14 Jan

Knit Night

Meta Afghan

Sometimes it’s hard to get out of bed. Bed is warm and cozy. Right now I’m enjoying this combination of duvet, store-bought knit blanket, and the colorful afghan I crocheted a few years ago. It is an homage to an afghan my paternal great grandmother made. I had always admired it in my grandparents’ home and then in my dad’s but the last time I saw the afghan it was quickly disintegrating. It’s gone now, so I am pleased to have this version to carry on the tradition. All the yarn details are on my Ravelry page.

25 Aug

It’s Crafturday! (13)

I finished the afghan inspired by the one my at my dad’s house which my Great Grandmother made. It was a good thing too, since the original has essentially disintegrated with age and use.

Here’s the original
Old Family afghan

And here’s my homage:
Grandma Meta Afghan

A detail:
Grandma Meta Afghan

And the whole blanket:
Grandma Meta Afghan

If I am to believe my Ravelry notes (which I am not terribly fastidious about), I used 15 skeins of Plymouth Encore, Valley Yarns Northampton, and a couple other random bits and bobs. The Northampton was by far the dominant yarn in the project. The afghan is nice and snuggly and is getting use on our sofa now that the heat wave has passed.

07 Apr

It’s Crafturday: 10

I recently spent a week in California hanging out with my dad while he recovered from an infection. It was brisk and sometimes snowy outside and I had few responsibilities other than to walk his dog and make meals. So, I got A LOT of crocheting done!

Grandma Meta's Afghan, and my homage in progress.

When I was at my dad’s last year, I decided that I loved this old afghan his grandmother had made and that I would make an homage to it. Here is the original with my version on top. I inadvertently made my stripes horizontal instead of vertical, but I don’t think it will adversely affect the character of the blanket. Since this photo I’ve even added a few more inches!

05 Feb

Ripple

Today is my mom’s birthday! Which means, I can now show the Ripple Afghan I made for her. Like the one I made for me, it is attic24‘s “Neat Ripple” pattern.

I started with a chain of 157. After some trials, that was the right length to get two stripes from each skein of yarn. I don’t have the right kind of stitch markers for crochet, but the rolling hook thingies for track-mounted drapes worked just fine, and I have lots of those.

I used Mission Falls 1824 (3 Thyme, 3 Sprout, 6 Earth, 2 Denim, 3 Oatmeal, 2 Russet, 3 Amethyst), superwash merino wool and 2 balls of Dream in Color Classy (Blue Lagoon and Strange Harvest). I’ve completely forgotten the final size, though it’s perfect for snuggling on the couch.

And this is all that’s left of those 26 skeins of wool.

29 Mar

Pattern review and a Query

Thanks for all the Katja blog and Mushroom Quilt love. We appreciate it!

This weekend, I pretty much ignored the kids and just sewed. I made a shirt for my son from some Hawaiian fabric I wasn’t going to use for anything else. It turned out fine, but not worth photographing. The real winner of the weekend was the Daily Spice Apron by Heather Bailey.

I saw this on her blog a million years ago and passed on many an apron pattern while I waited to see if she’d share it (it’s not like I actually USE aprons, I just like the way some look). As soon as the pattern came out, I ordered one, but as it was for me, and not a gift, I chose standard shipping. After waiting weeks and emailing Heather to see what happened, it ends up the pattern (and fabric) I ordered had been returned to sender for an undeliverable address (I must have had help typing from the cat — it happens). Anyway, Heather and crew were very nice and after a couple stumbles, I finally got my pattern and fabric. Luckily, the project was worth the nearly three year wait.

Description:
A retro look halter apron that looks modern rather than costume-y. The pattern is for three sizes, but no style variations. It’s pretty easy to imagine though, that by mixing up the fabrics and/or adding embellishments like applique, embroidery or trim, one could get dozens of different looks.

Instructions:
The apron comes in three sizes. I chose small which fits just as I’d expect it to. The writing is clear without being too wordy. There are plenty of diagrams, and I almost could have made the apron just looking at teh pictures. I say almost because I did trip myself up not reading exactly what lines up with what when sewing the bodice to the waistband. As soon as I read the instructions though, it all worked perfectly.

Degree of Difficulty
I sort of expected this to be fiddly, especially with teh instructions to stay stitch and clip curves before sewing on some pieces, but it all came together very easily. I think that even a beginning sewer could probably make this. certainly someone with a few projects up his or her sleeve would have no problem. I made this easily in one day, including cutting the fabric.

Conclusion
I really like this pattern and would make it again, maybe as gifts for foodie friends. Katja has already put in an order as well. Next time, I’d like to add “stuff” to it just for fun. You might notice that the waist ties are a different fabric. I had originally intended the bodice to be the terra cotta print and the waist and ties to be that different green floral, with the lining being the floral on cream, but when I tried it out, I preferred the bodice and skirt in the same fabric so I just turned the bodice over and sewed it in the other way around. For Katja though, I might try a riot of fabrics. I think for the right person, some Luziapimpinella woven ribbon would look great with ric-rac along the bottom and pockets.

I would recommend this pattern. I give it 12 muffins!

Now for my query. I’ve been feeling the itch to make a ripple afghan. I’ve been resisting for years now, but it is like the Borg. Resistance is futile. I haven’t crocheted in forever, but I’ve looked at some free online patterns and it doesn’t look too hard. I considered knitting it, like the Chevron Scarf, but I really like the look of those fat, flat, soft wave stripes. The problem with generic online patterns like this though, is that there’s not a whole lot of info on yarn. I know people have made the afghan in cotton, but for such a big project, I’m wondering if I might prefer something a little springier. Of course, I live in Hawai’i now, so full-on wool is probably overkill. Maybe I need a cotton/linen blend, or Debbie Bliss Cashmerino? An alpaca blend would be nice, but I’m thinking too expensive. Or do I just submit to the acrylic? And how much? Can I get away with one 50 gram ball of each color as long as I get five or more colors? I’d like to use the beach wedding color palette, so I’d need yarns that have lots of browns and tans and a good orange. Does anyone have any experience with this? Kirsti?