I've been going quilt crazy lately. It's possibly my new sewing machine (eek!) but it may be scrolling through all the amazing pattern books Leisure Arts publishes. I've got some machine quilts planned that I'll talk about in my next post but today I want to talk to you about paper piecing. Specifically, how to put together a little on-the-go box that will knock your quilt out in no time.
If you're new to crochet, scrolling through pages and pages of patterns can be intimidating. I remember when I first started and it was a whole lot of not even knowing what I didn't know. I'd finally find a "perfect" pattern, something adorable yet easy looking, only to realize 3 rows in that I'd inadvertently purchased plans to build a rocket.
Ok, maybe not a rocket. You get what I'm saying, though.
We are here to help. If you have mastered your single and double crochet and are ready to move beyond your basic rectangular scarf, keep reading. I've picked out some great patterns to build your skill set and keep your frustration to a minimum.
It's very possible I'm addicted.
We (not the royal we, the Leisure Arts we) do! Here are some of my other faves, as well.
You can also check out my personal account. I'm @chelsye_mae. It has a lot of the art I make for school and I'll be posting more progress pics for the projects I talk about here.
Comment below with your account or your favorites!
My shawl is well under way!
And by well under way I mean I frogged it approximately 14 times before I made it past the first inch. I have no idea what I was doing wrong but I am wronging no more and I kind of love this pattern now.
I went with the pattern "zig zag stole" from Wraps for Every Wear.
Cute, right? The thing I love about wraps is you can use any yarn and any needles and it will still fit. I'm hoping my wrap is a little wider than it currently appears after I block it but I think I'll still love it regardless.
My obsession with granny squares continues.
After organizing my yarn, I noticed I had an enormous stash of 100% wool in a pretty muted color palette. There's really only 1 thing to do with that much yarn - afghan. I've done things with granny squares before and I absolutely love how quick and portable they are. Perfect for my on the go schedule, right?
Starting a new year and this new gig with Leisure Arts has me thinking about my knitting/crochet/sewing habits. They're pretty easy to summarize - lots of supply buying, not a lot of project finishing. I've decided 2015 is my year though (my chinese horoscope said it would be waaay better than 2014 - I'm going with it) and I am determined to reverse those trends.