Saturday, March 26, 2016

cloths

So here's what I've been doing...



These are wash or dish cloths made with cotton. They are simple designs, chain 30 for most, then double crochet in the back loop only on all rows. Then I worked a single crochet edging all around. Easy peasy.

These will be going to Sandy over at the Bridge project. They always need cloths. I made a bunch of filet crochet cloths a while back that were not suitable for this project. The cloths need to be crocheted in a more closed pattern. So ... tada. Here they are. 

The size of the cloths vary though all are over 7".

The yarns used are also varied. Some are Knit Picks sport weight cotton which is scrumptious. I think the worsted cotton might be Sugar 'n Cream.

That's all. Just a quick update.

May you all have a very blessed Easter celebration!

Happy crocheting!
Sandie

Thursday, March 3, 2016

scarves

I have long had in the back of my mind that I wanted to make a couple of scarves for the Bridge Project. I've donated to this worthy charity in the past and have known the coordinator for many years.

I purchased 5 skeins of Knit Picks Brava bulky in the color Dublin. Most of the recipients are male and this is a good manly color though a woman could certainly wear it also. The yarn is soft and I had no trouble with unexpected knots, thin spots or thick spots. Knit Picks yarn is pretty good generally and I was quite happy with these skeins.

I used a K hook, as recommended on the wrapper, for the body of the scarf and a J for the edging. I generally use a hook one size smaller for my edgings.

After making one scarf, I realized I wouldn't have enough for a second scarf of the same size so I cut the width down slightly. I used every single bit of yarn and on the second scarf I edged both sides but not the beginning and ending row. I would have done without an edging if I'd had to but I much prefer an edging, especially on a scarf, so I'm glad it worked out. Next time I know to order six skeins if I plan to make two scarves.

Both scarves are about 6' in length. They measured 3' each when folded over. One is 6" width and the other is 7" width. I have 15 dc on one and 18 on the other. 

The minimum scarf width for men for the Bridge is 5". If you want to make scarves for this project, you can see the requirements on this page

I included a card with my email as requested. I did not wash them but I found the yarn quite soft and I do not let my dog lay on my projects or mess with my yarn. He learned that early on. LOL

So to summarize...
Size: 6"(ch 17) and 7" (ch 20) wide, 6' long
Yarn: Knit Picks Brava Bulky Dublin (5 skeins for the two)
Hook: K for the body, J for the edging
Pattern: double crochet rows for the body and single crochet edging with (sc, hdc, sc) in corners
Misc: Include a card with email addy and wash if needed

That's about it. 

Happy crocheting!
Sandie

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

nameghans

Crocheting seems to have fallen by the wayside lately. Though I haven't been as focused on it as I usually am, I have not completely abandoned crochet. I have been working on the name afghans for my grandchildren. You may remember that I was considering taking apart my first grandson's name afghan in order to add my second grandson's name. I even made two separate afghans with both names which I shared in another post while trying to decide what to do.

Well, I did decide. What I decided was to make a completely separate afghan for grandson #2 with his name and keep the first afghan as it was.

Here is the one I just finished.


Both ghans are exactly the same size - 38" x 39". Each name took one full skein. The letters were made individually and then sewn together. Some names required a couple of "blanks" so the stripes would all be the same size. Each individual letter was edged in single crochet, then the entire piece was edged with (sc, ch 2, 2 dc, sk 2) It's an edging I use pretty often. As I went to start the edging I couldn't find the hook I intended to use (and had been using recently) and had to substitute. It still came out okay I think. I still haven't found that hook. LOL

As to the yarns, I've lost most of the labels. They are all either Knit Picks Brava Sport or Deramores Stylecraft Special DK. Here's what I think they are. KPBS Almond for the edging (that is correct because it was purchased especially for this ghan), SSDK Burgundy, KPBS Cobblestone Heather, KPBS Brindle, SSDK Khaki. I had two skeins of the green and brown so those names use the same yarn. I only had one skein of the red and grey.

I love working on name afghans and other filet projects of all kinds. I hope to get back to the filet dish/wash cloths I was making a while back and I have yarn coming in for bulky scarves.

I actually gave away all the small balls of yarn and even some full skeins that I felt I would never use. I wanted the room for other things. That said, I still have a couple of bins filled with yarn and projects. The yarn is mostly leftover from Doctor Who scarves.

So what am I doing with the time I used to spend on crochet? I've been doing adult coloring. I was gifted Jenean Morrison's 2016 coloring calendar book and have been enjoying working on that. I also am in a family coloring group where we post a picture once a week from the same book. That is a lot of fun as even though they are the same picture, the coloring is so different on each one. Just as in crochet, coloring takes supplies which cost money. Both also allow one to use whatever creativity skills one has. You can see some of my coloring sheets at Crafty Corral.

That's all for today.

Happy crocheting!
Sandie

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Rocketghan almost complete

The rocketghan is *this close* to being done. This project was begun end of September 2015. Let's say it's taken about 3 1/2 months. The yo-yos, antennae and mouth still need to be added. I will add a picture to this post when it's finished.



Here are the details on this ghan.

First I needed a pattern, of course, and this was provided in a chart made by my daughter. 

Then I decided on the pattern I wanted for the squares. They had to be rather small to get a proper picture and not make the ghan too large since it is for a child. I decided to use three rounds of the  crossed stitch square (see Crochet Cabana pattern page under Kate Smith), but you could use regular granny squares just as easily. Eventually the pattern will be up at Crochet Cabana, but it may be a while.

More often than I liked, I would be working on a round and then run into a knot in the yarn. Rather than have two additional strands to sew in, I abandoned that square and put it aside. If this happens to you, my suggestion is to NOT throw those incomplete squares away. I used the yarn to sew together the odd squares that I could not assemble with one of the long strands. That way I didn't have to use more of the skein itself. Always thrifty with yarn.

I made all the Red, Sunshine, Peapod, Silver and Cobblestone Heather squares first and assembled those, sewing in as many tails as I could as I went. I also made the yo-yos. I then started on the Asphalt Heather (black) squares, using them first to complete the rocket itself, then assembling around the rocket for the finished look.

Another option would be to make all the squares first, then assemble them row by row or column by column in proper order. In some ways I wish I would have done that, but since I didn't have all my yarn when I began, this is how it worked out.

Tip: Be sure to join squares with one of the colors in the squares. I made a mistake in a couple of spots where I used, for example, a green strand I had lying there to join black and red squares. This shows more and I regret doing that. I should have used red or black to join those two squares. In one spot I was able to snip the inappropriate color and replace it.

There will still be lots and lots of tails to sew in, but by working on them throughout the project instead of leaving them all until the end, you'll get breaks and it won't be so overwhelming. I tried to sew all my center tails in before assembly. It still took me a week to sew them all in.

Size: 38" x 65"

Materials:
G hook, sport yarn as below (for reference I got 27 squares out of one skein of Silver)
1 skein Knit Picks Brava Sport Peapod (green)
1 skein Knit Picks Brave Sport Cobblestone Heather (dk grey)
1 skein Knit Picks Brava Sport Silver (lt grey)
8 skeins Knit Picks Brava Sport Asphalt Heather (black)
1 skein Knit Picks Brava Sport Red
1 skein Stylecraft Special DK Sunshine or Knit Picks Brava Sport Caution (yellow/orange)
1 skein Knit Picks Brava Sport Canary (you could use the Sunshine/Caution to make the yo-yos if you like, eliminating the Canary)
about 7 yards of royal blue (enough for a yo-yo with an extra long tail for sewing onto afghan)
about 7 yards of purple (enough for a yo-yo with an extra long tail for sewing onto afghan)

Number of squares needed (leave a long tail at least 16" for assembly)
There are 286 total squares - 13 rows by 22 columns.
4 Sunshine or Caution
10 Peapod
17 Red
18 Cobblestone Heather
54 Silver
183 Asphalt Heather (286 - 103 colored squares)

Number of yo-yos needed
(A YO-YO is 16 dc worked into the ring with no chains between them. To see if I have enough worsted weight yarn, I wrap yarn loosely around a 12" ruler 8 times (in other words 8 12" lengths or 8 feet, that means front and back of the ruler - once around - is 2 lengths). Don't stretch it. Just loosely wind around the length of the ruler. This will to some degree depend on the yarn.)

10 Canary (or Sunshine/Caution)
2  peapod
2 red
2 blue
2 purple


Assemble squares as per chart.

Assemble yo-yos as per chart. Here is a picture showing approximate placement before being sewn on.


Mouth: fashion mouth with a long single strand of black yarn
Antennae: fashion antennae per picture with 2 long strands of peapod

Edging is 3 rounds. First round is single crochet with asphalt heather. Where the corners met, I worked one single crochet in each corner and one in the join. Second round is single crochet worked in silver. At the corners I worked the modified sc3tog, which is basically a 2 sc decrease.

Here are the detailed instructions on the edging.

Modified sc3tog: Insert hook in next st, yarn over and pull through st but not loop on hook, insert in next st, yarn over and pull through st (3 loops on hook), insert hook in next st, yarn over and pull through st (4 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through all three remaining loops 

Edging:
Round 1: Using asphalt heather, single crochet around, working (sc, hdc, sc) in corners. At side joins, work 1 sc in each corner space and 1 in the join. Join with sl st to beg sc.

Round 2: Join silver in any corner space. Work (sc, hdc, sc) in this and every corner. Work sc around. At joins between squares work the modified sc3tog. This will give you a li le bit of a puffy spot. Join with sl st to beg sc.

Note: I chose silver but you can use any of the colors for Round 2. My reasoning was that silver would blend into the night sky best...?


Round 3: Join asphalt heather, single crochet around, working (sc, hdc, sc) in corners. Join with a sl st to beg sc. 

Happy crocheting!
Sandie

Saturday, January 2, 2016

2015 stats

As I always do at the end of the year, I took the opportunity today to look at the year's statistics for Crochet Cabana. I pay for hosting services at Site 5 and have been pleased with the very low down time with this service. They provide the statistics. I also pay for a domain name at Directnic. The money made through the Google ads help to defray these costs. I don't choose the ads, but hope you find some of them useful.

I have been keeping track of these statistics since 2005 so I can view the past ten years at a glance. Site visits are about half what they were in 2005. This is likely due to a number of factors, some of them my own fault. I'm not as active as I used to be. The world has also changed and the high volume of copyright infringement incidents make it less appealing to make the effort to provide new information - if there is indeed any new information to provide. 

Just to show the difference, in 2005 unique visitors was 356,111. 2015 that number was 181,924.

I would like to do more video work. We'll just have to see what the future holds.

I pulled the definition of terms from my 2014 post. I myself sometimes forget what these terms mean.

Unique Visitor:
A unique visitor is a person or computer (host) that has made at least 1 hit on 1 page of the web site during the current period shown by the report. If this user makes several visits during this period, it is counted only once. Visitors are tracked by IP address, so if multiple users are accessing your site from the same IP (such as a home or office network), they will be counted as a single unique visitor.

Visits:
Number of visits made by all visitors.
Think "session" here, say a unique IP accesses a page, and then requests three other pages within an hour. All of the "pages" are included in the visit, therefore you should expect multiple pages per visit and multiple visits per unique visitor (assuming that some of the unique IPs are logged with more than an hour between requests)

Pages:
The number of "pages" viewed by visitors..

Hits:
Any files requested from the server (including files that are "Pages")

Bandwidth:
Total number of bytes for pages, images and files downloaded by web browsing.

Apparently some people are still using links saved from the old site as there were a number of error pages generated. Please do update your links if you've saved off any or make a note to yourself to doublecheck the new site if you get an error message.

Anyway, on to the stats.

People from these countries topped the list of my visitors. This is the number that I could catch in a screen shot. In case you can't read them, the top 5 are United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ukraine, and Germany. I always enjoy seeing where my visitors come from.


The top download this year was again Janie Herrin's Drop in the Bucket pattern (661 times). This pattern has been the top download since 2012. The pattern downloaded the second highest number of times in 2015 was the Bulky Men's Hat pattern (539), also #2 last year. Both had fewer downloads, however, than in previous years.

Other highly downloaded patterns included the cancer ribbon, which is always popular, and the Doctor Who patterns. I was pleased to see my daughter's patterns continue to be popular though I was surprised that there were no downloads of the latest patterns, the robot afghan and fleur de lis chart since I'd had inquiries about those patterns.

The most visited page was again the All About Hooks page (3805). The patterns page was a close second at 3066. The rest were tutorials and individual pattern group pages, like the Doctor Who page of patterns, for example.

Windows, Macintosh, and Linux were at the top of the Operating Systems list, in that order but close.

Browsers were all over the place with some I've never even heard of making the list. The top ones were:
Chrome   149908  32.5%
Safari   132398   28.7%
Firefox  44,226  9.6%

There were a good number of PDA/phone browsers as well. The top two were iPhone and Android.
Android 23039
iPhone 13997

In the area that tells me from where people come to get to Crochet Cabana, I was pleased to see folks are visiting my Gallifreyan Crochetin' site about Doctor Who. The other sites were mostly familiar - Crochetville, Pinterest, Facebook, Ravelry, Bev's Country Cottage, About.com, Crochet Pattern Central and others. In other words, a person might go to Pinterest, see something from my site and then visit Crochet Cabana. This list tells me where they were originally.

I'm keen on statistics so I enjoy going through these things. I hope some of you enjoyed it as well. If not, eventually I will have more interesting things. 

I'm still working on the rocket afghan. Just a few dozen more black squares to make and then tails to sew in. I would only do this for love of a grandchild! LOL

Happy crocheting!
Sandie