Now that my first year as an assistant professor is over, I have more time for crafting! I am almost overwhelmed with the possibilities of projects. Last week I bought a subscription on sale for Creativebug. It is like Craftsy in the sense that they have online tutorials, but instead of paying for each class, you pay for the time you have access. It has a different feel and allows for more dabbling across different types of projects. Perfect timing for my summer schedule! The first class I tried was, “Crochet a Rag Rug” by Cal Patch. I also read Crazy Mom Quilts’ recent tutorial. I found a bag of scrap strips in my fabric stash that have moved with me at least three times. And so, this 10″ by 28″ rug was created in just one evening.
If I find some cheap bed sheets or knit fabric this summer, I will be creating bigger rugs for the kitchen. It really is a fun project. You just have to watch your wrists as the fabric is very unforgiving. Let me know if you have ever made one. Here is to the beginning of a wonderful summer!
Remember when I posted about the granny square sampler back in May? It was part of the Granny Square Sampler over at the wisecraft blog. I just felt inspired to crochet along with everyone else on this project. I posted the week by week details here on Ravelry. Generally though, I completed each week’s assignment within two weeks. Once the semester started though and it was time to join the squares, I just fell off the wagon. It took Thanksgiving break and almost an entire day of joining to make it into a full blanket. My favorite part is the complete randomness of the squares and how it all came together in the end. Ta da!
All of the yarn came from previous projects and handspun. I love being able to look at the blanket and look at certain yarns and remember the previous projects. “Oh this was a baby sweater and this was a pair of socks.” Love it. It is draped over the back of the couch and is very warm. I learned a lot of new crocheting techniques from this blanket. And it really bumped up my yardage used for the year! I am over 13,000 yards for the year now. What a great accomplishment!
Amidst all of the crafting projects I am working on and should be working on, I felt inspired to join the Granny Square Sampler Crochet Along by wisecraft. You may be thinking, “Crochet? I thought you were a knitter.” Ah yes, I do both. I learned how to crochet as a child and found it more enjoyable than knitting for a long time. In high school, I made an entire crocheted afghan for a 4-H project. After I was introduced to Ravelry and learned how to make knitted garments, crocheting fell by the wayside.
But it is back in my life with this new afghan project! I am only using stash yarn, which includes a lot of single balls of yarn and leftovers. Here are my first three squares from Assignment #1. One 7 round traditional square (on the left) and two 5 round traditional squares (on the right). Love how quickly these are working up!
It is so bright and sunny here that the sun is washing out some of the colors. But I love the randomness of colors. Granny squares are so satisfying because you do not have to look where to put the hook – it is all about the big holes. So come join me on this sampler afghan project if you can! It is going to be a fun summer project!