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1  Re: 2009 12" Squares- November in Crochetalongs by The Donna on: November 24, 2009 05:53:58 AM
Here's my Bonus November square from Ravelry:

And for those of you who are completing Ravelry squares as filler squares, the December square has been posted early.
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2  Re: 2009 12" Squares- November in Crochetalongs by The Donna on: November 21, 2009 04:38:30 AM
I've had these squares finished for a while, but I'm just now getting around to posting them:

Popin Square - August

Aran Square - August Ravelry

New Year's Eve Square - September Ravelry

Draco Square

Pinwheel Square

Lacy Granny

Wheel Lattice

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3  Re: 2009 12" Squares- July in Crochetalongs by The Donna on: July 26, 2009 05:39:19 AM
I've been working frantically since the end of March to start (and finish) a baby blanket before the baby got here, so I've been playing catch-up:

April - Arches Square

April - Waldo's Puzzle Square (Ravelry)

May - Victorian Dream

June - Bold Squares

June - Frilly Flower (Ravelry)

July - Lovely in Green

The May Ravelry square is missing because I HATE using a G or smaller hook for anything that calls for worsted weight yarn. The July Ravelry square is missing because I forgot to photograph it!
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4  Labor of Love II in Crochet: Completed Projects by The Donna on: March 08, 2009 08:16:29 AM
My sister loved her afghan (here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=289002.0), but so did her daughter. So, I thought I'd make a mini afghan for my niece.

I had nine purple and lavendar squares from a project I abandoned years ago. I whipped up a few more squares from stash yarn and joined them together to make this:

Closeup of four squares:

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5  Re: 2009 12" Squares- March in Crochetalongs by The Donna on: March 08, 2009 07:55:44 AM
Here are my Irish Rose and Winter Dream for March:

Did anyone else have beef with the wonky Irish Rose corner? I just could not get down with how it was supposed to be executed. I understand the concept (and I've even done it on other patterns), but for some reason, it just looked really obvious on this pattern. So, I did a normal corner instead.

Here are all of the fillers I've done since January:

Windowpane: pattern here: http://www.geocities.com/cdjsimon/windowpane.html

Cygnus: pattern here: http://www.geocities.com/cdjsimon/cygnus.html

Supernova: pattern here: http://www.geocities.com/cdjsimon/supernova.html

Leaf Afghan Square: pattern here (although I did the version BEFORE it was corrected and it was horrible, perhaps the corrections have improved the pattern): http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/leaf-square

Bobby's Square: pattern here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bobbys-square
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6  Re: 2009 12" Squares- February in Crochetalongs by The Donna on: February 27, 2009 07:07:31 PM
Here's my February square. I had to fudge the heart quite a bit, but I'm not a frogger. I knew if I frogged it, I'd probably never start it again.

Here's my Ravelry square:

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7  Re: coloring combinations in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by The Donna on: February 20, 2009 02:07:45 PM
I don't actually use this method, but I've recommended it before. This web site has a color wheel that you can "spin" and it will show you one color combination after the next. If you don't like what you see, you can spin again (indefinitely). It can maybe spark some ideas at least.


The last afghan I made (here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=289002.0), I actually took out my son's crayons and colored the simple square pattern onto a grid. Here's what that looked like:
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8  Re: 2009 12" Squares- January in Crochetalongs by The Donna on: January 25, 2009 03:03:04 PM
So, I had to finish the afghan that I'd already started before I could start this square. (See that afghan here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=289002.0)

But, I finished that on Thursday, rested on Friday, and whipped up Esther and Mandala (the Ravelry January square) last night. It took me exactly three hours, and I had to add a round of single crochet around them to get them to 12". I used boring colors, Caron One Pounders in off white and taupe so that I could use this in my guest room, which is very neutral.


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9  Labor of Love Afghan in Crochet: Completed Projects by The Donna on: January 25, 2009 02:43:15 PM
Backstory: I visited my sister in her new house right before Christmas. I used this opportunity to check out the colors she was using to decorate. My niece's birthday party was today, so I gave myself approximately one month to create what I now call the Labor of Love afghan as a housewarming gift.

I started with my son's crayons, sketched out what I wanted, and turned to my standby (Red Heart) to provide the right colors. And the finished product looks like this:

It is 7 1/2 feet square (or 49 12" blocks). I used this block pattern from the Craftster 2008 12" block crochetalong. http://www.geocities.com/cdjsimon/flower_burst.html

I averaged 3 blocks a night in order to give myself enough time to weave in ends, join, and finish. My hand may just fall off!  Wink

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10  Re: Newborn Preemie Quads... What should I make? in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by The Donna on: January 04, 2009 05:53:28 AM
Any idea on when they might be coming home? My first son was a preemie, and they wanted him to wear a hat at all times. However, the only hat I had that fit him was the freebie from the hospital (ugly). So, if you think they may be coming home after they weigh a certain amount, I would advise to make hats that would fit that size baby.

This sweater: http://bellabambinaknits.blogspot.com/2008/03/cardigan-for-babies.html works up quickly and can be jazzed up and paired with some cute booties/hats like so:

As for the blankets, there are baby blanket alongs on the crochetalong board. There are also 2008 and 2009 square alongs here and at Ravelry (more info also on the crochetalong board). Perhaps those will spark some ideas.
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