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!

 

Accomplishments

swappers

I finished my potholders for the swap! They are currently flinging themselves up to Massachusetts, and I will patiently (not) wait  for my five unique potholders that will come in return. These were fun to make, but my hands needed frequent brakes because crocheting so tightly with cotton gives me clawhand.

I considered challenging myself with a more interesting pattern, but I feared that would have resulted in unfinished potholders. So I stuck with my own free pattern, Maggie’s Kitchen, and tried to make them very colorful and fun. The yarn is Cotton Classic, and a bunch of the colors came from my Mom’s remnants from this blanket.

before and after, finally!

The other half. All done!

I finished my hallway! What a transformation. All the painting, caulking, and assembling of the Ikea items gave me clawhand for about a month straight. But it’s the best room in the house now. I like to go in there every once in a while just to look around.

We call this space The Hallway. A better description might be Broom Closet, Linen Closet, Pantry, Medicine Cabinet, Homebrewing Headquarters, or Board Game Storage. Anywho. We all love it. There is still a lot of unused storage space, so I think there will be gradual reorganization to get everything in the right spot.

the mittens with no name

And last but not least, I finished my Swap Mittens! (And my swap partner received them, which is why I can show them to you.) These were certainly clawhand-inducing mittens.  I designed a mitten and started knitting it. But the pattern wasn’t exactly how I wanted it. So I tried different yarn. And it still wasn’t right. Then I redesigned the pattern, but the mitten was too big. So I ripped back to the beginning and adjusted the chart. And FINALLY they were right.

I love them, not only because I think they’re pretty, but because I worked hard to get this idea out of my head. And I stuck with the idea even though it wasn’t translating well on the pins. The pattern…is forthcoming. I’ll let you know.

 

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!