Saturday, October 30, 2010

Shawls 1 and 2 of 2010

The first shawl I made for the "10 Shawls in 2010" challenge was Sweet Scallops Shawl in Elann's Pure Bamboo yarn. Love the feel of the yarn and it is so drapey. I added some pattern repeats to make it a bit wider and then worked from the center out until I achieved the length I liked.

Shawl 2 is the ever popular Seraphina. I made this version in Paton's Classic Wool. Made it as big as 3 skeins would go. I may donate this one since it's a bit bulky.

Friday, October 15, 2010

2010 - Year of the Shawl

Early in the year I discovered the "10 Shawls in 2010" Ravelry Group. As the group name implies, the goal is to make 10 shawls this year. Wasn't sure if I was going to make it but thought it would be fun to attempt. October 2010 - I have 8 done. Chances are good that I will complete 2 more by the end of the year.

My original intent was to knit half and crochet half but I am a ssssllloooowwww knitter. The 8 shawls are all crocheted. Some of them took 2-3 days total. The 1 knit shawl I started - many, many months with no end in sight. It is of course a round tablecloth so I expected it to take along time but dude, forever.

Stay tuned for shawl posts...

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Bugs! and Snakes

For Christmas I made my niece and nephews some crocheted bugs and snakes. They had admired the ones I made my daughter so I made them their very own. They were a huge hit!

We have ants, spiders and tarantulas.

I just used Red Heart Supersaver yarn and an F hook. The patterns I used were Camo Snake and Creepy Crawlies (both free). Pipe cleaners make the legs extra fun.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

2009 Block of the Month CAL Blankets

At the end of last year's ravelry CAL, I had 29 - 12" squares and 12 - 6" squares. These squares were sewn together to make 2 blankets. For edgings, I just crocheted some rounds of dc and a reverse sc final round.

I liked the green/off white colors and many of the blocks. What I didn't like was the fact that several squares had way more stitches at the outer rounds than the majority (note curling of edges). In hindsight, I should have realized this would be a problem but I know now. :)

I also didn't like the randomness. When you make a blanket with all the same squares, ya get bored so I hoped this would be more interesting. It was interesting as individual blocks but I much prefer order and symmetry in a final project. Lesson learned.

Where Have I Been?

My last post was Dec 2009. It is now Oct 2010. Where have I been? What have I been up to? Why am I posting again?

Let me say the 2009 Block a Month CAL burned me out last year. Every month I felt pressure to work on those blocks and nothing else. Then when I put the afghans together, I did not love them. That was a lot of work for then not loving the finished project.

I also became very discouraged when reading other blogs and noticing I do not post as much or have as many projects. So I just stopped posting. But I still crocheted and knit, entered the 4H fair and have taken up quilting.

I'll be updating the blog over the next few weeks with my 2010 projects. Why? I've been meeting new people who are interested in what I work on and thought it would be nice to send them to my blog. It should be an up to date blog. I will try not to compare it to other blogs and remember that this is what I can work on. Hopefully others will find something interesting or informative as well.

Stay tuned...