Cuffed Shawl – Complete!

My Cuffed Shawl is COMPLETE!  Yea!  It only took me about 6 weeks and one of those weeks I didn’t really get to work on it.  I find that pretty good for my first big crochet project.  I’m quite happy with it and hope to wear it this week with the mild weather coming.

As a reminder, this pattern was The Cuffed Shawl & More pattern from Leisure Arts.  I found the pattern super easy to do and follow.  It was basically double crochet stitch through out.  The only thing I didn’t like was how the cuffs were done.  How it was being added to the shawl seemed a little tedious, so I did the cuffs separately and then attached them afterwards which was a lot easier.

The yarn that I used was  Lion Brand Yarn, Homespun, in the color Regency.  I really like the color.  The yarn was also easy to work with.  When I was trying out different yarns for my Mom’s scarf for Christmas, I tried a texture yarn that I had a hard time determining where my stitches were because of the ‘bent’ yarn.  This yarn was not too bad.

I went to JoAnn yesterday to find a button for the shawl.  I was so excited when I found the below button!  It matched perfectly!

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Belle Buttons by Dritz in a size 1 9/16 inch

Here are a few more pictures of the shawl….

Pattern Addict

My name is Jennie and I’m a pattern addict. 

‘Hello, Jennie….’

I’m not making fun but I really think I’m an addict of patterns. 

When I was really into cross-stitching, I wanted every pattern & magazine I could get. Letting me loose in a cross-stitch store with cute patterns was never a good thing. When I moved to my current house, I purged most of my magazines, pulling out the patterns I thought I might really want to do some day. I even got rid of some of my books. 

Now, I’m into crocheting and the obsession is back!  I want it all. The only good thing is that now, there is ereaders & digital content so no one really knows how many magazines, pamphlets & books I really have. I still buy some books & magazines. I love buying the foreign magazines (London) as they always have gifts in them. Why doesn’t the US do that??  But my obsession, is great!  For just starting to really crochet, I have many more patterns than I will ever do, but that’s part of the fun!  Right??

My name is Jennie & I’m a pattern addict….

Old Crochet Book

I forgot I had this book until I saw it on someone else’s blog. This book belonged to my Grandma and my aunt gave it to me when they were going thru my Grandparents’ house after they both passed away. She gave it to me before I started crocheting but I have always done cross-stitching so it probably seemed like I was the best person to have it. I am now so happy to have it (not that I wasn’t at the time, of course, but you know).

Grandma received this from Aunt Betty but I havent found an Aunt Betty in my family tree yet ( another hobby of mine).  The book was written in 1946, so its pretty old. Just looking thru the instructions, not much has changed. And it seems many patterns are timeless!

I also found some old little pieces in the book! So much fun!

 

Temperature Afghan – January

A few days, I finished the squares for January for my temperature afghan. It was so cool to see how the temperature changed during the month. I started putting together the blocks last night and hope to have all of January attached by the end of the weekend. As such, below is the first week of January!

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Finished squares for January already attached. The afghan will be approximately 70″ x 50″ which comes out to 23 blocks across by 16 blocks down.

As you can see from the below, we have had some weird 60 degree (yellow) days in the middle of January which is just weird.  I have added the the color chart along with the spreadsheet of the color blocks for January, so you can see the temperature ranges.

I’m not sure I will be using Blueberry this year.  Might have to find another use for that yarn…  color-chart-2017

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