As usual, I have been busily crocheting. This year I only had one graduation afghan to make. I chose the color scheme from one afghan and used it with Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Estell Manor Pattern Number 90317.

If you don’t get the sides really straight, it can give you a very odd wavering sensation!

I was really pleased with the color combination.

Also completed are some placemats in a shell design. The kit (from Herrschnerr’s) came with cotton yarn for two cream colored placemats.

liked them so much that I bought more cotton yarn in Seaside Stripes.

It looks like this placemat sat in the sun too long, doesn’t it? It used to be that you had to worry about dye lots when buying yarn, but the manufacturers don’t even give you that information anymore and it is rarely an issue. This time, though, it obviously was. I didn’t notice the change in intensity of color until I was almost done with this placemat. I still like it, though. I am thinking of making some smaller “doily” type mats with this colored cotton yarn to place under my plants that sit on the dining room table.

These placemats are really fun and quick to make, so I will definitely keep this pattern in mind for wedding and housewarming gifts.

I also whipped off another baby blanket for Liana, finishing it just in time to take to her last month.

Whenever I am in doubt as to what pattern to use for a baby blanket, or simply want one that will work up quickly, I turn to a pattern I found years ago on Bev’s Country Cottage.

I will be making a few more placemats and then I am going to switch to thread for the rest of the summer and make a few doilies. One can never have too many doilies! I also need to work on some small Christmas ornaments. The presence of the Christmas tree still in the living room (it’s small, a table-top tree) continually reminds me that I planned to work on Christmas items over the summer!