So yesterday, TheTwistedYarn passed the happy milestone of 100 000 views. I’m sure that a few of these were folks landing here accidentally and scurrying rapidly through the labyrinthine corridors of the ‘Yarn on their way in search of a site about molecular biology or how to mend vacuum cleaners. And that’s OK: we’re inclusive here, though not very informative about molecular biology. But hopefully, the vast, vast majority of these hits were by colour-loving yarn-wielders, and I really hope that some people have been convinced that with sticks/hooks and string, you really can make pretty much anything (as long as you practise new techniques on scrappy spare yarn first).
Anyway, a heartfelt THANK YOU to every reader and commenter. If it wasn’t too early in the day for drinking, I’d be raising a glass to y’all.
And now, a thought about circles. I’m working on crocheting the garden of the big crazy house project, and I decided to include a little round fishpond. The water is knitted, in order to give a smoother surface than I could manage with crochet. But how to knit a circle? Just in case you ever need to know the answer, I found a solution on catchloops.com’s blog: the formula for calculating the number of stitches on each row, as you work across the circle. It’s based on a combination of the formula for calculating the chord of a circle combined with calculating number of stitches based on gauge. Clever, huh?
So I got knitting…
And sixty rows of increasing then decreasing length later, I had myself a perfect circle! Wa-hey!
One pond! Now it needs some water-lilies and some goldfish, don’t you think? Here’s a start:-
Then I worked up one side and down the other of each petal loop. I started at the bottom and chained 3, then worked a further 4 double crochets (US terminology, so trebles if you’re in the UK) to get to the tip of the petal. Then I chained 1 before working 5 double crochets down the other side of the petal. Finally I worked a slip stitch into the centre of the flower before moving on to the next petal. And so on:-
And finally I sewed a few last stitches to anchor the petals in a sticking-up position. Done! Here’s a diagram:-
And now if you’ll excuse me, I’m all about the goldfish…