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Hi! And welcome to String Theory Crochet. Our little business is growing and growing! We spend happy and busy days, designing, crafting, making and playing with gorgeous yarns. We have some big and exciting things happening this year but don't worry we will still be here with our patterns and we are still available for special requests, one of a kind gifts and commissions. Please feel free to join in with our crochet obsession with your comments and shares or pop over to our Facebook page and show us what you've been making - we'd love to see your finished makes.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Persephone the Pig and Red Riding Hood

Only two days to Fibre East so I havn't really got time for this but I couldn't resist. First this is a lovely pattern designed by Vicky so I thought it would be a good idea to have an example so people could see what they could make with the pattern.












 But having made this one I thought we are trying to sell tubes of yarn like these:
So here is what you can make if you combine the pattern
with the yarn tube!





















It is a good job that I did do this because I have just noticed that I havn't given him a mouth imagine a pig that can't eat!
He took less than half a tube of Yarn Candy so you could make two from one tube - bargain I say.









The point of what we are doing is to encourage and demonstrate free-form crochet so here is a reminder of what is possible when an artist gets really proficient at crochet.(I should say that the photograph doesn't quite do justice to the colours)


Vicky did this with a plan to make more fairy tales - sadly she has not had time yet to make more.
Can you spot the big bad wolf?
Wish us luck for this weekend
Lynn

Friday, 18 July 2014

The Yarn Truffle Crochet or Knitting Challenge

Once again inspired by Vicky I set out to show people what could be made from one of these:

A bag of Yarn Truffles. 50g of colour themed yarn!
This is the contents of the bag shown but each bag is slightly different and this is not the bag I used.















We have a box of these ready, so to make it a fair challenge I just put my hand in the box and pulled a bag out without looking.

This shows all the things that I have made from one bag of yarn. Four large brooches, a big purse and a little purse, three hair clips, a beaded bracelet and a tie on thing that could be a necklace or a head band or you could tie it on to any other bit of you, you fancy.












Of course these makes needed some extra bits so I raided the haberdashery and embellishments. I didn't use the whole packet of the beads, buttons, bells , hair clips or brooch backs so I will be able to do this all again with the remainder.













The rest of the pictures are mainly close ups of the things that you can make.

The jungle brooch/pin
 The garden brooch
 The coral reef brooch
The solar system brooch


























I have made a sort of pattern for these three.  They only use three very simple motifs - a circle, a flower and a coral. You can probably see that I have cheated and used a few orange beads.












It has been  really interesting to work out how to use the yarn to the best effect - if you fancy the same challenge the bags of yarn truffles are for sale as are the packets of haberdashery and embellishments


The really annoying thing is that I had this much yarn left .
As I was writing the title I thought I was being knitist by excluding the knitters. So if you knit why not try the great yarn truffle challenge - what can you make????

Monday, 14 July 2014

Crochet kits, hats and PYO

Vicky and I are in head exploding mode!! We have never done a big show before - two days of Fibre East, we have no idea how much stock we will need or what we will need when we get there to be able to set up, so we go from nervous break down ( not enough stock ) to excitement ( everybody buys everything and we become very rich)!
As you can imagine not much time for crochet but there is a bit to share.



 You may remember these mice. We are going to try and sell the kit to make them but we had sold all our examples at the Hurst Show so I decided to make a few more. They are so cute that I decided to share all of the pictures.









In the kit you get 5 balls of yarn - here is a selection but there are lots of other colours.
This is the content: stuffing, pattern, yarn. hook. yarn needle, stitch marker, and beads.















Once you think of a good idea ( in this case kits ) it is difficult to stop so I completed the Christmas Key ring Kit that I mentioned last time.

Key rings defying gravity , interesting effect
 Classic photography mistake, if you look carefully you can see me taking the picture.
 These are tinkling, twinkling stars. As I suspected the white ones are better than the gold ones but this is not obvious from the picture.


This is what the kit looks like. I forgot to list the pattern on the front but it is included.









 A beany type hat made by Vicky from one of our Yarn Candy tubes ( you could make three like this from one tube) . I like the effect of the fringe made from the ends of yarn.

I am off to see what else you can make from one tube. I may not last long because this morning we went fruit picking and we drove home with the raspberries on my lap - who can resist sun warmed fruit? I hope my digestion is up to it!
Lynn


Thursday, 10 July 2014

5 Reasons to Take This Crochet Health Survey


This is a guest post from Kathryn Vercillo, author of Crochet Saved My Life and blogger at Crochet Concupiscence. She’s running a crochet health survey right now and wants you to know why it would be great if you could take a moment to participate.


Crochet saved my life. Literally. In my late twenties I was stuck in a downward spiral of chronic depression and had a really difficult time pulling myself out. It was during that time that I discovered crochet, a craft that could soothe my mind, reduce my anxiety, rebuild my self-esteem and bring joy back into my life. I began to crochet daily, and I began to heal. Later, I started to share my story on my blog and the comments I received made it obvious that there were many other people also healing from crochet. That’s when I started the research for my book, Crochet Saved My Life, because I wanted to find out just how this craft was helping people. The new survey that I’ve created is a continuation of that research, taking it further, and I’m hoping that you’ll participate.


Here are five reasons that it is beneficial for people to participate in this crochet health survey:

1.      Learn more about how crochet has helped you. By taking a few moments to answer the questions in this survey, you just might gain fresh insight into how the craft is helping you. It’s a great feeling to realize that they hobby you love is really a vital part of your life.
2.      Help others understand the health benefits of crochet. As the word spreads, more and more people are picking up crochet hooks to help themselves. When you share your information, it helps others realize how the craft can help them.
3.      Increase credibility for the craft as a form of therapy. This is an intensive, serious study that will be promoted to institutions, doctors and other researchers to help get support for crochet in a variety of healing settings.
4.      Support an indie author. I do all of my own writing, research and publishing. I can’t do it without the contributions of people who are willing to share their stories and information. The more I learn about how crochet helps other, the more I can share that information.
5.      Celebrate crochet! Above and beyond anything else, this survey celebrates the craft of crochet. It looks at what it can do to help people, not only with health issues but with improving general quality of life.


You can take the survey now or learn more about it from this press release


Sunday, 6 July 2014

Applique, Christmas Kits and Anonymous

I don't seem to have had much time for actual crochet this week. Graham and I have been going to pick up things bought on ebay and when we do we make a point of looking for something to see in the area. Went to Crawley and found Tilford Park - highly recommended.
I have also been inspired by a very old Stitch craft magazine and seeing Vicky cover holes in her favouite jumper using crochet patches. The result of the inspiration is this.



This is an old pashmina with a dirty mark on it. A few crocheted leaves make a good cover for the stain. I have another one like this that has a crosswise pull that looks a bit like a ladder in a stocking (yes I am that old ) and I am attempting a similar fix - will share when finished. I sewed the leaves on with very small stitches using a fine needle and cotton so that the stitching does not show on the other side.





 These are the prototypes of our new Christmas kits. We have three different Christmas key rings planned, they will be available in kit form and will include all the findings and yarn together with a pattern. A nice small gift and always better if you make it yourself
I am planning to change the colour of the star shown here because I don't like the gold with the silver key ring. I will also change the colour of the tiny jingle bells

Lastly here is our logo without the basket and with his feet made bigger and turned round. He is lovely but still nameless although Vicky suggested Woolfred or Wooliam. The best I can do at the moment is Crochetpher -any suggestions?
Lynn








Monday, 30 June 2014

Hurst Country Fair: wet/dry, happy/sad and Unicorns

The country Fair at Hurst was very interesting. Saturday was very miserable it rained most of the day and when it wasn't raining it was absolutely pouring. We spent most of the day covering and uncovering the crochet to stop it getting wet. Sunday was a beautiful day, no rain mostly glorious sun and lots of people. So why did we take more or less the same amount on each day I wonder?

If you look carefully you can see the rain on the roof and the drips around the edges of the gazebo.

Probably our best selling items were these key rings.

Sadly we only sold one of the pot plants but don't they look pretty set up like this?

Our stall was right opposite the arena so at one point during the day we looked through the rain only to see princesses on unicorns which were dancing to the music - honestly!








Hurst is a small village but the show was extremely well organised, with gazebos already erected when we got there and people to help with traffic management etc.  My favourite part was the dog racing: just any old dogs chasing a ball in the direction of the finishing line -very funny. Or was it the hobby horse racing?  I am very glad to say dobbin found a new and loving home after having been loved by Ben and Danny for quite some time.



Saddest story of the day a little girl fell in love with purple bear and her grandma bought it for her but they came back later because she had lost it. I said I would make her a new one but sadly I can't find any more yarn like this. So two things; if you know the whereabouts of the bear then please let us know - anonymity guaranteed. Or if you know a source of 4ply variegated purple yarn- PLEASE PLEASE get in touch.
Thank you.
Lynn

P.S. in search of yarn, today we went to Hobby Craft -didn't find the yarn I wanted but found lots I didn't know I wanted. But I did find CE marked stuffing so with all the help we have received from the CE group and the stuffing we can now CE mark all our toys. Hooray!
Lynn

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Inspiration B and Q and Free Braid Instructions

Last time I promised to tell you about tile spacers because I knew how interested you would be!!!Well it wasn't true because the thing I used was a plastic packer for jamming doors and windows in place.
There are three different colours which represent three different thicknesses. I have found them easier to use  for braid making if the prongs are shorter so the red ones I cut with scissors, the green ones I cut with a bread saw and I suspect I will need a hack saw for the black ones. I then filed the rough bits off and used a flame to melt/smooth the finished product.

We have long been searching for something to make small pom-poms with and when I saw these in B and Q who could resist ( 30 in a packet for less than £1.50). Then Mrs creativity or Vicky as I sometimes call her got hold of one and the rest is history. She worked out how to use them to make pretty braids much in the same way you would use your loom bands and then I spent some time developing her idea. First attempt too ambitious so a bit messy.

 The thing I keep forgetting is to leave a very long end at the start as this will form one of the ties.
It is easier when you start to use super chunky yarn, which gives a neater finish.









 The one below is Dk and it took all my concentration
to keep the colours in the right order.
I went to sports day yesterday and many of the older girls were wearing flowers in their hair so I have started this braid. It is not finished yet but I hope it gives a flavour of what is possible.


BRAID MAKING INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Make a slip knot loop and put it on the left hand prong.

2.  Wind the yarn around the right hand prong, going through the gap around the front and then back through the gap.

3. Now wrap the yarn around the LH. prong, going around the front first, then around the back and back through the gap towards you.

4. Repeat 2 and 3 until you have three loops on each prong ( this time you also count the slip knot as a loop).

5. Use the hook to lift the bottom loop on the LH prong over the top of the other two loops. It is quite difficult to do this as you have to stop the other loops sliding off and hold the end of the yarn as well.

6. Now take the bottom loop on the RH prong over the top of the other two loops.

7.  Your work should now look like this.

8.  Wrap the yarn as before but first around the LH prong and then the RH prong to get back to three loops on each and now do 5 and 6 again.

9.  Just keep doing numbers 5 to 8 over and over again until your braid is as long as you want it.

10. To finish off when your work looks like number 7 don’t do any more wrapping, just lift the bottom loop over the top one on each prong so that you now only have one loop on each. Then put all the loops on one prong and lift the bottom one over the top one.  Slide the final loop off the prong, cut the yarn and then put it through the loop and pull tight.

NOTE: to make it easier you can do all of this with only two loops on each prong and just lift the bottom loop over the top loop each time.
When you get really clever you can make braids with three different colours or add some beads – use your creativity and imagination and have fun.
You can also use the prongy thing to make tiddly pom-poms!
Finally we are at the Hurst country Fair this weekend so come along and say hello. You can also try your hand at making braids, pom-poms or making a finger knitted bangle, so hope to see you there.
Lynn