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.
What’s that old saying? If you have lemons, make lemonade. The same principal applied to this latest blanket. What do you do with one ball of Bernat’s Berella 4 Deep Red, three 4 oz balls of Red Heart’s Fruity Strata and one ball of Red Heart’s goldenrod? You make a ripple blanket, using the first two colours sparingly since they are no longer available, or at least in the area where I live. That’s the problem when you collect things in your stash, products can come and go leaving you the challenge of being creative in the hopes that you don’t run out of the yarn you are using before you finish your project.
It’s been a long time since I worked with the Berella and I had forgotten the nice “feel” it has to it. The colourful strata yarn just makes me smile. I’m addicted to bright colours so when I saw it at a warehouse sale I just had to pick up a package. The bulk of it was used in a previous blanket so I was working with the little bit I had left. Since I was so stingy in using it this time around I should have just enough left to make a pair of slippers.
For this blanket I used Red Heart’s pattern “Ripple Lapghan LW2247” but arranging the colours I was working with to my liking. You can find the pattern on their website www.redheart.com
I needed to get away from working on granny square type items so switched to a ripple afghan. For the basic ripple pattern I used "Ripple Throwback LW2156" which can be found on the Red Heart site www.redheart.com When I do a ripple ghan I generally make up the colour combinations as I go, often based on the amount of yarn I have on hand or my mood.
Finally finished what was seemed like the never-ending blanket. Everyone thinks I've missed the holiday season when they see the colours. Personally it was more a case of trying to use up some of my stash and me liking vibrant colours.
I've now finished my second pair of slippers, yahoo! If you are interested in making your own pair of slippers you will need to learn the basics of knitting.... casting on, the knit stitch as well as the purl stitch. There are various ways of casting on so find the method that is the easiest for you.
The body of the TV slippers (see previous post) is made up of knit and purl stitches. By purling you achieve the slight ridge that creates the sole of the slipper. The toe is a combination of the knit and purl stitches creating what is known as ribbing.
Since my last post I’ve been working on a couple of non-charity projects e.g. a lapghan for my uncle but I’m now back to focusing on my charity work. Last night I finished off a pair of slippers. I haven’t knitted slippers in years so it was a matter of getting back into the groove. I’m now working on another pair of slippers and juggling starting a charity blanket. That’s how I roll; I always seem to have several projects on the go at the same time.
If you are interested in the slipper pattern it can be found on Bev’ Country Cottage site entitled “Aunt Maggie’s Slippers”. Some of you might refer to this style of slipper as a TV slipper.
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.