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Archive for April, 2008

Ordering yarn online is tricky business. As often as not I wind up with yarn that is inappropriate for the pattern I had in mind. That’s how I wound up with 8 balls of Peruvian Pure Alpaca Fina from Elann.com. So I was glad to discover that Robyn Chachula of crochetbyfaye–who is quickly becoming one of my favorite crochet designers–had worked up a short sleeve version of her Comfy Cardi (pattern published in Crochet Me) in the very same yarn. Best of all, it’s crocheted mostly in one piece. I started with the back and am working my way through the sleeve.

Comfy Cardi WIP1

I always have a terrible time getting gauge. I think I just crochet more loosely than most people. But I can’t stand to use hooks smaller than 4mm, so I got as close as I could and modified the pattern a bit to account for the looser gauge.

Comfi Cardi WIP2

It has a soft hand but is too prickly for my sensitive skin, so I’ll probably have to layer this over a shirt.  I find this yarn a bit difficult to work with, but the pattern works up quickly.  If this one works out, I’ll try another version with a nice periwinkle Patons Grace from my stash.

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Brea Bag WIP #1

From the pattern from Berroco. The pattern is easy to follow. I’m actually quite happy that I managed to knit something like this! The pattern calls for double stranded alpaca yarn but I opted for a sheeny and sturdy acrylic (Vanna’s Choice). I figure there’s less chance of pilling, and the color choices aren’t bad.

Brea Bag WIP

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Joshua Tree

Desert photography is tricky! The light is so harsh, what little color there is washes out. Here are my best attempts:

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Joshua Tree in Bloom

After a while I realized that black and white works better given the lighting conditions.

Joshua Tree Flowers

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