March (and Feb) 2011 crafting

Bark Sedge Stitch Washcloth

I’m finding it’s rather difficult to get much crafting done with an infant to take care of, and the craft room still looks like a tornado hit it, but I did manage to get a few items done in the past couple of months.

My sister had a birthday at the end of January.  I wasn’t sure what to get her – and I knew I wouldn’t be able to finish my original plan, so I quickly made up a scarf for her. This is supposed to coordinate with the mittens and Peruvian hat I made a couple of years ago.  It only took 3 to 4 years to get her a complete, matching set!

Peruvian scarf

(sorry for the bad photo; I forgot to take a picture so my sister sent one from her phone)

I finally finished up (weaved in ends) for all the dishcloths I worked on last fall.  They were awesome projects to take to all the medical appointments I had while pregnant… especially towards the end when it seemed I had at least two a week!  Just pop a small ball of cotton yarn and a hook in my bag and I had a easy, portable project.  A couple of patterns came from Priscilla Hewitt’s Five Textured Washcloths (patterns #1 and #4).

Priscilla Hewitt's Five Textured Dishcloths #1
Priscilla Hewitt's Five Textured Dishcloths #4
Almond Back Loop Stitch Washcloth

Then there were a couple from Lion Brand.  This one is called Almond Back Loop Stitch washcloth.

The next is Bark Sedge Stitch washcloth; I think this one was my favorite, but it didn’t work well with some of the variegated yarns I had.  This color worked ok.

Bark Sedge Stitch Washcloth

For Christmas, I made several washcloths using the Tunisian Simple Stitch (TSS).  I loved these bright colors and thought they’d be a cute addition to the “spa sets” I made for a couple of my friends.

Tunisian TSS washcloth

I also made makeup remover pads to match.  I really didn’t have a pattern for either one of these.  The washcloth I just made approximately the size of the other patterns I tried.  The pads were basically the same pattern as my Simple Kitchen Scrubbies.

facial scrubbies

What am I going to do with the extras? I have no idea.  My husband thinks they are too rough to use as baby washcloths, but personally I think it all depends on the pattern that was used.

And, lastly I finished a couple of doilies.  This one is called “Pineapple Star Doily”.  Several people worked on this at the same time for a CAL (crochet-a-long) in the ThreadAddicts Yahoo group.  Back in June 2010.  It took me a long time to finish it – and even longer to block it (stretch and pin it).

Pineapple Star Doily

I recently participated in a Birthstone doily swap, and sent this one off to a woman out east.  The birthstone for March is aquamarine, but we could also use turquoise for our colors. In return, I received a doily from PandaMan:

doily received from PandaMan

The other doily I finished is called TRISH in tribute to Patricia Kristofferson.  She has designed some wonderful doilies – that I haven’t been brave enough to attempt yet.  This pattern was designed by James Davis (PandaMan) in her honor and looks very similar to her style.  I love the look of this doily!

PandaCrochet - TRISH Doily

And what does April hold?  Well, I’ve decided I’m going to skip making cards for friends and family this year.  I have a few made up that I can use for some special occasions.  I’ll be lucky if I get the crafting area set up in time before I run out of sympathy cards (they’re going fast!)

Doilies are quickly becoming my favorite project, so I have already started another one.  It’s the first time I’ve worked with symbol crochet, and in a lot of ways I prefer it to written directions (at least for doilies).  If I find time, I should really finish a couple of projects I started months (years?) ago – along with an adjustment to a shawl I made for an aunt.  But we’ll see how it goes…

What are you working on?

Leave a Reply