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.
I’m almost at goal for the number of hats and headbands I committed to for the Winter 2012 drive. Since I've been on a tight deadline trying to finish a personal project it hasn't freed up a lot of time to crochet. Oh well, we all have to prioritize at times.
I recently found a wonderful pattern for headbands which is suitable for all levels of expertise. It’s also a great way to use up those scraps of yarn. Check out the Granny Stripe Headband/Ear warmer pattern.
_ I’ve always wanted to do a hexagon blanket, and decided this would be a great way to use up those odd balls of yarn. Yesterday was a dull, overcast day, with flurries on and off, so a perfect day to be working with vibrant colours. This will be an on-going project where I will incorporate colours as I gradually dig through my stash. The challenge will be at the end when I eventually have to lay the blocks out and join them together.
You can find the hexagon pattern and tutorial at Lucy’s Attic 24 blog. I love her use of colour, so I frequently check out her blog to see what she is working on.
_ Using the same yarn as the hexagons, I’m reserving a bit of each skein for a 5 row granny square. Eventually these squares will be turned into a scrap blanket.
_ The crochet guild I belong to, Toronto Hookups, had a stash exchange recently and I walked away with some white and baby blue chunky yarn. Initially I was going to do a ripple blanket but decided to play it safe and instead will turn the yarn into a series of squares I will stitch together into a blanket. I was afraid that I would encounter my usual problem with ripple blankets, running out of a colour since I never have a set number of rows for each colour and make it up as I go.
_ It’s been quite some time since my last post, sorry about that. Due to personal issues I haven’t had a lot of time to devote to my crafting in the past few months. Lately I’ve had a slight break in my schedule so this past week I’ve put that time to good use and made a few hats and worked on a few projects. I’m the type of crafter who has several items on the go at the same time and work on each project according to my mood. Right now I have three blankets on the go, so here’s a sneak preview. See my next post for blankets 2 and 3.
Before the Christmas holiday I decided to pair white worsted yarn with cranberry coloured holiday yarn and voila. The blanket pattern is Jacob’s Ladder. Once you decide on the number of foundation stitches it’s a simple pattern of 10 double crochet’s and 10 chain stitches. I must admit that the piece looked very strange until I had completed several rows and was able to start to draw up the loops (the chain stitches) and suddenly the distinctive ridge pattern appeared.
Here are a couple of links to Jacob’s Ladder patterns I found on the web.
http://www.freewebs.com/bethintx/jacobsladderafghan.htm there’s a You Tube tutorial with this version
http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/jacob.html this version shows how you can use up some of your scraps
_ The Winter Items drive will continue until February 29th. If you have been thinking about getting out your knitting needles, crochet hooks or knitting loom, there is still plenty of time to create the hats, scarves, mittens, etc that will benefit others. There is no set pattern used for any of the items. Use your own pattern or go to my “links” page for sites where you can download patterns. Sizes can range from children through to adult sizes. We also welcome a variety of colours.
_ I wish peace, health and happiness for all in 2012.
I’ve wiped the slate clean and have set a new set of personal goals for 2012. This year I am going to strive to make 12 blankets, 20 hats/headbands and 20 pairs of slippers. Follow my progress through the year to see how I am doing.
I would like to thank all who contributed to the Warming Families project this year. The year end totals are as follows:
Slippers - 110 pr
Scarves - 55
Hats/Headbands - 244
Mittens/Gloves - 63
Sweaters - 25
Personal Care Items - 201
Other Items - 15
Plus quite a number of personal care items, squares and clothing (new and gently used).
As the year comes to an end it is obvious that I will not meet my personal goal for 20 pairs of slippers and 30 hats. It's disappointing but I will chalk it up to a number of things going on in my personal life. C'est la vie, there is always next year. But on the positive side, I did achieve my goal for the number of blankets made.
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.