Monday, March 12, 2012

Off the hook: Striped Afghan

This is a project I started a while back and hit a snag and put aside. The pattern is Lion Brand Yarn's "Wind Chime Afghan" in Vanna's Choice yarn. You crochet the strips and then connect them together with a chain of stitches. My first two strips went together find, but the next joining ended up with one strip longer than the other. At that point I put the project aside. Last week I took it up again and decided to bail on the connecting chains and just crochet the strips directly to each other. This meant unraveling strips I'd already finished and buying more yarn to make up for the reduced width caused when omitting the chains. But I probably didn't spend much more time on this than I would have if I'd battled with the pattern as written. And, most important, the project got finished and out of my UFO collection. I really like the way it turned out.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

I Won!

I entered Piney Woods Tatter' Valentine giveaway and won 3 balls of Valdani perle cotton, size 8, in 3 different shades of red, plus beads and buttons. Rachel, the Piney Woods Tatter, makes beautiful tatted brooches with button centers. Now to decide what to make out of her generous gift!