had a lot of fun making this striped version.  I like the contrast between the two colors.

And there were many other really great versions made during the CAL!  These fourteen were completed during the CAL and entered into the giveaway.

Blacky67

Blacky67‘s Glamorous Pineapples

yarnpumpkin pineapples for everyone shawl

yarnpumpkin‘s Pineapples for Everyone Shawl

yarnpumpkin Pineapples for Everyone

yarnpumpkin‘s Pineapples for Everyone Shawl

vibeskat purple pineapples shawl

vibeskat‘s Purple Pineapples Shawl

donnaknitsdolls pineapples for everyone 5 for 13

donnaknitsdolls‘s Pineapples for Everyone 5 for 13

ramhist pineapples for everyone

ramhist‘s Pineapples for Everyone

izybit pineapples for everyone shawl cal

izybit‘s Pineapples for Everyone Shawl CAL

bjclark63 pineapples for everyone shawl

bjclark63‘s Pineapples for Everyone Shawl

abhall76

abhall76‘s Pineapples for Everyone Shawl

jaye-yarns

jaye-yarns‘s Pineapple Blues

shhshh

shhshh‘s Pineapples for Everyone CAL

cherublace

cherublace‘s Pineapples for Everyone

Adele from South Africa

Adele from South Africa’s version

Aria Swiftwind

Aria’s version

It’s great to see the different versions and how the choice of yarn, or the degree to which you block the edges, or the number of repeats can create so many looks.

Without further ado, according to Random.org, the winner of the CAL giveaway is #3…

Nancy L. Drew, also known as yarnpumpkin from Stitchin’ and Stuff!

She is the winner of several skeins of yarn, courtesy of Galler Yarns, and crochet hooks courtesy of Skacel Collection!  Thanks to everyone who participated.  I will be announcing the next crochet-a-long soon.

For more finished objects, visit Tami’s Amis!

Pineapples for Everyone Shawl CAL: The Second Repeat

Pineapples with Underground Crafter CAL

Welcome to the Pineapples for Everyone Shawl CAL!  If you’re just joining in, you can find the free pattern here in Crochetvolution.  Ravelry members can join our CAL chat here.  Our tag is 2013PFEcal.

 

I’m continuing to work a week ahead of schedule, and have now finished my third repeat (through Row 26).  I even brought in my second color, Inca Eco Raspberry.

Unfortunately, my shawl has reached that awkward stage where it is difficult to find a surface large enough to photograph it well.

Pineapples for Everyone through Row 26.jpg

Hopefully, it’s true beauty is still apparent to you, even though it is sitting on a park bench.  Originally, I thought I would change back to Denim, but now I’m not quite sure.  I like the dramatic look of a solid block of color.  (For more ideas on incorporating color into your shawl, check out last week’s post.)

Pineapples for Everyone Shawl CAL Schedule

Friday, February 15: Start your chains: Pineapples for Everyone Shawl CAL kick off!  

Friday, February 22: Laying down the foundation: Rows 1-8

Friday, March 1: The first repeat: Rows 9-14

Friday, March 8: The second repeat: Rows 15-20

Friday, March 15: The third repeat: Rows 21-26

Friday, March 22: Finishing off: Edging and blocking

Friday, March 29: The big reveal: Flash your shawls on RavelryFacebook,Twitter, and/or your blog for a chance to win prizes from Galler Yarns!

Pineapples for Everyone Shawl CAL: The First Repeat

Pineapples with Underground Crafter CAL

Welcome to the Pineapples for Everyone Shawl CAL!  If you’re just joining in, you can find the free pattern here in Crochetvolution.  Ravelry members can join our CAL chat here.  Our tag is 2013PFEcal.

 

We’re at the third week mark in the Pineapples for Everyone Shawl CAL.  Last week, I shared progress pictures of the first repeat of the shawl (rows 9-14).  From this point forward, you’ll just be repeating rows 9-14 until your shawl is the size you’d like (or until you run out of yarn).

Here’s my shawl after 20 rows (two repeats of rows 9-14).

Pineapples for Everyone through Row 20I love the way this new version is coming along.  I’m looking forward to changing the colors soon, so I can introduce the Galler Yarns Inca Eco in Raspberry.

Inca Eco wound

Several crocheters have already made multi-color versions of the shawl, and I’m sharing pictures of their Ravelry projects with permission.

yarnpumpkin made her entire shawl in one variegated yarn and then added fringe in a complementary solid.  This is a fun way to add color without worrying about weaving in the ends for color changes within the shawl.

yarnpumpkin Pineapples for Everyone

ctarski‘s Midnight Pineapples is the original multi-color Pineapples for Everyone Shawl – she made her project during the pattern test.  Unfortunately, she didn’t note her color changes and has since donated the shawl.  But from looking at the pictures, it seems like she changed colors for Rows 13, 14, 9, and 10 and then returned to the original color.

ctarski Midnight Pineapples

For Black67‘s Glamourous Pineapples, she changed colors for Rows 13 and 14 in each of her final two complete repeats.

Blacky67 Glamorous Pineapples

Each of these projects showcases a different creative way to change colors.  How many colors will you use for your shawl?

Pineapples for Everyone Shawl CAL Schedule

Friday, February 15: Start your chains: Pineapples for Everyone Shawl CAL kick off!  

Friday, February 22: Laying down the foundation: Rows 1-8

Friday, March 1: The first repeat: Rows 9-14

Friday, March 8: The second repeat: Rows 15-20

Friday, March 15: The third repeat: Rows 21-26

Friday, March 22: Finishing off: Edging and blocking

Friday, March 29: The big reveal: Flash your shawls on RavelryFacebook,Twitter, and/or your blog for a chance to win prizes from Galler Yarns!

Pineapples for Everyone Shawl CAL: Laying Down the Foundation

Pineapples with Underground Crafter CAL

Welcome to the Pineapples for Everyone Shawl CAL!  If you’re just joining in, you can find the free pattern here in Crochetvolution.  Ravelry members can join our CAL chat here.  Our tag is 2013PFEcal.

Welcome to our second week of the Pineapples for Everyone Shawl CAL.  Apparently, some speedy participants have almost finished their shawls already, but do not feel rushed!  The rest of us mere mortals will crochet a long at a leisurely pace!

Since I’m working a week ahead of the schedule, last week I shared progress photos of the first 8 rows, or the foundation, of the shawl.  This week, I’ll share pictures of the first repeat, rows 9-14.  These are the rows you will repeat until your shawl is the size you want (or until you run out of yarn – whichever comes first!).

Once again, I’m sharing my progress pictures.

After Row 9.
After Row 9.
After Row 10.
After Row 10.
After Row 11.
After Row 11.
After Row 12.
After Row 12.
After Row 13.
After Row 13.

It often happens that while reviewing pictures I take for the blog, I see mistakes in my work.  I actually missed one of the increases on my original Row 14 (Apparently, I shouldn’t watch suspenseful Dexter episodes while making a sample shawl.)  Here is the revised version, with all of the increases intact, but on a different background.

Through Row 14 (the outdoors, windy and sunny version).
Through Row 14 (the outdoors, windy and sunny version).

Once you make it through Row 14, you’ve done everything you need to finish this shawl.  (Yay!) Keep in mind that you should be increasing the total number of pineapples in each row by four (two on each side) every time you complete Row 14.

Now my mistake can help you!
Now my mistake can help you!

Let me know if you have any questions about the shawl, and don’t forget to share your pictures!

Pineapples for Everyone Shawl CAL Schedule

Friday, February 15: Start your chains: Pineapples for Everyone Shawl CAL kick off!  

Friday, February 22: Laying down the foundation: Rows 1-8

Friday, March 1: The first repeat: Rows 9-14

Friday, March 8: The second repeat: Rows 15-20

Friday, March 15: The third repeat: Rows 21-26

Friday, March 22: Finishing off: Edging and blocking

Friday, March 29: The big reveal: Flash your shawls on RavelryFacebook,Twitter, and/or your blog for a chance to win prizes from Galler Yarns!

Pineapples for Everyone Shawl CAL: Kick Off!

Pineapples with Underground Crafter CAL

Welcome to the Pineapples for Everyone Shawl CAL!  If you’re just joining in, you can find the free pattern here in Crochetvolution.  Ravelry members can join our CAL chat here.  Our tag is 2013PFEcal.

I’m making my second shawl striped using Galler Yarns Inca Eco in Denim and Raspberry.

Inca Eco wound

You can read more about why I chose this yarn here, but the great news about the Pineapples for Everyone Shawl is that it’s a recipe pattern, so you can use any weight of yarn to make the shawl.

As people start their shawls, I wanted to share a few tips.

  • The Pineapples for Everyone Shawl is worked in rows.
  • Although it’s a triangular shawl, you only crochet along the two shorter sides until the edging.  (The edging will finish off the long edge so the shawl will have a neater appearance.)

Pineapples for Everyone Row 1 righties

 

Pineapples for Everyone Row 1 lefties

  • Crocheters might find it easier to keep track of the center shell by using a removable stitch marker.  You should take this marker out and move it up each row.  (You can also use a piece of scrap yarn as a stitch marker.)

 

If you’d like to follow along with the CAL schedule (listed below), I’ll be working one week ahead and sharing progress pictures.  You’re free to crochet at your own pace during the CAL, but to be eligible for prizes, you’ll need to post a picture of your finished shawl by March 29.

 

Here are pictures of the first 8 rows of my new version.  You will work one pineapple on each side during these rows.

After Row 1.
After Row 1.
After Row 2.
After Row 2.

 

After Row 4.
After Row 4.

 

blog Pineapples for Everyone Row 5
After Row 5.

 

After Row 6.
After Row 6.

 

After Row 7.
After Row 7.

 

After Row 8.
After Row 8.

As you can see, the long edge will look a little wobbly at this point.  Don’t worry, because after you add the edging and block the shawl, the long edge will be nice and straight.

I’ll be back next week to show you the steps for the first repeat.  I’m looking forward to seeing your shawls!

 

Pineapples for Everyone Shawl CAL Schedule

Friday, February 15: Start your chains: Pineapples for Everyone Shawl CAL kick off!  Ravelry members, join us here in the Underground Crafter group to chat.  Use project tag 2013PFEcal.

Friday, February 22: Laying down the foundation: Rows 1-8

Friday, March 1: The first repeat: Rows 9-14

Friday, March 8: The second repeat: Rows 15-20

Friday, March 15: The third repeat: Rows 21-26

Friday, March 22: Finishing off: Edging and blocking

Friday, March 29: The big reveal: Flash your shawls on RavelryFacebook,Twitter, and/or your blog for a chance to win prizes from Galler Yarns!

 

FO Friday: Pineapples for Everyone Shawl and upcoming CAL!

I’ve been keeping today’s finished object secret since September, so I’m really excited to finally share it.  It’s a pineapple shawl I crocheted for the Spring, 2013 issue of Crochetvolution.

I crocheted this shawl with Inca Eco, a super soft, organic cotton yarn.  It’s a worsted weight, thick and thin yarn.

I picked this yarn for a few reasons.  The combination of the yarn thickness and the cotton fiber makes the shawl a little heavier, so it’s great for transitional weather without being very long.  (As a, shall we say, vertically challenged person, I don’t really like very long scarves or shawls.)

The yarn thickness also means you can make it relatively quickly, which I like.  And although cotton tends to be heavier per yard than many other yarns, it’s really breathable, so that’s another reason I really love this yarn for a transitional weather shawl.

These pictures were actually taken on an unusually cold and somewhat windy day in September. I convinced MC to be my photographer in Riverside Park.

I know from being a crochet teacher that a lot of people struggle with pineapples.  I chose a thick and thin yarn because it is really forgiving.  You can always cover up your mistakes by saying it was a yarn irregularity :).

Although this picture has the least shawl detail, it’s my favorite one!

You can check out the free Pineapples for Everyone pattern here.  The pattern is really customizable and can be made with a lot of different yarn weights and to different lengths.

I’ll be hosting a CAL starting on February 15 for this shawl (more details here), and the nice folks at Galler Yarns will be sponsoring some prizes for a giveaway for participants!

I hope you’ll consider joining in and will spread the word.

For more finished objects, visit Tami’s Amis.

Announcing the Pineapples for Everyone Shawl CAL!

Whether you’re a pineapple pro or you’re just a wee bit scared by crochet lace…

If you have a shawl for every day of the week or you’ve yet to take the shawl plunge…

I’m inviting all crocheters to join the Pineapples for Everyone Shawl CAL!

The Pineapples for Everyone Shawl is my latest free pattern, available in the Spring, 2013 issue of Crochetvolution here.  It’s a shawl “recipe” that allows you to customize the size of your finished shawl (or shawlette).

The version shown here was made with 3 skeins of Galler Yarns Inca Eco, an organic cotton yarn dyed with low-impact, environmentally friendly dye.  It’s a thick and thin yarn, so it covers up those little boo boos you might make if it’s your first time crocheting pineapples.  Since this is a recipe pattern, you can size it up or down and gauge isn’t critical.  (However, if you’re working with a different gauge, I can’t predict how much yarn you might need for your desired size.)

If you need a little more support with crocheting the shawl, each week I’ll be sharing progress pictures as I make my second, striped version.

My CAL shawl will be crocheted with Inca Eco Denim and Raspberry.

Or you can just dive into crocheting at any point during the CAL!  I’ve shared a schedule below, but of course you can crochet at your own pace, and you can make your shawl larger or smaller.  To be entered in the giveaway, you must share a picture of your completed shawl by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, March 29.  More details about prizes will be available in March.

Attention all readers in Southern Maryland: Be sure to stop by Crazy for Ewe in Leonardtown or La Plata for the in-store CAL with prizes sponsored by Galler Yarns!

Pineapples for Everyone Shawl CAL Schedule

Friday, February 15: Start your chains: Pineapples for Everyone Shawl CAL kick off!  Ravelry members, join us here in the Underground Crafter group to chat.  Use project tag 2013PFEcal.

Friday, February 22: Laying down the foundation: Rows 1-8

Friday, March 1: The first repeat: Rows 9-14

Friday, March 8: The second repeat: Rows 15-20

Friday, March 15: The third repeat: Rows 21-26

Friday, March 22: Finishing off: Edging and blocking

Friday, March 29: The big reveal: Flash your shawls on Ravelry, Facebook, Twitter, and/or your blog for a chance to win prizes from Galler Yarns!

 

If you’d like to crochet your shawl in Inca Eco, too, you can find a list of most of the yarn shops that carry it here, and if your LYS doesn’t stock it, I’m selling kits to make the shawlette size in the picture in my Etsy shop here.

And if you’re new to shawls and need some styling tips, I recommend these tutorials:

 

I’m looking forward to crocheting together!

2013 Holiday Stashdown Challenge – January update

In January, I participated in the Calm Cowl CAL with Crochet Happy and I made a gift that I plan to give to one of my aunts for the holidays.

The Finished List

1) Cowl for an aunt – Galler Yarns Prime Alpaca – 339 yards – Calm Cowl by Suzana Davidovic

The Still to Make List

1) Mom – blanket and Amigurumi Nativity by Carolyn Christmas.

2) Sister – something with sing these slipper soles.

3) Dad – winter accessories

4) Dad’s partner – winter accessories

5) CG – boa scarf

6) MC – something cozy and wintery

The Maybe List

1) Carlota

2) OB

3) JS

4) JP

5) JM

6-8 ) My cousins

9-10) My grandparents

11-12) My aunt and uncle

13-14) My two little cousins – Toys or blanket

How about you?  Are you thinking about holiday crafting yet?