Unfortunately it's that time of year again; time to start thinking about those who need a little help dealing with the elements as the weather changes. I've started a personal hat, headband and scarf challenge. Where has the summer gone, can you believe that it's officially fall? I'm in denial so don't expect to see a lot of activity on this thermometer until the temperature starts to take a drastic change for the worse... winter... burrrrrrrrrrr.
I was bound and determined to finish off a blanket I started a couple of months ago, ta dah, here's the latest blanket. The blanket is constructed of a series of plain granny squares assembled by using the join-at-you-go technique.
I've finally reached my goal for the year with 3.5 months left to go. Let's see how many more blankets I can make by the end of the year.
I'm now one blanket away from the goal I set for this year, hoorah! Next month I should not only meet it but topple it as I have a couple of blankets on the go. Here's the latest blanket. A community organization put a call out for textured and colourful squares that could be made into blankets for autistic children. Here's the blanket I donated.
I found another crochet along which features squares that are probably more suited to someone with intermediate crochet skills or someone up for a challenge. Interweave Crochet has started a Chain Reaction Afghan Crochet-Along! For the yarn requirements and schedule walking you through each pattern go to http://www.crochetme.com/blogs/marcy_smith/archive/2011/06/17/join-the-chain-reaction-afghan-crochet-along.aspx
To download the e-book containing all of the squares please go to http://www.crochetme.com/media/p/122447.aspx
If this never ending heat wave continues for much longer it looks like my crochet projects will put on hold or at least take a whole lot longer to complete. Yesterday, July 21st was the hottest on record, 37.9 C (or 100.22 F) and with the humidex 50 C (or 122 F). Without A/C at home it was dicey. Anyhow today it’s much better with the predicted high of 33 (91.4 F) and a humidex of 40 C (104). Heh it’s all relative. So for anyone keeping count of how I’m doing with my personal blanket and slipper challenge even though I working on a couple of blankets right now it will be a while before they are completed because it looks we face at least another week of this crazy heat. Handling anything more than one square at a time is just too hot.
If you want to try a blanket that has a variety of squares in the same project why not try the 2011 Bernat Mystery Crochet-Along Afghan (CAL). I personally just discovered the link and think this is a project that I might tackle in the near future. In the past I’ve done a couple of afghans that are made up of different size squares and it sure takes the boredom out of doing the same square over and over. The only challenge is at the end when you are assembling and joining the squares together. Once you have the hang of it it’s a breeze.
Each week a clue or square pattern was released on the Bernat blog. You will need to follow the blog from September through December 2010. Here’s the URL for the beginning of the CAL. Bernat Mystery Afghan Crochet-Along 2011.
It's been very hot and humid the past few days so it's definitely the time to concentrate on making squares. Looking for square patterns? Here are a few sites that you might be interested in. Also check out patterns for washcloths, dishcloths and potholders because they too can turn into lovely squares for blankets
Hooked on Handmade
Crochet Poet's Pattern Collection
Crochet & Craft Links
For the more advanced crafter
Happy Yellow House
With less than a pounder of the neon pink yarn left I knew I didn’t have sufficient yardage to take on a large piece so settled for a series of 3-row squares. The end product was the several 9 inch quilt pieces finished off with a scalloped edge.
Here's the latest blanket. The blanket consists of granny squares that are linked together by the "join-as-you-go" method.
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.