Cozy Thoughts on a Rainy Day

Hey everyone Happy Spring! it’s been over a month since I written, I was busy crocheting of course! Plus what I was crocheting are gifts so I can’t share them at this time. But I thought I would share this cozy afghan I made last September while I was home on disability.

The yarn is Stitch Studio, by Nicole Chateau from A.C. Moore, their blanket yarn. I found several skeins on clearance last summer; discontinued color. I knew something wonderful could come of it. But I needed a few more than I found, so my dear hubby schlepped me to another A.C. Moore and I found a few more.

Fast forward to September n while looking over Afghan patterns I found this great stitch n I knew this was the one for this yarn.

In the beginning

The pattern is from Yarnspirations.com & is called The Wavy Ridge Crochet Blanket; it called for their Bernat blanket yarn which is very similar (better quality) to ACM’s but ACM’s has more yardage n I wanted this to be a bit longer n wider than the pattern called for. I used a 8.0 mm hook n 8.5 skeins of yarn. Plus of course I had the yarn n it was on clearance, so case settled.

The finished afghan here is 6 feet in length n a generous width.

I love the reverse sc for afghan trim

I don’t know why I was attracted to this yarn, I looked at it several times n the day I bought it was at least the 4th time I laid eyes on it. Only recently it occurred to me that the colors reminded me of orange cream soda or a creamsicle ice cream bar. When my hubby first had the nerve to approach me at a camping weekend with friends some 17 years ago he offered me a Stewart’s orange cream soda, so the romance began. Everything has a story. Peace!

Kellykat approves
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Stitch Two – Exploring the Past

Recently my hubby Larry & I helped a long time friend and his family cleanup n pack up his Mom’s home. His dear Mom is dealing with Alzheimer’s and she has been placed in Assisted Living after the sudden passing of her beloved husband of 60 years.

While cleaning up & clearing out I asked for this beautiful vintage Afghan we believe she made. It needs repairs, the sewing of the granny squares have worn over the years and have unraveled.

The squares are approximately 3×3, in a traditional tight granny stitch; she kept the tension tight n most likely used a small hook. This afghan for its size has some real weight to it.

My greatest challenge besides re-sewing the unraveled square joins is completely replacing a square all together. Plus matching the vintage neon color. My best guess that the yarn she used was Red Heart. But I have to remove several squares to get to it, of course it’s smack in the middle of the row! I’m going to try to remove the damaged square without disturbing the others, then replicate the torn one.

First I will re-sew the unraveled squares then tackle this lone green square. I will repost when I’m done with it. Wish me luck πŸ€.

Second Stitch – Week 2

Hubby Scarf – Chain 1

My hubby Larry is one of those great guys that indulges me when it come to just about anything, no questions asked (within reason) especially when it comes to my yarn stash. So recently while shopping at our local Wally World (Walmart) I glided by the semi sad yarn aisle n looked to see if there were any recent additions to the stock. This is the store where the passion/obsession of Lion Brand Mandala yarn commenced. Nope nothing, perhaps I had something to do with that πŸ™„πŸ˜‰.

I keep a list on my iPhone of what I have in my cube system n I knew I never grabbed a cake of the color way Spirit. It’s shades of blues & grays, not my favorite but I decided to grab one. I decided Larry needs a scarf to match his everyday winter coat, since just about everyone of my female relatives, friends or coworkers I know now had one.

When I finally found Larry in the store I told him I found the perfect color for him, to make a scarf for his Columbia coat. I murmured to myself as to what stitch to use, since my go-to stitch for scarfs was too girly. He quickly said how about the Waffle Stitch? You know the one you used on that Afghan. I was floored, he actually does pay attention to my crocheting!

Last night I made an effort while watching TV and I finished the scarf.

One good turn deserves another. Love my Larry.

Waffle Stitch Mandala Spirit color way
Close up of stitch
β€œThat afghan” – Red Heart Comfort yarn.

Now I really do need to finish the other scarf I started 2 years ago for him, a afghan/Tunisian stitch version of the Harry Potter Movies Slitherian scarf. Not that he ever stayed awake for a Harry Potter movie, he wanted the colors of the bad guys. πŸ™„πŸ’–πŸ˜œ

First Stitch

Wednesday – Chain Five

5 days in and I’m for a loss of words πŸ™„. I guess I’m tired today, not sure I’ll even get much crocheting in before it’s time to turn in. Such is life, the best of intentions ~

Keeping Guard of the Mandala yarn stash

Kelly Kat – Guardian of the Mandala yarns
Halt who goes there!?

Till tomorrow 😴

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Tuesday – Chain Four

After n during creating Christmas gifts, I worked on this.

Granny squares for comfort

Comprised of 24 9” granny squares n crocheted together; this warm n cozy afghan will comfort a Chemo patient.

Red Heart Butterfly ombrΓ© & Caron Lime

I’m donating this to a group that sends out Afghans to people undergoing chemo.

Crocheting squares goes pretty quickly once you establish a rhythm & a pattern of each square. As you can see placement could have been more logical, then again what’s logic got to do with it? 😜

I’ll be making more in the future between projects and commissions. In honor of my DadπŸ’–, MomπŸ’–& my brother MikeπŸ’–.

Because cozy comfort is priceless πŸ’–

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Monday- Chain Three

Back to work today on an extremely windy late February morning; I had the opportunity to finally use my work shawl. This shawl I made especially to throw over my shoulders & arms when I felt chilly but not chilly enough for the company zip fleece my employers gave us one year to wear when people complained of it being too cold in the winter or too cold in the summer in our offices. πŸ™„ Believe me you could feel March coming in like a Lion today!

The shawl is based on a scarf pattern I got at Michael’s a few years back, a freebie that was set along side the Caron cakes yarns display. I have made many scarves for friends, family n coworkers; so I thought making the base chain longer n the adding so many rows to cover the expanse of myself it would work. I was inspired by Red Heart’s OmbrΓ© yarn in Spearmint. I love the beauty of the subtle fading in n out of the greens in this yarn. Though I’m not a big fan of Red Heart ( the quality is not what it use to be, some 30+ years ago ) I really needed to try this yarn out.

I ended up using 4 skeins and a H hook, it came out nice. Though hubby thought it was a tad short, not covering my back n a bit long for the arms. So I went along the side in its length in the same stitch to compensate for the lack of depth. Had this been a commissioned piece I would have frogged it, but it was made for me & made to be used at work so frogging was out of the question! 😜

It serves it purpose, it’s cozy & warm and now I know not to make it so long and to make it deeper next time. I have some neutral cream color Caron cakes waiting for the next one! πŸ˜‰

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Sunday- Chain Two

Currently working on a rather large project, simple shell stitch (sc, dc, dc, skip). A commissioned Queen size blanket in the New Orleans Saints colors. The client wants it half black & half old gold; using Caron One Pound in Black & in Lace, trimmed in white. I am 2 skeins in as I stopped 5 skeins in when I first started it in the basket weave stitch, a few months ago, πŸ™„ it was getting too bulky n working in solid black can be very difficult on the old eyes. I stopped and started over with fresh skeins, as I have a bin full of yarn for this project. Changing the stitch I am moving along at a much quicker pace now, not missing stitches as much as I was in the basket weave. That stitch I was frogging a lot!

I’m working on this in the evenings after my full time job n on weekends between this n that. Hoping to get this finished within the next 2 months or so; my client is a gem and extremely patient.

Basket Weave Blanket

Photo above of a basket weave blanket I did for my brother and my sister in law. This one was done in Bernat blanket with a L hook; big stitches really go quick, even then I had to frog some rows when I missed a count. πŸ™„