Recently Wild Daffodil created a crochet pattern for a seahorse, made several and then offered to give some of them away. I entered but was unsuccessful and so decided that I would buy the pattern that she had put up for sale and make one myself.
The first thing I did was copy the text into Word and using ‘find & replace’ changed it from US terms to UK as otherwise I am sure I would have made lots of silly mistakes!
The first one I made was the one I would have liked to win. It is a very clever pattern but I must admit it made me realise that I am not as good at crochet as I thought I was as I struggled with all those slip stitches, often caught the yarn on the hook and had to redo the head and snout several times.
In my defence though I did realise later that since I crochet tightly I ought to have gone up a hook size from 3mm to 3.5mm and that it would have helped to look at the pictures!
There was a second pattern for a seahorse made in 4ply cotton. Now I didn’t have 4ply cotton but I did have some DK cotton so I decided that I would try that one as well but using the larger hook.The tummy and snout are subtly different.
I still found myself struggling a bit but not as badly.
Having compared the two seahorses I decided that I liked the tummy on the cotton one but the snout on the acrylic one, so decided to make a hybrid. Here you can see all three. Finally I had time to make one more (the original in the larger hook for a comparison) but I decided I would be a bit more relaxed this time, not worry so much about making mistakes and see if I could hit the thirty minutes mentioned in the pattern. Well I didn’t manage to complete it in thirty minutes but it was under an hour, just! which was less than before. But I think his eye is a bit large which I didn’t notice at the time!
So here are the first and the last. Same pattern but different hook sizes. And here are all four. I do have plans for these fellows which I will hope to show you eventually, but not before Christmas!
When I think of the word creation, my first thought is not of those things that I create but of God’s creation. Now putting all of that into a one photograph is a bit difficult and even if a photograph including the night sky might hint at something, night skys are very disappointing in the middle of a city.
But then I thought of the poem by William Blake (the first few lines of “Auguries of Innocence”)
Where he writes:
“To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.”
So I will try to capture the wonder of the whole of creation in an image of just a tiny part of it. Just look at the amazing detail in the humble spider.
I have never been able to take a really good photograph of a spider’s web but this is maybe the best one. After all this too is a creation – of a spider!
The Photo Callenge topics for this month were: Hunt, Socks, Wild and Still. I found the first and fourth quite hard. As an aside – we had our first frost and now the fuchsia is a sorry sight!I managed to fit in both knitting – my cowl and crochet – my latest blanket that is a more symmetrical version of my original Granny Ripple. I tried to show why I consider it more symmetrical.
Surprisingly two of my posts related to cards – the two cross stitch Christmas cards I have made and a ‘never-ending card’ for someone’s birthday.
Having see the idea of a never-ending card on Wild Daffodils’ blog – HERE I had thought that I would like to try it.
Recently I needed a card for a Crafty Coffee friend’s birthday. She makes beautiful things out of many pieces of origami paper so I thought that she would appreciate that sort of card. (This appears to be called modular origami and the constructs referred to as Sonobe Polyhedra.)
I didn’t have much time but I managed to find some stickers in a shop when on the way to the cinema and thought my highlighter and silver pens could be useful. I made a demo model in paper to start with and scribbled on it as I developed my ideas. The final card was made with pieces of cut down postcard 3×6 inches as I had plain postcard sized pieces and it meant all the pieces could be the same shape.
Here is the first side which opens up to show Then lifting top and bottom gives which in turn opens to. If you peep through the gap in this side I think you can see the first side showing and if you open the card up top and bottom you are back at the beginning, all ready to start again.
I may have gone a bit overboard with the hearts but apart from the stars, which were an afterthought, they were all I could buy at the time.
I tried to make the card work both ways up as you can see.
The fact that the third one was in the shape of a cross gave me some ideas for Easter cards. So look out here come next Lent.
I do find it much easier when the subject of these challenges is a noun. Whenever it is a adjective or another part of speech I struggle.
Of course ‘still’ can be a noun but the first meaning that comes to mind is that of the equipment needed for distilling! so I decided I had to look elsewhere.
Although it is beginning to get much colder I noticed that my fuchsia is ‘still’ flowering and so that is what I chose for a photograph.
I suppose there are many ways one can interpet wild but the word reminded me the the last verse of Gerald Manley Hopkins’ poem “Iversnaid”:
What would the world be, once bereft
Of wet and of wildness? Let them be left,
O let them be left, wildness and wet;
Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet.
I didn’t see myself being able to go out and find real wilderness but I happened to be on Southampton Common last week and although the common is managed there are plenty of areas that are left wild. I didn’t have my camera with me but the photographs my phone takes are good enough at this sort of resolution, as long as I don’t want to do anything fancy, so here is my chosen photograph for the challenge. I cropped this to my preferred 4×3 format but my phone takes 16×9 format and here are four others that were in the running.
The first place I stoppedThe one I thought was prettiest. One of the wildest. And one with interesting branches.
Having made a scarf for my daughter from some alpaca 4ply wool I had been given, I decided to use the rest to make a small cowl for myself.
Since I would be using circular needles and would be knitting it in many locations, I wanted a pattern that was such that
- It was less lacy than the scarf but still with holes.
- I didn’t need to look at the pattern
- or count rows.
- Whenever I put it down I would know where I was.
I couldn’t find anything that I liked that fulfilled the above so I wrote my own.
- Repeat (Yarn over, knit two together) to end
Finishing on a 3rd row. Any even number of stitches. I chose 110.
I counted it as a bonus that the holes lined up in a diagonal fashion as that had been one thing I had thought of doing but couldn’t see a way to achieve it without an obvious changeover point.
Here it is finished. I realised that although I have seen many cowls like this, that because it was so soft that it tended to fall down so I crocheted in some shir-elastic along the top to help hold it up under my chin.
I thought it would be handy to wear when I didn’t want the extra bulk of a scarf.
Couldn’t get the colours to look right though! The cowl is more crimson and the cost a deeper pink.
With a topic like socks (don’t think it was I who chose that one) what could I do but take a photograph of all the socks I have made. Seven knitted pairs and one crocheted. The rainbowy pair at the top were the first that I made, in merino wool, and you can see they have got a bit bobbly but are still oh so comfy! The grey pair are my summer ones in cotton with a bit of lycra for stretch. The red, orange, green, blue ones (two pairs) have bamboo viscose as the synthetic component and are quite lightweight. The pair on the right I managed to make matching as with the green and red pair. The bluey grey ones were made from wool I was sent as a giveaway, the browny ones are my crochet socks and the blue, green, purple ones the only ones where I knitted in holes.
I do still have a few balls of sock wool (some given to me) and would love to make another pair but all the socks above are wearing really well and so I don’t feel I need any more at present.
Photo taken in my bedroom on an only moderately bright morning – 400 ISO, 3.5 aperture and 1/5 sec, hand held so I was pretty pleased with how it came out!!
I practically gave up on this one but then I remembered a children’s game called “Hunt the Thimble” and came up with this. Not very difficult I know.
Here is the thimble. A present to my mother from a trip somewhere.