Friday, September 28, 2012

On my hook

I have a lot of trouble with my knees and feet so I thought I'd make a rug to go by my bedside as a cushion for when I get out of bed. I had four skeins of Northland Chunky Delights in a delightful variegated yarn called Blueberry Patch (although the label actually says Blbry Ptch which is ... not actual words).

Sadly, even though I had four skeins, it was not enough. I used every bit of it and ran out with just a few stitches left on a row so I finished the row with some other yarn I had lying around, because I wanted that row to give me some length. I know that would drive some of you crazy! It bothers me, but the plan is to get more of the Northland and finish it at some point. Here is the rug. The off-color is at the top left. I didn't sew in the tails since I am hoping to fix that bit later. The yarn was purchased in a sale somewhere - I want to say maybe Herrschner, but not sure. If I can't get more of it, I'll at least have a better idea of how much it takes to get a decent size rug.

I remembered reading somewhere that puffy paint on the back would keep it from sliding all over the place - because one thing I don't need is to step out of bed and land on my face. I happened to have some but not enough to cover the whole thing. I don't really find that it does much, but then I haven't fallen yet so maybe it is helping.

I was thinking today that maybe it is glue I needed to put on the bottom. I will have to research that but what's done is done now.

In other news I finished another scarf - again, I had four skeins of Sundance Colorwaves Gemstone (really pretty) and I thought that should be plenty for a scarf. The skeins were 1.75 ounces. I did finish the scarf but it is 7" x 55". Not as long as I'd have liked. The yarn is not very soft but not rough. It has an interesting feel to it, not unpleasant (to me).

I also finished a hat with some camo yarn that was found yesterday. I find it a bit large, but then I usually use an H hook for hats and I used an I this time. Since heads come in different sizes, I am sure it will fit someone. My head is small, so I may be judging it too harshly. :-) I think I have enough yarn to make another hat as well. This is Red Heart Super Saver Desert Camo. Doesn't look much like the desert to me, but that's what the label says.

I was going through some e-mails today and ran across this McAfee testing site. It tests web sites to see if they are safe. I am happy to report that Crochet Cabana was found safe.

Happy crocheting!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

H&N Club

Just to keep you updated, I did receive a new Hook & Needle Club project. However, I have absolutely no interest in crocheting it so I'm going to skip this one and return it.

It is a poncho called Steppin' Out Poncho, very open weave, decorative piece. The yarn is Caron Simply Soft, which is not my favorite yarn to begin with, but a lot of people do love it. I waffled between keeping it and returning it. I haven't opened the package. Of course I can always use the yarn, but I would never pay this price for 2 skeins of SS yarn so I finally decided to return it.

In other news, I made a hat to go with the scarf which will be going out to Sandy at the Bridge. It's a Jacob's Ladder hat I found at Suzie's place. As she says, the top does look a little odd, but it fits fine.

I am making squares now with some leftover pink yarns and also intend to make a scarf and hat set for Visiting Nurses.

Happy crocheting!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

grey scarf

I finished all the squares I was working on for the special afghan. Daughter is edging and assembling them. (Photos later)

In the meantime, I worked on a charity scarf using Jacob's ladder technique. I used an 8, 8, 8 pattern.

Finished scarf is 6 1/2" x 62". The yarn used was Annie's Choice stormy. It's a decent yarn, though I had to cut out several knots. It's not my favorite by any means. This grey was worse than the other AC yarns I've used as far as bad sections. It seems somehow I always get the bad skeins, eh? Think they know they're coming to me?

In any case, the scarf turned out nice and I am pleased with the final result. I think it will keep someone warm.

I worked two rounds of sc to finish it off. There was a small ball left of the skein so it took close to 7 ounces using an I hook for the body and an H for the edging.

That's it. I have some grey in a different yarn and thought I'd make a hat out of that to go with the scarf.

Happy crocheting!