Unfinished WIPs, Part One

I’m still hard at work on edits of Detective’s Brother, so I haven’t gotten much crocheting done lately. Hopefully I’ll have time this weekend to start my coworker’s baby gift! She said her shower would be sometime in January but she didn’t specify. Pressure!

Anyhow, here are a couple of unfinished things I have laying around in my closet.

Pastel Baby Squares

These are a bunch of pastel granny squares that I intended to turn into a blanket at one time. The problem was that once I got finished making them all I was super disinterested in finishing the blanket. This is where the yarn I’m making the second baby sweater out of came from, in case you couldn’t tell.

Handwritten Pattern

Here’s the oh-so-professional pattern I scribbled down on an old work schedule. It was supposed to be a basic checkerboard pattern with a colorful edge and I do have plans to go back and finish it…someday.

Random Blue Squares

These squares were for some project I had in mind that I can no longer remember. I think I was going to make a bunch of them and make a blanket but I’m not sure. There were a couple more but the cats got into them and, well, no one wants a blanket made of chewed-up squares that smell like cat spit. I probably won’t go back to this project but I may use the squares in a random scrapghan project.

That’s it for this week on the crochet front. Hopefully I’ll have something more interesting for you next week!

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Granny Square Christmas Stocking

I fully planned to do some work on my Christmas exchange blanket last week so I’d have some cute squares to post here but something else got in the way!

You see, my day job has a Christmas tradition where everyone decorates a stocking and we hang them on the wall. All month long coworkers and management are encouraged to put small gifts and items into the stockings, and we take them home the day before Christmas Eve (we are closed the 24th through the 27th this year). A couple of my friends asked if they could use their stockings from last year. I asked if I could make my own.Christmas Yarn

It turned out that small skeins of yarn were 2/$5 at Michaels so I bought some bright holiday colors and went to work. I made sure that the green I bought was much greener than the one I used for the exchange squares because while they were pretty, they were a lot darker than I planned.

Stocking Square

I used this pattern from Ravelry to make the stocking, and chose to follow another user’s color scheme. The pattern called for 8 squares and I wanted it to be a healthy size, so I used an I hook and it came out kind of chunky.

Stocking Squares

Rather than single-crocheting around the edge like the pattern stated, I sewed it together with red yarn for more of a patchwork look. I also decided to enhance the Christmas stocking effect by adding a white cuff at the top and a small red loop to hang it on the wall. I kind of wanted to make the cuff larger but my hands were tired and I wanted to take it to work Thursday, since I had a three day weekend.

Christmas Stocking

Here’s the finished product! To be honest I’m not totally in love with the way the toe looks. It’s kind of blocky, and if I had it to do over I might just make 7 squares, fold the bottom one in half, and make a shorter toe. It looks good on the wall, though, and everyone really likes it. And of course, it holds goodies quite well.

The Scrapghan, Completed

Here it is, the last scrapghan post. I hope you’re excited to see the finished project as much as I am!

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Here we go, seven rows all joined together (please ignore the tiny bit of my toe at the bottom). This was the row where almost all the squares were the exact same size so I didn’t have to do any fudging, which meant it went together faster than any of the other rows.

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And here are all the squares joined together! I took a little while to admire it at this point. It looks pretty good just like this but I was excited to put on the edging and make it into a real blanket!

Finished Scrapghan

Finally, the finished scrapghan! 48 granny squares of various colors and yarn types/sizes made by 8 sets of hands all around the country, joined and edged by me. I’m really loving the way the coffee yarn I used for joining and edging it makes it look a little funky, and the dark color makes the neons pop. It puts me in mind of a vintage afghan you’d see on your great-aunt’s couch and I love it.

Scrapghan border

Here’s a little close-up of the edging. I had some turquoise yarn hanging out from a thwarted project and thought it would look good with the brown and it turns out I was right! My husband loves the way this combination looks. I intended to put a row of double crochet above the two blue stripes but this way it looks like the second stripe is thicker and it looks really classy.

I am completely thrilled with this scrapghan. It took me a little under a month to put it together which is way faster than I expected considering my first one took a month (I was being lazy). I’m considering making another one once I get enough scrap yarn in the old bin, but I doubt it’ll be as much fun doing it on my own. Part of the joy of doing these friendship afghans is seeing what everyone else comes up with. Looking forward to seeing how the Christmas squares come out!

Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day! I celebrated by staying home and working on a crochet project. Exciting, huh?

I’m a member of a crochet group that makes friendship afghans, which means that we each crochet a set number of squares, divide them among the members in the swap, and mail them to one very patient person who reboxes them and sends them out to us. It’s a lot of fun to see what everyone else comes up with, especially in our most recent swap where we used up our old bits of yarn. I’ll include pictures of those squares in another post because I really want to share what I’m working on right now.

The current swap is a Christmas-themed one that runs through October (though arranging them in a blanket and getting it put together in time to be a Christmas present is beyond my skills), which means our colors are red, green and white. I’m going with a simple granny square in two color patterns and it’s a lot of fun.

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This is the center I’m working with. All of the squares are going to have a white center. We don’t know the exact number yet so I’m making 40 and will adjust it later for my own blanket.

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Two rounds of green go around each center. I promise you it’s green, it just doesn’t really photograph well.

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Finally, two rounds of cherry red for a real Christmas feeling!

So far I’ve got about 15 squares done so I need to get in gear if I’m going to finish on time. I may sit out the swap after this one, though. I’m going to have two blankets to assemble from the scrapghan squares and this one and I’m going to need a little time to do that. Unless it’s a purple or green swap, I can’t resist those colors.

Writing-wise, I’ve got a wonderful book manager and project manager and I’m in contact with an editor that I think will be a great asset to my team. After that I need to start looking for a cover artist. One step at a time, though!