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Monday, October 10, 2011

Mushroom Day

You can't just live on crocheting alone.  Maisie does do other things.  I do like going out in the woods.  I like looking at mushrooms.  No, I don't eat the mushrooms I find.  But they are pretty amazing to find and see.  Here are some that I found walking through a pine forest. 


These are the most common ones you come across in that area.  They are very small, but deep red.


 The shelf fungus grows as large as dinner plates.

This coral mushroom is amazing to see in person.  I've seen pink ones, too, of the same kind.  They look like they belong in the ocean, not in a pine forest.




 Some jack o'lantern mushrooms.  They are good looking, nice shape.  The dots are bumps that stick out of the caps.


Very inspiring natural shapes.  Gets me 
feeling creative when I go mushroom-looking.


Monday, September 26, 2011

Maisie Made Armwarmers

I wanted to make a pattern with snug fitting fingerless gloves and set off on my own to make a pattern that satisfied my needs.  I wanted a consistent size and easy-to-remember stitch count.  I wanted both gloves to be identical, and I didn't want complicated shaping to make one larger or smaller than the other.  I wanted it to look good in worsted yarn, since that is what I can easily get, and is the most common yarn that I use.  I chose the rib stitch for this reason, it looks fantastic, and I am pleased with how they came out.  The arm warmers with thumbs tend to fit better than ones with a hole as a thumb gusset.  A beginner can do this.
I like patterns that are so simple, that anyone could have thought of them.  Anyone who crochets not only can do this, but will be delighted at how easy it is to do.  Therefore, please feel free to use this pattern to make your own Arm Warmers.  You can make them for any purpose you like, and if you are ambitious, feel free to sell them.  I did come up with this pattern on my own.  Feel free to improvise.

Rows 2-11 (palm), 17-21 (thumb), and 25-34 (back of hand), respectively can be changed depending on the size of the person for whom you are crocheting.  I have small hands.  The shaping of the thumb requires you to know the right and wrong side of the piece, so keep track of this for yourself if you increase your rows for larger sized Arm Warmers.

Gauge is 15 sts. and 16 rows = 4 x 4 inches
Impeccable worsted weight acrylic yarn, size G crochet hook
Ch. 51

Row 1:  Sc in back loop of second ch from hook and in each st across, ch 1 turn (50 sc)

Row 2-11:  Repeat row 1 ten times, end on right side for row 12


Row 12:  Sc in back loop of first 12 sts, ch 1, turn, leaving remaining sts unworked

Row 13:  Sc in back loop of previous 12, ch 1 turn



Row 14:  Sc in back of loop of next 10 sts., 2 sc in next sc, sc 2 tog using next st and st 3 rows below, sc in back to end of row (50 sc)

Row 15:  Begin working thumb by sc in back loop of next 44 sts, ch 7, turn
Row 16:  Beginning in ch just made, sc in back loop of second ch from hook and in each of next sts, ch 1 turn (50 sc)



Row 17-21:  Sc in back loop (49 sc), ch 1 turn

Row 22:  Sc in back loop of next 44 sts.  Ch 7, leaving other sts of thumb left unworked

Row 23:  Sc in back loop of second ch from hook and in each of next 18 sts, ch 1 turn.
Row 24:  Sc in back loop of next 10 sts, 2 sc in next, sc2tog using next and st 3 rows below, sc in each of next 37 sts, ch 1 turn.

Row 25-34:  Sc in back loop of each st across, ch 1 turn.  On last row, fasten off leaving long tail.
 Looks like a blunder, but when you are done it looks like so:
Fold piece in half with crease at thumb, right sides facing.  Use tail to sew or crochet a seam from cuff to pinky, going through two sides.  I slip stitch mine using the first row and the back of the loop of the other, so that the seam appears like other rows with a ridge.  Using a different piece of yarn, sew or crochet a seam for the thumb gusset from knuckle of index finger to inner thumb.  Make sure there is enough room for the thumb in this seam. Turn glove inside out to hide the seam if you are slip stitching.
 Ta Da!  And now make another for the other hand.
 Embellish as you desire, lace edges or tack a flower on.  Enjoy! :)