I was really good this year…..compared to a few years ago lol OK so I spent most of my Christmas money on yarn. I purchased enough yarn to last until the next Boxing Day sales. More then a few peoples’ eyes came close to popping out when they saw what I had in my cart. (True be told, the cart was over flowing and I had to keep my hand on top of the stash.)
There is enough yarn to make all my Christmas gifts for next year and several projects for charity…..and no I don’t feel guilty.
I think I have gotten obsessed with crocheting as of late. I have in the last 2 weeks learned several new stitches, completed various projects and started a lot of new ones.
The one that I finished that took the longest time was a customer order boot bag. I think I took it part at time a half dozen times before I felt it was good enough.
One of the stitches that I learned is a simple shell pattern that I am using for an afghan order. The colours are based on a picture the person has, her request.
Another stitch that I learned is called corner to corner or c2c for short. Just a sample of a couple of pieces in progress. The light green will be a baby blanket and the darker mixed colour is the shawl.
I have also been working on custom designs. The following is the start of a craft bag that I am making for myself with my notes on how I am working / planning / designing it.
Frogging means to rip out stitches. If you say rip out several times very quickly is sounds like a frog song – ribbit, ribbit, ribbit.
As part of getting projects done before starting new ones, I went looking for all of the knitting and crochet projects that I have started. Then as I found each one, I reviewed the piece with the following in mind:
do I still liked what I was doing
if I like it, do I still have or can I find the yarn in the house to finish it
if I don’t have the yarn and I like it, it goes in the “to review again” pile
if I like it, can find the yarn then it goes into the to finish pile
if I don’t like what I was doing, was it the colour or the pattern or the size
if it was the colour, can I add to what I have already done – if no, it gets frogged
if I don’t like the size, can I add to what I have already done – if no, it gets frogged
if I don’t like the pattern – it gets frogged
Based on the above, I have frogged 2 afghans and 1 scarf this week. I have 2 other afghans that are in the to frog pile and 1 afghan to finish.
I didn’t have the colours to finish afghan “A”. I know the one colour is no longer available. The balls of yarn went in one of my yarn baskets to be used sooner rather then later.
Afghan “B”, I have no clue what I was thinking with it. My best guess was that it was going to be a “lap-gan”, a small blanket to be used in an office to keep my legs warm under my desk. I used most of the yarn for it already & used it for a scarf.
Afghan “C” I am still working on frogging it. It was done except for the edging. I think the total size was 12 feet by 8 feet. It was for a king sized bed with “extra” to hang down the sides. I have spent about an hour frogging it so far. I don’t like the pattern and it was less the perfect in my crocheting. The yarn will go into a clear plastic bag to go in my yarn large project blanket box.
Afghan “D” I don’t like really anything about it. When I get to frogging it, the yarn will go into one of my baskets. I will have to re-think the colours and pattern.
Afghan “E” was one I started over a year ago as a Christmas present and forgot all about. It will be the next thing I finish. (hopefully lol)
I went yesterday to purchase some more yarn to crochet squares for charity. Instead of paying attention to the weight of the yarn I only looked at the colours and the material it was made from. This morning I discovered that the weight was too light for most of the charities. I really liked the colour of the variegated yarn so I decided to make an afghan for my spare room with it and off set it with solid colours. Due to the weight I will only get 1 four inch square and part of a second square. Also due to the weight in order to get some warmth from the end result, I am using a number 3.5 crochet hook. It will be one of those “year long” projects.
I am pretty sure that I will need more yarn but I will need to go to a different store in the chain.
My hope was that I could work on a square no matter where I was once I got the number of stitches figured out. I am not the best when it comes to crochet tension so as a result I have to measure each square as I go. Even when using the same wool with the same sized crochet hook I often end up with 1/2 inch difference in the size. 😦
I decided to just sit today and start a dozen or so squares that I can work on, on the go without having to worry I have the wrong size.
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