I had a very productive crocheting and knitting weekend.
First, I picked up my sister’s blanket for the first time in weeks. I finished all of the borders and the edging. All told, the blanket has 375 granny squares (3 rounds each), four rounds of gold granny borders, one round of black granny borders, and seven rows of granny stripes on both the right and left side in black. I finished the entire blanket with a plain black single crochet edging.
I estimate that it took me 56 hours to crochet the granny squares (based on timing myself and averaging 9 minutes per square) and about seven hours to finish the borders and edging. But here’s the scary part. I timed myself weaving in the ends one row at a time. Any guesses on how long it takes per row? (Insert dramatic pause while you guess.)
FORTY FIVE MINUTES. Yep. One full episode of The X-Files on Netflix. And this blanket has 15 rows. So all told, I think it is safe to say that I will have spent about 75 hours on this blanket – the equivalent of two full-time weeks at work. I will definitely be including a priceless parody gift card when I present this blanket to my sister!
My little broomstick lace project from last week now has the ends woven in but I haven’t made a decision about which buttons to add yet. I have such a large button collection (inherited from my grandma) that I sometimes get overwhelmed by choice!
I am almost finished with the knit beanie I started during Knit and Crochet Design Week.
This has been a fun project because I’m working on it along with the students in my Saturday knitting classes. I will probably wait until Saturday to pick it up again.
As for reading, I’ve only finished one more chapter in The Girl Who Played with Fire. I’ve been at work late a lot this week so I haven’t had as much reading time as I would like. I definitely need to finish it soon because my loan from the library ends on Sunday, and it will magically disappear from my Kindle Fire whether or not I’ve read it!
And now, on to today’s giveaway…
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you may know that I live in a New York City sized apartment and have pretty substantial collections of yarn and needlecraft books. Every time I find a super awesome book, I have to get rid of another slightly less awesome book to create space on my bookshelf. Since one of my WIPs today is the beanie I designed, I thought this would be a good time to give away my gently used copy of Design Your Own Knits in 5 Easy Steps by Debbie Abrahams. It got bumped off the bookshelf once Custom Crocheted Sweaters: Make Garments that Really Fit rocked my world (review here).
This giveaway is open to all readers who enter by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Monday, April 2. To enter:
eave a comment telling me about your design process. Have you ever designed your own project or have you been following patterns faithfully? (Please, do answer this question. Otherwise I won’t know if you are just stopping by to talk about my current projects without entering the giveaway.) For additional entries, like Underground Crafter on Facebook, join the Underground Crafter group on Ravelry, and/or share a link to this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, or your blog. (And then, leave a comment here, on Facebook, or in the Ravelry group letting me know what you did!) The winner will be chosen at random. Good luck!
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