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The end of an era

Long, long ago, in a state, far away….  Isn’t that how most fairytales sort of begin?  Well, it would be rather appropriate for this project’s story as well.

The story started a long time ago.  I think about 14 or 15 years.  I had just learned to crochet (again).  My mother had tried to teach me a long time ago, when I was a little girl, but at that time it didn’t appeal to me.  I was much rather knitting.  But when I was in college, I re-discovered crochet.  And I figured one of the best ways to learn different patterns, was to do one of these blankets or afghans with different squares.

Off to the hobby store we went.  I found a really interesting pattern, a leaflet from Leisure Arts, 2146, called 63 “more” Easy to crochet pattern stitches combine to make an Heirloom Afghan.   I bought more yarn then I had ever dreamed of buying all at the same time.  And not just Red Heart, something I usually used, but something ‘nice’.  I ended up with bags full of Caron’s Wintuk.  It was soft, creme-colored (the color is actually called Fisherman), and just plain awesome!  I started to crochet, and it really was easier then I expected.  I finished the first 20 or so blocks relatively quickly.  But then life got in the way.  I got a job, we moved around the country a couple of times, and all together, I kind of almost forgot about this afghan.

But then I joined a wonderful online group, and they had a UFO club.  And I remembered that I really did want this blanket to be finished.  So I joined, and every month, I added a block, sometimes 2, sometimes none.  But progress was once more being made!  And about 2 years ago, I realized that it was still going to take forever to finish it, at 1 block month.  So I decided to try for 1 block a week.  And even though I didn’t always manage, life sometimes got in between, I kept at it.

I couldn’t for the life of me remember how much yarn I actually bought, but I am pretty sure I had kept all of it together.  It was kind of scary at the end, because I could not tell whether I had enough yarn to finish.  Of course the yarn is discontinued, so finding more would be very, very difficult.  And I discovered that I actually had two different kinds of Wintuk, both from Caron, both bought at the same time, both asking for the same hook, but one had 16 stitches per 4 inches, and the other 18 stitches.  Which means that some of my squares are a little denser, but I am okay with that.  Then at the end, when I was just about to start the final single crochet edging all around the blanket, I found 1 more skein of yarn in my stash, it had been taken out to take with me on a trip last year, and apparently never made it back in.  The edging took about 2/3 of a skein (I guess), and all together, I think I have the equivalent of 1 skein left over!  And here she is:

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When you click on it, you can see a bigger picture.

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Happy Holidays!

In the US a lot of people just finished celebrating Christmas.  Others celebrated Kwanza, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Summer Solstice for those south of the Equator, and probably a couple of other holidays I am not thinking of right now.  (Feel free to enlighten me, I love learning new things. )  I want to wish everyone a happy holiday, which ever variety you celebrate.

Just a quick update of some of the things I have done while I was in out of reach this year.  In June, I made this hat for a very dear friend:

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It is the Esprit Chemo Turban.  I am drawing a complete blank on the yarn.  It was a very soft cotton/polyester if I remember correctly, the thread made up out of 9 or so very loosly twisted threads.

I have also worked on several squares for my 63 crocheted squares afghan.  Let me see if I can show you those kind of quickly:

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I think that catches you up on that blanket, and for those of you with sharp eyes, that last square is indeed number 59, I have only 4 squares more to go!

I also made The Swan Doily:

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It is here unwashed/unblocked, but I forgot to take pictures after I blocked it… Oops! The bottom one is a closeup picture of one of the swans, which I think turned out very nicely.  After blocking the lines were much neater…  The recipient was very happy with the doily.  I used Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Cotton.

Enjoy the season!

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I did it again

I thought after doing Oregon twice, and clearly passing on the issue when I did them, I would have somehow learned to by pass this stage.  But obviously that is not the case.  Because this weekend I realized that I have been doing ‘IT’ again.  What is ‘IT’ you ask?  Well, it is this little problem I have.  When I get close to finishing a project, I stop working on it, because I don’t want it to end.  I don’t want to say goodbye to this project that has been with me for quite some time.  It doesn’t seem to happen with small projects nearly as often.  But recently I have been working on Hippo Gnu Deer and have gotten really good progress.  So much so, that I have finished all the body charts, and have started the edging.  Here is a picture of my progress right after I started the edging:

But now that I have gotten half way around, I don’t want to finish….  I am enjoying working on this too much.  Instead, I have also made progress on Wingspan:

And, because it is also nearing it’s end, I have even been making major progress on the Heirloom Crochet Afghan.  I will share those pictures later, I still have to liberate them from my camera… 😉

And on top of that I have actually been reading!  I got 3 new books for my birthday, The Dresden Files 1-3 by Jim Butcher.  So far I have been quite enjoying them.  Maybe, now that I have actually been writing about my procrastination, I will actually get my act together, and actually finish one of these projects?  I mean, my list of WIPs could definitely use some crossing off… 🙂

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Some FO’s

While I took a little sabbatical from the Blog, I did do some more knitting.  I promised I would show, so…

First up, a pair of socks for my youngest son, DS2.  He saw this yarn, and just had to have a pair of socks.  I didn’t quite manage to make them matching, but he doesn’t care.  I hope they are big enough he can wear them next year too.  The pattern is from ‘New Pathways for Sock Knitters’ by Cat Bordhi, the Riverbed Master pattern.  The yarn is Lana Grossa Meilenweit Merino 100, as you can see that is quite a bright mix of colors.  It really is a shame that apparently Meilenweit Merino is not for sale in the USA… 😦  I love this yarn, it is sooo soft!

Next was the cardigan for DS1, a pattern I made up myself.  I think it worked out rather well, in my opinion.  He is very happy with it, which is of course the most important thing.  The yarn was a very old worsted weight Wintuk by Sears.

And last but not least, I actually made some progress on my crochet afghan with 63 different blocks.  Here are block 34:

and block 35:

As I said, there are supposed to be 63 of these, and I am making them ‘in order’, at least the way there are listed in the book.  The order in which they are attached according to the picture is quite different.  It is fun to make squares with a different pattern each time, but 63 is an awful lot…  I try to do at least one a month, but the last couple of months have not gotten quite that much done.  Oh well.

If I can get WordPress to talk to Facebook, those of you following on Facebook get an update again, but since Facebook has cancelled the link, I have not been able to show my posts on my wall.  😦  I finally found something on WordPress that supposedly worked the same way, but I can’t get them to talk together.  Yet.

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I was talking about it before, and have finally decided to actually do it. I am going to talk about all the projects I currently have in progress. But first I am going to share about a wonderful package that arrived today. I received a terrific gift certificate from a very dear friend, and finally got around to spending it. The first and foremost item was actually lace blocking wires. I am hoping to be able to more easily block lace shawls with these. Then there was that pattern that caught my eye, and since it was on sale, I decided to indulge myself. It is a knitted twin set, as in a cardigan and shell. But the bulk of the package was actually wonderfully soft, scrumptious looking yarn. There is a skein of Centolavaggi lace weight yarn, in a chestnut color, a skein of Heritage sock yarn in the color Camel, and 4 skeins of Nirvana lace weight in the color dove, a very nice silvergrey. At 1531 yards, the Centolavaggi should be plenty for a shawl, and the 4 skeins or Nirvana add up to 1488 yards, which I also think should be a very nice shawl. I am looking forward to matching it to a pattern, but first I want to finish some of my UFO’s.

And here is the list of projects I am currently working on.

First, there is a pair of socks. The pattern is Andromeda, and I am using Knitpicks Stroll yarn. At the beginning of this year this is how they looked:

Then there is my Casablanca shawl, which looked like this at the beginning of the year:

I am making it using Zephyr lace weight. The pattern was made available through a KAL by Anne Cousins. I am unaware of any source where the pattern is currently available. If anyone knows, please let me know.

Third, I am working on the 22 leaves Shawlette, using Pagewood Farm’s Chugiak. Around the first of the year it looked like this:

Fourth would be A’tuin, a very pretty but somewhat problematic pattern designed by Mmario. I have not quite gotten to the part where everyone who has attempted this shawl is stuck, but it is not far out. Mmario has said that he will figure it out, but currently A’tuin is not cooperating. What else would one expect from a turtle who carries a whole world on it’s back.

I am using some 5/2 pearl cotton.

And my last knitting project would be my Icelandic Lace Shawl. It uses Brooks Farm’s Acero. It has been patient, and been waiting for me while I have been off having affairs with other shawls. It’s main problem is that it gets to be too hot to knit in these Texas summers. This is what it looks like:

However, that is not all. I am also working on a crocheted afghan:

I am using Wintuk yarn for this one. There will be 63 squares in the end, and around the beginning of the year I had finished 27 squares.

There is another afghan, a ripple afghan, that I am “aware” of floating somewhere around the house, but I could not actually put my hands on it to take a picture of it.

I also do cross stitch, and I am working on Bird Feeder by Thea Gouverneur, but this one is going reeeaaal slow:

And last but not least, my bobbin lace:

It is just a little flanders edging, and it is a lot of fun to do, as long as my 2 year old doesn’t tear the bobbins off. That makes progress very slow, as I am not usually in the mood to fix it when that happens.

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