Saturday, March 19, 2011

repair work

Some time ago, I discovered my grand (great?) niece (the daughter of my niece) had put a hole in her Spideyghan. It was put aside until such time as we could get together so I could see if I could repair the hole. At the time I was thinking, you know, a little hole.

This week I was able to get the ghan and it is a larger hole than I was picturing. I have never repaired anything of this scope before so I'm not sure if I will be successful, but I will give it the old college try.

First to do is get some matching yarn. I looked back in my Crafty Corral posts and it is Red Heart yarn. Got to love those blog posts. I didn't specify color in the post, but I am sure I can match the shade knowing the manufacturer. It's the darker red, not the bright one, probably cherry red. At least it is not at a color change. :-)

Once I get the yarn, I'll sit down and ponder. There will be at least three rows affected. Remember there is the black line as well and all the tails have been sewn in. Should be an interesting experience.

While waiting to do that, I am still making 8" granny squares. Here are a few more completed. They are mindless and with everything else going on, it is simple to do. I did manage to lose my H Inox hook again and am working with a Boye hook, which is okay, but not my Inox. :-(

I'm thinking of using these squares to make some ghans for the facility where my mom will be staying for the next few weeks. I'll have to see how it goes and, of course, find out if they accept donations.

I've got about 15 8" made. With one more, using the continuous join which adds a round to each, one more square might be enough if the colors meld. I'll have to think on that. But I would want to make more than one. Just thinking out loud here, folks. :-) You never know where that trail will lead. LOL

If you want to see the original post about the Spideyghan, you can find it here.

Here are a few links for you to enjoy. I happened across this tutorial on how to put a lining in a granny square bag. Some time ago, I designed a granny square bag (really just two grannies put together) for a class I was teaching two young girls. But I didn't put a liner and it really would need one. So have a look at this one at Royal Sisters.

Here's a book you might be interested in looking at. It is old, but free, over at Gutenberg's. Beeton's Book of Needlework.

Here is a scarf I've made a number of times. It's a great pattern so I'm sharing it again. My April Scarf by Suzie.

Here is a neat filet square by Sandi Marshall, formerly of You can place the squares lots of different ways for a different look in each ghan. Not for areas where you are wanting something really warm as it's an openworked piece.

That's it for today.

Happy crocheting!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

mountains of squares and a sweater

Since last post, I've been kept pretty busy.

My mom had a bad fall and broke her leg, had surgery, and is now recuperating in hospital. We think she will be discharged within the next few days. The hospital where she is now is a bit over an hour from me.

Today, I've been catching up on laundry, e-mail and such. I've also taken a few pics of what I've been working on. The stuff is not too exciting but here it is nonetheless.

First up is a WIP - the hexagon baby sweater at Bev's Country Cottage. I've done the two hexagons and put them together, but need to do the rest of it. This is a problem I have, starting something and not finishing up the "hard" part. :-) Remember those mittens I made but never finished the thumb? heh I am bad. It does look like a sweater though, doesn't it? I did it in one color rather than the two color as at Bev's - again, lazy.

Then I've been making squares, both 12" and 8". I went with 8" as after using a skein to make 12" I kept going and ended up with 8" in most cases. Some I could go about half another round which is, of course, no use. LOL

As you can see ends are still dangling.

The above squares were begun with particular recipients in mind who are in need.

These two were sent out for the CL CAT for Heartmade Blessings. The pink is the traditional granny square as the ones above. The orange is Susan Smith's Filet Granny Square.

I made most of these in the granny square because I intended to assemble them myself with the continuous join method. It is easiest if all the squares are the same pattern with the number of rounds. Yes, lazy me.

That's all for now. Still much to do, but I wanted to share what I've been working on the past week.

Happy crocheting!