Sunday, August 29, 2010

The next "next" project

mystery diagramI'm excited about my next "next" project.  I get bored easily so I'm always looking for something else to do to keep my hands and mind busy.

The Bernat yarn folks are doing a Crochet-Along this fall.  Starting on September 1, anyone who wants to participate can go to the Bernat Blog and get the starting block. There's only 1 catch -- the pattern is a mystery.  We have to solve clues to figure out the pattern and then create the blocks.  I think the only thing we get to decide is the colors.  We can pick any colors we like. Oooh... What colors shall I pick.  May be I'll go for some really bright colors?  May be I'll stick to variegated skeins.  Who knows.  I can't wait to see where this project leads me.

The next project

So, you all know by now how much I love reading Laughing Purple Goldfish’s blog. She’s so creative I just love trying to copy her ideas. Well a LOoOoONG time ago, she blogged about an afghan she was going to work on. It was this beautiful ripple patterned afghan that she of course added her own flare to it. Well, I decided this weekend I would try my hand at a ripple pattern.  I grabbed a skein that is supposed to be saving for another afghan project I'm working on (so many projects so little time) and started downloading different patterns.  I ended up using a pattern for a baby ripple pattern  I tried several other patterns but the instructions were hard for me to comprehend.  So, I have no idea what colors I will use but the photos below are some early shots of what I've started with.  The first few rows are actually called Bon Bon Print.  Cute right?  I'm going to use it, some white yarn and whatever other colors I have.  I have lots of different skeins just waiting to be used.  So, here are my beginning photos.

Ripple Afghan
ripple pattern

Ripple afghan
close up of the DC stitch

Ripple afghan 1
More ripple action

One of these days I'm going to pick a more appropriate place to take my photos.  The colors look so awful.  Either that or I'm going to have to start using my digital camera instead of my iPhone to take the photos. 

I will post more pictures as this project progresses.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

My latest project

My latest project.  So, I finally finished up an afghan throw I had been working on (will post more on that later this week) and wanted something to do.  I couldn’t think of anything so I went with some old faithful patterns.  I had a pattern for a dishcloth that’s supposed to look like a denim jean pocket.  I made it using thicker yarn than suggested and I didn’t use blue yarn.  I didn’t have any so I used gold yarn and then used some leftover variegated yarn for the pattern and border. 
 I probably shouldn’t have taken the pictures on my bright pink blanket.  The colors look a little bizarre.  Here is another shot.

It doesn’t really look like a jean pocket but I think that’s actually because my gauge when crocheting is kind of tight.  I don’t know why.  I don’t intentionally hold the hook, yarn or the pattern tightly but everything I do seems to turn out smaller than what the patterns suggest.  

Coco decided she like the yarn and tried to get in on the photoshoot.
The next two I made have a variety of names if you look for them on the internet.  I’ve seen them called backward/forward potholder, origami potholder, diagonal potholder.  I used my gold yarn again and made another using a pretty variegated yarn.  It’s easier to tell with the combo colored yarn but one side looks like the pattern goes from left-to-right and the other side looks like it goes top-to-bottom.  Actually it’s made by basically just going round and round and round until the potholder folds in onto itself.  I like them both.  

front side
back side

I tried to get a close up of the stitch pattern I used.  I just used a basic single-stitch going left-to-right up the seam and then right-to-left down the seam so it looks like an X-stitch. 

Here are some photos of the gold one. It's hard to tell the pattern with a single colored yarn.  I think I like making this type of potholder with a combo-type yarn. 

This is my favorite pattern for this two-sided potholder -- Double Diagonal Hotpad
This is the link to the jean dishcloth by Lily Sugar-n-Cream -- Jean Dishcloth Pattern


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