I needed to get away from working on granny square type items so switched to a ripple afghan. For the basic ripple pattern I used "Ripple Throwback LW2156" which can be found on the Red Heart site www.redheart.com When I do a ripple ghan I generally make up the colour combinations as I go, often based on the amount of yarn I have on hand or my mood.
Finally finished what was seemed like the never-ending blanket. Everyone thinks I've missed the holiday season when they see the colours. Personally it was more a case of trying to use up some of my stash and me liking vibrant colours.
I've now finished my second pair of slippers, yahoo! If you are interested in making your own pair of slippers you will need to learn the basics of knitting.... casting on, the knit stitch as well as the purl stitch. There are various ways of casting on so find the method that is the easiest for you.
The body of the TV slippers (see previous post) is made up of knit and purl stitches. By purling you achieve the slight ridge that creates the sole of the slipper. The toe is a combination of the knit and purl stitches creating what is known as ribbing.
Since my last post I’ve been working on a couple of non-charity projects e.g. a lapghan for my uncle but I’m now back to focusing on my charity work. Last night I finished off a pair of slippers. I haven’t knitted slippers in years so it was a matter of getting back into the groove. I’m now working on another pair of slippers and juggling starting a charity blanket. That’s how I roll; I always seem to have several projects on the go at the same time.
If you are interested in the slipper pattern it can be found on Bev’ Country Cottage site entitled “Aunt Maggie’s Slippers”. Some of you might refer to this style of slipper as a TV slipper.
Interested on how you join granny squares as you go? Here are 2 videos that will take you through the process. One thing that might be confusing for many is the term "treble", this would be a "double crochet" for many of you.
I finished the first of the 10 promised blankets a few days ago so have a look. The squares were joined using the "join as you go" technique.
Are you ready to add some contrast to your squares by changing colours? If yes then The Purl Bee site offers a step-by-step pictorial guide at http://www.purlbee.com/granny-square-project/
For a series of videos related to granny squares check out The Wonder How website at
Not sure how to make a granny square? You are not alone. A common misconception is that the first project for someone new to crochet is how to make a granny square. Personally I had been crocheting for many years before I learned how.
Depending on what website or book you read there might be a few variations but the principle is the same. For example, in the following video they chain 3 to start, I tend to chain 4. It's all about preference. If you are unfamiliar with granny squares why not give it a try?
What am I currently working on? A blanket using up yarn I picked up at a stash sale, yep a stash sale. Each year members of the Toronto Hookups crochet guild can bring in yarn, books, accessories that they are trying to pass on to a new home and this yarn caught my eye. It’s the red and green holiday yarn from Red Heart. I couldn’t found a pattern I wanted to use so I’ve gone with simple granny squares trimmed in white. Right now I’m at the crossroads of deciding whether to make two kids size blankets or continue and go for a regular twin size one. Decisions, decisions.
For 2011 I’ve set a couple of personal charity goals... to make 10 blankets and whip up 20 pairs of slippers. Let me clarify, the blankets that will be included in these stats are blankets that I am totally responsible for creating for charity, they will not include any blankets where I have contributed to their construction through assembling donated squares, those blankets will continue to be counted as part of the overall monthly counts.
I’ve gone back through my stats for the past few years and I think this is a reasonable challenge. Why now? Simply I’ve run out of room ... LOL Like any true yarn enthusiast it’s all about creating that wonderful stash, well it’s time to diminish those skeins of yarn and take back my space. With the closing of the local Coats & Clark outlet store last year and local clearance warehouse sale where Red Heart pounders were sold for $1.59 who could resist? I’m also the type of hobbyist who waits for the yarn to speak to them, what should I make out of this yarn? With this colour combination? I would wait until I got that “ah ha” moment when I would fit the ideal pattern with the yarn before starting. Well moving forward if I want to create a dent in the ole’ stash I won’t have the luxury of those “ah ha” moments and it will be more a state of “just do” even if it means falling back on the old standby granny square blanket.
Dalyce Newby – I’ve been the area volunteer for the Greater Toronto & Area chapter since 2001. My primary crafts are crocheting and knitting. I also have an interest in scrapbooking and I'm currently working on a heritage album.