crochet circles

the c word

I had to search my own blog to see when the last time I mentioned anything about crochet was.  I proclaimed to have “a new obsession” on july 15, 2011 to be exact.  I do love bold proclamations! so I may have been totally off then, but that was almost five years ago. I won’t make any wild claims this time, but this may be the year I finally have my dream crochet blanket. maybe even two!

dk yarn squares

I totally just jinxed myself right? but aren’t all those colors pretty? I grabbed almost all of the dk yarn in my stash (mostly hedgehog fibres merino dk, koigu kersti, and some plucky knitter cozy) and dropped it all in a basket that I decreed the “blanket basket” (goals people. goals), but kept procrastinating on the briochevron blanket I wanted to start. I think the idea of figuring out a color scheme seemed too daunting and I didn’t have enough of any one color to use as the mc while using my scraps as the ccs.  so I stalled it. until I saw a photo of a crochet square that I became obsessed with.  I’ve been making a center circle here and there every day this week. I think when I reach between 15 and 20 circles I’ll start joining the squares so I can see some blanket progress with my first row. I’m thinking of slowly picking up skeins of a mostly white speckled yarns for the outside/joining rounds.

and if I don’t get to that magic number then I guess I just made myself a lot of coasters.

granny squares

if you follow me on instagram, then you know the dk blanket wasn’t my first crochet project. something got in me that told me to start a sock yarn scrap blanket. it must be all the ‘cozy memories’ blankets I kept seeing in my feed and on podcasts. the idea of little mitered squares didn’t appeal to me though and I don’t remember right now why I didn’t cast on for the barn raising quilt.  I may still since these little granny squares don’t really take up much yarn. I’ll be honest, I’m not that into this blanket. probably because I have no idea what I’m going to join all these squares with or maybe because all the juicy colors of the dk blanket are so distracting and call out to me.

sock yarn scrap blanket

it has been fun seeing how self striping and self patterning yarns behave in crochet. the two on the right are some regia from the arne and carlos line and the poste yarn I posted a picture of last time. looking at that one right now is making me try again and get only the black in the center. so maybe I am having fun with this project.

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  • Duni March 31, 2016 at 9:14 am

    i love those dk squares! Niiiiice.
    I started Flowers in the Snow for a friend about 4 years ago and it is, like, 24 outer circles and a border from being done for the last 3 years. It was hurting my hands and now it has become an albatross. Going to have to finish that sucker soon.
    As for knitted blankets I have been working on the Falling Leaves one from My Grandmothers Knitting (or whatever it’s called) in a selection of leafy greens, oranges, yellows, reds, and browns. I so love the leaf pattern and it gives me a good excuse for Koigu or whatever souvenir yarn I want and need to justify to myself.
    perhaps Parchessi is another option for scraps? It’s on my list.
    Glad to see the crochet is working for you!

  • grumperina March 31, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    I love *the idea* of using up sock yarn scraps and other scraps to make modular (easily-transportable) blankets, but I’ve had a really difficult time executing this idea so that the blanket still looks cohesive/attractive. Even if I have a good plan and get started, I get bored quickly, or annoyed with all the yarn ends, and never seem to finish.