Sunday, November 05, 2006

blog blanket blatherings

so yeah...i think winter is officially on its way...we've already had the ceremonial 'turning on of the furnace' and the rest, well it's all making afghans...for me a 'winter' thing to do.

this square (and the next) is from the "200 crochet blocks" book--which i love, just ask cee, and he will regale you with stories about me hugging this book--was that so wrong?!--the colours look much better in the real, but don't most things? Plus our camera isn't exactly the newest serves its purpose, i suppose. the dark square is a plum/purple, then sage green, what i would call a delft blue, and then gray.

i have been having the hardest time picking just a few squares out of this book...there are just so many that look good to me...incidentally if you are thinking of picking up this book, do so!! i really couldn't recommend it any higher--come on, if a grown woman hugging it isn't a good enough review of it i don't know what is!

i will probably only go with about 4 or 5 different squares for my first afghan, all with these four colours.

hopefully by the end of this winter i will have decided on which square patterns to use, but i wouldn't bank on's a bit strange, really, i'm not usually this indecisive. no wonder though, because the possibilities are case you were wondering, i really do love this book!

i joined the crochet along over at the 'ville so hopefully seeing everyone else's projects coming together will inspire me to stick with it.

hey, that looks oddly familiar...

well it should...that is, if you are a faithful reader of my blog...okay, stop laughing, it could happen...but for those who don't frequent this corner of my fuzzy brain, this is my yo-yo scrap afghan that i started...oh...last may and i abandoned it when the humidex made our temperatures go over 47 celcius last summer (that's 117 F for all you fahrenheiters) plus when i realized all the little ends that have to be woven in with the joining of each little yo-yo, i kind of stuffed it away in favour of less tedious projects.

but with the falling of the leaves and the lowering of temperatures comes the instinctive need to crochet blankets, afghans, throws, rugs, anything with which you can cover up. I dragged out ole 'scrappy' and started working again. i have disciplined myself to try to join at least five yo-yo's a day...this way it will get done, albeit eventually. i think in spite of all the tedium it will look nice and 'homey' once it is done.

there is another ghan's a bit of an experiment though so no pictures...i don't know how far i'll get with it but we'll all sounds so mysterious, doesn't it? like some freaky weird science project or something. really it's not that bad....or is it? (cue spooky music...fade out)


Vik said...

This book is my favourite!!! Your squares are looking beautiful, and I like it very much the colors you chose, Kiki!
Oh... the other afghan! You´ll finish it! ;)
Thanks for telling me about blogger beta. I tried it but I still can´t migrate my blog. Yours looks good! With the new "labels". Very good!

Colleen said...


I too LOVE 200 Crochet is my most favorite crochet book I own. Jan Eaton's new book, 200 Ripple Stitches, will take Blocks coveted place when I get but it...have you SEEN this book? It's AMAZING!


Wanda Kay said...

Those blocks you have pictured look great. I wouldn't want to decide which squares out of 200 you were going to make. I don't have that book, with so many other books with squares that I already have, I quess I should add it to my collection

kay said...

Hi Vik, Colleen & Wanda Kay! Thanks for the nice words on the squares...I'm still going round and round as to which ones to use.

Vik, the new beta isn't that much different than the old version, but yes the labels are kind of neat. :)

Colleen, yes I've seen the new ripple book with both knit and crochet stitches...looks very get-able to me! :)

Wanda Kay, you should check out this book if you get a chance, but be careful, once I saw it I couldn't put it down. :)

Joni said...

I love all your afghan parts! Very inspiring. I secretly cast on a knitted one a few days ago, and I'm secretly enjoying it immensely, but I still think crochet is the way to go for afghans. Yours look great.

Susana said...

The colors for your blocks look great. Can't wait to see which you choose.

kay said...

Hello Joni and Susana! Nice to see you again :) Joni I have a knit afghan on the circulars right now too! It's true it gets done faster (at least for me) with crochet, but I like either one.

Susana I've narrowed it down to about 5 blocks, but it changes daily, lol :)