Happy Wednesday! Across many parts of the United States, we are being hit by bad weather towards the end of our winter. Trees had begun blooming, grass growing, and in rolls the storm. Suddenly you are stuck at home, with or without power, wondering what to do with your day off…
As long as I am warm and there is power, I try not to worry too much. Relaxing on my favorite chair with a book or movie and drinking some coffee or cocoa is a great day for me. Some people like to keep busy, though. This may be the perfect time to bring out some crafts or games you’ve been waiting to try.
- If you like to crochet, this fun PDF pattern of an Octopus Scarf looks great!
- If you like knitting, maybe some fingerless gloves!
- If it look like there might be power issues, a candlemaking project might be a good one. Check here for a recipe!
- Some people love to cook, especially a one pot stew or recipe. I’ve found some great ones on Epicurious, or you might open up one of your cookbooks- I have several from family members.
Whether it’s a project or a lazy day, stay warm and safe this week!
Back when I was but a child, I was actually horrible at crocheting, but was able to pick up knitting. While I don’t find the medium as versatile since I’ve become proficient at crocheting, it’s still a great skill to learn if you’re looking to make clothing. I’ve always stood by that knitting is superior for several clothing items, most notably: socks, sweaters, gloves, and dresses. Crochet does alright in these areas, but man, the tubular nature of the weaving really lends it’s self to superior socks. Crochet is just way too thick.
With all that in mind, I’d like to point you in the direction of Instructables user Carleyy. She has free online guides on teaching yourself to crochet, as she also learned entirely from online sources and adds increased awareness of how to translate some terms/actions better others. There are currently 4 Beginner level, and 1 Intermediate level guides/classes available, but you can follow her on Instructables to get updates on her next lesson/guide. 🙂
I’ll confess. While I love working in yarn and how versatile it is, I’ve become spoiled by Toni’s quilt designs and appearance and I just don’t prefer crochet blankets as often any more. A true shame as I can whip them out crazy fast, lol. It more so has to do with the clean finish that fabric provides for pixel designs more than anything. But this week….this week I found someone who actually makes knitted blankets that have that same clean look I like! 😀
Black Mage Blanket by DarkLyghtning
DarkLyghtning is a very skilled Canadian knitter and really, her work just speaks for its self. As you can see in the above image, she makes her blankets in a consistent solid garter stitch that she seams together. Based on my examination of her work, I’d hazard a guess that she makes them in 3 ‘pixels wide’ strips from bottom to top that she then sews into one large final piece. It’s such a great idea that I personaly like the effect of more than make pixel ‘squares’ and then sewing those into one large piece. (Makes note for future projects…)
Ahem, anyway, she doesn’t have much in the way of a gallery yet but I’d say she’s certain one to watch as even her clothing pieces are very innovative and adorable. 😀 Like these super cute sushi mittens.
I can’t wait to see what she makes in the future. ^_^