So often during the summer, families get together for reunions or just for backyard grilling. It’s the time of year that creates memories, almost like the holidays do.
Over the Fourth of July weekend I paid a visit to my family’s summer camp in the Adirondacks, a house built by my grandfather on the same land as another house built by my great-grandfather. Both are loaded with memories and treasures from the past and it’s wonderful to see the same memories being created by my daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter in my (now our) house there, a restored one-room schoolhouse.
As a teenager, living in the mountains with no phone, no TV and no radio (WAY before the internet), I had to entertain myself and, while siblings mostly do that by getting on each others nerves, my time was spent knitting at least a couple hours a day. I had my constant teacher, Mom, since knitting kept me sitting still for at least a short time, something no other activity was able to make me do. And, while I have only a couple sweaters left from that time, I do have all the memories of learning Fair Isle so the stitches wouldn’t pull in, cables without a cable needle available (a sharpened stick worked great) and interesting knit-purl stitches that required minimal attention.
I’d like to invite our readers to write to me with your memories of knitting and crocheting, whether you were taught or you were the teacher. I’d love photos, both old and new, to share. It doesn’t matter what yarn you used in the past – all that matters is your story. And next week I’ll share photos of some of the sweaters I made during that time (which, surprisingly, still pretty-much fit).
AND NOW FOR THE PATTERNS
This week, check out the Turnberry crocheted summer jacket, designed by Drew Emborsky. Done in Spa Coral Lipstick, this jacket is an airy complement to any summer look, from work through the weekend. The body of the jacket is in easy double post stitches and a puff stitch makes the granny border motifs anything but granny.
But the Boston baby aran jacket HAS to be my favorite, not so much because of the sweater, but more because of the model, my granddaughter, Hazel (who I prefer calling Hazy). The cable stitch pattern gives this ready-for-fall jacket loads of texture, texture that’s even more enhanced by Country’s unique cabled construction.
Lizzie’s Sunflower Crochet-Along
(To see the finished sunflower and the first steps, scroll down…)
One of my favorite paintings by Van Gogh is his vase of “Sunflowers”. I thought this would be a great inspiration this week as we continue with the Lizzie’s Sunflower. There’s something so playful and energetic about the colors and shapes in these sunflowers.
Last week we created base for the center of the flower. This week we will work to complete the heads of our flowers. In week three we will create the petals. Week four will include the instructions for the stem, leaves and assembling our flowers. I hope you will crochet along with us.
Tips and Comments: Stuff the head as much as you can and roll it around in you hands to shape it. Don’t worry about the openness on the Gilded Age (gold) part, because the petals will cover this area. Red symbols on the diagram are just to make it easier to read and do not represent color changes.
Please scroll down to see last week’s blog for the materials and the beginning of the pattern.
SUNFLOWER (continued from last week)
Note: see crochet chart below
Round 6: Join B by drawing up a loop in the top of the beginning ch of Round 5, ch 3, dc
in each st around; join with sl st in top of beginning ch.
Round 8: Join D by drawing up a loop in the top of the beginning ch of Round 7, ch 1, sc in each st around; join with sl st in first sc.
Round 9: Ch 1, *sc in next 2 sts, sk next st; repeat from * around; join with sl st in first sc—14 sts.
Round 10: Ch 1, sc in next 2 sts, *sk next st, sc in next 2 sts; repeat from * around; join with sl st in first sc—10 sts.
Be sure to visit next week when I’ll be figuring out the pattern for the leaves! THAT should be really fun.
MORE FLOWER FUN
For those of you loving this crochet-along, I thought I’d let you know about my friend, Suzann Thompson’s, book, Crochet Bouquet: Easy Designs for Dozens of Flowers, published by Lark Books and retailed at $14.95.. Suzann is one of the most creative knitters/crocheters I’ve ever met. She does crocheted tapestries, quilted knitting, installations, Bond-knitted upholstery – major stuff!
I asked Suzann to write up something I could use in this blog, just to whet your fancy for crocheted flowers:
“Crochet Bouquet gives patterns for a good mix of realistic and fantasy flowers and leaves that are designed to be used for embellishment. Including the variations given in the instructions, you can make well over 50 different flowers and 15 different leaves.
Project ideas in the book show how to use flowers to decorate a blanket, backpack, greeting cards, jeans, pillows, a hat, and more.
A chapter on Crocheted Flower Basics gives a good overview of yarns and tools, plus ideas for making flower centers with buttons, beads, and other craft supplies. The tips and techniques help you make better-looking flowers and you can use them in your other crochet projects, too.”
Suzann also runs a blog called “Curious and Crafty Readers” (http://www.textilefusion.com/bookblog), where crocheters are encouraged to ask questions and make comments about the book.
You can find lots of Caron yarns in Crochet Bouquet, so check it out.