I never got caught up from missing last weekend, and then I got sick this weekend. So it looks like I’m about four days down on the month. I got the last of the red done on this stocking and started the cuff today. I really should be able to finish this thing up tomorrow.
Category Archives: 30 Days of Blog – 2015
I did it again on this one. I had problems in the heel area that slowed me down. This time the problem was because I skipped a stitch on the last row before starting the heel. I didn’t notice until I’d finished the heel and started back on the last row. So I had to rip the heel out and go back and fix my work.
I’m finally back on the Christmas stockings. I seem to have gotten past the learning curve on the pattern relatively well as I got through almost the whole foot on lunch today. I expected once I finished the first, that the subsequent stockings would go much faster. It is also going faster since I’m making this stocking in a solid color rather than changing colors every other row.
It’s like a carry on bag, with casters and a telescoping handle in the back, which is very handy. It has grommets on the front to pull yarn though so you don’t have to open it when working. There are three clear plastic pouches to go with these on the inside to hold yarn skeins. There is a zipper pocket on the front with several storage options and compartments in side. There are pockets on the outside on both sides where I can easily slide in patterns and other things. And the biggest thing for me is there is a nice large interior space, particularly helpful for when I am working on projects with large skeins of yarn (like the Caron one-pounders I am using for the stocking project right now) or when I am working on an afghan and it starts to get too large to carry around in my regular tote. It will also be helpful for taking multiple projects with me on trips. That was probably the biggest reason I got it.
But there are several things that I really disappointed in. The top only zips closed on the two sides. The front just kind of hangs over. There are three zipper compartments on the inside walls, but when you open them up they’re just directly exposed to the cardboard supports for the case. The aren’t really meant to be separate storage. Inside the front storage pocket, there are slots for crochet hook storage. I don’t know about other crocheters, but this is really unnecessary for me because I just keep all of my hooks together in a soft zipper Boye hook case. I would have liked this space to be used for another storage option.
Finally, the biggest frustration for me is that there really is not another way to carry the tote, especially one-handed, than the telescoping handle for rolling it. There are straps on each side which really require using two hands, and are only useful for picking the case up from the floor to put up on the counter, bed, etc, not for carrying it. This makes it very awkward when you are rolling the case along and come to a set of stairs. Right now, I’m just picking it up by the extended handle and awkwardly carrying it up or down the stairs. When the handle is retracted, there is not room to get your hand between it and the case to carry it that way. So, I am currently in the process of crocheting a shoulder strap that utilizes the handles on each side.
I was going to post my update in finishing the first stocking today. But this just happened…
I am both irritated and excited right now. This spring, I found a pattern for a top I really liked in my Herrschners catalog. Unfortunately, the pattern only comes in a kit with yellow Caron yarn. There is no choice of the color, which would of course just make too much sense. I even emailed their customer service department to see if I could order the pattern without the yarn and that’s not an option either.
The thing is, yellow is not my color. It just does not work with my complexion. Besides that, I didn’t want it in yellow. I was considering going ahead and ordering the kit anyway and just saving the yarn for another project-I actually had one in mind. But today, whilst wasting time on Pinterest looking for other tops, I came across this exact same pattern for free! It turns out that Yarnspirations actually has the pattern available for free on their website. (Don’t worry, it’s not pirated. Caron is part of Yarnspirations.)
So not only is Herrschners selling an otherwise free pattern and only offering it in one color, they’re basically selling the yarn for more than its list price because they’ve inflated it to include the pattern. (The pattern that’s actually free. Do I keep repeating that?) You can buy enough yarn on the Yarnspirations website to make a large top for $17.16 versus $19.99 from the Herrschners catalog, (plus the free pattern of course).
It also makes me wonder how many other patterns they sell that are available for free. I will certainly be doing a search before I ever buy a pattern from them again. Plus, I know they’re goal is to make money, but when it was obvious that I didn’t want the kit since it only came in yellow, the customer service rep should have told me, “Hey, if you only want the pattern, it is available on Yarnspiration’s website for free. Here’s the link…” And if that customer service rep did not know this little tidbit, well, they should have (meaning Herrschners should have made sure they did know.) I’m actually thinking about replying to the last email they sent with this information and see what they say…
So, if you want the (FREE) pattern for this cute little top, click on the picture. I’m excited to have it printed off and I know the exact yarn in my stash that I will be making it with! Now I just have to figure out where to fit it in. I want to do it sooner than later because I want to wear it this summer. But I have so much planned!
I’m getting very close on this one. I should have it done tomorrow. I think the cuff will go down to the bottom of the first red stripe.
I haven’t yet decided if I want to embroider the names as I go, or wait and do them all at the end. I’m thinking about waiting though just in case I change my mind on whose stocking is whose.
Finally Getting Somewhere
I have 14 more rows done. I have two more rows of red to do, and then I’ll do several rows of single crochet for the cuff where the name will go. I knew the embellishments were not included in this pattern, but I was disappointed to realize that the cuff wasn’t even included. In any case, I will figure it out. I should finish this by the end of the week and I am trying to decide whose I will make next.
I am really getting off track with the Christmas stockings this week. We stopped by the thrift store and I picked up this pretty top. But I didn’t get it to wear. I got it for the satin ribbon yarn. It’s very pretty, heavy, and has great drape.
I spent just an hour unraveling it and winding it into four hanks for a total of 322 yards of nice ribbon yarn.
I washed it and it relaxed very nicely without having to weight it at all, and now it is hanging to dry. I will post these for sale on Etsy once the hanks are dry.