How Thick is a Piece of Wool?

Answer: How long is it? Although, you’re more likely to receive a definitive answer about its thickness than about its length.

I began my crochet journey with normal, standard, double-knit yarns and 4-5mm crochet hooks. Since then, I’ve played with Chunky yarns, and 6-7mm hooks, and 4-ply sock wool, with 2mm hooks.

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As you can see, I currently have two crochet projects on the go – one in the 4-ply, and one in the Chunky.

My preference, I have decided (and it wasn’t a difficult decision, I’ll be honest), is for the thicker yarns. I find them easier for counting and for hooking through the stitches and for generally crocheting.

Titchy-witchy 4-ply wool and attendant dinky hook – frankly, just too fiddly for words. There’s probably an art to it which I simply haven’t worked out yet. Or you need thinner, more elegant fingers than I have. Especially when it comes to making the limbs of these monsters. I’m a bit further along than this photo suggests, having completed the body of the 4-ply monster, but I’ve been having trouble with the first limb. It’s the 12 stitch tube for the arm. I keep adding extra stitches as I go around. (Fingers crossed I’ve finally worked it out – but it has taken me about half a dozen false starts!)

I don’t have these problems with the thicker yarns. Okay, I probably have the adding in extra stitches one, (but don’t we all?) but it’s much easier to find the extra stitch and head back to remove it.

 

P.S. – I’ve decided that my craft weeks will likely be just the one post, and that I really rather like writing about chocolate, so I’ll probably talk about that more than just for one week a month. Probably Life will become somewhat more chocolatey. This is a good thing, I feel.

 

Monster Projects

The wonderful thing about Edward’s Imaginarium is the vast number of potential projects. Of course, the fact that the most difficult stitch is a double doesn’t hurt.

Currently I have two different monsters on the go. One’s being done in a multi coloured 4 ply sock wool, which actually is at least partly wool, and the other is a much larger acrylic yarn.

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It’s taken me a while to get used to such tiny stitching with the 4 ply wool and 2mm hook. I’m still not sure how much I like it. Normally not much. I prefer the chunkier yarn, especially when I’m counting to 54 for the round…Easier on the eyes as well.

Crocheting Christmas

Crochet is terribly addictive. (I so want to say I’m hooked on it but I can hear the groans from here…)

I started less than a week ago and I’ve been carrying a hook and yarn with me everywhere since.  Admittedly it helps that I’ve been curled up on a sofa sneezing and feeling sorry for myself.  Mostly, I’ve been making granny squares, of a solid pattern suitable for beginners. I think I’ve got that pattern pretty well fixed in my memory now. Patchwork blanket, here we come…

Only, of course, continuously making granny squares is a bit boring, so I found a more festive pattern. A snowflake. Sort of. I think I need to have another look at the pattern and try again.  More of a star really. Might be the yarn, though. Probably not the most suitable for this pattern. Or the hook was the wrong size.

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But otherwise not bad for a first attempt.

 

The Art of Yarn

The other year – was it last year? Maybe the year before. Long enough ago that I can’t now remember when – I intended to learn how to knit and crochet properly. I kept seeing lovely yarn patterns and wishing I could make them.

I therefore collected together sets of crochet hooks and knitting needles and added various balls of yarn to my Stitchery stash, and then failed to learn either. I can just about knit, as long as it’s nothing more complicated than a square, but I completely gave up on the crochet. The diagrams never made any sense.

But recently, a lovely colleague who does crochet gave me a crash-course in basic crochet stitches, and I’m finally using my brightly coloured hooks…

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I’m not following any pattern, just practising the stitches, but I’m quite pleased with how it’s going. If I made it bigger, or perhaps lots of different coloured squares like this one, I think it would make a nice blanket.