Blanket Finished!

Hi Folks,

I finished the blanket!

Baby Blanket for Warm Up America | Webster Fiber Arts

Those last couple rounds felt like they took forever, but I really like the final product! My mind is full of ideas on how to use this stitch for shawls and scarves and all sorts of wonderful things!

I did deviate from the pattern a little bit in the end. If you remember my first post about this blanket, I had two colors of yarn, one for the blanket, and another for the edging. I ordered my yarns online, and onscreen, the bright blue edging was going to look awesome with my lemon swirl blanket. That little skein of bright blue sat in my crochet area (that is, it sat on the floor in front of my spot on the couch) as I worked on the blanket, and the more I stitched, the less excited I was to add that blue border. So, I made a little change. I used my blanket yarn for the border, and I am pleased with the end result—much happier than I would have been with the bright blue. I’ll find a use for that blue yarn at some point.

Maybe, in the years to come, the little baby who receives this blanket will think, “Man, this blanket would look way better with a solid border,” and that little baby can add that border to it him or herself. That would be pretty cool.

baby-blanket-detail2

The blanket is on its way to Warm Up America now. I washed it before I put it in the mail, and that blanket felt so soft when I took it out of the dryer that I was momentarily tempted to keep it for myself.

Until next time,
Annie

Baby Blanket Crochet Challenge 2017

Hi Folks,

Back in August of 2015, I made a blanket for the B. Hooked Crochet Challenge for Warm Up America. It was an awesome black and hot pink blanket that you can see here.

B. Hooked has issued a new challenge and I am in! This time around, we are making baby blankets. Here are my yarns:

Yarns for B. Hooked Crochet Challenge 2017 | Webster Fiber Arts

We were encouraged to use the Lion Brand Big Scoop and Modern Baby yarns for our blankets. The Big Scoop is a really soft little baby yarn, and Modern Baby is a name that makes me laugh every time I think about it. I know it is more about the colors in the line not being the traditional pink and baby blue, but I picture little babies with their tablets, entering their Netflix passwords and drinking milk out of coffee cups. The same kind of thing happens when I think about that show Tiny House Hunters. I really wanted the house hunters to be tiny, not the houses. I would totally watch toddlers trying to pick out houses. Heh. That would be awesome.

Back to the blanket. This blanket uses a Catherine’s Wheel stitch pattern, which is one I have always found a little tricky, but I quickly got into a groove this time around. Here’s what it is looking like so far:

Blanket Progress 1 - B. Hooked Crochet Challenge 2017 | Webster Fiber Arts

I really like the colors in this yarn, but I think I would prefer this stitch pattern with a single color, or with several solid colors to make stripes. I think the cool stitching gets kind of lost in all of the color changes, but you know who isn’t going to care about that? A baby—modern or otherwise.

It is not too late to get involved in the challenge, if you are interested in crocheting a blanket for a little bundle of joy. All of the information about the challenge can be found here.

Until next time,
Annie

CGOA Crochet Along: Squares of Happiness

CGOA Squares of Happiness | Webster Fiber Arts

Hi folks,

Squares of Happiness is the third strip of my Crochet Guild of America’s Across the Board Crochet-Along. This strip is made up of 11 granny squares.

Squares of Happiness Strip | Webster Fiber Arts

I changed the colors on this one ever so slightly. In the pattern, those stitches that square off the square are in a coral colored yarn. I made mine the reddish color because I had a bunch of it left from my previous strip.

Squares of Happiness Strip Close Up | Webster Fiber Arts

The next strip in this project is done in Tunisian Crochet. I don’t have a lot of experience with Tunisian, so I have been doing a little practicing. Yesterday I spent some time with Jennifer Hansen’s Tunisian Crochet class on Craftsy. The final garment for this class is one I have been admiring for a while, so I decided this was a good time to watch the class. I am enjoying it!

The pattern for this afghan is free for members of the Crochet Guild of America. Information about joining CGOA is available here.

Until next time,
Annie

CGOA Crochet Along: Skipping Stones Strip

CGOA Skipping Stones | Webster Fiber Arts

Hi folks,

Last week, I showed you the first strip of my Crochet Guild of America’s Across the Board Crochet-Along. In that post, I had a picture of the beginnings of my second strip, Skipping Stones. Here’s what that meshy strip turned into:

Skipping Stones Strip | Webster Fiber Arts

I love this one. Those little waves of double crochets that ripple out from the bobbles in the middle are just so cool.

Skipping Stones Strip Close Up | Webster Fiber Arts

I even like the back side of this one.

Skipping Stones Strip Back | Webster Fiber Arts

The pattern for this afghan is free for members of the Crochet Guild of America. Information about joining CGOA is available here.

Until next time,
Annie

CGOA Crochet Along: Diamond Trellis Strip

CGOA Diamond Trellis | Webster Fiber Arts

Hi folks,

I’ve been working on the Crochet Guild of America’s Across the Board Crochet-Along. This project will eventually result in an afghan, with a strip made every two weeks. I was drawn to this one because it looks like there are some really cool stitches involved. I’m less concerned with finishing them in the official crochet-along timetable than I am with learning the stitches.

For example, I’m a little slow in getting photos of the first strip posted. This is the Diamond Trellis Strip.

Diamond Trellis Strip | Webster Fiber Arts

Isn’t it cool? I just love it! I’m usually eager to pick my own fibers and colors, but I really like the purples used in the pattern, so I went with it. I think this could also look pretty in a couple of different shades of gray for a scarf, but that’s a project for another time.

The second strip is called Skipping Stones.

Skipping Stones Strip - Mesh | Webster Fiber Arts

This is just the beginning of this strip. It turns into something pretty amazing with the addition of some more stitches. You’ll get to see it soon!

The pattern for this afghan is free for members of the Crochet Guild of America. Information about joining CGOA is available here.

Until next time,
Annie

Finished! Blanket for Warm Up America!

Crochet Challenge Blanket | Webster Fiber Arts

Hi folks,

It’s finished!

B.hooked Crochet Challenge for Warm Up America! Blanket | Webster Fiber Arts

This is my completed blanket for the B.hooked Crochet Challenge for Warm Up America! It was a big project, and while I enjoyed making it, I’m also happy to be done.

B.hooked Crochet Challenge for Warm Up America! Blanket Close Up | Webster Fiber Arts

There was not a border with the blanket pattern. I went with a couple rounds of single crochet in black to finish it off.

In case you can’t get a good idea of what the overall pattern is here, this is plan I mocked up in Illustrator before I started:

B.hooked Crochet Challenge for Warm Up America! Blanket Color Scheme | Webster Fiber Arts

This guy will be shipped off to Warm Up America! tomorrow. He did get a bath this afternoon, post ragweed country photo shoot, so he is all fresh and clean for his journey (I don’t know why he is male, he just is).

Until next time,
Annie

On the Hook: Mesa Scarf & B.hooked Blanket

Mesa Yarn | Webster Fiber Arts

Hi folks,

I have a couple of pieces I’m working on right now. The first is a scarf using Lion Brand Amazing Yarn in Mesa.

WIP: Scarf Using Lion Brand Amazing Yarn in Mesa | Webster Fiber Arts

As you can see, this one has a lot of open spaces in it. At one point, I picked it up and the sides curled in a little bit. I liked the look of that quite a bit. I might end up with a tube like thing when I am done with this one. Or not. We’ll see.

The other piece I’m working on is a blanket. This one is part of the B.hooked Crochet Challenge for Warm Up America! You can read more about it at the link, but the basic idea is that you make a blanket using the pattern B.hooked provides and ship it off to Warm Up America! Here’s my progress so far:

WIP: Granny Squares for B.hooked Blanket | Webster Fiber Arts

The recommended yarn for this project is Red Heart With Love. I checked out the colors online before heading to the store and worked up a few color combinations that I liked. I ended up going with the two-color combo of black and hot pink you see above. This restraint is unusual for me, as I usually go for ALL OF THE COLORS!

I really like the way this is turning out. I’ve been doing most of my work on this while watching Royals games. I think I’ll be making another one of these blankets for myself in blue and white to be my official baseball watching blanket.

If you are interested in participating in this challenge, head on over to the B.hooked website for all of the details. Blankets need to be completed by August 31 for this challenge, though Warm Up America! will accept donations at any time.

I also have several pieces that I am blocking right now. I hope to have those photographed and posted to the site next week.

Until next time,
Annie