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21  Re: 2010 12" Squares CAL- September in Crochetalongs by playswithneedles on: September 05, 2010 08:54:50 PM
Finally, here's my Big June Square. I liked doing this one! Forgive the poor photography, they both are full squares, even though they don't look like it!



And here's my August/Pavo. I did this one as an 8 incher though, instead of the full 12.



I tried the July, but it must have been too late in the evening, as I just couldn't grasp it. I hate it when that happens!

Speaking of of 12 inchers, I think I'll try the Ravelry July Square "More V's Please." Has anyone done that one? Also, I was looking at the recent issue of the Interweave Crochet at the library. They have a couple of nice 12 inch blocks in there. I had to photocopy them so I can try them out. I liked the Lotus Blossom pattern by Robyn Chachula and the Picture Frame pattern by Lisa Naskrent. I also made a copy of the Woven Arrowheads by Lily Chin, I thought it looked like it would make a good dishcloth.

I have five more 12 inchers and eight more 8 inchers to go on my aunt's blanket. I'm shooting for the end of the year. I think I can, I think I can! Then I think I may retire from the block CALs and join the granny a day (so I can make myself a colorful granny square blanket!) and also venture into vests and sweaters. Have to wait for additional $$ though, as I'd like to move from acrylic to cotton/linen blends.

I've also become obsessed with virtual quilting bees  Grin
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22  Re: 2010 200 Crochet Blocks CAL in Crochetalongs by playswithneedles on: September 05, 2010 08:33:45 PM
Here's my Edwardian Fancy. I need to do the Sunray block first, then on to the Fudge!



I need five more 12 inchers and eight more 8 inchers for my aunt's blanket. I'm shooting for the end of the year for a late Christmas gift (I get time off around Christmas so I can put it together). I think at that point, I'm going to retire from the block CALs and possibly do the granny a day for a blanket for me. No way I'll do one a day though, I can tell you that now!! I also want to make myself some wearables, which will be a first.

I need to wait until I get some $$, perhaps a Christmas bonus or my next raise (?), as I'd like to move from acrylics to cotton/linen blends.
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23  Re: 2010 200 Crochet Blocks CAL in Crochetalongs by playswithneedles on: June 26, 2010 10:36:53 AM
Here's my granny stripe block! Forgive the unwoven ends, I save those fun things for the very end. The upper right corner looks a bit wonky, but it really isn't.

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24  Re: 2010 12" Squares CAL- June in Crochetalongs by playswithneedles on: June 12, 2010 10:45:16 AM
yay, I finished my May square! I tried to control the waviness, to no avail! But I really like the texture in this block and it was a fun one to do.



I'm going to start the June block this weekend. I think I'm going to like this one too. I'm loving all the texture - loops and holes and back post/front post!

Update on my aunt's blanket:  I now have seven 12 inch blocks finished and eight 8 inch blocks finished. I need three 8 inch for every two 12 inch, so I'm a bit behind in the smaller blocks. But I'm making progress and (because I missed the May birthday) I will surely finish by Christmas! Thanks to everyone who has helped make this happen  Smiley
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25  Re: 2010 200 Crochet Blocks CAL in Crochetalongs by playswithneedles on: June 12, 2010 10:37:25 AM
I've finished my April (? - I thought they were May, but I think I'm even further behind than I was thinking!) blocks - Briar Rose is on the left and One Pink Hippo's on the right. I added a few rounds to OPH's to make it 8 inches. Warning - I'm not a good photographer and I never weave my ends in prior to taking pics!



Tonight I'll start on June's stripes. I think I'll make the bobble stripes in cotton. It would make a good washcloth for a Christmas gift.

Update on my aunt's blanket: I now have seven 12 inch squares done and eight 8 inch. For every two 12 inch, I need three 8 inch, so I need to get caught up or even ahead in this crochetalong! Thanks to everyone who has helped make this possible!
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26  Re: 2010 200 Crochet Blocks CAL in Crochetalongs by playswithneedles on: April 11, 2010 11:11:17 AM
I'm a bit behind, here's my 6-7-8 bonus square.



Tonight I hope to start on the April squares - I'm looking forward to trying One Pink Hippo's!

Thanks to some very generous Craftster friends I'm able to continue making squares for my aunt's blanket. Thank you!!
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27  Re: 2010 12" Squares CAL- April in Crochetalongs by playswithneedles on: April 11, 2010 11:06:13 AM
I'm a bit behind, but not too bad. Yet!
Here's my March square. I modified it because the first attempt ended up way too wavy. This one is better, but still has a touch of waviness. I hate that!



And here's the March ravelry square in progress. I'll finish it tonight, but wanted to photograph it during the day.



And thanks again to some very generous Craftster friends for their donations. I am now able to continue on making squares for my aunt's blanket!!
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28  Re: Granny-A-Day crochet-along for April? in Crochetalongs by playswithneedles on: March 12, 2010 07:55:23 PM
Here's a picture of my granny hexes (laid out haphazardly on my yoga mat). I did have another row on all of them in a neutral color (Vanna's linen), but I took it off. They are now only 4 inches across - very quick to make! I still may decide to outline/connect with a neutral color, I haven't decided yet. Ideas or opinions?

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29  Re: Scavenger Hunt Crochet Motif Swap 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by playswithneedles on: March 03, 2010 09:40:10 PM
And next up - Slingmomma, another wonderful Craftster willing to take on the crochet thread challenge!

Blue=octagon. Green and white=heritage. Cute!


Both of these have bobble stitches. The one on the right is out of thread, the one on the left seems like a thin cotton yarn. I like this pattern - it reminds me of the steering wheel on a pirate ship  Smiley


I love the dark red color of this lacy one. Its a nice snowflakey pattern too.


An awesome little paisley with three shades of red.


A little sparkly (which didn't photo well, darn it) heart with bullion stitch. Very impressive and I surprisingly really like the sparklies!


And last but not least the favorites of this package (I really like lacy ones, which I find funny as I'm not a "girly girl"). The right is a pineapple motif (one of my favorite neutral colors). And who doesn't like pineapples?! And on the left is a motif that is made up of small hearts. The thread on this is soooo fine - I love that. Do you happen to know what size thread it is, Slingmomma? I know that it is smaller than 10, but beyond that I'm clueless.


Thanks Slingmomma! Your motifs will go well with MareMare's. I'm excited to add a few more and start on my curtain. woohoo!

I had the best partners Grin. Thanks you two!
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30  Re: Scavenger Hunt Crochet Motif Swap 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by playswithneedles on: March 03, 2010 09:20:56 PM
I recently received a package from each of my partners - yay! First up, our fearless leader MareMare, who was kind enough to cater to my new obsession with crochet thread. I've taken the pics with a quarter for scale.

Red granny square=sender's choice. Green leaf=plant. I love the colors!


I love all of the next three. On the left (red and white)=bobble stitch. Middle one=lacy. On the right (star)=flower. Aren't they cute?!


And last but not least, an octo-granny and a lacy motif that is made up of smaller motifs. I am totally IN LOVE with this one!! I'd love to know where you found the pattern, if you remember.


Thanks MareMare (and thanks for honoring my special request) - what a great start to my curtain!
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