I must apologize to everyone who downloaded the Palm Beach Shrug Pattern. I must have been out to lunch the day that I wrote that pattern! Many of you have called several errors to my attention and I have corrected the pattern three times! But would you believe it…it still had a glaring mistake. So my 4th correction has been done and I’ve taken the time to re-read the entire pattern. I found other problems and have corrected those too. Now I finally have version “e” ready! It’s such an easy pattern that I can’t understand how I managed to make so many mistakes in writing it!
Here’s a nifty yarn that I’ve not seen before. My daughter gave me a crochet book for Mother’s Day and a gift certificate for Michael’s. So as soon as humanly possible, I visited my local Michael’s and happened upon Patons Stretch Sock Yarn. Michael’s had 6 skeins left, enough to make a short-sleeved top so I decided to try it. I must tell you, if you’ve never worked with stretch yarn before, you must keep your crochet loose as you go so that your yarn doesn’t stretch. I tend to be a tight crocheter so I ended up with the swatch below.
You’ll notice that the center of my work is much looser than the rest and you can see the white table clearly. It took me a while to work up a consistent swatch. However, despite this little problem, I find this yarn beautifully dyed and spun. The weight is perfect for crochet clothing since crochet stitches tend to make anything bulky. I’m using an L hook and plain half-double crochet to get an airy fabric that will drape well. I also like the stretchiness and think that this is a yarn I will definitely use again.
Bags, Baskets, and Buckets
I think I finally have enough yarn storage in my craft room! I love to make bags (and I also love to buy them!) so I have a large supply of roomy bags to hold my projects. My Crochetville friend, Mary Jo, made the red bag for me. I also enjoy haunting the local Goodwill Store. One day, I picked up a beautiful little shallow basket with pockets and handles for small projects. Another time, I found a black leather bucket with a large front pocket and straps on the sides. The interior is lined and is just the ticket for a large project. I paid less than $3 for each of them.