Revived … African Violets 

I had already finished the African Violets, with one round only, which measured just about 5 feet across.  Not long or wide enough for a blanket, but just enough as a lapghan.



But I was enjoying making these hexagons – even though they were a bit fiddly at times, so I set it aside.  And then I ran out of the watercolours yarn or the dark purple or dark orchid yarn and couldn’t get out to the craft store to get more, so it was set aside again.  You know how that goes 😉

But I knew that I wanted to add another round of hexagons, to make it bigger.


And so it would come out of the project bag every once in a while, when a bug would hit me and all I wanted to do was make the middle circles, sort of like mindless crochet … That usually happens when I wanted to work with yarn, but none of the current WIPs call, or I can’t settle down enough to work on a WIP.

I ended up with more middle circles than I needed, so I had to start on the petals.  But I haven’t unraveled the other middle circles … maybe I can use them again …

I thought the end was in sight … I had enough circles to make into small hexagons, which were then joined into bigger hexagons to make one big hexagon motif – makes sense?
And now this … Working late at night, my eyes tricked me, and instead of following the hexagon pattern around, I joined a big hexagon motif at the top and bottom …

So now, it’s more of a rectangle, instead of the flower motif …

The boys like it as a rectangle shape,  instead of the flower motif.  They said that the flower motif was not wide or big enough.  Maybe because of those odd corners around.  Even with this, Tin was asking why the ends were sticking out.

So it looks like I will continue with this shape.  I’ll just add single crochet rounds for the border, and it should even out the sides and top a little bit, right? *sigh*

This is another project that I don’t want to end.  At times I like this colour combination, specially when I see a picture of it.  Other times, I think that this colour combination is too dark.  Maybe I shouldn’t have used the dark brown to join the big motifs together, but that’s supposed to be branches, joining the flowers.  Anyway … I’m almost done with this, as soon as I crochet a border wide enough.  Next time, I’ll use brighter colours …




Panel Blanket 

Winter came suddenly, and I realized I didn’t have a blanket in the car for those emergencies when we sit by the roadside waiting for Triple A to come, or for any other emergencies. So I had an idea to weave a blanket for the car, and a way to use up odds and ends. Since I have a 15-inch Cricket loom, I knew I would have to make several panels.

It started with the first panel … I found full skeins of six colours, and decided to start with those. After I finished, I found it too dark …


So then I decided to add more colours, but keeping main colours throughout …

By Panel number three, it was claimed already …


I just finished the fourth panel … The most problematic of them all.  
One selvage came out loose and uneven. I know the tension was off, and had to rewarp twice, and it was still a problem. I kept on, though, adjusting as I went along, and thinking that it can be fixed as I join them together.

I lay them side by side, thinking that it would be wide enough now to start joining, and the borders, would add some width to it.




But the boys said to add a fifth panel, so they can wrap it around them.  So on to a fifth panel.

In the meantime, I’ve been running ideas and options through my mind on how to join them together.  The most common way seems to be to use a serger to sew the edges, so they don’t unravel. I don’t have that, so it’ll have to be by hand, using the mattress stitch, or a figure 8 join.  The selvage on about three sides will need to be fixed, because of the uneven tension, so I was also thinking crochet a border around the panels first, then join. Next,  I feel I should wet-finish it first, then join, then cut. But others have said to join together first, then wet-finish.

So … Let me get this down on paper so I can see the process if it’s right …

1 – crochet a border around;

2 – join panels evenly down the length, either sew or crochet join;

3 – wet-finish;

4 – cut and trim to size;

5 – crochet a border around.

Does that sound right?  Or take out step 1, and just do the next four steps.

Any tips on what the process should be?