More Yarn Guilt …

As you may have seen from the Facebook page, I sort of went on a crafty break after the 5-panel woven blanket.  That seemed to have used up my creating and crocheting/knitting energy.  There were times that I wanted to pick up hook, needles and yarn, and would start on something, anything, but then nothing came of it.

You know how it is … Browsing around on the internet, you come across a pattern that you really want to try.  And for once, I didn’t have a gazillion WIPs waiting to be picked up, so I would start on the pattern … and then nothing, because it wasn’t working out.

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To kick-start myself back into crocheting or knitting, I ‘treated’ myself to a skein or two … or three … of yarn … Yeah, you know how that is too, right?  lol  I was good, though … I would only buy one or two of the skeins … mostly from somebody’s yarn destashing, so I was okay with that.

 

And summer was here, so that means extra time with yarn while on the beach, right?  And there’s that summer book that I’ve been reading on the beach for the past year …

And then KnitPicks brought back some special colour edition yarn, so then I thought I would try that out …  You know I’ll always buy sunset colours, and nothing can go wrong with rainbows, right?

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So, has anything come out of these yarn treats?  Well, actually … yes! More on that in the next post … promise!

 

 

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Star Designs

Flipping through some old notes, I came across this while I sat through meetings last year and doodled to stay awake … 

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Since I’m on a mandala-drawing phase right now, I should enlarge this too.  Then I think that maybe I should translate this into a crochet pattern … maybe an afghan, a blanket … Is there anything like this out there already? Maybe somebody else has already designed this (Frank O’Randle and his ‘change’ series and the Cathedral Window patterns are also similar), and there’s dozens of completed projects in this pattern. Anyway, I’m still going to try and see what I can do with this.

In the lobby of a building some weeks later, I looked down at the floor and saw this.  

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Now I have another idea for an afghan pattern.

*Ssigh* I need more hours in a day …

Fancy Diamond Fringe Stole

Ok, here’s the cleaned up and completed lacy stole.

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The pattern is the Long Lace Stole pattern.  And after many frogged WIPs, I finally found a pattern for this Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable yarn in Winery.  Sometimes, you don’t need a complicated pattern; a simple pattern will do.

I don’t do fringes much, and I wasn’t planning on adding any once done.  In my head, they use up a lot of yarn (and they do), and I normally don’t buy more than three skeins of the same colour, unless I have a particular project in mind.  But after I finished crocheting this on the plane one hour before we landed, it looked like it did need the fringes at the ends.

I would normally tie that second knot right up by the border/edge, securing it in place.  This time, I tied the knot about an inch below the edge.

After I finished, there was still a good length of the fringe left.  Not wanting to waste so much yarn when trimming it, I tied another row of knots one inch below the first set, taking two strands from the left and two strands from the right, resulting in a diamond pattern.

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I was liking how it looked, so I continued on.

Here’s how it looks like, when worn (as modeled by Charisse).

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I didn’t block it; maybe I will, at a later date.  Right now, it’s done just in time for this cold weather blowing in!

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Slouchy Variations

I heard forecasts about the weather for this coming winter … and it sounded cold … very cold.   As in, the same as last year.  And I haven’t really recovered from that vortex winter that dragged on forever …

And then I realized that yes, it is almost the end of August, and those ber months are coming … September, October … which usually means that the cold is coming in … and I panicked.

I’ve been collecting hats for my personal charity/cause (NYCHHI) since last year … but I don’t know if I have enough!  Yikes!  I better start on my hat-a-day schedule again, start another hat blitz!

After much experimenting again, I came up with more slouchies, with variations from the first one … a ribbed brim … a wider crown and body before it narrows down by the brim.

And look – if you need an extra layer, just pull the body down and over your ears!  The pattern for this can be found here.

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I like that … I think I’ll make more of that … It’s going to be a very cold winter … again.

 

 

African Violets Gets Bigger

I’m probably spoiling the finished-item reveal, but I’m so excited about how this is taking shape. Well, the border isn’t done yet, but you know what I mean.

The hexagon afghan is slowly getting bigger.

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I made six big hexagons, and joined it together to make a bigger hexagon.

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And this is what a big hexagon looks like.  It’s measuring about three feet across, and because of the odd-shaped borders, does not really cover enough to be used as a throw or lapghan.

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I’m going to play around with how much bigger to make this, or maybe square it off, or fill in the bigger gaps. Maybe another round of big hexagons, then border around.

Any other ideas?  What do you think?

 

 

 

All Because of One Square

While out on holidays, I also acquired one skein of the Red Heart Banana Berry for an on-again, off-again project from a couple of years ago that I had unearthed and re-discovered. You know how that is, right?  Well, I thought that I might as well finish up the throw, since I had quite a number of the squares done.  And so I proceeded to make big and small squares while sitting out by the pool, until I used up the skein of yarn.
As I unpacked the suitcase when I got home, I had a sudden urge to finish the throw with the squares I had made.  I spent a couple of hours working on the dark blue borders for the new squares, then proceeded to lay it out to get an idea of how I was going to join it … and found this …

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There’s a square missing!  Seriously?!  Did the dog take it with her when she jumped up on the bed? I searched everywhere for it, and couldn’t find any stray square.   Well, you know what that meant … a quick trip to the yarn store the next day, for sure!

The next day … Yes, that’s two skeins of the colour I need, when all I need is enough for one more square.  Why?  I don’t know.  I think I’ve trained my mind and hands to pick up skeins and balls of yarn in twos.  And two more of the RH Watercolour for the African Violets afghan in progress.

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Oh, except that the RH Boutique Unforgettable in Dragonfly was all by himself, so I had to pick him up to give him a home.  And the RH Unforgettable Cappucino was for the other WIP that I had started during the holidays, and had used up already.  So, only one of each.

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And I don’t know yet what I’m going to make with these, but I just couldn’t resist those colours … RH Unforgettable in Petunia (the purples) and Sunrise (the oranges and reds).  *sigh*

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I’m on a yarn diet … again.  And all because of one square.

 

 

Progress: African Violets

Here’s my progress so far on the African Violets.  I’m actually doing quite good with keeping to this one project for the past week.

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I thought that two skeins each of the variegated, eggplant, and the brown would be enough to make a lapghan.  But it looks like I’ll have to go and get a a couple more, to get it that big.  My original plan was to use only the yarn that was available, without having to go and buy more.  The other colours – coral, pumpkin, orange, chili (red) – will have to be another project, since they don’t go with these colours in this pattern.  If it had been a random granny square pattern, or even this same pattern made in random colours.  But not like this, the way I’ve put it together now.

That’s how my mind works … it changes even during the project, away from what I planned in the beginning.  I had also planned to border all the motifs in brown, but after the first one put together, it looked too dark for me.

Then I had the idea to make a bigger hexagon around the middle one, but with the dark borders on the individual hexagons, then you wouldn’t see the bigger hexagon.

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My son had said to use purple again, for the borders, or maybe blue.  But then I was so far into the assembly, I didn’t want to rip it apart at this stage … or maybe I could still … hmmmm …. I’m going to have to buy more skeins of the variegated and eggplant anyway, another skein of blue or purple wouldn’t hurt … We’ll see …

I also adjusted the pattern a bit.  I was having a hard time figuring out that middle stitch to make the point/corner, so what I did was I just started making the point a row earlier.  Now I know where the corners are, and I don’t have to keep counting.

I’m still thinking that it’s coming out a bit dark.  Maybe the final product won’t look so dark … and maybe I should take photos in bright, natural sunlight, but I’m not home working on this during the day, so I take photos when I can.

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I’ll keep going with this for now … I’m sure my brain will figure out something that it likes …