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Thursday, September 16, 2010

I'm in a Mood ~ and Another Election Day Crochet Project

Have I mentioned recently that a mood or urge or overwhelming desire has overtaken me lately? I'm not really sure what to call it, but the past month or so I have felt compelled to find things in my sewing room that I've had for some time and do something with them. Has this ever happened to you? It's a great feeling for sure. I'm thoroughly enjoying it. It is productive and it results in more space for new things, or for nothing at all!

This mood is responsible for a few new items in my Etsy shop: this fabulous Urban Chiks tote bag which I had such fun making, and this very cozy afghan which used up the last of some very cozy yarn I had way over purchased for a wedding gift afghan a few years ago.

The project I am currently crocheting is also a result of this urge to use up. I got it started last week so I would have something productive to bring with me on election day Tuesday. This was a state primary with very few contested races so I knew it would be a quiet day, but I still enjoyed being there from 6:30 in the morning until 8:00 at night, having a chance to catch up with friends and neighbors and work on my project. It will be another week or two before it is finished, but here it is so far...

Thick and cozy crocheted afghanI had purchased eight skeins of each of these two colors on clearance a few years ago so that someday I could make something with them. Well, someday is here! The colors are called Deep Purple and Magenta. The deep purple looks more blue in the pictures, but in person it is quite purple. And the magenta looks a bit muted in the pictures, but it really is quite rich and bright.

Thick and cozy crocheted afghanThis is my stack of squares so far...ten blocks all the same.

Thick and cozy crocheted afghanThey are made by starting with a chain of 21, then single crocheting 20 stitches in each row with purple for about 5 1/2 inches, then switching to the magenta and single crocheting 3 1/2 inches so that each block is 9 inches square.

Thick and cozy crocheted afghanThis yarn produces very thick and cozy blocks using this single crochet design, so the finished afghan will be very warm and snuggly. It is so so so soft too! I wish you could feel it!

Thick and cozy crocheted afghanThis stair step design is what I originally planned to do with the blocks, and I may still stick with that plan.

Thick and cozy crocheted afghanBut depending on how many blocks I am able to make with the yarn I have, I might lay out something like this with rectangles of each color. I'll have to wait and see what the final block count is and then figure out what design will work best.

So I was able to make quite a few of these blocks on election day and will continue to use up this yarn until the afghan is ready for my shop. By then perhaps this urge will have passed, but I sure hope not since I have so much fabric that could be used for so many things. I guess I'll just have to wait and see what happens!

Happy Stitching!

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