Sunday, November 28, 2021

Trip to Japan

An amigurumi crocheted doll with the appearance of a kokeshi, traditional Japanese wooden doll. She has a red robe with blue border on the sleeves, and a blue and orange sash. Her hair is in a single bun with a red sash around its base.

Pattern: Hanako, le pequeña kokeshi by La Calle de la Abuela (link to English pattern page on blog, Le calle de la abuela🔗)

Started: November 22, 2021

Finished: November 28, 2021

Made for: Wampus House Challenge 2021

Yarn(s): Red Heart Super Saver (100% acrylic; 364yds/333m = 198g)
  • 24 g of "Cream" (started with 36g; ended with 12g) = 44.1 yds (skin/color A)
Bernat Premium (100% acrylic; 360yds/329 m = 198g)
  • 42g of "58507 Red" (started with 83g; ended with 41g) = 76.4 yds (kimono/color B) 
  • 6g of "58521 Royal Blue" (started with 59g; ended with 53g) = 10.9 yds (sash & accents/color C) 
  • 1g of "58510 Orange" (started with 63g; ended with 62g) = 1.8 yds (highlight on sash/color E)
Bernat Satin (100% acrylic; 200yds = 100g)
  • 10g of " 4040 Ebony" (started with 60g; ended with 50g) = 20 yds  (hair/ color D)         
Total yardage: 153.2 yds

Hook size: 4.0mm/ US 6-G

Notes & Photos:
October 26: Getting this page set up for this year's Wampus House Challenge. And we're going to Japan.

This doesn't really thrill me. I knew someone who was very over-the-top about their affection for Japanese everything; this was an extremely white girl in a house decorated and furnished like she was living in Japan several centuries ago. It was... odd, to put it kindly. It was extremely uncomfortable to me as it felt like she was trying to be something she really really wasn't.

It is My House's challenge, and I won't let them down.

Nov 7: I've been scrambling about trying to find something for this Challenge and I kept seeing the word "kokeshi". So I became a bit curious and found this description using a quick google search: 

"Kokeshi dolls are Japanese wooden dolls traditionally made for children. It is said that Kokeshi were originally sold to visitors to hot springs in the Tohoku region of Japan during the late Edo period (1600-1868), to supplement business and keep workers' hands busy during the winter months."

These are quite simple little dolls in kimonos and I must admit they're quite cute. An old-fashioned plaything much like corn dolls were on the North American prairies. I find these very interesting and so I'll look for a knit or crochet pattern of a Kokeshi...

later (8:21am): I've found a very cute pattern on a blog which I've linked above. Looking at other patterns though I like the wider sash; I believe that makes the outfit a kimono rather than the thin cord as it's written. I will have to check some terminology and/or photos to be sure I'm doing the right thing. I'm creating quite the collection of stuffed toys this Fall!

later (8:32am): More Kokeshi information!
"Kokeshi, are simple wooden Japanese dolls with no arms or legs that have been crafted for more than 150 years as a toy for children. Originally from the northeastern region of Japan, they are handmade from wood, having a simple trunk and head with a few thin, painted lines to define the face."

"In general, there are two types of Kokeshi: Traditional Kokeshi and Creative Kokeshi. Apart from this, based on regional areas Kokeshi comes in many other varieties such as Naruko, Yamagata, Nanbu, Tsugaru, Tsuchiyu, Yajiro, Zao-takayu and many more."

I've also found some photos of traditional and creative Kokeshi. And of course there are patterns for knitted and crocheted Kokeshi (like the one I linked above) in the amigurumi style, which is appropriate given that amigurumi were first popularly crocheted in Japan. Full circle project!

This first photo shows several Traditional Kokeshi and is labeled where each style originated:
Caption given above photo.

This next photo shows several Creative Kokeshi. Note the use of more colors and the extra details to show the outfits and the addition of pieces for the hair. You'll also notice the little girl in a modern sailor dress and pigtails in the front row:
This photo is captioned in the paragraph preceding it.

This Creative Kokeshi while dressed in a traditional kimono has additional pieces added to it to make it a truly three-dimensional piece, most notably the sleeves:
Kokeshi with added on black hair, wearing a pink kimono with a green sash. The sleeves are added on rounded wedge-shaped pieces which stick out on the sides of the body as if they were the doll's elbows.

Ok! I have a lot of info and a pattern :) After I settle on colors I can make my own Creative Kokeshi, hopefully before the deadline!

Nov 22: Right off, I'm making some changes. I want to add a sash, similar to the doll pictured right above this. Since the pattern already has shaped sleeves like this doll, I think that's a decent modification to make. This will lengthen the body which will necessitate longer and wider sleeves; I've already made written changes in my offline notebook about these.

Ok, let's see where I get tonight!

Nov 28 (3:53am): I finished her! It's been a rough few days between my surgery recovery and Sistwerp's continuing issues with her leg and sometimes back, but I finished my kokeshi. I did modify the pattern, which makes her look much more Traditional other than her bun and sleeves of her kimono. I think she turned out rather well :) Here are the extra photos of her:
The doll described in the first photo from the right hand side.

The doll from previous photos from alightly above to show the bun and bun wrap better.

The same doll as previous photos viewed from the left hand side.

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Silver's Sparkly Blankie

Pattern: Swirl Dishcloth or Afghan Square by Anne Brenner (I can't find this anywhere off-Rav; was in my library of patterns)

Started: November 13, 2021

Finished: deadline December 24th

Made for: Silver Belle, my adorable fur-niece

Yarn: Red Heart Roll With It Sparkle (97% acrylic, 3% other fibers; 561yds/513m = 150g)
  • ???g of "Magic" (started with 159g; ended with ??g) = ???yds
Needle size: 4.5mm/US 7 dpns & circular

Notes & Photos:
Oct 5: K bought the yarn for Silver's blankie today. I'll be using the same sort of recipe as I did with Jakey's except the stripes will come as I knit with this variegated rather than a bunch of separate colors/yarns. I'm thinking of starting differently too. Rather than a dishcloth center, maybe a bias square or mitered square in garter st. Very organic knitting, just going with what feels right.

I love the yarn. A pastel rainbow with a silver shot of sparkle through it is perfect for a 5 year old girl, even if she's a furry one!

Oct 19: I declared this as my Year 2 NAMS - B project today.  Seemed appropriate given the assignment Visions & Dreams. Declaration is here: 🌈😴

I also showed K a couple different patterns and she liked this one, so not only will it be different colors than Jakey's it'll be a different pattern too. I really like the spiral of this one. I hope it retains the shape enlarging it as I will be doing.

Nov 13: Really need to get cracking on this! I'm glad it's an intuitive pattern and that I'm using yarn that I can just keep going with. Let's do this! This is the yarn at starting:
A yarn cake showing a pastel rainbow of yarn. From the center out the color order is: green, light blue, lavender, pink, light orange, and yellow.

later (7:58pm): Going well so far :) I really like how the swirl is looking. I've started from the center of the cake with the green, which is a light moss shade.
In progress, a square of knitting arranged on 4 double pointed needles. The focal point is the swirl that appears to spin out from the center to the 4 corner points. Also of note is the sparkle in the yarn.

I like it :) I hope Sistwerp and Silver like it too.

later (4:11am): This is going so fast! I'm already well into the blue section of the cake :)
The blanket is now on a circular needle and this phot shows the progression of the yarn's colors from mossy green to light blue, and the transition section between them. There's a silver dangling heart shaped stitch marker on the circular needle, visible near the top of the photo

Nov 22: Took this with me for something to do while waiting for my EKG and bloodwork appts at the hospital this morning. I'm into the lavender now! :) And this pic in natural light is sooooo much better than the one I got last week.
The center of the blanket is roughly centered right at the bottom of the frame, and the progression of colors now has a wider band of blue, and a thin band of lavender. The project remains in progress in a circular needle.

Nov 25: Morning after minor surgery and I'm understanding why they said don't plan to do much today. And I didn't even get full strength anaesthetic! Anyway I was able to knit right up until the surgical nurse took me down to the OR, which let me tell you was awesome for keeping any nerves in check, so I got a fair amount done :) Keep in mind every rnd is getting a bit longer. Here's my progress from yesterday:

I put the orange marker in before I left to go to the hospital and haven't knit on it since the surgical nurse took me to the OR. Roughly an inch from the top of the pin to the rnd on the needle :)

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

4 Hand Reel

Silhouette of two boys and two girls dancing together. They are paired off, a boy and a girl, and each pair looks to be swinging around holding right hands.

Pattern: from my own wee head; Four Hand Reel by Síle Thiels (sample in progress so no link available yet)

Started: July 17, 2021


Made for: Síle aka Me/ design sample

Yarns: Bernat Premium (100% acrylic; 360yds/329 m = 198g)
  • 115g of "58507 Red" (started with 198g; ended with 83g) = 209.1 yds
  • 117g of "58510 Orange" (started with 180g; ended with 63g) = 212.7 yds
  • 116g of "58514 Green" (started with 198g; ended with 82g) = 210.9 yds 
  • 119g of "58521 Royal Blue" (started with 178g; ended with 59g) = 216.4 yds
  • g of "58003 Dark Gray Heather" (started with 202g; ended with ?g) = 
 Total yardage: (so far) 849.1 yds

Needle size: 4.5mm/US 7 (2 24" circulars and 2 dpns)

Gauge: 17sts & 36 rows = 4"/10cm in striped garter st

Notes & Photos:
Feb 20/19: I may be turning into a bag lady. This one takes a simple 4 color striping sequence in garter st, and adds in the fun of log cabin blocks.One for the front and one for the back, a strip that combines the bottom, narrow sides, and strap all-in-one, with made as you go i-cord edges. I-cord across the top openings and you're ready to carry around the essentials: a book, bottle of water and your sunblock for an afternoon at the beach or park; water bottle, makeup kit, and ghillies for a feis or performance.

May 16/19:
Rainbow colors will make this fun :) I'm sure others will have neat color combos for this. Almost went monochromatic but nah
Four skeins of yarn arranged so you're looking at the round ends in a bunch. There is one of each color: red, orange, green, and royal blue. They're all vibrant playful colors.

A = red
B = orange
C = green
D = royal
E = black

June 16/19: 
Today pulled an all-nighter between this and another pattern. Everything was just flowing! I pretty well have this pattern written, minus the yardage and yardage breakdown for each color. And while I was s'posed to be focusing on my Ilvermorny assignments! Oops!! 

July 9/21:
Finally ready to get this sample knit! I've also declared this as my Year 2 No Maj (B stream) project at Ilvermorny. Structured play is the assignment; team sports, dance lessons, etc. I will focus on the addition of céilí dances to children's classes after they've learned the basics of their light reels and light jigs. Link to declaration post here 
"Learning to dance together is fun and a bit challenging but the sense of teamwork is important in what is seen as a very solitary form of dance. Dance friendships are friendships that often defy age groups and dance schools often have a family feeling, with more experienced dancers often acting as aides/guides to the teacher of younger classes as well as giving support at performances; helping with hair/makeup/costuming, acting as moral support/cheering squad at large community events and/or competitions, giving advice on technique or how to handle nerves, etc.

Céilí squads in competitions are made up of students across age groups/classes. The most common ranges are girls under 8, mixed under 8, girls under 12, mixed under 12, girls under 16, mixed under 16, senior ladies, and senior mixed. Sometimes adults are included in the senior categories, other times there are separate adult ladies and mixed; it depends on the set up of the particular feis/feile."  

July 17/21: I need a break from fingering weight double-knitting today so striped garter stitch seemed like the best choice ;) Here's the first half of the center square with the provisional cast-on in place:
A small piece of garter stitch knitting in four colours: red, orange, green, and blue.

July 18/21: This is going so quickly! I'm already finished the center square and the first 3 strips :)
Striped garter stitch: 2 squares and 2 rectangles that have been knit by picking up stitches from the pieces knit before.

July 20/21: The first 4 strips are done :)
Four striped rectangles surrounding a striped square. The lengths of yarn used as stitch holders make the piece look more complicated than it is.

July 27/21: Finished strip 5 and part way through strip 6 
The piece has a decidedly rectangular shape currently, with the center square now having additional strips to the left side and bottom. The bottom strip, aka number 6, has 5 of its 12 garter stitch ridges complete.

August 3/21: Just started strip 8 :) It's certainly bright!
The second set of strips around the center square is nearly finished. The eighth strip has two garter stitch ridges finished of the twelve.

August 10/21: Only just over halfway through strip 9 this week. It was too humid to hold any yarn up until Sunday. Seriously, my hands were stickier with sweat than a 3 year old who put their own jam on their sandwich! We're talking stick-eeeeee lol But I put a few rows on this so I'm happy with that. Strip 9 is the start of the final strips which will end with strip 12 making the tote side square again. Here's how it looks currently:
The piece has a mildy rectangular shape with the partially finished strip on the left side of the square portion. The multicoloured stripes of the work are very playful and a bit reminiscent of children's toy blocks.

August 11-12/21: Finished strip 9; just slipping it onto its holder. I'm forgoing the purl rows on this last round of strips as I find they look a bit chunky in the knitting. Not sure if I'll skip them for the other side if the tote and then rewrite the end of each strip without them yet. They're not really saving any work with the ends which was my original reasoning of doing the purl row and then using the same color as the first one of the next strip. I also wanted to have a different order on each piece instead of all the exact same so this accomplished that without too much thinking. Working over the midnight timeline again, hence the date. Lol When do I ever work within "normal" time??

August 13/21: Starting the last rectangle of what will be the back of the tote :) Am toying with adding a pocket to the front, using the "seam" between two rnds of rectangles. So far my Twitter poll indicates knitters want both an outside pocket  and an inner pocket. I usually do inner pockets as part of any lining I make, so would leave that up to the individual knitter. Here's what the back is looking like; the last rectangle will be along the bottom:
A large rectangle made of smaller striped rectangles arranged around a striped square. The layout is similar to log cabin quilt blocks.

later: The first side is done :)

I used the following amounts for the first side:
red - 41g = 74.55yds
orange - 47g = 85.45yds
green - 39g = 70.91yds
blue - 41g = 74.55yds

A total of 305.46yds :) And the completed side looks like this:
The finished tote side: all of the sections were worked in stripes red, orange, green, and blue. A center square is surrounded by 3 rounds of rectangles that get longer as they move out from the center. Each section is 12 garter stitch ridges high and varies in length according to the length of the pieces below it.

August 24/21: I've got the center square plus the first 5 rectangles done already :) This is a perfect project for watching "Supernatural" straight through for the I'm-not-sure-how-many-eth- time. So here's where the front is to:
Using the same colors and stripe sequence as the first side, this shows the center square surrounded by the first four rectangles with the "extra" rectangle to the right side.

August 31/21: 2 rectangles added since I last updated. One more will have the first two "rings" around the center finished. I hope to get at least one rectangle done each werk as I work on my project for this year's Tbird House Challenge. Here's the photo:
A rectangle made of rectangles surrounding a center square of knitted brightly colored stripes.

5 more rectangles to finish and then on to the bottom/sides/strap joining piece. I really hope that goes as I've envisioned it.

September 14/21: One more rectangle finished and back to a square :) Now that my THC project is done I can get back to focusing on this, and get my second class submitted soon. I hope. Here's where it's at:
All sections are made of stripes in red, blue, green and orange. There is a center square with 2 "tiers" of rectangles built around it.

Septmber 21/21: And the second side is done! If it hadn't been for a stomach bug I'd have been at this point on Sunday. (And seriously I'd like to know how I even got the darn thing. I mask in stores and the post office. I wash my hands and use sanitizer as needed. I'm careful for the love of Lugh. Ugh. I hate getting sick. I digress.)

So here are my numbers for side 2:
red - 42g = 76.36 yds
orange - 40g = 72.73 yds
green - 44g = 80 yds
blue - 45g = 81.82 yds

A total of 310.91 yds for side 2 :) And that's 616.37 yds total. I have a photo of both sides laid next to each other: 
The two sides of the tote laid next to one another on the floor. The position of the photo has them on a diagonal from lower left to upper right of the frame.

Now for the fun part: knitting the bottom/side/strap while joining the sides together! You may be right; I may be crazy...

I thought a photo of my setup for this next stage might be of interest, so here are the two sides arranged with right sides up and the sts on the circs facing each other. The purple yarn on the dpn is my provisional cast-on with a waste yarn, and you can see I've worked the first row with red (color A). Right side rows join the strip to the front and back sides:
As described in the paragraph above.

later (5:02pm): A few more joining rows worked. I think it's getting a bit easier to see how it's working out in this photo:
Focus on the joining section: there are now ridges of red, orange, green, and another of orange built from the purple provisional cast-on, and corresponding Vees where the joins to front and back have been worked.

The vees that match their ridges are quite clear on the left side of the joining strip. Now to continue!

later (9:13pm): 14 ridges done now. Also had to make and eat supper lol It's much easier now that I'm not working right at the edge. I'm glad my original idea is working out so nicely:
Focused in on the bottom strip. There are now 14 garter stitch ridges and corresponding vees. There are single ridge stripes of all four colors: red, orange, green and blue.

September 27/21: Finished joining the bottom! I love it :) Here's a photo:
Close up of the horizontal striped panel bordered by Vees between two vertical striped pieces.

Now to turn the corner and then continue with the first side :)

September 28/21: I've turned the corner :) I'm so pleased with how this joined as I go strip is working out for the sides. Here's how the corner looks:
Close up of different sections of striped garter stitch converging together.

Another angle of the above portion of knitting, not quite as focused in.

Happily continuing on :)

October 5/21: Finished the side :) 2/5 done this section. On to the strap! Oh, the photo:
The partially finished bag laid out. The focus is on the newly completed side panel.

October 6/21: What a great day of progress! I knit 234 rows of the 324 needed for the strap! I mean, the rows are only 12sts long so they go pretty quick lol. But I'm nearing 4/5 of the way through this section now :) At this rate I might have this bag done before mid-month! Here's a side view of the strap:
Looking at the strap section of the bag from the side. The stripes run vertically in the photo.

October 19/21: I've reached 300 rows on the strap. This has taken a wee backseat to other things the last week or so. But progress is progress! Most recent photo:
A section of the strap is shown with white markers in place. The strap is arranged so the length of it is horizontal and the stripes are vertical.

later (12:02am): Done the strap section :) I increased back to 14 sts on the last row and now can start joining the other side of the bag :) Officially 4/5 through the bottom/side/strap. And the final section of the strap:
Close up of the strap showing the final 30 or so rows.

October 26/21: I've been more focused on my seasonal projects but I have started the final joining section on the bag :)
A close up of the in progress small side panel being joined to the front and back of the tote. It is a continuation of the strap piece.

November 2/21: A bit more done this week. Jakey was sick again so my knitting time took a hit with my supervising "shifts"; my room is too small to fit a chair in and sitting on my bed offers my back no support so I really can't knit or crochet in there. My room is the defacto kitty quarantine space so I messed about with some editing and watching pvr'd shows on my phone while staying up with the furball.
The final side joining continues. It's between 1/3 and 1/2 completed.

November 7/21: Got the final bit of joining done :) Here are the grams/yards for the bottom/narrow sides/strap:

red - 32g = 58.18yds
orange - 30g = 54.55yds
green - 33g = 60yds
blue - 33g = 60yds

The third section took 232.73 yards. Adding that to the total for the large sides (616.37) makes 849.1yards. I'm debating whether to use the colors as I had outlined or use black for the i-cord edgings.

Here's what the completed side joining looks like:
View of the narrow side panel, showing its horizontal stripes contrasting with the front and back sides next to it with vertical stripes.

I also took pics of the front and back of the (nearly) completed tote. With bonus Jakey photobomb! And yes, it did come out that big :''D Here they are:
The tote is laid flat with one large side facing up and the strap lays across it. A black and white fluffy cat observes the proceedings sitting a few inches away from the tote.

Other side of the tote with the strap tucked under it. The same cat continues to wonder whats going in

November 18/21: Silver Belle (aka furry niece #1) decided my tote makes for a good bed
A silver gray tabby cat asleep on a barely seen piece of brightly coloured striped garter stitch knitting, with her head resting on a skein of dark gray yarn. The knitting she is on isn't identifiable so little of it peeks out from under the sleeping cat.

November 23/21: I started the i-cord edging over a week ago but still don't have one entire side done. Too many other WIPs taking my attention but 2 of them are gifts with a bit less than a month to go on one. So yeah. I do like how the very dark gray looks with the colors; there was no black yarn to be found at the store. All labelled as on order which doesn't help me finish a pattern. Oh well. I do like the gray. Here's the latest pic:
Close up of the i-cord edging being knit onto one side of the strap, with the already edged top of one side of the tote visible as well.

I had hoped to have this completed by the end of the month. Can I still make that goal? I'm not sure. Portability has had me taking either the scrubbies or Sil's blankie with me the past two days. Taking Sil's blankie with me to the hospital tomorrow; there might be valuable knitting time before I go into the procedure or after I come out of the anesthesia. Will see how it goes.

Sunday, November 21, 2021

She Stitches Seashells by the Seashore

Pattern: Seashell Scrubbie by Aoibhe Ní (link to pattern on

Started: September 28, 2021


Made for: gifts

Yarn: Bernat Handicrafter (100% cotton; 573 yds/524m = 340g)
  • ???g of "Anchors Away Ombre" (started with 320g; ended with ???g) = ???yds
Hook size: 5.5mm/US 9-I

Notes & Photos:
Sept 28: After making the first set for the Quidditch match, I was left with a rather large ball of cotton yarn. I figured out I can make 9 more 4 cloth sets (10 including the one here; within-blog link) which I can use for little aside gifts for any ladies I know. I'm specifically thinking K and our shared-wall neighbor; I'm sure I'll think of others. Since they work up quickly and don't required too much concentration I'm confident I'll have them done sometime in Oct or Nov. No real deadline. I can get some ribbon next time we're at Wallyworld to bundle them together.

Oct 1: I made a cloth the other day (Wed?) and 3 tonight during a not-great preseason hockey game. That's 1 set down and 8 to go!

Oct 19: Decided to declare this as my Wandlore: Cores project. My declaration is here: 🐚🐚🐚 

Oct 22: Made 2 more scrubbies while watching ST:TNG reruns. Will take this project with me for my appointment later this morning. I need something to calm my nerves before I get test results. So many nerves right now...

later (2:56pm): Completed one at home before I left for my appointment, then a whole one and nearly a second whole waiting at the hospital for my appointment; I was called in 38 minutes past the time of my appointment. It takes me about 40-45 minutes to make one cloth. Here's the pre-appointment progress:
Two finished cloths and one with the hook in place to finish working the edging round.

With the two made before bed, I have another full set done :) That makes 2 sets for this project; 3 including the set made for Quidditch :) Yay for progress!

Oct 25: Here's a photo of what I have completed so far:
2 sets of 4 cloths each tied with aqua ribbon and 2 separate cloths.

Nov 9: Not a lot of progress on these. Will have to catch up a bit!
An in progress scrubbie next to 2 finished ones and 2 bundles of 4 scrubbies tied with ribbons behind them.

Nov 11 (3:44am): Made up for my lack of progress over here tonight - finished the one in the photo above plus made 4 more! A full set done and 1 cloth shy of a second set done this week :) That will give me 4 sets (5 counting the set from before) and nearly halfway through this project :) Woot!

Nov 15: Finished the scrubbie needed to make up the 4th set :) Need to alternate a bit more between these and Sil's blankie to get everything done on time. My current progress photo:
4 scrubbies, slightly overlapping each other on the left, next to 3 bundled sets tied with aqua ribbons.

Nov 21: Another set done :) That's 5/9. Woot! These are coming along great. And with medical stuff this week, this is probably my most easily portable project.
4 seashell shaped cloths next to a fat crochet hook and a small pair of scissors with orange handles.

Staff Meeting

Pattern: Aria Blanket by Lucy at Attic24 (link to pattern on blog)

Started: September 10, 2021


Made for: Síle aka Me (kit was a surprise gift from Sonia)

Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK (100% acrylic; 322yds/295m = 100g)
  • ??g of "1852 Apple" (dyelot: 3135; started with 101g; finished with xg) = ??yds
  • ??g of "1082 Bluebell" (dyelot: 3452; started with 101g; finished with xg) = ??yds
  • ??g of "1432 Wisteria" (dyelot: 9915; started with 101g; finished with xg) = ??yds
  • ??g of "1725 Sage" (dyelot: 3406; started with 102g; finished with xg) = ??yds
  • ??g of "1828 Boysenberry" (dyelot: 3299; started with 101g; finished with xg) = ??yds
  • ??g of "1277 Violet" (dyelot: 2985; started with 102g; finished with xg) = ??yds
  • ??g of "1712 Lime" (dyelot: 3632; started with 102g; finished with xg) = ??yds
  • ??g of "1083 Pomegranate" (dyelot: 2972; started with 101g; finished with xg) = ??yds
  • ??g of "1019 Cloud Blue" (dyelot: 3440; started with 103g; finished with xg) = ??yds
  • ??g of "1855 Proper Purple" (dyelot: 3412; started with 101g; finished with xg) = ??yds
  • ??g of"1841 Cornish Blue" (dyelot: 3237; started with 104g; finished with xg) = ??yds
  • ??g of "1723 Tomato" (dyelot: 3404; started with 105g; finished with xg) = ??yds
  • ??g of "1842 Spearmint" (dyelot: 2934; started with 102g; finished with xg) = ??yds
  • ??g of  "1822 Pistachio" (dyelot: 3131; started with 100g; finished with xg) = ??yds
  • ??g of "1709 Gold" (dyelot: 3289; started with 106g; finished with xg) = ??g
Hook size: 3.0mm/US 2.5??

Notes & Photos:
Sept. 10: Hurricane Larry is on its way to Newfoundland! I need a semi-mindless project. Plus it's Square Dance Weekend at Ilvermorny. AND on top of that this lovely kit arrived yesterday; a complete and utter surprise from S :) 

Oh! And K (aka Roomie Sis) is in St. John's!! I'm here with the cats, alone. Actually it isn't too bad so far. I have extra water in the fridge, plus in the bathtub. I have candles and my devices are charged in case of an outage. And I have food that doesn't require electricity to prepare/eat. I've got this. 

And this lovely blanket kit! The yarn is sooooo soft! I would've sworn it is merino. Seriously; excellent quality. And the colors!! Oh my, you have to see the variety of colors! It's a bag of rainbows! Here's the two photos I took before I started weighing the skeins:
7 100g skeins of various colors of yarn: dark moss green, bright dark pink, moss green, light blue, blue-purple, and rust.

8 100g skeins of yarn in the following colors: purple, dark aqua, dark lavender, orange, light lavender, teal, raspberry pink, and lime green.

Aren't they glorious?? I love color lol Ok, enough fawning over the yarn, it`s time to start. It`s recommended to make a gauge square to keep to a size (4 inches or less) that you won't run out of yarn. The recommended hook is a 4.0mm, and since I'm not familiar with this yarn that's what I'm starting with.

Later: Um, well 4.0mm is not going to work. My square is 4.5 inches across instead of only 4 inches (or less!). So, going to re-do this with my 3.5mm hook. The mis-sized square:
A green granny square with a short ruler over it, showing the square is a smidge over 4.5 inches wide.

Later (11:06pm): Closer but I still haven't got the cigar!!!! Oh my. Going down to 3.0mm! (My 3.25mm hook is mysteriously AWOL. I'm not even sure where it could be) And as always the mis-sized square:
A green granny square with a clear ruler over it, showing that the square measures 4.25 inches.

Later (Sept 11 - 12:47am):  Got it this time! Now I can start the actual pattern, finally lol. Here's my final swatch:
A green granny square with a clear ruler over it, showing it is 3.75 inches wide.

On to the actual blanket!

Later (Sept 11 - 1:44am): First square done :) From inside out, Apple, Bluebell, & Wisteria
Granny square: first round is apple (green), second and third rounds are bluebell (blue-purple), fourth and fifth rounds are wisteria (light lavender).

This is going much better :)

Later (Sept 11 - 4:03am): And that's another finished :) Square 2 is Sage, Boysenberry, & Violet:
The previously shown square is on the left of a pair of joined granny squares. The one on the right is (center to outer) 1 round of sage, 2 rounds of boysenberry (raspberry pink), & 2 rounds of violet (dark lavender).

Later (Sept 11 - 5:31am): I've added another square (which I think matches me with C in our little Staff make-along). I have a rhythm going with the pieces although I still need to check the instructions for the joining section. Square 3 is colors lime, pomegranate, & boysenberry. Here's the third square all joined up to the first two:
3 joined granny squares, the first 2 already described above, The furthermost one on the right consists of (center to outer rounds) 1 round of lime (dark moss), 2 rounds of pomegranate (dark pink), and 2 rounds of boysenberry (raspberry pink).

The blanket is 12 squares across and 12 down; 144 squares total. This could take awhile lol

Sept. 12: I've made and joined 3 more squares :) The first one s cloud blue, bluebell & proper purple. The second is violet, cloud blue & bluebell. The third is apple, proper purple & wisteria. And here's a photo of all 6 currently complete squares:
The 6 joined granny squares. They are in a straight line.

Oct. 15: Square Dance Weekend has returned! I have my first square underway; how many will this weekend see? We'll find out! (Pomegranate & Cornish blue in the following photo: )  
An in progress granny square. The center round is a bright midtone pink, and the second and  start of the third rounds are with a greyish blue.

Oct. 18: I have 24 squares done now! 2 full rows! 18 done this SDW! :) Crappy weather is a great reason to stay in and stitch. Here's what the blanket is looking like now:
Two rows of 12 squares. The strip is arranged bottom left to top right of the frame.

Nov. 19: The return of SDW, and it's a rainy ol' day :) Guess I'll just have to hunker down and get my "Meeting" underway ;)

Nov. 21: 6 squares for this dance :) 
2 and a half rows of multicoloured granny squares. The full rows have 12 squares in them.

Now to get some progress on a few other projects so I can make check-ins on them without rushing to get new photos.