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                                              Pickles       Brian Crane     November 17, 2012

Pickles

© Brian Crane, dist. by The Washington Post Writers Group – All Rights Reserved.  November 17, 2012 from www.gocomics.com

I don’t knit, but I crochet.  When my younger daughter recently voiced a wish to have one of those loop or infinity scarves, I quickly offered to crochet her one.  It has been decades since I last held a hook or completed a crochet project, but I still know how to make a few stitches and I figured a simple scarf would require just the basic ones.  Even better, I figured these scarves would not require turns to start each succeeding row.  Years ago I gave up on my last crochet project because, while I followed the pattern closely, I unknowingly kept adding stitches each time I started a new row and the work in progress no longer resembled any throw/table runner/bedspread (I forget) I was hoping to create.

After collecting the yarn and crochet hook and without the benefit of a pattern, I started the foundation chain and promptly lost count.  My daughter assured me that the foundation was just the right length, so I continued to add one row of single crochet, followed by several rows of double crochet stitches as time allowed.  I started with the black worsted yarn and finished one scarf.  Then I thought I could do better and started another one using navy blue chunky yarn.  See the finished scarves, each shown looped once.  I might as well be Opal in the comic strip.  If my daughter won’t use either scarf, then I’ll keep myself really warm with them.  Next time I will be smarter and follow a pattern I can manage.  I’ll search library shelves and the library’s online Hobbies and Crafts database, as well as its digital magazines.  And here’s wishing you all kinds of warmth this winter.

Black fleck infinity scarf, worsted

Black fleck infinity scarf, worsted

 

Navy blue infinity scarf, chunky

Navy blue infinity scarf, chunky

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Youtube isn’t merely a source for music videos, trailers, and the most recent internet phenomenon. It is also an excellent source for instructional videos of all sorts. You can learn everything from martial arts moves to how to tie a Double Windsor knot in your tie. I run the Knitting Circle here at the Fremont Main library. (Third Wednesday of every month. Bring your project and join us!) So, today I was doing a bit of searching on Youtube on the topics of knitting and crochet. Unfortunately, most of the videos I discovered don’t allow embedding, so you’ll have to follow the links below to watch the video of your choice.

Try Something New:

* How to Crochet Basics – Chain Stitch for Left-Handers

* How to Crochet for Beginners : How to Make a Crochet Chain Stitch

* How to Knit for Beginners : How to Cast On in Knitting

* How to Knit for Beginners : How to Make the Basic Knit Stitch

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Knit One, Purl Two On Wednesday

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Knit One, Purl Two: A Monthly Drop-In Knitting Circle

Please join us for an informal knitting circle on the third Wednesday of every month. We will be meeting at the Fremont Main Library in the Van Doorn Room (to the left in the Lobby as you enter the building) from 7-8pm. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Never knitted before? Just bring some knitting needles and yarn, and we’ll get you started.

Join us for conversation, and fun with the fiber arts!

Dates for 2008: 1/16, 2/20, 3/19, 4/16, 5/21, 6/18, 7/16, 8/20, 9/17, 10/15, 11/19, 12/17.

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