Photo from Sonic1029.comHow have you all spent the day? We haven't really gotten into the trick-or-treating yet. Next year, at the earliest. We mostly observed Halloween today by eating candy that we didn't need. If I had remembered, I would have dressed X in his Halloween shirt from Grandma Connie. Instead, I forgot, so he's wearing it to bed. :)
Well, would you like to hear about some Finished Objects?
Before the school year started this year my mom and I talked a lot about her Haruni shawl, as well as other knit items. Mom came to me with the idea of knitting some things that would jazz up her school ID badge. You know the ones I'm talking about. You attach your ID to a little metal clip, and then clip it somewhere on your body. A lot of people clip them to pants, but you can't really see much there, let alone a name! Anyway, Mom was looking for something a little snazzy, and seeing all the pacifier clips I've knit gave her an idea. What if you took that sort of idea and applied it to an ID badge?
So that's what I did. I had been looking at a book, 100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet by Lesley Stanfield, that would be perfect for this (as well as to adorn other knit items). So you'd think that after Mom picked out the flowers and ideas she liked best that I'd get right to work and finish these off, right? Wrong. This book and the tabs identifying the right patterns sat in my pile for a long time. Longer than it should have, I'm ashamed to say! I was always thinking about them but couldn't quite get the motivation to start them. Honestly, I think I was a bit intimidated by the idea since it meant improvising a little, as well as learning to crochet.
But the other day, I decided to just jump in and try crochet. Once I learned a few basic stitches, it was just the inspiration I needed to finish these clips.
So on to the good part - the pictures!
The first clip is a trio of Bluebells tied by a braided yarn ribbon. Using Knit Picks Shine Sport in River and Comfy Worsted in Honey Dew, I quickly knit these up in a couple nights. It could be done in 1 night.
Reading Mitts, but on the mitts, I just folded over the edge and whipstitched it to the inside of the mitt. This pattern calls for lining up stitches on the left needle and stitches of the cast-on edge and k2tog. Once you've done this, you've still got live stitches and you can move forward from there. Pretty cool, huh? Cool, yes. Easy? Not at all - instead pretty fiddly. But I'd use the technique again.
Pelargonium flower. This pattern calls for you to crochet 5 flowers, then knot them together at the base and single crochet (sc) around the yarn tails, which creates one compact stem.
Finally, I crocheted an Orange-Tip Butterfly. This was much easier than I thought it would be.