I had some leftover squares from my mitered square project so saved them for a class I took on Saturday. Each April the Toronto Hookups Crochet Guild hosts a two-day retreat for its members; we meet at our normal meeting place but during the retreat the focus is on learning various techniques of interest to the members. Becky Simmons has developed a continuous-join-as-you-go method which she taught to the group. The beauty of this method is rather than have two ends from each square to weave in which Becky’s method you only have the start and end threads for the project to weave in. Ingenious! Becky has created a tutorial which you can find on her blog http://fantasticmio.com/
If you’re looking for a project just search the internet and you will find tons of patterns. I subscribe to Laying It All Out from http://www.allfreecrochetafghanpatterns.com/ and each day I receive an email with links to patterns. This is one of the patterns I found via that site, Lacy Shades of Pink Shells Afghan. I’m not the frilly type so left off the scalloped edging.
One of my goals for this year is to finish as many WIPs (work in progress) as possible. I started making the mitered squares over a year ago. I ended up with more squares than needed for this blanket so I’ve saved those to turn into a baby blanket at a later date.
If you’re curious about how to crochet a mitered square check out the tutorial at http://crochetagain.wordpress.com/category/crochet-tutorials/
Here’s my latest blanket. I was shifting through my stash and came across a partial bag of the “cream” yarn. Someone had graciously donated the yarn but since the yarn was discontinued years ago I knew I had to be careful not to do my usual ´let’s make this up as I go type of blanket” since I had a limited amount of this yarn. The cream yarn consisted of 50 g balls of “Simpsons Sayelle”. If you’re Canadian this brand is a blast from the past. The Simpsons store hasn’t been in existence for about 20 years. To ensure I had enough yarn to work to complete the project I opted to create a blanket where the colour changed on alternate rows. I haven’t done an alternating colour change like this in a very long time. If you carry the colour that you’re not using up in the back of your project the only time you have to weave in ends is when the ball of yarn you’re working with runs out.
No I haven’t gone into hibernation I just decided to put my personal projects on a hold for a bit. I have quite a number of crocheted squares that have generously been donated by members of the Toronto Hookups Crochet Guild so I am trying to sort and then assemble them into blankets of various sizes. I recently assembled three blankets and starting on the 4th. You can find the pictures in the photo gallery.
This looks like it is going to be a very long winter; it's Groundhog Day and the groundhog did see his shadow so another 6 weeks of this cold and snow. To take my mind off what is happening outside I decided it was a perfect time to work with some vibrant colours.
If you are interested in the pattern go to http://www.patternsforcrochet.co.uk/pram-blanket-usa.html
The original pattern suggests that the end product should be a pram blanket. I’ve used a larger hook and enlarged the blanket. I also elected to not do the edging.
Blanket #1, yahoo!!! I decided to get at least one blanket behind me before I had to seriously start studying for my next set of exams. Going forward the pace for completing my projects will totally be determined by my study schedule so stay tuned to see how I’m doing.
Have you ever purchased yarn and wondered later what were you thinking? That’s what I think about this orange/red variegated yarn and the pink/green combination from the last blanket of 2013. At the time it seemed a no-brainer to stock up when I found the pounders for only $1.59/ball, but I swear it seems like the stash of these colours will never diminish. Just when I think I’ve finally through the yarn I find another stash of it, I swear the stuff multiplies in the middle of the night. :-)
Here’s the final tally for my 2013 personal goals ... 11 blankets and 12 hats for charity.
It’s a New Year and time to wipe the slate clean and start afresh. I will set the same personal goals as last year... 12 blankets, 24 prs of slippers and 20 hats. I have a number of WIPs so hopefully I will be able to complete those projects over the next few months. While I won’t have weekly classes I still have a full exam to write in a few months so I will be juggling my crafting time again this year. Keep checking back to see the status of my crafting goals.
Tah dah... here it is, the last blanket of 2013, blanket #11. The calendar just wasn’t on my side allowing me time to complete one additional blanket to reach goal. Oh well, maybe next year.
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.