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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MIA

I know I have been missing in action for about a week but it really wasn’t by choice. I haven’t had any time to really crochet until Sunday. But I have had time to think about things to write about on two 12 hour long driving trips – I was driving. I kept wishing I could be the one in the passenger side just crocheting away, but I’m not sure my hamster, Strawberry, could reach the pedals. Hahaha….

Anyways, I have been working on my temperature blanket & my shawl. I hope to post about January’s squares for the temperature blanket once I get them finished – soon. 

But, I have a gripe.  I love Pinterest. I go to that site still after 10 years looking for ideas. The thing that gets to me is when I go to someone’s blog & I can’t read or see anything because of the million pop-ups that come up. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m all for people making money but when I can’t even do anything on your site without having to constantly close windows, then I can tell you that I won’t be coming back & I will NOT be clicking on a link.  I’m not sure how many people actually click on links on other people’s sites. It must be many but I can probably count on one hand how many times I have actually clicked on a link – if that many. 

So, what does this have to do with crocheting ?  A couple of things:

  1. I will never intentionally add ad links to my site. My provider might, but I won’t. 
  2. I would really like to go to other site and get ideas, get instructions when they are posted, etc for new patterns without the millions of ads – knowing that when I do this, I always add a link back to that person’s site which would hopefully bring them more traffic. 

Happy searching!!

Getting Started

When I was growing up, I wasn’t into crocheting. I was able to crochet strings & basics but it just wasn’t my thing. I was deep into cross-stitching most of my life. My mom crocheted and I always found it amazing. Mom would crochet with the thin string & make doilies. I don’t really remember her making anything with yarn. I found out after my grandma died (my mom’s mom) that she also crochet and I lovingly inherited some pieces from her. I’ll truthfully say, I’m not sure which pieces below were made by my mom & which were made by my grandma. 

I’m not sure who made this but this one is sitting on my shelf.

A few years ago when I was still married, I tried crocheting & knitting but I guess it just wasn’t in the cards at that time. I tried again a few years ago, but again, I wanted to do the big elaborate stuff & I would get lost. I ended taking a class which helped me a great deal with my tension which is one of the things I was having major issues with. I then made some coasters & did pretty well but I was busy at work and moving and again tried to tackle the hard things too quickly.

So…. last fall after again trying to start a complex pattern, I realized I needed to do a bunch of easy ones. That worked!!!!  Now, I’m hooked (pun intended)!

Newest project – Cuffed Shawl

My newest project that I’m working on is a cuffed shawl. It’s from the pattern book, Cuffed Shawl and More by Leisure Arts. I’m using a size K 10.5 (6.5mm) hook with Lion Brand Yarn, Homespun, in the color Regency.

I was a little apprehensive in using this yarn because I had originally started to use a thick texture yarn for my mom’s cap around Christmas time, but because of the texture, it was hard for me to count the stitches.  (BTW, Mom loved her gift!)  This one is not bad at all.  The below picture is the start of my first start of the shawl.  It’s very easy – double crochet stitches mostly.

Wikipedia has a good list of the crochet hook sizes.  I can never remember them, yet!  Some of my hooks are in mm and some are in US size.

By the way, can I just say that I love Leisure Arts!  I bought a lot of their eBooks over the Christmas holidays when their were running sales on everything.  I have a HUGE collection of patterns to choose from on my iPads now!  Looking forward to going thru some of those this year!  Yea!!

Year Long Project

My year long project is going to be a temperature afghan.  I’m doing it with granny squares – one block for each day of the year.  I used the basic granny square pattern of two rows of double crochet.  The block comes out to just under 3 inches.   There are a lot of patterns out there for this square, but I used the pattern on the website, Crochet Again.  Attic 24 also has a good pattern for a slightly bigger block and she also has instructions to join the blocks with an invisible joining method.

This is what the block will look like.  I did the first try in the mixed color.  Looks cute!  I’ll use this color which is called Nursery Ryhme.

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I went to JoAnn’s this past Saturday for yarn for this project and found some that I liked called Big Twist Yarn.  It’s soft and easy to crochet with.  I bought all the colors that I need for the year.   I tried following some other people’s color choices from Pinterest, but I really don’t like the color orange, so it’s not in my list.  I figured it’s my afghan, I could do as I want!

Just as others have suggested, I’m doing my degrees cutoffs by 10 degrees.  So, the below table shows the break down and the color I will use for each grouping.  The letter in the last column is for my own use.  I’m keeping track of the highest temperature for each day in a small calendar book I got and will add the color letter.  I’ll probably just crochet block colors until I really decide how many rows and columns I want to do the afghan.

Degree Span Color Color ID Letter
90+ Dark Rose #05014 A
80 – 89 Medium Rose #05013 B
70 – 79 Blush Pink #05009 C
60 – 69 Buttercup #05008 D
50 – 59 Medium Teal #05016 E
40 – 49 Light Teal #05015 F
30 – 39 Light Demin #05018 G
20 – 29 Royal Blue #05028 H
10 – 19 Dark Demin #05020 I
Less than 10 Blueberry #05029 J

A Gift for Mom

I finished Mom’s Christmas gift last night.  I’m really happy with the outcome.  For this whole set I used Bernat Softee Chunky yarn (weight 6 – super bulky) in the color Wine (161128).  I think I used a size L-11 hook for the cap and scarf but I can’t be for sure with the cap because it was before I decided to keep track of what I was doing (Sorry!).  For the gloves, I used a size I-9 hook.

After searching and searching and actually starting one hat but then undoing it, I finally decided on the Town and Country Hat pattern from Lion Brand.  I’m very happy with this and it was easy to make!  The scarf in the above picture was crochet from the Fresh Air Beret & Scarf set in the eBook, Quick Styles for You by Leisure Arts.  The beret as part of this set was what I was going to originally make but didn’t like how it was coming out.

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I’m loving the fingerless gloves!  I have my own pair that I made from another pattern last year, but the ones I made for Mom turned out really cute and I think they will be warm since I made them with the thicker yarn.  Thank you to The Lavender Chair for this pattern, Valerie’s Fingerless Gloves.

2017 – Crocheting the Year Away

So, this year, I’ve decided to document my crochet works.  I’ve already done some things this year but those won’t be documented just yet because they are a gift for my mom.  Once they are ready and sent, online they will go!

Right now, I’m looking into Pinterest for ideas for a temperature crochet blanket.  I’m going to start planning my colors and what type I want to do.  I’m considering doing small granny squares so that I’m not just doing straight lines all year. I need to decide the size and the patterns I want to do.

I’ve been accumulating yarn over the past few weeks.  Looking forward to deciding what to do with it all.  I’ve also been accumulating a lot of patterns – can’t wait to decide what to work on.

I receiving books and tools to try tatting.  I’m looking forward to learning tatting and incorporating into my year of crocheting.

So – on to the start of 2017 and the year of Crochet!!