Crochet-Crazy (the blog)...

Here are the crochet ravings of me, the projects I do, and items related to the site. I apologise Im not a great blogger, I have good intentions but get easily side tracked, especially by my crochet hook.

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The long draw day out

Posted By on August 30, 2014

Bob and I set off in paxo the car after a out 15 minutes naming the sat nav as a worthless sack of ….. Because it decided the road I wanted wasn’t in the town I’m assured it’s in. And resisted a postcode entry.

Don’t worry it took me via every blasted roundabout it could. Given it was just short of 100 miles to my destination. The longest gap between roundabouts was 15 miles. Then 9, all the rest were less than 5 I think 3. Yes. There were a plethora of stinking roundabouts.

Finally. Got there. Spent a lovely time with Pam Austin who true to her word taught me to long spin and make it feel like I really knew what I was doing.

I’m so humbled by how well she teaches and makes it all so laid back and easy.

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So. Ideas in hand along with a magazine and booklet she has written explaining what she went through today. For all of us who get home and swear we are doing what we did before but now it’s not working.

The drive home had very few roundabouts. I think 4. Sat nav got really frustrated. But look how good paxo did.

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Bob the wheels first plied bobbin

Posted By on August 29, 2014

Filled two small bobbins and plied to the jumbo for extra room

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He arrived

Posted By on August 20, 2014

My new wheel arrived. He’s perfect. I had considered some names. But I can’t decide on a name.

He comes from Seth Golding. He is hand made. He is indeed a thing of joy.

A box of goodness.

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Unboxed and only a couple of steps took him to ready for action

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So. I grabbed my nearest fibre and had a play.

Lowest ratio. A mid ratio and a high ratio. I think highest is scary I did quickly try it and undid the spin as well it was faster than I expected or rather faster than I moved.

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For size they are about 5″ long.

So. Ideas for names?

Beekeeper quilt 2 first skein done

Posted By on August 19, 2014

So. Unless I didn’t count right I got 15 puffs from 50g of yarn. So with 19 skeins that’s 285 puffs?

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First woollen finals

Posted By on August 19, 2014

Well. I wound it onto two bobbins. Plyed it up.

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Niddynoddy

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Ready to wash

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Washed and drying. Will say one thing woollen dries much faster than worsted

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Andean plying goes wrong again

Posted By on August 17, 2014

So. Took ages winding it off bobbin round my hand but it hates me. Didn’t even get to really plying this time. A bit about 10″ long was all that would escape from the start and then it broke. Luckily I could squeeze my hand out so tomorrow when in less annoyance with it I will have to wind it onto two bobbins and so it that way.

Why does Andean plying hate me so?

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The other beekeeper quilt

Posted By on August 15, 2014

Yes. I’m making two. Mainly because I ordered yarn specifically to make this one and took advantage of some mini hanks, almost samples to make the other. Which I to intended to be smaller. This one I hope will be fairly big

Same pattern slightly finer yarn so smaller needles but oddly these seem to grow quicker.

I should have posted this over the last three days so

Day 1

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Day 2

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Day 3

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I wasn’t expecting so much dark patches but nearly all the hanks have them so it must be weird lighting on the website but it will help hide any marks when in use later

Spinning a woollen yarn

Posted By on August 15, 2014

So. The technique for spinning a woollen yarn is known as long draw. To the rest of the world it’s more like an act of god. Why? Worsted spinning you grab a handful of fluff and like inch it out one treddle at a time. This is short draw. Long draw you basically set your wheel to do as many rotations as you can and treddle like mad and when you have way too much twist you pull your prepared fibre back while letting go if the twist and like voodoo the twist should travel up the releasing fibre and turn into nice looking single. It’s way quicker than short draw but at the same time it loves to bunch and if you have little fibre and twist it will fall apart or too much twist and your single snaps out if spite.

I succeeded in my first woollen spun bobbin.

Here you see my folate and part filled bobbin

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Here’s my full bobbin ready to ply up and see how it really turned out

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Day 5 owlet hexapuffs

Posted By on August 8, 2014

So after a short break due to injuring a muscle in my arm. I completed the last of my current skeins for hexapuffs.

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Finally my box of hexapuffs as it stands

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Day 4. Owlet hexapuffs

Posted By on August 4, 2014

A slightly more fruitful day. 4 more puffs for the collection.

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