Getting the tension right

I sometimes have issues with tension when I embark on a knitting or crochet project.  I don’t mean nervous tension I mean the tension of the stitches.  I usually do a tension square but with this particular pattern it stated the tension over so many pattern repeats so I thought I would just use the hook stated in the pattern and hope that it gave the required tension.  Well I was sadly mistaken.You can see how loose and sloppy this is so the hook ( size 3.00) was obviously not producing the required tension.  I went out and bought a 1.75 crochet hook and gave that a try.

The difference is obvious.

My second attempt proved to be correct so I am now on my way to creating a jacket from Patons leaflet 0004 using 2 ply cotton.

 

 

The most interesting little shop in Lakes

Stitches ‘N’ Things

I have no photo of the shop but it is only a tiny shop in the main street of Lakes Entrance.

Recently I made a return visit to this wonderful shop.  It is a treasure trove of all things you need for knitting, crochet and sewing, but not dressmaking patterns or dress fabric.  There is so much to see in this small shop.  It is crammed full of all you could possibly need.

The shop is run by Karen and she is a mine of information on all matters relating to the above mentioned hobbies.  I have asked her for assistance on several occasions and she willingly provides the answers.

I was visiting because I needed to purchase some wool for a project I am about to begin in readiness for winter.

I am using an old pattern I had and my stash doesn’t have enough of one colour to enable me to make this cardigan so I had to purchase some.

While I was there I saw the most beautiful crocheted baby’s jacket made out of cotton and even though I have no baby to knit for at the moment I know there are a couple of acquaintances that are expecting so I also bought the pattern for the jacket and the cotton to go with it.  I get trapped every time I go into this shop.

The pattern calls for merino and silk but the sample in the shop was made with this particular cotton and it looked magnificent.  It was in pink shades but I have chosen more sea/type colours.

Check out Karen’s website if you live in Australia she may be able to supply you with the things you need or things you didn’t know you needed.

 

Remember the denim chair?

denim chairSince finishing the chair I was left with a large pile of cut up jeans.  I was not sure what to do with the left overs so I went online to Pinterest and typed in recycled denim.  Wow! what a wealth of ideas that gave me.

I quite liked several of the ideas :

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I decided that I would just crochet a rug.  My younger daughter wanted me to keep the pockets for her as she is planning an advent calendar using  a pocket for each day.  I think I have sixteen pockets so far and no doubt there will be more.

My first task was to cut up the denim in 1 inch strips.

denim stripsI will do this when the mood takes me so this project, like the chair, might take me quite some time.

The strips then have to be sewn together.

strips sewn togetherThe long strip then gets rolled into the resemblance of a ball.

denim strip ballThe pictures are a bit washed out so the denim doesn’t look very blue.

You then create a chain of the desired length.

denim chainIt is then just a case of crocheting single crochet until you have the rug length you desire.

Here you can see the size of the crochet hook.

denim crochetI have six rows so far.

five rowsIt looks a bit frayed but the whole idea is that it is a rag rug.  It is very sturdy.  This project may take a while. I think it will look fine when it is finished.  Ideal for in the shed!