Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Part 4 and 5 of the Mr. Ghan Afghan Crochet-Along

Can you believe it I am on time and all caught up and eagerly awaiting the pattern for Week #6. I am really building up my crochet skills. Week #4 is called "Change" for the loose coins men carry in their pockets and may put on the dresser at night while Week #5 depicts "Chicken Scratches" albeit they are much neater than the scratches my chickens left behind or my hand writing which has frequently been mistaken for chicken scratches as well. So without further ado, here are the photos. The "Country Blue" keeps taking on different shades depending on the light that is available while photographing the tiles.
Continue to crochet or knit, Merrily. 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Afghans - Part 2 and 3

The second and third rectangles are completed. Waiting for tomorrow's issuance of the fourth one. The third one, Quivers, had me baffled and it took three tries before the little gray cells engaged and then it was a breeze.  So here are the photos. The quivers pic isn't the best, but that's what happens when it's too snowy and dreary outside and the lighting on the inside isn't the best. All in all I'm very satisfied and grateful to Melinda for her design and graciousness in offering it free to those of us who signed up in the beginning. But now that I know her designs and instructions, I wouldn't be at all adverse to paying for any of her patterns. 


Keep on crocheting. 

Thursday, January 21, 2016


I have developed arthritis in my right hand knuckle right below the index finger. Unfortunately, my body seems to be on a down hill trip since I turned 75 in May of 2015. I found, however, that the knuckle can tolerate crocheting; so crocheting it is for now.  Ravelry has a number of crochet communities and by searching I found Melinda Miller Designs. And thus the project Mr. Ghan. Crochet has not been my thing since the 5th Grade when I was forced to crochet a pillow insert with No. 10 crochet cotton. Me thinks a pot holder would have been much better for a first crochet project. My mother wasn't much help either since she was a knitter. Finally her girlfriend took pity on me and helped me cheat a bit. I know the basics: single, half double, double, and triple crochet and was able to make simple Granny squares and the ubiquitous shell baby blanket. But otherwise I side stepped anything crochet. So now I've decided that maybe I should put that prejudice aside and learn a few tricks. Melinda's Afghan crochet-along gave me that little kick in the derriere I needed. I even bought Red Heart yarn since I can't imagine hand washing a blanket made with all wool. Each Friday will bring a new rectangle. The first one is done, with just a little hand holding from my youngest daughter and I am proud of it. Didn't know you could do such fancy things with the simple double crochet stitch. The photos aren't the best. They were taken inside where it is almost as dark and dreary as it is outside.

Instead of saying "Knit on, merrily", I suppose it'll have to be "Crochet on, merrily."