Wednesday, March 17, 2010
I owe it all to GLEE
Phew! They are finished. All five potholders for the 2010 Potholder Swap. I kept thinking, man, why is this taking me so long. Then I realized that really I was crocheting 10 squares since I had to do a backing. Duh! That is a lot of crocheting for ME.
And yes, I do owe the final finishing to watching Glee on the computer. Have you seen this show on Fox? I have been terrible at watching shows when they are actually scheduled and mostly we watch them through Netflix or on the laptop. I love that we can do that now. We really should just cancel our cable. Eventually I think we'll get to that.
For now I can explore a fabulous array of old and new shows and movies that I can watch to keep my crochet habit flowing. It REALLY helps me, in that department. And Glee is just too much fun. I have always loved musicals and on top of the fun singing I just love this shows dialogue. It cracks me up. Not that I have sophisticated sense of humor, mind you. But it keeps my crochet hook movin' along and me giggling to myself.
So anyway, here are the potholder details:
The front pattern is the Dahlia block from 200 Crochet Blocks by Jan Eaton. I KNOW you are familiar with this pattern book by now. If for some strange reason you are NOT. CHECK IT OUT! I love it. IT has figured heavily in my crochet posts this year! I changed the blocks a bit to make them slightly larger and to get the front and back to fit together a bit better. Sometimes I forget I am still relatively new to crochet (really I've only been doing it since summer) because I tend to get upset with myself when I don't think I have done the patterns as good as they should be. I know they probably look fine and I am happy with them but I can totally pick out the stitches I would like to re-do. Aarrghhh!! I just need to mail them off, right?
The back pattern is the Pin Stripes Block also from the Fab Book.
All of the yarn I used is Elann Sonata It is supposed to be DK weight yarn, but I think it is more of a sport weight mercerized cotton. My first time using mercerized cotton. I like it but it does twist up a bit on me. I think all of the colors I used are: Antique Gold, Chamois,Grand Canyon, Ruby, Deep Fuchsia, Cedar, Pesto, Ivory, Alaska Blue,...hmmmm...I think I am missing some.. I love bright colors so much, but combining colors so that they look good together is still a skill that eludes me.
It was my first time sewing on a plastic loop that I crocheted around and I think my hand sewing with yarn skills need to be improved. But those dang loops are NOT going anyway, let me tell 'ya.
I used a D hook. Ummmmm...I think that is it. Here's some close-ups of the blocks:
Okay, I swear I really am happy with them. But as I am writing this post and keep looking at the photos I am picking my crochet work to pieces. So I better go and get them in the mail NOW. And I CANNOT wait to get 5 lovely potholders in a big envelope addressed to me in a few weeks! Yipee!