Monday, August 14, 2017

Crochet Half Hexagon

The problem with hexagons is that they don’t give you a straight edge. When making a blanket with them, the rows are offset, leaving gaps at the ends.

(Sorry I didn't post more of a picture--I'm trying to keep the blanket a little bit of a surprise until it's finished!)

For me, the best way to solve this problem was to make half-hexagons (or as Little Bear would call them, “trap-zoids”) to fill the gaps.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Crochet Modified Hexagon

I decided a few months ago to crochet a hexagon blanket for my friend’s wedding. I’d never crocheted a hexagon before, so I followed Make & Do Crew’s tutorial. (It’s a great tutorial, by the way—clear and easy to follow. If you’re new to hexagons, start there.)

But I didn’t like how tight and dense my crochet was when I used the hook size recommended on the yarn label. I was using Loops & Threads Impeccable yarn from Michaels; it recommended a size H hook. I liked the feel of the crochet fabric better with a J hook. (I don’t know if I crochet tighter than average, or if I just prefer my crochet much much looser. Probably the latter.)

Monday, July 24, 2017

Charity Block #6: Pearl Brioche

Do you ever have small projects that turn into much-bigger-than-they-should-be projects?

I love knitting these charity blocks because they’re a nice short break between (or in the middle of) big projects.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Charity Block #5: Gryffindor Scarf Stripes

Can you believe that the 20th anniversary of the release of the Harry Potter books was just a few weeks ago?

I feel old.

I remember waiting in the checkout line at a bookstore with my grandma (yes, an actual in-person bookstore; they still existed then), and seeing a display of the first two books. I’d never heard of Harry Potter, so I read the book jackets. They hooked me right away, and I took them out of my local library as soon as I could. It’s been love ever since.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Himalaya Baby Blanket

Do you ever have an idea months or years in advance for a gift you might make for someone given a certain eventuality? Maybe the perfect wedding gift for a friend/relative who’s not even engaged yet, or a Christmas gift that will be perfect for someone, someday? I have a few gift plans like that, in particular, ideas for baby gifts for friends who are nowhere-near-pregnant.

This was one of them.

Increasing: How to Make One (m1 and m1r)

I wasn’t a fan of the make one (m1) increase when I first tried it. I’ve always used k1fb, and it has worked well for almost every project. But m1 has the advantage of blending in a little better to the stitches around it, and sometimes you need that. After using m1 and its reverse, m1r, for the Himalaya blanket, I’ve come to like it a lot more. Practice makes perfect, they say, or at least makes me more comfortable with the stitch.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Mini Baby Lovey

Munchkin is a terrible sleeper. Actually, that’s not quite fair. He was a terrible sleeper. He has gotten immeasurably better over the past year.

For the first six months, he wouldn’t nap unless I was holding him in our Ergobaby carrier. I would walk in a quiet room for half an hour until he fell asleep, then sway or walk for another half hour while he slept. And we’d repeat this four times a day.