The B Life: December 2013

Crochet Diaries: The Contemporary Granny

Of the two blankets I had intended on finishing and wrapping as gifts for Christmas this year, I have only managed to complete the one.

This (my own pattern), is the contemporary granny crocheted afghan that I designed and put together for my boyfriend's younger sister, based on a colour scheme that he chose for her.

Colour palette:
Craft Smart Chocolate Brown 
Craft Smart Navy Blue
Loops and Threads Rouge
Red Heart Beige
Red Heart Aran

Centre of squares patterned on the diagonal. 
Each row followed variation of: brown, beige, brown, blue. 

Size of afghan: approx 5.5 ft by 5 ft.

Awesome slippers peeking out at the bottom are just awesome. 

I am quite pleased with how it turned out, especially since I'd been working on it since the day after Canadian Thanksgiving.

It actually wasn't completely finished when I wrapped it... it still had some strings that hadn't been weaved in properly, yet. Regardless, the recipient loved it just the same. I tucked the rest of the strings in on Boxing Day whilst watching Planet Earth documentaries. I was still sporting a hefty food coma, so going out and battling the post-Christmas sales was NOT going to happen.

As always, send an email if you are looking to get a hold of the pattern or have any questions. Click the email link under my profile to the right. 

Infinity Scarf Love

Well, in keeping with the yarn part of this blog, I am thrilled to announce that I finally finished (amidst papers and packing for my trip home to Ontario) the crochet infinity scarf I have been working on since, well... let's just say I bought the yarn at on the weekend of Canadian Thanksgiving...and that was in October people!

Truthfully, I have probably taken apart this scarf over 5 times. I started with, what I thought, was a pretty foolproof pattern. But the wool was too thick, so I had to begin again.

This was the scarf I intended to make:

The pattern for the scarf comes from Olivia over at her blog, Hopeful Honey.  It was easy enough to figure out how to make the shells, but the yarn I had purchased was just too thick. The scarf was going to be waay too warm (yes, in this case, it is a bad thing). 

So, my next endeavour was this: 

This pattern came from KT and the Squid, over at her Crochet blog. 

But again, the wool was too thick. I did decide that I liked the alternating colours, though, and kept with that.

Finally I decided on a simple skip-stitch double-crochet pattern. This created enough holes in the scarf to allow in a decent amount of air, and to make the scarf less heavy, and more of a wear-this-inside kind of thing. I am much happier with the results, and I think the recipient will be too. 

et Voila! 

If you're interested in obtaining the pattern or colour skus, leave a comment, and I'll make sure to get them to you. 


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