A crochet finish and a couple of starts
Today I'm taking a few minutes to catch up on what's been going on with crochet and loom knitting. I don't have photos of hats that I'm working on. I just have a little project bag that I keep ready to go with yarn and hook to make chemo hats and they are coming along just fine.
My big finish is this blanket that I will donate to be a wheelchair blanket. It's about 29 x 38 and could also be a baby blanket but I decided to make this one a lap blanket for a nursing home or assisted living. It's a self striping yarn but I had an extra cake of the matching solid turquoise and I added it in the turquoise sections to give it more length. The annoying dark spots where the pink and turquoise meet are just the way that the yarn came off the cake. You don't really notice it or the awkward striping when it's in your lap.
The yarn is Caron Baby Cakes that I got on clearance in the Spring. I used 2 of the stripe cakes and about half of the solid turquoise. This is a very soft yarn and really nice to crochet with. I used an I (5.5 mm) hook and the Sedge Stitch. It's perfect for TV watching.
Since my hand has gotten better I haven't been loom knitting as much but I found out that the donation place wanted sleeves for dialysis patients. Well, a sleeve is a lot easier than a hat that required decrease. I started with 28 pegs and did 8 rows of 2x2 rib and then did the body in the Beehive Waffle Stitch and finished off with more ribbing. It's a fun stitch to do and very easy to keep up with. I've got a lot fo 5 and 6 weight yarn specifically for the loom so I'll get another sleeve started soon.
I have 2 projects that I'm started to crochet. One is a blanket made with this beautiful yarn. This is Cascade Cartwheel and it's the same yarn that I used in another wheelchair blanket earlier this year. I liked working with it so much that I bought a bunch of it on sale. I'm going to make a big blanket with this and it will likely be for Chris or gifted.
I had two patterns in mind so I did a messy swatch with one pattern on the bottom and a lacier pattern on the top. Chris preferred the bottom one. He doesn't like holes in his blankets. It's this blanket from BagODay.
I think I cast on 171 stitches and am using a J hook. It does go really fast. I really wanted to get this started because I think there's a possibility that I will need more yarn and I want to find that out soon before I can't get it anymore!
I'm also going to start this duster jacket. When the lighting is good I can work on this and when the lighting isn't so good I can work on the blanket.
I'm also considering starting another wheelchair shawl so that I can feel completely overwhelmed (normal) and feed my daily whims about what to work on.
11/18/2021 07:24:44 am
Those are a lot of great projects! I love the jeans yarn. I am doing my best not to buy any though. I have yarn I bought years ago for a sweater and I haven't gotten around to making it so no yarn buying for me until I get that done first.
11/18/2021 07:59:22 am
Nice, sleeves for dialysis patients - not something I would have thought of. Those are perfect for making on the knitting loom.
11/18/2021 10:06:39 am
Good morning Vicki.....I agree with Chris regarding the stitch he chose, and think he will be very happy that you are making something, especially for him. You do so much for others in need, and I truly admire you for doing so. Looking forward to seeing Chris with his new blanket!
11/18/2021 10:16:12 am
THose are a lot of great projects. That jean yarn is a really pretty color!
11/18/2021 10:25:49 pm
Pretty blanket - but I have to say I love the colours in the new one you're creating for Chris. You already know I love that Jean yarn and I'm doing my best to resist succumbing to buying more to make myself a sweater. I'm okay making small projects but a sweater would turn into a life's work and I'd end up giving up on it long before it was done.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.