In case you didn't see the video on Facebook, here are my thoughts about the Creative Paper.
So, I've been trying a new product. It's called Creative Paper and it come in 'balls' to crochet with. It's quite tough going on the fingers, but it doesn't take long to get the hang of it.
I made some table mats, two plate sized and four coasters. Although you expected them to be quite stiff being made with paper, they're quite flexible. I do have a little bit left and I'm toying with the idea of trying to knit with it, just to see if it's possible.
In case you didn't see the video on Facebook, here are my thoughts about the Creative Paper.
Here is the summary of what happened in yesterday's Ask Loopy spot. It was quite a varied selection. We started with blocking.
On Instagram I'd shared a photo of the crocheted bodice being blocked. Here is a video to explain why blocking can be an essential part of the process.
Next came a tip for fixing zips. How many of you have had the problem of zips not fastening properly and thought the garment/bag needed replacing. Here is a video I found that shows an easy way to fix them. You might find it useful, so click here to see it.
You may remember the product review I did a couple of weeks ago about the In R Foam. It led to a conversation on Facebook and in emails about whether it was washable or not. The product information I could find, all said it was washable, but no one I'd spoken to had tried it. That meant I had to try it. The results are shown in the video.
The last section was the demonstration of Brioche stitch for Katie. You will find the blog post about the headband made here.
I do hope you've found some of these useful for yourself. All the information will be permanently on the Ask Loopy page for Club Members. Don't forget, if there are any questions or tips you'd like to share for the next session, don't hesitate to contact me.
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Brioche Rib Headband
It always seems to take so much longer to join squares with crochet. You finish the blocks and think you've nearly finished, but then you lay them out and realise they all need joining together.
I normally sew them together, but I'd seen blocks joined with crochet and had liked the look of it. Somehow, it seems much quicker than sewing. The first day of joining saw me getting this far. That's three quarters of the way through and I'm beginning to fall in love with it, just a little.
The second day of joining began and the last two rows were attached, but it's not finished yet. I decided to do a double crochet border all around to neaten everything off. This is the blanket finished, but it needs a wash and then some proper photos will be taken. I can tell you, having it on my lap to do the last border made me realise how lovely it was. It's a weighty blanket, but with a bit more softness than a fully crocheted blanket. It makes a fabulous lap quilt.
It's been a very long time in the making, but I'd be very happy to make another one. This time, I don't think I'll be putting it away for such a long time during the making of it. I can't wait to see it after it's been washed and dried.
Having decided to get the fusion blanket finished, I set to work on it over the weekend. The trouble was, with one and a half blocks to go, I ran out of cotton. It was too late to get to the shop to buy some more, so once again, they had to be put to one side.
I did get to buy some more yarn on the Sunday afternoon and, before the end of the day, all the blocks had been finished with the crochet edging. The next task was to lay them out and begin the task of joining them together. That was definitely a job to do in a quiet house.
As I don't like sitting with idle hands, I had to start something else to keep me busy. There is a new pair of socks on the needles. The lovely Jeanne sent me some sock wool, and this is one of the balls she sent. I'm really enjoying watching the colour changes and seeing how the stripes will appear.
After the little bodice, my sit down crafting time has been spent working on more of the fusion blanket blocks. I'd had quite a few ready prepped with the blanket stitch and I've now got them all crocheted.
You know how it is with long projects, you begin to think if there is a way of cutting it short. I did wonder if there were enough blocks to make a decent throw so I wouldn't have to do any more.
The pile of completed blocks seemed quite impressive, so I laid them all out to see how it would look, and then looked at the remaining blocks I had. Common sense prevailed and I decided to finish them all, after all, what would I have done with the remaining fabric blocks. I did check, there weren't enough to do a decent sized cushion!
However, I couldn't resist having a look to see how they would look joined so I put one row together. It's made me quite excited and motivated to get them finished now. The home straight is almost in sight.
I've been back on the crochet hook finishing the little tutu bodice. It's full of little details which are so adorable in small things. Having great strapping teenage boys, it's sometime nice to concentrate on the more delicate and girly things.
The shoulder straps are adjustable, so I've added the buttons to the inside of the top. The trusty button tin to the rescue again.
The top needed blocking to get the shape correct, but I did enjoy seeing all those lovely pearl buttons in a row. They didn't come from the button tin. I think asking for eleven matching, small pearl buttons was just a little too much.
The bodice has now been sent off, and the tulle will be added to make the skirt. The tulle is attached to hidden loops around the bottom of the bodice. The weight will open up the pattern and I'm sure pictures of a little princess will follow.
If you would like to make your own tutu, the pattern was from here. I'm quite happy to make the bodice for you to add your own tulle, just contact me for details. Much as I fancy making a whole tutu, it's not something I can do at the moment due to the CE certification required. However, I may be doing some little tops from the pattern to wear on their own.
I just love it when, out of the blue, a new project is put before me. It's even more exciting if it's something I haven't done before.
A couple of weeks ago, I got tagged in a post on Facebook about tutu bodices, and I now find myself making one. We're starting small, very small, about three or four years of age small.
The bodice is crocheted, and the tulle is attached to the bodice for the skirt. When I'm finished, I'll show you full pictures with details of the pattern.
To add more interest, the yarn has a silver thread running through it, just enough to add a bit of glitz for the little one. This is the main body, it needs buttons for the fastening. The straps are in progress, can't wait to see what it will look like finished.
Today we are concentrating on the questions that were sent in, either on the page, or via email.
QUESTION 1-I am wanting to practice crochet - Dawn send me a beginners video - but I gave all my wool to charity - can you or any of your ladies recommend the best wool to start with and where to get lovely colours cheap??
Jeanette recommended Deramores for reasonably priced yarn. Another good place to look would be in charity shops, on Freegle/Freecycle. I'd recommend a DK yarn, and you're looking or one that doesn't split easily. I've also found Freecycle/Freegle can also be a good place to go too. You're looking for a yarn that doesn't split easily, and a DK is probably a good ply to start on.
QUESTION 2-I really like to crochet (although i'm not very good) and I started a project to make granny squares for a blanket/throw but I've given up - I cant seem to join the colours very well - are you supposed to know themwhen you swap over - someone once told me just introduce the new colour and carry on, but my squares have gone all sloppy! So if you could help with that, that would be lovely! (I'm using cotton yarn to crochet with which proabbly isn't helping me - my tensions a bit all over the place!)
Maxime- All depends on what sort of square in making - sometimes I change after each round of other times I change for just the last round or two. There's no hard and fast rules - it's personal choice
With regard to tension- I find this tends to come with practice and feeling comfortable with your work. The more you do, the more you relax and the more consistent your tension is. I found that the only way that works for me, is to hold the yarn the same way I would if I was knitting. I'd be interested to hear what you do. Janet winds her yarn round her fingers as if she was knitting too
How to change colour:
Yesterday saw the first of the Ask Loopy sessions held on my Facebook Page. It was the opportunity to ask crafty questions and share hints and tips. Over the coming weeks, I'll be sharing some of these on the blog. As there were a number of videos, these will be spread out. A full summary will be made available to those in the Create with Loopy Membership Club.
First of all, we'll be starting with a tip-this is for those using recycled fabrics. Sometimes there can be some pilling or bobbling on the fabric, and this tip may help. I must say, if it is extreme, then it will be indicative of exceeding wear and would be better avoided.
Another tip came from a regular visitor to my page Carol. This was useful video she found for joining yarn without using a knot. You will find the video here. Carol finds this particularly useful when knitting baby items.
Hope these help, we'll be back with some questions and answers next time.
I've crocheted until the end of the ball of the yarn I got this week, and decided to lay out the completed blocks to see what the finished blanket will be like.
The squares have been laid out, but not in any particular order, I just wanted to have an idea of the size I would get. It's going to be a decent lap sized blanket.
The thread for the blanket stitching arrived this week, so I'm back to hand sewing. I think there are about twenty more blocks to sew. By the time that is done, more yarn should have arrived. It looks like I have another couple of weeks work on this.
I have had a lifelong love of crafts which started with being taught how to knit at a very young age. It didn't take long to realise that great joy and satisfaction came from making things. Even now, I get a thrill seeing something that started just as an idea, becoming a finished product, whether I make it, or teach someone else how to make it.