I have recently discovered the joy of crocheting potholders! I had some lovely thick cotton yarn that was perfect for this purpose, and I ended up with more potholders than I needed. What to do? Send them to family and friends! Everybody enjoys surprise mail, right? These two little packages went to my grandparents. The potholders are made in Tunisian crochet, a technique that I recently learned :) I only know a few basic stitches, but it’s all you need for potholders! I did of course have to order Tunisia crocheting hooks on ebay, and will later I’ll try to make a shawl for myself :) Ordinary crocheting hooks works for potholders though. (Unless you use those weird ones with plastic handle thingies…)
Here is one that has traveled to my parents.
And the last one is for my friend Cecilia. It should have arrived today, but I know that she doesn’t check her mail regularly because of… reasons? So this post may be a spoiler.
Lately I have been doing a lot of crocheting. It’s very relaxing, and you can watch TV at the same time ;)
This is yet another triangular shawl that I have made for myself. This one is gray and black. If you’re interested in the pattern you can find it here. I really enjoy this pattern and can highly recommend it :) It’s the same that I used for a shawl to my friend Anny.
Then I am working on this little thing. It’s, as you can see, a granny square blanket! I have had a huge pile of over 100 granny squares lying in my bookshelf for quite some time now, and I finally decided to put them together. Now I only have some fastening of lose ends left to do :)
I also have this blanket going on! I am in love with it, but it’s really slow work. With some luck it will be finished during the winter 2015 (or at least that’s my plan ;).
I have also order pink, white and blue yarn for two cat plushes. I found this super nice charity project where they urge you to crochet a “Heart Cat” (Hjärtekatt) and send it to them. They will then distribute these cats among children who undergo heart surgery, as a friend during the hospital stay and memory of the surgery. If you want to read more about this you can find there website here (Swedish only)! I’ll post my Heart Cats on my blog when they are finished :)
Do you remember how I started a zig zag afghan a while ago? This is how far I’ve come now. I have completed one round of purple-green-purple (makes sense, yes?). It’s now 49 cm long, so I have made about 1/4 of the blanket now! Wohoo! This is going to take a while, especially when now when I have studies to attend to during my days. Maybe it will be done winter 2015 with some luck :)
Lately I have been spending a lot of my time crocheting, and I thought I’d show you what I’m working on. I had the crazy notion that I wanted to make an afghan, but wasn’t in the mood for granny squares. I Have over a hundred of them already, waiting to be joined together. This does not seem to happen for some reason. Instead I wanted to try to crochet an afghan from top to bottom in one piece, and I decided to make it in a zig zag, or ripple pattern. For those of you who are not familiar with this pattern you can check it out here for example. It is super easy, but is very visually striking, so I like it. Plus, a simple pattern means I can watch TV while crocheting without trouble :)
This is 5-6 rows of purple. I chose a rather thin 1 ply wool yarn for this project, which means a row consists of lots and lots stitches. I made a bunch of ripples until I estimated it was good for the width of a blanket.
Then I added bright green yarn as well. Purple and green – a very happy combination in my opinion! :) When I had come about this far I measured the width of the blanket and it turned out it’s 170+ wide. Oops, 150 had been enough, but now I know two people can easily snug under it.
As you can see I decided not to make the ripples be in the same size, but increase and decrease the number of rows in the different colours. (Sorry for this crappy photo, sometimes I crochet in the middle of the night when the light isn’t the best.)
And here I am now! I have crocheted about 20 cm, and I think I’ll make the afghan somewhere around 200 cm long. I wouldn’t want any feet to stick out from it during chilly winter days ;) Here you can more easily see how I increase and decrease the rows of the different colours. I started with 10 rows of purple followed by 2 rows of green, and at the top it’s 2 rows of purple followed by 10 rows of green. Now I’m going to reverse it again. Makes sense? No? I’ll post another picture when I’m at 10 rows of purple again, but that will probably be in a couple of weeks…
Anyone else crocheting an afghan at the moment? Or some other fun project? :)