Baby Blanket

Baby Blanket
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On da Hook: January 6, 2016
Off da Hook: January 21, 2016
Pattern: Mayflower Baby Blanket by Tammy Hildebrand
Yarn: Cascade Elysian (Fiber Content: 60% Superwash Merino Wool, 40% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 06; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted)
Hook: US I/9 – 5.5 mm
Dimensions: 31 x 31 inches

Oh whoa! Oh whoa! Oh whoa!

Loved the pattern result. I indicated medium difficulty rating because I am an advance crocheter; Lynette had difficulty with the pattern as a less experienced crocheter. Advise confident knowledge of back/front post construction, which took me a minute to get my stitch count down. The other thing that threw me for a loop was the half double crochets, whose top stitch points left versus double crochet which point right.

Noticed some errors in the copy: Border indicates SC count…should be stitch count. Notified Caron. Once again when it come to the border, my counts got all messed up, so I improvised a border; also because we were not sure we had enough yarn. Commendation to Cascade Yarns for getting back to me within 24 hours; I was right should have read “stitches,” not “single crochet.”

When I calculated 5 skein yardage, I was short. Another visit to the store only produced one more skein and I thought we needed at least two.

Oh well, I am just waiting to hear from the client as to whether she is satisfied and then I will sew in the ends, fluff it and deliver it.

I always try to find a project appropriate song name for my projects, but I my choices are lessening. I named this project after Baby by Justin Bieber. I think I may just start picking song names at random.

Concepts In Yarn and Needlepoint

Cascade Elysian
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I was short two skeins of Cascade Elysian – light as air and excellent squish – to complete Lynette’s baby afghan (Mayflower Baby Blanket), so we went down to Concepts in Yarn and Needlepoint yesterday to see if we could acquire more. I was so excited, as I have been wanting to visit the store, and now I know how to get there and where it is!

OMG! The yarn colors were outrageous! The fibers full of texture! The store: comfy with two big tables to sit and crochet, knit or needlepoint. I could have stayed there all day, as I really miss sitting around a table with other fiber artists and chatting whilst stitching.

I got to meet June and Joanne, the proprietors, who were just as pleasant as pleasant can be. Joanne offered to help me convert my Jump For Joy Hoodie pattern from size: newborn to size: XXXL! Because Lynette was tooting my horn, I might be able to secure some extra income for crocheting…AND…I may be guest teaching crochet there soon.

As for the yarn, we only found one additional skein – we needed two, per the pattern – so I will need to improvise the border.

Can’t wait to return!

Oh, and the best part…they sell Universal Uptown Worsted, my new favorite acrylic yarn.