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.
I’m on to my next project, a baby or kid’s blanket depending on how large the final blanket becomes. Here’s a sneak preview.
Well the weather has cooperated these past few evenings and it was cool enough to complete the Scalloped Stripes Throw. The original pattern called for a squared throw but for the intended purpose of this blanket it made more sense to make it rectangular and to lengthen it. Remember your project is all about who you're making the blanket for. I also did away with the border as I had a limited amount of the pink yarn left. The pink yarn has been sitting in my stash for about a yarn and apparently is a discontinued colour so I just knew if I added the border I would run out of yarn and have to “frog” (means unwind) the border back to the beginning.
This blanket officially puts me over half way to my goal for 2011 to make 10 blankets for charity, yahoo!!!
So were you able to solve the mystery from the clues provided in the previous post? If you like this pattern you can find it on Chris Simon’s “YarnCrazy Crochet World” site at http://www.yarncrazy.com/bearghan The pattern suggests you work in 12” or 6” squares using any granny square pattern you wish.
To fill in the body you simply make 3 half granny squares.
To finish off my bearghan I opted to do 2 only rows of single crochet and chose not to add the picot edging suggested in the pattern. Remember it’s your project so make modifications as you see fit, the pattern is merely your foundation guide.
Not familiar with how to do a half granny square? Check out the half granny square video at Art of Crochet by Teresa. You can also download the instructions.
What’s pink and green has ears, eyes, a nose and a mouth? Not sure than stayed tuned for the unveil coming shortly.
No I haven’t given up on the Scalloped Stripes Throw; it will continue to be a WIP very dependent on the weather. It’s been very hot lately and without A/C it’s very warm working with one large piece.
I'm back. No I haven't dropped off the face of the earth I've just be busy with other projects that can't be counted towards my personal goals. I'm working on Blanket #5 which is starting to feel like the never-ending blanket and I’m only about the half way mark. I’m making the Scalloped Stripes Throw which appears on the cover of Moda Dea Home Collection 1 book. Note how changing the colours gives the blanket a totally different look.
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.