Lacy Round Ripple Blanket

First of all, let me just say how much I love self-striping yarn.  It’s so pretty and takes the work out of weaving in all the ends.  It’s kinda lame that the best self-striping yarns all seem to be available in the UK and not in the US.  Yes, I know you can pay to have them shipped here, but the shipping literally costs more than the yarn itself and I just can’t bring myself to pay for it.  I’m in love with the Ice Yarns Magic Light yarn.  One of these days I’m going to splurge, just not today.

I follow Loobys Loops on Facebook.  She always has the best color combinations and designs.  Recently she posted her version of the Lacy Round Ripple Blanket using a self-striping yarn and I was hooked….literally.

I set out to find a yarn that would be comparable.  It wasn’t an easy task.  Of course it doesn’t help that the only craft store I have close is a Joann’s Fabrics and it’s not a full store, just a small version of what the larger stores are.  I did come across something I thought might work though and so far I have to say I’m loving it.  I found Lion Brand Baby Soft in Circus Print.

I’ve just finished the first of the three balls of yarn I bought and I really like the effect it’s making.  I wish the lengths of color were longer, but it’s still making a nice effect.

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So, one ball done and it’s measuring 24 inches from point to point.

I’ve never made a circular blanket before but I kinda like it!

Oh, one last thing.  I attempted this patter first just by reading the pattern, which I’m pretty good at and I struggled.  This is not a pattern for beginners at all.  I was lucky to find a youtube video showing how to get started.  Once you get the hang of it this blanket works up really easily.  Here’s a link to the video!

Happy hooking!

Something New

I’m a glutton for new projects!  I’ve just not been feeling the mojo for the full size twin (with overlap) blankets.  I’ve been setting a self-imposed deadline of Christmas to have all three done and I just don’t see that happening.  I crochet because I enjoy it and because it’s relaxing.  When I start feeling stressed out about it I tend to avoid it because it starts to feel like work.  That being said I’ve decided to do a “quick” project!

Here’s a little sneak peek!

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This is my first experience using Stylecraft yarn, which is normally found in the UK.  Here is the US we tend to use a size 4 worsted yarn more often than anything and in the UK it seems to be common to us a size 3 DK weight.  The weight difference is taking a bit to get used to but the yarn itself is very soft and pretty.

It’s tough to find a supplier in the US that doesn’t charge an arm and a leg.  Luckily I discovered Texas Yarn Farm!  I’m pretty sure I’ll have to order more yarn to complete this blanket but I also have a variegated blue that I have an idea for too.  Enough to keep me busy while I’m waiting for yarn mail.

The pink variegated yarn in this project is called Wondersoft Merry Go Round in color Strawberry.  I happen to know someone expecting a baby soon, but don’t know if it’s going to be a boy or girl.  Maybe I’ll get lucky and have started with the right color.

Here are some more pictures to give you a better idea of the colors.  I just love it!  Makes me a happy hooker 🙂

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And here are all the other circles I have ready waiting to be made into squares!

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In case you’re wondering about the pattern, I’ve modified the Three Beans in a Pod pattern called Retro Circles.  Check out Adele’s page and show her some love!

Happy Hooking!

Entrelac Update

I’ve been away from home for three days…that’s three whole days without crocheting.  Crazy, I know.

I have been making progress on the entrelac blanket though.  At first the rounds went by so fast, but now it feels like forever just to complete one side.  The funny thing is that it seems like one square takes no time at all.  I really do think my speed has increased.  Just like anything else you do over and over again, your bound to get at least a little faster with it.

Here’s an updated picture or two.  The last time I measured it was about 26.5″ x 26.5″ square.

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Here’s what the back looks like…almost like a knit stitch.  I suppose you could use either for the front.

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Happy hooking!

Fresh Friday

Everyone seems to post Finished Friday projects, but I don’t have anything recently finished.  I do, however, have a new project.  I posted a few days ago that I wasn’t happy with how big my v-stitch blanket was coming out since it was supposed to be a twin.  And, it’s not just a little big for a twin, it’s a little big for a queen.  I haven’t scrapped the project but I have set it to the side to make something actually twin sized.

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This is the new project!  It’s called Entrelac crochet, and it’s the same technique used in Tunisian crochet but the awesome thing is that you can use a regular crochet hook, so no new equipment needed!  This is my first attempt and I actually think it’s coming out pretty good.  This design starts from the middle square and works its way outward to be as big or small as you want it to be.  You can even square off the corners when you’re done.

Here’s a link to the youtube video I watched to learn how to do this.  Mikey of the Crochet Crowd is great at explaining things in an easy to understand way, plus he’s pretty hilarious too.

V-Stitch Update

I’ve finally finished the first 50 rows!  Ends sewn in and all.  I’ve decided I need to force myself to sew the ends in, at the very least, every 50 rows.  Otherwise I’ll save them all for the end and be hating life.

I’m beyond happy with how it’s turning out.  My only regret is that it’s supposed to be a twin size blanket and it’s easily fitting on a queen sized bed.  It’s going to be a gift for a little boy, so I hope the size will work out ok in the long run.  I always think bigger is better, so hopefully the recipient feels the same way.

Here are a few pictures of the progress so far!

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Happy crocheting!

What’s On My Hook 9/22/14

IMG_5624This is my fabulous v-stitch blanket I’m currently working on.  It has a nice vintage feel to it and I’m really enjoying working on it.  One of my favorite things about this project is that I’ve decided to do the colors completely random…which is very rare for me.  I tend to have OCD and like things to be a certain way because they “match”.  For this project I knew I wouldn’t be able to randomize things on my own, so I utilized the web site www.random.org.  I started by choosing how many colors I wanted for my blanket, I have five.  Then I assigned a number to each color and randomized a list of 100 number, 1-5, and printed my list.  So far, so good.  I really love that with each row it’s a complete surprise as to which color I’ll be adding.  I can’t wait to see what the finished product is going to look like!