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!

 

 

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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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WIP Wednesday – Temperature blankets Update

In an earlier post, I said I was going to give updates on my temperature blankets every 29 days or so, but I made another color change that I wanted to share.
I’m not using ‘Aran’ color for the joining. I’m using other colors to help give the blankets more character and help make them easier to tell apart.

For the ‘High Temperature’ blanket, I’m using ‘burgundy’ for the joining (and the edging when it’s finished) because that’s the color of the ‘Highest’ temperature on my chart.For the ‘Low Temperature’ blanket, I’m using ‘White’ for the joining (and the edging when it’s finished) because that’s the color of the ‘Lowest’ temperature on my chart.

I’m hoping that this is the final adjustment I make. Now I can focus on adding the colors each day and joining the rows together every 14 days.

Wishing you all a wonderful rest of the week.

 

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WIP Wednesday – Another Temperature blanket – Low Temp

The 2019 temperature blanket that I’ve been working on is for the ‘High’ temperatures of the day. I’ve been playing with the idea of making a second one of the ‘Low’ temperatures of the day. So, last night I pulled up the monthly weather report and began a ‘Low Temp’ blanket. I’m using my same pattern and my same color chart.I think it’ll be pretty neat to see how the 2 blankets compare as time goes on.
Hopefully, I can keep both of them going and come January 1st, 2020, I’ll have two blankets to crochet a border on.
Until then, I plan to make an update on them every 29 days or so.

Here’s wishing you all enjoyment in whatever WIP you’ve got going.

 

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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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