Week 4

ImageOne of my goals this year was to begin learning Tunisian crochet.  I recently purchased a J/10mm afghan hook and Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Tunisian Crochet by Kim Guzman and set out to learn.  My 52 week project was the perfect excuse to give it a try (as if I needed an excuse.)  After a few attempts of learning the foundation row, I finally suceeded and I was off.

For this square I used:

J/10mm afghan hook

Vanna’s Choice in Terracotta

My pattern:

Chain 18 with afghan hook

Tunisian Simple Crochet for 14 rows

Changing to H hook, single crochet around placing 3 single crochets in each corner.  Fasten off.

This square is definitely going to need to be blocked.

Week 3

Week 3

The pattern I used this week is called Cool Flames Granny Square.

Just click above and it will open in a new window.

I used a J Hook and bits of yarn from my Gram Stash (leftover yarn that my Gram gave to me.  Most are partial skeins and I don’t have the names for them.)  It is a chocolatey brown and a minty green. I thought it was a nice combination.

Also visible, Sin in the Second City by Karen Abbott. I just started reading it and I am so far enjoying it.

Week 2

20130108_184112Week 2 and still going strong. This week’s pattern is from Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs by Edie Eckman.  If you don’t already own this book and are a fan of squares and triangles and circles and hexagons or if you are looking to try something new, I would highly recommend this book.  I have had loads of fun with it.  This is motif #120, I believe it is referred to as the basket weave, because it is actually made up of strips that are weaved together.  I’m not going to lie, this one gave me a bit of a fuss, but completely worth it in the end.

So, the yarns I used this week. Hmmm, I don’t really know.  My Gram gave we a lot of leftover yarn that she had from various projects she has done over the years.  The yellow was in a ball with no packaging.  It’s a light lemony yellow.  The variegated is from Sayelle. It is a white, pale yellow and pale green mix.   I used a J hook and was able to obtain a six inch square.

Week 1

granny week oneWeek one square done.

The pattern that I used was obtained from Ravelry.

Circled Granny Square-US Version

The yarns I used were:

Red Heart Super Saver Aruba Sea

Red Heart Super Saver Ocean

Red Heart Super Saver Lavendar

All were leftover bits that I have from other projects. You could use any color that you like.  I used a K hook and was able to get a six inch square out of this.

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New Year, New Projects

Well, I failed miserably at blogging last year.  So, here goes another shot.  This year I have decided to do a 50 Square project.  I love crocheting and there are so many beautiful square patterns out there.  So the idea is that I will complete a square a week and then the last two weeks of the year I will spend binding the squares together and completing a border.  I am really excited to see how this goes and with the goal being one a week it is quite feasible.  I don’t generally make things for myself, so it will be nice to finally have something I’ve made.

Also, Peanutty Butty is turning five this year and for his birthday we are updating his bedroom.  When he was born we started a vague Super Mario Bros. theme, that never went anywhere.  Well, what better time than now to go forth.  I am making an 8-bit Luigi blanket for him.  His favorite character is Luigi, followed closely by Yoshi.  Another project slated is a cross stitch sampler of all the characters from the original SMB.  And then finally, I am hoping to complete some brick and coin blocks out of plastic canvas for him.  The most important project is to finish the blanket, everything else is just bonus.