Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Rainbow Ripple - Almost Finished!

My Rainbow Ripple is growing in leaps and bounds...

Isn't it incredible?

Here it is up close...

I know, I know...It's almost finished...

but, I am okay with that because...

I bought some new yarn over the weekend for my next project...

I'll give you a little hint...

For Christmas I got the best present ever...

I'm going to be a "Grandma"!!

I am sooooooo excited!!!

My DD and SIL are expecting their first child in August and I will finally be a Grandma!

So...you know what that means...

I get to crochet Lots and Lots of cute baby stuff!! I will be updating you all soon to show you my next project!!

Happy Crocheting!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Crochet Ripple and Granny Update

Here is what I've been doing...

2012 A Granny A Day...yes I know...there is only 12 and this is the 17th day but...I ran out of Vanna's Choice -Brick...so I went to my local Michael's store, (where I bought the Brick and Mustard a while back) and guess what?? They don't carry the Brick anymore!! UGGHHH! Why do they do that? This was my first time buying Vanna's Choice and I loved the Mustard and
Brick together. I made a pincushion with it and this was leftover from that. I thought I would start with these because I knew I could buy more as needed. WRONG! So...These squares will be a Pillow Top. I'm not really thrilled with yarn anyway, it splits really bad it not worth the price. I am disappointed in my Michael's and Lion Brand for making a cheap yarn.

Well... enough whining for one day... now on to my 12" January Crochet Block a Month!

I went back to my trusty Caron Simply Soft, which I used for my giant granny blanket. This is the first 12" square for this CAL! I love this pattern, I had made this before when I did the A Square a Day in May last year and it is a great pattern.

Now, this square was a "Filler" square option. I made this because I had made the above square and still had time left in the month to make this "Filler" square to fill the time before the February squares are announce.
I enjoyed making this one and it had great pattern instructions so it was easy to follow. Kind of fun too!

And of course my progress on my Rainbow Ripple blanket...

It is getting bigger! I'm going to be so sad when it is done. This had been the most relaxing and satisfying blanket I have every made. The colors keep me interested and the pattern and yarn just flow together so easily. It's going by fast and I will be sad when it is done...:( Crazy...I know.

Thank you for all you kind comments on my posts. I really do appreciate it. You all keep me going on my projects and inspire me.

This is where I'm hooking up this week!

Monday, January 9, 2012

I Won and Grannies and Ripples Oh My!!

I am so excited to show you what I won from Debi at Dly's Hooks and Yarn. She had a Giveaway and I won. Yay! Thank you so much Debi!!! 
Debi is always so generous...sharing patterns, commenting on blogs, etc. If you haven't been to her blog you must go there and check out her lovely posts. 

Well... here it is...

Three Purse Handles and I needed these! I made a purse in 2010 and never got handles for it. Now I will have a Tah Dah soon showing you my new purse! 

And this sweet little note from Debi!

Thank you Debi!!

Now for more reveals...

My first square from the Crochet a Block a Month CAL I joined. This one is called 16 Circles. This is January's 6" block. I have to say this was a very hard pattern to follow but...I beat it by not reading the instructions and looking at the pictures. Not for beginners for sure. I need to block it so some of the circles don't look so wonky! Lol!

Here is the 12" square for the CBAM  CAL  for January. This one is called More V's Please on Ravelry.

Now...I should have 8 grannies done for the Granny a Day 2012 CAL well, I only have three...but that's okay, I am doing what I can and I will still have a lot of grannies at then end of the year!

And last but certainly not least...I have made some progress on my Rainbow Ripple! I love this yarn and working on this is very smooth and satisfying. The StyleCraft DK yarn is a dream, so light and NEVER SPLITS! The colors are yummy and it is very peaceful to work on.

Well, that's it for today. I hope you all have a great week and Happy Crocheting!

Where I'm Hooking up this week!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

New Crochet Ripple

Well...here it is...my latest project is an old fashioned ripple! The pattern is from a Leisure Arts pamphlet from 1974 by Jean Leinhauser.

 I know, I wasn't going to start this until I finished my Granny Blues blanket but...I ran into a little snag with it, (I will upload pics later when I get my camera back from my daughter), so I have to frog a huge amount of my beautiful granny stripe blanket.

Anyway...back to this fun ripple blanket...

...don't you just love these colors?

I am struggling a bit because I have never done a random color blanket. Yes, I know, a little OCD happening with my crochet, but...I always have a nice "symmetrical repeat" pattern on everything I do so...I'm struggling not to make this so "rigid" and to free my mind and the colors to crochet a totally random color way. I am doing a sequence of sort, (I have to have some organization in this thing), so I am doing two rows of one color and then one row of another and so on. Does that make sense?

Anyway... I will keep you up to date on my progress.

Also, I have made a few granny squares for my CAL's. I will post those later on.

This is where I'm hooking up this week!

Happy Crocheting!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Popular Posts for 2011

I started my blog in February of 2011. Can you believe I have had 52, 678 page views! Wow...that is so exciting. 

Here are my most popular posts for 2011!
(If you want to read the entire post just click on the link. )

#8 with 225 views - Giant Granny 33 Rows

#7 with 254 views -  Crochet Baby Blanket

#4 with 372 views - Granny Stripe Progress

#2 with 1,420 views -  Crochet Japanese Flower

#1 with 1,745 views - Japanese Flower

It looks like it was the year of the "Japanese Flowers" for 2011. I think #1 will be a tough one to beat next year. I wonder what 2012 will be the year of...???