What do you do when you don’t have air conditioning? It’s time to concentrate on small projects. As usual I have a number of WIPs but anything that is made in one piece has been put on the backburner for much cooler days. Lately the temperature has been averaging from 32 to 40 Celsius which is in the 90s to 100s when you factor in the humidity. It is definitely not the time of year you want a large heavy piece growing in your lap. This is the perfect time to use up those odds and ends from other projects. You know that half or quarter skein which is not enough to do anything constructive with. Not enough to use in my supply of 5 row granny squares or towards my hexagon blanket (see the January post). So I’m making the leftover yardage go as far as possible. With the larger lots I’m making the circles for the “Circle-in-a-square” blanket, and what is left over is being turned into yo yo’s or granny daughters.
You can find the pattern for the Circle-in-a-square at Crochet World. Yo yo's are double crochet stitches worked into a ring. Granny daughters are the first row of a basic granny square. Instructions for yo yo's and granny daughter can be found on the Crochet Cabana site.
If you refer to the post from January you will see the start of this blanket. I started off with 4 squares and joined them using the join-as-you-go method. Not knowing how far the yarn would go I just kept going round and round until I came to the last of the donated balls.
Another blanket finished, yahoo!!! It's amazing what you find when you organize your stash... LOL The variegated yarn was left over from a project I finished a some time ago. There was just enough yarn left over to complete this blanket.
I just stumbled upon a blog that has some wonderful afghan patterns that you can download. Check out Mama's Stitchery Projects.
Recently I needed to reorganize some of my stash and I came across a bit of neon yellow, some variegated yarn and a ball of red and voila this is the result. One of my goals for this summer is to make a dent in my stash. I’m running out of room...LOL
If you are interested in the rectangle granny square afghan the pattern can be found at
I finally got around to taking a picture of the second blanket that I stitched together. The squares were donated by the Toronto Hookups Crochet Guild.
I mentioned in my previous post that I was going to concentrate on assembling a couple of blankets from donated squares, here is the first one. Many thanks go out to B. Ali for the squares.
I've started a second blanket which hopefully will be completed by next weekend. I have a number of other projects on the go so the timing might be a bit off. We’ll see.
I apologize for disappearing for a couple of months. Life has been very hectic between my studies, illness and the loss of a couple of pseudo family members. During that time I’ve barely picked up a crochet hook so it’s time to get back on track while I have a slight break from my studies. I still have a few works in progress (WIPs) but have decided to first concentrate on assembling a couple of blankets made from squares that have been graciously donated. Check back in a couple of weeks and hopefully you will see the end product.
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.