The week in review: Sunday, January 20 through Thursday, January 24, 2013

This was view from my front porch right around 5 o’clock this afternoon:

January 2013 snow day
A view from my front porch, January 24, 2013, Raleigh, North Carolina

which was not altogether unlike the view from the same porch at about same time of day, one week earlier:

January 2013 snow day
My front yard, January 18, 2013

If you were to judge this past week by the view from my front porch, it looks as if not much has changed, when in fact a lot of things have, not the least of which is my Josef Albers potholder project.

I began this effort on December 17, thinking that one more project was exactly what I needed before Christmas. I got this far with it:

crochet potholder ready to felt
A Josef Alber’s inspired crochet potholder almost ready for felting

On reflection, however, and with measuring tape in hand, I consulted some notes and made measurements of my Frank Stella potholders:

felted crochet potholders
Measuring the two crochet potholders for Frank Stella after felting

and came to the conclusion that if I were to felt the above potholder-in-waiting, I would end up with a lovely felted square that wasn’t quite big enough to do the job.

I was also concerned that the finished felted potholder would be a bit thick and not as supple as I would like, so, using information gleaned from the Merri Purdy’s use of a single crochet through the back loop only worked in the round for her felted make-up bag that I finished this week, I decided to rework the potholder.

While it took me about an hour-and-a-half to work out details of the design, I finally came up with something I think will work:

crochet potholders
I begin reworking the crochet potholders for Josef Albers

Now, for the week in review!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

January 20: My second attempt at installing a zipper
January 20: My second attempt at installing a zipper

Learning to install a zipper

Monday, January 21, 2013

companion crochet square
Companion crochet square for Jean Leinhauser’s Square 86

The project basket

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Five round granny square
Five round granny square

No estimated time of resolution

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

le creuset on a sari strip crochet hot pad
My red Le Creuset pan on the recently completed sari ribbon hot pad

Creative disruption

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Sherbet the crochet bear
The return of Sherbet the crochet bear

The return of Sherbet the bear