Crochet Bags onion & garlic bags

When you harvest onions and garlic you can braid the tops together and hang them out to dry, you can leave them like this, or, you can place them in a net bag. With this thought in mind I’ve decided to try my hand at crocheting a bag for this purpose. I’ve picked up a role of Cotton Twine (500 grams, 330 mtrs) for about $30 at Mitre 10 (hardware shop). Using the Market Bag pattern from Lion Brand, and a 5.5mm crochet hook I’ve started. I’m finding the twine to be only a little harder then wool, but it holds the shape well and is fairly easy to work with.

The roll of twine does smell a little and so I’ll definitely being giving the bag a good wash before I use it. As soon as I find my ruler I’ll let you know what the wraps per inch of the twine is and upload a few photos once I have something a little interesting to show for my efforts.

Award In other news, I got a very nice surprise from Leigh’s fiber journal, with a “You make my day award”, Awarded to blogs that give “inspiration and happiness”. I do believe I’m supposed to now mention up to 10 other blogs that do the same for me. Like Leigh I’m not much into memes and so on but this one did make me smile and feel all warm and fuzzy that someone not only reads my blog, but appreciates it’s content. So thank you Leigh for the award and I’d like to share some of my favorite blogs.

These blogs remind me that I’m not alone in blogging my craft and tidbits of my life. They are always full of wonderful projects and adventures and help to keep me motivated and interested in living a creative life.

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Crochet grrrr

I’ve been trying to crochet a pair of booties from the Essential Crochet book Essential Crochet and it is just simply not working for me. The first glitch came for me after I finished the sole, that was fine, then the instructions said for the upper part to do 7 sc, ok, easy. Then do 14 sc down the side of the sole, how the hell was I supposed to do that, how am I supposed to know where to put those 14? Grrr! time to try it all again (3rd time’s the charm right).

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Finished Cardi & Felt slippers

I finally sewed together my crochet baby cardi and I’m rather pleased with it.

Cardi

I’ve progressed further on the felted slippers for Craig and they are now already to sew up.

Felted Slippers

Felted Slippers

Baby’s first cardigan

Now there is no telling if this will ever be my own baby’s first cardigan or if it will be a gift, but this is the first item of clothing (aside from a hat or scarf) that I have made. It still needs to be pressed and sewn together but it’s just so sweet.

Baby’s first cardigan

I have decided not to decorate it as yet because I want it to be suitable for a boy or a girl (and I’m still not quite up in my development to put “pretty flowers” on boys clothes). It took me two days to complete the crochet and I believe if I had an iron handy I would have also completed the sewing. This is also the first project that I have tested my gauge for and I’m very glad I did, just for that added boost of confidence it gave me while I worked. It is also the first time that I tried “shaping”, increasing and decreasing. I think I’ve managed pretty well.

Hook size: 3mm

Yarn: 4 balls x 50 grams, 100% pure NZ Merino 10ply

Stitches: Double Crochet

Project cost: under $30

Time: 2 days

Ply?

I have just ordered a huge amount of “2 ply” cones of wool and it brought up the question of what is ply? For the most part, it means the quantity of “strands” making up that piece of wool. When you have an 8ply yarn, you have a piece of wool that is made up of 8 strands twisted together. This in no way tells you how “thick” your yarn is though. A 2ply yarn might be thicker then an 8ply yarn, why? Because the 2ply has been spun to be bulkier then the 8ply.

In short, “ply” has nothing really to do with the thickness of your yarn, and with more and more yarns becoming available from outside Australia and New Zealand we can no longer rely on labels saying 8ply, 4ply, 10ply etc when selecting yarn. There is a little more discussion on Pearl Bee about this topic, with some very important clarification and information provided by the mystery “Pat”.

Pat commented that “there was a standard as to measurement of yarns. It was based on the number of skeins of yarn that can be spun from one pound of fibre. This is dependent on how fine the spinner can spin; a larger number means a finer yarn (of wool). This gets confusing. Wool had a different system than cotton which was different than linen, and acrylic wasn’t even considered then.

Today there are several different methods of measurement: tex in Europe, 1-8 by the Yarn Council of America, ply system in Australia. The best seems to be wraps per inch — how many threads laid side by side in one inch. Another standard is yards per pound (ypp), or metres per kilogram (mpk). Obviously, 1500 ypp would be finer yarn than 1200 ypp.

Cotton usually uses a numbering system: 2/8 means a yarn of 2 plys each being of size 8 (standard measurement in cotton). 2/16 would be a finer yarn, being 2 plys but of size 16. 4/8 is a thicker yarn: 4 plys of size 8. 8/2 is 8 plys of a size 2 yarn.

And then we get into compound and cabled yarns; these are all differences in construction– nothing to do with size.”

Stunning Crochet Hooks

I just found a site (US) that has some of the most beautiful crochet hooks on it.

Crochet Hooks

Spending money

I’ve just ordered the new 5dpi and 12.5 dpi reeds for my 32″ rigid heddle loom and a 1kg bag of carded wool. With any luck they will all arrive tomorrow *much excitement and bouncing* The wool is so that we can have a play with the drop spindles and also for a future pillow case weaving project I want to do (because you can never have enough planned projects).

This morning for breakfast we had a yummy treat, I left a loaf of bread to rise overnight and served us a few warm fresh out of the oven slices slathered in butter and topped with poached eggs for breakfast this morning- oh yum.

This afternoon’s craft plans are to sit down at my loom and finish off the table runner I had started a few weeks ago. I’m not going to allow myself to open my new package when it arrives tomorrow unless that table runner is finished!

As for my crochet blanket, I’m onto the last “square” for this strip. I’m still not sure if I will do 1 or 2 more strips after this is finished, but I do know I need to get more wool no matter what I decide, this has really taught me the value of testing your gauge before starting a project, I would have used less wool in the end if I had have switched to a smaller hook. Its so strange, I knit super tight and crochet loose, I’m not used to that. Anyway, I do like the feel of my blanket at it’s current gauge so I’m not terrible annoyed with it.

Right now, lunch and then to weaving.

Crochet Blanket – Part 2

I’ve now completed two of the strips for this blanket and am over half way through the third, I’m not sure yet if I will do 4 or 5 strips before it’s completed.

Crochet Blanket

I am really going along well with my new crochet project from “Essential Crochet”

Blanket

I’m enjoying using the bubble stitch – reminder to self, do a post on the difference between UK & US stitch names! Bloody confusing stuff!

One square is completely Single Crochet

single crochet & the other is a row of half double and a row of single crochet ( I believe it’s the US terms). bubble

My gauge isn’t quite as tight as it should be and so I’m using up more wool then the instructions say but it’s a good learning thing. I really need to start learning to do a gauge test before I start a piece of work, especially if I ever want to graduate from blankets to clothes.

Crochet Hat – Part 2

I did it, I did it. I didn’t think I’d do it but indeed I did! Here is my first ever finished crochet project.


Well this is how it first started, but then with some advice from crochets, I finally got it right. Now it isn’t actually the right size for my head, or even close to it, but that was to be expected since I used a much smaller hook then was specified (as it was all I had). So this hat is suitable for a doll, but at least I worked it out.