Finished C2C Patchwork Blanket

Finished size is 74 inches x 74 inches
Size I crochet hook
4 skeins ‘I Love This Yarn’ Rosy cheeks color
4 skeins each color: sage, tan, bluebell, Red Heart ‘With Love’ Yarn
1 pound skein Caron Lace yarn for joining and border color. I didn’t use the full skein, it’s the yarn I’m using to join the rows of my Temperature Blanket.

I used Rosy Cheeks ‘I Love This Yarn’ (Hobby Lobby) because I’ve had several skeins that I bought about 8 years ago. This blanket was a good opportunity to clear most of it out of my yarn stash.
Just a note: Red Heart ‘With Love’ yarn has a rose color called Cameo.

This blanket is made with my adapted pattern of corner-to-corner stitch (c2c) to give it more texture.
I joined the blocks with the ivy-vine stitch I figured out for my Temperature Blanket.

I started this blanket the first week of October and finished it the 30th. I’ve had such an enjoyable time crocheting the blocks for this blanket. The colors are comforting and the yarns are soft.

My husband and Shelibean has staked a claim on my blanket. lol It’s a big soft warm blanket. It’s perfect for them to cover up with, while sitting in his lounge chair napping watching TV.

Wishing you all Happy Crafting
And a Very Happy November!


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 link that might give an idea about the Tunisian technique.
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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