Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Fasten Off with a Twist

Pattern: Twist Again by Robynn Weldon (link to pattern page on Studio Miranda Designs' Payhip🔗)

Started: December 1, 2021

Finished: 

Made for: Síle aka Me/Fasten Off Yarn-a-Long 2021/Year 2 CoMC

Size made: 46 inch bust 

Yarn: Bernat Satin (100% acrylic; 200yds/183m = 100g)
  • 2 skeins/ 203g of "Grape" (started with 9 skeins/~900g = 406 yds
Needle sizes: 4.0mm/US 6 & 3.75mm

Notes & Photos:
Nov 20: Setting this up for the FOYAL Makealong portion this year :) I bought this pattern during the 2020 (inaugural) sale, and though I've intended to cast-on several times this year, I still haven't. And I have the yarn! Maybe this'll be done in time to be my birthday sweater. We shall see!

I vaguely recall swatching for this in January or so. I think I wound up sticking to the recommended needle size. I think. Will swatch again to be sure though.While the yarn is listed most places as a 4 or worsted or Aran weight, I've always found it to behave more as a DK and I'm knitting it as such for this sweater.

Alrighty, that's my starting details for this one :) Now to wait for the MAL to start; start time is 9pm EST (10:30pm here in Newfoundland) on November 30th. I can hardly wait to jump into this!! I should try to finish at least 1 project between now and then...

I've declared this as my CoMC: Gnomes project as well. Declaration is found here: 🌺🌷🌹.

Dec 1 (12:36am): Starting back at my swatch because I can't find the notes I'd made before. Oh well! It's row gauge that's vital in this pattern so I need to get 26 rows to 4" (also 22sts to 4") on the larger needles. I'll start with the prescribed 4.0mm

My first ball of yarn weighs 101g so 202 yds of yarn.

Here we go!

later (6:08pm): First swatch results - With size 4.0mm needles I got 22sts & 26 rows to 4 inches :) Woot! Now I can cast-on :)

Dec 2 (5:53pm): Should've updated earlier. I cast-on (348sts, thank you very much!) and knit 5 rnds before turning in last night :) It doesn't look like much yet but it's started!
A long circular knitting needle with several rounds of knitting in a smooth purple yarn done. There are several stitch markers in place around the needle, 4 silver, 1 green "yarn ball" and a darker green one.

Dec 7: A few more rnds done :) I'm nearly done with rnd 13. The cables are sort of starting to be visible.

Dec 13: A few more rnds done. My focus is on getting Sil's blankie done in time right now. I really love this and the yarn is so soft. This will be my new cuddly sweater when it's done. Funny that, another purple cuddly sweater for me. Here's the front (note: more cables appearing):

And here's a look at one side. I love how the ribbing "tilts": 

Dec 25: Finally some quiet time to relax and knit :) And I need to join in ball 2 of my yarn :) That's 101g (202yds) done. And a new progress pic (apologies for the bad light):
There are more cable crossings in the center panel now.

Ball 2 weighs 102g so 204 yds. Here I go...

Dec 27: It's going so well! Look at all the cables! I'm a very happy knitter :)

Jan 25: A few rounds more. Rough weekend; Jakey broke me so didn't get much done besides a lot of naps lol But it's looking good:
Mostly a view of the the front cable panel. It's definitely longer than the last photo.

April 7: I am so bad about letting this languish. Really gotta get back into the groove with it. It's too pretty to be ignored!!

June 7: What's that saying about the best laid plans of mice and men? Apparently it applies to knitters! 😂 Picked this up as solace for Miss Silver's misdeed with my blanket project this weekend. It's such a lovely knit, and an easy to follow pattern too 😊  I've added a few rnds anyway. Now to keep it in rotation as I try to get PMP done ahead of its release! Photo update of this beauty:

(Had to join in ball 3 of yarn halfway through rnd 57; Ball 3 weighs 100g so 200yds)

June 13: Was a little more focused on work knitting this week but put a few rnds into this beauty :)

August 2: A few rnds done while I was at the hospital for an appt on Thursday.

The current weight of the yarn ball is 59g; this way I can calculate my yardage over the month.

October 4: Oh my. I haven't worked on this again and FOYAL 2022 planning is starting 🤦🏼‍♀️. Like we're actively talking behind the scenes about plans. I have a video chat scheduled with M tomorrow morning! This baby needs to get done, fast! Once my WHC project is off the needles, this is priority, but let me put in a few rnds in to check-in with...

later (10:28pm NDT): I have progress to report! This is my constant companion (other than getting the baby sweater done for WHC) until it's done, hopefully before November 25!


Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Ode to a Countess

Irish dancer Jean Butler onstage in a production of Riverdance. She is wearing the iconic royal blue off the shoulder dress for the Countess Cathleen/Women of the Shee number which is the inspiration for this pattern and project.
Pattern: Countess Cathleen by Síle Maureen (no link yet; this is my sample. As soon as I publish it, I will edit this)

Started: March 25, 2022

Finished: 2025? lol

Made for: Síle aka Me/ design sample/ also my Year 2 Divination project for Ilvermorny 

Yarn: Briggs & Little Heritage (100% wool; 215yds/196m = 113g)
  • 3 hanks/ 349g of "Bergy Blue (custom color for Cast On! Cast Off! in St. John's) lot 903" (started with ~1017g (9hanks); ended with ???g) = 664.03 yds 
Gauge: in Moss stitch 22sts & 28 rows = 4"/10cm

Needle size: 5.0mm/ US 8

Hook size: 4.5mm/US 7 (used for provisional cast-on only)

Notes & Photos:
January 22: Setting this up and hopefully getting started soon. I made the decision to use the B&L H I bought a few years ago (to make Morning Ramble) to finally get my ode to Jean Butler, Riverdance, and the most iconic slip jig ever danced made. Plus I love the color and really want to wrap myself in the woolly fabulousness of it. 

I knit a swatch last summer/fall and it reawakened my dream of this pattern: a hooded cloak with Star stitch edgings, a cable panel running all the way down the back, triangular Moss stitch sections separated by braid cables, and knotwork motifs based on the wide center panel at the bottom of each triangular section. All in a bright yummy blue. There will be i-cord/wooden toggle closures at the neck. Something warm and practical that could've been worn in the mists of time, in an enchanted, not quite real color. I digress!

I'll also be declaring this as my Yr 2 Divination project at Ilvermorny; Declaration can be found here: Wand-dancing 

March 25: My charts are done other than the little tweeks I do as I knit. I'm figuring out the hood shaping today. I casted on 34sts (cable panel has 32sts; added one on each side for picking up sts along the edges), and have worked almost 4 reps of the row rep (16rows to a rep). I want roughly 10" before I start adding in the sides. My idea is to run the cable panel from the top of the hood, and right down the back to the hemline. Silly me used a size 4.5mm circular though *facepalm* But this also isn't the yarn I'm using for the actual sample. It'll give me a roughly good idea of how to shape (or not to shape) the hood. *(Side note for self: S is intrigued and would like to test the pattern when done)

Here's the hood swatch so far:
An intricately cabled panel in progress being knit in a marled blue wool

March 27: I think I have the hood shaping figured out. I think. I will continue knitting this mock up of it until I'm certain...

March 28: Had to tink back a bit as I didn't like how I picked up the sts on one side. Lol Yes, I am that picky! 😂

later: Ok, this is looking better now. This is the top of the hood, which seems a strange way to start but I'm thinking of it as a deeper bonnet-style with the cable panel "wrapping" the top and back of the head. 
On a circular needle, a long cable panel with stitches picked up along both long sides and continuing on one short side. It resembles a tight upside-down U shape. There are black and white furry feet seen to the right of the panel.

And a "happy Monday" Jakey toes and tail photobomb too :)

April 9: New photo of the hood swatch. It's starting to look like a hood from the side.

I've worked out how to combine the star st borders on the cloak body with the hood too. Even have a chart for it! I think the narrow border of star st will give it a nice polished look where the edges on the hood are a bit "rustic" right now... which could be a design element on another project/design!

April 15: It's time. I want to get the real deal on the needles. Winding the first hank into a ball and have some cotton yarn used as the provisional cast-on already. A photo for the momentous event:
A yarn label reading "Cast On! Cast Off! Saint John's NL Bergy Blue Lot: 903", a circular needle with 13 provisionally cast-on stitches in white and yellow cotton yarn, and a hank of bright aqua blue wool.

And now to wind the wool!

April 16: And the first section is done! I have the star st band started and can now pick up sts along the side for the cable panel. Once the cable panel is long enough then I'll pick up sts along the long sides and continue as I did with my swatch, but including the star st border as well. Three distinct textures in this: the star st squooshiness, the carved cables, and the nubbly moss st. I love it! Oh and the wool is absolutely perfect. Here's my bit of star st:

I need to put the sts from the star st on a bit of yarn to hold them for the time being.

April 17: First rep of the center cable panel is done! :) The top of my hood is coming along nicely:
The star stitch panel from the previous photo is turned on its side with several rows of a cable panel growing from the upper side. The piece is in progress with the circular needle visible in the stitches.
Onwards!

April 18: About halfway or a bit better to the point where I pickup the sts along the cable panel and continue the hood on all 3 sides:
Same as the previous photo but the cable panel is considerably longer.

later (ok technically April 19 at 1:45am NDT): I have all the hood sts on the needle! Small note: The gold markers are to keep the star st border sts separated from the moss st of the hood sides and the white markers are for the inc's at the back of the hood. They also keep the cable panel separated from the moss st. 
Here's how everything looks after row 65 of the hood chart:

The cable on the circular needle is horrible. It doesn't want to straighten out at all. Hopefully the hood sts can wrangle it a bit, especially where the tight corners are until there are a few sets of inc's made. 

I really like how the star st looks as the border. I think it's just different enough from the cable panel and the moss st both to make the cloak interesting but not fussy. At least I hope so!

April 19 (5:37pm NDT): Everything is going perfectly :) This sunlit photo of the work-in-progress looks way more blue than the wool really is; the photo of just the star st panel is the proper color
Another in progress photo: the moss stitch sides are much wider now and the cable panel is longer.

April 25 (5:57pm NDT): The hood is growing :)
The cable panel is longer and the moss stitch sections have definitely expanded from the previous photo.

I like how the back is shaping up. I really wanted to avoid what I think of as "gnome head"; the point that most hoods seem have. It can be cute but in my opinion it has to be longer to look good, not just a point sticking up in the air. Especially on something being sized for teens and adults. My shaping has given a much nicer round back to the hood :)
My left hand supports the hood from underneath. This is the hood looking directly at the back rather than a top view. The cable panel curves downward and hints of the moss stitch are visible at the sides.

May 1 (2:57am NDT): Spent a marathon 7+ hours at the hospital with Sistwerp. So thankful to have had my knitting with me!!! And an extra hank of wool! I ran low on the first ball 3/4 the way through row 100. Using my handy knee swift 😉 I was able to get the second ball wound, and with the help of my waterbottle I was able to safely wet splice the two ends and keep knitting. (*Note: the knitting and remainder of ball 2 weighs 243g; The needle weighs about 9g so the combined weight of the wool and knitted fabric is roughly 235g  leaving me to guess the balls of wool are each 117.5g) Knee swift in action photo:
An opened hank of wool lays across the legs of the photographer while they hold a partially wound ball in their left hand. There's a strand of wool from the hank leading to the ball.

And now for one of the hood now that we've been home for about 2 hours:
The hood laid flat on its side. The right side is shown with the back curve to the left of the photo and the star st border on the right side of the photo. The various textures of the hood are very clear.

There's only 2 more increase rows (with 3 plain rows between them and 3 rows from the point I'm at now to the first one) left and then the hood is worked straight until it's time to decrease (sharply) to the number of sts needed to start working the body of the cloak. I have the straight section in my notes as 7"; that may change as I wasn't 100% sure how oversized I want the hood to be. I wanted it to drape but not be comical looking. 

Here's an idea of the drape so far:
Síle in a selfie: she is "wearing" the hood and her head is turned to her left to show the length of the hood relative to her head and neck. The hood is still on the circular knitting needle and the ends poke out at the front corners on the hood's border. The hood is almost long enough to hide her ears; the tip of her right ear lobe is just visible in the photo.

I'm thinking 7" is going to be way too much now. Maybe only 3-4" is a better idea? There will be more try-ons!! But first I must sleep 😴😴😴😴

May 10: I've finished the hood! Took a bit longer than expected but I have the decreases figured out, knit, and the first row of the cloak body done 😊 Photos!

This one was taken while working the first row of the cloak's body.

And this one is with the entire hood decrease/cloak body start row section (2 rows!) done. Whew! And all my markers are now in place to continue.

I should add I'm still on the second ball of wool; it's a lot smaller than before but I haven't had to splice in the third one yet.

May 11: Starting hank 3 (114g) on row 8 of the body; very close to the beginning of the row (less than 1/4 the way through it). Going so good 😊 


May 17: Time for a few pics! How everything is looking together:


And looking a bit closer at what's done on the body:

And a bit closer still:

I'm hoping once it's longer the stitch patterns will be clearer. Braid cables separating moss stitch triangular sections is the basis for the body.

May 31: Am done 16 rows of the body now; 1 rep of the back cable panel. The pattern is really starting to look as I envisioned 😊 (It's a bit bunched on the needle):

July 5: Humidity broke (for a day) so catching up a few rows on this pretty:

July 26: Finally weighed the hood swatch (needed the wool for something else lol), and it's 100g or 190.3yds; I've added these yards to my Knitmeter.

August 9: A high of 14°C and a day long rain; finally some comfortable knitting weather! My focus has been on the Dragon Charmer I'm knitting for Q&S so I need to get a few rows done on this. And also see if I'm close to where I change the rate of increases. Where are my notes...

August 10: Was knitting in the car (on our way to get K and Aunt Gail's dresses tried on and see how much the seamstress needs to hem them; K's mum's wedding is the 20th!) and realized I made a mistake on 2 of the braid cables... about 4 rows back sigh Started tinking in the car and hopefully can finish after supper is ready.

August 15: Got it tinked back to my mistakes, and have reknit 2 of the rows now. Not where I wanted this to be but I'm glad I fixed it. I just know the mistakes would've showed up in the future photos! So here's where I'm at:

September 3: Setting an intention today to have enough length by the end of Sunday that I can start changing the rate of the increases. Right now each moss st wedge is growing by 2 sts every right side row. Next I want to transition to growing the wedges by 2 sts every 2nd right side row aka every 4th row aka inc row, 3 rows no inc's. We'll see how this goes!

September 6: Got to where I wanted to be :) I worked half of the last row of this segment and put half on an extra circular to try it on to check; thought I might need to do another rep of the center cable (16 rows) to be far enough out. Here's how it's looking now, before I change up the rate of inc's:

September 21: Adding in hank 4 which weighs 116g.

Taking this along as hospital knitting; Sis needs to see someone about her chest congestion. We think the bronchitis might be back

September 26: And this is going back to the hospital. This time for my retest; the test done in June came back inconclusive due to the sample not being large enough so I had to come back for another. I hope this one gives answers. I snapped a photo while waiting:

September 27: Progress check! Several rows into the new inc rate now:



Saturday, September 24, 2022

Welcome Wee Cutie

Pattern: Basic Ouroborus Baby Jacket by Debbie New (basic pattern published in her book Unexpected Knitting, pg 183)

Started: September 24

Finished: before October 11

Made for: Squish's new sibling :)

Size Made: to roughly fit 9-12 months; half chest (W) = 10.5 inches (looking at reliably sized baby/toddler sweaters full circumference is between 19.5 & 20.5 inches around. Not sure where DN got 10" = W for a 3 month size; or maybe kids don't grow too much around in the first year? I digress)

Yarns: Bernat Baby Sport Ombre (100% acrylic; 893yds/817m = 280g)
  • g of "Funny Print" (start wgt: 262g; end wgt: ) = yards
*Bébé Luv Baby Georga (100% acrylic; 360m/350yds = 120g)
  • g of "Grey" (start wgt: 240g; end wgt: ) = yards
Total Yards:  yards
*(The Bébé Luv Baby Georga yarn was used as 2 strands throughout this project. I weighed one ball only to determine the yardage used)

Needle Size: 3.25mm

Gauge: with gray held double, 11.5 sts = 2 inches in St st

Notes & Photos:
July 3: Officially know that Squish will be a Big Brother this Fall! :) Now to plan some baby things for the little one. I'm thinking a sweater (9-12 mo size) and a lovey (A lovey is also known as a cuddle buddy)

For the sweater I'm thinking to go with a Tam or Ouroboros Jacket from Debbie New's book Unexpected Knitting (pg178-183). I'll look into yarn on Tuesday when I'm at Wallyworld. A variegated with gray perhaps? To match the lovey. We shall see! 

Sept 14: We know where we're going for the next WHC: an Alaskan Cruise! This year's WHC starts Sept 21. And the colors of the yarns are very suited to this adventure 😊 This is just serendipity! And perhaps little cutie pie will arrive around then and I can decide what I'm calling him beside "Squish's brother" lol

Inspiration photos:
A time lapsed photo of the Northern Lights swirling in the sky. They're presenting in bright greens to pale yellows.

Alaskan glacier from the water showing the different layers and colors to the glacier's edge.

Sept 15: I'm going to attempt the basic Ouroborus Baby Jacket using the variegated and gray yarns to match the bunny lovey I'm crocheting; one ear to go!

Sept 24: The bunny only needs stuffing and sewing up! I can finally cast-on this jacket! Yay!

later (5:26pm NDT): I have swatched and discovered my gauge is 11.5 sts to 2 inches; 5.75 sts to 1 inch. I need 10.5 inches in my W so 5.75 x 10.5 = 60.375 => 61 sts is my W number. 

My cast-on then is:  61, pm (sleeve back), 2, pm (sleeve front), 2, pm (top front), 2, pm (bottom front), 61, pm (bf), 2, pm (tf), 2, pm (sf), 2, pm (sb/end of rnd)

Bunny Blankie

Pattern: Caron Crochet Lovey Blanket by Yarnspirations Design Team (Pattern page on Yarnspirations.com🔗)

Started: August 18, 2022

Finished: September 24, 2022

Made for: Squish's new sibling :)

Yarns: Bernat Baby Sport Ombre (100% acrylic; 893yds/817m = 280g)
  • 49g of "Funny Print" (start wgt: 311g; end wgt: 262g) =  156.28 yards
Bébé Luv Baby Georga (100% acrylic; 360m/350yds = 120g)
  • 27g of "Grey" (start wgt: 119g; end wgt: 92g) = 78.75 yards
Total Yards: 235.03 yards

Hook Size: 3.5mm

Notes & Photos:
July 3: Officially know that Squish will be a Big Brother this Fall! :) Now to plan some baby things for the little one. I'm thinking a sweater (9-12 mo size) and a lovey (A lovey is also known as a cuddle buddy)

I'm looking at patterns online and am leaning towards a bear or bunny. Admittedly my first thought was a sheep but this isn't my wee one lol. I think a bear or bunny will be suitable. Will look at yarn when I'm at Wallyworld on Tuesday.

later: I found a really cute bunny lovey for the wee one, although it seems a bit big compared to others. So I might change the size a bit. I'm thinking to use maybe a variegated in place of the colors and tan in place of white. Kids love to drag their blankies through everything and white doesn't stay white long! lol Or maybe a gray?

August 18: This is doubling as my GCoW entry. Got a pic of the yarns:
 

August 29: I used the blankie portion for Quidditch, and am now working on the bunny. I have the head done (15g of the gray yarn) and one full ear plus about 1/3 of the second one. (currently 20g of variegated between these). The blankie used 12g of gray and 17g of variegated for 101 yds total.

Finished blankie photo:

And the in-progress bunny portion:

September 24: The crocheting is done! I need to stuff and sew the head to the blankie, embroider the face, and sew on the wonderful floppy ears later on 😊

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Salted Waves

 Pattern: Diane by Romi Hill (not on her site yet)

Started: September 6, 2022

Finished:

Made for: Síle aka Me/ Superstition study Salt

Yarn: Knit It! Velvety (100% polyester; 382yds/349m = 100g)
  • ??g of Cream (dyelot: 27; starting wgt: ?g; end wgt: ?g) = ??yds
Needle size: 

Photos & Notes:
Sept 6: It's pretty bad when you're the one who creates the EC and you're probably the last person to start your project 😂

Because the yarn has a chenille texture I'm going up to a 4.5mm needle to knit this 😊

The beautiful Old Shale lace in this Romi pattern puts me in mind of ocean waves. And what is the ocean but a large "pool" of salt water? I think I'll tie this in with Huixtocihuatl, the Aztec goddess of salt and salt water. She was often depicted wearing garments with water and/or wave designs.


Photo caption (from Wikipedia): Depiction of Huixtocihuatl from Bernardino de Sahagun's "Primeros Memoriales", which was published in 1590 (fol. 264r). She holds a reed staff in her hand and wears garments with a water design.

Now, can I knock out enough of this pattern before the end of the 20th to count? We shall see! 

Sept 7: Took this photo earlier:

I was about 4 rows into wedge 2 at that point. I'm now 11 rows into wedge 3:


I really understand why this yarn is called Velvetty; it resembles and feels like crushed velvet. I'm picturing this little number paired with my burgundy lace dress for the Christmas show this year; and a certain mister can look at what he lost. Hmph! (Having said that, I'm grinning like a Chessy cat at the thought lol)

Sept 20: Yeah, this isn't going to be done in time for the Salt Superstition, even with the extra hour of knitting time at the hospital yesterday (June's test was inconclusive; going in for another next week sigh). Oh well. I'm still going to love wearing it!

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Staff Meeting

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

Started: September 10, 2021

Finished: 

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

Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK (100% acrylic; 322yds/295m = 100g)
  • 16.5g of "1852 Apple" (dyelot: 3135; started with 101g; finished with xg) = 53.1 yds
  • 19g of "1082 Bluebell" (dyelot: 3452; started with 101g; finished with 82g) = 61.2 yds
  • 15g of "1432 Wisteria" (dyelot: 9915; started with 101g; finished with xg) = 48.3yds
  • 15g of "1725 Sage" (dyelot: 3406; started with 102g; finished with xg) = 48.3yds
  • 12g of "1828 Boysenberry" (dyelot: 3299; started with 101g; finished with xg) = 38.6yds
  • 20g of "1277 Violet" (dyelot: 2985; started with 102g; finished with 82g) = 64.4yds 
  • 13.5g of "1712 Lime" (dyelot: 3632; started with 102g; finished with xg) = 43.5yds
  • 7.5g of "1083 Pomegranate" (dyelot: 2972; started with 101g; finished with xg) = 24.2yds
  • 20g of "1019 Cloud Blue" (dyelot: 3440; started with 103g; finished with 83g) = 64.4yds
  • 10.5g of "1855 Proper Purple" (dyelot: 3412; started with 101g; finished with xg) = 33.8g
  • 21g of"1841 Cornish Blue" (dyelot: 3237; started with 104g; finished with 83g) = 67.6 yds
  • 9g of "1723 Tomato" (dyelot: 3404; started with 105g; finished with 96g) = 29 yds
  • 13g of "1842 Spearmint" (dyelot: 2934; started with 102g; finished with 89g) = 41.9 yds
  • 12g of  "1822 Pistachio" (dyelot: 3131; started with 100g; finished with xg) = 38.6yds
  • 13.5g of "1709 Gold" (dyelot: 3289; started with 106g; finished with xg) = 43.5yds
  • xxg of "1852 Apple" (dyelot: 10710; started with 102g; finished with zg) = lmno yds
  • xxg of "1432 Wisteria" (dyelot: 10509; started with 98g; finished with zg) = lmno yds
  • xxg of "1725 Sage" (dyelot: 10517; started with 102g; finished with zg) = lmno yds
  • xxg of "1828 Boysenberry" (dyelot: 10527; started with 97g; finished with zg) = lmno yds
  • xxg of "1712 Lime" (dyelot: 3632; started with 103g; finished with zg) = lmno yds
  • xxg of "1083 Pomegranate" (dyelot: 2972; started with 102g; finished with zg) = lmno yds
  • xxg of "1855 Proper Purple" (dyelot: 10740; started with 103g; finished with zg) = lmno yds
  • xxg of "1822 Pistachio" (dyelot: 10080; started with 101g; finished with zg) = lmno yds
  • xxg of "1709 Gold" (dyelot: 10399; started with 100g; finished with zg) = lmno yds
Total yardage: 576.4 yards

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.

Dec. 4: 1 square for this month's dance. Too many other things need finishing this month, plus tonight's my speculaas baking night :)
A granny square in, from center, orangey-red, blue, and lime. There are other squares around it not in focus.

Jan. 9/22: We've decided to have a weekly check in during our Friday Zoom chats where we'll each send the other two a photo of the last square we completed. This might motivate us to work on our blankets more often. So tonight I did 2 more squares, bringing me to 33/144. 3 more and I'm a quarter done.

Jan. 24/22: Submitted #34 for January SDW. Jakey broke me Saturday; weird crack/grinding sound in my back followed by odd cold breeze feeling in both legs and a lot of pain in 3 spots of my back :( So much for getting back into my heavies this month

Feb. 28/22: Another Square Dance Weekend and 2 more squares done. These are #37 and #38. Somehow I failed to record squares #35 and #36? 🤔 No clue how that happened. Here are 37 & 38:
Two multicoloured granny squares attached to a previous row of squares. The photo is focused on the two new squares so we only see the edges of the previous ones.

March 21/22: Square 39 completed for this month's SDW. Not much but it's progress! Once I get Squish's sweater done I can put some extra time into this.

April 7/22: SDW for April starts tomorrow. My goal is to knock out 9 squares to finish the 4th row off. That's my plan anyway! We'll see how it actually goes...

April 8/22: Nearly done my 1st square of the weekend :) This is square 40
An in-progress granny square with a lavender center, a light yellow-green 2 round stripe, and an orange-gold outer round. The hook can be seen ready to work the final round with the orange-gold yarn.

April 11/22: Woot! Got 9 done to complete row 4 :) That's now 48/144 or one quarter :)

May 16/22: Sadly, sinus pain gave way to a pseudo-migraine and 1 square is all I can manage this weekend. Here's block 49:

June 3/22: Another SDW is here! Time to make a dent in this blanket.

later: Got one square done. But then I had an unpleasant surprise. Sometime during our cleaning, Silver got upset and peed on the meshbag holding the yarn for this project. So I reached into the bag to get the balls for square 51 and noticed a weird crusty spot on one. A quick sniff told me what it was, and then I examined the bag and found the noticeable spot. In the end 9 balls were hit. 6 were spared.

I carefully removed the ball bands and thought I tied the bag up tight enough to wash them but upon taking them out of the washer, an absolute horror of tangled yarn was facing me. Needless to say, I can't face it right now. I want to cry thinking about it! This will remain at 50 squares for quite awhile until I sort out all that mess 😭

Square 50:

July 14/22: She said she did it but I was still surprised when I went to the mail today and there was a great big bundle from Wool Warehouse. Yup, my wonderful friend who gifted me the kit in the first place sent a second one so I can finish my blanket 🥹 I have the absolute best craft pals.

And it arrived right in time for this month's SDW. Serendipity! I won't have missed one on this project, although I also plan to make at least one square on my RGH as well.

I'm not quite sure how to go about estimating how much yarn has been used so far either, but I'll figure something out!

July 17/22 (6:07pm NDT): I've weighed the 6 not-tangled together skeins, and figured out how many squares have used each of them. I hope I can estimate from that how much I've used of the other colors. Then I can "close off" those lines and add in the new ones. This is going to be a tangle of its own. Oh well! It also means I'll have a yardage estimate on the first 50 squares so that's good. Off to math so I can get to crochet a square or two today!! The estimated numbers based on 1.5g/sq will be in bold type.

(6:49pm NDT): I've calculated that I've crocheted 576.4 yards in the existing 50 squares. Now to add the second balls of the various colors to my yarn list, weigh them and start crocheting again...

(7:56pm NDT): I've weighed the new yarn and organized it with the 6 good skeins from the original. Now to tackle square 51: Cornish blue, apple, and spearmint.

July 18/22 (9:01pm NDT): In spite of humidity and thunderstorm warnings and watches, I've completed squares 51-55 since my last update. That's enough dancing for this weekend lol New pic of the whole blanket:

September 9/22: (2:57am NDT): Square Dance Weekend has returned! Woot! I need 5 squares to finish row 5 on this beauty. 5 is the goal, anything else is pure gravy. Let's do this!...

September 11/22 (6pm NDT): What is it about SDW and September hurricanes? Last year it was Larry, this year it's Earl. Only rain and a bit of wind here thankfully. Oddly more than we got with Larry out this way. Storms are weird!

I can report 8 squares done so far :) Hoping to get a few more done but I've got a bit of a sinus thing happening giving me a headache and sore throat 🤧🤒 Will see my final tally tomorrow 

September 12/22 (11:58pm NDT): Completed squares 56 to 68 😊 13 squares done this SDW, and here's how it's looking: