Planning My Next Blanket

After my less than spectacular finish on my Marled Crochet Blanket I wanted to get right back on the horse and continue crocheting and stash busting. It has been soooo satisfying to empty bags of yarn and whole drawers of my stash really really quickly.

I pulled the seven skeins of full or almost full skeins of Knit Picks Biggo leftover from when I was making headband for craft fairs like six years ago. I like that it is all the same yarn content and the colors aren’t horrible together. Plus this yarn has a really soft hand and is easy care.

I laid them out on my guest bed and played with color progression ideas for a simple crocheted rectangle of a blanket. After a few attempts I think this is the winner. I don’t want to weave in a ton of ends, but I might use the grey and black as some sort of border treatment? And then the body would be all the jewel tones? I’m going to percolate on this project for a bit.

Happy Crocheting!!

An Almost FO: Marled Crochet Blanket

The crocheting is complete on my Marled Crochet Blanket. Thanks to binging some knitting podcasts and a glass of white wine…this monstrosity is complete. And as I feared yesterday, it still looks like a giant boob.

I turned this project in for points in the Pigskin Party KAL and promptly set it aside. My completely inept and total made up crochet increases made this blanket bubble in the middle in the red section. I texted some photos to crafty friends as to what I should do with this.

One friend suggested I stuff it and make a pillow or lounge pad. But as its square-ish and the gauge is really open I’m positive it would be impossible to seam and the stuff would just spill out. So I have two choices:

  1. Just throw in the towel and let my kids have this as a “play” blanket for their stuffies and dolls
  2. Call my seamstress mother to see if we could sew up custom pillow or fabric bean bag like item and then attach this to the top for humorous effect.

I’m going to mull my options and see how crazy wild I get this winter. This project may resurface….

Happy Crocheting!!

Interesting Color Choice

I stepped back to admire my Marled Crochet blanket and noticed an interesting design aesthetic that my color choice and marling is giving me……

You guys, I’m crocheting a giant nipple. I was shooting for sweet valentine pink/red theme. But nope this is one giant boob. And it doesn’t help that my increases in the red section got a little wonky and that bit sticks up. My husband even gave this blanket a raised eyebrow when I showed him.

But I’m too close to being done so I’m going to embrace this project and see where it takes me. I’m not ripping out close to 1,000 yards of crochet, lol. I have a white section to add tonight and then I will be done. Maybe I’ll have a FO to show tomorrow?

Happy Knitting!!

Blanket-ish

I’m still flexing my crochet muscles on my Marled Crochet Blanket. I finished the skein of red and started the second color which is a watermelon pink. It gets a little tricky working from both end of the blanket.

My inexpert crochet skills have definitely put a “twist” to my blanket. I think I didn’t get my corner increases in the same place every time causing my blanket to spiral a bit. I have decided to call this a “design” feature and keep moving.

It is going to be a snuggly perfectly imperfect blanket for this winter! Happy Crochet!!

FO Friday: Crocheted Rainbow

My Crocheted Rainbow is complete and I’m both elated and sad. Happy to have such a beautiful blanket but sad I don’t have this project to look forward to each evening.

Pattern: My own made up nonsense of a half double crochet over roughly 180 to 200 stitches (I can’t remember”

Yarn: A mix of Loops and Threads Charisma and Premier Chunky Solids

Hook: 10MM or N

This blanket was a fantastic stashbuster. All told I used up eleven skeins of yarns that date back to at least 2013. My blanket weighs 1,100 grams and used roughly 1,199 yards of bulky yarn. This project cleaned out half a drawer of yarn from my stash that I really didn’t have a plan for.

Bonus, I really learned a lot about hook placement in working on this project. I learned how to catch both legs of the stitch and eliminate lines in my fabric (or how to create line when I want them)!

I’m already planning my next stashbusting crochet blanket project. This time I’ll hold off until after 9/25 so I can count all the yards for the 2020 Pigskin Party KAL.

Happ Knitting!!

A Rainbow Border

I am still completely committed to my Crochet Rainbow blanket. I finished all the rainbow colors and then went ahead with adding white “book end” sections on either side.

I have roughly two skeins of the white yarn so now I’m working a border around the entire blanket. My edge crochet stitches could use some improvement and therefore my pickups are kind of dicey. But its good enough for me and I can’t wait to have this finished thing!

Rainbows are just making me so happy right now. Happy Friday and happy knitting!!

Obsessively Rainbow

Sorry, not sorry! My Crochet Rainbow is hurtling along at light speed and I’m obsessed and super happy.

I am now into the teal ball of yarn with only dark blue and purple left to add to the main body of the blanket. Then I will take my off white yarn and do a crocheted border around the outside. Depending on the finished dimensions of the rainbow I made add more edge rows on the ends than I do the sides to make a decent rectangle.

Or I may say screw it, its 2020 and just crochet around and make whatever shape it turns out to be. It will probably depend on my mood, lol

Happy Crocheting!

Growing A Rainbow

My current obsession is this amazing crocheted rainbow. It’s all I want to work on. Literally. I haven’t picked up my Radiate or any of my other knitting projects in days.

After factoring in dishes, bedtime and laundry I can crochet about one full ball of bulky yarn a night. I did have a bit of a false start with the yellow. I knit the whole section and realized I had lost an edge stitch or two and my blanket was veering inward. So I ripped back and I’m starting over.

I am learning a lot about better placement of my crochet hook. I made some mistakes in the pink section but I’m improving a whole lot in the red and yellow. It’s perfectly imperfect and I think a great metaphor for the dumpster fire that is 2020. It feels really good to have mojo about something again. My brain feels excited and engaged and I could use a little more of that.

What has gotten your motor running lately?

Cast On: Crocheted Rainbow

After my disappointing turn with PB’s crochet blanket I decided to work on one that I know will be more successful. Thanks to my tossing of the stash I found that I had almost a perfect rainbow in bulky acrylic yarn. This yarn is DEEP stash from 2013-ish consisting of some Premier Chunky Solids and Loops and Threads Charisma. Both are an 100% acrylic 2-ply yarn with roughly 100 yards per skein.

I did cheat and buy the yellow and sage green from Micheal’s to fill out my rainbow that I was missing from stash. Thank you curbside pickup! My only disappointment was that there was no orange available in my stash or in the store. But this is a stash busting project so I’m plowing ahead!

I pulled my N or 10 MM hook and a tote bag from Chelsea yarns and kitted up this project. I really finding that I enjoy the really large scale crochet. It is really easy to see where my hook needs to go and the projects go SUPER fast. So I get that quick win of a finished object. And this project will clear roughly 1,100 yards of deep stash from my bins.

Happy Crochet!

Redoing PB’s Blanket

After finishing that blue baby blanket last week I got itch to pick up PB’s Baby Blanket. I tried continuing to crochet but I ultimately decided I hated smaller crochet hook and the gauge I was getting. So I ripped it out.

Then I got a wild hair to re-cast it on and started just a simple knit garter stitch baby blanket. I sat one evening and worked back to where I had used all the yarn I had pulled out. It is a lot stitches bunched up on a needle and doesn’t look like much.

What I can’t decide is if I like this any better! Chenille yarn is super hard to knit with as it is very grabby and hard to get any needle that is not super sharp into the stitch. I really prefer to crochet with chenille but hated my first attempt. But I’m determined to use this yarn. I have two big cakes of this Caron cake yarn of it that I would like out of my stash!

I may move this project to time out until I can figure out what I want to do next. In the times that are 2020 I really find that I can’t work on a project that doesn’t excite me. Or at the very least I can’t touch projects that make me grumpy. In the meantime I have a different crochet blanket floating around in my head. What is this craziness!? Where is all this crochet mojo coming from?

Happy Crocheting