Saturday, March 25, 2017


Happy news! I got a notice from Knit Picks that they have the paprika yarn in so I hurried up and ordered a bunch of skeins. It says "low stock". I also ordered a few other colors that had the same notation just to be sure though I'm fairly certain I have enough to complete the temperature afghan. I'll be heading back to that one as soon as the yarn arrives. I hope I can pick up my rhythm without too much of a setttling in period. :-) You know how it is when you put down a project.

In the meantime I've completed the number afghan to go with the alphabetghan.

Finished size is about 22" x 25 1/2". 

I used the same basic procedure as for the alphabetghan. I just followed my charts for the numbers. I edged each number with the aran, joined them in columns because of the way my long tails were placed, edged each column, assembled the columns, then edged the entire thing. I used a plain old single crochet edging.

The yarn is the same as the alphabetghan without the pumpkin. I used blue, cherry red, paddy green and yellow.

Happy crocheting!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

anniversary hooks

I'm sorry to say that Craft Designs For You no longer makes the painted wooden hooks. I am looking for another source. 

There is a shop on Etsy that will etch the name Crochet Cabana and the dates 1997-2017 on a hook. I have ordered one to see how it looks. However, the cost is a bit more than I was hoping, almost $40. 

There is a person who expressed some interest in making hooks but before he commits he needs to know an approximate number that he would have to make. If that should work out, I think the cost would be less.

If you are interested in a hook, please do let me know. Even if you are not willing to spend that much, let me know you have some interest so I can ask dealers if they can handle the number of orders that may be received. This is NOT a commitment to buy. I just need to know if anyone is interested at all. 

I am also very open to investigating other sources. My main criteria is that it has the name and date, which is what marks the anniversary. I would also prefer it to be wooden. I'm pretty open on any other details.

What's on my hook now is a small numberghan to go with the alphabetghan just finished, just like the one I made previously but with different colors. Im also thinking of putting the pattern up at Ravelry and Etsy if there is interest.

Happy crocheting!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

alphabet afghan

The alphabet afghan is this close to being finished. Just have tails to sew in and a washing to soften up that Red Heart yarn.

Here is the finished afghan ... front

... and back with all the tails

And closeups of most of it. It's hard to get the design to show up in filet projects.

The finished size is approx 35" x 53". I used an I hook for the rectangles and an H hook for the side edgings.

Yarn used is Red Heart Super Saver 7 oz skeins Red, Blue, Pumpkin, Paddy Green, and 14 oz. Aran and I Love This Yarn Yellow. I have a lot of the 14 oz skeins of aran leftover but I don't think a 7 ounce skein would have been enough.

Here are the steps I took.
1) choose yarn and pattern (my alphabet afghan design)
2) figure out color placement and which letters needed to be made in which color (6 of each color including blanks)
3) make the rectangles, sewing in tails as I went, using the filet pattern
4) edge each rectangle in aran leaving a long tail for assembly - I generally do 3x length of squares
5) assemble rows (in order of the alphabet according to design)
6) edge around each row with the aran
7) assemble rows together, being careful to keep the alphabet in order
8) edge around entire afghan in aran

That's where I'm at but there are two more steps to go.
9) sew tails in
10) launder on gentle cycle with cold water

The only WIP I have that I want to work on is the spider afghan but there's no rush on that.

Happy crocheting!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

another ABC afghan

While waiting to be able to order the rest of the yarn for the temperature afghan, I decided to make another alphabet afghan. This one will be red, blue, yellow, green and orange. At least that's the plan. I was thinking primary and secondary colors.

The orange I have is pumpkin. I had in mind more of an orange, but I'll see how it looks next to the others. Why is it we never have what we need no matter how large a stash exists? LOL Anyway, three colors down, two to go.

I'm using Red Heart Super Saver only because I happened to have the red, yellow and pumpkin on hand. After working with softer yarns, it sure feels rough. I know it will soften after I wash it though.

I plan to edge each square in buff or some other neutral color.

I'm just thinking that I might have a purple in my stash. Hmmm If the orange doesn't work, perhaps a switch in thought if there is enough of the purple. It would still be a secondary color. :-) I chose to use only five colors as I wanted the afghan to be 5 x 6 rectangles and the color scheme worked out well with five.

Happy crocheting!

Monday, March 13, 2017

20 years

In October of this year Crochet Cabana will have been on the Internet for 20 years. Wow. Seems like yesterday that I started this journey.

For the 15 year anniversary I commissioned special wooden crochet hooks to be made. I was considering doing this again for the 20th if enough folks are interested and it can be arranged with the same wonderful company I worked with before - Craft Designs For You. I have contacted CD4Y to find out if they still do custom hooks, if there is a minimum order, and what the price would be for such hooks.

If you are interested in having a 20 year hook (1997-2017) holler out and let me know. You can message me on Facebook, comment on the Facebook page, comment here on the blog, send a message from the blog, or email me privately at You don't have to make a firm commitment at this time as I don't know prices and other information. I just want to know if there is any interest at all.

Here is what the hooks looked like then. I cannot remember for sure how much the hooks cost, but will update this post when I hear back from Cherie.

Happy crocheting!