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2014 Block-A-Month Crochet-A-Long

11 Jan

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I was motivated to join this year’s BAMCAL at Ravelry this year and these are the January squares:

Frostbloom 12" square
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.
Lemony Lime Citrus Square 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

Square Heaven

16 Mar

The trouble with trebles is I have a death grip on the hook while making them. I doubt I could do this many treble clusters in one sitting without major hand cramps.

In Treble

Trebles are not my favorite nor my best-looking stitch by any means…and then to cluster them together? Well, here is the end result of my effort. It is a stunning square in more skilled hands, but I think this came out OK.

Pattern: In Treble by Julie Yeager (available as a free Ravelry download)
Hook: H
Yarn: Pink Poodle/Vanna’s Choice Baby & White/RHSS

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Is this square not absolutely beautiful?? I can’t hardly believe that I made this. Originally I wanted to do this one in a gradient of yellow, orange, to brown or dk blue, but didn’t have the right colors, so went with a pinkish gradient instead.

Double Treble Burst

There are trebles, double trebles to be exact, in this one, too, but just the long front post stitches that create the spikes, spokes, or rays, whatever you like to call them.

Pattern: Double Treble Burst Square by Amelia Beebe (find this one on Crochetville)
Hook: H
Yarn: center outward
ILTY buttercup
ILTY light peach
ILTY pink
Vanna’s Choice pink poodle
RH Soft fuchsia

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Tangled Threads

Tis a fun square to do! The designer, Melinda Miller, has a group on Ravelry that you might like to take a look at. (hint: her patterns are free for the month that it is featured as the block of the month CAL) Her patterns are versatile that allow for a lot of color play and appropriate for a nice span of skill levels.

Pattern: Tangeled Threads by Melinda Miller
Yarn: ILTY lt peach, VC pink poodle, and RHSS white
Hook: H

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OK, one more.

Lucky Charms

and a smaller 8″ version
Mini Shamrock Sq

These are Donna Kay Lacey patterns, whom also has a group on Ravelry and offers her patterns for free if you’re doing the monthly CAL. I love that! Her patterns are definitely more advanced and I’ve sent two of them into hibernation. She also hosts a guest designer for a mystery cal, such as the first square in this post.

Pattern: Lucky Charm by Donna Kay Lacey (linked to her Rav download pdf page)
Yarn: ILTY limelight, pink
RHSS Aran – kicking my butt for grabbing Aran instead of White
The 8″ is RHSS Watercolors and Lt Sage, plus the ILTY in Buttercup.

Would you believe I wasn’t going to do any CALs or Block-A-Month groups this year?? Now, I’m in 3 of them. The joys of playing with yarn!

Christmas Fling

2 Dec

Pattern: Spring Fling by April Moreland
Yarn: the same Christmasy ILTY worsted weight
Hook: H

I am so happy with this square! It is large and in charge of my Christmas Afghan, forming the center square for the other 12″ squares.
To enlarge the square to about 24″, I did this:
Hdc – green
Sc – burgundy
Hdc – green
V stitches – 2rows – white
granny stitches -3 rows – multi
Dc-ch3-dc – white
Dc with some fpdc – 3 rows – burgundy

It will need another round of something when I put this ‘ghan together, but I’ll figure that out when I get there.

Aran Afghan

15 Jan



Aran Afghan

Originally uploaded by ravelSher

I joined up with a Carolyn Christmas Mystery CAL, earlier last year. Those were some serious crocheting women and I could not keep up with the CAL and real life. I did finish a good amount of the squares and used 9 of them to finish this lap sized afghan.
Looking to donate this to our church’s nursing home ministry or the local mission.

The blocks are done in RHSS aran with a round of a scrap yarn in color and then a round of ILTY in brown.
Assembled with the same brown yarn and slip stitched together.
Finished off with a sc round in black and a row of dc in aran and another row of aran in sc.

The patterns are at Gourmet Crochet.

WIP-it January

1 Feb

Weeeeell, lets see.

  • Heart Garland done and hanging beautifully in my living room, as you can see in the post below.
  • The Snowman was 86’d.
  • The Flannelghan made it out of hibernation! This is big progress. No, it’s not finished, but I am working on the edgings. Working w/2 strands of RHSS easily tires my wrists. I hope the snowy weather doesn’t chase it back into it’s den.
  • 2010 BAMCAL is on target, in fact, I just dl’d February’s patterns tonite. Yay!
  • 2009 BAMCAL squares – strips are together.
  • Brown wool shawl – haven’t touched it.

Shiney Things Update:

I’m not keeping up the pace with the GourmetCrochet CAL. The shell blocks are interesting enough and it will look smashing, I think. Here’s a little peek:
Variations CAL

Test Squares
I’m very honored to have tested two 6″ granny square patterns for SmoothFox Original Crochet Patterns.

Celtic Cross Granny 6×6 – which I already showed you and this new one:

Flower Button Granny 6×6
Flower Button Granny

You can see how the center looks like a 4-hole button.  The variegated w/the red really looks much better IRL than the picture.

So, my WIP-it January wasn’t a resounding success as far as getting all my hibernating projects finished, but I did manage some new to me type projects. Plus, it was all about yarn and all about crochet….always a good way to end the month.

WIPs and shiny things

7 Jan

BAMCAL – 3 1/2 strips complete. Why just 3 and one half strips? Because I get distracted with shiny things.

Shiny ThingGourmet Crochet’s aka Carolyn Christmas is doing a Variation on a Theme Mystery Afghan CAL. I will post a pic when I get a few more squares finished. She posts a new pattern every day.