Friday, July 21, 2017

Finally Finished My First Brain Hat

It's all the rage at the March for Science and I decided to make one as a gift and then someone else really liked it so I have to make another.

I made the I-Cord using a LC-150 knitting machine but it still took a long time.  I crocheted the i-cord on to give it more elasticity and give.  That took a long time so at the end I just sewed the i-cord on.

I used "cashmere" yarn from alibaba which doesn't feel like cashmere at all but it was cheap, I think $20 for several skeins.   I knitted the head from the crown down because I didn't know how big the recipient's head was and this way I can adjust and test before sewing on all the i-cord.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Yarn Bombing at Unusual Place

I was visiting Krakow's Ghetto Memorial.  The empty chairs represent the Jews killed there.  But someone made something beautiful there by crocheting flowers on all the chairs.  It seems to be jute rope rather than yarn but the effect is still the same.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Sweet Georgia Blog about my Moebius Hat



Here is the link.

Yarn Store in Schwerin Germany

While walking towards Schwerin castle from the train station, saw this sign for a yarn store.  I've seen this done in other stores in Europe but when I worked at a yarn store in the US and yarn bombed the post outside the store, the mall management removed it right away.  Too bad.  It's a great way to advertise because I wouldn't have noticed the off the main street yarn store otherwise.  It actually was  a craft store, not much yarn but worth stopping by.


Friday, March 31, 2017

Making Soft Handles for my crochet hooks

I stopped crocheting because it hurts.  I decided I needed softer handles so I bought some foam pencil holders from the dollar store.   They are too big in diameter though, so I rolled one up, sew it along the length tightly and insert the needle through another one.



This is what it looked like when I finished pulling it through.



Next I inserted my crochet hook.  Viola, large comfy grip.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Daisy Lace Top for Willow Yarns



This is my latest design using Willow's fingering weight yarn.  It's easy just lots of stockinette.  The daisy stitch has elongated dropped stitches and there is short rowing to "straighten" the slanted hem.  

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

TNNA (industry show for yarn store owners and other professionals)

I am a designer/teacher member of the TNNA and this year's show is in my backyard (San Jose).  I attended one in Long Beach a few years back.  It's kind of like Stitches without the crowds.  And since I am not a retailer, I save a lot of money by not buying anything.  I go to meet yarn companies that might want a designer.  I picked up a few sample skeins.