Sunday, November 27, 2016

Twist n' Shout & Leaping Stripes!

This week saw a couple of finishes:

First was my Twist 'n Shout Slouchy Hat which doesn't slouch.  I even added some extra rows at the top to try to get it to slouch, but no go.  Maybe my head's just big. I don't know...   It fits fine, it just isn't long enough to "slouch".  But that's okay, I like it anyway - the stitch pattern is fun, and wasn't hard at all to make.   The slip stitch ribbing, on the other hand, was tedious to crochet, but it turned out nice and stretches great.

 
I made the pom pom with some low-pile fake fur.  I like the pom, but I'm thinking since pom poms are usually more fluffy, I may use the rest of the fur for some other project (as opposed to making more poms for more hats).   Though I have no idea what I would want to make with it now.  Fake fur is seriously messy to work with.  I had no idea. 

The yarn used for the hat is Red Heart Soft in the color Berry.

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I also finished my Leaping Stripes and Blocks Blanket.  I made mine toddler or child-sized measuring at 38" x 48".

This is a great pattern - easy to do, and creates a fun design when using three or more colors.  And the truly genius part is that if using no more than three colors, the yarn can be carried up the side and then covered up by the border.  Very few ends to weave in!

The yarn is Deborah Norville Everyday in Orchid and White, and Red Heart Soft in Plummy.  

We had a good Thanksgiving at brother-in-law's on Thursday.   He ordered several pasta dishes from Olive Garden and everyone else pitched in with appetizers, sides and desserts.  It was a yummy, non-traditional treat.  And Friday night our three sons came over for a "shrimp fest".    Middle son cooked up his version of Shrimp Scampi on the stove-top, while I put together a baked dish of garlic shrimp. Mmmmmm...  it was all sooo good.   And then, with full tummies, we played games.  Always a new game to play with these fellas.  Oldest son introduced us to Nefarious.   It was fun, but it took me two whole rounds to grasp it well enough to not need constant help.  My thinker doesn't fire as fast as it used to.  Or maybe it's just my imagination that it ever fired fast at all.

To see what other Yoppers are up to, visit our thread on Ravelry.






  

15 comments:

  1. Sounds like you had a great thanksgiving. I love the blanket.

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  2. Even if the hat doesn't slouch, it's very pretty. Love the blanket! Sounds like a great Thanksgiving!

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  3. The hat is very pretty and i like the pom pom. The blanket is wonderful, my favorite colors were used. Sounds like you had a fantastic Thanksgiving and how fun to learn a new game.

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  4. I'm always interested in new games. I am gonna check that one out.

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    1. I'll be honest... it's not my favorite. But I love that our sons introduce us to new games so often. It keeps things interesting. And it exercises my brain. ;^)

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  5. Thanks for the pattern link. I will definitely make the 36" x 36" size next time I crochet a blanket. It looks much quicker than my usual granny square.

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    1. This blanket is a bit of a yarn eater, and it doesn't go as quickly as it might look (I say that because I was surprise about half way through how long it was taking me to make progress). But it's an easy stitch pattern once you get it. I love how the colors play with each other because they overlap. This is why I'll likely be making more things from this pattern.

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  6. Love the blanket, such great colours, thanks for the link.
    Glad to hear your Thanksgiving was a good one. Sounds like everyone had a great time.

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  7. You are a blanket queen!!! It's amazing how fast you are, and your color choice is always beautiful!

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    1. lol - I love making blankets because they are a great canvas for playing with colors and learning new stitches. I'd probably be a sweater and clothing queen like you if I felt comfortable wearing wooly things. Maybe someday, though... ;^)

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  8. So sorry I am late with my comment! It has been quite a week. I love your non-traditional Thanksgiving....it all sounded yummy and the shrimp too. I have some frozen....now you've got me wanting shrimp...and with garlic for sure! LOL!
    Your hat is lovely and thanks for the heads up about fake fur! I really like the berry color too. Your blanket turned out beautiful and I love the colors you combines per usual. I always love your combos. I can't wait to see what you're up to next.

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