Thursday, August 19, 2010
Crazy for Crochet
I thought it would be similar to Lopi, so I went on Ravelry to get some ideas of projects, I was thinking about some sort of felted items.
During my survey I noticed a mat that was crocheted with single crochet, and decided to try that. However, instead of starting a rug 3 feet wide, I decided to do a thinner strip. Once I started, I just kept going! I am using 2 strands held together with a size 5-1/2 mm crochet hook. It is making a quite a dense product, and I have decided not to felt it. I intend to make 3 strips, about 1 meter long and then whip stitch them together. I might possibly do some sort of edging around the whole thing at that point.
Of course, then I was quite excited about how the shading was looking, and thought it would be cool to see it felted. So I decided to make a felted "bowl". I had seen photos some place of a container made out of felted wool, although I think it had been knitted. But I was really liking the shading with crochet, so I decided to continue with that.
Oh, the reason for the was the shading is, is that I am using up all sorts of short ends of threads in all sorts of colors. Instead of tying a knot each time i add a new thread, I just twist the end together with the end of the previous thread to "splice" it together, and it seems to work beautifully! I figure the other thread provides stability.
I put it in the washer with a few towels, but not really hot water, to lightly felt it to start with. If I want it stiffer, I can always throw it in again with hotter water.
Now, I have it draped over a pan that I use for canning (I have done this in the past!) so that it dries in a nice cylindrical shape with a flat bottom.
This evening I crocheted another! one, but made the sides only about 4 inches tall. I think I will felt it tomorrow. I will try to take some photos to show you then!
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