Saturday, July 24, 2010

Provencal Afghan for Niece Lynne

This post should probably be on my other site as I didn't make up the pattern for this goodie, and I am trying to keep those things separated (so hard to do!), but I did make two of the squares, one my own design.  However, I loved the bright and happiness of it that I thought I'd share in both places.

I love the border which brings it all together.  The only things missing are some additional leaves that I want to put around the flowers.  Only one square came with leaves and I think it really does make the afghan look better, so I started to put them on....have quite a ways to go, though.  Thought everyone might like a 'look-see' ahead of the end game.

Lynne really needs some happiness and smiles and love - she has had a bad year. Hopefully she will get plenty of good vibes when she sees this afghan. :o)

Sunday, July 11, 2010

My new Caribbean Squares & Patterns

These are my two new patterns for the Caribbean swap in Ravelry. I call the top one in green and cream The Chevron Square and the bottom one is my 5DC Granny.
These are both take offs of the original granny squares and are easy, easy, easy...and you can change the colors to change the looks. Of course, I do all my color changes in Air Crochet, and join with the invisible join rather than a slip stitch, but you don't have to. I'm giving the old fashion instructions.

Chevron- 9" square: ch 4, join

Row 1: Ch3, 2dc in circle, ch2; 3dc in circle, ch2. Repeat from * two more times, join. Change colors (If you don't Air Crochet, you may join the 2nd color by sc to a corner and ch2 or 3 according to how you join - 2 for an invisible join, 3 for a slip stitch) 12 dc

Row 2: 3dc, ch2, 3dc in each corner space. 24 dc.

Each row hereafter is the same - all corners have 3dc, ch2, 3dc. All of the others are treble crochets which reach down to the row below in the middle stitch. This elongates the stitch to join the same color, and also keeps it at even with the dc's in the corner. Each row you change colors so that the row you are on will reach into the same color stitches two rows below, working over the row right below.

If this is confusing let me know. You can make this as big or as little as you want. I ended with a last row of hdc. (also please pardon my not weaving in the ends on this one!)

The second square is just a basic Granny Square, but using 5DC (clusters) instead of gives it a more sturdy feel and a rather rounder look to the stitches in the corner.

On the 5th row I do 2dc, ch2, 2dc in the corner, then one dc in each of the next 4 stitches - then do one dc in the next stitch, holding the last 2 stitches on the hook, do another dc in the between the next 2dc (between clusters), again keeping the last two stitches on the hook, then do it again one more time in the first dc of the next cluster, pulling the last yo through all loops on the hook. In using a different color this gives it a "chicken foot" look to it....I am decreasing two stitches this way to keep the square from getting wavy. Each side will have 3 of these decreases.

 I just finished off the square with another row of dc and the last row in hdc to reach 9".

What do you think???????

ETA: One of the members of Ravelry told me that one of Patricia Hewitt's squares, Maze Granny, looks a lot like this one. I will post a link later - but her's uses a front post treble, so isn't as flat or as wide of a stitch so it is a different 'granny' shows behind the posts while mine doesn't.  Sure is pretty, though!

Here is another version in different colors and 12" instead of the 9"....

Sunday, July 4, 2010

On our way to a snack bar......

So husband told me he would take me out "to eat" - well sort of. We knew it would be snacks, but it wasn't enough of the right food for me as I am being serious on my diet. The Kiwi and celery sticks did not fill me up one bit. Now have to find something under 200 calories to eat.

We went to a fund raiser and it was $20 to have your photo taken with the Idaho governor, Butch Otter, and his wife Lori - I told him he was a cheap date. :o) Clinton gets $10,000 a photo! Hubby is 6'2" so they are all about the same size...except Lori has 3 or 4 inch heels on.

I look like a munchkin! ;o)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Bev's Charity Square and a Day Lily

This is a Day Lily from White Flower Farm in Conneticut - I didn't get permission to use the photo, so I hope they won't mind. It reminded me of the square I just finished for Bev for her Safe Haven afghans. I wouldn't mind have a whole slew of these - both the flowers and the squares! The colors in the square are all VC Baby colors from Lion Brand. One nice thing about this line of yarn is that the colors are all meant to blend well with one another, and generally do.

Hope you are having a bright, sunny day both in weather and in your heart!

ETA:  The pattern is a Gerbera Daisy posted at Crochet Mary Ellen's Home on the Web. Not that hard, but a little twisty while making it. Hang in there, it comes out beautiful!