I put the yarn I won at last month’s Blankets 4 Canada to good use and completed Blanket #6. It was suppose to be a child’s size blanket but I got a bit carried away...LOL The blanket is a series of double and single crochets to create the “V” stitch, filled in periodically with 3 dc’s in each space. I had some red in my stash so I added it to the yarn I had won since I realized I didn’t have sufficient to make a blanket. In fact I had to purchase an additional skein of the orange to complete this project.
I managed to score another door prize this month at the July Blankets 4 Canada joining session. I LOVE the colour. It's Loops & Threads Impeccible Brights Popsicle Blue. Seriously who comes up with these names? I’m not 100% sure but I will probably integrate the yarn into another WIP which requires a wide assortment of colours.
Hello my name is Dalyce and I’m a yarn addict. Although I collect for Warming Families occasionally I help out with other charities. One of the members of the Toronto Hookups Guild is responsible for the Blankets 4 Canada project hosted out of the Michael’s store at the Dixie Value Mall in Mississauga, ON. Once a month a few of us take the squares that have been dropped off by customers and turn them into blankets. If you wish more information please go to Becky’s B4C page which can be found on her blog, Fantasticmio.
We’ve been fortunate in that she has been permitted to offer door prizes. That’s a real incentive for us to return each month...LOL Today I won few balls of yarn (picture on right hand side). I think I know how I will put them to use but I suspect I will need to purchase a bit more of the yarn in order to complete the project, we’ll see. At a previous meeting I won 4 balls of the green which is being used in one of my current WIP’s (left hand picture). Nothing like another yarn addict enabling another one...LOL
Confused? Don’t be. The count remains the same since I’ve removed the blanket posted on May 27th from the charity count. One of my family members is turning 50 and I promised them a blanket. The blanket you see in the May 27th post are the exact colours I needed therefore I’ve pulled it from my charity blanket count
The latest blanket is another stash buster blanket. This year I’m determined to whittle my way through my stash. For this rectangle granny blanket I went until the pink ran out. I have some of the burgundy left but I need it for another WIP.
Yahoo, I’ve completed blanket #5! If I can continue this pace I’m on target to finish 12 blankets by the end of the year. It will be even better if I can surpass my yearly goal.
If you look back on a previous post you will see where I recently spent time learning how to do Bavarian Crochet. I took the piece that I was working on and expanded it to create a large granny square. Bavarian Crochet looks nice but it uses a lot of yarn and I found it to take considerable more time to work up a piece. I had planned on making the blanket a bit larger but I didn’t have a sufficient quantity of the purple to continue on the rotation of colours sequence I had created. That the problem when you use yarn that was purchase a while ago, sometimes it is no longer available :-(
What’s next? I’m not really sure a lot is contingent on the weather. The weather has been yo-yoing for the past month, one day it’s unseasonably warm the next day there’s a frost warning. If the weather is seasonable I might tackle another large project. However if the weather is warm then I might consider making a blanket of these African Flower Squares. Most patterns for the African Flower are designed for a hexagon motif but I prefer to go with a square. If you click on the blog name it will take you to a blog where you can find a tutorial on how to convert the African Flower into a square, Made in k-town blog. As I was surfing the net I came across a picture of the squares using blue, white and green on Kirsten meine Welt blog. I had similar colours in my stash and here’s a sample of what the square would look like. Again I only have a certain amount of the dark denim blue so I will have to consider how construct a blanket with the yardage I have on hand.
For those paying attention to my blog and are wondering what’s going on with the other flower squares, no I haven’t forgotten about them. Those squares will be for the days when it’s very hot. I don’t have air conditioning so on hot days the smaller the better.
So I went where the yarn took me and this is the final project. There was just enough leftover of the various colours to use in a scrap blanket. It’s wonderful to know that not only have I completed another blanket but more importantly completed a WIP that has been tucked away for several years.
Not quite sure what to do with those odd balls of yarn? Then you might want to check out these sites for some ideas on how to eliminate or at least reduce your stash. Heh one must use of some of one’s stash in order to justify purchasing more yarn :-)
I’ve started to play around with ideas of what I can work on during the summer months. When it gets really hot here are a couple of smaller projects I can focus on.
This past weekend I was again trying to organize my craft area to try and determine how I could minimize the space and came across a box with a blanket that I had started several years ago. I decided to pull it out and reconfigure the layout. The original plan was to have a blanket consisting of a variation of the squares you see. Now that time has passed and some of the yarns are no longer readily available I’ve made the decision to use the completed squares for the centre of the blanket and I will crochet around it. Whenever the yarn runs out that will be the final blanket size.
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.