Redesign – don’t give up

Of late I have had two projects that I have found damage and at first just cried. All that work, gone to hell. I was devastated and at first wanted to just throw the whole thing out. After finally getting past the tears and the heartbreak from it I, I stepped back to see what positive I could find.

20141019_171459With the Crows rugs, I actually thought all the work that was for a queen size bed was lost, but I have manged to save part of the original rug and keep the same pattern that i started and have that section which is a work in progress.

 

20141019_171525 I have just learned how to do a Corner 2 Corner blanket thanks to The Crochet Crowd and Mikey, that just got started the other night and it goes pretty quick. So I will use that section to start that and once that panel is used up will move over to wool. 20141019_171607

 

I knew how to do the afghan stitch or Tunisian Crochet. I like how thick it is and all, I started an Entrelac scarf and discovered you can do a rug out of the same, in crochet using the Afghan stitch. I have one started in strips, Its slow but I like how its turning out, even hubby is liking the thickness and that is doesn’t have holes. 20141019_171648

Wanting to work on my knitting skills, I started following a knit along from Creative bug and Red Heart, I am only to week four but its a challenge and will get harder. I love the fact it is pushing me out side the box.

 

 

The other problem child was in my hospital knitting, I had the rug almost done and ready to go and I found damage at the beginning of the rug, I started another corner to corner which should go quick and be at the size they are asking for. (Pictures to come on this one. )

Everything went on hold for a while, when I buried myself, in writing and nothing else, now its keeping challenges I made to myself when I turned 50 and keeping alive what my adopted parents taught me. They gave me their love of creating and I am taking that to new levels. (I hope)

How Yarn has Changed my Life

This past Friday was Love Yarn Day. I have loved the story’s I have been reading and decided I wanted to share my story.

My Mum, Edith  had been  knitting for as long as I can remember. She was always making house slippers or a gift for someone. She told me how Dad came to start crocheting. She had picked up a magazine and a hook to teach herself but Dad picked up it to have a read and the rest was history, She said he was like a duck to water.

When I was younger, I love watching Dad crochet, to see the projects that he was working on. I would look at the pictures and would think, how amazing and would Dad be able to do it. Sure enough, the end project was stunning. Dad was patient to tech me but I would always sob when he would make me rip it out and do it again. I had to learn to do it correctly, so it looked right and I could learn to build on that, learn more  about how to do stitches and combinations.

There was one pattern that I tried and could never get. No matter what I did, it was just not working. I gave up in the end, but unknown to me, Dad was working on the same pattern as a baby gift for Kendria who was my first-born. He made a unique gift for Alisha, and I am able to do the same for my grand kids.

I learned to knit from Mom but I stood in front of her instead of sitting next to her so, I am a left-handed knitter. Mom use to had having to help me fix mistakes. She knitting amazing sweaters for my first husband. The final sweater she made we called “the therapy sweater.” She worked on it while she nursed my Dad through his illness and passing.

I can remember the local yarn shop that we always went to calling Dad for repairs from time to time. He was just brilliant at it. Once he got some it didn’t look like it had been damaged at all. e took such care in creating one of a kind gifts. The biggest thing that they taught me was to take time, do it right. Your putting your heart and soul into each piece and evening leaving a small part of you behind.

Knitting and crocheting have gotten me though tough times, helped me through depression and anxiety. Helped to celebrate new life and those who have passed. Crocheting and knitting have been a life saver for me, the joy of watching people as they open the gift.

Thanks Mom and Dad for leaving behind your gift of yarn, teaching me how to be creative and to take the time, get it right and be proud of each piece.

Crochet Crowd – Maple Leaf

20141007_160224I have found the Crochet Crowd thanks to Red Heart yarn. Mickey is the simply “The Bomb” .

I love his video’s and the way he teaches the pattern. He really break it down and explains it in a way that you can understand. I have gotten a brand new excitement for crocheting, in part thanks to Mikey.

During the basket challenge, Mikey had a pattern for a Maple Leaf. http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/maple-leaf-banner

What looked difficult and held me off has turned out to be simple. and I am over the moon. I made one and will do it again. I looked at the pattern at first and thought – “No Way” but after the video I will do it again.

Thanks Mikey