Craft Girl Strikes Again

{May 14, 2006}   They were afraid she would crochet an afghan.

I have been crocheting off and on for years, but lately it's been more off than on. So when I decided to crochet an afghan for my dad, it started off a little rough. I redid the first few rows several times. I think that's why the first section is fuzzier than the rest – over handling. But once I had the pattern down, it went quickly.

I used a pattern from the Velvet Touch Decor book – page 20, the Chevron Comforter. (Sorry, no picture of the afghan itself.  I'll try to scan it when I get a chance.)  I loved the colors in the picture, so I attempted to use the exact yarns they recommended. (Uncreative, yes, but pretty!)

The pattern suggested Lion Brand Homespun yarn – soft, fluffy and acrylic. I know there's some yarn purists out there, but my dad lives in jeans and polo shirts. (He's a mathematics professor.) He needs stuff that's practical and machine washable.

The pattern recommended 4 skeins of #368 (Montana Sky), 3 of #341 (Windsor,) 3 of #326 (Ranch) and 3 of #346 (Bella Vista).

I couldn't find all the recommended colors in stock locally, so I substituted #302 (Colonial) for the dark blue (Montana Sky) and #380 (Fawn) for the tan (Bella Vista.)

I screwed up the counting near the beginning. I don't know if that's why I ended up using less than 3 skeins of the dark blue and less than 2 of the other colors, but it came out a nice size anyway

Dad's Afghan

Along the way, the project outgrew my small crafts basket, so I asked my friend Lauri to pick up a big one for me from the local Rennaisance Faire. Here's my new all-inclusive crafts/yarn basket. It's perfect for hauling large projects around the house, or just throwing all the yarns I'm thinking of using together and sorting through them downstairs in front of the TV.

Craft basket

The afghan took me about a month and a half of free time, including one cross-country plane trip. (The subject line of this post is the punchline to a joke – why wasn't the woman allowed to take yarn on the plane?) Do not drop your crochet hook on a plane, by the way. I had to bother everyone around me to get it back because it had rolled behind my seat.
Next project: knitting an illusion scarf.


craftbq says:

Yay afghan! I realize I’ve seen that pic before, but now it’s on your crafty blog! So an extra huzzah for that! 🙂

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