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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Country Apples Afghan – 1

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.

“Country Apples Afghan”

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:
Aran
Cherry Red
Frosty Green
Medium Thyme

So far, I have 15 Aran squares finished.
Only 337 more to go.
That ought to keep me busy awhile.
Wish me luck!

Wishing you all Happy crafting!

 

 


 

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Temperature Blanket 28 day update

I ran into a couple problems with my blanket early on because I couldn’t get the yarn colors in the brand that I need and I lost track of my temperature chart. I went online a found a monthly temperature report for our region. I began ordering/shopping for yarn. I’ve finally got my stock ready to match whatever temperature Mother Nature Mood is.

I raveled the first rectangles out and started my blanket over again.

I couldn’t find a color chart I was happy with, so I made my own. I chose each color in the way I think it reflects the world, such at 50°F the plants start trying to sprout so I think ‘Spring Green’ fits its quite well. I may make a post later on and explain each color. I just wanted to give you the general idea.

I think the blanket will be pretty interesting when it’s finished. It isn’t going to be very large maybe about 38″x44″ (inches).
I designed the pattern myself. It’s rectangles for 364 days, then on the 365th day I’ll do a double crochet row of the color for that day’s temperature. Then I’ll crochet a border around it and call it finished.

Without further ado, here’s how the temperatures of the first 28 days of January 2019 look:
The Degrees are Fahrenheit.
Each color changes with the range of tens: 30° to 39° is blue, 60° to 69° is lemon and such as that
Yarn is Red Heart 4 ply
I’m joining the rows with ‘Aran’. I plan to do the border in it too.
0° & under, white
10°& teens, Amethyst (it’s more purple than in the photo)
20° Orchid
30° Blue
40° Light Blue
50° Spring Green
60° Lemon
70° Saffron
80° Pumpkin
90° Cherry Red
100° & above, Burgundy

 

I hope you all have a lovely week of sunshine and blue skies.

 

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Pearl Blanket – 28″ KB Loom + peg extenders

I’ve decided to try to catch up on my projects before starting new ones.
I chose my blanket to finish up first. It’s been on the loom for quite a long time now.
I’m happy to finally have it finshed.
Shelibean tried the blanket out first. He seems to think it’s just right.
Here’s my blanket’s stats:
168 pegs – 28″ Knitting Board Loom + peg extenders
KB Knitting hook
8 skeins of 6oz 185 yds ‘Pearl’ Lion Brand HomeSpun Yarn
278 rows
46,704 stitches
Finished size 58″x58″

Here’s wishing all you all luck in finishing up your works-in-progress.

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Shades of Purple

IMG_9920Here’s the colors for my next project. Even though they may look more like blues in the photo, in real life they’re 3 shades of purple. I’m not going to say what I’m making or if I’m going to make more than one item because I haven’t totally decided yet. There might be a crochet hook involved and/or a knitting loom. The only thing I’ve decided for sure is that these are 3 of the colors of yarn I’m going to use. You’d be surprised how hard it was to find 3 shades of purple in one brand of yarn. I thought I was going to have to order the yarn online and get different brands of each color plus pay monster shipping fees to get some, but thankfully I found this brand with 3 shades at a Hobby Lobby store. ~happy dance~

I’ve never used  ‘I Love This Yarn‘ brand before. It’s a soft acrylic yarn with a nice spring to it.
My Bff knows a lot about yarn and she suggested I make a swatch, and wash & dry it, to get a proper-sizing on the yarn.
That made sense to me, so that’s what I did.
I didn’t think to look on the yarn band for washing instructions until after I had washed and dried my swatch. Then my Bff reminded me of the manufacturers directions on the band when I sent her a photo of the after-wash. She said she usually gives the recipient of her creations a copy of the directions from the band. My Bff has the most awesome ideas.
I used a single crochet, double crochet and a crazy stitch to make my swatch. I figure these are 3 of the main stitches I’ll probably be using. I washed and dried it like it was a regular piece of clothing. I’m happy to report that the swatch washed up really well. Shrinkage was minimal and the yarn didn’t pill.IMG_9919

I splurged the other day and bought a couple of afghan crochet hooks. (I saw the hooks and my ECD kicked in. lol ) I’ve been wanting to try Tunisian crochet and it requires a long hook. I haven’t tried to use these yet. I’m busy with other things, but someday I’ll sit down and give them a try.01-IMG_9940Here’s a couple links that might give an idea about the Tunisian technique.
Tunisian Crochet How-To… Basic Tunisian Crochet Stitch
Tunisian crochet on Pinterest

Have you ever used long crochet hooks?
Have you ever tried the Tunisian technique?

I hope you all have a pleasant rest of the week.

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