2019 Temperature Blankets November Update

It’s that special time again to post an update of my temperature blankets.
They’re long enough that I’m having to hang them on my curtains to get photos of them.

I hope you all are having an enjoyable week.

Happy Crafting!

 

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11-4-2019 Update Finished Country Apples Afghan (6)

~Dance o’ joy~
I finished my ‘Country Apples Afghan’.
It’s a lot prettier in real life.

Country Apples Afghan (Not Blocked)

*couple notes:
-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.

related posts:
Country Apples Afghan – 1
Country Apples Afghan – 2 
Country Apples Afghan – 3 
Country Apples Afghan – 4 
Country Apples Afghan – 5 


 

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10-25-2019 Update Country Apples Afghan (5)

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.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

related posts:
Country Apples Afghan – 1
Country Apples Afghan – 2 
Country Apples Afghan – 3 
Country Apples Afghan – 4 


 

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Loom knit and Needle Knit Dishcloths

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. 🙂

The dishcloths are not blocked.

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 dishcloths are not blocked.

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. 😉

The dishcloths are not blocked.

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.

The dishcloths are not blocked.

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.


 

9-27-2019 Updates Temperature Blankets and Country Apples Afghan (4)

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.
Happy Crafting!

related posts:
Country Apples Afghan – 1
Country Apples Afghan – 2 
Country Apples Afghan – 3 

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Country Apples Afghan – 3

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.

Wishing you all a great week!

related posts:
Country Apples Afghan – 1
Country Apples Afghan – 2 

 

 


 

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Country Apples Afghan – 2

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!

 

 

related post: Country Apples Afghan – 1


 

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