I’ve been binge-watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix lately – it’s just such a perfect show to “watch” while crafting. I’ve already seen all of the episodes anyway, plus there’s definitely enough dialogue to keep you informed of what’s happening by just listening. I’ve found Aaron Sorkin’s dialogue-heavy shows (West Wing, Sports Night) to be good for this, too. ;)
Repeat viewings do reward you, though – there are so many awesome details in the sets! The Hooked on Houses blog has a photo tour of Lorelai’s house and the Gilmore mansion, as well as the Dragonfly Inn (and the town of Stars Hollow). For super fans, there’s also a thorough guide to filming locations for the show on the Filming Locations of Chicago and Los Angeles blog.
Needless to say, the knit and crocheted items on the show catch my attention – and there are a lot of them! One piece that I’d particularly like to recreate appears in at least a couple of episodes: Rory’s crocheted scarf.
It appears prominently in Season 5 Episode 14: “Say Something.” This is the episode in which Rory borrows Logan’s limo service so she can comfort Lorelai in Stars Hollow. The limo causes a commotion in town, and Rory responds by poking out of the top and explaining that she’s “not usually in a limo.”
And good news for those who like the scarf as much as I do – there’s already a pattern that was inspired by this piece! It’s called, appropriately, “I’m Not Usually in a Limo,” and was designed by Maria Keays. (Available for free as of this writing.)
In the closeups, you can see some of the details of this lacy crocheted pattern.
The scarf made an appearance in at least one other episode. Here, Rory layered it with other cold-weather wear. I think this was from Season 4, Episode 17.
Bonus: Here’s another scarf that’s similar in appearance but clearly isn’t the same one. This one might be knit? It’s hard to tell, but it’s pretty.
Better late than never… Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!
The project featured in the graphic is my take on the Nennir… which I just realized I never posted about. I will need to remedy that soon!
I’ve really been on a beaded project kick lately – even adding beads to projects whose patterns didn’t already call for them. It can be frustrating and tedious. I don’t like the stringing method for adding beads, but I also haven’t been very successful with the crochet hook method. The holes in those little size 6 beads are too small/inconsistent, and I end up with lots of unusable beads.
So here’s my little trick for being able to use beads with very small holes. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a slow process – but for me, it works better than the other methods.
I start with some very, very thin wire; it’s as thin as thread, but holds its shape. I’m not sure what gauge/size it is (it’s from my craft project stash and was purchased a long time ago), but I’m sure it wouldn’t be too hard to find something similar in the beading supply aisle at the craft store. I fold a piece of this wire in half, and then stick it through the loop where I’m going to place my next bead.
Next, I thread both of the loose ends of the wire through the bead.
I pull the bead down the wire and slip it over the yarn.
I remove the wire, and I’m left with a bead on the yarn.
Finally, I pull the yarn loop taut and continue knitting. As you can see, it’s still a bit of a fussy process – but it works for me. :)
A couple of years ago, I made a thread crochet table runner with special significance. But let me back up to share the inspiration behind the project first.
The flowers below are from my wedding bouquet. Hydrangeas were one of the first things I picked out for my wedding. I actually took a sprig of hydrangeas to the store when choosing the bridesmaids’ dresses to make sure I found the closest color match. Those flowers + ivory roses = a wedding bouquet that I’d still pick if I had to do it all over again. I’d pick the guy again too, by the way. :)
Fast forward to when my crochet hobby really took hold, and I wanted to make something that reminds me of those special flowers.
So I started making a table runner with ivory roses on a field of light blue.
The pattern is actually for a pot holder – the Beauty Rose pot holder pattern that’s available for free. (I made a centerpiece using the same pattern with different thread colors.)
I just omitted the backing that the pattern calls for, and turned the squares into join-as-you-go motifs. I also created an edging for the table runner by using the same stitch patterns that are included within the motifs.
The thread is Aunt Lydia’s #10 crochet cotton in Delft Blue, Frosty Green and Ivory. The blue looks a lot brighter in photos than it does in person – in my opinion, it’s actually a pretty close match to the hydrangeas.
Handmade items are sentimental in and of themselves, but this one is made even more special due to its inspiration. Do you have any handmade items that are particularly significant to you?
I love knitting. I love Cary Grant. And this video clip of Cary Grant’s character learning to knit in Mr. Lucky is hilarious. Happy Valentine’s Day!
It’s been nice to see some coverage of knitting over at Huffington Post recently. One of the articles details things you should be making for your home that aren’t blankets. (Not that there’s anything wrong with blankets!) I also appreciated the quick knitting history link included in the article.
The article reminded me of some crocheted home decor I’ve seen at national retailers lately. All three of these examples feature really nice neutral tones that could go with a lot of different decorating styles. In any case, I enjoyed the inspiration!
It looks like the Kayla Crochet Mirror from Company Kids might actually include some knit swatches, too.
The Lainie Crochet Pillow from Home Decorators Collection combines a rustic element (jute fabric) with elegant crocheted trim.
Pottery Barn’s Crochet Bath Accessories (almost out of stock as of this writing) feature a unique fiber choice.
Too often, I focus my attention on the finished product – not on what I learned while in the process of creating something. That applies to a lot of areas of life, but in the interest of staying on topic, I’ll take a moment to pause and take note of what I’ve learned so far while working on my current project.
Using the right tool for the job.
If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ve already seen that I’m in the process of making the Monica shawl. It’s a gorgeous (free) pattern that’s knit with lace-weight yarn. I went through three different needle sizes when I was starting out, and got way too far into the project before I finally conceded that it wasn’t working.
None of the needles I tried at first (Boye Needlemaster and Knit Picks Caspian) were bad in and of themselves – they just weren’t right for this pattern. Luckily, my new set of interchangeable Addi Click needles (LOVE!!!) arrived while I was in the midst of frogging this for the umpteenth time. I chose a larger needle size, and never looked back. Note that the needles pictured are from my first attempts and are not the ones that I ended up using.
New knitting skills.
I also picked up a few new technical knitting skills with this pattern – a win in my book, even if it was hard-earned because of all the failed attempts.
- Comfortably (somewhat) reading lace charts
- Knitted-on borders
- Estonian knitting nupps – I used the crochet hook method in the video below, and it was so much easier!