Sunday, October 16, 2016

Still planning the pool

I must say it's not as easy as it looks.  There are so many helpful video's out there and facebook groups but even still its mostly trial and error.  Sure you can try and go off of what worked for someone else but if your tention is not the same as theirs it's not going to work for you.  And something that other's don't subscribe to but that I have run into is sure the yarn will work but some of them only work from the center pull, or from the outer pull.  So if at first you don't succeed, you might want to grab the other yarn tail and try it that way.  I love the argyle stitch it's very pretty but I think I am just going to have to frog this baby blanket and settle for scarves.  There is just too much having to frog back and grab a smaller or bigger hook and try again to get that color in that place at that time. . . it's all about being in the right place at the right time isn't it?  Today I mastered the zig zag and I think it's a bit easier than the argyle, and makes for a not overly bulky scarf.  I have seen some infinity scarves and cowls done up with the argyle and they are very pretty but for someone like me who has little to no neck they are just too bulky.  Of course I am not happy just learning the one way to pool, I have to learn all the ways.  Never stop learning.  When you do you start to grow old.  Let's face it old people are kind of depressing.  No one wants that.  That's why all the old people I surround myself with never stop learning and we learn from each other and it's a beautiful thing.  I am sure they teach me way more than I can teach them but still I can contribute some tid bits here and there.

So yes.  I am working on my first planned pooling scarf and hopefully it will be up soon my shop for purchase.  I don't even know what I should charge for it though because of all the hours of failed attempts if I charged by the hour it would probably never sell.  If you care to look around and don't want to wait for the color pooling items to show up you can feel free to click on this link but I should warn you I am in desperate need of "new" things.  With working so much I haven't had as much time as I'd like to make new things.  Unless you count the flowers.  I make many of those "new" things every day.  Some of them are really pretty.  I'm a very lucky girl to have such a fun job that's such a perfect fit.  I know a lot of people hate Mondays and dread going back to work but not this girl.  I actually smile on Mondays.  I hope you all have an awesome Monday too.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Adventures in planned pooling

If you don't know what planned pooling is yet you soon will as this technique has gone viral, very very fast.  It involves using variegated yarn and planning ahead what goes where so that the colors pool in just the right spots  Some yarns make plaid, some make this mess down here, and if you do it another way you can make stripes.  Of course I had to try it out for myself.  So I did.  And I am happy to say this only took me 2 tries.  Seems like most people have to rip it out and try again at least once so 2 tries isn't half bad, I will take it.  Be on the lookout for new planned pooling scarves and blankets in my shop, coming soon!