Belinda’s Craft Gallery

Hi! Welcome to my brand spanking new blog. I’ll be posting about craft projects that I’m currently working on or have completed. Right now my main crafting passion is crochet, but I also knit, draw, and paint ceramics. I’m interested in thousands of other craft techniques so you never know what else I may pick up. Stay tuned!

I am using up my leftover yarn and making 7″ x 9″ squares to donate to the local chapter of the Warm Up America charity. It’s been a couple of years since I last donated and then I gave them a few afghans I had made. I haven’t decided if I’ll make enough squares to make an afghan or just however many squares I complete. I’ll figure that out later I guess.

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This my latest scarf creation. The yarn I used is Caron’s Simply Soft in Off White and Yarn Bee Fetching in Champagne. If you look closely at the second picture you can see the green metallic glitter of the Fetching yarn.

 

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Paradise Infinity Cowl

Here is my first knooking project: Paradise Infinity Cowl. It’s made with 2 skeins of Hobby Lobby’s Yarn Bee Andes Alpaca Yarn in Paradise. The pattern can be found in the Leisure Arts knooking booklet. Knooking and this pattern were very easy to master. The only change I made was not making the scarf/cowl as long as the pattern called for. One thing I would caution watch out for, as with knitting, is dropping stitches. It can be a pain if you don’t notice for many rows and have to frog the piece (yes, I know from experience – in my case about 40 rows)!

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Last week I attempted to knit for the first time since my stroke. While I am able to make the stitches it quickly became apparent that I would have trouble keeping them on the needles. So what’s a girl to do? Try Knooking, of course.

For anyone not familiar with this technique, Knooking is the art of knitting and crocheting combined. You use a crochet hook to knit and purl on and at the tapered end of the hook is a hole into which a cord has been inserted. The cord keeps the stitches. Did any of that make sense? I fear I’ve bungled the explanation but if you want video tutorials then check out Leisurearts.com. Leisure Arts is the maker of the Learn to Knook kit. It comes with three sizes of knook hooks, and three lengths of cord, plus an instruction manual with four patterns.

The project I’m working on is going to be an Infinity Scarf. It is one of the patterns in the instruction manual. I am using Hobby Lobby’s Yarn Bee Andes Alpaca yarn in the Paradise colorway. Gorgeous! I particularly love the teal mixed with the green.

It will probably take me a long while to finish this project, but will definitely be worth it considering this winter’s frigid temperatures!

Have you heard of the boyfriend curse as it pertains to crocheting/knitting? It goes something like this: You spend weeks/months/years diligently working on the perfect crochet/knitted item for your boyfriend only to have that relationship end. So what becomes of your project? If unfinished, do you complete it? Do you give it to the now ex-boyfriend? Do you give it to someone else? Put it up for sale to the highest bidder? Maybe you unravel the project and repurpose the yarn.

In my case, the project in question is a Cleveland Browns afghan. I have to explain where I stand when it comes to sports. I am neither a fan nor a hater. I can take them or leave them. However, I do root for the local teams – the Browns, the Indians, the Cavaliers.

So what am I going to about the afghan now that I no longer have a relationship with the man it was intended for? Well, I could give it to another Browns fan and I do happen to know someone who would like it. The problem is that my enthusiasm for the afghan is longer here, so I will most likely be unraveling it and repurposing the yarn. 

Oh, and in case you were wondering…no, I am not devastated by the loss of this relationship. I believe that some relationships aren’t meant to work out and I have moved on. Would I ever attempt ever again to make a project for a boyfriend? Yes, I would if I think it’s something he will like/enjoy/use. At heart I remain a romantic woman who enjoys making things for other people… I just hope I have better luck with boyfriends. Pray for me! lol

 

Recently a friend asked if I could make him a Cleveland Browns afghan. I said, “Sure!” I asked for input on the design but he just said to surprise him. Hmm, ok…I’ve seen a lot of football afghans on Crochetville and graph ‘ghans seem to be a popular choice. This should be challenging as I have never done one. It doesn’t seem too difficult – the crocheting part anyway. I’ve found the team’s logo that I will be using and have created a graph using the knit pro web app. Very cool, btw! The difficulty comes in when figuring out what hook size  to use and calculating how much yarn, etc. Wish me luck. Go Browns!

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Here it is. My first completed project since my stroke. I started it on January 17th and finished it May 8th. It could have been done sooner except: 1.) It involved sewing squares, which is not difficult but is far from my favorite task, and 2.) I tend to procrastinate when I’m not looking forward to something. Why do a granny square afghan in the first place? For the challenge, of course. And what a challenge! I sewed squares in the wrong sequence, and I didn’t realize until halfway done that I have actually inverted the squares coming up with my on variation. Still, I had to persevere and prove I could do it. Oh, it’s far from perfect. There are still some loose ends that need secured and my joining of the squares is sloppy. But considering I couldn’t physically crochet for over a year this is a real triumph for me!

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