Icy Blue Lacy Wrap

Icy Blue Wrap | Webster Fiber Arts

Hi folks,

When I told you about my scarf struggles last week, I mentioned that in struggling with stitches, I had come up with a plan for some other yarn in my stash. Here’s what I’ve been working on with one of those discarded stitches:

Icy Blue Lacy Wrap | Webster Fiber Arts

I have three more skeins of this yarn, so I should get a decent sized wrap out of this piece. This stitch pattern is called “Openwork” and is from The Big Book of Crochet Stitches by Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss. I’m going to keep chugging along with this lacy stitch, then add some kind of border—maybe something kind of fringy? I haven’t figured that part out yet.

I typically work with bulkier yarn—this Paton’s Lace Yarn is a nice change of pace for me.

Until next time,
Annie

Scarf Struggles

Scarf Struggles | Webster Fiber Arts

Hi folks,

I have this yarn:

Red Heart Boutique Treasure in Watercolors | Webster Fiber Arts

This is Red Heart’s Boutique Treasure in Watercolors. I really like the colors in this—two variegated strands are plied together. It is soft and wonderful. I am having a terrible time with it.

The yarn itself is fine. I want that to be clear. This is a me problem. I can’t seem to settle on a stitch pattern I like, one that does justice to the pretty color changes. I have started and ripped out at least 10 different pieces. This is a little frustrating, though I do have a plan for some other yarn in my stash because of the stitches I have been playing with for this piece. Here are a couple that I started and just cut off because the yarn was starting to get a little fuzzy:

A Couple of Cast Offs | Webster Fiber Arts

And here is where I am now. This scarf uses a V stitch for a few rows, then a really long V stitch for a row. One of the things I really like about this yarn is the way long stitches look with it.

The Struggle Scarf | Webster Fiber Arts

When this piece was sitting in my “in progress” pile, I thought I was going to be frogging this one too, but when I laid it out for the photo above, I really started to like it. I think this might be the one. I’m not sure I have enough yarn to make a decent scarf at this width, so there may still be one more round of frogging, but this time it will only be to adjust the size, not to start all over again. Woo-hoo! I’m so glad I decided to write about this one. I might have continued to struggle with this piece had I not taken that photo.

Until next time,
Annie

WIP: Stitch & Slash Progress

Stitch & slash Progress | Webster Fiber Arts

Hi folks,

I’ve made some progress on my Stitch & Slash piece.

Progress on Stitch & Slash | Webster Fiber Arts

I’m using flosses in cyan, magenta, and yellow on this piece. There are some standard six-strand flosses, some ombre pearl cotton, and some metallic floss. I’m rotating through the colors and using back stitch, French knots, chain stitch, and seed stitch.

Here’s a closer look:

Detail - Stitch & Slash | Webster Fiber Arts

I am really enjoying this one!

Until next time,
Annie

WIP: Stitch and Slash Class Project

Stitch & Slash | Webster Fiber Arts

Hi folks,

I have made an important discovery. I like making things more than I like writing about them. This is a little problematic as the way I show off what I’m doing is to post it on the internet. I may need to become a bit more disciplined about posting in the future. Maybe.

I have been making a bunch of things lately, many of which I’m not going to show you yet because they are Christmas presents. I’ve also been doing a lot of learning. I’ve started the Crochet Guild of America’s Master’s Program. The program involves making a bunch of swatches without errors. I’m excited about mastering all of the swatches, but I won’t be able of show anything I’m working on for the program (that’s one of the rules—no posting pictures or describing swatches).

I’ve also been watching some Craftsy classes. I bought Carol Ann Waugh’s Stitch & Slash class some time ago, but I didn’t watch it until this week. Wow! It is so cool and inspiring. I’ve started my project for the class.

Work in Progress for Stitch & Slash Class | Webster Fiber Arts

There are four layers of fabric here, with the top three layers cut away around the stitching. For the design, I just drew some wavy lines on the fabric in pencil and backstitched over them. Here’s a closer look:

Work in Progress for Stitch & Slash Class | Webster Fiber Arts

Most of the stitching demonstrated in the class is done with a sewing machine, but I’m a hand embroidery kind of girl, so I’m going that route.

Next up for this piece is embellishment. I have a bunch of fun flosses and stitches to add to this one.

Until next time,
Annie

On the Hook: Gray Chevron Scarf

Gray Chevron Scarf | Webster Fiber Arts

Hi folks,

This scarf has been in my unfinished pile for a while.

On the Hook: Gray Chevron Scarf | Webster Fiber Arts

I think it is pretty. I like the pattern and color, and yarn is a soft acrylic that feels really nice. It’s those color changes that make me pick this one last when I am grabbing pieces to work on. It isn’t so much that the colors change, it’s that all the ends of those colors need to be sewn into the piece.

You might notice that there are a lot of un-sewn-in ends on this one. It isn’t one of my favorite things to do. I would much rather create actual crochet stitches, so I usually get in a groove and keep making those stitches, and the ends to be sewn in just keep adding up.

I stopped adding new length to this one until I get the existing ends sewn in, thinking I could then adopt the practice of sewing them in as I go. Instead, this scarf just moves to the bottom of the pile as I find new yarns and stitch patterns I want to try. I’m hoping that by posting this piece here, it will serve as another form of motivation.

I really do like this one. If I didn’t, I would just rip it out and use the yarn for something else (This yarn was going to be used for a Fair Isle piece, but I found it to be a tedious process. I may give that another go someday). I need to refine my making process when it comes to pieces with a lot of color changes so it goes more smoothly for me.

Until next time,
Annie

On the Loom: Blue and Gray Cowl

Blue & Gray Cowl | Webster Fiber Arts

Hi folks,

I have a loom knitting piece in progress to share with you today!

On the Loom: Blue and Gray Cowl | Webster Fiber Arts

In my head, this is going to be a kind of funky cowl when it is done. What you see in the photo is just the very beginning. I’m working this from the bottom up. The bottom is knit loosely and is split so it will lay a little better. I’m tightening up the stitch now and joining the piece together. Then I’ll knit on it for a while and split the piece again so the cowl has a sort of fold down collar. That’s the plan anyway—with any luck it will all work out like I am seeing it in my head.

Until next time,
Annie

On the Hook: Don’t Overthink It Scarf

Don't Overthink It Scarf | Webster Fiber Arts

Hi folks,

Oh my goodness, this yarn is fantastic.

On the Hook: Don't Overthink It Scarf | Webster Fiber Arts

Look at those colors! Sometimes you don’t need intricate stitches to make something really lovely. I felt that was the case with this piece that I am calling “Don’t Overthink It.” I’m using simple single crochet stitches for the whole thing, and I love the result!

Until next time,
Annie

On the Hook: A Bulky Colorful Scarf

Bulky Colorful Scarf | Webster Fiber Arts

Hi folks,

Another scarf I’ve started is the vividly colored one pictured below.

On the Hook: A Bulky Colorful Scarf | Webster Fiber Arts

By now you may have figured out that I don’t believe in that whole “finish one project before starting another” thing. I do eventually finish things, or I wouldn’t have anything to put in the shop.

I’m about halfway through this scarf. The yarn is thick and a little shiny, so you can really see the details of those half double crochet stitches. This one will be cozy when it is finished!

Until next time,
Annie

10/13/15 UPDATE: This piece is complete! See the finished scarf in my Etsy shop.

On the Hook: A Holly Jolly Cowl

Holly Jolly Cowl | Webster Fiber Arts

Hi folks,

I’ve started work on a Christmassy piece.

On the Hook: A Holly Jolly Cowl | Webster Fiber Arts

I didn’t head to Jo-Ann to get supplies for a holiday cowl, but that green yarn was on clearance. I thought it was a beautiful color that would be perfect for Christmas (the fact that Jo-Ann has those wonderful cinnamon-scented pinecones all over the place might have helped put me in the mood).

I seem to be in a bobble phase right now, as I am making a lot of them. This bulky yarn really makes those bobbles pop. Tee hee!

Until next time,
Annie