Archive for the ‘crochet’ Category

Granny squares
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My preferred craft when it comes to yarn play is obviously knitting. Recently, I’ve noticed that when it comes to putting off deadlines, like let’s say, the papers that are due at the end of this quarter (ahem, NEXT WEEK!), my procrastination seems to manifest itself in a desire to crochet! I learned to crochet as a kid, way before knitting needles entered my life. As a result of double jointed fingers, I’ve always had a bit of difficulty with crocheting and when I learned to knit, it quickly became my preferred craft over crochet (Sorry, mom).
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Last week, while waiting for The Salvation Army to pick-up our old TV, I sat on the couch and crocheted, once again, using my free time to NOT study. But why crochet? If I’m going to procrastinate shouldn’t I be at least knitting? Perhaps finishing my sister’s overdue birthday scarf? Nope. I wanted to crochet.
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Headbands
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A few quarters ago, it was crochet headbands.
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I can’t quite figure out why I do this, but the thought of it makes me laugh to no end. I even crochet in class, during the breaks! Last week, during the class break I finished making this a flowered headband using the pattern from Creative Yarn:
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Flower Headband
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Crochet is only the beginning of my “I need to do that, instead of this,” procrastination. I also find myself cleaning out the fridge, organizing my craft thing, or cleaning our bedroom – all things which generally don’t bother me if they are a little messy, but suddenly they must be cleaned – NOW!
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Ok, this week for sure I will start writing some papers… maybe.

I spend most of my day thinking about how life could be so much better is everything had a handmade cozy.
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“Gee, look at the lady’s cell phone, it’s all scratched up, she could sure use a cozy for it.”
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A few months ago my co-worker walked in with her iPod and it was all scratched up! I told her she needed a cozy, went home, knit up a quick cabled cozy, and surprised her with it the next day.
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So when I got a new camera, I immediately went and crocheted a cozy for it.
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crochet camera cozy
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crochet camera cozy
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This was basically a scrap yarn project, which was perfect because I can never get rid of the tiniest leftovers from bigger projects such as hats and scarves. I like how the colors all matched up too.
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Now the camera can freely roam around my purse without getting its little butt kicked by my pens, paper, and random useless crap I carry in my purse.

I'm crocheting!
(taken with my fandangled cameraphone, neat eh?)
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Lately, I’ve been crocheting….a lot. This is odd to me because I was never a fan of crochet. My mom taught me how to crochet when I was nine years old and I’ve been doing it on and off since then. I’ve always had problems with it because my fingers are double jointed and tend to get locked when I’ve been crocheting for a long period of time without a break. Usually, when I stop to stretch my hands, you can hear all my fingers crack! So I stopped crocheting for a really long time because of the discomfort.
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Then about six years ago or so, I learned to knit from a neighbor. It has been so fun and much easier for me to do, that it’s all I’ve done since then.
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Two weeks ago, I saw all my crochet hooks and started debating whether to get rid of them or not. I picked one up, started crocheting a headband and haven’t stopped since then. I’m actually thinking of selling them on Etsy since I don’t use them regularly (my head, it’s an odd shape) and I am starting to build a collection of headbands.
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Fear not, this is not the end of my knitting career! Quite honestly, I still prefer that over crochet. This is just a phase.  :)


I just couldn’t finish it. Instead I opted for the Saturday Market Bag from Mag Knits.

This was so much easier on my hands! I attempted to knit this once before, but I couldn’t get the lace stitch right, which I why I thought crocheting somethings might be easier. After frogging the crochet bag, I went back to this one and it was super easy! I don’t even know what I had trouble to begin with. Up next, dishcloths? 

I am currently working on this Market Bag from Lion Brand’s website. My motivation to finish it seems to decrease as the number of stitches in the pattern increases! Did I mention that I have double-jointed fingers? When I crochet my pinky fingers get locked in curly mode. So every few rounds I have to stop and wiggle my fingers. It’s really silly. This is why I prefer to knit over crochet. I know the opinion varies form knitter to crocheter, but for me knitting is just so much easier on my hands and I’m way faster at it. I don’t know what I was thinking when I chose this pattern! But it’s a really cute bag, so hopefully I can finish it in this lifetime. Hopefully