You know, one of these days I am just going to have to come to terms with the fact that my crochet "to do" list is really just the list of things to work on if nothing else has come up. Not that I am complaining or anything, but still.
Anyhoo, found out my stepfather is about to be shipped off to Alaska for a year. I personally feel that this sucks, because my mom doesn't get to go with him (though I am glad my mom won't also be in Alaska for a year because visiting her would be problematic). Also, Alaska is freakin' cold. So...I decided I wanted to make a blanket to send him so he can maybe stay a little warmer.
After conferring with my mom I went with all greys for the blanket, since those are his favorite colors. I am using Charcoal Grey and Charcoal Print in Vanna's Choice. I had initially intended to do a double-strand blanket but the availability of yarn in the colors I was looking for just wasn't there for me to be able to do that. I then shifted the plan to choose a pattern to make a very solid blanket so as to keep the warm factor high.
I eventually settled on using square number 2 from the Circles to Squares Afghan pattern at Lion Brand's website. (You may have to register to see the pattern.) I am not making the actual blanket in the pattern of course. I am going to do 36 squares in a 6 x 6 grid. In the center will be a 4 x 4 block of the squares in the variegated pattern (I am just going to make each square all out of one color) and then do a row around it of the solid grey. I think it's going to look really nifty.
Here's what the square in the variegated print looks like:
So that's that.
Got my swap square from my sister this week and it is gorgeous. I sent her square and the February pattern to her on Friday, so I am excited to hear what she thinks of it.
Other than that I am just grooving along.
Have a great one folks,