Saturday, July 21, 2007

Get Your Crochet On!

Have you guys heard of Afya Ibomu? I'm sure you all have as I am commonly last in the loop of what's "in." Well, if you haven't, she crochets urban style fashions for much loved hip hop artists, such as Eryka Badu and Common, to name a few. Her hats pattern book has been out since November 2006, I think. I just got it and I am having great fun.

Mellow Moods

While searching the LYS' for some size 4 circulars suitable for my recycled yarn I crocheted 3 of her hats! They work up FAST. I mean, one may say, "Hmmm, I think this hat will look cute with my outfit tomorrow." And then be able to successfully whip up one of these bad boys in a few hours with crocheting/knitting energy to go. Who knows, maybe it's just me. After all, I do say that my yarn fetish is "in Crochet."

The MC

After having been converted to a somewhat purist by cyberworld, and LYS', I still couldn't bring it to myself to just give away my acrylics. I knew they'd serve their purpose one day (i.e., children's wear that needs frequent washing). I'm going to be using the rest of it on hats. Afya Ibomu's hats to be exact.


I'm also excited about having her book because it's the first time that I've ever owned a fiber book with brown hands providing instructions. As a matter of fact, I'm starting a CAL just for your interpretations of her works. If there's already one out there, please let me know. Otherwise, GetYourCrochetOnCAL will be chugging right along until further notice. If you want to join, please email me at nicole5249(at)sbcblobal(dot)com.

Well, my Coachella seems to be coming along fine. The pattern says I should try it on to ensure desired drape has been achieved in the bust area. It really doesn't advise what to do if it hasn't. But, that's cool, because I think what I've done so far is ok. Because I've used the exact opposite yarn weight that the pattern has called for I've had to knit more rows to achieve the desired length for the front, and add about 5 more increases in the back, not including the additional rows worked before rejoining the front and back. I'm going to leave out the last decrease because of that back fat you see in the bottom right corner and just go for the finish. I'll definitely have to trim the arm openings with a row of single crochet because there is an unsightly gap and the neck line. Otherwise, I love the look of the raw edges and am going to leave the rest as is.


Sheila said...

Coachella is coming out nicely... keep it going. I did a crochet tank with a racer back for my niece... she's still waiting the second I'm familiar with Afya.. I did a couple of hats based on her designs... love them.

KimT said...

everything looks great! And I have Afya's book. Got it from the library. I will definately be joining your crochet along!

Carmell said...

when i saw her on Uncommon Threads i wanted that book! only problem is i can't crochet!!!! but my cousin does so i'm thinking of getting it anyway!! i love the ones you've done. and that sweater looks a lot better on you than the model on the pattern!!!

PAJNSTL said...

Your hats are very cute!

Anonymous said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.