Without air conditioning I find it too hot to work on a continuous project until the end of summer so it’s all about squares. Working with squares is also a great way to de-stash. If you’re like me then you probably have a lot of odds skeins leftover from projects or skeins you inherited from someone clearing out their stash…LOL Here’s what I’m doing with my skeins….8” square, and when there’s insufficient left on the skein for a 8” square what’s left over becomes a 3 row square or centre for another project.
I apologize for my absence but as they say “life gets in the way”… While I was away I started a couple of projects which are now on hold until the fall when things cool down. I find it too work on a continuous blanket during the summer months. Way too hot...
I started this as a charity blanket but recently completed the blanket as a birthday present. In the fall I would like to start another one for a shelter.
It’s a new year and a new year of possibilities. Why don’t you join me on this journey through 2017 and see where it takes us.
A quick summary of 2016…I continued to be plagued by health issues so I apologize for allowing this site to grow stagnant. Through the year I found myself spending little time latched to my computer but for the coming year I will make every endeavour to post if not monthly at least quarterly. During my absence I want to extend hearty thanks to old and new supporters who continued to give of themselves to support members of our local community. Without you there would be no donations to the shelters.
For this coming year, as in the previous one, I have made a conscious decision not to set specific targets for myself. I prefer to continue working on those never-ending works in progress and on some new pieces. What can I say I need variety J Although considerably better I still must be cautious as to not over-tax my shoulder muscles therefore it is taking me longer to complete projects. My first blanket for 2017 should be completed soon check back shortly to see a picture.
Wishing you all the best in 2017.
Sorry for not posting for such a long time. If you read my previous blog you will know that I was experiencing shoulder issues which impeded my crochet efforts. At the end of last year I underwent surgery to fix the problem. Currently I am focusing on regaining use and strength in my right arm so not quite certain when I will be able to resume crocheting. As a result, for this coming year I am taking a break from setting specific blanket goals and instead focus my attention on those works-in-progress (WIPs), which goodness knows there are quite a number of them.
For now, cheers and enjoy 2016.
Well I didn’t make my personal goals, but that’s okay. The primary purpose of this blog is to generate interest in helping others and interest in some of the patterns I’ve found and tried through the year. The goals I set are merely a challenge to me to keep myself on track for the year. Ironically I was on target to finish my projects until in October it was discovered that I had a tear in my right rotator cuff. That explained the pain I felt when crocheting. Knowing what the problem is tells me that I need to listen to my body, do what I can and take it a day at a time.
Despite the shoulder injury I will keep the same goals as last year. Not only have I’ve been experiencing physical challenges but my computer appear to be suffering from old age so bear with me until I can get access to my old files. Once all is fixed I will update the project thermometer.
As we say goodbye to 2014 one of the best crochet techniques I learned in 2014 was Becky Simmons continuously-join-as-you-go techniques. If you are into squares and don’t like sewing in a lot of ends you definitely need to try this technique. Another highlight of 2014 is the continued generosity of T. Hillier and her bags of goodies she creates. I also want to acknowledge the ongoing support from my Toronto Hookups Crochet Guild fellow members through their individual projects, assisting with assembling blankets and making squares for the blankets.
I normally don’t make resolutions for a new year but for 2015 my wish is to finish off the various WIPs (works in progress), discover new patterns and blogs and most importantly make some inroads into my stash. I desperately need to free up some space…LOL
Wishing you and yours all the best for 2015.
I can’t believe that we’re at the end of November already, time is flying by. Due to other commitments and a serious issue with one of my shoulders I’ve gotten behind on my crafting. Fortunately for me I still have a month to reach my 2014 personal goals. I’m now two blankets away from goal and have started working on hats and slippers. If my shoulder/arm holds out I should be able to reach my goals. Check back at the end of December to see where I’m at.
Below are the latest two blankets I completed. The brown/grey blanket used one of Becky Simmons' adult blanket patterns. The link to her site can be found in a previous post. The blanket was humongous, it was a challenge just getting a good photo...LOL I generally crochet with a 5.5 hook and have a loose tension so for someone else the blanket might be a bit smaller in dimension. The second blanket also used the continuous join-as-you-go method.
Here’s the finished the continuous-you-as-you-go blanket. Can you believe that you start in the upper right hand corner and can assemble a whole blanket in one go? Amazing!!
This was supposed to be a baby blanket but as you can see it’s more suitable for a child. I used a 5.5 mm hook with medium worsted weight yarn and I crochet loosely. Normally I don’t keep track of the yardage I use for a blanket but since I was testing the pattern for Becky it worked out to: 35.5 oz total; 23 oz for the squares and 10 oz to do the join and the extra row around the finished blanket.
Check back later to see the adult version. I’ll start the assembling of that blanket later this month.
As I indicated in my previous post I’m testing a continuous-join blanket for Becky Simmons. Since my last post I started the squares for a baby blanket and decided to use it as my test model before starting to assemble a larger blanket. Here’s how far I’ve gotten so far. The beauty of this method is there are only two ends to weave in, the start and finish, it’s one continuous assembly thus eliminating the need to stop, snip and weave in countless ends.
This is supposed to be a baby blanket but it will turn into a kids’ blanket. I’m using Phentex worsted weight yarn with a 5.5 mm crochet hook. I tend to crochet loosely so my projects always end up larger than the norm. I have the squares ready to assemble the adult sized blanket, I’m sure that will be huge....LOL
Once you get the hang of it and follow the join through it’s “maze” the blanket comes together quickly. Kudos to Becky for working out the extensive math required to join the different sized squares together. If you want to find out more about the continuous join method go to http://fantasticmio.com/
I continue to plug away at creating the squares I require for two quilt inspired blankets (see previous post). By my next post I should have started to assemble one of the blankets. In the interim I whipped up a blanket for Blankets for Canada. Each month I try to support a friend who runs a “joining” party at the Dixie Mall Michael’s store. At the last meeting I had just started the blanket so brought it home to finish. Voila...
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.