Tuesday, July 20, 2010

So, Roman is still just wearing diapers

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Does that make me a bad mother? Its just that I got this book, and I got this yarn, and I can't put either of them down for anything lately. Just look how pretty that sweater is! I could really get used to this following-a-crochet-pattern-business, now that I found one that I actually like! Maybe I don't look hard enough, but I rarely find a book of patterns for crochet that I love- it's always shawls and granny squares (which I love, but don't want to wear), and not basic enough- there is so much more out there for knitting, and somehow that still hasn't gotten me knitting. This is why I normally make things up as I go along, and almost never make fitted items, because I am too impatient to sit down a make a plan before I begin. (Insert your crochet book recommendations here.)

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I am making the Sardinia sweater which just happens to be on the cover. This brochure is filled with gorgeous patterns, I would wear every one of them. Seriously. I could be slightly swayed due to all most of the pattern titles being named after Greek Isles. ('Cept I think one is called Sicily. Close enough.) But they are all just so wearable looking which is key. I have to keep double checking myself as I go because the book is written with all the UK denotations, so I have to translate dc to sc, etc., since we Yanks insist on having a different name for everything compared the European stitch names (units of measure, size charts, on and on), but once the pattern gets going, its very simple.

About the yarn, Rowan's Lenpur Linen, which is a viscose/linen blend: the weight is such a dream- it moves like water after just a little cloth is crocheted/knitted up. Not too heavy, not fuzzy, not stiff, its perfect. I had a hard time choosing a color, because any of them would be beautiful, but I already have enough gray/purple sweaters so I went with Lagoon. (If you're still reading you might want to skip down to the bullet point version of this post.) I think the book recommends using the Cotton Glace for most of the sweaters, so I had to have Amanda at Textile help me convert the thickness factor (?), etc. (I really don't know what I'm talking about- she does- I just want to do the crocheting part- I figure if I keep letting other people figure these things out for me that I'll eventually learn what they're doing. That's a lie. I don't care. I just want to crochet.) This essentially meant I went down a size from what I was planning to make, and still I think it might fit slightly larger than shown. Which will still be pretty. Really super pretty.

Okay.

Bullet point version of this post:

*More sweaters for Mom
*Less pants for Baby
*More Lenpur/Linen for mom
*No tuition money left for Juliana
*Some sort of blanket apology here

xo,Anna

55 comments:

  1. I have a photo of my baby eating blueberry pancakes in just his diaper on his 1st birthday a couple of weeks ago. I bet people think that I took his shirt off so he wouldn't get blueberry on it. But really I never put clothes on him that day.

    Solidarity, sister!

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  2. Robyn Chachula's "Blueprint Crochet" is really pretty.

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  3. You do have to look much harder for good crochet patterns. They are out there, but it's frustrating. Kind of like sewing for boys! Do you have a Ravelry account? There's a GORGEOUS crochet tote bag pattern using that Lenpur linen yarn in very awesome modern granny squares.

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  4. Dear Anna Maria,
    my third son was a quiet and unambitious boy, I had to keep him in diapers till he was 2!
    So, do not feel guilty, Roman's time will come.
    I love your blog and your use of colours.
    Aracne

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  5. http://www.etsy.com/shop/InnerHooker?ga_search_query=INNER+HOOKER&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_page=&order=&includes[]=tags&includes[]=title

    HAS GREAT PATTERNS!

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  6. It's so hot I'm kind of wishing I could walk around in my underwear, but I'd either make people nauseous or get arrested, or both...and there ain't nothin' sweeter than a sweet little baby in the bare minimum.
    Beautiful yarn, by the way.

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  7. I crochet like you do! Thought I was the only one....Thank you for allowing me to fess up to it! Re Roman and his diapering ways: Heck, it's summer! Let the little guy run free! He's probably happier! There now. Feel better?

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  8. Oh I love Rowan yarn! Just made a sweater for my daughter using it, and I am in love:

    http://www.thelaughingmonkey.com/blog/2010/05/24/nyc-and-the-crafting-mojo/

    I'll have to check out that blend you recommend. I LOVE linen, and I live in Florida, so there you go.

    And I happen to think babies are at their cutest in just a diaper.

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  9. My 11 month-old is holding my pant leg right now and looking at me with a big smile, the cuteness of which is, in my opinion, accentuated by the fact that he's wearing just a diaper and no more. Mostly naked babies are just cute! And it's so hot here in the South! These two things are the only excuses I need.

    And I wish I could like crocheting. I'm great at knitting (although I wouldn't say I particularly enjoy the process) but I'm developmentally retarded when it comes to wielding a crochet hook. Alas. This sweater is so cute.

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  10. I love crochet, and am still working on the "wearability" factor. But shawls, blankets, bags, etc. are easy. I'm buying that Summer Crochet book. The Crochet Closet (Lisa Gentry) and Couture Crochet Workshop have good patterns as well. Have fun with it!

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  11. My 3 year old twin boys have spent the last three days in underwear and nothing else. I'm trying to potty train and its a lot easier just changing their pants than the whole outfit! I fear they will be naked for most of the summer as they are rather reluctant to use the potty!

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  12. i love that you posted about crochet today. I have been on a crochet kick lately. My thumbs are KILLING me! But, I can't stop. :) I'm going to have to look this book up...

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  13. Well--so long as he's not wearing the same diaper tomorrow you're doing OK!!
    Love the color of that yarn--Juliana can just work her way through college (;0)
    But now--I'm going to have to see about that book--I'm also a crochetaholic!!

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  14. That lagoon colour is just beautiful. I can't wait to see the end result!!

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  15. cute sweater! I'm sure it will look wonderful when you get it finished. I, too, am on a crochet-ing kick, as I've just recently figured out how to read the patterns. LOL So, I'm a little excited. Though at the moment, I'm doing arigurumi elephants for my twin boys' birthday. I'm probably having more fun making them than they will have playing with them. LOL

    As to the baby, my boys are dressed but totally unmatched. Does that count? But I just reached for the comfy shorts--didn't worry over the color. And they could care less. :)

    Happy crocheting!

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  16. ps: It was 35C where I am today. My daughter matched your little boy's fabulous little outfit. I couldn't bare to think of putting anything else on her than just a nappy. She would have melted!!

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  17. A mermaid sweater if ever there was one...

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  18. My oldest spent her entire first summer in nothing but a diaper. Dallas is HOT!

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  19. That's going to be gorgeous. I used to design a ton of sweaters all out of crochet back when I was a stubborn teen and refused to learn knitting. One tip, crocheted bands (ie. waistband) don't give like knitting ribbings do, so you might want to incorporate a little lycra into the yarn on the ribbing as you are crocheting it. Helps the stretched ribbing return to it's original shaped :) Have fun

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  20. You should check out japanese crochet books, all you need to know is how to read the charts but the designs are gorgeous, I buy mine at yesasia.com and you can see previews of these books at this website: http://www.tezukuritown.com/shop/default.php?cPath=563_576_578
    Just click on the book picture and then on the icon that looks like a book and you can see some of the designs in the books. I also love Blueprint Crochet by Robyn Chachula, Everyday Crochet by Doris Chan and Crochet so Fine by Kristin Omdahl

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  21. Oh my gosh Anna your bullet point version made me bust out laughing! :) I am going to have to go snag me a copy of that book. It is so hard to find good looking patterns for crochet. Thanks for the recommend. The crochet books I enjoy are Simple Crochet by Erika Knight and 100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet. (Sorry niether have clothes patterns in them) But Alicia Paulson has that great sweater in Vintage Crochet that I want to try someday.

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  22. Oh man, do me one in ZEST...

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  23. You crack me up. And make me want to take up crocheting.

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  24. And PS-- switch to Target diapers to expand your yarn budget and save Julianna's education simultaniously...

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  25. I've been out of town for a few days and when I saw this post title on my blog roll I thought it was a post about how you were potty training Roman. I was just about to start rolling my eyes at your overzealous potty training but am relieved to see you are just an overzealous crocheter. Now that's an Anna I can get on board with ;)

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  26. i love that turquoise sweater!!!! perfect for the humidity in your (and my) neck of the woods.

    nicole

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  27. Clothes on toddlers are overrated! I'm sure he's pleased as punch to run around in just a diaper, too.

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  28. I knit with this same yarn and colorway. It is beautiful and such a lovely cool feeling in the summer.

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  29. I have had some of those same feelings!

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  30. so funny! i so enjoy your blog! thank you!

    i completely agree on the crochet patterns and have the same thoughts on knitting as well. hope you post pics of the sweater when you're done!

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  31. The sweater is breathtaking in that Mediterranean blue . . . but you may want to know that Sardinia is also an Italian island (like Sicily, Capri, Ischia, Proscida, and a few others). But I never would have known that unless I was living here ; ) -- LOVE your designs (and blog) and just finished making pillows for my sofa with your bird print. Next up: a dress for my little girl in one of your florals. Va bene -- babies are happiest with nothing on in warm weather. Ciao bella!

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  32. ouch~ your font size is oh-so-tiny~ it hurts my eyes trying to read it; plus it's a real strain trying to read it :- (not all your blog readers are 35 and younger!) please think of us old readers with old eyes~~ (but i love your blog!!) thanks for listening.....

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  33. He's a boy, let him be. You are lucky he still wears the diaper! Both my boys loved running around naked, to my MIL's horror!

    I am the same as you, love crochet but I cannot follow a pattern for long before I do my own thing. I can never find fun. easy patterns. recently I did though. I bought two book from the same author - I did not know this at first! Positively Crochet and Crochet That Fits by Mary Jane Hall are both awesome books! I have never made so many projects from any books before. The patterns are so simple, no increases or decreases, she uses sifferent hook sizes to get the right fit. You must get them, you will love them!

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    1. Oh, I just read this! Thank you so much for promoting me and my books and I'm so happy you like them! Your comments just made my day. You probably haven't heard but I just finished another book, Colorful Crochet lace and its all lace garments and accessories. It won't be released till Aug 7, but it showing on Amazon already for pre order. you should go there and read the description.

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  34. I was inspired by the previous post and decided, no realized, that my four and a half month old NEEDED some fancy pants. I live overseas so I couldn't get my hands on your book. I had to settle for designing my own fancy pants for the little guy, using some fabric I printed in college and never could decide what to do with. He's getting a matching shirt soon, and I'll be getting your book thanks to a wonderful aunt who is going to mail me a copy. LOVE your blog.

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  35. You're right, all the projects look wonderful. I got that Rowan crochet book a few weeks ago and can't wait to start something.

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  36. I am very interested in the crochet book you have. I am an avid crocheter. Maine has been having a really hot summer, so I have been sewing more, but I would love to crochet some nice summer wear.
    Summer, and babies just in diapers are like a Norman Rockwell painting. It is just a classic thing. Someone should do a painting like that.

    Tabitha

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  37. Hi Deb- how are you?! Thanks for posting a comment on my blog and for your nice words :)

    I think I might have also seen a previous comment from you re font size on the blog? And when I saw the last one, i went back to my blogger layout to adjust- bc they have a new template thingy and if the font size changed I did it so accidentally- But also, any computer should have the capability to do a quick key command to expand the font you are looking at on any webpage....regardless of how the font is formatted on the programming end. In fact, I am constantly expanding fonts on various websites......I can do it by just holding down the command key and +....on my old computer it was shift and +

    Or you might be able to access it through the View tab of your browser-

    I hope this helps! I am not intentionally trying to cause blindness by blog!!

    ;=P

    thanks again for commenting- and I'll see if I can adjust from my end again- I always fix text size the through my browser, so I am not positive what folks are seeing.

    xo, Anna

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  38. Anonymous10:52 AM

    Please post a photo of the sweater when you're done. It might be a good time to switch from knitting to crochet for me!

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  39. Such a beautiful color...love, love, love!! :)

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  40. I cannot crochet, I have taken classes and friends have tried to teach me but I am hopeless,but I can knit anything! The last class I took the teacher gave up on me.
    My grandsons are 3 and 3 1/2 and the older one is just getting the picture- he is blind so it has taken a little longer but the other one's mother hasn't even tried to train him. So who is to say?
    Love you and all the things you do.








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  41. Anonymous7:40 PM

    Anna,
    Did you order that book online? Or from a local vendor? I too love to crochet and can never find patterns for anything other than shawls,hats, baby stuff. Love your blog!
    Val a.

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  42. Hi, Anna,

    I've been reading your blog fora while now and it's such a pleasure. So lovely.

    I too am a crocheter and have been frustrated by the fact that nice crochet patterns are hard to find. Some of the others mentioned some good choices (I'm working on my second sweater from The Crochet Closet right now). I've also liked Sensual Crochet by Amy Swenson, Creating Crochet Fabric by Dora Ohrenstein and Cool Crochet by Melissa Leapman. I've found some nice patterns on Ravelry, too.

    The color of your sweater is so beautiful. I can't wait to see the finished product.

    Cheers!

    --Anne

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  43. I'm a crochet fiend in the winter, but can't leave my sewing machine any other season!

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  44. Anna! thanks so much for all the fabric scraps! i'm just about done making pillows for my new futon and i made a pair of shorts. i hope yall are doing well and hope to see yall soon!! tell juliana good luck with school!

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  45. That IS pretty! I so agree about the lack of good, basic crochet patterns out there. They're mostly just kind of weird in some way. Which is why I rarely crochet anything but toys and afghans. . .

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  46. Sweater looks great! Thanks for posting about crotchet, I'm just figuring knitting out, with not much success. (So far, but I still will keep trying! I hate failing at stuff). Thanks for the book info I will have to check it out.

    Estela

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