I love these mornings when there are clouds on the horizon.
I have been working monogamously on the Graduation Afghan for my baby, Pookie. He graduated from high school in June, and will leave for college in 1 1/2 weeks. His college is in New Jersey, so he will need a warm blanket. I made most of the squares last year, but they sat in a bag in the cave (our sub-basement) while I made 3 other afghans.
I had forgotten how pretty the colors are. The Doc asked why I wasn't using Princeton's colors (orange and black). I started this afghan when Pookie was a Junior in High School. When I knew he was applying to Princeton, I asked him if he wanted me to change the color, or make a different afghan, and he said, no. He didn't want me to jinx him. Also, now, he said he doesn't want his room to be all orange and black.
Yesterday, I finished the last row of squares. I am making six rows with five squares each. I needed four more squares. All of the original squares are from the 2012BAMCAL Group on Ravelry. For the last four squares, I chose 3 squares from the 2013BAMCAL Group, and added my own design, Spider Square.
The first square I used is Squaring the Big Circle by Kate Jenks.
This square is very very easy. It looks great with lots of color changes. It's almost like a big round granny.
The next square is a 6 in. Diamond in a Frame by Rhonda Rowley.
The BAMCAL Group has two 12 in. squares for each month, and one 6 in. Sometimes I make four of the 6 in. and hook them together into a "foursquare."
|Never Fading Flower|
Sometimes, I take the 6 in square, and add some type of border, or just keep crocheting until it is a 12 in. That is what I did with this square. Because the square is very open, I didn't want to make a solid frame. And, I wanted to skew the square. So I chained a sort of web, and then attached that to a square frame.
The third square is Cocoa Puff by Melissa Green. She uses Triple Crochets (tr) in a cool way that adds texture. You can see this in the puffy white round in my square.
The last square is my Spider Square (have I mentioned that I designed a square?) I added more rounds so that the 6 in square is now a 12 in. I used inspiration from the Not in the Middle square by Pia Linden, a Swedish designer. She says in the pattern that she didn't actually design the square, but more figured out a technique. I used some of her idea and then added my own. I am not 100% happy with what I hooked, I tried to use the white yarn to make the extra rounds look like bricks with white grout. I wanted my Spider to look like he was in the corner of a brick wall. But as I hooked I got another idea of how to change it to make it look more "brick-like." I will certainly make another version of this very soon. Anyway, this how it looks.
I have hooked all the squares together into their rows of five, and added a row of white dc to the top and bottom of every row.
I will start hooking the rows together today.
But, not right now. I just had some wonderful news.
Right now I will head to the kitchen to bake a batch of brownies. Then run to the store to get some beautiful flowers.
Our Eastside Stitchers Group has grown by 2 very new members.
Welcome Twins! And Congratulations! to Hrvdmnky and her DH.
shaping the planet ... as a new... Yarn Auntie!