Finished

So I actually liked making this one after I got over the multiple page pattern and it was a fairly easy 3 row repeat once the pattern was established. It is crocheted more loosely than I’d like but I had to watch my tension so the petals wouldn’t curl. Maybe a smaller hook would work if I decide to make another one but it is a soft, cozy blanket so I’m happy with the results. There are a couple other “shaped” blankets I’ve been eyeing and maybe I’ll go ahead and try one of them now that I know they’re not that complicated.

  • Pattern – Spoke Flower Blanket – free on Ravelry
  • Yarn – Lion Brand Mandala – colorway Wood Nymph
  • Hook size – H

Hockey and Cycling?!

Yep, first we watched the Lightning win … now leading the series 3 – 1, and then we watched the first stage of the Tour de France. I am really surprised that the race is taking place this year but happy to be able to watch. Tour time = knitting time so I pulled out my long neglected pink blanket and got back to work. The petal crochet blanket is finished except for weaving the ends in so the timing is perfect.

You can see that Finn was groomed this week. Hopefully, it will be the last time this summer I have to have him cut so short.

A new blanket

I briefly thought about which of my knitting projects I should pull out to work on after finishing the pink blanket and then promptly started a new crochet blanket. And even worse, I chose something I actually need to count and pay attention to rather than a nice mindless project.

  • Project – Spoke Petal Blanket – free on Ravelry
  • Hook size – H
  • Yarn – Lion Brand Mandala – colorway, Wood Nymph

I almost didn’t start this one … it’s a 14 page pattern and looks very complicated but like many crochet patterns, sometimes you just need to start working stitch by stitch and it all begins to make sense. Also, even though the bulk of the blanket will end up as a 3 row repeat, the pattern repeats for each petal so once you start a row and get the repeat in your head for that row, you just repeat it for the rest of the petals.

I’ve been looking at “shaped” blanket crochet patterns for a couple years but always decided I didn’t what to think that hard. Years ago I knit this Vortex Shawl and I figured it would be similar in the repeating sections and increasing and knew if I’d managed to make THIS, I could manage one of the crochet patterns.

Now that I’ve got it figured out, I need to work on it steadily so I don’t forget what I’m doing!

Another finish

I finally finished this crochet blanket stitch Afghan. Not sure why it took so long except we were at Big Canoe for 8 weeks and I don’t seem to get as much crochet done there. I love this pattern with this yarn! I did a yellow one that I finished up in February and I’ve got blue yarn so you’ll see at least one more of them eventually.

For the last year or two I’ve been draping my afghans across the chair in my guest room to photograph them … unfortunately, I took that chair to Big Canoe so I’ll need to find another spot. For now the top of the dresser will do.

Hands2Help

I decided to participate in Hands2Help this year and chose Quilts for Compassion to send my donations to in large part because they accept quilts of all sizes for men, women, and children, AND they accept crochet blankets. I packed up 6 today, 2 quilts and 4 crochet blankets and will ship them off tomorrow.

The finished quilts and blankets have been piling up around here and I hope to get more ready for donation in the next couple weeks. A few to ship off and a stack to take with me to GA to donate.

A change in direction

I love working with cotton yarn but the new blanket is not working out. The yarn is just not soft enough to be a blanket so I’ve decided to give up on it and down the road will use it to make a market bag or two and some dishcloths. I did a quick search on Ravelry and I will have lots of bag patterns to choose from.

So last night after making the decision to give up on the blanket, I debated whether to start a new one or to pick my knit one back up … I know it seems like this is taking me forever to finish and you’re right it is … but I will finish it quicker if I keep working on it so I’m back at it. It’s not a hard pattern and I like knitting it … it’s just slow going which is probably why I like crocheting blankets better. They’re quicker and I get to start something new faster! This is also a cotton yarn but it is soft and has nice drape.

Keith watched from his office today as 3 deer walked down the street … he snapped a photo of the one that came down the driveway. I knew having the big windows in the office would entertain him, he likes watching the world go by. We’ll miss watching the deer visit when we head home this weekend.

Slow progress

I’ve been working on this knit blanket since the end of February but I did a lot of binding last month so I didn’t knit as much. It’s the only project I have to work on the next few days so I might make some progress.

3 Finishes

Sometimes it seems like nothing is being accomplished and all the sudden there are several finishes to share.

First up, my Charm Square quilt … just squares and borders but happy and bright and ready for donation.

  • 2 Charm Square packs
  • Borders are cut 2.75 inches
  • I started with 2 yards of the border/binding fabric and have a chunk left

I also finished crocheting 2 blankets. If I get the quilts washed before mid March, I’ll have another stack of blankets and quilts to take to Chris to donate to SafePath. With both of these, I think I’ve found a good yarn/pattern combination so while I do like finding new patterns, I also like to make blankets I’ve enjoyed crocheting in different colorways so I’ll need to remember these combinations.

  • Pattern – Blanket Stitch – found free on Ravelry
  • Yarn – Lion Brand Ice Cream Big Scoop in the Lemon Meringue colorway – about one and a half skeins. It was kind of hard to tell for sure how much was used because the 2nd skein was a mess with chunks of yarn stuffed in the skein. Usually I have good luck with Big Scoop skeins so I hope this was just a one time thing.
  • Hook size – H
  • Chained 150
  • Finished size – 36 x 48
  • Pattern – Marble Baby Throw – found free on Ravelry
  • Yarn – Premier DK Colors – this is a new yarn I’m trying that I bought a while back on sale at LoveCrafts.com, it’s very soft.
  • Hook size – G
  • Finished size – 33 inches square

My unpacking is done, the laundry is in progress and if I work a bit on the tax stuff I should have some time today to make more chisel stars and/or start a new blanket!

Granny Square Blanket

Normally I don’t do blankets with holes for babies but I just felt like doing a granny square blanket … not lots of squares … just one big one.

  • Pattern – Marble Baby Throw – found free on Ravelry
  • Yarn – Premier DK Colors – this is a new yarn I’m trying that I bought a while back on sale at LoveCrafts.com so far so good, it’s very soft.
  • Hook size – G

And no, I haven’t woven the ends in on the yellow blanket yet … I do need to get that done Overall I try to finish one completely before starting another but it doesn’t always happen.

Keith got home tonight and once I go to bed, I’m looking forward to sleeping in since he’ll be here to take care of Finn in the morning. Tomorrow I need to load and quilt a top to finish of my list for the week.

Off my needles

Another Ross Beanie is done and tucked away in the box to be donated. I’m not sure how many I’ll make before sending them off but I think there are 7 in there now. These are sized for men so they’re a little big on Hat Head.

I also made orange Rainbow String blocks. I didn’t have many strips/strings in orange so I cut some from scraps and fat quarters … I had enough for 10 blocks. Again, my plan for these is to make some blocks in each color and then I’ll make a Rainbow HeartStrings quilt myself and donate the leftover squares for our September project in Maine so I don’t need a specific number of each color block. So far I’ve got green, purple, and orange done.