Crocheted Edges on Blankets

Photo of a blue blanket with crocheted edges

 

Last year in the middle of lockdown I decided to take up a new hobby, crocheting edges on fleece blankets.

I collected fleece, acrylic yarn, and one of those circular blades that cuts tiny holes in the edges of fleece, watched some instructional videos, chose my crochet edge pattern, and made the blanket pictured.

Then in August I hurt my wrist, then in October, my other wrist, and literally haven’t touched a yarn project since.

I think I may be on the mend, and hope to start playing with yarn again soon.

Did you take up any new hobbies during COVID-19?

 

Yarn Dying Time

Every Easter, after the egg dying is complete, I snatch up some of the leftover egg dye, pour it over wet wool, and nuke it until the water runs clear.

This year I tried both a natural dye from PCC Natural Markets and the usual chemical ones (by Dudley).

You can probably guess which is which!

Easter egg dye can be used to dye wool

Day 22. What’s a new skill you want to learn in the next year? #crazyrebelliousart

I took a bunch of yarn left over from other projects and tied them together into this crazy ball.

Magic yarn ball

Magic yarn ball

Then I wondered what to do with it. Freeform Crochet is my answer. I’ve started making a blanket (I guess that’s what it’s going to be) but there’s a lot I still have to learn about crochet. So that’s the first thing I want to learn: how to improve at Freeform Crochet. Meanwhile, here’s what I have so far:

Freestyle Crochet Blanket-to-Be

Freestyle Crochet Blanket-to-Be

The next thing I would like to learn is weaving. I don’t mean “serious” weaving where I get a huge loom…I don’t have room for that in my house. I’m just thinking of a little Zoom Loom. It makes little squares, which you can then sew together to make blankets, scarves, little boxes.

Crocheting a “Sophie”

I can’t remember how I stumbled upon this pattern, but it was love at first sight. I’m one of those people who thinks the majority of crocheted things lean toward ugly, so this pattern really blew my mind.

Sophie's Garden crochet pattern by Dedri Uys

Sophie’s Garden crochet pattern by Dedri Uys

Sophie’s Garden started off as just the circle part…Sophie’s Mandala. Then after it squared up into a “garden” the designer kept going until she had “Sophie’s Universe“…a blanket up to 6′ square. There’s a CAL (Crochet-Along) happening right now and I’m doing it as best I can.

Here’s my mandala:

Sophie's Mandala with ten different colors of Cascade 220 superwash yarn.

Sophie’s Mandala with ten different colors of Cascade 220 superwash yarn.

If you’d like to try crocheting this yourself, the pattern for the CAL  starts here. If that page overwhelms, the actual instructions begin here.

Knitting Challenge: Finding Yarn the Color of My Cat

I’ve spent many long moments staring into the lovely green eyes of my cat Sketch, and recently I noticed how beautiful his green eyes and orange nose fit with the colors of his fur.

Sketch is so handsome!

Sketch is so handsome!

I decided to make a trip to my local yarn store to see if I could find a these colors and knit something with them.

I wandered around for at least twenty minutes, dealing with the usual problem I face when I try to do a color-inspired project like this: when I could find a good green and orange in a specific yarn type, they wouldn’t have the brown and beige. And if I found the brown and beige, they wouldn’t have the green and orange. I considered mixing yarn types, especially after I discovered the perfect cat nose yarn:

Yarn the color of my cat's nose

This yarn screams “cat nose.”

Finally I noticed that both of these lines had some good combinations:

Selection of cat colored yarns

Selection of cat colored yarns

I was going to settle on the Cascade 220 on the right because it had the dark brown that the other lacked, and even had it in the basket:

Basket of Yarn

But then I found this Rowan Lima and decided I wanted to knit with that instead.

Final Selection of cat colored yarns

Final Selection of cat colored yarns

So I’m not sure what I’m going to make with this yarn, but I’m leaning toward a hat with cat ears. I’ll keep you posted. 😉

Potentialities

If you’ve spent any time doing art or crafts you’ll know what I mean by “potentialities” when you look at this picture of Fetal Yarn. I call it that because it is yarn that has yet to be born as Something (other than yarn).

Could it be a sweater? It’s a little thick for that and there’s only enough for a baby sweater. That would be one sweaty miserable baby in a thick wool sweater. So no.

How about a hat? Potentially the same problem…the hat would be too hot unless you live in below freezing temperatures.

What about mittens? Maybe, but there’s a lot of yarn here for just one pair of mittens and I’m not sure I want to make two or three pairs.

A purse? Yes! That is my plan for this yarn. But will it survive the knitting gestation period to be born as purse, or will I change my mind along the way, as I have done with knitted projects before? [link] Only time will tell.