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A Second Visit to Ewe’ll Love It!, and more Granny Squares.

18 Jul

Today, Robin and I headed up to Ewe’ll Love It! to pay our respects (again, for me), and to take advantage of their sale, which is now at 55% off. After delicious yarn purchases, we went to Cooking Matters down the street for delicious food purchases.

Too many things to get in the frame all at once O.o

Yummy yarn + yummy food = happy campers.

Robin, who is allergic to wool and all wool-type fibers, got three skeins of Ella Rae Bamboo Silk in a lovely light purple, and five skeins of Queensland Collection Haze (which is made with corn, what won’t they think of next?) in greens/teals. I ended up with seven skeins of Cascade 220, to make Olivia. I am super excited, but will be restraining casting on until I finish Devon (hopefully this weekend?). Cooking Matters was exceptionally delicious, and Robin and I each got a fruit and cheese plate, plus I got an apple and fig turnover. I’ll definitely need to find an excuse to get up there on as regular a basis as I can image.

"Knit me...knit me...knit meeeeeee!"

It's just so tempting, sitting there in a pile, wanting to be turned into a fall jacket.

I am not posting this picture to guilt myself into finishing Devon so I can start Olivia I don’t know what you’re talking about.

In other news, more granny squares have joined the herd, including (roughly) house colored squares.

I may or may not have forgotten about white balance.

Square Number Five (7/17/2011): Valley Yarns Berkshire in Gold and Black.

This is the first square I crocheted after coming home from seeing the last Harry Potter movie. I was feeling a very important need to make house colored squares, and Hufflepuff came first because a) it is the best and also b) because I already had the perfect yarn for it, from when I made these. Both colors are Valley Yarns Berkshire, in Black and Gold. I made a mistake or two, but overall I’m very happy with it.

It's the littlest square, which I think is a little bit fitting, but only a little because I still love Slytherin.

Square Number Five (7/17/2011): Blue Moon Fiber Arts Woobu and Araucania Nature Wool Multy.

Square number five is a Slytherin square, and I used Blue Moon Fiber Arts Woobu (absolutely fantastic, btw) from my first real sweater, and the Araucania Nature Wool I used last time. The colors aren’t exactly right, but since the whole point of this afghan is to use yarn from my stash, I had to make do. I currently have no plans to buy yarn to make another afghan only out of house colors.

Lalala I know how to make colors come out right and totally pay attention every time lalala.

Square Number Six (7/17/2011): Malabrigo Chunky in Paris Nights and Sunset.

Ravenclaw is probably the least “right” out of all the colors, but I only had the perfect bronze (Malabrigo Chunky, most notably from emergency mittens but also used in Charlena the Ceiling Monster and Florence’s Cosy) in bulky, and the only bulky blue (the same Malabrigo you’ve seen a bajillion times already) I had was a little dark. It is blue-r than this picture, I swear, but not by exactly right.

The fact that I did Gryffindor last is in no way a reflection of my house politics.

Square Number Seven (7/17/2011): Elsebeth Lavold Silky Flammé and Valley Yarns Berkshire.

Gryffindor ended up being made last, because I was stressing about finding the perfect red. I ended up going with Elsebeth Lavold Silky Flammé, which was originally my Denny’s sweater inspired wristwarmers, and I used the same Berkshire from the Hufflepuff Square. I keep forgetting how thick and thin the Silky Flammé is, so it came out a little lumpy, but I’m hoping blocking will help.

House pride all the way!!

I also made some non house-pride squares:

There is no Americana in this picture I don't know what you're talking about.

Square Number Eight (7/17/2011): Cascade 220, Debbie Bliss Pure Cotton and Berroco Peruvia.

The next square was inspired by one of my other reds, the Debbie Bliss Pure Cotton from the wristwarmers I made as a birthday present for one of my professors. The middle blue is Cascade 220 from my only a little failed and really needs a post-blocking picture taken of it Scott Pilgrim inspired hat, and the outside off-white is Berroco Peruvia, from my mom’s Irving the Icebox Monster.  I have to say, I really adore Peruvia, and I absolutely need to use it again sometime soon.

Prettier in person, apparently.

Square Number Nine (7/17/2011): Malabrigo Worsted, Nashua Handknits Champlain and Rowan Colourscape Chunky.

This is maybe my prettiest square so far, but of course it’s the one my camera didn’t want to get a decent picture of. The middle two are Malabrigo Worsted and Nashua Handknits Champlain, which you’ve seen before, and the outside is Rowan Colourscape Chunky, which is these two. I was having a panic of “oh no what if none of these go together ever and it’s going to be the ugliest afghan in the entire world and I wasted all my stash”, and this lovely helped a lot with that.

Last square doesn't get a funny alt text because I am all out.

Square Number Eleven (7/17/2011): Berroco Pure Merino, Valley Yarns Lenox and Louet Riverstone.

Finally, we have this guy, also very pretty. The middle is Berroco Pure Merino from these fingerless gloves, the pink is the Valley Yarns Lenox you’ve seen, and the outside is Louet Riverstone from the Fetching I made for a friend.

And, before I go, I will leave you with this:

Rawr!

Walnut attacking my squares. Apparently, she is not a fan of Ravenclaw.

Granny Squares Ahoy!

16 Jul

So for a long time I’ve wanted to make a blanket out of my yarn leftovers, like how grandmothers make blankets for their granddaughters out of scraps from the dresses she’s made them. I hadn’t started it because I was worried about when to start it, as in, “When do I have enough scraps that it counts as ALL of my scraps?”, and also because I couldn’t decide on an afghan pattern.

And then, through this blog, I found my way to this blog, where I found this pattern. And then it was all over. Not only had I found the right pattern, I needed to start RIGHT NOW THIS VERY SECOND. After doing a little bit of oh-no-I-haven’t-crocheted-in-about-a-bajillion-years remembering, and two ripped out beginnings, I was on my way.

This is my first square:

Lumpy square is lumpy.

Square Number One (16/7/2011): Araucania Nature Wool Multy, Nashua Handknits Champlain and Cascade Jewel Handpaints.

As you can see, it is far from perfect. I ended up with an extra set of 3tr in the second round, which made it rather lumpy. But I’m pretty proud of it, because it’s the first thing I’ve crocheted in years. The middle green is Araucania Nature Wool Multy, which I made this hat from, the middly bit is Nashua Handknits Champlain, which is one of my many monsters, Kat the Kitchen Monster, and the outside is Cascade Jewel Handpaints, which is another monster, Claude the Closet Monster. All three of these came from two different Webs grab bags (an unhealthy addiction), and I promise the colors looked better together in scrap-form rather than square-form.

But, despite kind of gross colors, and a lumpy appearance, I forged on.

Tails, or tentacles?

Square Number Two (16/7/2011): Malabrigo Chunky, Misti Alpaca Chunky Solids and Cascade Yarns Lana Grande.

Square number two is a Beast made from chunky yarn. The middle blue is Malabrigo Chunky, which is both Charlena the Ceiling Monster and Florence’s cosy, the lighter grey is Misti Alpaca Chunky Solids, which I graciously made these mittens for my mom even though it is the softest yarn ever and I want all of it for me forever, and the outside is Cascade Yarns Lana Grande, which is my Hufflepuff Scarf. It is decidedly less lumpy, though of course needs to be blocked. It is also reeeeeally soft, thanks to all that Malabrigo and baby alpaca goodness.

It's all cute and little and princess-y!

Square Three is the square that really made me realize how much I knit with grey apparently. The middle is Noro Cash Iroha, which was a square in a different afghan, the second round is Malabrigo Worsted, which was both an elephant for my friend spending a semester in Africa and a teddy bear for my mom for Christmas, and the outside is Classic Elite Moorland, which is Lurleen the Laundry Monster. I knit things other than stuffed animals sometimes I swear I never knit things other than stuffed animals apparently.

It looks like it's scratching its head! Life as an afghan square must be awfully confusing.

Square Number Four (16/7/2011): Debblie Bliss Cashmerino Chunky, Valley Yarns Lenox and Rowan Cocoon.

Square Four is probably the neatest square, in terms of pre-blocking goodness. The middle is Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Chunky and was my needing to knit to stay alive mittens, the pink is Valley Yarns Lenox and was another project I can’t believe I gifted, and the outside is Rowan Cocoon oh my god I had forgotten how much I love this yarn I need to knit everything out of it but currently only have a cowl I don’t wear for no good reason.

So! Here it goes. Giant afghan out of mismatched sized squares that I have no idea how to attach together. I am super excited about it, but unfortunately, despite the fact that it kind of ought to be, it isn’t actually portable at all, because this is what the collection of yarn I’m using for it looks like:

Can I just roll around in it for the rest of my life?

A giant pile of yarn.

It lives in an overflowing Webs bag that explodes yarn out of it whenever I pick it up. Hence, it is an at-home project, but that’s good, because then I’ll still work on my other WIPs which are totally getting worked on as soon as I’m done with this post.