I’m delighted to announce that I have finally finished my 2019 Temperature Blankets! ~Happy Dance~
They measure out at 38″x52″ (inches.)
I enjoyed making these blankets, every morning adding the 5 little rows of the temperatures from the day before… until about the 300th day… then for whatever reason my joy waned and my morning add-ons became a chore. It saddened me to loose the joy in my blanket journey challenge.
I thought about you all, my blogging buddies, who’ve been with me every step of the way. It was your positive feedback that kept me going.
I say a heart filled grateful, Thank you, to all of you who has supported and encouraged me along the way over the past year. Your cheers have been the wind that kept my creative wings in flight. You’re the best!
In order to get the 365th day in, instead of doing the usual 5 rows a day, I did 4 rows for the last 5 day temperatures.
I’m happy to post these photos of the finished 2019 temperature blankets.
I’m happy to say that I crocheted my daily temperature add-ons every day of 2019. I’m in the process of crocheting a border on the blankets. The border is taking a while because there’s so many yarn ends around the edges. The next and last update for the blankets will be when I get them 100% finished. I’m really looking forward to finishing them and making that final post.
I hope you all had happy times during this past holiday season.
I wish you all a joy-filled successful 2020.
~Dance o’ joy~
I finished my ‘Country Apples Afghan’.
It’s a lot prettier in real life.
-My blanket’s unblocked finished size is 58″ x 44″. That’s 4 inches shorter and 4 inches narrower than the pattern mentions. My blanket might stretch to the pattern’s size if I blocked it or perhaps I should have used a bigger size hook.
-It’s curious that in the photo the cherry red in the edge looks burgundy, it’s the same yarn and color as the apples and checkered blocks.
I’m happy to have my ‘Country Apples Afghan’ finished, but I already miss not having it to work on.
Now, I’m in search of another project to catch my craft-fancy.
Wishing you all a week of pretty days and finished projects.
A few weeks ago, our area got its first frost of the season. Since then the temperatures have been on an uneven cooling spree. Some days are warm and other days are quite chilly. It gets down to almost freezing during the night. Cool weather puts me in the mood to do puzzles. Since my Country Apple Afghan granny squares are made and putting them together is kind of like a puzzle, I decided to put it together.
It took a couple weeks, but I’ve got the blocks and the borders made and ready to be joined together.
I like this pattern. I’m not fond of all the yarn-ends that have to be woven in, but hey it’s one of those necessary aggravations that come with yarn crafts.
I think this afghan is going to look pretty when it’s all joined and finished.
I was a teenager when I last knitted with needles. I made baby hats and booties that I sold in a thrift store. I liked knitting and wished I could have expanded my skill past a knit stitch. Knitting with needles took alot of coordination and talent to make really pretty stitch patterns and in my teen years I just wasn’t able to master it.
I took up crochet in the years that followed. Crochet was easier for me and I stuck with it. Then a few years ago I started loom knitting and that’s fun. Loom knitting doesn’t require the same amount of physical hand movement coordination. I’ve enjoyed using it to create many things.
There’s a project that I’ve been wanting to do for awhile; making 2 dishcloths, one by loom knitting and one by needle knitting and see how they compare. It took up until a couple weeks ago for me to get up the courage to try my hand at knitting with needles again. My Bff encouraged me and was convinced that I could do it.
I struggled to remember how to knit with needles. Then I went on that famous video site and refreshed my mind on the basics. I worked on my first knitting needle project attempt over and over, at least a dozen times. I’d knit and purl and miss a stitch or the yarn would slide off the rods or I’d drop the rods and then I’d unravel it, recast on and take off again. I did this for a couple of days. Then I finally got a bit better.
During my trial and error, I worked up a pattern for a dishcloth and finally needle knitted the dishcloth without missing a stitch.
I used size 7 knitting needles, they were the smallest size I have. I made up a pattern for a dishcloth for my Boye Sock Loom that is the same finished size as the needle-knitted one.
The stitch pattern I used for both needles and loom knit is what I call a ‘basket-weave’, I’ve heard it called a tile stitch, a cobblestone stitch and I even heard it called a waffle stitch. I think, regardless of what you call it, as long as you’re enjoying creating with it, then that’s what matters most. 🙂
I used a knit & purl pattern for the knitting needle basket weave. For the loom knit basket weave I used Ewrap & Purl pattern. (Truth is, I was halfway through the loom knitted dishcloth before it occurred to me that ‘ewrap stitch’ isn’t the ‘knit stitch’. I decided it didn’t make enough difference to matter, so I continued on.)
The Needle Knitted dishcloth is 6×6 squares. The Loom Knitted dishcloth is 7×7 squares. I had to make the loom knitted one a square more to get the two dishcloths to be close to the same size.
I used a ‘slip-stitch’ for the edges of the loom knitted dishcloth. It finishes off a project smoother and neater.
I’m not skilled enough at needle knitting to know a stitch to make a smooth edge, so I just carried the k,p pattern alternating out the 2 stitches for the edge. It’s not very neat and tidy, but it works-for-me. 😉
Both of the dishcloths are handy for washing dishes. I know some folks might think them small, but for me they’re the most comfortable size.
My comparison of needle knit and loom knit dishcloths turned out well. I think that both the needle knit and loom knit fiber-art forms are wonderful outlets for artistic expression for making fun, useful, beautiful or silly creations.
I’m happy that I relearned how to knit with needles. I may attempt to make another project in the future.
Wishing you all fun with whatever craft or project you’re doing or planning.
It took longer than I thought it would to make the 136 Frosty Green granny squares for the ‘Country Apples Afghan’. I’m glad I made myself weave the yarn ends in as I made the squares, hopefully it’ll make joining them together more enjoyable.
I’m surprised that I’ve made all 352 granny squares.
I wonder how long it’ll take me to assemble them.
My temperature blankets are coming along and growing day-by-day, week-by-week and month-by-month. We’ve been in a heat wave and it sure makes for a lot of lighter colors in the low temp blanket and fiery colors in the high temp blanket. I hope it won’t be too long until the temperatures cool down and we catch a break from the heat.
How are your ‘works-in-progress’ progressing?
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
I’m happy to tell you that I got all the yarn ends weaved-in on the 216 ‘Country Apples Afghan’ granny squares that I’ve finished so far. That’ll be a big help when I finally reach the point where I’m going to whip-stitch all these darlings together.
While enjoying crocheting the small granny squares, I thought it a good idea to wait to weave in the yarn ends until I got them made. I was happy that I finished 216 squares over a few days; aran, cherry red, cherry red/aran and medium thyme/aran squares. I decided to take a break from crocheting the squares and weave in the yarn ends. I plan to make the 136 Frosty Green squares later on. I figured it wouldn’t take long to weave the ends in…
I was wrong, ever so wrong…
I’ve been weaving in the yarn ends for a few days and I still have many many many to go.
When I make the Frosty Green squares I’ll weave in the yarn ends as I crochet them.
Meanwhile, I’m stuck weaving in the yarn ends and not enjoying it at all much. 😦
I hope you all have an enjoyable rest of the week!
I’ve been surfing around craft sites, half heartidly searching for a craft to do. I’ve reached a point where my interest in crafting is low. I’ve a couple of works-in-progress, but my interest in finishing them has stalled. I’ve been doing alot of reading and watching movies. I feel I need some sort of new craft project to do. I happened on a site of many different kinds of crafts. I was surfing through their crochet patterns and saw a pattern for a “Country Apples Afghan”.
Wow, for the first time in awhile my creative energies are flowing. It’s such a cheerful looking folksy afghan that I knew I had to try to make it.
Due to copyright, I can’t post a large copy of their photo, but maybe this small copy of the pattern page with a link will be okay.
I downloaded the pdf file and printed off the pattern so I could study on it and become familiar with it’s directions. It takes 352 granny squares to make it. I’ve not ever made an afghan with so many little squares that form a design.
The pattern calls for Caron yarn. I don’t have any on hand and our nearest department store carries very few colors in a few choices of yarn brands. I decided to use yarn that I have on hand and that’s Red Heart brand yarn.
The “Country Apples Afghan” background color is white. I got my yarn and went to work on making squares. After I made about 10 squares, I decided that they were too bright. I want the afghan to have a more vintage country look, so I changed to the color Aran. I think it’s going to look good. I’m going to use a Cherry Red instead of a bright red, to help with the vintage look.
I had trouble meeting the pattern’s sizing though. The pattern calls for a size H crochet hook to make the squares 2 1/2 inches. I tried the H and my squares came out to be closer to 3 inches. I’m using a G size crochet hook and the squares are close to 2 3/4 inch. I figure that’s close enough.
My choice of Red Heart yarn colors are:
So far, I have 15 Aran squares finished.
Only 337 more to go.
That ought to keep me busy awhile.
Wish me luck!