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Just a Moment – Seventeen

Friday ritual inspired by other blogs. A single photo from this past week…. few no words…. just a moment captured in time. If you feel inspired to share…. leave a link in the comments with your moment.

afghan pattern test swatch

The process of deciphering an old afghan pattern so that I can repair scissor damage to Kat’s afghan has included making a test swatch. Said test swatch will make a nice baby doll blanket for Miss Munchkin.

Crocheting Update – Afghans and Placemats

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!

Family Visit and Crochet Updates

A week ago today I had a lunch date with my Aunt Violet, who lives about an hour and a half from me. I drove over mid-morning, picked her up shortly before noon, and we went to Olive Garden for lunch and then to Michael’s for some yarn shopping. We had a really nice time and I wish I had thought months ago about visiting her during the week instead of trying to find time on a weekend.

Here is a picture taken last May on my aunt’s 80th birthday. That is her standing in back and seated in front are her three daughters, (from left to right) Bonnie, Carol, and Judy. My aunt looks wonderful for 80, don’t you think?!

While at Michael’s, I found a new crochet book that looked interesting, Learn to Do Bavarian Crochet (Annie’s Attic: Crochet). I may have to make this baby blanket, Bavarian Lullaby, that is featured in the book:

And, I picked up some yarn for a couple of Christmas projects.

3 skeins of Michaels Loops & threads Impeccable yarn, in Luxury Ombre, of which 1/3 is already becoming a scarf. Please ignore the red, that is not part of the scarf put actually the red of the cherry table showing through the spaces in the scarf!

And 3 skeins of Michaels Loops & Threads Impeccable yarn, in Fresh Lilac Ombre, which will soon look very similar to the previous picture! I have two nieces that have spent their whole lives in the south and are now about to be subjected to their first northern winter. I think warm scarves will be welcome Christmas gifts!

As you can see, I have begun new crochet projects before finishing my final WIP (Work in Progress) that I mentioned in my October 2nd post Crochet Shrug.

I did complete almost one row of that afghan before setting it aside. I am beginning to think that I should turn that into a small lapghan instead of a full-sized afghan, finish it off just about where it is now, and then find another pattern that I like better to make for David’s graduation gift. I will need to make a college graduation afghan for him in another year and a half and it would be really nice if he received his high school graduation afghan before that, don’t you think?

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