Thursday, March 01, 2007

I am weak.

I need another afghan/blanket project like I need another hole in my head. I still have the zig-zag mitered square and the rambling rows afghan to complete. It has been a while since I worked on them. The blankets have become too large to work on in front of the tv. It's better to do it on the kitchen table spread out, but I haven't seen the surface of my kitchen table in a while.

I have been fighting the urge to start a vintage stripe blanket. The flickr group taunts me everyday. I drooled over YarnStorm's master piece. Yet, I was still able to resist. Then one night while reading knitting blogs, I saw another person starting one. That finally put me over the edge and I reached for my crochet hook.One good thing is that I am using yarn from my stash. I am using 8 skeins of Caron Simply Soft Brites. I like using this yarn for blankets and afghans because it's soft and machine washable (that is the number one criteria for me for blankets). I don't care that it's acrylic. This stuff is very affordable!

The stripes are random and I will keep going until I run out of yarn. I was tempted to sneak in some pastels, but decided to stick to the Brites instead. This has got to be the most colorful thing I have made so far. I call it my happy blanket because I smile when I see it in the morning lying on the chair basking in the morning sunlight.

Here is my sock progress on the Duet Sock in the Army Girl colorway. I am past the heel (the purple waste yarn holding the place) and I just need to work on the cuff.I saw a lot of Bird's Nest pendants floating around the internet last year. The other day, I decided to make one with some sterling silver wire and 3 white pearls. It was fun to work with wire and not have to solder anything.

23 comments:

Julie said...

I love the bright cheery colors of your afghan and the socks look fab so far. The little pendant is just beautiful! Some day I'll learn a bit about jewelry making but at the moment I can't afford to get into a new set of tools nor have I got space to store- some day when I have my craft room. That would be lovely with blue tinted pearls as well, like robin's eggs.

Kristy said...

Don't apologize for making that afghan, it's so cheery and beautiful! I also LOVE that pendant :)

caitlyn said...

The blanket is gorgeous! Love the bright colors.
I gave in and bought a skein of the Duet Sock Yarn in Rustic (blues and oranges).
The bird's nest necklace is so pretty!

lucy said...

The bright and bold colors are absolutely beautiful. I feel like meaking one myself everytime i see one like yours. Keep going!

Amy Lu said...

My goodness, I cannot start another crocheted afghan!

I love the colors you chose!

And I love the nest necklace! I want one! Do you mind if I print out your picture and take it to my local bead shop? Maybe they can give me an idea on how to make it.

Amy said...

The necklace is gorgeous! You should definitely add that to your line.

I'm so impressed with your blanket making ways. I did one and that about killed me.

jen said...

whoa so funny you mention the bird nest...i just got one the other day!
i was finally able to afford one (i saved for like 6 months) and i wasn't impressed because the clasp was broke when it arrived. She replaced it and such, but i was kind of let down. Yours is very pretty though!

the blankie is AWESOME!!!

pet the doggies for me!

Ann said...

The blanket and pendant are beautiful... They both make me smile. As for the sock, I too am knitting with Duet Sock Yarn in two colorways (Chocolate Fantasy and Hip Chic) and have more on the way.... including the elusive Army Girl colorway that you have. I was finally able to order some today! :)

Danielle said...

That blankie is really wonderful, I also love to use caron simply soft yarn. The snake I'm currently knitting, and the purple and lavender striped hat with the flower on top both are knit with it. It's really one of the best acrylics out there. I love the birds nest necklace you made, I'm way impressed!

anna maria said...

The necklace is beautiful and I really like the colors of the sock, but the blanket really wows me! It's gorgeous. I too am very tempted to start a ripple blanket, but I am resisting because I couldn't stand to have one more unfinished project lying aroun, and a huge one to boot. So I've decided that I may try a ripple scarf. Seems that I'm always able to finish those :)

OiyiDH said...

The boys love the binkie.... they couldn't wait to jump on it. And I love the nest eggs pendant, it looks better in person. :)

Chickengirl said...

Wow!! I LOVE the bird nest pendant!! It is gorgeous. I dont wear much jewelry but I would definitely wear that. Thanks so much for your comments and visiting my blog. The blue sewing machine (what I have) is just fine for a beginner to play around with. I suspect I may upgrade to a "real" machine after I learned more. I think the green one has a button hole feature and the blue one doesn't. Anyways, its a great buy, and so cute!

Jane said...

Your blanket is wonderful - love the colours. Thanks for the kind mention.

opportunityknits said...

I love the bright colours on your ripple blanket. Best one I've seen so far! And my goodness, the pearl bird's nest is just so exquisite!

Judy said...

Thanks for leaving a comment on my early days of knitting. I am the same way about projects...but there is never too many, and if you use yarn from your stash, it's perfect!

Kathy said...

Came to you from Erin's blog Opportunity Knits. Great blog. Wonderful knitting and dog! HappY Birthday to your pup. I'll be back for sure.

Dipsy said...

Oh my gosh, this blanket is going to be absolutely awesome! I *so* love these happy, cheerful colours, and you're doing such a fantastic job with it! And that pearl bird's nest is so cute, really unique and exquisite indeed!

Oiyi said...

-Thank you everyone for your kind words and encouragement. I love hearing feedback whether it's negative or positive.

-Julie, your soap making iskeeping you so busy, I can't imagine you taking on another hobby!

-Amy, I think that I am addicted to starting blankets. We'll see about the finishing part.

-Amy Lu, Yes you can print up the photo.

-Jen, If I had known you wanted one of those Bird Nest pendants, I would have made you one to swap. I love the goodies in your shop.

Lynn said...

Your blanket is gorgeous!! What size crochet hook did you use for it? It makes me happy seeing it on my computer... I can't imagine how happy you must be everyday seeing the real thing!

Oiyi said...

Hi Lynn,

Thank you. I am using a US H8/5mm crochet hook.

Amy Lu said...

If you put the bird's nest in your line, I'll buy it from you!

jojo* said...

I love your birds nest. Might just have to make one for myself. SWIPE! :)

crochetjo said...

I love those colors! What baby wouldn't enjoy it? You did a wonderful job on it.