Friday, October 26, 2007

Show and Tell Friday: simple stitches

Hello, ladies, and thank you for joining me for another Show and Tell. Thank you, Kelli, for hosting this fun feature on your blog. Don't forget to visit to visit Kelli for more show-and-telling!
Today, I'm going to share with you a crochet project I started this week. The is the first project I do not in one piece, but in separate squares which will be joined together later. I have several options in mind for the final outcome of this project, which can be either decorative or practical. I will certainly share the final result as well.

Below, you can see the pattern, and I must tell you it's the most complicated I've done so far. The crochet stitches themselves are simple, but combining them less so. It requires constant attention, and there were a couple of times when I made mistakes with the first square and had to do it all over again. Arrgh.

I'm also happy to tell you I'm becoming pretty good friends with the sewing machine already; one small detail needs to be fixed, but once it's done, I can very quickly complete my first apron and show you!

This week I also made some very prosaic, but much needed kitchen towels, which you can see below. A sidenote: I'm glad I completed them before yesterday, when I was wiped out by a plumbing disaster which left a flood all over my kitchen and laundry room floor. Oh boy that was a busy morning.

Thank you for visiting me. Thank you for all your sweet comments and emails, which I love and appreciate so much. I wish you all the loveliest weekend; and hopefully, we will meet again tomorrow!

































25 comments:

Terry said...

You are very skillful with a crochet needle. It's a beautiful piece; can't wait to see the finished result!

Sammybunny said...

yes yes I agree! the end result will be gorgeous!

Amy ~ (Life's Small Treasures) said...

So pretty you did a GREAT job!

Learning to crochet is on my list of things to do, and I want to learn soon. Crocheting is so pretty to me.
Thanks for sharing
~Amy

Jenny said...

I recently took up learning to knit. It is something that has intimidated me for along time. I decided to jump in and learn how to do it! Right now, I am teaching myself (online video tutorials), but was wondering if you knew of any good books for beginning knitters? I love the projects you are working on. Definitely post more pictures of your work as you finish. I would love to see them. Have a great weekend!

Lady_MSnow said...

Very nice work!

Anna S said...

Jenny, I'm afraid I can't help you here, because I learned from video tutorials myself (and from my dear mother!). Have you tried KnittingHelp.com?

Jenny said...

Yes, knittingHelp.com is the website that I am using to learn. It's awesome! I'm just looking for a good book to help as well. :)

Rebekah S. said...

Wow! Those are amazing! You are just way too talented!! I wish I could do that! :) They're just beautiful; great job!! Keep up the good work, and be sure to share with us all of your other creations!

Hootin'Anni said...

Beautiful!! I love to crochet myself. The choice of color for this project you did for this week's show n tell is gorgeous.

Susie said...

You do lovely work :)
These will be treasures for years to come...

Mandy said...

I can't wait to see how your crocheted piece turns out!! The color is so pretty! I enjoy crocheting, but haven't done any in a while. My Grandma loved to crochet and made lots of beautiful doilies. She had this particular pattern that she loved to make with vines and bunches of grapes along the sides. I've tried several times to make the same pattern myself, but I just can't get the tension right. Tension is absolutely the hardest thing about crocheting, for me, anyway. :)

Elizabeth said...

I love cocheting! Your project is so pretty! And the kitchen towels look good too.

P.S. I got your email and am responding!

kathy b said...

very detailed work. Blessings

Tracy said...

Beautiful! I wonder if I'll ever be able to read a pattern like that.

Michelle said...

Those are absolutely beautiful! Good work on the towels - glad to know you're gettin along with your machine. I just got mine back from the shop...I hugged it b/c I missed it so much : D
If you have any sewing questions, feel free to stop by my blog and ask away!

neuropoet3 said...

What a wonderfully productive time you've had this week! :) The crochet is absolutely beautiful - I can easily imagine how much time that took... :)

On a side note - I read about your "flood" and had to smile. I had a very similar situation a year or so ago. :) We had just moved into this old farm house, and apparently the plumbing was just as old as the house (unknown to us). One morning I was just getting out of the shower, and all of a sudden water started pouring out from under the tub! My bathroom was flooded within seconds, and I had no idea what to do! I ran to the phone in my towel :) (good thing my boys were thoroughly occupied playing upstairs) and called my Dad who wasn't working that day (thankfully!). He told me how to shut the water off - then spent the rest of the afternoon getting parts and fixing my bathroom plumbing. :) Then a couple of days later something else broke - water started flying up from behind my tub staight up to the ceiling, and then raining down all over the room. I've never seen anything like it - and couldn't decide if I should laugh or cry! Dad came to my rescue again - and I paid close attention that time so I could turn the water off myself if it happened again. (Thankfully it hasn't - I guess everything that could break has already broken!) :) I must admit I'm still a bit jumpy when it comes to that bathroom though. :)

~Jenny

Penless Thoughts said...

Very pretty Anna. I love the turquoise color, too.
Susan

Jane said...

You did a wonderful job on your crochet project. I think it is so neat that you are taking up and perfecting homemaking skills. You will always use them!

Thanks for sharing,
Jane

Miss Eagle said...

This is a very pretty motif and I look forward to the time when it returns to Show and Tell embedded in a larger work.

Blessings and bliss

-and bless you for your patience in re-doing it after find mistakes.

Karen said...

That little personality test was right, you are skilled at many things!

Lana G! said...

Wonderful work!

Anonymous said...

Well, Anna...thanks to you, I have decided to give my crochet another try. It's a long-sleeved overblouse, & the stitch is called shell trellis. So far, so good...

I pray your water damage wasn't too great. What a bother!!

Brenda

Anonymous said...

The things look nice. What did you do to make the towels?

PEA said...

I so admire people who know how to crochet...I wouldn't know where to start! lol It's such a wonderful feeling to finish a project and know you did it all by yourself:-) xo

Anita said...

I didn't have much time for visiting the show & tell participants on Friday so I'm doing so this afternoon:-)

Unfortunately, I am not at all good at crocheting. Well, I guess I don't need to be good at everything. ;-))) But I love stitching and sewing very much. You did a great job on your project!

Have a great Sunday - although it's almost over!

Best wishes from Germany,
Anita