Wednesday, April 16, 2014

V Stitch Market Bag










Because of my gout I have switched to a vegetarian diet.  I spent a lot of time at farmer's markets before the switch so that's only going to increase.  I've been making tons of market bags.  Some for me, some for friends.  This one was for a friend.  I prefer short handled ones that I put in a cart.  She likes long handles.  The v-stitch is a bit denser than mesh, but still stretchy.




Cotton yarn  I used Bernat Handicrafter that I got for free with my fitbit points from fitstudio.com  the more I move, the more points I get.  :-)

I hook

stitches -
ch - chain
sc - single crochet
hdc - half double crochet
back post hdc - Here's a tutorial  http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-work-backpost-doublecrochet-stitches.html

DC - double crochet
magic/sliding ring - Here's a tutorial http://www.stitchdiva.com/tutorials/crochet/base-adjustable-ring

Start with a magic/sliding ring

R1)
10 sc in ring


R2)
ch 1
2 sc in same stitch and every stitch around
join with ss to first sc

R3)
Ch 1
2 sc in same stitch
1 sc next stitch
*2 sc next stitch
1 sc next stitch
repeat from * around
join with ss to first sc

R4)
Ch 1
2 sc in same stitch
1 sc each next 2 stitches
*2 sc next stitch
1 sc each next 2 stitches
repeat from * around
join with ss to first sc

R5)
Ch 1
2 sc in same stitch
1 sc each next 3 stitches
*2 sc next stitch
1 sc each next 3 stitches
repeat from * around

join with ss to first sc

R6)
Ch 1
2 sc in same stitch
1 sc each next 4 stitches
*2 sc next stitch
1 sc each next 4 stitches
repeat from * around
join with ss to first sc

R7)
Ch 1
2 sc in same stitch
1 sc each next 5 stitches
*2 sc next stitch
1 sc each next 5 stitches
repeat from * around
join with ss to first sc

R8)
Ch 1
2 sc in same stitch
1 sc each next 6 stitches
*2 sc next stitch
1 sc each next 6 stitches
repeat from * around
join with ss to first sc

R9)
Ch 2 (counts as first hdc)
hdc around
join with ss to first hdc

R10)
Ch4 (counts as first dc & Ch 1)
Dc same stitch
skip 1 stitch
*DC, ch 1, DC next stitch
Skip 1 stitch
repeat from * around

R11 - 22)
ss to center of ch 1 space
ch 4 (first DC & ch 1)
DC same space
*DC, ch 1, DC next ch1 space
repeat from * around

R 23)
ss to center of ch 1 space
ch 2 (first HDC)
HDC same space
2 HDC each ch 1 space around
join with ss to first HDC

R 24 - 25)
Work back post HDC around

R 26)
sc around

Start Handle
ss 3 stitches
turn and work back across
*ch 1 SC same space, DC, SC, DC, SC, DC
Repeat from * until handle is desired length.  
Attach on opposite side.





Sunday, April 13, 2014

More about the City Market


So instead of paying too much for performer space at the market, we decided to perform in the park nearby.  Deb Conners came and told Dan he wasn't allowed to be there.  He disagreed with her because the market itself has been traditionally a public forum and public parks even more so.  As he explained it to me, if there are benches that homeless people can and do sleep on, grass that dogs can and do poop on, how can she say it's private and no performers are allowed.  Later he noticed the sign which does lead credence to his train of thought.  A sign put up by the city itself.  The market was so much of a valued public forum that they immortalized it in bronze.

Deb did say that if we got all the licenses required we could have a full booth and be regular vendors selling stuff besides balloons.  That part was interesting to me.   I know people on the waiting list to get a space on Saturday and I have been told previously that there are no more.  Suddenly there is and I'm offered one, but the people on the waiting list are not.

More importantly she's saying we can't be performers we have to be vendors.  I much prefer busking.  I don't set prices and let people tip me if they are happy with how I have made them feel.  Usually works out well for me.  Sometimes people don't toss anything my way, but so what.  It's part of busking.  I value the freedom of working that way.  I don't have to set up by a certain time and only leave after a certain time.  I do pay state and federal income tax on my tips - always have, but I'm not selling anything so I don't have to worry about sales tax.  I don't have to worry about making a certain amount to just break even for the day.  Being focused on money saps the energy and sucks away the spontaneity of performing.  I don't want to vend.  I don't want to sell.

I do have other options for places to busk on the weekends and it doesn't worry me to lose income from the City Market.  That doesn't make Deb's micromanagement of performers right.  If she wants to dictate so much then she needs to HIRE people to perform and PAY them to do what she wants.  Don't abuse the artists who work for tips.  If you're lucky enough to have talented musicians, magicians, balloon artists, living statues, jugglers and so on who want to perform without cost to you, let them.  Don't make it impossible.  I'm not saying it should be a free for all.  Make certain places off limits and buskers will take care of the rest.  We're very good at staying out of each other's way.  For many years that system worked well at the market.  A few people didn't follow the rules of checking in and they were always asked to leave.  we stayed out of walkways and the sheds.

Sometimes it seems to me that Deb wasn't happy that we did earn money.  That's why balloon artists and face painters are the only people being charged.


Several people told Dan they were thrilled to see him there on Saturday and I have close to two dozen emails asking me why we haven't been there.  After so many years we've got a little following and I didn't realize how much they appreciated us until I started getting the letters.  It really made me smile.

I wish I had an answer to give them.  I can afford the booth space, but why should I be forced to vend when I want to perform?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Loose infinity scarf - crochet version


Size L hook
Size F hook

Lightweight yarn I used Silken Effect by 5th Avenue

Chain 20 with larger hook
hdc in 3rd chain from hook & across

Rows 2 - 78
Chain 2 (counts as first hdc)
in back loop only hdc across

fasten off and weave in ends

Fold the scarf in half lengthwise matching up the ends a to a and b to b then give it a twist and match corners a to corners b



sew the ends together

you now have an infinity loop


For the gather strip use the smaller hook 
chain 11
hdc in 3rd chain from hook and across

Rows 2 - 20
Chain 2 (counts as first hdc)
in back loop only hdc across

fasten off and weave in ends

sew the small strip together in a tube around the scarf.  I position it to hide the seam where the scarf ends were sewn together.    Tucking a side under is a great alternative to just wearing it looped

  
  


Wear it long or looped.






Loose Infinity Scarf - Knitted Version





Size 11 needles
Size 6 needles

225 yards of a lightweight yarn.  I used Silken Effects by 5th Avenue.  Using a large needle gives the scarf a very loose light body.

cast on 150 stitches with size 11 needles
Work 3x3 rib for 6 inches
bind off loosely

Fold the scarf in half lengthwise matching up the ends a to a and b to b then give it a twist and match corners a to corners b



sew the ends together

you now have an infinity loop



for the small gather strip
cast on 12 with size 6 needles
work 3x3 rib for  20 rows
bind off

sew the strip together in a tube around the scarf.  I position it to hide the seam where the scarf ends were sewn together.  It's also great for tucking an end under for an alternative look to just wearing it looped.

Wear it long or looped












Friday, March 21, 2014

Articles on the Cult eating my town

http://fcnp.com/2012/11/20/the-international-house-of-horror-ihop/

IHOP is growing even faster than envisioned and I feel sadder and sadder about it every day.

Another article

http://urbantruthnetwork.wordpress.com/2012/11/16/the-ihop-murder-case/

why post links to articles?  Because I have noticed a disturbing trend for the links to be harder and harder to find as the internet is flooded with IHOP sponsored "We are Not A Cult" postings.

Adding another resource doesn't seem like a bad idea.

http://standupforthetruth.com/2012/04/is-ihop-a-cult-one-interns-story/

http://ihopisnewage.wordpress.com/category/cult/

https://plus.google.com/100735620001011837512/posts/WpsdweVcDMB


and if you ever have the time - take a look at what financials you can find on them.  some big, giant scary numbers.  Think of how new this group is.  Founded in 1999 they turn 15 this year.  They take in more (tax free) money than a whole lot of big corporations.  As far as I can tell they don't use it for good.  Kudos to them for figuring out how to scam the student loan system and set up a worthless "university" putting young people in debt while lining their pockets.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Book Review - The Go-To Book for Irish Crochet Motifs from Annie's Attic


a lot of my recent motifs have been from this book.  I'm trying to put enough black and white scrumbles together for a project t hat I hope to finish this week.  

I liked a lot of things about this book, my only real criticism being the lack of diagrams.  I really enjoy diagrams for motif work.  I find them easier to follow.  It's easy for me to lose my place in a complex row and some of the motifs are tricky.

I found one thing to complain about, but many things to praise.  For many motifs the authors give both a traditional way and an updated way to create the piece.  There is a good explanation for working with padding cords and rings, something missing in vintage patterns or books that focus only on updated motifs.  By far my favorite part was the clear explanation about how to work the fill in lace.  That has been the part that trips me up when doing Irish or freeform crochet.  

I love Russian crochet magazines and have a huge collection - but occasionally I find the diagrams hard to follow.  It's not the clarity of the instructions, it's just my inexperience that creates the issues.  I've learned a lot,but sometimes the barrier has been just too much.  After reading over this book and working many of the motifs, I find the Russian patterns to be much much easier to follow.  I'm still working on learning the harder pieces, but it's getting easier.

Basically, this is a great book for anyone interested in getting started with Irish or freeform crochet.



Monday, March 17, 2014

Motif A Day - March 17


fill in circle

just put 16 or 18 sc in a sliding ring, then join with ss to first sc
round 2 is just slip stitched around