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Monday, July 28, 2008

Afghan for me---to match my new bedding!

So, this is the first official blanket that I am making for myself. I'm moving on Friday into my own apartment. I got some really fun bedding with lots of colors and such and I wanted to make myself a big blanket to go with it. I'm using Caron Simply Soft in white and 10 other colors. I wanted to make it 80" x 100" or basically large enough to cover a full sized bed. I'm making ten strips of ten colors each. The pattern is going to (hopefully) create a diagonal rainbow effect on the blanket. I'm using half double crochet as the stitch for this blanket (nothing fancy). It's creating a nice tight blanket that is not too heavy---it's also very soft but that's because of the yarn I chose I love SS! I'm doing 22 rows of hdc. Now, I planned this all out when I started creating this blanket, but now it seems to be much longer than I had anticipated. I even had measured out how long 22 hdc (with my tension) was so that I would get the correct size--they measured 10". Now they seem much, much longer. I just remeasured and one color block is measuring 11", which means I'll be adding an extra 10 inches to the length of my blanket. This is going to be one monster blanket. I can't changed it, unless I want to go back and un do everything I've done---which I don't. I'm almost done with the second color strip--which means only 8 more to go! My goal is to get this whole thing finished befor school starts on September 2nd.

I hope I can do it!

I think I'm going to attach the strips as I finish them so that I don't have to seams them all at the same time---I really hate doing that it gets so boring and I usually end up taking such a long time doing it. After it's all seamed, I'm going to add a white border to it of some sort. I'm not certain what I want it to look like yet, but I know it's going to be white.

Here's a picture from the Linens and Things website of my new bedding.


I'm obsessed with Ravelry lately. I absolute love the entire site. I find that every time I look at it (which is multiple times in one day) I find something new! Whether it's looking at a yarn I have in my stash (which btw I need to photograph and post) and then finding projects for that yarn or WIPs/FO that others are making/have made with that yarn or adding books to my library and seeing what projects others have made---I always find a new inspiration and something else to look at! AND I LOVE THAT!

I also like crochetville and that a lot of those users are also found on Ravelry. :-)

Just sharing my newest (and probably strongest) obsession!

Thursday, July 10, 2008


So, this past weekend, I finished that blanket I had started back in January/February. I haven't had time to post pictures yet, but I'm kind of satisfied with how it came out. It's a little lumpy which I don't like. I've done work with granny squares, but this is the first time I actually had to change hooks to adjust the gauge of the squares (the yarn was behaving poorly even though it was the same weight and from the same brand and line). So I'm not sure if that's the reason it is behaving weird or not. Oh well, it's nice enough for the gift, but I'm a perfectionist---so yeah.

I'll try to post pictures by tomorrow!!!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

I'm finally almost finished with the baby blanket I started back in, January??, hmmm maybe it was February. Anywho, it's made of granny squares in green, yellow, and variegated and I'm currently whip stitching the squares together---and I'm finding this to be a daunting process for this blanket. And it's kind of puckering up at all the seams which I'm not happy about. I hope that once all the squares are together and the border is on, I can wash it and maybe that will help it out a bit. As soon as I can I'm going to post a picture of my current progress.