No matter how I try to pace myself with magazine projects, they always seem to run right up to the deadline. This is partly due to poor organisation, partly to perfectionist tendencies that keep me fussing around with technique when I ought to be crocheting full steam ahead, and partly to the fact that no matter how perfect I think a pattern is, there's always a flaw that needs to be fixed, or an improvement to be made. So I end up with one eye on the calendar and one eye on the hook, neglecting husband and housework and crocheting like crazy while the pressure mounts and the deadline creeps nearer and nearer.
It's at times like these that a little boost is needed. And what better boost could there be than a magazine cover featuring something I made?
|Interweave Crochet Accessories 2016|
Seeing the cover of Interweave Crochet Accessories 2016 put a new spring into my crochet step (nothing like a good mixed metaphor), and gave me the oomph I needed to persevere with the latest batch of projects.
Four of the patterns in this issue are mine (a new record for me!), including the two on the cover.
|Knotty Waves Hat, Knotty Mitts, Graphic Lace Cowl, Both Sides Now Scarf|
The Knotty Waves Hat and Mitts were squeezed from a single skein of worsted-weight yarn (that little coil in the photo is all that was left). Hdcs worked in the back bar give softness and texture to the crochet fabric, with Forward Loop Bobbles providing the "knots" of the patterns' names. The Graphic Lace Cowl contrasts a circle-and-stripe center panel with lace-pattern sides, while the Both Sides Now Scarf combines two of my own unvented stitches with back-loop slip stitch for a project that looks great on either side.
It's always a surprise to see my own work on a magazine cover ... and very humbling too, considering the many wonderful projects that might have been chosen instead. Do check out Interweave Crochet Accessories 2016 ... it's chock-full of amazing patterns for hats, mittens, scarves, cowls, and more, with plenty of interesting techniques to explore (by and for crochet geeks like me), and gift ideas galore.
Click here for a quick peek at all the projects on the Accessories 2016 Ravelry page.
Jennifer at Thistlebear is hosting a Winter Link Party, and it's time for the November project update. Between magazine commissions, I've been slowly working on a small project of my own: a crochet top with colourwork center panel.
Progress so far: the stripes I had in mind for the center panel have been tentatively replaced by eight-sided motifs, which I hope will give a sort of flowery-tile, mosaic look.
Same idea, slightly enlarged and with revised center portion:
Each eight-sided motif will feature a little brown flower shape against different background colours, all worked in the luscious tints of Planet Penny Cotton Club Ice Cream Colour yarn.
The difficult part, for me, is deciding on specific colour combinations and block placement. Here's one way I test out placement ideas without having to crochet a lot of motifs, using a drawing program:
What do you think? Should I make it mosaic/quilty, like the idea in the center, or something that shades from colour to colour, like the on on the left? I'm leaning towards a shaded placement myself.
Oh, and I now have a name for my project, inspired by the little brown flowers of the motif. Would you like to hear it? (Of course you would.) Here it is:
"Chocolate Goes with Everything."
'Nuff said. :)
Click here to see all the Thistlebear Winter Project Party links.
How are you?
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