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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

WIP Wednesday #11

Meet my new commission piece for a friend of mine in Ohio! (Who doesn't love crocheting when the yarn is free? See my first big commission piece here). Her sister in law is having a baby girl at the end of the summer, so naturally a blanket to keep her toasty warm for the winter is required. It is made with my arch nemesis yarn, which surprisingly isn't totally horrible if you aren't ripping out the entire thing several times over. I almost said no to this blanket when the Pipsqueak was mentioned, but so far I'm not regretting my choice to do this. Hopefully my friend's mom loves this yarn as much in blanket form as she did when she saw the balls of yarn in store!

By the way, I have to admit that I am lying in this post. That picture is from yesterday morning. As of today, it has doubled in length and then some and it is now over halfway done. Here's hoping that this is the only WIP Wednesday for this blanket and that I will be mailing it off home soon!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A WIP No More!

Does anyone remember this blanket from way back when? Do you also remember how I was worried I was going to run out of yarn for it? With less than 3 rows to go, I ran out of blue. To rub salt in the wound, no one seemed to carry the right colour of blue anymore. I scoured Joanns every trip I took down to the USA. Walmart and Zellers even started carrying this brand of yarn, but do you think they would carry the colour? Nope. No dice. I thought this blanket was just going to sit in my room until I gathered the courage to rip the entire thing out again and start from scratch. 

As luck would have it, and as you can tell from the following picture, I did manage to find another ball at a Joanns somewhere between home and New York City where we stopped for dinner on the way home while on a bus trip. This was extremely fortunate, as I sent my Grandma on the hunt for another ball in the same colour at the original Joanns where I first bought the yarn while she was down in Florida for the winter again, and even she couldn't find it for me.

I still have no idea who this will be for, so it will be going for a little vacation in the chest of completed objects for someone someday, but I'm quite pleased with how it turned out despite all the problems it caused me.

I was going to take pictures of another project I've had laying around that I have since completed (one of the two is even gone without pictures being taken!), but of course that is not what her royal majesty intended to happen as you can tell.

As you can tell, her majesty is rather protective of her throne too.

Have a good day everyone! Hopefully the cat will let me have the chair back soon for some more pictures!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

WIP Wednesday #10

As you can see, things have changed quite a bit since my last WIP post. I have about 10 rows or so left to go I figure, and then as soon as I sew in all the ends on both blankets this project can be marked done!

I am planning another 2 or 4 blankets with the same pattern and type of yarn most likely because I was bad and went on a little shopping spree when my favourite yarn was on sale for half off. Hopefully I can work my way through these quickly and hopefully soon there will be more babies to give them to!

One of these two will definitely be going to a high school friend who commented on my lovely work a few weeks ago, and the second may have a new possible owner any minute now if my coworker has gone to the hospital today. We will see!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

WIP Wednesday #9

Wow it's been forever since I've done one of these posts! Since my last post of course many works in progress have crossed my lap, but I thought I'd show you what's sitting on it today. 

The pattern I'm using is Wave Stitch Blanket, except I am using Baby Coordinates yarn and a 4.25mm hook. As you can see the blanket looks a little funny right now, because it actually isn't one blanket, it's two. It turns out I had a little problem with the dye lot that I didn't notice until it was almost entirely too late. Baby Coordinates yarn so kindly tells you on the label that it there is no dye lot and you don't need to worry, except it turns out that was not true in this case. 

Turns out I had 6 balls total, 3 in one dye lot, 3 in another, and rather than having two mismatched blankets it would be better to pull out on third of the blanket and have a do over. Annoying, but necessary in this case. 

Once these two blankets are finished, one will be going to a high school friend and one will join the baby blanket stash so I can get ahead. I have a couple other colours of extra Baby Coordinates, so i have a feeling that I will be doing this pattern a few times.
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