And Before You Know It…

June is basically here!  I had my eye on a particular craft book challenge that involved beading,  but I didn’t get around to it.   My completed project is not contained in a book, but is still part of the stash which is a component of my challenge.

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Simplicity 2501 (View E)  and fabric used is straight out of the collection.   The pattern pieces were a tight fit given the limited amount of this fabric after adjustments.  What was different about this pattern is that it comes with multiple sizes according to your bust cup.  Let me tell you that didn’t mean diddly squat and I still had to do my usual bust adjustments. Oh, how disappointing!

After bust, back, and hip adjustments, I ended up with something I’m fairly pleased with.  I love the ruffle detail even though the print is a little busy and hides it.  I’m not pushing any fashion boundaries with this top, but it’s a start for my summer wardrobe.  I just need a pant or skirt to pair it with.

On a knitting note, I have a total of 9 squares finished for my afghan.  Some aren’t working out so well so I’ve changed a few of the square patterns originally selected.

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I was a little misled by the colors on my monitor.  My two blues don’t coordinate as well as I thought, however there is no stopping it now!  Onward!

-Nizzy

And Before You Know It…

WIP Wednesday

With just a few moments of Wednesday left to spare, I thought I would share a little progress on one of my big ongoing projects:  The Afghan.

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So far I have 6 finished squares and this is lucky number seven!  I like colorwork, but I’m not finding this square much fun to do.  3.75 of these left to go!

-Nizzy

WIP Wednesday

The Plan for an Afghan

*cue the sweet music*

Ahhhh…I remember when I first learned to crochet and (over-ambitiously) wanted my first project to be a blanket for my twin bed.  I purchased two skeins of  Red Heart Super Saver yarn in mint green and started my project using the only stitch I knew…*record scratch*…single crochet.  After about thirty rows I figured I would be about 25 years of age before I ever finished that project (I was about 10 years old then) so I gave it up.  I gave up crochet for several years after that.

Fast forward to today and I’m back to making plans for an Afghan.  I was inspired to make one after browsing through the content in Comfort Knitting and Crochet: Afghans several years ago.  Some of the designs were quite striking, but I still couldn’t bring myself to start it. 

“It’s too big.”

“It will get too heavy.”

“It’s the same pattern over and over.”

Too many excuses, right?  So when Knitting Block by Block was released I knew this was the way to go.   With making an afghan of separate knitted squares each with a different pattern, I can dip in and out of this project when it becomes too monotonous, huge, and scary.   Piecing it together will be hell, but I hope to do that as I go along.

The initial plan:

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I am using blue, light blue, grey and pink acrylic yarn (Sincerely – a Joann’s exclusive) to keep the cost down.  My preference would be to try Cascade 220.

I even finished my first 11 x 11 knitted block already! 

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Let the ABC project begin!

-Nizzy

The Plan for an Afghan