Posts Tagged ‘star blanket’

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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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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