Silvery Slate Gray Afghan

Another yarn project is underway.  This one is an afghan for an adult.  I’ve selected Bernat Blanket yarn for this project.  This yarn is an ultra-cozy, super bulky chenille-style yarn.  I Love the fact that it comes in a wide range of stylish colors.  The variegated style adds so much character to a project and in the process is complimentary to any home decor.

So as not to detract from the texture of this yarn, I opted to use a garter stitch.  My foundation knit row consists of 130 stitches using 10.5 circular knitting needles.  I purchased five skeins of this yarn.  Each skein is 10.5 ounces.  I want this afghan to be quite large so anyone can wrap themselves up in it, sit on a sofa, and watch a movie or ball game.  Take a glance at the way the colors blend in this view

 

 

 

 

 

 

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For a closer look giving you a better idea  better idea of the texture, check out the photo below.

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Stay tune for progress updates!

Reading–My Passion

Reading is my passions!  My dear friends will attest to this powerful declaration.  A while ago, I stumbled onto this poem and tucked it away in my treasure box.

To read is to empower.
To empower is to write.
To write is to influence.
To influence is to change.
To change is to live.
– Unknown

Reading is the catalyst for creativity.  Gaining knowledge opens our minds.  Through reading we broaden our understanding of life.  Biographies allow us into the lives of others and learn how they overcome their challenges.  Fictional pieces allow us to escape with our imaginations into another world. Self-help books help us to grow and improve a skill.  Poetry allows us to enjoy the music words can play.  It doesn’t matter what genre we hold in our hands the end result is the same–the words penned weaves its way into our consciousness changing us forever and expanding our knowledge.  Thus, the power of reading does change our lives.

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Lavender Lap Blanket

The other day, I posted a picture of rows of finished lavender and purple granny squares.  Once all the squares were made, I needed to decide on a color for the edging.  I selected a very pale yellow for that job.  Here is an in-progress picture of that phase.  I know upon first glance that edging yarn looks like  white or off-white, but, it really isn’t.

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I had 49 squares to join so my lap blanket was laid out in a seven by seven format.  Seven squares per row and seven rows.  After blocking, the lap blanket measures 45 inches by 48 inches.  Here is what the a picture of the finished and blocked lap blanket.

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I think the yellow is more evident in this picture because of the yellow in my bedspread.  What do you think?  Don’t you just love the braid edging?  I love it because it is quick, easy and lies flat.  Now stay tuned for the next project.

 

Searching for Treasure in my Yarn Stash

All crafters, especially those who love to knit or crochet, owns a yarn stash.  Living in tropical paradise challenged my organization skills.  The solution to preserving my yarn stash required plastic storage bins.   yarn-stash  Initially, I just threw partial skeins or singleton skeins into bins.  Once we decided to relocate, the need to get organized kicked in and a monumental task ensued.  All bins were unloaded and restocked according to type of yarn and colors.  Partial skeins and even the singleton skeins were rolled into balls and grouped according to color.

organized-yarn-stash  This looked much better and manageable.  Hence, my needle escapades for 2016 focused on depleting this valuable treasure.

Thus far, my treasure trove of yarn produced these afghans.

I have started on yet another creation.  This one using all of the partial skeins of purple yarn.  The range is from a deep purple to a pale lavender.  Instinctively, I knew that the different shades of purple was not large enough to do a solid afghan, so granny squares is the best approach. Will it be a lap blanket?  Will it be a toddler’s afghan?  

Once the granny squares are made then it is time to lay out a pattern.  The above picture shows seven stacks assorted squares.  The finished afghan will have seven rows of seven squares.  A flat braid edging, my favorite joining stitch, will begin.  The question remaining is … “what color will I use for the flat braid joining?”  Will it be a neutral color?  Will it be bold? Can you guess?

Update on Request from Hawaii

It took me a little while, but, I finally finished this baby blanket.  Finished size is 39 by 36.5 inches.  This includes the one inch white crocheted edging.  This is, by far, the softest baby blanket knitted.

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This body of the baby blanket took four (3.5 ounce) skeins and the edging just 1 skein.