Thursday, June 16, 2016

Changing directions

I changed my mind on two of my projects.  I was dragging my feet about finishing them, so I took a good hard look at why the feet were dragging.  Something wasn't right and I figured they needed to be tweaked just a little in order to regain my interest.  So out came the seam ripper for the quilt, and frogging commenced on the cotton blanket. 
I originally set the quilt blocks in my usual standby, Kona snow.  You can see them here. The white background was bugging me so I remade them with a tan and cream shirting fabric which softens the blocks somehow and gives them a little more interest.  The quilt is now almost done!
The cotton blanket from my last post was a simple sc, ch1, sc pattern, that was soothing to work, but a bit boring.  The plan was to make a solid cream colored organic cotton blanket, but I was constantly fighting with myself so I wouldn't add a colored stripe somewhere.  Maybe what I really craved was more texture.  When I spied this blanket, and this one,  I ripped out my boring one and started the new squares immediately.  BAM!   Instant crochet fun!  I love working on this pattern.
daughter doing the creepy eyeball picture
There are just enough popcorn stitches to keep this fun.  Also the Knit Picks Simply Cotton Worsted has exactly the amount of yarn per skein to make one 10 round block (H hook).
My daughter pointed out that both the crocheted block and the quilt block share similar shapes. Hmm.  Even weirder they both measure out at 13 1/2 inches.
I think I'm heading in the right direction.


  1. Beautiful all around, including the pool/area in the background!

  2. Well hi there Lynne! I have had the most enjoyable visit, catching up with you. First off, so glad everyone is okay after the ER visits. I have sure been there, and know what you mean. And I am so sorry to hear your Mama had to have surgery and chemo. I have been going through that with my Mom past year and half too. She is doing very well. I pray your Mom continues to do so too.
    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all of your quilty and yarny goodness! I am missing my sewing room lately! I have gotten so into knitting socks, that it seems to be the only thing I am doing lately!! I also miss crochet. I used to crochet ALL the time! I have fallen in love with knitting though.
    Looking at your blocks hanging, it looks a lot like looking out into my backyard!
    We are in for a real scorcher this weekend! We will be heading up to the lake where it is cool!
    Have a good weekend.
    xo Kris

  3. Your crochet blanket looks stunning! The texture you have added is definitely a winner!

  4. OH...MY...GOODNESS... I am sitting here with my mouth hanging open, literally.
    These are so beautiful that I am speechless.

  5. I think the crochet balnket is going to be specatular. That new block would look horrible with another color in it so you are doing the right thing by changing the pattern and adding more texture.
    It is so hot and humid here I can barely stand it.
    Hugs and stay cool,

  6. Beautiful improvements. It always lifts the spirits to find solutions to problems.

  7. SO boring to have to un-sew but if you don't feel the love ...


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