Friday, June 28, 2013

On To The Next One

A bit later in the day with this post... {dang! wrong button on the computer makes for another photo shoot and more time spent editing before posting}

First & foremost ~ our thoughts and blessings are with everyone affected in any way by the extremely nasty weather that has been hitting parts of the world recently... Our deepest condolences to those who have lost loved ones. ~To the many volunteers who have come together to assist, and to those who will soon, a huge "Thank You"  ~To the survivors, please know we all continue to keep you in our prayers...

On to happier topics... Are you beginning to enjoy the early summer harvest of fruits & vegetables? Fresh local produce and seasonal fruit tastes soooo de-lish!! All the late Autumn clean up finished for our Southern Hemisphere friends? 

We've been busy with stitching the octagons and squares together. After 23 hours of hooking & twisting a total of 830gms of yarn {a little over a pound}, it's complete and ready to be delivered... handmade with love...

We substituted Bernat Super Value yarn, purchased the amount recommended on the instructions, and used our Susan Bates J-10/6mm hook. The finished size is 117cm x 145cm {46" x 57"}, so the overall gauge turned out to be a very minimal difference. For those who have recently joined us, the pattern is Octagons & Squares, available as a free crochet pattern download from Red Heart Yarn. There's also 3 excellent video tutorials to go along with it at The Crochet Crowd site on YouTube.

On To The Next One...
The next project hawt off the hook is also from Red Heart Yarn {we love their patterns & Mikey is such an excellent teacher...} This time around, we are using Red Heart yarn, with the recommended hook and our own colour choices in the sequence of Frosty Green, Tea Leaf, Medium Thyme, Windsor Blue and Dark Sage. 

This is the start of our "Ocean Waves Afghan". You can follow the links on the right sidebar to download the pattern and get some assistance with this one. It's a bit tricky to get it going, and it's one of those patterns where you really need to pay attention to your stitch count, but it actually hooks up fast once you get your rhythm going.

That's all for this week... to all our fellow Canadians ~ Happy Canada Day! and to our neighbours a couple of hours south ~ Happy 4th of July! To all of our friends, everywhere, safe travels & keep well!! 
We'll see you next week... here In The Parlour =)

*photos by ccthompson