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« on: August 05, 2007 11:10:35 AM »

Am I being overly ambitious to take on some kind of Popcorn Stitched Bedspread for a Queen sized jumbo pillow top bed??  I usually knit but have been crocheting a lot lately and am so in love with it!  It seems a lot easier for me.  Go figure.

Anyway, my grandma gave me a 3 ft x 6 ft piece of a blanket in some white crochet thread she started in 1945 when she was pregnant with her first kid.  She thought that since I was the only grandchild remotely interested in crafts, I should have it b/c I'd appreciate it!  I do... a lot.  But I can't do much with a 3 x 6 "throw".  I thought about turning it into a bed spread if I can find the pattern. 

Do you think I should hold off or go for it?  I don't want to get disgusted with crochet nor get sick of looking at this since it was my grandma's.  Any experienced crocheters wanna voice their experiences with biting off more than they can chew??

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« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2007 12:41:50 PM »

Go for it! Why not?

If you get bored with it, you can always put it down for awhile and start something new.
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« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2007 02:14:46 PM »

My biggest concern with continuing it would be making everything match.

First off, no two crocheters use exactly the same tension, which is the whole point of gauge swatches. My sister can use the same size hook as me and have it come out half the size.

The other concern would be making the thread match. If it's from the 1940s, the thread will have aged, possibly becoming slightly discolored, and the texture will probably be different as well.

Personally, I think I'd look at it carefully to determine the pattern and make a matching bedspread, using the throw over a chair in the room. If they're not touching each other the subtle differences won't be nearly as noticeable as a line down the project where the original ends and yours begins.
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« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2007 02:25:02 PM »

My first crochet project was a queen sized bedspread....It took me a little over a year to complete it because I had to keep putting it down and take a break from it because is was quite a job....BUT, the finished project was so worth the time it took to finish it...I love it!....so I say, go for it....The reward is so worth it....
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« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2007 07:25:46 PM »

I thought about the crochet thread and how difficult it may be to find the same thread but it's just plain white Coats and Clarks ... same thread she uses today! ha ha

She doesn't remember the pattern or any of that sort (who would - it was almost 60 yrs ago!)... But she remembers getting tired of making it, thus it's small size. ha ha

However, it didn't occur to me about the aging.  It appears bright white.  It's been in a garment bag for decades, but that doesn't mean it didn't become discolored slightly. Maybe I should just crochet an edging around that to make it slightly larger (it's not big enough for a throw) to make a chair draping and then tackle a bedspread from scratch. Hmm...

Thanks for the tips guys!  Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2007 12:02:32 AM »

Sounds like the perfect time to learn the great art of faking a pattern!

If you don't want to unravel it to see how it's made (and with that age I wouldn't want to either) it will take a few hours of patience to figure out the pattern. sit down with a needle and a magnifying glass and start counting stitches. Consider how popcorns are made and try to guesstimate the stitches used. Then start trying stuff. If it doesn't look right yank it out and try again. it may take a few tries, but you'll get it eventually. Smiley Ganbatte yo!
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« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2007 09:25:09 AM »

If it has aged something simple to try is staining your thread with coffee or tea. I don't know how well it would take on cotton thread but I've done it to cotton clothing with pretty good results. You'd have to play around to get the right consistancy of color.
I think you would be quite fine to go ahead and make the edging on the afgan. Use another color entirely if you like! I think that would be fun!
I'd say if you are worried about being bored have a few instant gratification projects ready and waiting. Perhaps a purse/bag, or hat or scarf you can make quick and easy and give away for christmas. (never to early to plan ahead!) tHen when you finish that go back to your afgan so if you get bored you are all set and won't get frustrated.
I think popcorns are fun myself.
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« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2007 06:36:53 AM »

I'm thinking the next time TLCJ gets together *ahem* you should show us, er, them the blanket and get suggestions. You know that L is always full of interesting ideas.  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2007 03:21:39 PM »

I'm thinking the next time TLCJ gets together *ahem* you should show us, er, them the blanket and get suggestions. You know that L is always full of interesting ideas.  Grin

ha ha Tracie I never see you on these boards!!  Get away from Ravelry and join the ranks of Craftster!!  I will show you Sunday when you come visit.  I believe I stashed it in my linen closet.  I have no ambition to take it on right now while I'm in this sewing mood and amigurumi obsession phase.  My other goal this weekend (along with an apron, coasters, a belt, draft blockers, and some toys) is to make a wreath for my Grandma for Christmas I can take to her on Thanksgiving Smiley   I have SO much crafting energy now! AHHH!   Shocked
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« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2007 05:59:39 PM »

Heh. I may not post much, but I'm always lurking.

I have a lot of crafting ideas, too. On Martha Stewart yesterday, she made a wreath of moss; now I want to do one, along with the other fifteen-hundred things on my list...lol. Looking forward to Sunday!
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