Tribute Tuesday

For sometime now, I've been thinking about making a post about a pattern or a designer that's inspired me to make something, whether in knitting or crochet or whatever.  I'll try to do them on Tuesdays, sort of as a tribute to the artist, hence the title of this post.

So, I'll have a LOT of material for Tuesdays!  There have been so many great patterns that I've found that have inspired me, not only to make the item, but to expand my knowledge and abilities as a crafter.  Some of the things have taken me out of my comfort zone, not only in the crafting, but also, as a person that doesn't always have a lot of faith in their own abilities.  It's because of these patterns/designers that I am braver and more confident in what I am able to produce.

For the first Tribute Tuesday, I give you:  The Sejia Set by Bev Ireland!

My first crochet pattern book was The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller, and seeing as how I had a baby shower to go to shortly after I purchased it, I decided to make the Sejia set, for who ever it was.  I don't remember who it was for anymore, as I've made quite a few over the last couple of years.  (Too much sharing of the Kool-Aid!)  It was last updated in October of 2011, if that's any indication (I wasn't too savvy with the use of the Ravelry project pages at that time).  It was also my first time not strictly adhering to a pattern.  I know that the ends are supposed to be spaced out and braids of the yarn woven through, but at the time, I wasn't comfortable with doing that (and I was short on time), and I found that I preferred it without the braided yarn in the blanket.  The hat, of course I sat and did the braids on, it sort of made the hat.  It came out well, both the blanket and the hat, but I'd later find out, my hat making left much to be desired.  All of my hats that I made at first had a very, very visible seam, and they were all too small for the people I made them for, except for the baby hats!

There it is!  I was always thinking of ice cream every time I worked on it!  It was all made with Caron One Pound Yarn and Lion Brand Pound of Love (Antique White), and I still have some of the brown, despite having made about 3 other blankets with it (they were 'boy' blankets, blue, tan and dark brown).  I got to make another girly blanket set last year for my girlfriend's baby shower, which was nice, since it had been a while since the last set I'd made.  

The Happy Hooker book has provided me with countless hours of hat making (I have made hats for every person in this house and given lots away as gifts).  The instructions are great, very clear and concise and the stories about the designers that contributed to the book are wonderful!  I especially love the pictures in the beginning of the book explaining the crochet stitches and things.  I love being able to see things being done, I find it helpful to my own crocheting, being able to watch someone do what they're showing me, instead of them just tossing instructions out at me.  It was very nice to have the pictures and instructions there to reference if I needed it.

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