This Week

This week has been slow as I had a procedure done at the hospital that forced me to sit around for the past week. It wasn’t a big deal but it has slowed me down. I am not getting out and about. The weather was a unusual 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit  in what is usually the warmest time of year. Today the weather will achieve it usual goal. It should reach about 100 degrees +. So, even if I feel better it is still not enough to go outside  and deal with the heat.

I did finish this blanket and I can’t wait to get the pattern written and in the shops. Here are a few sneak peaks. If you are my friend on Instagram or facebook you have probably already seen little photos of this blanket.

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It is lovely and warm. The crocheted fabric is not holey and it is larger than I normally crochet. I thought I would never finish it.

I am feeling more like myself and I am hoping to finish another WIP or work in progress this week. I received a wonderful yarn order in the mail last week while finishing up this one and I think that I have an idea on how to use it!
Talk to you later,

Karen

Ridged Baby Ripple

I finished this blanket up quite some time ago. I hated to show it off until I had written the pattern. Here it is: a wonderful soft cottony baby blanket.

IMG_5252 IMG_4023 IMG_4025You can find the pattern on etsy, craftsy and the blanket for sale on Etsy as well.

I’m off to be a little more super productive! See you later,

Karen

 

Monet at the Philbrook

We took some time this week to go to the Monet exhibit at the Philbrook art museum in Tulsa.

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It is a lovely museum with lovely grounds and gardens. It was a bit too warm to wander around the grounds on this visit. We  did get to see the Monet exhibit.

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We were not allowed to take photos in the exhibit so the only photo I have of any Monet work is this one from the front entrance. His artwork is lovely and I really enjoyed how he worked with light. We also saw some Native American Pottery.

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The pots on the bottom are easily 3-4 feet tall.

I hope that if you live in the are you will take the opportunity and go see the beautiful paintings by Monet. FYI kids 17 and under are free!

Talk to you later,

Karen

Tutorial: Crocheting lace to a Polo shirt

I had some polo shirts that I loved wearing. Polo shirts are knit shirts like a tennis or golf shirt with vents on the side seams and a knit collar. Almost as comfortable as t-shirts they are a summer wardrobe staple for me.  I wore them every week but then they shrank in the length. They became uncomfortably short. They were too short to tuck in and too short to wear outside my jeans. While I was out on a date with hubs last night, I had a brilliant idea. What about adding crochet trim to the the bottom of the shirts. If it is crocheted in place and not sewn on then it would look as though it was always there. The shirts were headed to Goodwill since they were too short, what would it cost me to try? So I whipped out my ruler and made 1/4 inch dots with a pencil along the hem on the wrong side of the shirt.

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I then tried several different methods of putting a blanket stitch along the bottom of the shirt. The preferred method (for me) was to use the smallest double pointed steel knitting needle to poke a hole from the wrong side to the right side. You could also use a dull needle point needle. Then I crocheted along the bottom edge of the shirt. I ended up only chaining twice between each stitch because three chains made it scalloped, like this.

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When I reached the end of the shirt at the side seam. I chained twice and turned. This row was simply two single crochets in each blanket stitch. The third row was double crochet in the top of each single crochet. Chain four and turn.

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In the photo above you can see the starting row of blanket stitch, the row of single crochet and then the third row of double crochet.

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4th row.

Double crochet in the third double crochet from the edge. (You are skipping one double crochet across). Then chain 1, double crochet in the second double crochet across. It creates a grid across the bottom of the shirt. You will repeat this row 2 more times. On the last row chain four and turn.

So you will have three rows of the grid and then the edging. I really didn’t want a frilly edging so I opted for a light scalloped picot border.

The fifth row sets the foundation for the scallops and picots.

5th row

skip one double crochet and single crochet to the next double all the way across.

6th row single crochet 2 times into the first scallop foundation. Singel crochet again and chain three, single crochet to the same place and then sc 1 more time. There should be six single crochets. The two stitches in the middle will have the picot added to the top. It should look like this.

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Weave in all of your ends and you should have successfully added about two inches to the bottom of your polo top. Then repeat this to the front hem of your shirt. Wash the whole thing and hang it to dry. You can shape the crochet lace while it dries and it should reduce ironing. I wouldn’t put it in the dryer as the lace might shrink. Here is mine drying. It will still need a light ironing.

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Yay, I am so  happy. I can’t wait to wear it. I have two more polo shirts to fix.I’m off to watch some more netflix and off to fix my knit shirts.

talk to you later,

Karen