Have you guys seen this yet?!?!!?!? You can find it at Ravelry http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hinterland-throw and at Crochet! Magazine http://www.crochetmagazine.com/inthisissue.php
I have been wracking my brain trying to think of a ghan for my daughters BFF. She loves plants and flowers and nature. When she was over the over day she asked for something with "leaves, please".
I had seen this before at the CGOA website http://www.crochet.org/ (The Crochet Guild of America). It was a 1st place winner from last years design competition. I thought it would be perfect for this child. Imagine my surprise when I saw it in this issue of Crochet!
Unfortunately, I've already come across an error in Round 3. It's easy enough to work around but for a beginner who has to follow a pattern - it's enough to make you want to pull your hair out. The large close-up pic on Ravelry is amazing in it's detail. There's an errata alert at the shibaguyz group on Ravelry. Same link as below.
It should say (dc, ch1) in ch sp instead of see pattern notes.
If you have a nature lover in your life - this may just be a perfect gift for them.
Edited to add Link to CAL at shibaguyz Rav page http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/shibaguyz-designz-fanz/1590115/1-25#22
Good morning all of my dear friends in yarn. I just got back from taking DD to school. It's pea soup fog out there. Slow going to be sure - except for the people that didn't notice that you couldn't see! Or maybe they did and did not care. I don't know.
I doubt that many of you know that I am also into herbs. I make teas and infusions and medicines. I think it's a wonderful way to support your health. I'll make 2 or 3 quarts and maybe a pint or 2 of all different things all at the same time. I have to say that a towel wrapped around the jars looks pretty awful on the counter.
So - I think my newest project will be canning jar covers. Acrylic is a must for holding in the heat. I played with the idea of cotton for a moment or 2 but cotton won't hold the heat like a nice afghan yarn will.
It's so wonderful to have an idea bouncing around inside my head again! whoohooo
I mentioned in my last post that recovering from surgery is slow going. Just going to a doctor's visit is enough to put me out for 2 days. It's being upright that gets me - whether it's sitting or standing. Walking is a little better but not by much.
So - I have my yarns collected and waiting at the foot of my recliner. I have the basic pattern in my head already. Now to think about the best ways to dress it up.
I do have to say - it's wonderful to me that my thoughts are returning to yarn today!
Many of you know I recently went for back surgery. The recover has been harder and longer than I first expected it to be. They ended up doing more surgery than what was first thought necessary.
Between recovering from surgery and life - mom, wife, crochet - something had to give. My darling daughter just got her permit - I have no room to give there with a hormonal teenager. My wonderful husband has a very demanding job and the hours are tough - there's been some give there.
Between recovering and being mother and wife I just simply don't have the energy left to crochet. Let alone design right now. Tomorrow I have an hour drive (one way) to my one doctor. This will be the furthest I've gone since the surgery and I'm nervous about taking that long of a drive.
I have the list of TUTs that I want to prepare for you guys. I just need this time right now to heal and to take care of me. I don't want to give you guys any less than my best work and I'm not at my best right now.
I am so happy that spring is finally here down south and around the corner for my friends up north. It's been a long, long winter this year.
Anyways - there was a very nice turnout for the poll. I would love to give you guys the content that you actually want to see here and can use. So, I thank all of you that have participated in the very first poll here at RoseRed Designs.
And now for the results!
32 votes - How to tie hidden knots
26 votes - Straight seams when working in the round
tied at 23 votes each - my version of the simple granny square and the Russian join
19 votes - simple bracelets
8 votes - old fashioned pom poms
and 10 votes for 'other' listed in the comments
detailed tut on cables
Irish Rose from my header
Looks like I have my work cut out for me. I'll be posting TUTS as I get them done.
Just a touch under 5 feet across from point to point
Caron Pounder in Scarlett
Red Heart in Royal
Red Heart Black
J hook (Bamboo handle Bates)
About a skein and 1/2 of Blue
About 3/4 pound of Caron Red
just under a skein of black
I'll never combine brands of yarn for this type of ghan again if I can help it. The blue is one of RH's thinner colors and the red is one of Caron's thicker colors and I can tell that it's a little too off. I'm hoping that it'll blend better after it's washed.
I always do the first round of a spidey ghan in black. It makes the webbing look better.
I did a simple color technique. Each block of color grew by 1 round.
4 rounds of blue
5 rounds of red
6 rounds of blue
7 rounds of red
I also place a back round every 4 rounds. This makes for even webbing and I think a very cool pattern to the blocks of color. The first and last round are always black.
So - that's the spidey ghan. Onto my next project - not sure what that's going to be yet.
The pattern for the 5-10 Point Round Ripple can be found at
It's been on there for a few weeks now :B I've been busy doing a lot of computer stuff, setting up RoseRed Designs, taking classes, designing, having back surgery - it all adds up to eating a lot of time I'd much rather spend crocheting. So - without further chit-chat
I know - not the best picture I've ever taken
but I'm just glad that I finally took one.
Caron Pounder Scarlet and Black
Red Heart Royal (blue)
Bate Bamboo handled J hook
Right now it's about 3 feet across. I want it to be 4 1/2.
I do have to say that mixing Caron Scarlet (which is one of their thicker yarns) with the RH Royal (which is one of their thinner yarns) makes for a notable difference. Once it's washed and softened up it won't be as bad but these 2 yarns do not combine well.
Looking at the pic - I wonder if I should go in later and backstitch around the added points. I'll have to wait and see until after I surface crochet the webbing onto it.
I could kick myself (if I could lift my leg that high lol) for not doing the black round in hdc. They're done in dc like the rest of the ghan but I think the hdc matches the topstitched webbing better in size. It's a minor thing but something I just totally forgot until I was too far into the blankie to change it.
So - what's on YOUR hook today?
Are you happy with it's progress?
Plans for it when it's finished?
Feel free to post your replies in the comments section.
(I've seen several blogs that have a lively and happening comments section going on. It seems like so much fun - I'd love to try something like that here)