Crocheting recently

Crocheting recently has been a hit and miss deal. I’m in the preparation stage, and I’m still hitting my stride working out these floral details. I am having a lot of fun with the crocheting and general arts and craft book research. There’s also a lot of distractions with retail work and the artist pursuits that involve typing and networking more than making and doing something real. Sometimes the going is slow, but I’ve hopefully got time for a big run-up.

Crocheted flowers: Daffodil and pansies picture

Crocheted flowers: Daffodil and pansies picture

....daffodil?

….daffodil?

Some things have not gone according to plan. This was supposed to be a daffodil, and I think I was using British crochet when I should have been using American….?

There is two types of crocheting, and while I can do both, it essentially boils down to exactly the same stitches with slightly different names, but those names are also exactly the same for both styles, and they’ve pretty much swapped them over.

I don’t know which one I’ve learned, and I need to be able to work that out in time when following a pattern or I end up with something ridiculous.

More success with the floral pattern from the Australian crochet book

More success with the floral pattern from the Australian crochet book

…..so maybe I know Australian crochet?

Crocheting experimentations

Crocheting experimentations

This wool is a fun texture in a gross colour, and I have a lot of it. Cannot wait to see it go, so I’ve been dragging my project bag all over SEQ, and a little bit over the border too.

Crocheted flowers, that night's work.

Crocheted flowers, that night’s work.

Work function picnic

Work function picnic

Another night I reverse engineered four versions of the same flower from a Pinterest image (it's working!)

Another night I reverse engineered four versions of the same flower from a Pinterest image (it’s working!)

And so on. Now I have this;

End of week

End of week

And I’m especially proud of this;

Was a star, used new petal making skills to add a second layer

Was a star, used new petal making skills to add a second layer

…because it did something strange when I created one of my own. But it did the strange thing in a uniform way, and I can plausibly say I did it on purpose (it’s ok, no one reads this).

The most external 7ch stitches ending up curling over themselves. They all did it in exactly the same way, so it's a mistake I kind of like.

The most external 7ch stitches ending up curling over themselves. They all did it in exactly the same way, so it’s a mistake I kind of like.

Which was from this magazine;

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Which cost me this much:

Whaaat. I will take ten, please (and I did).

Whaaat. I will take ten, please (and I did).

For bonus credit, I knocked up about a half-a-dozen afghan squares using a recipe from the interesting and clever Ursula Glitch. She writes about crocheting, and creates patterns which she kindly shares, and some other stuff which must be driving the mister crazy by now. “Ursula Glitch said” is becoming my unofficial slogan of February. She wrote a post on 5 ways to maximise your creativity which was a list of ideas that I already knew, but needed to remember. So, thank her for this cool bastard, and you can create your own with her recipe here.

Skull pattern afghan square, front.

Skull pattern afghan square, front.

Skull pattern afghan square, back.

Skull pattern afghan square, back.

About kellymarietheartist

I am an artist who, up until recently, was living and exhibiting within Toowoomba and the greater Granite Belt district. I have since packed up and left Australia, and am currently living and working in England. My work engages the craft involved in handmaking within a contemporary art context. I am drawn to the physicality of repetitive textile processes, and this is transcribed though the tactile quality of my forms. In particular, processes such as crochet, sewing and rug making serve as a proxy for growth within my personal environment. Many of my works imitate situations in nature, and they form organically as I create each individual piece, each addition both a continuation and re-enforcement of its predecessors. I enjoy using recycled materials for many of my works. Using crochet and other textile techniques to do this is an important part of my work as it celebrates a tradition of craft that has historically been relegated to 'women's work', with all the negative connotations that entails.
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