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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Crazy about crochet!!!

I have recently become completely crazy about crochet!  Seriously, I feel like it is all I think about!  I have to admit that I'm proud of myself because I learned completely from library books and youtube videos.  It feels good to say that I taught myself!  Of course, my poor husband was probably ready to strangle me at times but he was patient and I figured it out. Yay!

So, I've got one blanket started that I'm making from Peaches & Cream cotton yarn called Pink Lemonade.  It's pretty and going to be big.  And I am starting to work on joining squares that I've received from volunteers for Central Ohio Binky Patrol.  But, just like with quilting, I can see that I'm going to be starting lots of new projects as well, especially since I'm beginning to visit differnt crochet blogs and have gained lots of inspiration.

Which brings me to my next project!!!!  I am so excited I can hardly stand it!  I'm going to make a Granny Stripe blanket like I found on the Attic24 blog.  Lucy made this blanket and I am in love with it!!!  Actually, I love her whole blog.  She has the greatest ideas and I will probably end up wanting to make one of everything she designs!  But for now I'm starting with the Granny Stripe blanket.  Here is a picture of Lucy's, isn't it fabulous?!?

Right now I'm working on choosing the yarn to use.  I'll be needing lots & lots because I want this blanket to be BIG!  I'm thinking it will make a perfect blanket for cuddling under and watching tv.  Or even napping, lol!  I can't wait to dig through my stash and see what I can come up with.  I doubt I'd need much yarn for a two row color stripe so it'll be a good scrap user.  Plus, I figure, the more different colors the better! 

Today we were out killing time while we waited for our carpets to dry from Tom cleaning them & I wound up in the yarn section of our local Meijers store.  They had Vanna's Choice on sale so I talked him into buying me 9 skeins.  The colors are so pretty and are going to be a great start for my blanket!  Lookie...

Originally, I was thinking about trying to combine two different weights of yarn - worsted and fingering - but I've decided that is just going to be too difficult!  I've decided I'm going to stick with worsted weight but I will include both wool and acrylic, maybe even through in some cotton.  Should be alright, don't you think?  So, if any of you have a little spare yarn you'd like to contribute to my super big Granny Stripe blanket I would love it!  I figure it shouldn't take much to complete a two row color stripe.



marilyn said...

I wouldn't mix wool and acrylic unless you never plan to wash the blanket. If you do wash it, the wool will shrink and your blanket will be ruined :( Cotton and acrylic would be ok together or you could use the 20% wool, but stay away from 100% wool yarn as a mix in :)

Jen said...

Hi Lisa, thanks for visiting my blog. You asked for some details so here they are- My blanket was made mainly using Hayfield Bonus which is 100% acrylic and small amounts of other Acrylic yarns It is a double knitting yarn and I used a 4mm hook. I started with 295 chains. The finished blanket weighs approx 2kgs so I used approx 20 100g balls. I hope this helps.

LizzieK8 said...

I would be careful about fiber content...some fibers shouldn't be dry cleaned. Stick to acrylic, super wash wools and you can wash it in your machine and throw it in the dryer.

Lori said...

Good luck on your granny stripe afghan. It will be gorgeous, I'm sure!

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