Year of Projects, Year 2: Charity washcloths and other updates

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It’s been ages since I posted a Year of Projects update, but I have been working towards several of my goals for this year.

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Scrappy mitred square washcloths.
Scrappy mitered square washcloths.

My latest series of quick projects has been to make mitered square washcloths for the April Crochetlist charity challenge, which will benefit Mothers and Infants Striving for Success.

You may remember that mitered squares (also known as domino knitting) were on my original list of new (to me) knitting things, and I learned the basics for making them from Modular Mix: 12 Knitted Mitered Squares to Mix & Match by Edie Eckman late last year.  Since then, I’ve been exploring Domino Knitting by Vivian Hoxbro and have picked up the formula.

Making these washcloths has been a fun way to use up stash.  I’m currently working on a jumbo square, where I cast on 109 stitches to start.

MISS washcloth 2 in progress

I’ve also made some progress on another new (to me) knitting skill, which is entrelac.  Once again, a book has been my guide.  This time, it’s Entrelac: The Essential Guide to Interlace Knitting by Rosemary Drysdale.

Entrelac 3 rowsThis swatch will probably eventually turn into a block for charity, too, and then I will make a new one in cotton for this washcloth challenge.

And I also finished hosting my second crochet-a-long of the year in the Underground Crafter Ravelry group.  (We’re now voting on the pattern for the next CAL, which will start in May.)  I made a striped version of my Pineapples for Everyone Shawl.

Pineapples for Everyone stripes on couch

I’m not sure yet if I can claim that this will be a project for me.  I like it a lot, but it seems to be telling me it might end up as a gift.  Or maybe it’s just because I haven’t taken a picture wearing it, so it doesn’t quite seem mine yet…

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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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Year of Projects, Year 2: The List

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I’m so excited to be embarking on a second Year of Projects along with the folks in the Come Blog-A-Long group on Ravelry.  Last year, I aimed to work my way through Crochet Master Class: Lessons and Projects from Today’s Top Crocheters – you can read more about why here – and in some form or fashion, I blogged my way through 13 out of 18 chapters.  I learned a lot and met some great people, but at times, I felt restricted by using one book.  For this year I decided to try something different.  My 2nd Year of Projects list includes a mix of projects and techniques.

The Projects

If you’ve been reading my blog, you know that I like to donate charity projects each year made from stash yarns.  My first project goal is to crochet 52 granny squares for charity. (I crocheted 40 this year, so I’m hoping this is manageable.)  To keep things interesting, I plan to use 52 different patterns – there will be no two squares alike!

Granny square books from my collection for inspiration.

I also plan to participate in the (newly renamed) Ravellenic Games for the first time this year.  I will attempt to complete my very first pair of knit socks.

Sock knitting books from my collection.

I’ve already started my Holiday Stashdown Challenge, and I have quite a few small holiday projects that I’m planning to make in 2012.  But I’d also like to make my mom a very special bedspread in time for her birthday in February.  So far, I have a few ideas, but I haven’t settled on anything.  This will need to be a really great one, since she is celebrating a milestone birthday next year.

The Techniques

This year, I’d like to learn a few new skills, and improve others that I picked up in the past year.

Learn to spin.
Continue to develop my Bruges lace skills and create my own Bruges lace pattern.
Learn overlay crochet, a technique frequently demonstrated by Melody MacDuffee.
Create my own hairpin lace pattern.
Try double-knitting.
Try out domino (modular) knitting.

 

Make something cool inspired by Pop Knitting.
Add knit entrelac to my entrelac repertoire (along with single crochet entrelac and Tunisian crochet entrelac).

I’d also like to create a crochet lace shawl pattern or recipe to use in my spring crochet classes at DC37.  I’m familiar with broomstick lace, hairpin lace, pineapples, and Tunisian lace, but I can always learn more about crochet lace!

The final list

I learned last year that I need about a month to work on each technique, so my final YOP list for 2012-2013 has only 12 items on it.  I seem to work best with books as my inspiration, so I’ve included links to the books I’m likely to use for each goal.

  1. Crochet 52 granny squares for charity. Likely inspiration: 50 Fabulous Crochet Squares, 99 Granny Squares to Crochet, 101 Granny Squares, 200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets, Throws, and Afghans, 201 Crochet Motifs, Blocks, Projects and Ideas, Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs, Contest Favorites Afghan Squares, Go Crochet! Afghan Design Workbook, The Granny Square Book, and When Granny Meets Filet.
  2. Knit my first complete pair of socks.  Likely inspiration: The Knitter’s Book of Socks, Socks a La Carte, The Sock Knitter’s Handbook, and Toe-Up 2-at-a-Time Socks.
  3. Make my mom a special bedspread for her milestone birthday.  (Suggestions for stunning crocheted blanket patterns are welcome!  I might even consider knit patterns, but since I’m a slow knitter, that might be too daring.)
  4. Learn to spin.  Likely inspiration: Respect the Spindle and Start Spinning.
  5. Design my own Bruges lace pattern.
  6. Learn overlay crochet. Likely teachers: The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet and Crochet Master Class.
  7. Create my own hairpin lace pattern.
  8. Try double knitting. Likely teacher: Extreme Double Knitting.
  9. Try domino (modular) knitting. Likely teacher: Domino Knitting.
  10. Make a small project inspired by Pop Knitting: Bold Motifs Using Color & Stitch.
  11. Learn knit entrelac. Likely teachers: The Complete Photo Guide to Knitting and Entrelac: The Essential Guide to Interlace Knitting.
  12. Design a crochet lace shawl pattern or recipe for my DC 37 crochet class students.
What’s on your list?