Wool-eater blanket

6 years ago
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You can click that photo to see it larger.  The sky is so pretty and it has been so long since I could see it!  I took two pictures today and had a really hard time choosing which one to use for my 365 Project.  The one at the top has a beautiful sky but I think this one is really the best.

Winter fence on 365 Project

It actually warmed up!  Yesterday it got to around 13 degrees F and now it is 5 degrees.  I have to admit I was actually thinking about slipping out to go to Joann’s since it is soooooo horribly close to me.  But, I remembered my new years resolution and  decided against it…for now.  I’m supposed to be using up my stash and I have a lot!!!

So my next creative project is a CAL (crochet-a-long) and I’m making the wool-eater blanket from Sarah London’s website which will help me use up some of my stash.  I have already learned something new.  UK and. US crochet stitches are not the same.    I found a conversion chart here.

So when she says to work a “dtr or double treble” she means to work a triple crochet or trc.  Also a dc/double crochet is really a sc/single crochet.

I also learned something else….. or rather I finally caught on to something.  I noticed in Teresa’s (crochet geek) video for the headband I just made that she wrapped the yarn around her hook counter-clockwise… the opposite way I do.  I don’t know if I was taught to wrap my yarn that way or if I just did it that way but I wondered why she did it differently.  Well, I remember hating triple crochet because the extra wraps never want to come off and I have to grab them with my fingers to move them over to the hook.  I was thinking maybe this was the wrong pattern for me because this was going to take me forever!  That is when I had my AH-HAH moment.  I realized if I wrapped the yarn counter-clockwise like Teresa did that the loops slip over much easier!  So now that I know what I’m doing I’m getting started with the same yarn I just finished making my headband with.   That will be my first stripe.  Now I just have to get the hang of changing something that is so ingrained in my head that I could do it in my sleep.  Anyway,  I’ll take pictures as I go.  This blanket will be for Project Linus and will go to a little one at the hospital.  If you know how to crochet or knit, or even tie fleece you can make a blanket for a child too.  You can find a Project Linus Representative in your area by clicking here.  If you are in Fairbanks, Alaska that would be me.  :O)

The NaBloPoMo prompt for today is a challenge to my memory.

Who was your first friend?

Well, I think that would be my sister.  I was always close to my sister when I was little until she left home when I was 5.  I was brokenhearted when she left.  My sister is the oldest and 13 years older than me.  She is still the one I call when I’m down and need a pick-me-up because she is really good at that.  What surprises me is that even though she left home and the state when I was 5 and I didn’t see her growing up we are still very much alike.  We like the same things.  When I went to GA for my (our) mom’s funeral I discovered that we made our coffee the EXACT same way.  I don’t drink coffee anymore but I used to be very particular about how it was made and no one could make my coffee….  until then.  We carry the same lip-gloss in our purses and were wearing the same shoes.   The only difference is I was born a tomboy.  I didn’t want anything to do with pink or purple, ruffles, lace or bows…. and my sister was all of that.  Now that I’m older I’ve found that I like pink and purple but still wont wear ruffles, lace, or bows!

 

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Donna 

"And the night shall be filled with music, and the cares, that infest the day, shall fold their tents like the Arabs, and as silently steal away."  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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