A Hooded Scarf made with Two Caron Cakes for WIP Wednesday

I rarely make things for myself and I’m not a big fan of wearing hats but with this frigid weather we’re having this winter, I thought I’d like something to pop on my head when it’s extra chilly out.  I found a wonderfully warm free pattern for a Hooded Scarf from Oombawka Design Crochet that has the added benefit of helping me unload a couple of skeins of Caron Cakes yarn that I’ve had for a while now.

I love doing the pattern which is mostly, so far, a simple single crochet, half-double crochet, and double crochet stitch in every third stitch but it’s taking me a very long time to finish each row so I haven’t gotten very far yet.  I think it will be extra warm and cozy when it’s done so it’s well worth my time.

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The beginnings of a hooded scarf using Caron Cakes Cookies and Cream and a Furls Streamline H hook.

I’m using the Caron Cakes in the color Cookies and Cream with a 5mm hook.  I’ll try to remember to post a photo of the scarf when it’s done!

If you want to see what it will look like upon completion or make one for yourself, you can find the pattern by visiting:  Faerie Mist Hooded Scarf at Oombawka Design Crochet

How about you?  What are you working on today?  Is it something for yourself or for someone else?  Share your thoughts in the comments.  I love hearing from my readers!

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Learning the History of Crochet – taking my crochet geekiness to another level

Does the history of crochet intrigue you as much as it does me?

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Artwork appears via cassatt at flickr.com and is considered public domain.

As per the following definition, I’m slowly becoming a crochet geek.

geek
ɡēk/

noun

informal
noun: geek; plural noun: geeks
  • be or become extremely excited or enthusiastic about a subject, typically one of specialist or minority interest.

I know this is true because I spend most of my free time either crocheting, shopping for yarn, reading crochet blogs, or looking at photos of crocheted items that were made by others. I knew I’d crossed into a new crochet geek dimension this morning when I found myself looking up the history of crochet.

I’ve been crocheting for several years and it suddenly occurred to me that I really knew very little, if anything, about the beginnings of my favorite hobby/craft.

Who was the first person to take a strand of yarn and turn it into something warm and cozy?  After studying several websites, I could not find an answer to that question.  What’s even weirder is that I can’t even find an accurate date or time period where crochet actually started.

Best Sites to Learn the History of Crochet

I spent some time this morning searching the topic and the following are my favorite sites that I felt had some of the best information.  If you have another site that you think is useful, please share it in the comments and I’ll gladly add it to my list if I agree.

  1. History of Crochet written by Ruthie Marks
  2. Crochet at Wikipedia
  3. A Brief History of Crochet at Wool and the Gang

According to Crochet.org’s History of Crochet written by Ruthie Marks, “it’s impossible to find evidence of true crochet in Europe before the 1800’s.”  Crochet is thought to be derived from an ancient Chinese needlework technique known as Tambour way back in the 1700’s.  It can also be linked to Nun’s Lace in Italy as far back as the 16th century.

I found this statement in an article at Wikipedia:
“The first known published instructions for crochet explicitly using that term to designate the craft in its present sense, appeared in the Dutch magazine Penélopé in 1823.”

Although it’s factual beginning is a bit confusing, I did find an awesome page that shares some of crochet’s “greatest achievements” throughout the eras.  It was actually the first site that came up in my Google search.  The page is A Brief History of Crochet at WoolandtheGang.com where they’ve created a wonderful visual layout full of fun facts and trivia about crochet’s history.  If you’re feeling a bit geeky, like me, I highly recommend a visit there.  I learned a lot!

How about you?  Do you consider yourself a crochet geek?  Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.  I love hearing from my readers!

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Oops I Did It Again – Another Pretty Scarf

Nothing much to report today except that I finished another one of those really pretty scarves I’m making using the Prince Edward Island Scarf pattern I bought at Craftsy.

This time I used Caron Simply Soft yarn in a Charcoal Heather gray color.  They certainly named it right. I love how soft this yarn is.

Again, I went off pattern for the outside of the scarf after following the pattern for the mid-section.  I also switched up my hook for a larger size.  For this one I used a 5.5 mm size.

Scarf and Fingerless Gloves

Lousy photo of my  HOTH crocheted scarf and fingerless gloves.

I also made a pair of matching (in color) fingerless gloves.  I used a pattern I found at Repeat Crafter Me to make them.

You can get that pattern by visiting:  50 Minute Fingerless Crochet Gloves

I didn’t time myself when I made them, and I get distracted constantly by a couple of cats that live with me while I’m crocheting, so I can’t attest to the fact that they might take 50 minutes to make but they did work up quickly.

How about you?  What have you been getting into today?  Tell me about it in the comments.  I love hearing from my readers!

 

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Crochet Love Poem

Crochet Love Poem

Crochet Love Poem

Written by me in response to The Daily Post Prompt of the Day.

Image created at Canva.com

Funnel | The Daily Post

 

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18 Goals for 2018

Placeholder ImageI’m historically not good at keeping my New Year resolutions and even worse at regularly writing blog posts so after some long and hard consideration I’ve decided NOT to participate in the 18 for 2018 blog posts.  I do however want to share my goals for the coming year in hopes that by publicly sharing them, I’ll be more inclined to strive towards completing them in the coming year.  So here goes… in no particular order…

My 18 Goals for 2018 

  • Write more blog posts at Imperial Crochet,
  • and also at Retro Invites,
  • and at Seasonal Showers too!
  • Become more visual on social media.
  • Start my novel.
  • Finish my novel.
  • Become a more professional crocheter.
  • Create some of my own unique crochet items.
  • Increase the amount of merchandise in my Etsy shop.
  • Use up my yarn stash and then only buy what I need.
  • Continue de-cluttering my house.
  • Add some delicious new recipes to my daily meal preparation.
  • Spend more time outdoors.
  • Become more spiritual.
  • Less soda; more water.
  • Less meat; more vegetables.
  • Less worry; more sleep.
  • Less words; more action… except for the more words at my blogs and in my novel, of course!

Feel free to share some of your own goals for 2018 in the comments.  I love hearing from my readers!

P.S.  The swan photo shown above came with this WordPress blog template.  I don’t own it nor do I know who took the photo.

 

 

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