February is right around the corner and what comes to mind but working with pinks and reds. It’s not unusual for me to have 2 or 3 WIP so I found a pattern that I’m thinking about trying. If everything goes according to plan these are the colours that I will be working with.
I had this urge to work on something different so I’ve decided to go with a ripple blanket. I haven’t done one of those in a very long time. Here are the colours I’ve selected for the blanket. Stay tune for my progress on this blanket. I’m back to taking some courses so this endeavour might take me a bit longer than normal.
The granny square, because of its simplicity or sometimes because it is associated with a generation past, is often maligned in some crochet circles as not a true reflection of the art of crochet. Whatever... I love them. Take this blanket for example. What better way of using up odds and ends. It’s hard to tell but I used 16 different variegated yarns in this blanket. Since it’s difficult to see patterns when you use variegated yarns therefore I elected to go with the straightforward granny square. I used a join-as-you-go black border which caused the colours to pop.
If you would like more information on how to make a granny square or how to border using the join-as-you-go technique please look in my Blog Archives for February 2011 and March 2011.
Happy New Year! Wishing everyone a wonderful 2013!
As you can see I’ve wiped the slate clean and reset my goals for 2013. Hopefully this year I will reach my goal of 12 blankets and 24 pair of slippers. I have a few WIPs (works in progress). In 2012 I had too many other personal commitments that took me away from my charity work. 2013 looks like it will be another busy year but I’m going to really try to complete at least 1 blanket per month and 2 pairs of slippers per month. Check back periodically to see how I’m progressing with my crafting.
As promised here is a picture of the last blanket of 2012. The “Ribbit Blanket” pattern can be found in the March/April 2012 issue of Crochet Today magazine.
It's New Years Eve and I am putting the finishing touches to Blanket #7. The picture will be posted when I get a chance.
I’m one more blanket closer to goal, yahoo!
I’m not sure about you, but do you prefer to work with certain colours? My personal preference is bright colours; hence this Red Heart Prints yarn has been sitting in my stash for a couple of years. When I found it at a clearance warehouse on sale for $1.59 per ball that was all that mattered at the time. Each time I use the variegated yarn I’m certain I’ve finally used it up only to discover a few more balls lurking in my stash. I swear it multiples in the night, but this time I’m positive I only have 1-2 balls left. Goodness knows what I will make with the remaining variegated yarn as it’s been a challenge finding contrasting yarns. However for this blanket I believe the celery green and raspberry colour yarns blend in quite well with the print.
Where has the year gone? It’s hard to believe that today is the first day of December! I’m way behind in my personal challenges. Oh well, there’s been a lot going on this year. However I must admit that I have quite a number of WIP (works in progress). I have several blankets in various stages of completion. If I finish those off then I am very close to goal. Let’s see if I can make it at least two-thirds of the way to goal for both the blankets and slippers. Stay tuned.
I will admit it’s been way too long since my last post. Let’s just say that work has been extremely hectic and to make matters worse I have succumbed to a cold/virus that is making the rounds so have been under the weather for some time. As things gradually get back to normal it’s time to get back on track.
Normally late in the summer I post a challenge for warm winter items. What we’re looking for are hats, scarves and mittens/gloves. Due to the late start of this year’s challenge l’ve set a goal of collecting 100 items between now and the end of February. If this is a very cold winter the challenge may remain open for an additional month.
What happens when you finish a blanket and you really like if for yourself? That was the dilemma I was faced with so I swapped it for a blanket I had made a few years ago as a present which was never delivered when I learned the recipient hated the colour green. The shades of green ripple blanket will replace the blanket below as part of my charity donations.
If you go to the July 8th entry you will see where I had just started making squares for a blanket. This is the result of that project. Don't you love the colours?
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.