Sunday, April 09, 2006

As 40 days for others comes to a close...

I can show you what I've been working on. I pledged to complete 4 afghan squares for the Knit the Classics afghan which is to donated to Warm the World. I used some leftover Wool-Ease in a pretty red brown. Our squares needed to be bordered with white yarn so our squares would have a common theme. I used some Red Heart to crochet an edge on each square. After completing the crochet edge, I went to Amazon and took the new Stoller crochet book off the wishlist. Crochet is not for me. I'm so slow at it. It took me so long to so a simple border it was pitiful. Now it's on to finishing up my Peeps socks for Easter and assembling the kidlets Easter bags. I bought some cute denim totes, and will be ironing on a patch onto each before filling the bags with Easter goodies. I've also bought way more Easter egg dye than I actually need. I plan on doing some yarn dyeing with the extras. As for my Project Spectrum project... Well, I'm planning on starting Rogue once the berry fountain soda Clapotis is done, but I also dug out a lovely borosilicate art bead, and will be creating a necklace with it as a centerpiece too. I've been itching to do some beadwork, and this bead is just the inspiration I need! I also just updated the bargain bin! Books and yarn... The link should work now!


Blogger Chris said...

The bargain bin link doesn't work...

That bead is very cool!

4/09/2006 06:42:00 PM  
Blogger Sheryl said...

I love beads and that one is cool! I could collect beads just for their color and beauty with no real intention of using them on anything.

4/09/2006 07:35:00 PM  
Blogger Jenni said...

I really wish I had done the 40 days for others. I think that it is a great way to knit during lent. Your blocks look great. I was wanting to knit a block for KTC too, but I have to admit, the crochet edge part scared me a bit.

4/09/2006 07:40:00 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

I just sent mine to Amanda without the edging. I fobbed all that unfun work right off on her!

4/09/2006 08:01:00 PM  
Blogger amylovie said...

You will enjoy the book. It has inspired me to pick up the hook.


4/09/2006 08:30:00 PM  
Anonymous JessaLu said...

I hear ya - I don't like crochet either.

4/09/2006 09:14:00 PM  
Blogger candsmom said...

Your afghan squares look wonderful! Such a wonderful project and cause, as well. I always tend to overbuy the Easter dye and trimmings, too. I somehow always manage to forget that I have enough Easter grass to last till Armageddon and wind up buying yet another bag, "just in case." '-) Looking forward to seeing your berry soda Clapotis and Rogue! And oh, the temptation of your bargain bin!! I loved working with that Kid Merino so much- and you have such a beautiful color for such a great deal...must. resist!! Take care, Jennifer! :-)

4/10/2006 12:31:00 AM  
Blogger Mom (a.k.a. Mary Ann) said...

In reference to Chris's comment, the bargain bin link did work for me. Beautiful stuff, but I am sort of committed to my LYS (Yarntopia).

Your afghan squares are great. I'll remember to do something similar next Lent.

And crochet is not my craft either. I can do a little of it, but I do it much too tightly, so it is not fun or relaxing. On the other hand I knit loosely. I always have to go to a smaller needle to get gauge.

4/10/2006 05:07:00 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

crochet is only good for embellishing knitting. I've never been a fan of crocheted fabric, but crochet edgings are mighty useful sometimes.

Your squares look good. Such a great cause.

4/10/2006 09:29:00 AM  
Blogger Nonnahs said...

Congrats on the finished afghan squares! Great job! (Your crocheted edges look good to me!)

Aah, Rogue...maybe seeing you knit this will help inspire me! :)

4/10/2006 12:29:00 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

Great squares! Thanks for joining, Jennifer. Great to have you. We'll do it again next year. Lots better than giving stuff up!

4/10/2006 01:43:00 PM  
Blogger Pioggia said...

I'd no idea you could dye wool with egg dyes... though it makes sense, no? If drink mixes do it, most anything else should, too.

4/10/2006 04:27:00 PM  
Blogger keohinani said...

i love how being a fiber fanatic finds use for stuff like leftover dye :)
even if i am faster at crochet, i don't know that my attention span could make some of those crochet projects. and why can't pattern publishers come out with better binding? some pages from my other SnB books came out in chunks because i was pressing down on the pages to get the book to lay flat. it broke the glue in the spine. grrr....!
that's a great bead. very tasteful as a centerpiece :) i've been wanting to do some beadwork myself...along the lines of knitting with beads and making more stitch markers, anyway. have you ever heard of temari balls? i love making those things. people hang them off their cell phones as charms. very cool and cute--especially when made with swarovski crystals.

4/10/2006 05:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Siow Chin said...

Wow, that bead is lovely!

4/10/2006 06:18:00 PM  
Blogger Catherine Kerth said...

oh! i am patiently awaiting the apperence of your FO's! roughe is going to look fabulous too! your squares look awesome and i love the color you used, very pretty and practical.. )

4/10/2006 08:42:00 PM  
Blogger carrie said...

oooh, egg dye as yarn dye! great idea.

4/11/2006 06:31:00 PM  

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