Monday, April 10, 2006

Not getting ahead

You would think that after the amount of work I have put on this jacket, it would be done by now.


It would be if it didn't have to be so big. I used to have a teeshirt the size of the sleeve I am making now. or at least close to it. I was a skinny baby, I think.

It would be if I didn't start doing those little Irish Crochet scrumblettes. I spent hours yesterday, and Saturday fiddling with the padding cord and crocheting around it. I am just asking once, why doesn't the instruction tell how long the padding cord is to be? Mine is either wayyy too long or way too short. Oh, it depends what direction my scrumblette is taking. If it is a free form piece, I have enough pc, because I stop when the pc ends. BUT, IF I follow a pattern from my book, "Irish Crochet Technique and Projects" by The Priscilla Publishing Co. then I don't have enough pc. Because I have not found the section where it tells how long it has to be for each project.

Another book that I have is

Maire Treanor, 'Clones Lace: The Story and Patterns of an Irish Crochet', which I need to get out from the shelf, and investigate the techniques.

I realize that I am not even close passing an amateur status, and will be the first one to listen to anyone who has experience in this technique. I was looking at Irish Shuttle's site, and "how it's made" postings, and started feeling really small. I wish it was true in physical feeling, too.

There is also an exhibit of IC, and don't even think that I will start making that type of work.
first of all, I am using size 5 and 10 thread, and maybe some that is thinner than 10, but I will always admire this work that is displayed here. It is a great inspiration for me.

If I get the picture to show up, you will see that my attempts are far from perfect, but I am sure anyone who is doing a perfect work now, started somewhere, as an amateur.

Here are pics of some of the things I made on the weekend. Oh, and the book that I carry with me everywhere, these days. Let's see how long THIS whim is going to last, HAH.

1 comment:

Claudia said...

Hi Pirk,

Love your Irish Crochet! I have the Clones Lace book too and the story is just facinating. I haven't tried it yet - too many other irons in the fire. I really like the colors you've used too - I was thinking of using colors and heavier yarn and adding the elements to my freeform - seems like you're thinking along the same lines!