The Hawaiian Volcano

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Midsummer, next to chill, dark winter days, is my favorite time to crochet, cool and quiet in the air conditioning. All the extra sun I’ve been getting increases my energy level significantly…and the creative juices are flowing!

I was working on two or three other projects the other day, chatting with my neighbor who had dropped in, when I suddenly dashed into my office– otherwise known as the yarn cave– and began pulling out armloads of skeins.

In a sudden fit of color-coordination I had decided I needed to make something in an ombre rainbow of hues– immediately!

To my neighbor’s amusement I began to lay the skeins out on the floor, muttering to myself and springing between rooms as I would think of another box or bin that had just that wanted, next certain color.

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I stole shamelessly from the five foot laundry-sorter that holds the skeins for my worsted-weight rainbow Sophie. See her here: https://thesparklytoad.wordpress.com/2015/03/03/unveiling-the-universe/

Goodness, has she been lying neglected since March?

I shan’t apologize a bit when I go to the store for more yarn for her! The VOLCANO is worth it!

Here are my gathered shades:

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And her humble beginnings:

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The pattern is known in some circles as THE mypicot. There are a few patterns on the mypicot site, but this one seems to be the most popular, or perhaps it was the first?

It can be a bit confusing, but the pattern is here:

http://mypicot.com/4025.html

If you have trouble finding the download link, here is a clue…Find the words in BLUE that say “How to follow a crochet diagram” and click on the phrase AFTER that, in italics.

Better yet, use the ravelry link, it is much simpler. πŸ™‚

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/beautiful-shells-blanket

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I worked on this one on and off all month, while my oldest sweetie was gallivanting about Italy on a scholarship. I missed her, and worried not a little, so it was nice to have a project!

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I showed my latest projects to her upon her return as we were exchanging all sorts of stories catching up, and she exclaimed over this rainbow beauty.

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She declared it tropical and said, “The middle looks like a volcano!”

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And so she was christened, my tropical delight.

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It’s fun to start this sort of blanket, but it begins to wear on me as the rounds get longer! It takes over an hour to go around her now, making shells.

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I put in a good crime show DVD and double-crochet away.

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Just the lavender left and then I must decide…do I start over? And with which color, pink or brown?Or white?

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She’s about 3×3 ft now…I’d like her to be a bit more than that, but not double the rows of color? And then there is my yarn stash, which is SERIOUSLY depleted by my summer color craziness.

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In fact I am hoping to get to the store later this week.

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I must decide which project to bring on vacation soon.

Never an easy choice for me!

I will definitely need more yarn. πŸ˜€

Oh sorrow, cresting the halfway point of summer…the second half slips too quickly away.

Happy hooking!

Update (November 2015):

The Hawaiian Volcano has been donated to a cancer charity auction benefit to help raise funds for expenses. Please take a moment to read abut this worthy cause, donate and say a prayer or two, thank you!

http://www.communitybenefittree.org/broeniman-family-fund.html

and follow the story on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/Broenimanfamilyfund?hc_location=ufi

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Giant Granny Goodness, Part II

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Hello, hello and happy…well, you know. πŸ™‚

My giant grannies are coming along nicely! In fact, I am on a bit of a crochet jag and have started a dozen projects– or more– in recent weeks. Oh, my, I am having fun! And I haven’t skimped on the housework; in fact, I am also on an organizing crusade and attacking areas that have been neglected for, well, maybe years?

I am simply on a color spree: combining, mixing, matching, layouts, rainbows, ombre, triads, contrasts…it is a good thing I have a bit of a container fetish, because my cleaning frenzy means more empty bins to collect my color nonsense and project dreams.

Here’s the one for the grannies, rounds 7-12 or so:

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I tend to be a bit matchy-matchy…so the challenge of putting dissimilar colors adjacent entertains me particularly.

The lovely afternoon sun…my favorite time to crochet.

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A trio of riotous color contrast:

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And the real challenge begins! A preliminary layout:

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The burning question…how many more rounds???

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I like it as is, but it isn’t very afghan-size, yet…only about 3×3.

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Twenty rounds– my original plan– will be too much?

Perhaps fifteen. And then a kitschy border, for certain!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KitschΒ Β Β  πŸ˜‰

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The more garish color to chew, the better! So rainbow-y and satisfying.

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And just for fun– my little crochet-hinderer, below. I was able to complete my latest set of rounds because she went off to the neighbor’s and asked to bake something. πŸ™‚ My sweet neighbor was happy to comply and home she came, several hours later, with yummy chocolate treats to boot. Happy summer!

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An update on another project, too…the edge is finished, and the little gift set sewn!

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For blanket information, see here:

https://thesparklytoad.wordpress.com/2015/07/14/baby-victorian-dreams/

And for the dress pattern:

https://thesparklytoad.wordpress.com/2015/05/27/mais-oui/

Happy day!

Baby Victorian Dreams

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Hello and happy Tuesday!

Something pretty and sweet, this sultry summer July day…

The kidlets are in the pool, splashing and shrieking up a storm.

There is a lovely breeze.

Today’s pretty is a soft, colorful baby blanket for a special someone!

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I have been longing to try this pattern:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/victorian-lattice-square

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I’m using Caron Simply Soft in Blue Mint, Strawberry and Lime with a 3.5mm hook.

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The edging is my own design and NOT quite finished yet. πŸ™‚ I am a bit obsessed with pineapple patterns these days, and based it on that. I have been downloading quite a few doily charts!

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The free pattern for the square includes both the written pattern and a chart (Oh, I love using charts, they are much faster for me).

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Such vibrant colors, and the feel is out-of-this-world soft.

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I may have to make this one again. I love the look of the square.

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For joining, I used the braided join technique– or at least my own twisted version of it! πŸ˜€

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I learned this join while participating in The Crochet Crowd’s Crochet-Along earlier this year:

http://thecrochetcrowd.com/2015-knit-crochet-along-mystery-afghan/

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I see that Moogly has also featured this square recently, on Hookin’ on Hump Day, and another nifty way to join these pretty squares…you can check that out here:

http://www.mooglyblog.com/hohd-98/#more-16604

http://aureliaslittleroom.com/tutorial-simple-joining-square-technique/

Well, it is time for snack, here at home. They are happy to play nicely as long as I feed them. πŸ™‚

May many happy hours of crochet be in your future. ❀

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Dainty Doily Delight

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Hello, Hello and Happy Tuesday!

May I welcome myself back from a lovely vacation? πŸ˜‰

It was a much-needed time; so completely detached from my usual tasks that I felt quite a different person, and was entirely refreshed.

Just before we left, I pulled several faded, mimeographed charts from my pile of patterns and worked up a bit of pretty cotton-acrylic blend.

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I wish I had a tub full of the stuff..that’s what it would take to make anything of substantial size!

Here’s the label:

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How anyone manages to buy enough fine yarn to make a sweater or camisole is beyond me; the cost is quite prohibitive.

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I contented myself with doing the first few rounds of this old chart. The fiber blend slipped so neatly between my fingers, and I love the stitch definition that comes from working with cotton.

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I really must pull out some of my finer thread and make another go at something long and lacy.

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Would you like to make one yourself? Here are a few patterns to choose from:

http://allcrafts.net/crochet/crochetdoilies.htm

Need something easy for a beginner? Maybe here:

http://www.favecrafts.com/Crochet/Free-Crochet-Doily-Patterns-for-Beginners

I could get lost on the internet, browsing patterns. Here are two more of my favorite search spots. Perhaps you need a new project!

http://www.garnstudio.com/

http://www.yarnspirations.com/

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Our vacation was such a lovely time away. I shall bundle it up into my happiest memories and keep it there, pulling it out to reminisce, as needed, during the long winters.

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May your summer be full of lovely tender moments and fair-weather fun!

Until we crochet again… ❀