Finally cooling off here in the Mid-South and I am dragging out a project that I’ve been itchin’ to get started. I have one last blanket for my youngest grandson to make and it’s time!
Looks like it’s going to be a stripe blanket with interlocking colors: black, purple, yellow, and white. Can you guess the young man’s favorite NFL team? -Starts with an M and ends in ‘sota- Yep, Vikings purple and yellow with some black and white thrown in for variety, balance, and interest. Thinking about adding some silver-ish gray, because I like an odd number of colors.
Oh, “interlocking colors” is an idea I found on Attic24’s blog. It is not a pattern per se, just an interesting way to arrange the color changes.
Happy Fall and Happy Crocheting!
I am totally in love with these little fellas! They are irresistibly cute and easy to work up in some spare time. The pattern is wonderfully written and supported with large, clear photos. Find it here.
So far, I have finished 4 of these, with some body parts waiting for assembly. I have yet to add the separate wings because I don’t think it really needs them and I’m all for less hand-sewing. Now, new to me, because I’m really not much of a crafter, are ‘safety eyes’ and I bought a bag of them from Amazon. I have the 12mm size and that seems to be about right. I also bought some buttons to use and put those on the owl with the “spiderman” colors. I prefer the look of the buttons, I think, but the safety eyes are easier.
The yarns are a mishmash of acrylic scraps and bits of single stashed skeins that don’t really have a purpose; mostly I Love This Yarn and Vanna’s Choice. You’ll also need some stuffing, for stuffing the little birds. Don’t overstuff, or they’ll get a little wall-eyed on ya.
They make great little gifties, don’t you think?
…from Peeper’s little afghan.
First off…why I made a small afghan, which can also be called a lapghan:
1 – small afghans work better for people with limited mobility that are upright in beds and chairs because they won’t get all twisted up in it
2 – big enough to cover one’s lap but won’t get caught up in the wheels of a wheelchair
Secondly….why use acrylic?
1 – no special laundry care
2 – no wool allergies to worry about
3 – it is cheaper….unfortunately, things tend to ‘walk’ in long-term care homes
4 – not everybody likes wool and I, personally, find cotton too much strain on the wrists for anything bigger than a dishcloth
Catalina Square by Julie Yeager
This particular pattern from Julie is free. Her patterns have much eye appeal with varying degrees of difficulty. See the treble clusters in the corners of the peach and light pink rounds…I love those!
The Longing Light of Evening by Shan Sevcik
This one is not free, but can be purchased through her Ravelry store individually or as part of a small eBook. Shan is a new designer to me and I have really enjoyed this pattern and the previously posted Frostbloom.
And finally this little lovely….
Kaleidoscope Blossom Square by Chris Simon
Story behind this afghan ~
I’ve been crocheting squares off and on, ‘just for fun’ with no particular project in mind. An abundance of pink overfloweth from the yarn stash, so it was the obvious choice to wrap around a hook for awhile.
A little more than month ago, a long-time friend, I mean since 5th grade kind of girlfriend, told me that her mother had a stroke and was in the hospital and going through some rehab. She was worried and unable to be there, face-to-face, for her Mom. My heart ached because she is my friend and mother/daughter relationships are special. All of the sudden, I had a purpose for all this pinkness! Just needed a couple more squares to make, tweak a couple squares I was never completely happy with, and then stitch it all together. Yes, stitch.it.all.together….not my strong suit. Anyway, it is finished, prayed over, and will be on it’s way in a couple days.
I knew PINK would be the perfect color. Having spent a bazillion hours at the Webb House and in the Webb Pool, I would see The Lady of the Webb House wearing a pink bikini quite often during Pool Season. I think she must have worn pink regularly because that is a color I associate with her. Or maybe it was pink lipstick….probably both. She looooved her big sunglasses, too and that is why this is called Peeper’s Afghan. There may be a little more to that story, but you’ll never hear it here! 😉
And if you would, send up a little prayer for my friend and her Mama.
Details about the individual squares (at least most of them) are below in their own posts and I will post the rest later.
Put this together with VC Poodle Pink and did a border of 2 rounds of granny stitch and 1 round of sc. Crochet Cabana has an awesome tutorial about joining squares with this method. Crochet Cabana – part 1
It is nice to have something else to post, so soon. This is a gift to my middle grandson who loves all things military and camouflage. I know he will love this!
The pattern is the same as my last couple of ripples – Lucy’s Neat Ripple Pattern.
ILTY dark olive, lt sage, brown, lt brown, and black
Hook: my trusty I hook
Details are also on my Ravelry page – which is public – if you’d rather look at it there.
Directions for crocheting a straight border on a ripple can be found on the Wires & Yarns blog.
Border – evened out the ripple ends and sc on the long sides with camo.
2 rounds dc in black
1 round hdc, ch3, hdc around with lt sage
2 rounds of dc in granny stitch with dk brown*
1 round hdc with 5 hdd in corners with dark olive
*i turned these two rounds because of the tendency for the borders to want to curl up sometimes. It worked and it lays nice and flat.
Three upcoming/WIPs that will be started or are coming along –
1- Creeper afghan, that I just started today (one is a surprise and I already have another request for one of these – NOT surprised!)
2- 2014 BAMCAL afghan done in pinks, peach, magenta, and some other little bits added in for fun
3- bought the yarn (while it was on sale) for my youngest grandson’s Minnesota Vikings inspired afghan.
Wait — make that FOUR!
cowl/neckwarmer for hubby to wear to work – ILTY wool in black
I was motivated to join this year’s BAMCAL at Ravelry this year and these are the January squares:
Frostbloom 12″ Afghan Square by Shan Sevcik
This is an awesome pattern that is well-written and not as difficult as one might think when looking at the result. In fact, I so loved working on this square that I bought the designer’s ebook.
Next is a square from the ever-reliable SmoothFox aka Donna Mason-Svara
This one is Lemony Lime Citrus in Pink.
Both squares were done with my favorite Etimo Tulip “I” hook and a mix of yarns.
*the lighter shade of pink is ILTY pink, the darker shade is VC pink poodle
*the dark color is RH Soft magenta
*the green (limelight), peach, white, and yellow is ILTY
From a handful of unruly grannies, stitched up just for fun:
To a nice, bright, little baby blanket:
The two granny patterns are:
Never Ending Granny – the white solid grannies and the grannies with black squares
Bouncing Ball Granny – the corner grannies with black circles
The grannies are put together with ILTY Limelight and an H hook. I used the join as you go method. There are many video tutorials on YouTube, such as the one below, but I suggest that you do a search for them and find one that suits you best. The border is simply rounds of granny stitches and a final round of double crochet.