this pattern in Love of Crochet magazine and had to make it for my grand daughter. I just couldn't stop thinking about it, so I knew I had to make it! But, I wanted to make it in blue, which I did. I'm calling it "Emma's Winter Wonderland Cape and Hat." I'm really happy with how it turned out.
We are blessed to be able to have Emma spend the afternoon and night with us every Wednesday and a couple of Sundays a month. She really loves coming up here because she gets to run and play a lot outside. She gets to play outside at her house too, but its not the same as being out in the country of course. She's only 26 months, but she knows what she wants to do!
Now that the holidays are over, I'm hoping that things will settle down a bit. I've been going to some Common Core Training at work, so that is taking some extra time. I spent 3 hours in my classroom today making lesson plans for a substitute when I could have been home doing something else! Oh well.
Emma stayed with us today, so while she took a nap I was able to trace one of my patterns for the swap. I will be making the Silhouettes Patterns twinset out of a gray knit. i got the pattern traced and tissue cut, but didn't get to fabric yet. I better get on the stick and make some clothes, because I'm finding that I don't have too many things to wear for colder weather. Thinking about making them does not get them made!!
The nice thing about knitting and crochet is that I can sit in the living room with my husband and do it while he is there. When I'm sewing, I'm kind of off in my own world (physically and mentally!) I'm much better at crocheting than knitting. I love the look of knits, but my problem is that I don't know how to fix my mistakes when I make them. I find this pretty easy in crochet, but next to impossible in knitting. Probably the issue is the fact that I choose things to make that are considerably above my skill set! I think I may sign up to take the "MY First Sweater" class at Craftsy. I do know the basics, but I have never knitted anything more than scarves, hats, and mittens. I've attempted a few shawls, but have torn every single one of them out since I usually find mistakes several rows back and have no idea how to fix them. If it's a simple knit or purl stitch, I can usually fix that, but sometimes I can't figure out what the mistake is. Either I've twisted a stitch, messed up a YO or some other dumb thing. I probably need to start with something more simple, so the Craftsy class might be the answer.
There are only 2 disadvantages of crocheting over knitting. First and foremost is the fact that it really bothers the arthritis in my thumb. Knitting does not. The other thing is the fact that crochet projects usually take much more yarn than knitted projects, and I have a taste for expensive yarn.
Well, sewing doesn't bother my hands at all (well, hardly at all) so thats what I should be doing! I'm ready to get started on the gray twinset, so I will post progress. I have a great brocade type fabric that I want to make a skirt with. It's not part of my swap, but it will go with the gray set. I've had this fabric earmarked for a pencil skirt for years, and yet there it sits. How long does it really take to make a skirt anyway? I should have made a dozen.