Somehow I find myself crocheting smaller and smaller things. Today’s project is a seahorse for a larger project.
I found the Seahorse Motif through Ravelry. All you have to do is like the Facebook page for “Crochet a little”. I looked through the pictures to find the chart. On Ravelry there is a link to a website if you do not use Facebook.
If you are a chart crocheter, then this one is an easy one for you. I could not find a written pattern. As a novice, I had a bit of a hard time following it and I skipped some of the design. I was well into it when I realized that the yellow areas were supposed to be front post stitches. I also ended up crocheting the head in the wrong direction. Fortunately I wasn’t too far along and just turned it around 😁. It took me a few hours, but well worth another try.
I needed Lime Green. Not a color I expected to need much of, but my crochet journey led me to flowers. Of course flowers have leaves that are lime green and my local craft stores didn’t have any. I did happened upon Lime Green Tulip brand Fabric Dye in the clearance section. Light Bulb!
I have asked the internet if you can dunk a skein of yarn with a cardboard insert straight into the dye, but so far I have not found the answer. I am afraid that the cardboard will disintegrate and eventually cause the whole thing to rot. Better safe, than sorry.
I purchased DNC traditions in white (because that is what they had). The internet said to unwind the skein. I used the wind around the arm to elbow method. I cut six small pieces of yarn to tie at different points along the yarn circle. Supposedly this is supposed to keep it from tangling. More on that later.
I followed the directions on the package.
Fill tub with one gallon steaming hot water.
Stir in 1/4 cup of salt.
Pour in dye packet and stir until dissolved.
Submerge fabric in dye mixture.
Stir continually for 15 minutes, and then occasionally for 45 minutes.
Rinse fabric in cold water. Wash in warm water and let air dry away from direct heat and sunlight.
As you can see the color turned out great.
It took a couple of days for the yarn to fully dry. I thought the winding would be a breeze. Boy was I wrong. It took me more days to have the patience to wind it than it did to dry. The thread did change consistency. It’s piling a little bit more and it’s harder, but all I need it is for leaves that are going to be on display.
The Next Step
Just because I complain that it took me so long to wind, doesn’t mean I won’t try again. I can’t seem to find any dark pink either. 🙂
I crochet everywhere, but I never see anyone else doing it. Where are my fellow hookers? The moment I sit down (or even lean against a wall) I pull out the hook. I originally wanted to learn how to knit, but I quickly realized that I was not going to be able to carry those long needles around for my own safety. The convenience of the crochet hook has really been my downfall. I now carry two bags wherever I go.
I have yet to see anyone ever crocheting in public (nor knitting). Why? Am I the only one that has nothing to do? I don’t get very many comments either. I am ok with that. I just don’t know why I don’t see anyone else doing it.
I even got caught by a photographer crocheting while holding a spot for a parade. I was a bit mortified.
Little kids are usually the ones most interested. They will stand and watch for a little bit. I once had a little girl watch then go around the corner. I heard her tell her dad that what I was doing was beautiful. He then made her come back and tell me herself. It was very nice.
Yesterday I was crocheting at the pool because I am not a member of the polar bear club. A little boy just stopped and stared. His mom came up and pushed him along. I looked up and I saw the mom looking down at me with THE LOOK with a slight lip curl. I couldn’t believe it. She looked absolutely disgusted at what I was doing. I am not one of those mom’s that enjoys going talking to other moms, so normally I am not one of the “in” crown. But to see such a look of disdain was heartbreaking. I kept right on doing what I was doing, and I will do it again. I just didn’t realize how uncool it is to do something other than stare at a phone screen.
Shopping for yarn is my vice and my pleasure. It’s always an experience though, and I never walk away empty handed (so says my bank account). Inevitably you are always bound to have a new yarn to tell after the hunt.
I was at the register at my local craft store when I eavesdropped on the conversation in front of me. An older lady was asking about something gold she had left behind. Turns out it was a walking stick. Everyone giggled because it just seemed odd that someone would forget that. The lady was very appreciative because she said it belonged to her sister.
I caught up with her outside and I said, “Your sister must have been very inspired to have forgotten her walking stick”. She plainly responded, “My sister is dead.” It was one of those moments when you wish the earth swallowed you. She quickly added, “She was my twin sister. Now I carry it with me (literally, because she also used her own). I just had so much that day that I forgot it.”
We parted ways on a lighter note, but the short moment took a while to digest. I started imagining what her story could be. Had she always been close to her sister? How was she doing now? I have a sibling, but can’t imagine the loss of the bond of a twin.
Usually on my drive home I think about what I can do with my purchases, but this time, they were almost forgotten.
My short interlude all started because I was looking for a thin black yarn. I ended up with a skein of Aunt Lydia’s black Fashion 3 to attach my border to the Batik. I am totally making it up as I go.
The highlight of the trip was that I can’t help but wander around AC Moore and I always check the clearance. They are moving things around so I had not noticed that this yarn with color tufts I had been eyeing was suddenly on clearance. I almost missed it. What else could I do but snatch it up!
I really want to make a hat. That’s my goal. I have yet to accomplish making a good hat/beanie/whatever-it’s-called. I WILL make it work with this yarn.
MAKE A BEANIE HAT! It’s not much to ask to be able to make one that fits and is circular. The last one I made ended up looking like a Chinese qing hat.