Archive for March, 2011
Last night HBO debuted their version of the classic film, Mildred Pierce. Not quite a remake of the original (1945, starring Joan Crawford), director Todd Haynes takes the more in-depth approach into the life of a working mother in the 30’s and the tumultuous relationship with her sociopathically-ungrateful daughter.
Some of you know about Laurie Wheeler’s CLF organization’s Flamie Awards, but, for those of you who don’t, it’s an annual recognition of deserving designers, books, videos – and companies – who contribute to the promotion and support for all things crochet. And Caron’s nominated as the most crochet-friendly company. AND Tulip’s Etimo hooks the best crochet hook. Here’s a link to the nominations where you can also see some of the amazing books, videos, designer projects, etc. and here’s the link to where to vote.
It’s been a while, but I finally found some time to work on another project using the Pocket Knitter. Using Simply Soft Party in Black Sparkle and Snow Sparkle, I made this little purselet. Great for storing a couple of personal items for your evening on the town, holding your cell phone, or even just a great little gift for a little girl!
MOON LAKE PURSELET
YOU WILL NEED:
- Caron International’s Party (99 % Acrylic, 1% Polyester; 3oz/85g, 171yds/156m): Shown in: # 0007 Black Sparkle (A) and #0001 Snow Sparkle (B)
- Pocket Knitter
- One size US H-8 (5.0mm) crochet hook
- 1/8” wide ribbon in white, approx 22” long
- 1” diameter button, or desired size
- Yarn needle
NOTES: This entire project is made working with two strands of yarn, one in each color.
PURSE: Working two strands of yarn, cast on 14 stitches with the Pocket Knitter. Work in St st until piece measures approximately 12 inches. Bind off across.
PURSE STRAP: With crochet hook and A, create ch about 20” long. Turn.
Row 1: Sc in each ch to end. Bind off. Weave ribbon in and out throughout the length of the strap. Tie a knot in each end. Trim ribbon and yarn ends as needed.
FLOWER: With crochet hook and B, ch 5, slip stitch in 1st ch, ch1. Round 1: 6 sc in ring, sl st to 1st sc. Round 2: ch 3, dc in same sp, dc in next sc, sl st in next st, repeat from * around 5 more times. Bind off. Weave in ends.
FINISHING: Fold in half. Using yarn needle and B, stitch sides together. With crochet hook and B, work one row sc around top. Sew Flower on front of purse. Sew button on top of flower. Run strap through alternating stitches oninside of purse all the way around and tie ends. Weave in all ends. Block lightly, if desired.
“Thanks, Gram!” says Hazy, be-decked in the “I miss you, Hazel” care package of a new fuzzy sweater-coat and valentine pendant, both appropriately shown Hazy-styled with forehead stickers. The sweater would be perfect worn with pants, but pants are not in this girly girl’s vocabulary – or wardrobe. Fuzzy is good, sparkly is good, definitely purple and pink are good – no, great! Hazy is 4 but is wearing a size 6-8 (the coat is a size 6) and it fits her perfectly.
Rnd 1: Using A, ch 4, join with a sl st in 1st ch. Sc 6 times in center ring. Joins with a sl st. (6 sts)
Use tails & tapestry needle to sew pieces together (follow photo as a guide). Weave in ends.
Today’s Movie Monday selection was sent to me from my friend Luke over at Buy.Caron.com. It’s not technically a movie but in the way that many music videos are, it’s certainly cinematic in its own right.
You may remember from the contestant-inspired, crocheted Lilly Earrings I posted a pattern for a year ago that we Caron peeps are a sucker for crafty, American Idol-ers. That said, you can imagine my delight of finding out that one of the greatest Idol finalists, singer-songwriter Crystal Bowersox, is a knitter! Check her out, showing her stitching skills in the video for her song, Farmer’s Daughter. Oh, and props to Crystal & the director for figuring out how to use knitting as the common thread (Thanks, I’ll be here all night!) through the video’s storyline. Enjoy!
Happy viewing; happy knitting!