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 lush yarn contined

Posted By on October 7, 2014

So. I measure out I had made 5.2m of yarn it weighs less than 1g. But here’s a small swatch.

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Does angora felt?

So lush

Posted By on October 7, 2014

I got from eBay that source of evil that shows you a myriad of things you want cheaper than you might have found them some pure angora fibres only 300g mind. Normally 7.50 to 10gbp per 100g. I paid for 300g 6gbp.

So. I’ve spun up a small section not much but a chunk. And plyed it on itself. The pic shows cm so you can see it’s not a big bit but enough to get the feel of it all. Apparently angora is really hard to spin it’s very fine and very short fibres. It wasn’t easy but it wasn’t as hard as I feared.

I will have to knit up a little swatch. It will have to be really little!

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Free knitting or crochet lessons in gloucestershire

Posted By on September 16, 2014

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As of today, I’m finally stopping thinking of doing this and getting going.

I have considered for a long time now, offering lessons in all the crafty things I do well enough to consider teaching someone else.

So. From now, currently free, I am offering

Standard crochet
Tunisian crochet
Basic knitting (throw/english, pick/continental, combined or Portuguese)
Intarsia knitting
Stranded/fairisle knitting
Double knitting

In the future I am hoping to add a lot to this list. Including spinning and custom classes where you tell me what you want to learn.

Know anyone who might be interested in being a guinea pig? Or even want to try yourself? Let me know!

Wildcraft fibre club part 2

Posted By on September 9, 2014

So. You remember the single I made

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Well I plied it up by splitting it over 2 bobbins and I have to say the final hank doesn’t show the lovely graceful slow colour changes I ended up with on the bobbin. Should have taken a photo of that.

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Thus shows the fibre I started with and my hank

Wildcraft fibre club

Posted By on September 7, 2014

You remember the summer sky batch I did. Well this was the fibres from before.

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And while I haven’t plyed it yet due to the Andean plying disasters. Which is what I would like to so with it but won’t S it’s nice. So will have to wind it onto another bobbin to ply it.

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Weaving

Posted By on September 7, 2014

So. I got an as does knitters loom. It’s designed to portable and practical. Well. A little doubt on that.

First thing you do is attach the warp/length wise strings. There are a few way. The “easiest” is the method I tried where you attach the post provided so you can attach a string to the front of your loom and go back and forth. Anyone who is remotely alive should see the design flaw as demonstrated by this picture.

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In case you don’t see the flaw. The post is on one end of a rectangle. The provided clamp the other. As you wind strings around the post despite no intentional tension it pulls the post. Because the post is only attached the other end it’s almost impossible given it has to be clamped sideways for it not to start turning and of course twisting out of its clamp. Leading to it then falling off and tangling the exact opposite of what you need.

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This lead to one thread escaping so hence there is a flaw in my warp threads that can be seen one third in on the picture. Swearing was had. Due to the height of the loom on the stand it gave me incredible backache. So from start to sit down was about 2 hours!

Actually weaving is a fairly simple process. But I will need to work on plans before warping up again or get a friends assistance. So where a the pic of the finished item? Um. It’s not taken off the loom yet. It’s also very dull. Hopefully it’s long enough to be two tea towels. As I made it from cotton. If I’m really in the mood I may make a big cup of tea and take them off the loom this evening.

Yet another go at Andean plying

Posted By on September 7, 2014

So. I had a lovely bobbin of merino.

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It was a lovely single

Once again it spat in my face. It resisted plying and the active twist meant it tangled again. I ended up turning it into Navajo ply but that didn’t go as smoothly as I’d have liked

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I hereby swear Andean plying can go do one. I’m never going to waste my singles on it again

Bobs first long draw full bobbin

Posted By on September 7, 2014

So. This was done with otim fibres. Otim is a treated merino that’s even softer.

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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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