Ahh, Crochet …

Something else I was up to this month …

Sis commissioned a baby sweater for a woman she works with who’ll be back from maternity leave in a couple of weeks. These were the particulars I was working with:
1. The baby’s a girl.
2. Her mom likes Disney kinds of things and pastel pinks and bows.
3. Her dad’s a rocker who’d be more inclined to dress their new sweetie in a black Nirvana t-shirt if only mom would let him.
My mission, if I chose to accept it, was to try make them both happy.
First, I found a darker pink yarn and white buttons with flowers carved into them. Sis had suggested edging my trusty sweater pattern – the one on my sidebar that’s for sale at Knitpicks.com – with a contrasting color.
Then I nearly swooned when I found that delicious variegated riff on deep greens and blues. (I even love the James Taylor song. The video’s below in case you haven’t heard it.)
After that, I worked up a matching hat just for the heck of it. It’s hard to see in the photo, but there’s a crocheted cord woven through the hat’s edge and tied in a mock bow.
I know the pieces are still girly, but don’t you think I found some middle ground?
I delivered them to Sis last Saturday and she was happy. Mission accomplished. Whew!




Here I Am

My first experience writing a pattern!
June 28, 2010 · Leave a Comment · Edit This

I’ve always wanted to write, and I love to crochet and knit. For years I’ve created designs for friends and family as gifts. I’ve recently realized that I should be writing these patterns down. If I thought they were beautiful enough to give to people I care about, then why wouldn’t I write out the patterns for future reference? All I can say is that it took me a while to attribute to my work the value it deserves.

I’ve also been trying to work on a novella that seems to be stuck at chapter one because I’m the sort of writer who needs to be immersed. I don’t compartmentalize that kind of task very well, and there’s no space in my life right now for an exclusive area of concentration. This blog feels like a good way for me to exercise my writing muscles, while sharing some thoughts about life, and nurturing the process of creation in all the areas that interest me.

The first crochet pattern I worked on purposefully from beginning to end, took me over a year of contemplation, ripping out stitches, wondering why I couldn’t get what was in my head to work in the garment… and by the end, something that was new to me. In creating a baby sweater, I wanted its stucture to be classic as well as modern but low key, something that would look great on a child without announcing itself too loudly. I was thinking about the beauty of old farm furniture with bare spots in the paint, and how the simplest things can often be the stongest in use and esthetics. I ended up with a piece I would have wanted for my own baby when she was young, and I called it the Rustic Raglan.

Refusing to settle for huge holes in a non-lace garment, shaping the raglan properly was my biggest challenge. I’ve added a link to Knit Picks, if you’d like to check it out. More later (of course) about lots of what’s on my mind.