This past weekend I was again trying to organize my craft area to try and determine how I could minimize the space and came across a box with a blanket that I had started several years ago. I decided to pull it out and reconfigure the layout. The original plan was to have a blanket consisting of a variation of the squares you see. Now that time has passed and some of the yarns are no longer readily available I’ve made the decision to use the completed squares for the centre of the blanket and I will crochet around it. Whenever the yarn runs out that will be the final blanket size.
I finally finished the heart afghan. A little late for February but c’est la vie. The pattern for the heart granny square comes from the Vicki Brown Knit and Crochet Design blog.
As I was gathering items to go to the shelter I came across a blanket I had finished but never included in my tally. The bright colours are perfect for this time of the year.
Each year the crochet guild I belong to, Toronto Hookups, holds an annual retreat, 2 days of learning new techniques. Due to work I was unable to attend Day 1 where Becky Simmons, aka Mio, of Fantasticmio blog worked with the attendees to start her Jacob’s Snakes and Ladder blanket. For a peek at the blanket check out her blog. Becky credits me for her obsession with the Jacob’s Ladder pattern :-)
Retreat Day 2: morning
Heather taught us how to do the Crocodile Stitch. A fun looking stitch. You can use the crocodile stitch for hats, purses, shawls, etc. Google “crocodile stitch” and you will find everything from images to video on how to create this fun look.
Retreat Day 2: afternoon
Becky was back in teacher mode again and walked us through Bavarian Crochet. If you can do trebles, ch 1s, clusters and back post trebles then you too can create this work of art. I was half listening to the instructions and went into “auto” mode when doing my back post stitches and instead of doing the back post stitch I did the front post stitch which gives the piece a totally different look, actually a look I prefer. In the correct method you see the ridges on the right side; with the accidental or wrong method the right side is smooth. For me the smooth side resembles a series of snowflakes developing. What are your thoughts? Front or back? Right or wrong?
I can’t believe that it’s May already! 2013 is just flying by. Sorry for the disappearing act but life got in the way. With various personal commitments maintaining this site as well as my crafting went on the back burner. The blanket that I was working on in February as a tribute to Valentine’s Day is still a work in progress (WIP). I’m going to keep plodding away at it and hopefully sometime soon you will see the completed version. Below is a teaser of the blanket squares.
Here’s a teaser for my February blanket. To date I’ve made half of the centres required for the squares. I have a couple of other personal projects on the go so the progress on this blanket is taking a bit longer than anticipated. So keep checking back to see how far I’ve gotten.
The ripple blanket has been put on the back burner until this Valentine Day’s themed blanket is completed.
Are you looking for inspiration? Here are a few interesting ideas I’ve found on the internet.
1. "A Granny A Day" Yes, that’s right, a granny a day, or 365 granny squares. http://craftyminx.typepad.com/a_granny_a_day/
2. Looking for a slightly smaller project then maybe a crochet along is better suited to your time and needs. Here a few that you might be interested in
b. http://blog.bernat.com/ temperature scarf CAL can be found at the bottom of the page
If you still haven’t found something that grabs your interest then do a Google search. With hundreds of possibilities available I’m sure that you will find the right project for you.
February is right around the corner and what comes to mind but working with pinks and reds. It’s not unusual for me to have 2 or 3 WIP so I found a pattern that I’m thinking about trying. If everything goes according to plan these are the colours that I will be working with.
I had this urge to work on something different so I’ve decided to go with a ripple blanket. I haven’t done one of those in a very long time. Here are the colours I’ve selected for the blanket. Stay tune for my progress on this blanket. I’m back to taking some courses so this endeavour might take me a bit longer than normal.
The granny square, because of its simplicity or sometimes because it is associated with a generation past, is often maligned in some crochet circles as not a true reflection of the art of crochet. Whatever... I love them. Take this blanket for example. What better way of using up odds and ends. It’s hard to tell but I used 16 different variegated yarns in this blanket. Since it’s difficult to see patterns when you use variegated yarns therefore I elected to go with the straightforward granny square. I used a join-as-you-go black border which caused the colours to pop.
If you would like more information on how to make a granny square or how to border using the join-as-you-go technique please look in my Blog Archives for February 2011 and March 2011.
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.