Splurge!

A while back I bought one of the new Furl’s Odyssey crochet hooks.  I am hooked!  I can crochet for hours and hours with no more aching hand!  So I splurged and bought one in every size they had (I will get the B, C and D when they have them in stock).  Although they are much more expensive than the aluminum hooks you can buy anywhere, I need them so I can crochet pain free. Maybe someday I will really splurge and buy one of their beautiful heirloom wood hooks!

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I came up with a solution to the hooks not having the size marked on them in any way (Furl’s, you need to do something about that!).  I got a white paint pen and wrote the size on the ends, which worked nicely.  The paint pen gives you some time to wipe it off and redo, which I needed because neatly writing on that slippery, tiny end wasn’t easy.  Let them dry and they were good to go.

The bag you see behind them is a bit of a splurge too.  I needed something to keep the hooks in, and they wouldn’t fit in any case I already had.  This is a Vera Bradley Double Zip Cosmetic (got it on sale) and it is working perfectly!  The larger side fits all my hooks, with room for a few more and the smaller side has plenty of room to hold notions, scissors and other needful things. Although the hooks are just loose in there instead of each having their own individual slot, at least they are all together in one place and not getting lost.  The cosmetic bag comes in a few other patterns too.

I have no affiliation with Furls or Vera Bradley and get nothing from these links, just love them!

Small Solid Granny Squares

I have admired crochet blankets made up of many small squares for as long as I can remember.  I love the quilt-ness of them, and the thrifty using up of what is left over from other projects.  The wonderful many colors they contain.

It also seems a bit overwhelming with so, so many little squares.  So, so many weaving in of the ends (my least favorite part).  But, I have decided to take the plunge just the same!  I have quite a bit of leftover yarn I can use up, and perhaps I will buy a few additional colors to add into the mix.  I want to keep it to earthy colors so the throw will match my brown furniture.

Crochet Solid Granny Squares

These little squares are about 2 3/4 inches each, just two rounds of a basic solid granny square done with worsted weight (medium weight 4) yarn and an H hook.  Continue reading

Sneak Peak

I have been itching to make a fall color throw for years.  The design just never quite got there, never quite hit on what it should be, other than in pretty fall colors.

The design finally fell into place in my mind, it needed to be a Granny Rectangle.  I have been wanting to make a throw with the A Better Granny Rectangle technique, and have not done that.  Two birds and all that…

Another way to get those itchy fingers actually to work is to get a new crochet hook, this one is a Furl’s Odyssey.  So far, I am loving it.  Nicely made.  They do need to put the size on it somewhere though, that is a necessity it is lacking.  Since I only have the one, I think it will be okay.  No, it won’t, I will forget.  It is size H, there, it is here for posterity and absentmindedness (like I will remember where, exactly I posted the size!!).

And now I have actually started!  I think I have it to a pleasing (to me) proportion for a throw.  I will post the actual pattern at a future time.  For now, a photo will have to do.

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Sampler Stripe Blanket

These kinds of blankets are so interesting to look at, and would be so interesting to make!  No getting bored with doing the same stitch over and over.  This one at HaakmaarRaak! is especially beautiful I think, very neatly done and the use of gray really sets off the colors… Maybe a sampler should be my next blanket (at least until I see the next beautiful crochet blanket on the internet!)

Sampler Blanket at HaakmaarRaak!

 

Stitch: Simple Subtle Texture

I don’t have a photo of my sample yet, but wanted to jot it down quick and make a quick diagram before I forget what I did on the edges…nice texture for a dishcloth or maybe a throw.  I have seen this before, so not my invention.  Might be an interesting scarf with a bulky yarn…

Used worsted weight and H hook, I might like a larger hook with it for a throw, it is a bit looser.

(since this was quickly jotted down, can not attest to it’s accuracy)

ch an even number (so you end up with an odd number of stitches).
1 – sc in 2nd ch from hook, {dc in next st, sc in next st} continue across, ending with sc in last.  ch 3 (counts as dc), turn.
2 – sc in top of 2nd st, dc in next across, {sc in next st, dc in next} across.  ending with dc. ch1, turn.
3 – sc in first st, repeating row 1
4 – repeat row 2
and so on….

added 8/13/15:  Doing the same thing but replacing the dc’s with trc’s gives a more dramatic texture.

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