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I made the Grannyesque Headband with random tan wool I had from my stash.  The yarn was bought by my grandmother, so I’m guessing it’s Mill End yarn.  There’s no label to go by, anyway. 

The headband pattern is so easy, with granny shells and triangular ends.  My favorite part were the ties, which are written into the border.  I love patterns that start and end with the same length of yarn!

Here’s a picture from the garden.  I like how the light bends around the petals.  I wonder if there’s a ‘rule’ in photography not to have a strong line end in a corner.  The stem angle looks off to me, now that I look at it.   

Happy Wednesday!

*That’s cool* a random fact

According to the Thai solar calendar, the color associated with Wednesday is green.

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The twenty-five rectangles I made finally made it to Donna at Crochetville!  They’re for the Soften the World Simply Soft Sweepstakes Caron is holding. You can see a picture of my rectangles and the 1000+ rectangles other Crochetvillers have contributed on the 2 for 1 – Warm Up America and Crochetville! thread.  I crocheted every last bit of Simply Soft in my stash, including two unused skeins in navy and remnants from the Cable and Divine Hats

I used Donna’s 7×9″ Rectangle Granny pattern for the majority of the rectangles.  I thought about using a bunch of different stitches, but finding the gauge for each pattern was taking too much time.  Grannies work up fast and once I figured out the perfect hook size the rest was easy. 

To get the right gauge I actually left out Row 8 of the pattern.  My gauge was still too large with a size F hook and I hate using the size E hook with worsted weight yarn.  My yarns splits, the handle is too thin and I generally can’t crochet as quickly.  Also, since I can’t stand weaving in lots of ends with a granny-style stitch, all the little yarn balls that I couldn’t stretch to a whole rectangle were made up in plain double crochet. 

I’m glad I tried Donna’s granny pattern because I learned a new way to join granny-style rounds.  For the last corner, you chain one and single crochet to join the round.  The single crochet ends in the middle of the last corner and from there you make half a corner and continue around.  It’s difficult to explain, but simple to use and there’s no slip stitches involved!

Anyway, I crocheted twenty-six rectangles total.  Twenty-five went to Donna and the last rectangle was sent out in my name for the individuals category.  The deadline for individual square entries is May 1, 2008 with a prize of twelve skeins of Caron SS.  Crochetville is still accepting rectangles through the mail until April 29, 2008 for their effort to win the $300 cash prize.  All the squares collected for the contest will be donated to the Warm Up America charity. 

 

*That’s cool* a random fact

Granny Smith Apples are named after Mary Ann Sherwood (1799-1870), who never saw her apples become a commercial apple variety. 

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I finally got to make this Starburst Hotpad. Ever since I saw Angela’s orange and pink version on Ravelry I have wanted to crochet my own. The only thing stopping me was the lengthy assembly directions. They seemed complicated, but the hotpad isn’t as daunting as I predicted. The hotpad makes sense once you have the pieces made and it all pulls together for the final step.

I tacked down the petal edges when I wove in the ends. Next time I would do this with a little more ease since there are visible creases. I used Lily’s Sugar and Cream in Bright Navy and Over the Rainbow. With the granny square holes, I’m not sure if I would use this as a hot pad, but it makes a sturdy trivet.

The Circular Cloth pattern is very simple and easy to follow. Perfect for the beginner wanting to practice increases in the round before tackling a hat. I used half a skein of Lily in Summer Splash.

In hindsight this dishcloth would have looked better with a contrasting border. The picture for the free pattern even has an orange border around a white center, but by the time I realized this I had already tucked and cut the ends. The back-loops-only do make nice ridges for scrubbing though.

The Crochet Hexagon Dishcloth is adapted from a Japanese pattern and the origin shows in the writing style. It took a few tries before I understood the notation.

My real problem was the recommended size G hook made this dishcloth bend in a cup shape. I had to use a size I crochet hook to get it relatively flat, and then I blocked it to keep the shells down. The blocking wasn’t really necessary though, and it made the shells look more pointed than they were originally crocheted because I’m still learning to block well.

The dishcloth is crocheted in Lily’s in Soft Teal. The simple, solid look of this pattern is really pleasing and a few of these in coordinating colors would make a nice gift.

Finally, in lieu of a random fact, I give you a YouTube video. Compliments of Geckogrrl, here’s a music video from the Canadian group Tricot Machine.  All the frames are knit!

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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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The word of the day is blustery.  It’s very windy here in the tip top corner of the Northwest.  I was holding the door ajar for the dog this morning and I actually had to use force to keep it from swinging.  It felt like this massive vacuum was pulling the door closed. 

You would think with all this stormy weather it would be miserable outside, but apart from the hurricane force winds it’s actually a beautiful winter day.  There’s sun coming in through the windows and the sky is mostly blue.  I’m happy if I see a patch of blue in between the clouds this time of year. 

Craftwise, I’m knitting a scarf from Bernat Soft Boucle in natural.  I wanted badly to crochet this stuff, but I was going nuts.  Unless I used a large hook the yarn caught every bulge and and was a nightmare to frog.  I just didn’t feel like fighting with the yarn.  Knitting with ‘fun’ yarn is easier than crocheting, in my opinion, and that also goes for this border-line difficult boucle. 

 

The pattern is Melissa’s All About The Yarn scarf, using a k5 vertical border.  Mine’s not alpaca, but I think it’s turning out well.  There are problems with the border curling inward so I guess I’ll try blocking it.   Acrylic doesn’t have a superb reputation for yielding to pins and water though.  Still, the boucle is hiding my uneven stitches and it feels light but warm.  I am considering putting an edging or embroidery to spruce it up. 

Here’s my first knit swatch from way back in 2001, when I was a seinor in high school.   I spent a saturday afternoon watching an Omen marathon and trying out different purl/knit combinations from my stitch dictionary.  If you look closely you can spot attempts at ribbing and cables.  

You may remember this yarn from a series of scrap yarn squares I made earlier this month.  This swatch would be perfect for the kind of knit graffiti Knitta started.  You know, where they fasten knit UFOs to random stop signs and car antennas.  Maybe next time I’m in Seattle… 

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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 though I’d kick off the New Year with my very first blog slide-show.  Click on the picture mosaic above to see a neat little slide-show of the crochet squares I made.  There’s even a music number that goes along with the slide-show if you click the volume button on the left corner.   

I’m a little tongue-tied today and can’t seen to get the details of these crochet squares written right.  I’m just going to leave well enough alone and save it for another day.   

If you have still have some blog time to kill I would suggest going to Crafty Christina’s to check out her new free St Maurus Headwarmer crochet pattern featuring the Jacob’s ladder stitch.  This is on my ’08 crochet queue and looks like a serious must for stylish winter crochet wear. 

Oh, and speaking of free crochet patterns, today I noticed that The Daily Crocheter has featured my Through Any Window Baby Blanket as their free pattern of the day.  You can see the link listed through the 14th of January on their free pattern of the day archive

Here’s to future free crochet patterns everywhere in 2008!

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This is the center of a granny square I did recently for a ROAK on Crochetville.  The pattern is the Multi Stitch Granny available free from Dayna’s Crochet.  I really like her crochet square pattern selection.   There are slightly altered grannys, pretty lacy squares and solid textured designs.  Also, she has nice pictures of the samples.     

I’m not sure the purple flower petals were meant to overlap.  In the picture from Dayna’s Crochet site the petals are arranged next to each other but my flower won’t lay like that.  I like the effect though.  By overlapping the petals it adds an inconspicuous three dimensional texture. 

In other news, it’s time to announce my Pay It Forward blog.  I signed up for my PIF handmade gift at A Mess Put Together Nicely from Melissa.  She sounds very nice and when I left an error in my name on Crochetville she had to hunt me down.  (Sorry about that Melissa!)  I believe she has one more spot available so if there are already three comments here try snagging a spot on her PIF entry.  Below are the ‘official’ PIF rules: 

I will send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. I don’t know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week, but you will receive it within 365 days, that is my promise! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.”

When you leave a comment on my blog for the PIF please leave your name on Crochetville, Craftster or Ravelry.  If you prefer you can e-mail me at thekidneybean@gmail.com or just leave me some way to contact you.

– Edit –  One PIF spot left!

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As promised, here are some more Soley Granny Squares Hats by Crafty Christina.  Can you believe that I’m working on two more?  These are the two best from the second batch.  You’ll see that the others were less thought out and I was running out of good color combos in my yarn stash.  For the yellow one I went with a bumblebee feel.  The green one was inspired by Yoshi from Super Mario Brothers.   

I went a little crazy with these but after a few projects that demanded constant attention and frogging the granny squares were a pleasant side note.  The process is quick to start and, as a result, very addictive. 

First of all, you just repeat the granny motif a bunch of times and before you know it there are five little squares ready to be joined.  You see this neat little stack of grannys and feel an enormous sense of accomplishment.  The pieces are made and you’re practically done.  But wait!  You have to weave in all those ends. 

This is where I went downhill.  Instead of weaving in the ends and joining the squares I decided to make three more sets of granny squares since it is much more fun to dive through a stash and pick out colors than dig out a yarn needle.  

They piled up in my yarn basket very quickly and then I had 20 granny squares and even more ends.  This is where I decided to stop at six hats total.  I could have made more granny squares, but I couldn’t imagine subjecting myself to more ends.  I’ll post the other two Soley Granny Squares Hats after, you guessed it, I weave in the remaining ends. 

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This is the Soley Granny Hat Pattern from Crafy Christina’s blog.  I used a size G crochet hook instead of the prescribed I hook.  The result is a hat sized for a three to twelve year old.  I used Red Heart Super Saver in bright yellow, spring green and royal blue.  I wanted to make a boyish hat but the color order bothers me.  I wish I had switched the yellow and green so it doesn’t look like yellow flowers with a blue center. 

Otherwise this pattern was a fun distraction from projects that are on my Christmas WIP list.  Grannys are always satisfying to crochet but I didn’t enjoy the multitude of ends.  Oh the ends! – but I did jump right in to make another. 

The purple and green version was crocheted with a size F hook which would fit a one to three year old.   I used RHSS pale mint, lavender and TLC eden green. 

The first two rounds of my upcoming granny blanket pattern was used to make the circular center.  The only difference was I used double crochet instead of half double crochet.  By replacing the the center like this the squares are more rounded and therefore the border around the hat isn’t as even.  I want to try another with the first two rounds in half double and see if that would help the border straighten out.     

 

Here you can see the difference in starting rounds.  One with the regular square start and the other with the circular foundation. 

*That’s cool* a random fact

Green Iguanas are a tree dwelling farmed food source in Central and South America.  Because of this, they are often referred to as ‘chicken of the trees’.

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