Something fun

SCATTERGORIES. It’s harder than it looks! But Fun!

Rules: Use the 1st letter of your name to answer each of the following…they MUST be real places, names, things…NOTHING made up!

If you can’t think of anything, skip it. Try to use different answers if the person before you had the same 1st initial. You CAN’T use your name for the boy/girl name question and you can’t use a search engine… Now Go!

1. Your Name: Susan
2. Famous singer/band: Steppenwolf (that really dates me, doesn’t it?)
3. 4 letter word: shop (you thought I was going to say something else, right?)
4. Street name: State Street
5. Color: sapphire blue
6. Gifts/presents: sentimental items… I really didn’t "get" this question
7. Vehicle: Saturn
8. Things in a Souvenir Shop: souvenirs – heh
9. Boy Name: Steven
10. Girl Name: Stephanie
11. Movie Title: Superman
12. Drink: Stinger
13. An Occupation: Statistician
14. Flower: Sunflower
15. Celebrity: Susan Sarandon
16. Magazine: Sew News or Sew Simple
17. U.S. City: San Francisco
18. Pro Sports Team: well, we have a semi-pro baseball team called the St. Paul Saints, and I do believe there is a pro team called the Saints as well, but I am not into sports much and one of the rules was that you couldn’t look things up.
19. Fruit: Strawberry
20. Reason for Being Late for Work: stranded in a snow storm
21. Something You Throw Away: styrafoam cups
22. Things You Shout: Stop!
23. Cartoon Character: Scooby Doo

I found this at Aunt Jenny’s World.

Squares and Ripples

Remember I said I was going to make afghans for my family? I ordered enough yarn for 3 full afghans. Then because I had to wait, and waiting isn’t easy for me, I started up on another afghan using the stash of Cotton-Ease in the discontinued bright colors. Cherry Red, Orangeade, Bubblegum, Sugar Plum, Pineapple, Popsicle Blue, Ice Blue, Blueberry and Vanilla. Whew!

I was thinking about doing a log cabin, with cool colors on one side and warm colors on the other, but then I saw a pattern for a baby afghan in the Spring/Summer issue of Knit It! magazine done up in the new colors of Cotton-Ease. It is called the Color Block Baby Blanket. I decided to go with that because I wouldn’t have to do a gauge swatch or other yarn conversions. Easy, huh? But then I realized that instead of the multiple separate squares good take-along project, it was done up in long strips. That meant that the obsessive must-plan-out-where-the-colors-go skill had to rear it’s head. Especially since I had limited number of balls in certain colors.

Basically it is a stockinette block in one color with a differently colored border done in seed stitch. Easy, just some counting now and again. But then you add in having to use 2 skeins for the border because you can’t carry across the yarn that far. I have been using the inner and outer bits of one ball instead and it is working just fine, but very tangly. So far I have 2 blocks done – this will be a project for when I am tired of crochet.

Cotton-Ease squares afghan

I think it will turn out nice.

Then the yarn for the afghans arrived and I decided to do a crochet non-ripple that looked nice from a book I checked out from a library. It turned out that the yarn was just too stiff. I ripped it out and started up a ripple. Red Heart Super Saver yarn in pale yellow, cornmeal and country blue. About 52 inches wide. I am going to just keep on going until I run out of yarn. So far that means a very big afghan because I haven’t run out of yarn from the 1st of 3 skeins (in each color) yet.

Ripple afghan in Red Heart Super Saver yarn

Ripples in worsted weight sure go fast. I saw comments in another post that said that Red Heart softens up after washing. Knowing that makes me very happy. I think the colors are bright and cheery and I hope the family member who gets it is happy with it. Or that they aren’t but they keep it to themselves *grin*.

Peace,
Susan

Ta-da!

Here she is:

Peggle is complete - ripple afghan

Details:
72″ by 84″ (approx, she keeps moving, you know how wiggly children are). Exactly as planned. I wish she was a bit bigger, but it is too late now.

Yarn: KnitPicks.com fingering weight Palette, 100% wool. I used 22 different colors out of the 30 total colors they have. I didn’t buy black and any of the browns, except for the color Fawn, which I put in because it looked like a dark orange to me. 1 skein each of blush, petal, peach, apricot, orange, fawn, lemon, yellow, grass, green, pool, blue, lilac, purple, tan, twig, cream and white. 2 skeins each of red, sunlight, mint and sky. Each skein was used for 3 stripes (each stripe being 2 rows).

Crochet Hook: Started with a 4/E and switched to a 5/F without making any difference in the stitch size, done for better ease of crocheting because the yarn is a splity 2-ply.

Pattern: Soft Waves from the 200 Ripple Stitch Patterns, edited by Jan Eaton. I did 24 repeats across and 84 stripes, each stripe being 2 rows.

Plan or random: A planned random. I had to make sure that the colors were somewhat evenly distributed, so I created a plan on paper by just plopping in each color so that it would be somewhere within the 1/3, 2/3, 3/3 sections. After crocheting the first 15 rows I realized I had a blob of pastels:

blob of pastels

Not wanting that to happen again, I started making changes as I went. Lots of changes:

1st sheet of plan

2nd sheet of plan

3rd sheet of plan

I think the colors work together okay, even though there are so many. I find myself really liking how each section kind of creates a story of color. If you want to see even more photos of sections of Peggle, be sure to visit my Flickr photos.

I have a bit of yarn left:

Yarn left-over from Peggle

Along the way I figured that each stripe (2 rows) used up about 16 gm of yarn. I could weigh the remainder and see what I have, but I can’t find my scale right now. Okay, so I know where it is but just don’t want to trek upstairs.

I am in the midst of planning more sedate afghans for Christmas gifts. Some knit, some crochet. My sister Chaachi is helping me with the colors. I ordered yarn for 3 so far, and while I wait I will be knitting another afghan for myself – out of the discontinued colors of Cotton-Ease. Squares of 2 colors each in a small riot of bright colors – pink, red, blues, white, yellow, orange, etc.

Peace!

Peggle is complete – almost

I am done crocheting Peggle. Now I need to weave in the ends. Thankfully, not the whole afghan’s worth because I had done some earlier. I don’t want to show you photos yet (don’t have them anyway but) because I am very sure it will look more impressive, or at least finished if there aren’t all those weird fringy things on one side.

So instead, another photo of my dog with one of his girlfriends, Ashley.

Spencer's girlfriend, Ashley

Seriously, this dog has girlfriends. He is a major chick magnet. He likes blond girls the best, but all girls love him. He has a fan club at the off-leash dog park. He is the "happy smiling dog" and he is known for his gurgling yodeling barking thing he does because he loves people so much. It is a bit freaky, but loveable.

Peace,
Susan