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This Washboard Dishcloth used just over one skein of Lily’s Sugar and Cream in Soft Teal.  The color is washed out a little because it’s very dark and overcast in the San Juan Islands today and I waited until just before sunset to get the camera out for photographs. 

With a few more foundation stitches and added rows this pattern could double for a placemat.  The picture below makes the dishcloth look placemat size, but in reality it measures 11 x 13 inches – not quite big enough for a full size plate and utensils.   

 

Linuxwitch‘s square-shaped version on Ravelry uses only 18 rows for the body of the dishcloth.  (Thanks for the link Adrienne!)  If I made this again I would follow the 18-row formula because the back-loops-only half double crochet gets a little boring.  Plus, cutting back on the rows would put this pattern back in the single-skein category. 

The border is my favorite part of the pattern.  I like how the shells curve around the corners. 

Also, I finished the Through Any Window Blanket Tutorial.  I took plenty of pictures with lots of detailed shots.  For beginning crocheters, the first two rounds are written without abbreviations and there’s left-handed directions too. 

Hopefully, in the next few days, I can blog about my Swap Swap Gals package for Katrina!

*That’s cool* a random fact

The largest soft-shell clam, the geoduck, can weigh up to three pounds.

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I found these photos of this Flower Garden Scarf motif blanket buried in my Flickr photo collection. I’ve been working, little by little, to get my Flickr account pictures updated with pattern and blog post links. I find it’s really helpful when others put these links up, so I’m trying to do this myself, but the process is really time consuming!

I’ve had to space it out, working on a few photos at a time. The job is pretty much complete. Now I’ll just have to keep up with all the new blog photos, not to mention Ravelry notebook upkeep. (How did a little hobby get to be so time consuming?)
So, about the actual blanket. The Flower Garden Scarf pattern from Stitch ‘n Bitch: The Happy Hooker is the basis of the whole blanket. Basically I made the scarf and just kept going. I learned the join-as-you-go technique crocheting the flowers together and I am convinced this is the best way to put together motifs.

I’d like to try the Prairie Star afghan at some point, and that’s joined the same way. The Moonstitches blog has a great tutorial on join-as-you-go piecing, using photos from her beautiful hexagon blanket.

Another project I worked on last summer was the Daisy Flower Charity Square for Krochet Krystal.  I used Krystal’s photo from her blog because I never took a picture for myself.  (Thanks Krystal!)

The pattern is free, but you are required to join a Yahoo! group and she asks that you donate a square to her cause as well. The top four are mine and each one took about 20-35 minutes to make. These squares are challenging to work, but the finished square is solid and very striking.

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This is a small sample of the Progressive Pattern Stitch Afghan with Bernat Baby Coordinates Sweet Stripes.  I had some yarn left over from the Chromium Star Blanket and ended up using one full skein before the warping upper left hand corner got to me. 

Maybe a heavy border would help the misshapen corner and plump the size a little.  I guess I could also try blocking it, but I’ll most likely put it in snooze mode and try to find a charity that would take it.  I really don’t feel any drive to improve or finish this particular blanket.   

I do like the way the blanket is worked though, similar to a mitered square.  You crochet a bunch of chain loops on two sides of the square and turn.  The second row uses granny-style shell groups in each chain loop.  Because there are only two different rows the pattern is easily memorized. 

Plus, I personally am partial to exponential blanket construction.  It’s relaxing to watch a blanket grow, knowing that you can use the maximum amount of a skein without worrying that you’ll run out.  Using this pattern in the round would probably hold the shape better, like Robyn‘s  Baby Blanket on Flickr.  I like how her color changes compliment the pattern. 

*That’s cool* a random fact

Yellow roses symbolize friendship and sociability. 

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This short stack of crochet squares will be mailed to various ROAKs and comfortghan requests on Crochetville.  (Click on the picture mosaic in the previous post to see a slide show of them all.)  I had a bunch of random half skeins of worsted acrylic yarn from way back when I first started all this yarn business in high school.  Just sorting though it all was interesting.  There were skeins I had no memory of acquiring and tail ends of yarn from my very first projects.     

So with a dozen or so partial skeins in a big wicker basket I made simple crochet blocks.   It was really relaxing to grab a color and crochet away.  I could fasten off and choose a new color at any moment and the yarn I had selected for demolition disappeared fast.  They’re not exceptionally delicate or precisely planned but I thoroughly enjoyed the process.  Now I’m ready to start the New Year with a slightly leaner stash.  Could a LYS be in my future?

*That’s cool* a random fact

Wood frogs living in the Arctic Circle can live for two weeks completely frozen solid using the glucose in their body as antifreeze.

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I made a bunch of these headbands for quick Christmas presents.  The purple one is the Elizabeth headband from Nadia’s Crochet free elegant crochet headbands web page.  I used stash yarn for this but I’m pretty sure it is Red Heart Super Saver.  The headband was really quick project with worsted weight yarn.  Weaving in the ends probably took as much time as the actual project.  Plus, the wrong side has a bobble look to it that I like. 

The pink headband was from Family Circle Easy Crochet Spring 2007.  I used left over yarn from my Through Any Window Baby Blanket.  This one took about three times as much crocheting since it calls for a size F crochet hook and DK weight yarn.  However, the shells were a repeating pattern and it was pretty easy to memorize.

Now I’m off to frantically crochet more Christmas gifts.  I am seriously behind!

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Round and round

I have a new pattern being tested at Crochetville.  Thanks to dogswife, mom4x, MyissaG, tamugrad02, crochetfool, guatemalamom, and requin for testing this for me! 

The granny blanket is worked in the round and my favorite part is the border.  For more details and a free pattern stay tuned.   

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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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