Thursday, April 15, 2010

It's done!

I finished Esther and Tim's wedding afghan 8 days early! For some reasons the last 3 repeats I added on caused more problems then the rest of the blanket combined. I frogged and frogged at least once in every repeat. And I still have a mistake or two that I had to work around. It ended up being 49" wide and 58" long, coming to my collar bone with my feet well covered. I'm hoping to get a picture of it after the kids come home from school. Seems once I let someone borrow my camera, they think they can use it and take it whenever. So not sure where it is at the moment.

So now I'll be working on Allison's shawl. I'm hoping it will only take a night to do, but that might be a bit ambitious. It would be cool if I could get it done for her shower which is also next Saturday.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

3rd skein

I"m technically into the 3rd one pounder skein of the wedding shower afghan. But with the first I did a bunch of false starts of the afghan so it wasn't really a full one. I thought I could call it done at the end of the 2nd skein. Then I threw it over me. It covered my feet and came to just under my breast...nope not big enough. I think it needs to cover me to my neck. I figure it should be big enough after 3 more repeats. I thought I'd get it done last night but I ended up going to bed with Sean. So tonight should be the night I finish it.

I went back to AC Moore today. I think the one pounder is too thick a yarn for Allison's shawl. So I decided to work with the Bernat Baby Sport that's on sale this week...$3.99 for a big ball (reg price is $9.99). I've also decided to try a different pattern.... The Fancy Fans Stole. I admit it, I love shells. I'm thinking it should be quick to work up so if I don't like it, I can try another one in the next few weeks. Hopefully though both Allison and I will like it.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Putting aside the shawl

I'm not loving the shawl and am thinking of changing patterns. So until I HAVE to do it, it's in hibernation. On Friday I decided to get Tim and Esther's shower gift started. I started making pinwheel motifs to piece quite right. Then I started a popcorn and cable afghan from my baby afghan book...first row of the pattern and I didn't like that either. So then I moved onto a lacy ripple and it's just right! I've gone through one Caron one pounder in off white and have started the second. I figure I'm a little less then half way through. I'll decide on the actual length of it as I work it.

lacy ripple

lacy ripple

I hit A.C. Moore yesterday. They had both Caron's Spa and Country on sale....2 for $3 (regularly $4.99 ea). When figuring out what presents I had to make I forgot...I have a baby shower the day after Drew's wedding!!!! So I've decided to attempt for my first round ripple afghan for this gift. Danielle and Sean were angels while I was deciding what colors I wanted. I picked out 2 skeins of each color. What I didn't realize until I was at the register...the store ahd mixed up the Country and Spa into one display! So some of the colors I picked were Spa...a bamboo yarn. Others were Country...a merino wool blend. UGH! It won't work if I only pick one fiber. Am I going to be in trouble? Will they be messed up once it's washed? To be on the safe side I also bought 2 big balls of Bernat baby sport in the funny prints colorway since the baby is a boy. That way if I start running out of time or I don't like how the round ripple is working up...I can quickly do a simple afghan in this.

Oh yeah, I also bought a Caron one pounder in white with my 40% off coupon. I'll use it for Allison's shawl.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Just wanted to let you know

I'm still here. Haven't done a ton of crocheting. Mostly what I have worked on was trying to figure out what material (yarn or cotton) and hook size I want to do Allison's wedding shawl on. I may even change patterns all together. I'm hoping to get it done this week. I have too much to do on and off the hook to keep playing with it like I am. With all the motifs I've made I could probably have made 4 shawls. Right now it's going well with white cotton and an H hook.

GRRRR! I just found the baggie holding the shawl project on the floor...OPEN! Obviously it's been there a bit because everything is dirty and covered with dog hair. Guess I'll be starting over. Luckily it wasn't too many squares but still. Didn't anyone notice they were stepping on it? I guess I'll have to put it under lock and key before I leave from now on.

Once Allison's shawl is done I'll move onto an afghan for the couple whose wedding is the week after Drew's and Allison's. It'll most likely be a neutral color. I'm thinking either a simple textured ripple (worked into the back loops every so many rows) or a pinwheel granny square I saw in my baby afghans book. If all goes according to plan, I may even be able to finish an afghan for Allison and Drew too.