This post was originally published Nov 6, 2010 on my other blog: The Difference Between A Duck. I thought maybe it deserved some attention here. Yeah, kinda makes sense.
This is a photo of Laurie Wheeler (Fearless Leader of the CLF) and I at Pinch Knitter Yarns during the Crochet Liberation Front‘s 2010 Conference/Retreat at Cama. Bill, fabulous crocheter, photographer and husband of free-form crochet designer Bonnie Pierce, was snapping photos of everyone. And this shot was in the mix!
“Good Lord,” I said when I first saw it on Facebook. “What happened to my face!”
I know what it is. That’s the look I get on my face when I’m concentrating. And thinking back, I’m guessing I was focusing in on her words since I’ve trouble hearing in groups. But anyway, since then Laurie, Bonnie and I have supposed on what caption could be put with this photo – related to crochet, yarn, the CLF and our retreat.
"My yarn is not going to be there when I wake up, will it..."
My favorites so far are:
“You’re going to steal my yarn while I’m sleeping, aren’t you…..” and
“Seriously? Since when is there a limit of only five? I’m not giving one up!”
“I’m not hiding anything….”
Maybe: “This is not the yarn you’re looking for….?”
Bonnie added: “Yea…. I DO have enough money to pay for my cabin! You can’t make me put them back!!”
I love it! What captions would you come up with?
As you know, everyone arrived at Cama Beach State Park for the Crochet Retreat on Sunday for check in. We gathered, celebrated and rested. Then Monday morning is when we all came together, shed free of the traveling wearies and serious fun began! Here are some photos from the day.
Shibaguyz’ cardigan class was awesome! If you ever get a chance to take one of their classes, do it!
View of the cabins from the new hall above where we had the cardigan class.
Another view from the balcony of the new building over the water.
At the yarn store in Stanwood “Pinch Knitters.” VERY crochet friendly!
Look it’s Deb (CerDeb)!
Monica and her beautiful coat
Karen sporting her crochet hook cane, talking with Martha
Carol’s grabbing some yummy punch.
Barbara and Wendy
Fearless Leader’s put to work winding off yarn!
Can you tell these ladies love yarn?
My birthday presents. I’m turning 40 on Friday, so yes I am buying this for meeeeee….!
This is such lovely alpaca. Will become my Shibaguyz cardigan. I decided I like it way better than the alpaca I originally picked up for it.
Time for the evening program and drawing for prizes!
Jimbo and I spoke about hook anatomy, design and engineering. Don, Dennis, Jimbo and I worked on these variations to be used during the Tuesday afternoon breakout session on the same subject. We’re going to have everyone “taste” test them and write down what they like and don’t like, along with how they hold and use their hooks! Should be a really interesting experiment!
Jimbo and Janet are talking about hook designs that work for her.
Program’s over, but we’re all still talking and crocheting.
Laurie and Monica.
Laurie and Larinda.
A few of us gathered over at Jimbo’s cabin for food and drink to wind up the evening. Hey! Jimbo had 4 hookers in his cabin!
This was a question asked on one of the crochet forums I’m on. Thought I’d share my response here. Feel free to add your input in the comments to help others!
I would say that what yarn you use depends on project and attitude actually. I know everyone has an opinion and there are various camps of thought. But my take is more of a unifier of worlds. I’m a true Libran – I dislike division.
You can crochet with anything. Seriously. And I’ve done it. I’ve mixed all sorts of fibers (some things not even considered “fiber”) and broken most taboos out there. And what I haven’t broken yet, I will endeavor to before I die. You can’t focus on being able to see. This is the eternal quip between my grandmothers and I. “But grandma, if you really know how to crochet, you don’t have to see your stitches, right?” It’s our private little laugh between us. But it’s true. I’ve used lots of stuff people didn’t think you could crochet with. But I also find that people get in a rut with fibers because they only use one type of hook or tool. Hooks can make an incredible difference in the variety of things you can create. Certain ones are better for certain things.
Only once have I come across a fiber that I felt was the spawn of satan and that I refused to try again and actually threw it away. Something called whirly-gig. And the monstrosity was difficult to use because it falls apart. Shouldn’t have been called yarn! In my experience, as long as it doesn’t fall apart, it can be crocheted!
I find most yarns do not meet people’s expectations because they approach it either with preconceived notions or one hook fits all approach. And that’s OK. Specialization is important too. Let the fibers speak to you and you’ll figure out how they best like to be used. It’s like anything in life, you learn how it works. All fibers have a personality of sorts and a way they “prefer” to be handled. All you do is just figure that out.
I say take the fear and hesitation out of it and just let go. Get some paint and splash it on that canvas and see what you get.
We had a fun thread awhile back at The Crochet Liberation Front group on www.Ravelry.com (a crochet and knit community) about possible Crochet Movie Titles.
These are the ones I came up with – reposted here for your enjoyment! Feel free to participate and add yourself to the fun in the comments!
How to Lose a Hook in 10 Minutes
Last of the Mohair
Hot Yarn and Cold Feet
The Accidental Crocheter
What About Bullion?
Bullion 5 (Babylon 5)
Balls of Furry
Attack of the Zombie Fiber Hookers (John suggested that one!)
101 Things to Do with a Naughty Skein (another John contribution!)
The Cable-Stitch Guy
Cast Away the Sticks!
Chronicles of Intarsia (a technique in crochet)
Cirque du Filet
Clash of the Tritons (a shell stitch)
Code Name: Decrease
Cables Under Fire
The Craft (Hey I like it!)
The Hidden Lives of the CLF
Crazy Shell Dundee
Weaving in Ends
Cross Trebles Make Hidden Dragon
Saving Popcorn Stitch
Star Stitch Troopers
Herringbone and the Half-Close Stitch
The Stitch-hiker’s Guide to the Marquerite (a star stitch)
House of Flying Picots
The Coffee Stain (I know I’m not the only one who has spilled coffee on a project!)
Tapestry C and the Hook of Destiny
That Darn Cat (need I say more?)
Basic Crochet 2: Risk Addiction
The Back Loop Killers
OK I had some fun with this…..!
UPDATE: You can now buy my variable width (up to 6 foot) spider web crochet pattern for costume or decor right here!
Halloween Spider Web – A Variable Pattern from Aberrant Crochet
$4.25 (includes license to sell finished product)
33 inch 25 radial Spider Web No. 3
Spider Web No. 2 – 64 Inch Diameter – you see it worn here as a costume cape
Spider Web No. 2 – 64 Inch Diameter
Christmas Spider Web
Tourquois Gothic Crochet Necklace
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This is an article I wrote over a year ago for potential use on Ravelry or for The Crochet Liberation Front First Ever Book. Thought I’d reprint it here for your reference.
Getting the Most Out of Your Fiber Blends
The “Half-Stitch” Technique
by Julia Meek Chambers – Aberrant Crochet ™
Fiber blending in crochet is when we use more than one color and/or fiber in a project at the same time. Many people have crocheted with at least two fibers at a time to increase the gage of the stitch or add variety to the colors and shading in a product. It is a great way to add extra dimension to any look.
Sometimes, in our work, we assemble the perfect combination of colors and textures for a project, only to discover that there’s not enough of one of the fibers to complete it as envisioned. Whether the lack of yardage is due to budget constraints or because the fiber itself is simply discontinued or otherwise unattainable, this limitation does not have to mean a disappointing dead-end to an otherwise fantastic fiber combination.
Why not try using the determinate fiber for partial stitches only? I call this the “Half-Stitch Technique.” This technique is accomplished by using the fiber in question for only some loops of a given stitch, but not others in the same stitch.
For instance, a single crochet stitch is accomplished in two steps. If you don’t have enough of a fiber to complete an entire project or section of single crochet, then with the Half-Stitch technique, you would instead use the fiber in only one half of each stitch and then drop it for the second half of each stitch. Though more understated than being used in a full stitch, this allows the color and texture of your limited fiber to still be present in the project.
Remember, there really are no rules in crochet other than the use of a hook, so give it a whirl and see what this technique can do for you!
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Since some have asked, here’s a link to the Crochet Liberation Front’s First Ever Book now on sale that my “Flaming Crochet Hook” tapestry crochet design was published in:
My tapestry design is even featured in the “Look Inside This Book” links! Yay! Very cool!
Fair warning though, this is an advanced crochet book. If you are into crochet, this is not a book for beginners and it’s that way by design. Though some patterns require less skill than others, none of these patterns are basic by any means. This book is a crochet book designed to push the bar. A book for avid crocheters, by avid crocheters and mostly targeted towards those who want so much more out of a book of crochet patterns. You will be exposed to all sorts of techniques in here that if you do not already know, you will be expected to learn them first elsewhere before you can really implement them in these patterns.
I am honored and proud to be featured in this book and to rub shoulders with so many talented designers and artists from around the world!
Project Bag sporting my "Flaming Crochet Hook" tapestry Crochet Design
The CLF First Ever Book