Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Actual Marshmallows

Sometimes I have the overwhelming desire to bake something. This usually happens when the kitchen is a disaster and baking is out of the question. But not today!

I flipped through a cookbook and nearly decided on a cookie recipe when I saw one for what was basically Rice Krispie treat balls. That reminded me that my little younger brother (as opposed to my big younger brother; I have two) wanted to make Rice Krispie treats recently. So I went and found him and asked if he was interested in assisting me.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

I Hate Sewing

I can thread a needle in under a minute (sometimes on the first try). I can sew whipstitch, running stitch, and backstitch like any beginner. I make small, even stitches that usually remain in a straight line. But I hate sewing. The action. The process.

I do love the product, though. I love turning the bag right-side-out and seeing that beautiful seam. That's one reason I sew.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Diagonal Two-Color Squares Tutorial

Time for the phototutorial I told you I would probably make, on how to make the Diagonal Two-Color Squares. Click the pictures to expand them if you need a closer look. (Please note that all terms are US.)

The basic pattern is a solid square (1 dc in each dc on the sides, [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc] in the corner spaces), only in two colors. What you're going to do is work with one yarn at a time, and carry the yarn you're not working with by crocheting over it. So, work the first corner as normal with color A. When you get to the second corner, work the first two dcs, drop the working yarn to the front, chain two with color B (the first chain will be in color A, the second in color B), then work the last two dcs with color B. Now work with color B until you get to the fourth corner, and repeat the directions given for the second corner (with A and B reversed). Make sense?

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Quilt Block

I have this Quilt Block Purse that's been lying about half-finished for a good length of time because I haven't bothered to seam it or sew in the lining or make a strap. So I dug it out yesterday to distract myself from the Headache From Hell, seamed the sides, edged the top, crocheted the strap, and started figuring out the lining.

Hooray for productivity.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Having Acquired A New Style...

Hi. Remember me? I think I'm back.

I took a break from blogging for a year, as you may have noticed, and I've just decided to come back to it. However, I'm taking a different approach. Now, this will be about Life And What Goes On In It. Because frankly, I don't think I'm interested in a blog only about crochet.

If that wasn't evident from the year-long hiatus.

So, here I am.