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311  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Thanks, Maria Merlino!!! on: January 26, 2012 08:58:23 AM
Maria Merlino, thanks so much for this free pattern you posted!  Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin

My crafting room is upstairs in our house, which is actually the finished off room in our attic. I love it. It has floor and ceiling paneling, great storage, and the walls and ceiling follow the peak of our house's roof.

That being said, the stairs going up to the room are narrow and steep. I've tripped going up and down them so many times. It's not even a big enough doorway for a door. I used to have two plaid paneled curtains in the door frame, because when I'm wrapping gifts up there, I like a little privacy from any wandering eyes.

Last summer, I started to crochet this blanket from Maria Merlino. When I did a little cleaning last summer, I decided to move those curtains to the dining room and get something new to hang over the open doorway. I originally thought I could make this to be a curtain for the window upstairs in my room, but I misjudged the finished size, so that's why it's my doorway curtain instead.

I started working on it in June 2011 and worked on it here and there, whenever I had some time and wasn't working on something else for someone else. I just finished the actual blanket last night. Tonight, I'm going to add some extra (removeable) loops to the top edge to I can slide a tension rod through it and use it as my new curtain.

It's almost 6 feet long and about 4 feet wide, and I actually left out some rows towards the top, making the chopsticks a little shorter (and a little wonky looking, in my opinion), because I really was starting to think that if I didn't cut this shorter, it...was..never...going..to...end. I  also think I made my blanket different than what Maria designed, but I'm not sure. I think her white sections are supposed to have SC chains in them to make it more of an open pattern. Mine is all DC's.

I used a J sized crochet hook. It's made with Caron white and scarlet (100% acrylic), but I've forgotten how much I used. I started out with the one pound skeins of each color but I think I had to buy one more of each but hardly used any of the extra skeins. It's just been so long. The edging is 1 1/2 skeins of Moda Dea yarn in Jai Alai (#6532), a  100% polyester yarn that I believe has been discontinued. I know it totally doesn't match in color to the blanket, but I love this stuff so much.

I can't wait to get this hung tonight. My husband has been a little crazy over it. As a Hawkeyes fan, he would have preferred a different color scheme. In his opinion, I should have finished this and give it to his friend Crystal, who is a Nebraska fan, and then make one for our house in yellow and white instead. I said no way, I've spent too much time working on this one to give away! Smiley Then I told him to be nice or I'd crochet us a Patriots blanket for our bed. Smiley
312  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: 80's cartoon swap (SIGNUP Nov. 28th- Dec. 28th, MAIL BY Feb. 1st 2012) on: January 26, 2012 08:27:36 AM
Almost have the second thing done. That will definitely be done by tonight, and might be able to whip out one more little thing before mailing it on the last day of January. Smiley
313  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: 80's cartoon swap (SIGNUP Nov. 28th- Dec. 28th, MAIL BY Feb. 1st 2012) on: January 17, 2012 09:56:11 AM
I've got one whole project done and am about 75% done with the second project. Smiley My goal is to have the package ready to ship on Friday or Saturday. Smiley
314  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Pixel Quilt: Invader Zim "GIR" on: January 08, 2012 01:11:03 PM
Holy hell, you've got some serious patience to quilt with squares the size of a quarter! Love the subject, love the plaid backing, and you did such a great job on it! I've only made one quilt for a queen sized bed (mostly to say I did it) but I'll never quilt that big again. Smiley I'll stick with my yarn for projects that big.

BTW, I marked this is "rocks" for you. Smiley
315  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help identifying a pattern on: January 08, 2012 07:42:27 AM
i'm not sure but it looks to me to be 2 front post double crochet's then 2 back post double crochets..... not 100 percent sure though, but hope this helps

Gibson--You know, I originally thought the same thing too, but the front post's don't look like they had anything going around them. Who knows though. Thanks!
316  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help identifying a pattern on: January 08, 2012 07:41:34 AM
From what I've been able to gather from surfing the net ... it appears that this might be a Waffle Stitch: http://www.flickr.com/photos/crochetdad/624630924/in/photostream/

http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/80986AD.html?noImages=  This is a scarf pattern made using the waffle stitch. I hope this is what you are looking for!!

Solitaire--thanks so much for the info. I think you nailed it! Smiley
317  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Help identifying a pattern on: January 07, 2012 04:11:23 PM

Does anyone know how to do this stitch, or what it might be called? A friend of mine wants to make a blanket like this. This particular blanket belongs to a patient at the nursing home she works at.

318  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: 80's cartoon swap (SIGNUP Nov. 28th- Dec. 28th, MAIL BY Feb. 1st 2012) on: January 01, 2012 08:21:40 AM
I'm taking advantage of a longer weekend and starting my crafting today! Tongue
319  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: OTDWT: One Tiny Doctor Who Thing Round 3 (SIGNUPS: 12/21-1/11 & MAILOUT: 2/1) on: December 21, 2011 11:00:01 AM
Dear Lord almighty..........why WHY WHY didn't anyone tell me these swaps are ADDICTING??? Smiley

I just sent in my questionnaire. Now I'm going to go kick the ass of the friend that got me addicted to the Doctor. BRB! Tongue
320  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Jim Henson swap Gallery on: December 10, 2011 10:12:39 AM
Love that Kermit bag, and the Shrinky Dinks!

I love how Kermit wasn't made out of plain green fabric, but from patterned fabric as well. How could Kermit not ever like being green?   Huh
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