My Spirit of Life wrap or table runner is finished! The last part was a nice edge and it was finished before christmas. Because of activity’s on other projects my blog was a bit quiet the last months or so. But I show you the results in this post.
The edge is rather simple, due to the fact I was running out of yarn. I haven’t followed the instructions on this part but made it on the way. It is constructed of several rounds of 1 sc ch 1, alternated with rounds of only sc. Mostly the cotton rounds were 1sc, ch1, and the wool rounds 2 sc in each ch space.
The wrap is very warm when used as a wrap and she is very long. A bit toot long to be used as a table runner. My table is rather small. I am very pleased with the result.
Again a part of mosaic crochet, this time the colors are green (catania) and natural (Flora). There were no great problems this time, although I misread a few blocks in the written pattern but with the help of the diagram of the mosaic I found the right direction and everything went well. I like the green/natural combination of colors. First I wanted to use the lighter green, I had used in the squares, but the amount of yarn was too small and there was no second skein.
The last part of the Spirit of life Cal was easy going, just straight forward crochet with a bit of overlay crochet. The overlay stitches resembled the stitches in my intermezzo part, so it all went well.
The edge will be the last part and I am afraid I have too little yarn left to make the edge as in the pattern is written. I think I make an edge of my own.
Part 6 of the Spirit of Life Cal consists of 4 squares. The central circle of the square is a flower. It is a complicated flower to crochet. After three squares i was comfortable with the pattern and didn’t looked upon my paper. Also this time the last round of the square is made with half dc stitches, otherwise the squares became too big. No real problems were encountered in the making of the squares and the constructing of the band to the main body. I have played a little bit with the colors and replaced dark green with a light green.
I have made a intermediate piece or divider between the 2 C2C panels. I was afraid my work would not be long enough to serve as a table runner! The piece is very small only 30 stitches along and consists of short rows of all the colors and some overlay stitches in between the rows. I don’t know if it is a addition or not. But after crocheting part 5 i like it still. My goal was to make a chevron in between, but that was not easy to realize, so I went for short rows. to my surprise the overlay stitches in the last part of the Cal match mine stitches in the intermezzo part. There were a lot of loose threads to deal with in this part.
Again C2C crochet in part 5, only now in reversed direction. It was no real problem. I followed the triangles in part 4 so they were the opposite of those triangles. Still some blocks to many on the end of the panels. I could have corrected this, but then the triangles would been shifted. I am not totally satisfied with the color combination, it is a bit to green. I have this time not followed the color instructions, for my off white yarn was a bit to little for a big part C2C. But now I have ordered some more for there are still 3 parts to go.
C2C or corner to corner crochet, is not my thing. In this part of the Cal it is all about C2C. I hadn’t done it before. The C2C technique was not very difficult to do but also not very easy at first. It is concentrated working and paying attention on where to keep the threads. I completed part 4 of the Cal in time, but due to other projects I had no time to blog about it.
After the start of the first panel in part 4 I came into trouble with my work, so I had to frog. This happened a few more times. Then I realized that the top of the center triangle had to be in the middle of the wrap and align other elements. But it didn’t happened in my piece, simply because I forgot a few stitches to skip. After three attempts of frogging my work was nearly perfect. Although I followed the instructions thoroughly, and skipped some more stitches, on the end of panel 1, there appeared more blocks than necessary. Had I started with three blocks on the right side instead of 2 The piece should have been better.
Panel 2 went more easily, but here also 2 blocks too many popped up. But the triangles did lign up with the triangles in panel 1, and now I hadn’t made mistakes with skipping stitches.
The dividers were also a challenge, because there have to be 113 stitches on each C2C panel side. I decided not to follow the instructions, for I could not memorise them accurately. Instead in each block I made 2 or 3 stitches alternated. I divided the panel side in four parts with stitch markers and in each part I made 28 sc stitches. this four times. Make in the middle also an extra stitch and you count 113 stitches.
I am now going to do part 5, but hesitated a bit because it is again C2C only the other way around. This will be a challenge I think for In part 5, I have to make the triangles aligned in the same order to the triangles in part 4.
Finished the little square patches of Part 3 of the Spirit of Life Cal. The middle circle is the trickiest part and cost some time to make, the rest is very easy straightforward crochet. But each square cost me almost a day, but that is due to all the projects I am busy making. If I could spend all hours in a day to crochet or knitting, there should be much progress in my projects. Now I am doing crochet in the day hours between other things I have to do. Knitting and simple crochet is for the evenings. The zip-joining is also not very difficult, but joining the squares to the basic piece was more a problem, for the left side was a bit longer than the right side, so I had to do it all over. I am still not totally satisfied, maybe I do it one more time, I haven’t weaved in the threads so I can do it again. My concern lies by the edge, part 2 is a bit smaller than part 1 and 3, maybe blocking would help, but I don’t like to block each part over and over, so I wait till the whole wrap is finished.
I have already started with part 4. Never have done C2C before, but the first steps were easy going.