I hate croshay. I want to love croshay. I want to be good at croshay, but croshay is still very tricky. After mastering the single croshay, I thought I had it all figured out. While browsing in Michael's on Friday afternoon, I came across a display of Lion Brand (new) Cotton Ease. I had been looking at this very yarn online ever since the folks at Lion Brand sent me their fancy new catalog back in February. I thought that (new) Cotton Ease looked pretty good, but I wanted to touch it before buying it. In person, it's quite nice. It's a teensy bit acrylic-y, but for the most part it's soft and tightly spun and it comes in very nice, mod colors. I couldn't resist and I bought twelve (12) skeins of Lion Brand (new) Cotton Ease (at a very good price) with the intention of croshaying a beautiful Ripple Afghan.
On Saturday, I realized that I had no idea what I was doing and that I was going to have to get the book. Fortunately, they had it at my local Borders and I reserved it (just in case) and went and picked it up last night. The book makes it all look so easy. This afternoon, I sat down to try a little swatch in the soft waves pattern, which requires a person to execute a dc (double crochet). Double crochet is hard. You can't just whip your hook through those loops. It's all tricky and temperamental. Maybe I'll get better at it. Maybe, like purling, double crochet is something that takes some getting used to. I hope so, because I have all this yarn, and I'd really like to make a pretty blanket.
I have one question about the book. When it says that a particular stitch pattern is for 12+3 chains, do they mean an multiple of 12 plus 3, like 27 or 51, or do they mean a multiple of 15? I tried my swatch with 27 chain stitches and it did not work at all. It might be me, but this seems very confusing. At least I can still knit. I finished my RPM socks the other day. They're quite nice. I have chosen to photograph them with what I think are the world's best shoes for a sock knitter. I am quite certain that Danskos and hand knit socks are BFF, and I'm glad I have three pairs. Eff croshay.