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Crochet advice please?

Published July 15, 2015 by sunmoonstars134

I am currently working on 3 blankets…

I’m finding it quite frustrating, as in my 18ish months of crocheting, I’ve not finished anything bigger than a baby blanket, because inspiration strikes everywhere, and as my skills have developed I’ve wanted to move on to new things. 

Blanket #1: The Granny Triangles

 
I think I’m 2/3 of the way to my original target, but there’s probably enough to make a decent size now (64). But the ends… Oh, the ends 😦 (also, I am sad at the orangey tinge to this photo – the mish mash of colours make me very happy, but you can’t really see them properly here)

Advice: will I add much time by switching to the jayg method now by adding another round to everything, rather than hand stitching? Jayg would mean I wouldn’t need to make any more, and I’d get to learn how to jayg, which I’ve not done before (because I’ve never got to the finishing stage before!) Or will stitching be noticibly quicker? (I think finishing something is more important than new learning at this stage.)
Blanket #2: The As-We-Go Stripey Blanket 

Loooved this, up until the moment I took a photo and realised that the edges are VERY uneven. Then I got grumpy and stopped doing anything with it. I still adore it though, and have learned my lesson well: count the stitches!! I had been intending to do a kind of “tube” edging to encase my ends, but the wonkiness has put paid to that, I think. I’ll need to do some drastic evening up instead, so that’s more ends to sew in…

Advice: how best to even this up? Should I do a few rounds where I double crochet around and treble on the skinny bits? Or is there another way?
Blanket #3: The BAMCAL

 
I’m joining in with the very lovely group over at Ravelry, and am making this super duper afghan for my nan. I want to make all squares up to November, then spend December finishing it to give to her at Christmas. I’m trying to be disciplined and block and do ends as I go. I’m a little behind on this, 3 squares to make to get caught up, a few need an extra round to bring them to size and you can probably spy some of my beloved ends there…

No advice required about this one specifically, just an idea of how people tend to prioritise –
Overall advice: what do you tend to do with multiple projects on the go? Do you prefer to put your energies into finishing one, or do a bit on lots of different projects to bring them all to completion a bit faster? Does having plenty of WIPs inspire you or stress you out (as it does me!)

I’d love to hear from you 🙂

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January CAL squares

Published April 26, 2015 by sunmoonstars134

A little late, you might say!

Well, given that I started on this CAL 11 days ago and am massively playing catch-up, I thought you might like a whistle stop tour of my squares as I work through the backlog 🙂

So here goes: 


I am making life difficult by making 4 of each of the 6″ squares to make a larger block as shown. Unfortunately the square on the left is looking darker than it does in real life, but the others look fairly accurate 🙂

Here are the photos I took as I finished each square:


The patterns for the squares can be found on the Ravelry pages, and I will update with my squares as they are complete (it’s taken me a while to get around to this post, so February’s squares are almost done!)
Anyone else doing a CAL? This one or another, I’d love to hear 🙂

My latest project

Published April 24, 2015 by sunmoonstars134

Despite my previous post opening my eyes to the sheer number of WIPs I have (they keep cropping up, incidentally… I seem to have stashed them all over the flat for a healthy dose of shame wherever I go!) Anyway – despite this, you may have wondered what that lucious package at the end might be for…



Well this is for my first ever CAL, which I am starting a little late, but I decided this might hold my interest more… Being limited to a little at a time might appeal. In addition, I have some impetus to finish this as its for a particular person at a particular time. And I will deal with the other WIPs another time (by which I mean, I will metaphorically stick my fingers in my ears (and eyes!) and shout “LALALALALALA” and ignore them. Feel free to judge me.)

I have decided to make this blanket for my nan, who is perpetually cold (a trait I have inherited!) and is in ill health, and her quality of life is being affected by it. I really feel for her, she is of sound mind but cannot do much of what she would like. I see her a lot less than I used to now that I’ve moved up north, but I want her to know I still think of her. I am so looking forward to giving her this blanket for Christmas, with all of the squares up to November (giving me a month to finish… I hope that’s enough!)

The colours I have to admit I shamelessly stole from the lovely Betsy Makes as I adore her cushion in the same shades, and they will work nicely with my nan’s decor. 

I am using Stylecraft Special DK in Plum, Grape, Pale Rose, Cream, Silver and Grey. 



Stay tuned for the first batch of squares!