Year of Projects, Year 2: Return to square…15

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After missing my YOP post last week, I wanted to have something new and amazing for this week’s post.  My first experiment with domino knitting didn’t produce much worthy of showing or discussing, so I decided to return to the trusty granny square.

Since another YOP blogger, Robin from Crochet Nirvana, recently posted two granny square patterns, I thought her blog would be the best place to start.

This pattern is Clusters to Classic (Ravelry page).  I followed the pattern pretty closely in my version, and used up about 34 yards of stash yarn.

This pattern is called the Pinwheel & Pop-corn Flower (Ravelry page).  I made some modifications to this one, detailed on my project page, and used about 40 yards of stash yarn.

After I finished Robin’s patterns, I decided to crack open 75 Floral Blocks to Crochet: Beautiful Patterns to Mix and Match for Afghans, Throws, Baby Blankets, and More by Betty Barnden.  This book is being released on Tuesday, and I recently received a review copy from St. Martin’s Press.  I’ll be reviewing it and hosting a giveaway in the near future,  but I couldn’t help but use at least one of the motifs to bring me closer to my YOP goal.

This is the Lacy Daisy Square.  I made a few changes in my version, mostly to keep it at 6″, and used up about 33 yards of stash yarn.

So far, I haven’t made as much progress as I’d like on my YOP list.

  1. Crochet 52 granny squares for charity. 17 completed, 1 frogged = 36 more to go
  2. Knit my first complete pair of socks.  I have two toes and limited motivation to return to these!
  3. Make my mom a special bedspread for her milestone birthday.  4 blocks completed, 44 more to go, plus borders.  
  4. Learn to spin.  No progress.
  5. Design my own Bruges lace pattern.  I designed the pattern, and it is being tested right now.  I also made four samples (1, 2, 3, and 4).
  6. Learn overlay crochet. No progress.
  7. Create my own hairpin lace pattern.  No progress.
  8. Try double knitting. No progress.
  9. Try domino (modular) knitting. I picked up Domino Knitting and cast on for a washcloth.  But it would have been huge, so I frogged it and will try again.
  10. Make a small project inspired by Pop Knitting: Bold Motifs Using Color & Stitch.  No progress.
  11. Learn knit entrelac. No progress.
  12. Design a crochet lace shawl pattern or recipe for my DC 37 crochet class students.  Oh yeah.  I actually finished this, too, but the design is still under wraps :).

I’m actually glad I reviewed the list today!  I realize that I’ve gotten a lot more done from my YOP list than I thought.  All I could think about was the socks that weren’t finished, the free spinning class I wanted to take but then couldn’t, and domino knitting restart.  Now I see why some of the other YOP bloggers include their list every week!

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