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Fancy Granny Squares

I can’t seem to make up my mind which project I want to finish to completion.  I decided to make my dad a red blanket based on just a huge granny square, very basic but I like how it looks.  Well I ran out of red so I started to use tan, then said nah I have to have red.  Bought some red, then when I was at my moms for something else, she gave me another big case of yarn with some red.  Figures.



Then I am still working on the wave blanket that I wanted to do in retro colors.  I should have known better, but I figured I would do it in tan, cinnamon, green, then a lighter cream before going back to the tan.  I had 2 big old containers of yarn and it looked like I had enough of each.  But oops, no.  The first tan was just TAN, the second tan was BRIGHT tan.   The soft cream color was Chino tan and I had no more of that. I started to put a Tawny White to replace the Chino tan but, it’s not going to work.  I’m going to have to see if the Buff Red Heart will be a decent replacement, otherwise it’s off to the store to match it.  I really like how it’s coming out when the current colors so, that top row will be ripped out.


Speaking of ripping, I had been framing these cute flower granny squares in an off-white color.  But after I did a bunch in pink (4 to be exact), I did 2 in red.  Well red stands out good on white-ish but the pink looked far too faded.  So I ripped all the white off and working on redoing them all in a jade green.  And naturally the red, even though the same “4” weight as the pink, came out bigger than the pink flowers.  Same hook and everything.  The pink was the retro yarn and the red was not.  I’m working off a coat pattern by Yarnutopic which I’m hoping works out, it’s based off granny squares but I can’t quite decide if I should work some plain squares in or not.


Home Twister

My mom hung onto a lot of my grandmothers crochet items, but until recently all I got was 3 afghan hooks. I started cranking out items and she gave me a Home Twister yarn device that my grandmother had from many years ago.


It can make yarn cakes, like so:



it also has the ability to twist two or more skeins of yarn into one.  I would really like to try that since super thick yarn can get very pricey and I’ve rather enjoyed crocheting holding two skeins at a time already.  Caron Super Soft for instance, feels rather thin by itself but two or more makes lovely smooth and heavy blankets or throws.

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Frogging Stuff

I learned, just recently that when you rip out stitches on something it’s called frogging. The reason being that you “rip it, rip it” which is like ribbit.

Anyway people are always shocked when I have to frog an entire thing. I made the mandala pattern from Yarnutopia but, it simply ended up being far too long and heavy.

Even though I followed directions and, wasn’t even done yet, it was already touching the floor with so much weight on the border that it pulled the center star too far.  I didn’t see anyway of salvaging it so I ripped the entire thing and made another item.

I may have to do that with the baby blanket I made, I’m not really happy with another term I learned which is “pooling”.  Apparently that means using the natural color change in striped/ombre yarn to make a pattern.  There was no good way to do it with the granny stitch I was using.  It looks “ok” but not perfect.



I also screwed up making a mobius shawl in the sage green I bought, people I kept adding a single crochet between each double for some reason, which made it ruffle and double the stitches each time.  That is going to have to be frogged.

Queen Ellie on my Yarn

As it turns out, my mom had absolutely boxes and boxes of yarn from my grandmother, who use to crochet quite a bit.  I was given two of the boxes, which my cat Ellie has decided is her new perch.  More yarn gifted from my mother-in-yarn, waits in the closet.