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1  Flower Burst and Birthday Flower Baby Afghan in Crochet: Completed Projects by BoxOfRocks on: September 29, 2012 10:13:20 PM
I made this for a friend's baby shower last year.  She was expecting (and eventually had) a girl.  It's made up of Birthday Flower Squares and Flower Burst Squares.  The yarn used was Caron Simply Soft and equivalent mill ends in White.  The total dimensions are approximately 3' by 4'.

The afghan is made up of 6 of each of both types of squares in alternating rows.  The motifs are attached with slip stitches through the back loop only, leaving the front loops defined.  The border consists of some base rows of sc and a bobble edging.  I fiddled around with existing patterns until it ended up looking the way I liked, but a close one is this

After weaving the tails, I used a dot of Aleene's OK to Wash It fabric glue to secure the ends.

Thanks for looking.

Full shot:



Flower Burst Square:



Birthday Flower Square:

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2  Circles in Octagons Baby Afghan in Crochet: Completed Projects by BoxOfRocks on: September 29, 2012 02:52:01 PM
I made this for a my cousin and his wife, who had a baby boy earlier this year.  It's made up of motifs from Red Heart's Circles in Octagons Throw.  The yarn used was Caron Simply Soft in White, Dark Country Blue, and Soft Blue.  The total dimensions are approximately 3' by 4'.

The afghan is made up of 63 of the octagons / circles, 48 squares linking them together, and 28 triangles to make the edges even.  The border consists of one sc row of white and two sc rows of each of the blues.  I realized later that I could have added four more triangles to make the blanket a perfect rectangle, but ultimately, I think it looks neat with the "cut off corners" look.  The motifs are attached with slip stitches through the back loop only, leaving the front loops defined. 

After weaving the tails (and man, there are a TON with this pattern), I used a dot of Aleene's OK to Wash It fabric glue to secure the ends.

Thanks for looking.

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Close up of motifs:



Close up of borders, corner:

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3  Sunrise Sunset Baby Blanket in Crochet: Completed Projects by BoxOfRocks on: August 20, 2012 04:16:02 AM
I made this for a friend who had a baby girl.  It's made up of motifs from Coats and Clark's Sunrise Sunset afghan pattern.  It's approximately 3' by 4'.  The yarns used were Caron Simply Soft in White, Soft Pink, and Orchid. 

I added a white border of dc with corners of 3 ch to make each of the squares larger and to keep the finished product light-looking.  The motifs are attached with slip stitches through the back loop only, leaving the front loops defined.  The border is made up of sc rows of the three colors with 3 sc in the corners. 

After weaving the tails, I used a dot of Aleene's OK to Wash It fabric glue to secure the ends.

Thanks for looking.

Full shot:



Another full shot:



Close up of squares



Close up with edging

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4  Circles to Square-Type Afghan in Crochet: Completed Projects by BoxOfRocks on: August 20, 2012 02:39:39 AM
I made this for a friend's wedding.  It's a king size version of Lion Brand's Circles to Square afghan, using Caron Simply Soft in White, Bone, and Dark Sage.  I chose those colors because green is in my friend and her husband's decor.  The approximate dimensions are about 110" by 100".

The original pattern has three motifs--small, medium, and large.  I made a bunch of only the small and medium motifs and pieced them together in the alternating pattern below.  The motifs are attached with slip stitches through the back loop only, leaving the front loops defined.  The border is made up of sc rows of the three colors with 3 sc in the corners. 

After weaving the tails, I used a dot of Aleene's OK to Wash It fabric glue to secure the ends.

Here's a funny anecdote about the gift.  I was meeting my friend for dinner and was planning on giving it to her then.  I underestimated how heavy it would be and as I was walking to the subway, the gift bag in which I was carrying the blanket broke under its weight.  I had to rush back to my place to get another container in order to make it to dinner on time.  The only thing suitable that I had was the kind of cardboard box used to store reams of copy paper.  Hence, her wedding gift was given to her unwrapped in and in an Office Depot box.  Classy!  Thankfully, she liked the blanket and overlooked the packaging.

Thanks for looking.

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Closer look at the squares:



Close up of edging:

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5  Waldo's Puzzle Baby Blanket in Crochet: Completed Projects by BoxOfRocks on: August 20, 2012 01:57:28 AM
I made this for a friend's son.  It's 12 squares of Waldo's Puzzle made with Caron Simply Soft in White (or equivalent mill ends) and some rainbow pastel yarn I had in my stash from so long ago, I don't know what type it is.  The total dimensions are approximately 3' by 4'.

The middle interlocking rings are made of the pastel yarn and the remainder of the squares are white.  The squares are attached with slip stitches through the back loop only, leaving the front loops defined.  I added a three-row border: 1) sc all around with 3 sc in the corners, 2) sc, ch 1, sc, with 3 sc in the corners, and 3) repeat row 1.  I wove a long chain of the pastel thread through the gaps of the second row.  I originally wanted to add a full sc row of the pastel, but I didn't have enough and I really wanted to use up all the pastel yarn (gotta bust that stash!).  It ended up working--the weaving had a really nice effect.

After weaving the tails, I used a dot of Aleene's OK to Wash It fabric to secure the ends.

Thanks for looking.

Full shot:



Another full shot:



Close up of squares:



Close up with borders and edging:

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6  Pinwheel Square Blanket in Crochet: Completed Projects by BoxOfRocks on: January 17, 2009 06:59:29 PM
Here's a blanket I worked on as a friend's wedding gift. 

It's a queen size afghan (about 90" by 90") made up of 64 squares of the Pinwheel Square from Dayna's Crochet

The blanket is done in Caron Simply Soft in Country Blue and White. After weaving the ends in, I used a dot of fabric glue (Fabric-tac and Aleene's Fabric Fusion) to secure.  The final product is washable.

The squares are supposed to be 12" in the pattern.  I used fairly tight tension and a G hook; combined with the natural thinness of Simply Soft, the squares ended up being about 10".  I added a dc border to increase the size to about 11.25". 

I joined the squares with slip stitches done on the underside.  The border of the entire afghan is comprised of a few rows sc in the same colors.  The corners of each square are three ch sts.

I started the afghan in December 2007 and just finished!  But that includes long breaks from working on it, including one that was about five months.  I am so glad to be done and to be able to give it to my friend and his wife! 

Thanks for looking!

Laid out on a sofa


Close-up of squares


Close-up of stitches


Close-up of square borders


Close-up of joining stitches on underside (on the left, you can see where I wove in a white end)


Close-up of afghan border

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7  Spritz cookies in Dessert by BoxOfRocks on: December 19, 2008 11:59:12 PM
For my holiday baking this year, I made spritz cookies.  It was the first time I've made them; I meant to last year, but ended up going with quick breads instead.

I used the Kuhn Rikon clear barrel press.  Easy to use and highly recommended!

Although there are recipes included with the press, I used the vanilla and chocolate spritz cookie recipe in the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook, 12th ed.  (The most recent edition is the 14th ed.)

I put them into clear tubs from Plastic Container City, a wholesale place that provides food containers to grocery stores, bakeries, etc.  No more heavy and expensive tins (and the high postage costs to go along with them)!

Here are some vanilla and chocolate cookies along with the disks used to make them:





And some more chocolate ones:





Here they are all wrapped up:



Thanks for looking!


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8  Granny Squares baby blanket in Crochet: Completed Projects by BoxOfRocks on: November 03, 2007 06:37:12 AM
Here's a simple blanket I recently finished.  No specific recipient, although I have an acquaintance who's due next March to whom I plan to give it. 







Although it's made out of acrylic, I will probably do some light blocking soon to make it lie down flat at the edges before I give it away.

The granny squares have five rounds and are surrounded by a sixth round of solid dc.  These are in a worsted weight, rainbow pastel variegated yarn.  There's another border of dc, ch 1, sk next st in worsted weight, white yarn.  The squares are connected with the white yarn with sc with the ridge facing up.







Each square is about 9" x 9".  There are 16 squares with four in each row, so the total dimensions of the blanket is approximately 3' x 3'.

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9  5.07 DIY wedding crafts in Weddings and Bridal Showers by BoxOfRocks on: June 10, 2007 12:47:42 AM
Got married last month and here are the DIY items I did.  Names and faces blocked out.

Programs
Eight-page book style program.  I used 8.5" x 11" cardstock for the cover and the same size text weight paper for the inside.  I used a bone folder to make the crease, punched holes 1/3 and 2/3 down the spine, and threaded and tied an 18" length of ribbon for each one.






Menu cards
Paper from Paper Source.




Guest book
This is a semi-DIY.  I purchased a journal from a bookstore, added one of our engagement pics and our date and names.





Place cards
Paper from Paper Source.  Calligraphy pen from Sheaffer.





Table names
Each table name had a framed picture of a different museum in DC, my hometown.  Frames from Ikea.  The pics are publicity stills off of Web sites.  I also included a factoid about the museum.  I included one for the Smithsonian Castle here.




Favors
The tins are from Favor Online.  They are filled with mints from Metro Candy, and the labels were from Office Depot.  The label has the name, date, and clip art of the Capitol Building (hometown again).




Maid of honor gift
Link to another Craftster thread on a crochet blanket I made for my maid of honor.

Thanks for reading!
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10  "Solid stripes" squares afghan in Crochet: Completed Projects by BoxOfRocks on: June 04, 2007 11:37:43 PM
Heres an afghan I completed a few weeks ago.  It was my gift to my maid of honor (I got married a few weeks ago).





Its based on a modified granny square, the same thats being used in the 12 Crochet Square of the Month Craftalong (the October square, the Solid Stripe).

I used a J hook instead of a G as directed and the squares ended up being 14.  I added a dc border in each stitch in white.  The yarn for both the borders and the squares was Caron Simply Soft in Raspberry and White.

Here are some more pictures of them being blocked and a close up of the detail.  Theyre laid upon a towel on my carpet and I used straight pins to place the red squares into shape. 

The afghan is made up of 20 squares (five rows of four squares).  I added the white dc border to each square later, then connected the squares using sc with the ridge on top.  Finally, I finished the afghan with a few more rows of an sc border in the same colors.





And now, the long history of this project.  In a fit of craziness, I originally thought that I could do five of these in six months, one for each bridesmaid, while also planning my wedding.

Wiser heads than I on this board told me that I shouldnt try to do this, and I took the suggestion of one of the posters who said only to focus on the maid of honor.

I tried another pattern at first, but it didnt work out.

So I ended up unwinding it and using the squares.

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