Granny Squares

I’m working on a Granny Square afghan. I consider this a swatch even though it’s rather large. Each square is 5.25″ (the nine squares above are about 16×16″). I had to stop here and block it because I wasn’t sure it was working. But now I realize it is working and I love it. I’m using a mishmash of heavy worsted/bulky yarns (mostly) from my stash. It was wonky before blocking, but a warm bath helped to even all that out.

I’m making it to “match” my living room. Which is hilarious because there’s already a crocheted afghan there (a big ass granny) but it’s blue and it must go.

The pattern I settled on is Flowers in the Snow by Solveig Grimstad. Free! I like it because of the circular centers in the squares. And you join them as you go! It’s tricky, but you can see quick progress if you want. And I definitely need to see the quick progress for a big project like this.

These pictures were taken in a dark room near the end of the day. Sorry. I’ll get better pics soon, but this should do for now!



scrappy afghan

This little afghan lives at my mother-in-law’s house, where we spent the afternoon today. I think it used to belong to her friend, and now it belongs to her, and that’s all I know. The afghan is old, it uses many scraps, there are unraveling parts. It seems to be a mix of acrylic and wool from what I can gather by touch. I really like it as a whole, although I don’t necessarily like the individual colors when looked at up close. I need to keep this in mind if I ever do a scrappy blanket; there’s no need to stress over the colors. If it’s a true scrappy afghan, make it scrappy! This one is wild and crazy and beautiful. Some more pictures, and then Day 20 is in the books! How many days in November again?

scrappy afghan

scrappy afghan



just ripply

A long time ago I said I wanted to crochet a ripple afghan to replace an old one. I tried a few times back then, but was not skilled enough to crochet into a foundation chain of over 100 stitches. I have since become a master of small circular crocheted things (actually, just potholders) and I decided it was time to give the old ripple another chance.

Easy Ripple Afghan

Although the starting edge looks a bit wonky (my chain was too loose, I think) I did it! Yay!  The pattern is Easy Ripple Afghan by SusanB. Guess what? It really is easy.

When I got to the point when the above picture was taken I decided I needed a better color plan than just, “I’ll wing it!” So out came the bin of worsted weight wool and I pulled out a bunch of colors that I think will work.

Easy Ripple Afghan

I’m telling myself that the natural and neutral colors will help keep this afghan from looking ugly. Please don’t tell me if I’m wrong.

Easy Ripple Afghan

I’ve been able to do a lot of crocheting over the last 24 hours while I sit with Jerry, who is sick with a stomach bug. Right now he’s watching Netflix Instant via the Wii (hence the remote). I really hope he gets better quick, and I also hope the bug doesn’t spread. Now that would be some Mother’s Day gift.

Oh, yeah! Happy Mother’s Day! I got some Pyrex dishes and a couple of hanging baskets. I’m holding off on the Big Hugs until everyone is in the clear, tummy-wise. I suppose I’ll have to wait a day or two for my most treasured gift – the handmade cards.  To all the Moms, everywhere, Happy Mother’s Day!