Squatters and Lifters

I would like to say a big, huge, Thank you to my Mom for buying classes for me at Stitches South this year. She sent me a message just before my birthday, offering to buy me a class at Stitches, so I took a look and knew I would love to take about 4.  She bought me 2 and then surprised me with 2more.  My first class was Getting Started with Japanese Crochet with Gail Roehm.  I really appreciate Gail for sharing her knowledge and offering this class.  Gail, a knitter and crocheter has spent time in Japan and familar with the language gave her class a wealth of information.  If you have ever been on Ravelry and perusing designs, especially free ones, you have seen Pierrot designs.  Japanese designs give charts and schematics both of which I love being a visual thinker.  She taught us how to interpret the gauge, starting points, and hook sizes among other tidbits.
Here is a bit of my work…..

I also learned about squatters and lifters…. squatters have tight and short stitches.  A lifter has nice long or regular length stitches.   I am a squatter, I know this because when I crochet a test gauge, I am right on with the width of the gauge but most times I am short on the length.  I  will strive to be a lifter.

How about you?


Published by gwengoods

I live with my family in Neenah, WI. My day job is working at our local library. I spend time everyday exploring the art of crochet. Everyday life inspires my work from family to nature.

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