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1991 vs 2009

It’s been over 15 years since I have crocheted anything. In college, Chris dared me to crochet him a blanket thinking I did not have the patience to make one.  Well, I made him one, but I also totally burned out on crocheting.

1991 Afghan

This blanket is huge, heavy and really not very warm- I think it’s all those darn holes.  I mean, really?  Who wants a blanket that purposely has holes? I never understood the granny square.

Big Enough

And for sometime, it seemed like crocheting was so not cool.  It was something your Grandma did and you accepted the ugly blankets with a smile then tried your best to hide it when friends came over.  Terrible, wasn’t I?

Well, all that changed when I saw this lady’s awesome work last winter and I’ve been drooling over her stuff since.  This ripple and this hexagon are simply gorgeous!  The internet is amazing.  There are the coolest patterns everywhere and the best part is that most are free.  There’s step-by-step instructions with pictures, online shops to order yarn, and tons of pictures to inspire you.

2009 Afghan

So I started my own hexagon afghan over the 4th of July while attending our family reunion in Central Oregon. I think I had a few family members shaking their heads at what seems like an impossible task.  (Each hexagon takes me about 15 min to make and I think I’ll need over 200.) Yeah, it’ll take me months and months to finish, but I’m totally happy with it.  I love the colors and love that it’s a project I can take with me just about anywhere.  It’ll be prefect for the 3-week tennis camp the boys are starting soon.

Love this hook

I did have to go out and buy a new hook.  Hours of using a traditional hook was killing me.  This Colver Soft Touch hook is wonderful!  It hooks when you want it to, the yarn stays on until you want it off and it’s got a thick grip for easy handling. I recommend this hook to anyone.

So yes, after years of lying dormant, hooking is back in my life.  I want to jump into amigurumi next.  Isn’t it too cute?

Welcome Interruption

My latest Blog-Break is interrupted by an incredible gift which arrived in the mail:

Swap

I jumped at Heather’s generous offer to knit up some socks for me. (I guess she got tired of me always commenting on her blog about how wonderful her socks are or how I really need to learn how to knit socks or that I really need a pair…)

Who wouldn’t want a pair of these for their very own? These beauties fit me perfectly and are keeping me cozy warm through the first rounds of our fall back-to-school colds.

Handknit Socks

She went even further and sent me this little treasure as well:

Tea Mat & Coasters

I’m so enjoying seeing my tea pot on this cheery little mat and the coasters are perfect on my sewing table holding my late-night cup.  Now my cutting mat no longer has coffee/tea rings!

Thank you Heather for such a nice gift.  And I promise to have your gift in the mail soon!

Now, I need to quit lazing about and get back to blogging!  I really do miss it…