Today is a little bit better but I still feel light-headed, but my back is better thanks to the hot mineral bath I took yesterday (note to thank JB for his departing gift).
For almost a week now, beside writing some ludicrous proposals (one was accepted, hurray!) and frustration I was crocheting this wonderful shrug. In fact, I was not working on it but it was working on me. Since crochet is so in right now, making crochet wearable items is hot (like Paris Hilton's "that's hot!"). But the truth is I started crocheting a long time ago but seriously making stuff since grad school. Somehow crochet gives me that serenity that I desperately need. It's like meditation with a hook and some yarns.
However, I didn't make any wearable items since I seriously started until a week ago I stumbled into crochetville. This one lady had a schematic for a shrug, which is a rectangular piece that you sew 2 ends to the length of your arms. Then it would look somehow like this:
By the way, that was my first attempt using the sweater stitch. However, it looks too bulky and doesn't give me coverage from the sides. Since Florida is hot, in summer I prefer to wear short sleeves or tank tops. But staying in the lab all the time makes my arms and shoulders cold. And I hate to wear a sweater as it covers my nice t-shirts (the common dilema of any woman)
That's how I look when it's very hot in Florida
See Hiennie, I took your advice and pin my hair
Since I didn't like what I had in the first picture (I painfully crocheted that shrug tube for 3 days ), I took it out. Very very sad, almost made me cry.
So I crocheted the whole rectangular piece again, this time using the shell stitch and did some modifications such as making the sleeve wider near the hands (tay ống loe) and putting some extra rows to cover the armpit areas. Anyways just look at the pictures and you'll get the idea.
The final product: shell-y and lacy...veli veli lice indeed
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With headband: same stitch but only the headband
The whole get-up: headband and shrug
Originally posted on June 28th, 2006