Genius hour

Today’s genius hour was as productive as always. The amount of yarn that I had left was very small but I worked with it and finished the ball. I am now going to start a new color and learn how to connect the two and continue on with my project.

I searched around in the internet for ways to switch the colors as simply as possible for a granny stitch: this is the stitch I am using. The biggest and most interesting thing I found online was a man by the name of Michael Sellick. He did a great tutorial so I read up on him more and how he got into crocheting. Michael Sellick provided a good video and directions on how to change colors while continuing the pattern. One of the easiest ways is to take one end of each piece of yarn and tight a small, tight knot between one another. This will connect the two colors easily and give you more yarn to crochet with. After they are connected, you may begin with the process of crocheting again.

The link to The Crochet Crowd: Michael Sellick

http://thecrochetcrowd.com/mikey/

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Update on Genius Hour

This genius hour was productive once again. I have enlarged my crocheting piece and I am getting very good at making sure the stitches stay tight. I did run into one challenge this week… my new nails. you would think that this wouldn’t cause an issue but it did. I had jut got acrylics the night before and I am not used to them one bit. I am scared that one of them is going to break off if I apply too much force: and doing so could hurt very much. So, instead of using the tips of my fingers to pull some of the yarn over the hook… I had to use the sides of my thumb and middle finger. This then led to them getting quite sore because that part of your fingers aren’t used very much.

Another thing that had crossed my mind while crocheting was how much yarn I have left and how big my final piece is. I am starting to run low on yarn and still want to continue making it bigger. In this case I will have to learn how to switch colors of just start a new bundle of yarn on my project without it looking like there was an issue. I am thinking of choosing a dark grey color to coordinate with the burgundy I have going now.

Week 6

Going into week 6 I was kind of frustrated: due to the fact the I could not keep the yarn tight as I continued through the process. During genius hour, I found a comfortable position to crochet in and worked on the pieces I was not too strong in yet. I had many ideas of what to crochet for my project; scarf, hat, hot pads. But, out of all the ideas I had… I chose to make a blanket and use a stitch I hadn’t done any research on.

During class as I crocheted, I learned to keep the yarn tight and closer to the hook and the blanket itself to have a tighter blanket where it couldn’t come undone. With only working in it once a week lately (because I’m getting the hang of it) it hasn’t gotten very big but I am very proud of the creation I have made so far.