Who knew that one could get tennis elbow from something non-related to tennis!?
Well, I did. Get it, that is.
And it has put me out of commission for many, many loooooong weeks. And because it's a painful condition from repetitive motions of the wrist & arm ---- let's just guess what motion plays heavily into knitting...or even crocheting?
Yup. Repetitive motions of the wrist & arm.
In spite of all of that (and just let me tell you --- going w/o knitting or crocheting for weeks is one of the most painful things e.v.e.r.!) I did manage to finish these lovely socks from here.
Do I love knitting for the beautiful motion of yarn & needles -- or the vibrant, yummy & gorgeous colors that come out once the project is complete?...
It's a definite toss-up.
Oh, lacy things.
(Deep, deep, contented sigh.)
I finally finished tatting this lacy Clover Doily by Jon.
This doily is made up of 3 individual motifs but once tatted together ~ it forms a lacy mosaic that seems so intricate, but is actually oh, so simple.
My obsession with lace has now seeped into socks & knitting.
I just started this Medallion Lace Sock by Andrea Fox.
And this is what I have noticed...
...I am still completely bowled over that socks are magically appearing from my needles. I stare down at the movement and think ~ is this really me doing this?
Because it's so therapeutic.
And so unbelievably beautiful.
Horseshoe Cable Socks. (Pattern can be found here.)
2 of them!
Yes, even I am amazed that both of these are finished.
And what's even better is they are softer than soft.
Yarn is Black Olive by KOLLAGE ~ Sock-A-Licious.
They fit like a glove.
And I'm pretty sure when I put them on, I squealed so loud the neighbors heard.
Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.
Sir Winston Churchill
It seemed no matter what I attempted I was met with failure.
Any type of stitching.
And my enthusiasm died.
But then I picked up this book for the 1,000,000th time and wondered for the 1,000,001th time if I could possibly make something from all of these beautiful patterns...
I kept coming back to the Horseshoe Cable Socks. They were more than yummy and way out league as far as what I could attempt.
Until I tried them.
These are easy.
And so utterly beautiful (and if I have to tip my hat to Tonia who has the greatest technique for knitting these horseshoe cables WITHOUT a cable needle!)
I couldn't believe it! These were flying off of my needles!
No failure. Just complete, satisfying success.
And so now I once again have something in my hands.
And I am once again enthusiastic about sticks and yarn.
My love for crochet started because -- plain & simple -- I wanted to be able to somehow duplicate the delicacy & beauty of a doily.
And I am just head-over-heels, in love with this pattern designer...
I found one of her patterns in this magazine:
This one is ~ Fairest of Them All.
And this pattern truly is!
The crochet thread is Coral
by Aunt Lydia's
hook size 7
I read that Elizabeth Hiddleson began designing crochet thread patterns in the '30's and did this in her 'spare time' while working a full-time job & raising 2 children. She designed over 200 patterns & lived to be 101 years old. (Her birthday would have been this Thursday, January 31.)
Indeed ~ the fairest of them all.
When I was little I made a billion Heart People out of construction paper. Yes. A billion.
They hung all over the house and my scissors could not move fast enough to keep up with how many hearts I wanted to adhere together.
Sadly my construction paper days are over, but not my days of dabbling in yarn.
And if you can make Heart People out of paper ~ well...why can't you make them out of yarn?
This is Miss Lovey.
And she was made out of hearts, of course.
This is my most favorite pattern for a crochet heart -- ever.
After making 2 of my most favorite crochet hearts, I stuffed it and edged it with single crochet in white.
Button eyes, embroidered floss mouth, 2 tiny hearts for a barrette & heart-shaped hands & shoes for Miss Lovey.
It took me awhile to figure out how to make the arms & legs. With paper, I would accordion-fold strips for the arms & legs. So what to do with crochet?
How 'bout corkscrew arms & legs?
It's been awhile since I have done this stitch but I watched this as a great refresher on how to crochet a spiral/corkscrew.
I think she is lovely.
♥ ♥ ♥...
For Valentine's Day.
I wanted something quaint & simple and seeing as how I had these gold rings from a crocheted belt that I was going to make...well, how about putting them to use for this?
A simple single crochet around the edge of the ring.
Round 2 is a super easy scalloped edging of ch 5 into every 4th stitch.
Then onto a heart.
The pattern for this I got from Nicky Epstein's book: crocheting on the edge.
Traced the bottom of a vase & cut out a circle from cardboard and fabric...
...I folded and glued the edges down. Then glued all of this to the crocheted ring.
Adhered the crocheted heart to the front & found a tiny, antique button in my button tin that was just perfect for this.