Monday, April 16, 2018

CAL Begins Today

Today starts our CAL.  Please see the previous post for the link to the free pattern.

I am using Aunt Lydia's Classic Crochet Thread size 10 in the color way of Orchid Pink.  It's a very soft pink and it will work up lovely with the roses in this pattern.

I had wanted to use a yellow, but at my local Michael's store, I could only find three balls in the same lot number for Orchid Pink.  If you think they do not need to have matching lot numbers, I'd say check again. We saw three different shades of Maze, and each one was three different lot numbers. So for me, I am gonna stick with getting all the same lot numbers when ever possible.

I am starting on Row 18, that way I only have to increase one block upwards and then decrease towards the end. When I finish, I will attached the thread back to Row 18 and then continue with Row 17 downwards. That saves me from all that increasing. I sort of suck at increasing in filet crochet, so trust me, this is the best thing for me.  But if you are a master at filet and increasing is easy for you (my tension always gets wonky) then start at Row 1.

Also, right now, just today I saw, and it might be today only...Red Heart is having free delivery for everything in the USA.  So if you need to get some crochet thread and want it shipped for free, head on over there today.  I am not sure how long the sale lasts, but I'd jump on it today.

Ok, lets meet back in a few days and share our progress.  I hope to have a photo for you then.

Wishing you all a most lovely day sweet friends.  :)

Friday, April 13, 2018

Crochet A Long

Hello Friends!

Spring has finally arrived in my neck of the woods...83 today.  Of course, we are to be in the 40's next week, but today we are in Spring. Yay.

I am going to host a CAL (crochet a long) on my blog starting Monday April 16, 2018.

Please go here for your free pattern.

That leaves you the entire weekend to get your supplies. This will be a filet crochet design.

Filet is super easy and yet it can produce some of the most beautiful crochet pieces you will ever see (lay your eyes on as they say in the South).

I have several filet crochet pieces going on right now. One is The Last Supper in size 30 thread, another is a runner in size 30 thread, and a Christmas tablecloth that is worked in size 10 thread.

The size of thread and the hook size make or break your project. If you want something airy, then go with a bigger hook and smaller thread, if you want something more dense then go with the hook for the thread size, or even a smaller hook (for those hookers out there who are loose....it's not a moral judgement people, hookers are crocheters, just wanted to clear that up!).  I am of the latter, so I try to go with a smaller hook....of course gauge and I have never been friends, but that is a tale for another day.

I am not sure if I am going to use white or a color for my doily. I sort of want to use a Spring like color, but it has really pretty roses in it and that makes me lean towards purple or even pink. Not sure yet.

This will require that we hit Ye' Ole' Michaels this weekend to explore the many colors available. What was that? Shhhhh. No, I do not a million balls of crochet thread already. Besides, they are only one ball each, I need at least a few balls in the same color.   :)

Also keep in mind if you go down in thread size and hook size, you might not need as much thread. If you hook loosely (again, no judgment here) then you might even want to get an extra ball. I am going to get three balls, because I know I will run out if I do not....have you ever tried to match a dye lot of crochet thread a few months after you are deep into a project and run out? I have, and it's not fun, and truly is impossible where I live. So yes, do get an extra ball just to be sure.

Let's all meet back here on Monday...and remember, this is your project. You can make it in what ever color you want.  That is what is great about being crafty, we truly can make things for our homes that you just can not buy.

Wishing you all a most lovely day sweet friends.  :)