Crochet-iversary

When I checked my Facebook memories this morning, I saw the following post from 12 years ago:

I still remember it! I was pregnant with Laura and after several failed attempts, I had decided that I was finally going to learn. I thought it would be fun to look back on my journey!

 

learning to crochet
First stitches! February 2009
just fold up the sides
My first dishcloth! Completed February 4, 2009
crochet baby sweater
Baby sweater – March 12, 2009
ripple afghan
My first completed blanket – May 3, 2009
attic24 bag flower detail
My Attic24 bag – May 2009
baby hat with oversized rose
Baby hat – April 2011
Country Christmas Crochet Garland
Christmas Tree Garland – November 5, 2012
Crochet jellyfish
Octopi Amigurumi – May 2016
C2C Blanket with Caron Cakes Yarn
C2C (Corner to Corner) Blanket – November 2016
Atlanticus CAL through part 4
Atlanticus blanket in progress – July 2017
Triangle scarf
Triangle Scarf – December 2017
River Rock Blanket
River Rock Blanket – January 2019

It’s so fun to look back on all of the projects I’ve completed over the years (this is just a small selection)! Last year I honestly didn’t do much crochet, save for some dishcloths. Seems I lost my cro-jo a bit. But I feel like it’s so worth it to make time for the things that make you feel good, and I am definitely in need of a creative outlet.

So maybe this weekend I’ll actually pick up my hook (or knitting needles — I haven’t knit in ages, either) and see what inspires me!

River Rock Blanket

Hooray! I did actually finish the blanket today! According to my Ravelry notebook I started working on this on Feb. 18, 2018. I actually thought I started sometime in December 2017, so it took less than a year of work, crocheting off and on.

2/365 River Rock Blanket
River Rock Blanket
River Rock Blanket

The pattern is called the River Rock Blanket by Acquanetta Ferguson. The pattern is available for free on her blog, Olive + Brook. It’s actually really simple to do — just variations on double crochet. I opted to do my own border and worked two rows of single crochet around, and then this simple shell stitch border:

Shell Stitch Border

5 DC, sk st, SC, sk st
Repeat around and sl st into bottom of first DC.
(Feel free to fudge it on the spacing in order to get your shells just where you want them)

The blanket is huge and I am very much looking forward to getting cozy with it tonight while watching TV!

So. Much. YARN!

Oh boy, what a project I am working on! When we had our heating issue and had to empty closets and move everything in order to access the pipes, I became all too aware of how much yarn I have. I found Michael’s bags with a few balls of Sugar ‘n Cream. I found baskets with a couple skeins tucked away. And my storage tote was overflowing. I decided that I really needed to go through and organize it all, so that is what I did today.

I started out with everything just thrown together.

so. much. yarn.

I decided that I was going to get rid of any yarn that was terribly tangled, and say “goodbye” to any unfinished project to which I no longer had the pattern, or was over a year old.

I’ll be honest: it wasn’t easy. There were some Stitch-cation squares I let go of, some half-complete dishcloths with yarn that was broken or tangled, and a cowl I had started with Red Heart Unforgettable. Love the colors, but hated working with the yarn!

yarn barf

Does anyone remember the planned pooling craze? Yeah, I wanted to try it out and got frustrated, I guess. Found this in there, too. I just cut off the portion that I had done. Tension is so important when you’re doing that technique — no point in trying to pick it back up now!.

remember planned pooling?

I just had to get rid of these things for my own sanity. Also, any clumps of “yarn barf” went right in the trash. The point of this exercise was not to spend hours detangling!

Then it was on to trying to decide how to organize everything. I’d love to have beautiful open storage, but we have cats. And the cats love yarn. Therefore, totes are the most practical storage, if not the prettiest.

organized!

I now have one for acrylic yarns (my go-to), one for “fancy” acrylics (like Caron Cakes, some that have glitter or sequins, etc.), one for cotton dishcloth yarn:

cotton yarn.

And finally one smallish box of specialty yarn (anything I purchase at real yarn store, or at the Sheep & Wool festival):
yarn stash

I’m not 100% done yet. My acrylic tote is still overflowing, but tonight my plan is to break out the yarn winder. Some of the half-used skeins can be wound into compact cakes and that should make a difference for storage (not to mention it’s probably better for the yarn).

So yeah… I really think I can go on a “yarn diet” for a few months and try to use what I have. However, I think part of my problem is that it never was really organized before, so if I wasn’t sure if I had a color I’d buy it instead of digging through everything. That shouldn’t happen now!

 

Ta-Da! Simple Crochet Triangle Scarf

Triangle scarf

I am still in love with Caron Cakes yarns. The wool/acrylic blend is so soft & squishy – I really can’t resist it! I think this colorway, called “Turkish Delight” is my favorite. I knew I wanted to use it to make myself a cozy triangle scarf. 

Because I wanted a pattern that I like to call “TV crochet” I search for something with a repeat that would be easy to remember, and minimal difficulty. I settled on Simple Triangle Gradient Shawl from Three Sticks Design. I had to rewrite a portion of the pattern in my own words (the way it is worked at the peak of each row), because I found it a little confusing as-written, but overall it is a good pattern. I also changed the picot edging up a bit. Instead of chaing between picot stitches, I slip stitched. I just prefer that look.

My notes for this project on Ravelry.
Triangle scarf

I have been wearing this scarf out several times a week, and even a couple times at work as a shawl. My co-worker made this with neutrals and it is just stunning!

With this project over, I think it may be time for me to finish up my Atlanticus blanket!

Ta-Da! Simple C2C Scarf

C2C Scarf

Sometimes it seems like I never finish a project. I start something, get really excited about it, and then abandon it for the next pattern I fall in love with. But occasionally I do actually finish something, believe it or not!

C2C Scarf

Back in mid-September, Michaels had a big sale on Caron Cakes yarn. Laura fell in love with the Blueberry Shortcake colorway and asked me to make her a scarf. First I tried altering the Winter Rays Scarf from Left in Knots.

 

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It really wasn’t working out with this weight of yarn, so I ripped it apart and decided to just do a C2C (corner to corner) scarf. It’s a pattern I’ve made before, and relatively quick. I was cruising right along with it until last week when I had to frog about 16 inches because I started the decrease too soon on one row! Ugh! That was no fun, but at least it’s such a quick pattern to work up that recovery didn’t take too long.

C2C Scarf

I modified the Corner to Corner Throw pattern from Red Heart to make this scarf. Basically, it’s just a rectangle and you hardly need a pattern because the technique is pretty easy, but I always have a hard time getting started, so I like to refer to that pattern.

C2C Scarf

What’s my next project? While I should turn my focus back to my Atlanticus blanket or that granny shrug, I think I am going to try to quickly whip up another Caron Cakes project, and make myself a triangle scarf. Hopefully I can start on that today!