See it. Try it. Love it! – Finding fabulous fibers

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All of us here at the Love of Knitting and Love of Crochet office have dedicated ourselves to learning crafty new skills. Each one of us had a specific skill or technique that seemed to both haunt and inspire us. Every time we would see a pattern featuring it, we would think to ourselves, “I NEED to try that!”

See it. Try it. Love it! was born when we realized that all crafters seem to experience this same urge to learn and create. Even if we never move beyond garter stitch scarves, something initially inspired us to pick up our needles and knit our first wonky creation!

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We’ve picked the projects that will help us learn our new skills, and now we are in the process of picking our yarn. Sifting through the heaps of fabulous fiber in Jen’s office is always a treat. I love playing with different color combinations and textures, trying to find the perfect yarn for my project.

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Piles upon piles of gorgeous yarn

We’ll keep you posted about the yarns we choose, but be sure to visit us on the Love of Knitting and Love of Crochet Facebook pages in the meantime! Tell us – do you find yarn selection to be a fun part of the process, or would you rather just grab some yarn and get to the crafting?

Paris, here I come! Olive Twist Crochet Along is finished!

I have finished my Olive Twist shawlette (now a shawl), and it came out great! I’m really happy with the size and glad I stopped when I did. The pattern was really easy to follow, and who knows, maybe I will make another one for someone else. The final size of my shawl is 93” wide and 50” tall.

I noticed that my shawl definitely came out a little more open and airy than the one in the image for the pattern, and then it occurred to me — the dreaded gauge. I will admit right now, I just looked at the gauge in the pattern. I had looked at it when I first started, however, I completely forgot about it as I started working the pattern. The gauge for the pattern is 4 rows = 3″ (8cm). I had Jamie help me figure out what my gauge was, and it looks like my 4 rows equal about 3.5 – 4 inches. It still looks really nice, but it is a little more open than the original. Whoops.

20140801_093347mistake_smI did notice one other, itty-bitty mistake in my very last row when I was pinning it to block. It looks like in one stitch I did the 3 hdc, but then forgot to finish with the ch 2 and the next 3 hdc. I stared at it for a while, either hoping that A) It would magically fix itself if I stared at it long enough, or B) I could just accept my defeat of that one stitch and be proud of my accomplishment of the rest of my shawl. I chose B. It was a devastating feeling, but I decided to just go with it—no one will ever know. Well, except me and everyone that may be reading my blog post. You guys won’t tell, right?

While I was laying my shawl out on the floor to block, I had a million little pins holding it out which caused my husband to freak out a little. He was worried the kids, who are 11 and 8 years old, would wake up early and start playing/walking/running/jumping by it or on it, therefore causing a possible run to an urgent care center or just a lot of loud screaming and crying. So, I solved the problem by posting a sign to inform the aforementioned children of the dangers lying ahead. Since we didn’t hear any crying and/or screaming, I’m going to assume it worked.20140727_074922-blockingsm

20140801_092647~2_finalI love my shawl and cannot wait to wrap it around me as I make my way to London and Paris in a few weeks! This crochet along was super fun and I hope you enjoyed it too! I would love to see photos of your Olive Twist shawl. If you didn’t get to follow along, you can still purchase the kit online and make your own!