Posted in Crochet, Free Patterns, That's Cool, tagged bernat, blanket, bobble, bobbles, CAL, Crochet, cupcake, grammar, granny, gray, gray's anatomy, grey, grey's anatomy, half moon shawl, jiffy, Lion Brand, merriam, red heart, RHSS, romance, shawl, star, starghan, webster, yarn on November 26, 2007 |
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Good guess Christina, but nope, my mystery project isn’t felted. This is the Crochet Half Moon Shawl from Lion Brand in Jiffy. The color is Pearl Grey*. I wanted to make it in a darker color but (surprise, surprise) JoAnn only had six color choices and only two in the amount I needed.
I saw this pattern first in the Spring/Summer Lion Brand catalogand put it on the back burners as a project I would like to complete. (I’m sure there’s a snazzy acronym for this but it’s lost on me.) Anyway, then I saw the Half Moon Shawl CAL on Crochetville a few weeks ago, and suddenly I had to try it out. It’s amazing the motivation you can acquire from a CAL by the way. So somehow I thought that it only required three balls and now I am stuck. I need to buy another ball of Jiffy or frog it. I’ll probably keep it and pick up another ball when I get off island again, whenever that is.
There are a million different versions of this shawl now. The one I really wanted to make used Lion Brand Romance. I liked the lime color in the picture and the mohair-ish look, but Jiffy was on sale and Romance wasn’t carried at that store.
Also there is a version that uses a new yarn called Cupcake. I’m partial to bright colors so I’m excited to lay eyes on the actual yarn. It looks like a slightly sturdier version of Bernat Baby Coordinates Sweet Stripes, the yarn I used for the Chromium Star Blanket. They are both four ply and, from what I can tell, have the same spinning technique. I had trouble with the Sweet Stripes yarn splitting, but to be fair this was probably exacerbated by the fact that I frogged the blanket lots before settling on the structure. Say what you want about RHSS, but you can frog that acrylic a million times and still look fine incorporated in a FO.
In all, I liked this project. It’s an easy project, but not sc-square boring. I hear there are some corrections to the pattern, but I wasn’t looking and didn’t see any. Plus, it’s warm, kinda soft and pretty. I can’t complain.
*Was anyone else ever taught that gray is the correct spelling for the color? I noticed that Lion Brand spells it with an “E”. I even looked it up on Merriam-Webster. Although they don’t make and distinctions definition wise, they list grey as a variant and the definition is under gray. This whole gray/grey topic reminds me that the television show Grey’s Anatomy changed the “A” to an “E” from the book Gray’s Anatomy. (I didn’t notice this by the way. A Grey’s Anatomy enthusiast pointed it out.) I guess that it’s sort of like through and thru: same meaning, different spelling. Is it wrong to prefer gray over grey? Hmm.
*That’s cool* a random fact
The Chinese see a “toad in the moon” as opposed to the “man in the moon”. When there is an eclipse, folklore says that the toad is trying to swallow the moon.
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Posted in Crochet, Free Patterns, tagged adc, adjacent double crochet, blanket, chromium star blanket, Crochet, red, star, star blanket, starghan, stitch, tutorial on November 12, 2007 |
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This is another version of the Chromium Star Blanket made with Red Heart Super Saver in Ranch Red, Pumpkin and Dark Orchid. Here you can see the adjacent double crochet stitch (adc) in action. The point is to add height without chains or large holes in the stitch below. I’ve added a new tutorial for the first three rounds of the Chromium Star Blanket in the tutorials section.
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Posted in Crochet, tagged 10, car, cars, chromium star blanket, Crochet, dog, dog hair, driving, freeway, highway, mph, orange, purple, radio, red, red heart, red heart super saver, road, skate ramp, skatepark, skating ramp, star, star blanket, starghan, stitch, stop lights, teenager on November 9, 2007 |
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I took this picture randomly after a brief session trying to photograph a starghan. My camera was just sitting this way and I figured, why not? Of course I do this, by my estimation, a lot, and they don’t come out quite as coherent. You can see a tiny white wisp on the bottom right hand corner, compliments of my doggie, Biscuit.
The whole picture reminds me of a skating ramp like the ones in the Scott Stamnes Memorial Skatepark I drive by on my way to the Island Market.
I love driving on Orcas Island. There are no stop lights and very few turns. You just drive and drive 30 mph (or less) to your destination surrounded by ocean views and hills covered by evergreen trees. While it is a great place to learn to drive, when I was a teenager I couldn’t stand it. I wanted to get where I was going and fast. I think I’ve mellowed since then and now I like my quiet drives with the sometimes crackly radio humming in the background and a little white dog with her nose out the back window. There is very little thinking involved since there are so few turns and you are driving so slow and your mind can wander. But this is also true for sitting in traffic on the freeway.
Speaking of freeways, there is a driving lag when you enter the ‘real’ roads after driving on Orcas Island. All of the sudden people tailgate you for going only 5 mph over the limit and cut you off for a parking space when you were cautiously approaching at a reasonable 10 mph. And there are stoplights and street signs everywhere you have to pay attention to.
I think it is very similar to that feeling you get after driving on a long trip on the freeways at 75 mph and you drive off the ramp. With your freeway frame of reference 55 mph just doesn’t seem very fast and they want you to take the ramp turn at 30 mph. I’m just saying.
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Here’s a sneak peek of my new free Chromium Star Blanket crochet pattern. It’s in the testing stage over at Crochetville. (Thank you RoseRed, Super Granny and Riohnna!) Check back here or in the free patterns section of Crochetville in mid-October for the pattern.
If you’re just itching to make a star-shaped blanket right this instant, try two other free hook-worthy starghan patterns: Beth’s Little Star Afghan and, pictured immediately above, the All-aRouNd DiVa‘s version. These starghans work up quick and I used only a small amount of white and 7oz double stranded Baby Soft in pastel blue for this comfort sized blanket.
Speaking of Lion Brand yarn, check out how great Baby Soft looks in this O Baby Hat pattern. Shells and V stitches make for a very cute cap. Thanks to Wormie for posting the ones I sent for her charity Marine Corps Kids. Otherwise I would never have a picture to blog about! The lavender hat on the top right? Another easily tackled crochet baby hat; deceptively easy in fact. Check out the Baby Swirls pattern and lots of other baby patterns at Bev’s Country Cottage.*That’s cool* a random fact
Shooting stars are produced by meteors smaller than an orange and the most common are no larger than a grain of sand.
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