Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Oh My Aching Hands!

Seems I've taken a much longer break from blogging than I anticipated!  Excuses abound but I won't bore you with those...despite not writing about it I have been very busy crafting.  (mostly crocheting and boy do I have the cramped hands to show for it!)  The rush to get gifts completed in time for Xmas really wore me out, most were completed in time but some took a little longer than I planned.  This blankie for Shorty, for example.  Good thing she was understanding about it and glad to receive it, even if it was a few days late.

I used a fantastic new technique I discovered, that is almost as easy as a basic granny square blanket once you get the hang of it.  I first came across it while attempting the Swaddle Me blanket found on Ravelry, and after a little searching found this awesome tutorial on how to make a corner to corner afghan.

Finished blanket is about 50"x50" and I used about three skeins of each color, great for destashing but of course, typical for my projects, I did have to buy an extra skein of the white Red Heart Super Saver.  I'm ok with it, since I consider that to be a staple yarn you must have on hand at all times!  Still counts towards eliminating yarn mountain, right?

Can't say enough about how much I love this pattern, it creates a really dense fabric and Shorty says it is very warm.  I'm working right now on a baby blanket using this technique for a friend expecting February 1st, using a bulky yarn this time and I just think its gorgeous!  Here's a close up!

I've had a look around and have an extreme amount of WIP's hiding in drawers and bags...I'm not much for the New Year's Resolutions but I have decided to try to keep a list and actually finish some of these poor abandoned projects this year.  Now if I could just stop starting new ones....


  1. I love it and the colours are gorgeous too, am going to have to try that one out for sure, after a bazillion Granny squares I'm looking for a change lol

  2. it really is a welcome change after granny squares, and all double crochet so it works up pretty quickly!

  3. Hmm... I thought I had left a comment on this lovely post already! Well, der - let me try again :).

    I LOVE the stitch you used for this. It looks so dense and cozy compared to some of the more open and lacy crochet patterns I've seen before. The colors you chose are really nice too!

    On another topic, did you know that you're a "no reply blogger"? I was too until about a month ago :). If you want to change that and need a hand, feel free to shoot me a message!


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