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The rest of the pink squares…

2 Mar

…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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 

 

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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….

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Kaleidoscope Blossom Square  by Chris Simon

2009 BAMCAL Afghan

21 Jan



Closeup 09 BAMCAL Afghan

Originally uploaded by ravelSher

Yes, that says 2009….what can I say. Assembly is not my strength.

If you’d like the individual patterns, you will find them throughout my blog. I believe most of the tags are correct and they should all come up.

You can also find them on the Ravelry group for this CAL. BAMCAL

Christmas Wandith

15 Jan

Christmas Wandith

Apparently I sent this to the Hibernation Den with one round of dc to finish off at 12″ ??? Anyway, it is finished and will go nicely with the Christmas Throw. I am thinking about making a big 24″ granny square for the center of this afghan and placing the 12″ squares around that, then finishing with a 2-4″ border ending with some scallops or a wave.

I just checked out Crochet Edgings & Trims by Kate Haxell from the library. There are 150 stitches in this book….140 of them I would never do, but it is nice to have some inspiration. I can see other uses for some of these patterns other than borders, too.

Pattern: Wandith by Drew Emborsky
Yarn: ILTY
Hook: I, pattern calls for an H
Size 12″

Name a Square

13 May

SmoothFox has written patterns for 2 more 6″ squares and she’s asking for names. If she picks yours, then you, the lucky winner,  can pick a pattern from her pattern store. Cool, don’t you think? I like picking names: baby names, puppy names, hermit crab names…..

pssst…..I tested these squares and they are a smart pair.  I’ll post mine, after she posts them on her website….if I can wait!

Give ’em a look and see what clever names pop into your head.  There are only 2 days left!

Christmas Sun Pillow

5 Feb


Christmas Sun Pillow

Originally uploaded by ravelSher

Sun Daze is the pattern chosen for the alternate Ravelry Block-A-Month CAL. I love Dayna’s patterns and this one is no exception.

Happily crocheting along, I notice that the center pooks out too much for my liking, so I double check the pattern and my stitches. Aha, I am using an H hook says I and I should be using an I hook. So, I set this one aside and grab the I hook; begin again.

OK, less pooking, but its getting too big, too fast. Scrutinize pattern and my stitches again. Aha, what do you know — it was supposed to be an H hook after all. So I set aside the I hook block and finish the H hook block. All turns out well with that one and the pookiness is less noticeable with the weight of more rows.

Now, what to do with my I hook block? I abhor frogging. Pillows forms calling from my yarniverse in the corner. *heeey, what about us* Hey, I had a great idea: why don’t I make a matching Christmas pillow with one of those pillow forms I bought a year ago for some long forgotten project.  So, side one of my Christmas pillow completed and still undecided about what to do for the back side.

And so you’ll know what a circular trip this really was….the pattern calls for an I hook. I try to do most of my squares w/an H hook because it is my favorite and just because.

Pattern – Sun Daze by Dayna Audirsch
Hook – I, H, I mean H…whatever
Yarn – ILTY – ivory, mid green, crabapple stripe

BAMCAL & WIP progress

5 Jan

So it begins…..the Ravelry 2010 Block-A-Month Crochet-A-Long in my Christmasy colors. This year’s yarns are:
I Love This Yarn – aubergine, midgreen, and ivory.
I Love This Yarn – cranapple stripe (I fell in love with this yarn and had to have it….still lovin’ it)
I might even sneak in a bit of pink here and there, just for fun.

Jan 2010BAMCAL - 12"
Not a very exciting square, but OK…especially in my beautiful cranapple yarn.

EZee-Vzee Granny Square by James Davis – this is an archived pattern, posted on Ravelry.
ILTY
H hook
Notes: Added a sc border to bring it up to 12″ and changed the joins so that they meet in the corner.
An easy & quick pattern to work.
Rounds of sc or hdc can be worked in to add heft, although surprisingly it’s not a terribly flimsy square.

Jan 2010BAMCAL - 6"
This is a 6″ square that I crocheted just to be crocheting something and I grabbed the yarn closest to me…..go ahead, call me lazy. The shoe certainly fit that day! I like the square and colors, so I will probably keep making these 6″ squares in my patriotic colors and we’ll see where it goes.

Little Dahlia by Chris Simon – visit her website, YarnCrazy for the pattern
ILTY Ombre -Freedom
Vanna’s Choice – Colonial Blue
H Hook

Notes: Not the easiest or best written pattern for me. Not sure what my problem was because I generally find Chris Simon’s patterns some of the best.
No changes.

Oh yes…..that brings me to WIP progress. Let’s just say I’ll get back to ya on that, although I’m caught up on the BAMCAL and it’s only the 4th. teehee

GoodYarn News! I have a shipment on the way………… oops, laundry is beeping……

December Things

22 Dec

Hubby’s Patriotic Round Ripple
Patriot RR - almost
Just not quite big enough, but I have 4 days left, right?

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Handi Sani Holders
Handi Sani Holder
Aren’t they cute? Tis still the season, ya know…..the FLU season.
Directions can be found on my crochet hero’s Ravelry project page.

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Now about this next square.
First, I’d like to introduce you to my 2010 BAMCAL colors: ILTY mid-green, cranapple stripe, and antique white. Something red will join them, but I have to find just the right one.
Second, this is a striking square, especially fitting for the Christmas season, but beware, it’s a bit twisty. I know it’s not just me b/c I see the twistiness in other photos of this same square. So, I decided to venture into blocking. Made myself a right nice blocking pillow with a pillow form, some batting and some cheap white cloth. Oh, and some duct tape.

Here’s the “before” shot. Falling Star

Here’s the “after” shot. Falling Star - blocked

See the tremendous improvement in this disobedient square after it was properly blocked? LOL, nah, me neither! If you could see them IRL you might notice that there is a bit less twistiness, especially in/around the variegated yarn section, but I can’t say I was blown away by the results.

Pattern: Falling Star by Melinda Miller

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That brings me to this little troublemaker:
Winter Rose
I would say this is a modified version of the Winter Rose by Julee Reeves. The overall effect of the lone winter rose in the snow is definitely going on here and it will be the center square for my 2009 BAMCAL afghan. The only other square I did so much frogging on this year was the Center Heart Square.

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Speaking of my 2009 BAMCAL afghan…the squares are ready for assembly. I will start that project after Christmas is over.

Merry Christmas – may you feel the Saviour’s love and wonder at His holiness this Christmas!