Sunday, September 10, 2006

Crochet Felting

Click here to listen.

Oh my gosh! A new episode!!! Thanks to all of you who emailed me asking for more episodes and for all the support and encouraging words. Let me know how you feel about unedited episodes for future reference (but be gentle if you hate the idea). Interested in submitting episode content or doing a guest episode? Email me!

Oh and I think I was WRONG about the shrinkage -- after looking at my before and after pics, it appears that you get more shrinkage in width than in height. Once again though, if you get different results, please post that in a comment!

Here's just one example of a needle felting artist's work.

Here is a link to several different felting patterns and books.

And another.


You can see some of my crocheted felted bags in my introduction episode show notes.
Here are a few more...


My crocheted slipper (no pattern) before felting

And after felting.

(yeah, I suggest following a pattern!)

A bag before felting

And after.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Episode 5

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Thank you for your patience between episodes -- I promise to do better, really!

Rowans Carnival Shawl from Classic Holiday Book 3

My unfinished Carnival Throw

Sample Motifs from various yarns

The Crochet Stitch Bible by Betty Barnden

My first Sweet Pea Shawl from The Happy Hooker

Edited to Add: My second Sweet Pea Shawl (modeled by my oldest son's girlfriend)
Made from just over 3 skeins of Cotton Tots Wonder White

Friday, June 02, 2006

Better Late Than Never

Easter Episode (click here to listen)

Well, I was not able to get a brand new episode out to you last weekend as hoped, however I have finally published the Easter episode which (despite being very late) still has some good info for you. Enjoy!

Rick Rack Purse Pattern by Susan Lawrence
Felted Rose Bag by Nicky Epstein
One Scrappy Chick blog - Peeps
Berroco Crocheted Peeps
Knit Peeps
Easter Crochet Pattern Central
Hill Country Yarns
Jaywalker Socks by Grumperina
Sock Seaming Tutorial
Pointy Sticks Podcast
Clear Clogs
My email address

MusicInside Joke by Little Thom
Life With You by Bill deRome
Travel Ditty Guitar by Acoustic Rosh
Last Goodbye by Brian Sharpe

My felted bag, which is proportioned somewhat differently than the KnitPicks pattern.

My Jaywalker Socks in Hill Country Yarns Sweet Feet Sock Yarn in the Happy colorway. I'd love to see pics if anybody's crocheted socks in the yarn!

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Just a note to let y'all know that the episode that was supposed to be recorded this weekend is going to be postponed somewhat. Two of my three kids decided to stay with mom on their dad's weekend, and one seems to be coming down with Strep.... soooooo..... not exactly an "alone weekend" as I was expecting to be able to record a podcast.

In lieu of this episode of CrochetCast however, you can check out the progress on my Interweave Crochet Lace Dress and a Sweet Pea Shawl I crocheted for my mom on my blog!

See you in a week or two!

Saturday, May 06, 2006

How To Review A Pattern

Episode 4 (click here to listen)

Finally! A new episode of CrochetCast!!! Thank you all so much for your patience -- this episode was long overdue.

In this episode I introduce you to Hill Country Yarns, explain my pattern review process, gush over Emy's Crochet Lace Dress, and share with you what's on my hooks and needles.

No music this episode due to my lengthy crochet ramblings...

Hill Country Yarns
Lolly's Project Spectrum
Interweave Crochet Lace Dress pattern (pdf)
Emy's Vintage Fusion Knit & Crochet blog
Wendy's Knit and Tonic blog
The New Crochet
April's Knit 2 B Tied podcast
Zarah's Project Spectrum Yarn Swap
Send "Project Gone Wrong" MP3 submissions to

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Due to the unexpected death of a very dear friend, episode 3 of CrochetCast will be postponed until next weekend.



Saturday, March 11, 2006

Vintage Crochet

Episode 2 (click here to listen)

Well I just couldn't wait the full two weeks between episode one and episode two... there was just too much to share with you!

In this episode, I reveal my vintage crochet and knitting magazine and pattern collection, I review Interweave Knits Fall '05 issue of their Crochet Magazine, I show off my eBay win, I share with you a new yarn with a cause, and I give a little podcast info to those who are new to podcasts. -
Stargazer's Crochet & Craft Links website -
Adrina Thorpe --
Johnathon Coulton -
Interweave Knits Fall '05 Crochet Magazine -
Andrwe Kesler - ?
Hill Country Yarns --
Cast On podcast -
The Mosh Knit -
Chub Creek -

My vintage crochet and knitting magazines and patterns (it's hard to tell from the pic, but this stack is layer upon layer of magazines and stands about 6" high)

Interweave Knits Fall '05 Crochet Magazine Review

Fingerless Glovettes (Sandi Wiseheart)

Fever Tank (Jennifer Alppleby)

Felted Folk Rug & Chair Pad (Tiffany Reynolds)

Zig Zag Skirt (Mari Lynn Patrick)

Textured Tweed Clutch (Mari Lynn Patrick)

My eBay win

Hill Country Yarns Breast Cancer Awareness colorway

Hill Country Yarns Self-striping sock yarn

Rib Tickler

Gypsy Crochet Swing Top

Gypsy Crochet Vest (way simple!)

Gypsy Crochet Vest

Thursday, March 09, 2006

As Requested, My Crocheted Ruffle Scarf Pattern

Okay, here's how I made my crocheted ruffle scarf (below). I'm sure there are several ways you can do this, but this is how I did it.

Choose a mohair or mohair blend yarn -- actually anything sort of fuzzy will work. My pink scarf is made from Lion Brand Jiffy, but I've also made them from Red Heart Symphony and Caron Simply Soft worsted weight acrylic yarn. As you can tell, I'm definitely NOT a yarn snob, although I do love the "good stuff" as well.

Choose a large crochet hook. Usually a size L, M, or even N is best (depending on your yarn). You basically are going for a "fluffy" look so you don't want to crochet it too tightly. Err on the side of too large as opposed to too small if you're not sure. The size crochet hook you choose will more than likely be significantly larger than the "suggested hook size" on the yarn label for this particular pattern.

Depending on how long you want your scarf, chain around 150 to 180 stitches. 150 stitches will still yield a nice long scarf, so unless you want a really long scarf, go for 150.

Row 1: 2DC in 4th chain from hook and 2DC in each chain across. Chain 3 and turn.
Row 2: 2DC is each stitch across.
Continue until scarf is desired width. Bind off.

That's it! For my pink scarf, I only needed two rows!

Here's a variation for you. This is a two-tone scarf I made for my daughter in her school colors.

It's made from Caron Simply Soft on the green side and Lion Brand Wool-Ease Worsted on the gold side. I had to mix the yarns since Lion didn't have the right shade of green in their worsted weight and since Caron didn't make the right shade of gold! Hey, improvise, right??? Anyway, the gauges were similar enough that it worked out just fine.

Choose one of your colors (it doesn't matter which one) and follow the directions for the scarf as outlined above. On this particular scarf (since the yarn wasn't very fluffy), I had to crochet 3 rows instead of two to get the desired width. And I think I used a size L crochet hook. Once you finish one side of the scarf, bind off. Then take your second color of yarn and on the other side of the original chain (of 150 stitches) do the same thing all over again (2DC in each chain across, etc. until desired width). Your scarf will spiral on its own in the alternating colors. Kinda cool, huh? Oh, and dig the matching crocheted Panta she's wearing too. Too bad it hasn't gotten below 70 degrees here this winter :-(

Tip: Keep in mind that making a two-tone spiral scarf takes twice as long to make a single colored one, and that adding a third row to your width will take 4 times as long as your first row did. For instance, if you chained 150 to begin with, then you will have 300 stitches at the end of your first row. By the end of row 2, you will be up to 600 stitches. And by the end of row 3 you will have 1200 stitches! This can make a big difference if you're making a two-toned scarf.

Questions? Email me.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

CrochetCast Promo

CrochetCast Promo (click to listen)

I think I might be getting the hang of this!

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Introducing CrochetCast!

CrochetCast - An Introduction ( click to listen)

Oh my gosh. Well, I guess I've gone and done it again -- jumped in and started a new venture. Pretty much spur of the moment (so what else is new?), I've decided to start a crochet podcast since there seem to be none out there (according to Brenda Dayne's most recent episode of Cast-On). And well, we just can't have that.

Since I really have no idea what I'm doing with the techie side of podcasting, I pray you'll forgive me for being the amatuer that I am and for all audio imperfections. I promise to try to learn the software associated with audio editing and the like prior to the next episode.

Please let me know what you'd like to hear in this podcast. Music? Yes or no? And if so, what kind? What kind of "stuff" do you want to hear while you crochet? Do you like interviews? Essays? Knock-knock jokes? Do tell!

Here are the show notes for episode 1 CrochetCast:

Cast On -
Pointy Sticks Podcast -
My personal blog -
Sexy Knitters Club -
KnitCast -
Debbie Stoller's The Happy Hooker
Threadteds -
Monster Crochet -

Crocheted Spiral Scarf

Some of my crocheted felted bags

Some of my threadbears (to see more click here)

Please let me know if I've left any links that I mentioned in the podcast out of the show notes, and thanks for checking out CrochetCast.