Mid-January Brain Dump
- Yarns are trending lighter-weight, which is great news for crocheters. Lots of new DK and sport weight yarns are coming out, and some companies are even introducing lighter-weight versions of their worsted and bulky weight yarns.
- Yarn blends are all the rage. Lots of companies are experimenting with some really cool blends. It's a very, very good time to learn about traits of various fibers and fiber types, and to experiment with how these blends will behave. Way, way cool.
- Green is also in. Some new certified organic yarns are coming out.
- People were happy to talk about crochet. 'Nuf said.
I've had a bunch of links open in my browser for days, waiting for this moment at the end of the week when I have a few minutes to blather about them. It will feel good to close those tabs.
Wicked crochet in home decor! Check out these crocheted bowls from the-home-project, made strong by salt crystals [via Craft]. And Raveler elleemmiss pointed out these starched Crochet Pendant Lamps from RianRae.
Speaking of Ravelry, have you heard about the Bobby awards? I was psyched to see my Float Away scarf design nominated (*hint*), along with Amy O'Neill Houck's Sweet sweater (*cough*) as Best Free Pattern. The Crochet Me CAL was nominated for Best Crochet-Along, which is way cool. If you're a member, go vote! One member's Babette Blanket was nominated as Most Colorful Project, too. Now that I've finished my ripple, I'd better get back to Babette. Poor baby; it's been languishing in little piles of squares.
I'm thoroughly enchanted by the idea of Misio. Adopt (ok, buy) a crocheted cat (so cute) and document the character's development online. Character and personality are what I find so great about designing toys in the first place. What a cool combination of adorable crochet and online community/personality-building.
I've been really bad with blog-reading lately, but one I try to pop over to whenever I can is futuregirl. Her photos alone are so pretty and inspiring. A couple of weeks ago she posted a crocheted pentagon ball pattern. Neat!
Continuing on this neato-website kick, Lion Brand's teaming up with Instructables for their Slideshow Challenge is a pretty awesome example of online collaboration. It looks like pretty much anybody can enter, using any yarn (not just LB).
Did you notice up there that I mentioned finishing my ripple blanket? No fanfare yet, as Vancouver in January doesn't exactly = lots of great light shining in through windows making for great completed-ripple photography. But it's done. It even has a border. I'll spare you more details until I have some eye candy to go with it. But man, does it feel good.
Have a great weekend!