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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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The snow is almost gone.  There are little piles of it here and there, but for the most part it’s all melted.  I’m sad to see it go, but it’s nice to take a trip into town without fear of black ice.  Plus, after the second day, everything turned to slush and mud.  Yuck. 

 

Since the roads were clear, I finally had the chance to give away the Crochet Half Moon Shawl.  My friend Ellen had a big smile when she saw it.  Sorry, but I didn’t get a picture.  I forgot the camera in the car (oops).  It really looks great on her though!

Forum-wise, I never did get an answer from the Crochetville CAL about the mismatched corners.  Seems like I caught the very tail end of the Half Moon Shawl craze, since there was only one response.  Maybe it’ll pick up again?

So, now I’ve got shawl fever.  I’m searching for new patterns at the moment, but nothing has caught my eye.  I think I’ll find a vintage pattern or maybe try the Seraphina, but I’m not sure yet. 

*That’s cool* a random fact

Water expands when it freezes, but the majority of other liquids contract. 

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Ever try the Jacob’s ladder stitch?  I just learned how with the St Maurus Headwarmer by Christina.  Basically you make a bunch of chains across the piece as you crochet in rows.  Then you come back and pull through the loops consecutively.  Christina has a great tutorial along with the free pattern on her site. 

I remember seeing a rainbow blanket in Candi Jensen’s Candy Blankies: Cuddly Crochet for Babies & Toddlers that used the Jacob’s ladder stitch.  I think it was called Rainbow Bright.  There were multiple colors and coupled with the stitch it was really pretty.  I took that idea and tried different colors on my second attempt.  I’m not sure I like the color combo but it was interesting to see how the “V” of the ladder stitch looked next to another color. 

The Jacob’s ladder stitch is slanted on this multi-colored one.  This is probably because I didn’t turn the rows and just added the new color at the beginning of the row.  Also, I pulled the loops from the top to bottom instead of bottom to top.  See the upside-down single crochet stitches? 

I haven’t sewed the buttons on yet; I have a phobia of non-crochet assembly.  I swear I will dig out a needle and thread soon and plaster a button on these headwarmers!  In the meantime I have to say that even buttonless these headwarmers are great.  I tried the pink one outside last night when the wind was really strong.  I’m happy to report that my head was far from cold and my ears felt nice and cozy. 

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