Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Color Spin Crochet

So yesterday I stormed the yarn store for Cascade 220.  To my glee everything in the store was 25% off.  Seriously.  So, naturally, I amassed a huge pile of yarn.  The ladies started asking me if I needed any help.  I wondered what kind...  I'm sure they wondered what I would do with all these random colors. 

my colors in Cascade 220

Random, yes?  I hope not too much so, but I think a bit of a color spin with lights, darks, complimentary squares and contrasting squares will be much of what gives the blanket it's charm.  But, to be honest, I am nervous about this.  It's funny because I always feel confident about combining fabrics.  The yarn is a stretch for me, it seems.  I'll definitely want to add a pumpkin orange, light yellow and many more skeins of Natural, but it's a very good start!

Unfortunately the store was NOT winding any balls because of space constraints caused by the sale.  "Just bring them back another day."  And you know that is SO easy to do with working part-time, keeping house and mothering 2 little ones.  I'll just spend an extra hour in the car to run my balls in for winding.  That's great.

DIY winding in action!

My very kind and patient husband saved me!  I pointed him to an Instructables (a DIY blog that he enjoys) for making a yarn swift and ball winder.  As I had hoped, he improved upon the design and got rather involved in the process.  As in, I actually wound all of one ball. Score! 

homemade ball winder

homemade yarn swift

There was a drill involved and a clamp for attaching our wire hanger "swift" to the table.  A broken tinker toy stick seemed practically made for holding yarn, what with the slit at the end of the stick and all.  But, I won't bore you with the details.  He did it and I rejoiced!  My balls may not be pretty, but they are so functional - just pull from the center!

we're ready!

A very happy mama stitched up two sunburst squares last night.  I switched to a G hook.  I like the slightly smaller stitches from the G hook over the H hook I had been using.  See the difference in size from my test sunburst (on the right - it never received it's last round) and my new one?  I like.

testing 1,2,3

Now I hearbye promise to continue sewing (there is patchwork strewn across the table as we speak).  I will crochet only exactly as much as desired.  I have permission to set aside this project for a time (perhaps a long time), but do swear never to abandon it.  And that is my statement.


  1. That looks like a load of fun! I just returned from the yarn store with my own little bag of Noro, also for an afghan, but a knit one. I desperately want to do a granny square one too ( I even have 12 colors of Rowan cotton for it!) butmy crochet skills seriously suck, so I have to find the time to take a class. Enjoy your hooking!

  2. i have a bunch of cascade that i got for 50% off! in fact, i kept going back for more. 1st hat is done. 2nd is about 1/2way done. about 15 skeins left. :)

    my hubs needs to see this yarn winder. i am pretty sure i get him to make it too!

  3. Love!! And I like your little statement at the end there. I keep stressing myself out with self-imposed deadlines and tend to forget that really, this is all for my own amusement anyway. :)

  4. Darling circle & square. The colors look great so far. That will make a great project to pick up here and there. Sometimes it's nice to switch to something away from the sewing machine.

  5. Randi - My goodness, what a deal! And, sounds like you're making great use of it. If you have any questions about the winder/swift, let me know. But, if your husband is handy like mine, I'm sure that he'll enjoy making it his own way!

  6. Very cool contraption! Go husband, go! What a great solution! :)

    That's going to be a lovely throw! I really need to learn to crochet/knit! There are so many things I'd like to make!

  7. I spent most of Christmas snuggled under a holiday granny square crocheted afghan. Loved it! And it made me want to get out my crochet hooks and go to town.

    But I canNOT get started on yet more projects when my quilting list for 2011 is already miles long...*sigh*

  8. I love chrocheting; I've actually been doing quite a bit the past several evenings. I look forward to seeing what you will make!

    Jennifer :)

  9. Yay! I am glad you found a sale! This is the best time of year for it. And what a good hubby—so sweet.

    And, yes, the skeins in my closet are Cascade 220 but they are the skeins which have not yet been dug into and so until I get my project rolling along (you've kicked me into gear, my dear!), I'll keep them in the closet for the time being. But, who knows, maybe one of these days you'll have a little surprise package on your doorstep!

  10. Glad I've passed along the new crochet bug, Alecia! The yarn is calling me even now...


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