Category Archives: CAL

Spirit of Life Cal 5

SoLpart5_1Again 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.

Greetings Elzeblaadje

 

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Spirit of Life Cal 4

SoLpart4C2C 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.

Greetings Elzeblaadje

Spirit of Life Cal 3 update

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.

Greetings, Elzeblaadje

Spirit of Life Cal 3

SoLCal pt2I have finished part 2 and started with part 3, but I have so many projects on my hook and needles, I hadn’t had  enough time this week to work on the Cal. Now I am a little bit behind. I started the first medallion of the 4 squares of part 3 yesterday, and although it is a bit of confusing, with the 2 colors alternating, it was fast made. if you know overlay crochet it has to be no big problem to make the medallions.  The remaining rounds will also be not difficult to make. Today I made the squares. Only the medaillons in the middle are a bit tricky, the rest is straightforward crochet.

Part 2 finishing was also no great problem, after awhile you know exactly how to make the stitches in the mosaic part and the rows that followed would also be easy going. The mosaic part looks very nice. In the triangles I see little devil heads coming to life.

Greetings Elzeblaadje

Spirit of Life Cal 2

SoL2Wednesday came the second part of the Spirit of Life Cal online and I started with this piece right away. The first 4 rows were easy, but then it became more difficult, for I had never made mosaic crochet before. It was soon very clear that working with the hook like I tend to do, with the pattern on my tablet wouldn’t work this time. So I printed 4 pages of the written pattern and the block diagram. I was hoping it would be easier to crochet. But it still confused me how the pattern would go. On this moment I crochet the first stitches of the pattern carefully and in the following repeats I follow the first crocheted part.

Making this piece of the Cal costs so a lot of time. It will be successful if you work slowly and concentrated. I have only occasionally frogged a row. I am now working on row 18.

My yarn D and F are different in texture. F is thinner and more flexible than D. Following the pattern for yarn D (Catania cotton) means I have to reduce the chains, because the stitches are longer. For yarn F (Drops Flora) I can follow the pattern and make 2 or 3 chains in between the other stitches. I also run out of yarn D. This was already anticipated, for I had only 1 skein of this color, but it took also more yarn than was foreseen in the pattern.  I have ordered some more balls of this yarn so I am prepared for the future parts.

I like the pattern very much, the colors match nicely. I think the designers have had much trouble in written the pattern down and making all the stitches corresponding. But it is still hard to follow, but whenever done you have a nice piece.

Greetings, Elzeblaadje

Spirit of Life Cal 1

proeflapjeThe Spirit of Life Cal is on its way. The first part was published last week and today part 2 will be published on the website of LillaBjorn. I decided to make the spirit of Life wrap with yarn from my stash. That was a bit difficult because there was little information about the used yarn. I think they want to sell a lot of yarn packets. But for me it was a challenge to find still some similar yarn in my stash. Luckily I had just ordered some alpaca and cotton yarn and it looked like they had the special colors I was looking for. So I made a swatch of the chosen materials and it turned out to be exactly the gauge of the Cal. But I still hadn’t decided to join in. There were so many other projects on my hook and so many things I liked to do, that another Cal would be too much work. So it took a couple of days to convince myself and then I just started with part 1.

I used the dutch translation. But maybe i had better read the original pattern for the dutch pattern was a bit confusing, Because the colors were named A, B,C and so on, I made my own color-card. Still it was hard to read the pattern and see If I had the correct color and was doing the right stitches in a row. But all went well, there were a few problems. First it is difficult to keep the edges of the piece straight. It is easy to lose a stitch or to make an extra stitch, so counting your stitches is the message. Also the special stitches of row 21, were to tight, so I made an extra loop in the stitch to compensate. Still there were some loops visible in the join. Also I started this piece with yarn B and hook 3,5 mm, because this was a cotton yarn and less flexible and the yarn was thicker then yarn A. the whole piece I made with hook 3.0 mm.

The used yarns were SMC catania color cotton and Drops Flora, a alpaca wool mix. The color combination looks a bit like the volcano kit.

On the picture you can see both sides of the piece and the color-card. The colors of the yarn are a bit different on this picture.

Greetings Elzeblaadje

SPOLVul1

 

My way of making things

proeflapjeMaybe it is a bit quiet on my blog, but it is not quiet in my working hands. There were a lot of things i was doing with needles, hook and yarn. But it is all a bit different from the usual.

So it came a month ago, to my mind to make a cardigan without sleeves and decorated with sunflowers. I will blog about it later on. Luckily it is almost finished. I designed the sunflowers myself

Furthermore on the same time, I become to like the persian Tiles blanket, but I was not in the mood to order the colors and amounts I needed to make the blanket. By then the new colors of the Persian Tiles were published. A very sweet version of the persian Tiles is becoming very popular. Very nice to see but a bit too sweet for my taste. It came into my mind: Why not make the blanket of the many remnants of yarn I have in my boxes. So I started with this project.

And then my Sister in law showed me a nice bolero in a magazine and I want to make it one of these days for my daughter, just like a cable shawl and some other things I liked to do.

So you know now I am too busy to blog. I think every craftster has many projects she likes, some they will finish and some will be forever on its way. I try to do not to many things at the same time, but this autumn I became involved into many projects and I forgot my golden rule, finish first something before starting a new project.

And now the spirit of life Cal came online. I think I am going to be crazy for I have also I nice idea to make this Cal with yarn from stash. The picture above is the try out of the spirit of life Cal in my own special way.

Greetings, Elzeblaadje