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.

April 2015
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Took the plung, drove myself nuts… Now what?

Posted By on April 3, 2015

Ok, ive been reading many places and everyone who knew i had an asnford limited edition elizabeth still in its box has been saying oh its glorious, it will be everything you want.

So, i woke this morning, although a public holiday, day 1 of my days off work out of 10 and thought. Ok, i can do this.

Well, about two hours later, i needed to phone a friend. The split pin you put in to work with the tension knob wasnt right, the knob wouldnt turn and i was blowed if i could find my plyers to remove it

So, waiting for my ex husband to show to aid in its extraction, i continued the placing together, recognising that the mother of all is quite removable, i thought id do this step, so it was ready to fix on once the tension knob was sorted..

It was then to my horror i realised im a fecking moron.

Unlike the traditionals, this has a round mother of all, not flat, so clearly goes one way… Yeah the other bloody way. I had put both the legs, and ergo the treddle and wheel on… The wrong way round.

Now, the legs are held on with three screws that shouldnt be hard to fix… Got them off, tried to remove the wheel support uprights. Only held on with a bolt a piece.. Removed that… Did the wheel lift? Did it my arse..

So, now i had the stuck split pin which meant the tension knob wouldnt move, and then noticed a line that had escaped me about a metal thing going in a hole which also probably made the the thing work if the knob would turn, and still struggling and not getting that split pin out, and, now, not being able to get the wheel to lift off….

I was distinctly un calm by this point, my signed special wheel was not going to work if these things couldnt be fixed.

If you heard me swear at this point. Im sorry. I was not quiet or lady like it in any remote sense or looseness of the terms. 

Thankfully ex hubby arrived. We spent an hour or so wiggling the uprights and pin until both finally came free and we could sort the thing out. 

By about 2pm, the wheel was for the most part finished. 

So, tied the double drive drive band on. Put the biggest whorl on, a bobbin, tied it as tight as we could, it flopped like a fish, many efforts to tighten it later, it was just about tight enough.. Just. 

So, the wheel came with some fibre. Three colours, took the first out, on the big whorl, it wasnt exactly pulling the single on much, in fact, barely.. I felt a huge twang of disappointment. It seems so many rave about double drive, about how its best with fine spinning.. Yeah well this wasnt even working with normal slow spinning. Ok, lets try the smallest whorl… Nothing mentions the like 10 mins it takes to crank that tension knob to move the mother of all from one extreme to the other, nor does it say unless you have 1 atom thin fingers, the orifice hook will be in the way. Anyway, finally, start spinning, now the things actively pulling yarn off the bobbin and giving me it back. 

I cant help but feel this is because the hooks on the flyer are on the left.. Its probably rot. But thats just how it felt.

Upset and highly frustrated, i went out for a few hours.

On my return i think screw it all, i will go single drive with scotch tension, thats never let me down. And other than its still hard to get enough tension in the drive band with the recommended knot, which i ditched and went for good old reif knot, finally, now we’re talking. 


And as a challenge, i got the smallest whorl and tried to spin, my finest thread yet.


Or scale, thats a uk penny, which is marginally over 1cm in diameter.

Ok, so what in heck do you do with something that fine?

First gift socks completed 

Posted By on March 14, 2015

so. I finished the first pair of socks not for me. I hope the fit well and are liked. ?


Yet more socks

Posted By on March 10, 2015

so. Someone kindly said how nice and warm my socks looked so, I ordered some yarn and started this evening. Here we see foot and heel turned. Only a bit of leg and cuff to go on first sock


More socks

Posted By on March 10, 2015

So. Having finished the socks Saturday night. I started these Sunday am and did the cuff pretty much on the last one after work today. 



Posted By on March 7, 2015

one pair of me made socks. Done in drops big fable. Which is nice cos it’s designed for socks but bulkier around Aran weight so they knit up much quicker 


Cheaply made circular needles

Posted By on February 17, 2015

Im getting mighty fed up with this. As you may recall i had a cable snap not long into my double knit blanket. Another needle snapped barely a coupke of rows into a sock.



This was not a cheap needle.

Distinctly miffed

Yarn porn

Posted By on January 5, 2015

Now many of us have heard the phrase food porn as watching cooking shows never fails to make you think I could just eat that.

Well. Part of me is proud the other half severely disappointed, as you see, I got one of those scraps bags from world of wool. It was free if you spent 50 quid or something. And in it was this. Sadly this was all there was.

What may not show well on the photo is the gold sparkles. So I have no idea what fibre etc this is but it is super pretty and I managed to ply it up looser than my usual efforts so it really does look so so nice.


Happy new years and resolutions

Posted By on January 1, 2015

I dont really do resolutions, but i do like to think of things I will try and do more or less of to make me and the year better.

Firstly this year I am determined not to buy any much yarn this year.

Second, I want to make a pair of socks out of sock yarn, a pair, not the singles I seem to make out of random yarns. So, to set this in motion. I started some so that it can nag me


Happy christmas

Posted By on December 25, 2014


Entrelac crochet is now all the rage?

Posted By on December 20, 2014

So, its been a long while since i posted. Im sorry, just havent done much crafting recently. Time has just slipped by.

One thing I have noticed is that the everyone seems to be doing entrelac now, yet when i did it it was all quiet.

So, one of my first entrelacs from August 2012, this was the simple in the round method, but still, seems I was about two years ahead of everyone else!

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