Wednesday, October 31, 2007

This is It!

Well, it's finally finished and I couldn't be happier with the results! I used an I hook and my pattern was from the Family Circle Crochet Magazine, Fall 2006 issue. I still have to block it but I am very happy with the way this cotton ripple turned was a joy to crochet and I love the way it feels, not too heavy and yet warm and toasty.

It's a big project off my list which frees me up to get finished at least 3 Christmas gifts.....a knitted shawl, a pair of socks, and a Christmas stocking for my sweet granddaughter. I knitted one for my first GD last year so I must make one for A's first Christmas in time for this year.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Here's the Latest!

A picture of the very, very close to completed multi-colored afghan! I want to do about 5 more inches or so and then it's on to the edges with all those pesky ends to weave in....but, I am going to do a row of reverse crochet along the two long edges, so that should help as I can crochet over them and maybe have to neaten up a few here and there. I'm anxious now to finish this because I have at least 9 other WIP's on the back burner that have been competing with this for crochet time. I've loved working on this though and I'm so pleased with the way it's turned out.....very soft and lightweight too, and for a cotton afghan, that's unusual. Now that it's finally getting a bit cooler here, I can cover myself with it while I work away.....a win-win situation to be sure.

I am going to be starting on a new ripple using Jaeger Baby Merino DK and doubling it up using a J hook. I've tried swatching it this way and it looks good and will still be lightweight but toasty warm for my new grandson to be (in February). Using a J hook will allow this blankie to grow rather quickly and I'm going to crochet through the back loop for every row on this one since I like that look better overall. When I get some appreciable progress, I'll definitely post a picture here.

In the meantime, I wish you all a great upcoming weekend and please feel free to leave comments! :)

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Spending Time on Ravelry

Wow, is Ravelry every addictive! I just got in on September 29th and all I can say is it's a blast, but also a huge time hog! At first I thought I'd take it slow and just do little by little.....NOT! Once you start finding out how one thing works, you then want to input everything you have that's not nailed down, LOL. I'm having a great time but my DH isn't thinking this is such a great thing.....he can't understand how I can get all excited about yarn sites, can you imagine? If you're waiting to get your invitation, it shouldn't take too long now because they're moving right along and when you get there you'll see what I mean.
Since I wanted to take pictures of my stash (which will be a gargantuan job in itself), I offer you the following picture of just a very small tad of said stash. I have about 5 bins and 5 big plastic bags full so I never need to buy anymore for the remainder of my lifetime.....but you didn't hear me say that!

Here's the latest progress picture of the ever present ripple blanket. It's now about 3/4 of the way completed. I'm having a hard time deciding which color I will use for the sides. I plan to do a reverse single crochet but which color to do it in....any suggestions?

That's about it for now because, guessed it....I need to get back to cataloging my ample yarn stash into Ravelry! Till next time, have a great weekend with many fiberly treats and pleasure.