Trying Wire Crochet

I’ve been playing with wire crochet for a few nights, and I’m not sure how I like it.  I’ve done a few practices with glass beads that I have, and I think they turned out pretty, but I need to practice. 

It’s all basically chain stitch with a Size G crochet hook.  I have some clasps and such that I still have from a previous beading supply purge.  

Here’s what I came up with.

This was the first strand that I practiced with.  I didn’t cut enough wire, so it was just a test strand, I suppose.

Bracelet 1:  I crocheted two different strands with glass beads, wrapped them together, an linked them with jump rings and a toggle clasp.  The jump rings are cheap and do not stay closed.  And it needs a bigger clasp.

Bracelet 2:  I used a thinner type of wire this time.  It’s only one strand with alternating amber glass and green glass beads.

It’s sort of hard to find tutorials on this internet about wire crochet jewelry that aren’t videos.  I’ll probably play with this a little more over the weekend, and will post those results here.  And, perhaps I will have a decision whether I like, or have the patience, for more intricate crochet wire work. 

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Free Form Crochet Pt. 3

Finally, I’m getting around to posting photos of my first free form crochet scarf.  I’m very pleased with the results.

It’s quite airy and lacy.  Not quite my style, but I’ll probably end up keeping.  I’m proud of my new venture into free form crochet.

Free Form Crochet Pt. 2

Can I just say that free form crochet is cool?  It definitely is.

I arrived at the class location at the PA Guild of Craftsmen HQ on Saturday.  I had a range of hooks and three balls of Lion Brand’s Amazing yarn.  I was ready to rock.

The instructor, Amber Kane, is a weaver, artist, and well, a teacher.  She teaches art at an area high school.  It was very kind of her to offer her time and efforts to teach this class.  There were about seven of us who took the class, I believe.

Her style of free form crochet is very interesting.  With some research, a lot of free form crochet is sort of compact, while hers flows, has holes and drapes beautifully.  It’s very appealing and unique.

After some introductions and instructions, we got down to letting our hooks do their magic.  It was a fast and fun four hours.

One thing Amber does with her scarves is felt them.  I love felting, and we both have the same felting yarn go-to:  Paton’s Classic Wool.  It’s works the best, it’s economical, and it comes in fun colors.  Oh, and uglier the multi ombre colorway, the cooler your felting project will be.  Just a note.

I left the class inspired.  I had my DH take me to a craft store that evening so I could get a bigger crochet hook and more of said Paton’s yarn.  I was hooked, pun intended.

I have here a photo of what I did, but if you are interested in more of what a complete project looks like? Check out Amber’s Etsy page.  I will also be posting my completed project here when I get a moment to take a really good photo.  My scarf?  It is very awesome.

Camera Cozy

A friend on Twitter passed this along to me.  The Blue Brick, a Canadian photography and craft blog (squee!) posted a Canon 7D with a bright purple crocheted camera cozy.  I think I need to make this.

As I’ve repeatedly said here, I love it when crafting and photography collide.

As a thank you to the friend who passed this along to me, please check out his wonderful work at Brian Evans Photography.

Crochet, now?

I figured out how to crochet!  Not well, but I was working on a headband that called for a crocheted border, and I did it!  It looks nice. 

A few of you may remember one of my previous attempts at crochet some time ago, and I got pretty frustrated with it.  I currently am working on practicing with dishcloths, as seen below, and am attempting that behemoth of first projects:  a scarf.

I don’t plan on replacing knitting with crocheting.  I just want to learn the basics, and explore more options with knitting patterns that use crochet, too.  I guess I’m expanding my yarn crafting repertoire.  It’s also sort of fun, too. 

Men and Knitting

I asked my DH yesterday if he wanted me to teach him how to knit.  Without a beat, he said, “No.”

Well, at least I offered, right?

Even though he has no interest in knitting, I know there are quite a few guys out there who are, along with crocheting.  I have a male friend who knits, and another one who is trying to learn.  I also have friends whose son has been known to crochet. 

I think men and boys can benefit greatly from knitting.  Men have a need to create, and a need to relax.  Knitting can satisfy both of these needs.  Whatever the reason, knitting doesn’t have to be limited to women. 

Don’ believe me? Check out Mad Man Knitting.  Not only has the writer Gregory Patrick found solace and comfort in knitting, he knits so others can too through his knit teddy bears. 

The Crochet Dude  (Drew Emborsky) has his own line of products!  He also teaches, shows up at fiber conventions, and has had numerous articles in knitting and crochet magazines.  Quite the influential guy.

Even though this article is a few years old, CBS ran a great story about men and boys who knit.  If your guy is interested in knitting, this is a great place to start.

Another old-ish article, how about this soldier who knits? He used his needles to create items of use and comfort for him and his comrades in arms.

Knitting is not just for women and girls.  It’s for men and boys, too.  If you are a guy and have been curious about this craft, I encourage you to take the first step and learn.  It will be well worth it.

Crochet Crash and Burn

So I’ve been working on doing more crochet.  I can do something that resembles a single crochet, and something that resembles a half double crochet.  The problem is, I always seem to combine or lose the number of stitches I have in my chain.  I have no clue what’s going on, and that’s the truth.  Perhaps I need to find someone who can help me more with this.  Anyone have any ideas where to get crochet help?
Still, here are examples of what I have I have come up with, swatch-wise.  The lighter purple is the single crochet, and the darker ones are for the half double crochet.  Perhaps someone could observe from the photos what I am doing wrong?  Just putting this out there.  HELP!