Square 1

There is nothing quite like a never-ending crocheted granny square for comfort. It comforts me to make it, and it comforts me to wear it. Here’s one I finished a few years ago.

This is the first one I made from nice yarn. It’s all Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in various shades I had left over from other projects. The only exception is the scalloped edge, which I made from Madelinetosh Prairie, a lace weight yarn, also left over from another project.

This is large, as shawls go, I think about 52” square. I fold it into a triangle and start draping. When I’m done, usually I don’t need a coat. It’s 100% merino wool, so it’s pretty warm.

My idea for the color scheme was to do colors I see outside in early spring. I like how it turned out.

Nani Iro Tunic Dress

This is the first one I made.

Sometimes, when I’m trying a new pattern just to see what’s up with it, I’ll piece together scraps of fabric rather than using new yardage. That’s what I did here.

Front bottom.
Back, with Catthew. I regret leaving those white panels unembellished.

I used some fine linen, some rougher embroidery linen, quilting cotton, fine Japanese gauze, Japanese double-gauze, a vintage cocktail napkin, pieces of a flour sack dish towel I dyed in tea (ha), and unbleached muslin which is one of my favorite fabrics of all, I think.

Here’s a detail of the little pocket at the top. I lined it in Nani Iro cotton gauze fabric. The edging is a snippet I crocheted in linen thread.

A detail of one of the botanical appliqués I used:

It’s a nigella pod from my garden. I just draw the pictures on muslin with a fine felt-tip pen. They fade eventually and need to be redone, but it only takes a couple minutes to go over the original lines.

A detail of the old napkin. It makes me laugh. It’s the piece with the embroidered heart-like shape on it:

Detail of the the other front panel. I crocheted the tiny flowers to attach here and there, and knitted the small length of lace. Both are done in linen. The appliqué is another drawing of nigella from my garden; that one was still in bloom:

It’s a little bit of a pain to fit all the pieces together, but it’s a good exercise, and one way to make sure small pieces of fabric don’t go to waste.

Here is the pattern. It’s a dress or a quite voluminous shirt:

y’all it’s a sack

Water Lily Mitts

Another handmade item I finished a while ago but haven’t posted: my sixth pair of these mitts. I think? I’ve done at least six, that’s for sure.

I really like this pattern. It’s fun and quick and works nicely with various weights of yarn. I’ve done four pairs in sport weight, one in dk, and one in worsted. I gave a few away, and the others are too well-loved to photograph. Already these have been worn quite a bit.

If you’re looking to crochet a gift for someone, these are a good candidate. Need to finish up a partial skein of fancy yarn? Water Lily Mitts.

Here is a link to the pattern: click link.

This pair was done in Malabrigo Rios, shade is Azul Profundo

During Long Days

The accumulation of acrylic yarn wasn’t mindless, there were reasons, but wow I have more than I wish I had.

I don’t like acrylic yarn. Two things about it I appreciate, though: it wears like iron and it brings the kitsch like nothing else can.

So the cat has a new blanket. He needed one, and we’re both happy.

I love crocheting granny squares so much. Just the most basic ones. Same motion, over and over, seemingly infinitely. It is so soothing. I already have another I’m working on.

Today’s temperature was 95 degrees when I ventured outside, and this steamy, Mid-Atlantic air feels like soup. It’s comically uncomfortable. Every year, I know it’s coming, but it’s hard to remember just how funny and terrible it is until I’m feeling it.

I made another of these dresses from double gauze. It’s the perfect garment if you live in soup, as I do.

It’s so easy and fast to make, one of those one-size patterns, and it’s mostly made of rectanglish shapes.

The double gauze is so good in the hot weather, although really I wear it all winter, too, because it’s my favorite thing.