I seem to be in a bit of project upheaval mode right now. I can not make up my mind up on what to work on. When I do make up my mind I seem to be having a bit of a problem with the final outcome. First there was the Yarn Bag that ended up felted, and is in the time out corner for not behaving. I understand it was my fault it didn't turn out, but I am much to busy to go in time out.
This weekend I spotted a free standing, crochet bowl on Pinterest. I know, Pinterest is getting me in a lot of trouble. I immediately made a few bowls of different sizes, with the extra yarn I had from the doomed Yarn Bag.
I had the best time trying to figure out increases and color combinations.
I made three bowls, this is the smallest with a picot edge.
I tried to follow the translated directions from this blog, Saaartje. I ended up using about 3/4 cups of sugar, diluted in 1/2 cup boiling water. I put the crochet in the very sticky solution, wrung out the excess, and plopped it over some bowls of the same size. You are supposed to wait till it is very dry before removing, but I have to say mine were so sticky that this just didn't work. I am wondering if I got something wrong in the translation (or my math skills which is extremely likely), or if the humidity in Florida just won't let this process work. Sticky, sugary bowls are not ideal for Florida where bugs love to live in even the cleanest of homes. Please notice the very clean tea cup in the picture!!!!
So yesterday I washed out the sugar and I am letting these dry again. I might try to spray a lot of starch on them to see if that works.
What I am supposed to be working on is this Penny Arcade Coat from Caron. You can find this on their website under caron.com/vickiehowell look for sheep(ish) yarns and follow the path to the free patterns. You have to be a member of this site to get the pattern, but all that involves is signing up.
I have the back completed but spent some time yesterday ripping out the front. I think the pattern sizing is wrong. The crochet hook letter size and number size do not match up. So you may want to go a bigger size. You also have to decrease the needle size on the fronts as per the back directions to get the same number of pattern repeats before starting the arm decreases. I learned all of this a bit late. I really like this yarn, it is lovely to work with especially as it is so reasonably priced. With several Joann's and Micheal's coupons this whole coat cost me only $20. I love that, now I have to get back to loving making it.
This is now my distraction. The Crochet Circle Vest Shrug. This is another Pinterest tease, I actually purchased this pattern, something I rarely do anymore with so many free, wonderful patterns out there. I may have to start on this today. It simply keeps calling my name and won't let me have a moments peace. I think I need a project that is fast and that works. Although there is no telling if I might screw this one up, too. By the way my joins were lots better with the granny bowls, thanks for all your help in that area.
What are you working on?