Posts Tagged ‘crochet’


20.1 A tiny bit of good in the world

September 30, 2011

I did a tiny bit of good in the world, and I got something nice too.

At work there was a craft table full of blankets, scarfs potholders, jewelery, and a portion of the proceeds of the sale go to Leukemia & Lymphoma support.

I didn’t make anything (didn’t know about it before hand really too much), but I did buy two items.

And since I decided I’m not a crocheter (anymore) that I will really like using these items this winter.

I now have a new hat & scarf combo, each bought separately.

I’ve never had a hat with so many holes before, so I am hoping I don’t decide to line it with some wild animal print soft fabric I bought at Hancock fabric.

Like this fabric

It is nice & soft and I haven’t known what to do with it.

But how does it look as a potential lining?

Hmm.  Maybe not.  Yes, my head is down looking at the floor.  One of the weirdest photos of myself, if I do say so.

In any event, lined or not, I feel good that I did a little bit of good today, if a little indirectly. 🙂


2.0 Well I used to Crochet … sort of

November 30, 2009

All the quilting sites – okay not ALL of them – most of the quilting sites have people who are dabbling into crochet / knitting / other fiber arts.  I used to cross stitch – probably the first “type” of craft I gravitated towards and stuck with.  However when I was young – before learning to cross stitch, a friend of mine taught me how to chain stitch crochet.  I remember just making one long chain of a variegated rainbow yarn.  But I was ittle and didn’t know how to go back and single or double crochet. 

So in college, one of my (scientific) roommates taught me how to single and double crochet.  She was working on granny squares.  Well the following summer I tried making granny squares.  I got about 4 of them done, had problems seeing how it was all going to come together in a large blanket form, and I abandoned the project.

I (somehow) forgot about my biggest crochet project that I started the following school year that was a crocheted afghan intended to be for my upcoming wedding.  Well it was for myself so it didn’t HAVE to be done by the wedding, had nothing to do with the wedding, but that was a goal of mine – to finish it before I got married. 

I worked on it before falling asleep in the bunk bed in the dorms, worked and worked and worked on it.  Cheap yarn – hey I was a college student – didn’t count the rows or the stitches, didn’t have a pattern, couldn’t read a pattern, didn’t have a final plan, but I would come up with one for each row.

I don’t know why I have it in storage.  It’s nice and heavy, and extra long, and not quite the size I imagined it would be when I made it.  The edges are all frilly and weird, going in and out, and there was a triple crochet row that I skipped three stitches periodically and the resulting holes from that row mean that when I sleep under the afghan my big toe gets caught in the hole.  Hmm.  Maybe I do know why it’s in storage after all. (So far in storage that it’s not worth digging though the bottom of my closet and everything in front of the closet to get a picture.  Maybe someday).

After that, I got smart and worked on homespun yarn that is bumpy and completed two scarfs that are full and heavy and wonderful.  I found the bumpy yarn wasn’t as hard to work with as I thought, and it HID the fact that my stitches are uneven on the sides from lack of counting. 

I am still not sure why no pattern or no counting was done on the scarfs.  I did counted cross stitch at the time completing one project in about 2 years that had tons of stitches in it.  And I had to count that project.


I thought I’d share.  Not all my adventures have been done in a well planned thought out scientific manner.


1.9 Podcast Episode 3 Color Chromatography & Crochet Cell

November 28, 2009


Podcast Feed

I was visiting Craftster last week and I found some excellent projects that are perfect for this blog & podcast!  The first is Color Chromatography which is something I am passionate and excited about!

Picture from IamSusie on Craftster

If you look at the craftster site, you find lots of wonderful pictures, a description of the process, the inspiration for the designs, and a lot of wonderful discussion about the process by other Craftster users.

Color Chromatography is a very simple idea that has a scientific concept behind it.  Chromatography is a method of separating substances into the different parts that make them up.  Color chromatography is when you take one color and separate the different colors out. 

The way you do this is you take fabric (called a stationary phase) and Sharpie marker (pigment – what you want to separate) and let rubbing alcohol (the mobile phase that moves the pigment) run over the fabric. 

Rubbing alcohol spreads out on the fabric and takes part of the marker pigment and travels it out.  The pigment “sticks” to the alcohol more than it “sticks” to the fabric, so it travels along the wet area of the alcohol until it dries or the alcohol doesn’t spread out anymore. 

A personal experiment with Chromatography because of this post:

I traced a bird from a free coloring page with Sharpies.

After I put rubbing alcohol on the fabric. Notice how I used hangers and binder clips to allow this to dry!  The tail isn’t exactly what I was envisioning (too much alcohol on the tail too quickly), but still looks interesting.

I saw someone who made minimalist trees with green dots, which inspired me to make this.  The leaf part dried overnight and then this is when I am just putting alcohol outside the trunk to color it in.

A geometric design with a view of my work station.  All I drew was criss cross lines.  This is a little ‘washed out’ to to true colors on the fabric.

A before and after of another strip design.  Before:


The other Craftster post that caught my eye this time.  This is not quilting, but crochet, and instead of having a science concept, it has a scientific topic.

Picture from Sally Le Strange from Craftster

If you look at the craftster site, you will be linked to a post that has multiple detailed pictures that describe the parts of the cell accurately.  An A+ project for sure!

My new favorite free motion machine quilting site. 

Picture from Leah Day from 365 Free Motion Filler Designs

This blog showcases a new free motion filler design daily (or about daily) with full explanation, video, description and ideas for using the designs in your quilt.  Leah Day’s videos are short, but informative, showing you just enough of the technique to help you get started. 

She tells you if the pattern is beginning or advanced, in addition to having a video that shows her ideal setup and notions for free motion quilting.  Best thing is – no stencils.  If that intimidates you, she has a couple of DVD’s and worksheets to practice. 

Up to posts in the 90’s she’s come a long way in a short period of time. I haven’t practiced any of these myself, but I am using them as ideas on what I want to quilt, and when I get back to the quilting stage on my tops, I’ll be sure to check out her blog for much needed inspiration and guidance!

After searching I found the pdf website from which I read off the article from Optics and Photonics News 1990.  Good suggestions of homemade dyes!

Thanks to the following podcasters who have left comments (so far)!

Allison Rosen @ Within a Quarter Inch

Ruthann Logsden-Zaroff @ Mirkwood Designs

Kelley @ The Pioneer Quilter

Also thanks to Robyn and Gail who commented in the Big Tent group, in addition to Sarah from “real life” for listening!

Keep Experimenting!

 – SQ