Where has the year gone? It’s hard to believe that today is the first day of December! I’m way behind in my personal challenges. Oh well, there’s been a lot going on this year. However I must admit that I have quite a number of WIP (works in progress). I have several blankets in various stages of completion. If I finish those off then I am very close to goal. Let’s see if I can make it at least two-thirds of the way to goal for both the blankets and slippers. Stay tuned.
I will admit it’s been way too long since my last post. Let’s just say that work has been extremely hectic and to make matters worse I have succumbed to a cold/virus that is making the rounds so have been under the weather for some time. As things gradually get back to normal it’s time to get back on track.
Normally late in the summer I post a challenge for warm winter items. What we’re looking for are hats, scarves and mittens/gloves. Due to the late start of this year’s challenge l’ve set a goal of collecting 100 items between now and the end of February. If this is a very cold winter the challenge may remain open for an additional month.
What happens when you finish a blanket and you really like if for yourself? That was the dilemma I was faced with so I swapped it for a blanket I had made a few years ago as a present which was never delivered when I learned the recipient hated the colour green. The shades of green ripple blanket will replace the blanket below as part of my charity donations.
If you go to the July 8th entry you will see where I had just started making squares for a blanket. This is the result of that project. Don't you love the colours?
Enough with this heat and humidity already. With the humidex it's already into the 30s and it's barely 9 am. Tomorrow is supposed to be BRUTAL, I can hardly wait.
I've finished most of the squares using the yarns featured in my previous post. All I have left to do are the 5 alternative squares. Again, until we return to normal seasonal temperatures I won't even attempt to assemble the blanket. Last night it was too hot to think about another project I could start so I settled for making a few more of the of the circle-in-the-square centres required for one of the scrap blankets. My next project will more than likely be squares for another scrap blanket. Just recently I discovered another bin of odds balls of yarn that I had completed forgotten about. I swear this stash is multiplying like bunnies...LOL
Good news, I’ve finished the required number of 5 row granny squares to form a blanket. Bad news, it is still a bit warm to join them together into a blanket at this point so I’ve put the completion of the blanket on hold for a bit. In the meantime I continue to make more squares. The picture below shows you the yarn that I am currently working with. Stayed tune to see what the final product looks like.
What do you do when you don’t have air conditioning? It’s time to concentrate on small projects. As usual I have a number of WIPs but anything that is made in one piece has been put on the backburner for much cooler days. Lately the temperature has been averaging from 32 to 40 Celsius which is in the 90s to 100s when you factor in the humidity. It is definitely not the time of year you want a large heavy piece growing in your lap. This is the perfect time to use up those odds and ends from other projects. You know that half or quarter skein which is not enough to do anything constructive with. Not enough to use in my supply of 5 row granny squares or towards my hexagon blanket (see the January post). So I’m making the leftover yardage go as far as possible. With the larger lots I’m making the circles for the “Circle-in-a-square” blanket, and what is left over is being turned into yo yo’s or granny daughters.
You can find the pattern for the Circle-in-a-square at Crochet World. Yo yo's are double crochet stitches worked into a ring. Granny daughters are the first row of a basic granny square. Instructions for yo yo's and granny daughter can be found on the Crochet Cabana site.
If you refer to the post from January you will see the start of this blanket. I started off with 4 squares and joined them using the join-as-you-go method. Not knowing how far the yarn would go I just kept going round and round until I came to the last of the donated balls.
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.