Tuesday, 26 August 2014

In the round spiral crochet

It took me a while to understand how to know where the crochet spiral round ended and the next row began. So when I made a mistake with my increases/ decreases I wasn't sure where exactly I had gone wrong. It may sound daft, but I kept getting confused and my rounds gradually moved by one or more stitches to the right, as a consequence.

Then I purchased 
   Amigurume by Alison Hoffman 
                 and the light bulb came on and the problems                    disappeared.

She says:
'Insert a stitch marker into the loop on your hook. Each time you come back around to the stitch marker, move it up to the loop on your hook to begin the next round'.

If you have been confused, like me, it means that as you work any increases/decreases; if they don't fit between the positioning this marker and the chain/stitch to the right of it, you must unpick that round and try again. 

The chain/stitch that holds the marker is the first stitch of each round and the chain/stitch to the right of it is the last stitch/chain of the round.

Thank you Alison for your clear, instructions and tips and a wonderful book. I love it!

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Freedom to Fail

Hi all. While I have been silent, lots has been happening, including the funeral of my wonderful father, Stuart. 

During the weeks leading up to this moment I found solace in my knitting and crochet. While complicated projects were put on hold, I managed to knit a couple of Alan Dart  gnomes to take my mind off things, a little.

'Great creativity comes from freedom to fail' Peter Gabriel

I hope you give yourselves freedom to fail...