Archive for June, 2012

If you like crochet work …

There’s a weekly e-mailed bulletin I get from `Crochet Me’ which is always interesting … even if I’d never have the time to work on any of their projects! There’s always some information about a stitch, a new book, history behind this or that, but never dull. The URL to sign up is this one:

http://www.crochetme.com/user/CreateUser.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fdefault.aspx&a=cme120625

The only caution I’d make is that it’s very easy to click on links that lead to patterns or magazines or books — but these are, for the most part, not free, so keep that mind.

On the other hand, there are often links to free patterns and related websites, so it’s worth following some links off this site.

What’s a `dc’ stitch?!

Crochet stitches all have names. However, the names used in American patterns differ from those from England. Here’s a URL where they explain the differences in terms — and what each one really does look like:

http://catherine-calder.wrytestuff.com/swa217600.htm

And here’s another site, which has step-by-step pictures for the most common stitches:

   http://www.crochetspot.com/how-to-crochet

All our patterns have been using a double crochet stitch (British term), which the above site describes in this way:

Insert the hook into the work, yarn over the hook and draw the yarn through the work only, yarn over hook draw the yarn through both loops on the hook.

HOWEVER … I’ve now noticed that my original shoulder bag instructions were using the `hdc’ stitch name (hdc = half double crochet), even though in reality, I was only doing a `dc’ (double crochet). I think we could try to do the real `hdc’ on a sitting mat to see if that makes it fluffier and pouffier; but I’d still continue with the `dc’ for the shoulder bag — it needs strength rather than pouffiness 🙂

Summer crochet sessions

Hi there, everyone!

I’m going to host a weekly 2-hour milkbag crochet session over the summer.

Every Wednesday, 10 till noon (except July 18). Drop in when you can. Post any requests for bags and we’ll try to have them on hand next time you come by.

This past school year

We’ve now had our last milkbag session and, while no bags have been finished (but a few look like they’re almost done), the students, a small core of both boys and girls, have been participating steadily.

Every week we’ve had students sorting and folding bags into sets of 25 — and now we’re adding a bag with the first stage of cuts, to show the width of the strips. It was a teacher’s suggestion to have one sample in the bag of bags, as a guide for cutting all the bags into strips — just remember — for the second stage of cuts, the scissorts must always cross the bag’s `seam’ on the diagonal, never at 90 degrees (that just gives you loops!).

And every week we’ve had other students who’ve cut the bags into strips, or brought their own crochet project to continue working the rows to their shoulder bags. Some work on their bags at lot at home, some only have time when we meet at school. But everyone who’s been participating this year has been doing the best they could. So I congratulate all of you for keeping with it.

In the fall, we’ll start up again. Think about what day(s) to meet at recess, and what you’d like to perhaps change. One idea I have is to keep the crochet work (and hooks) at school, so it’s always available each week; for those who want to do more, they can start a project at home. Also, next year we’ll learn a new project, sitting mats, which are also a project of some of the grade 8 classes. It would be marvellous if, by the end of the next school year, we had a whole stack of bags and mats, ready to ship to Haiti, all made by students from our school!

So, till the fall — thanks so much, everyone! It was a pleasure coming to school each time.

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