Potholder the First

Ta-daaaaah!

Potholder-y Awesomeness

Every time I finish a crochet project I do a little happy dance, because finishing is never a sure thing when I begin. I'm still a newbie crocheter--I still need patterns that tell me exactly what to do. Do I need to chain 1 at the beginning of a row? Then you need to tell me. Make the first SC in the same stitch as the chain? Yes, I'll need to know that, too. Maybe that's obvious information to a veteran crocheter, but I ain't no veteran hooker--in any sense.

I'm using this pattern, in a mod which I shamelessly copied from Knitterly Things (Rav link.)

The Wool Eater pattern was not the problem, once I figured out what was meant by, "...working from the back around to the front of the stem of the dtr of the previous round, and out at the back..." I used a couple You Tube tutorials I was good to go.

The problem, surprisingly, was finding a good pattern for a crocheted square. I started with this one.

And I started.

Started.

Started.

Re-started.

Gave up.

I'm not sure if the problem was with the pattern (Like, how can you begin with eight stitches, increase eight more stitches in the second round and still have only 12 stitches? That must be a mistake. Or not. I don't know.) On my second try I used this pattern. It worked a lot better (that is to say, it worked!)

Onwards and upwards with the potholders.

I Crochet, Therefore...

Doesn't really work, does it?

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And I wonder the same thing about this pattern.

Oh, please don't misunderstand. Objectively, the pattern WORKS, and it looks quite lovely. I'm using Knitpicks Dishy. It's lots of fun to make, so I might start doing these instead of granny squares when I want to use up some yarn.

It's that I want to use this pattern for the 2013 Potholder Swap, and I'm worried that they'll be too holey to use as a potholder.

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Thoughts? Possibly the cotton will relax into the spaces and fill the holes. I could also make a plain, single-crochet square as the second layer of the piece.

Mystery Subway Knitter of the Week!

Because, why not?

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There she was, sitting on the D train, while yours truly was standing (and thus could not work on the latest project.) Jealous, much?

*Tap* *Tap Tap*

Is this thing on? Wow it IS!!

So, assuming that I'm not talking into the abyss, I'm writing a blog post today. And what has happened since 2010? Well, both not much--life has leveled out in terms of major changes, and a lot. Sven and I completed some major work on our apartment, we've traveled, and we've enjoyed living the big city life. I feel like time zooms by more quickly every month.

The knitting? Yes! I'm knitting. And crocheting, and thinking about our next apartment project, and selecting fabric for that next project, and learning how to be a potter. I took pottery classes when I was in junior high, and I loved it. Why did it take me 20-plus years to remember that and return to it? We'll never know. All I know is that I'm really having a good time on Monday nights.

Of course, there's a learning curve. Remember when you finished that first scarf and you were all, "Look! I made this!" to anyone who so much as turned your way? That's pretty much how I am about any half-centered, bowl-like object I happen to produce. For the most part, people humor me.

In fact, here's one of my latest creations, fresh from the kiln:

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I'm pretty darn proud of my mug. Doesn't quite look like Jennie the Potter, you say? Pottery is hard, yo!

Wow!

Hi! I've been knitting. And you?

What I'm here to tell you about today is this totally awesome folding table. I don't use the word "awesome" a lot (mostly because I think that I used up my lifetime allotment of "awesome"s between the ages of 8 and 18.) Few things really are awesome, but this might be one of them.

I find the majority of folding tables to be of a utilitarian appearance, at best. "Ugly" might be a better way to describe them. This table, however, I could imagine resting it quietly against the wall in my (non existent) craft room. Because I am a New Yorker living in a compact space, I am always looking for clever things to make horizontal surfaces appear and disappear out of thin air. It's there when you need it, and completely gone when you don't.

I'm not going to bother to steal a photo from AKKA. Just go to the website and have a look There's a video, too. Unfortunately, I'm not sure that this table is available in the United States (or Europe). I'm not sure if it's even in production. Maybe by the time I have my craft room, I'll be able to put one of these in it.

Okay, I'm on a knitting deadline for a Spiders' mitten swap. Gotta go!


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