Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Yarn, AGAIN!

HALF of Ellen's Yarn Stash!
It's all about the yarn for me. I realize that people other than yarn-o-philes are reading my blog. I usually jam-pack the blog with info all about Los Angeles, places to go, restaurants, historical facts and more. lately, I've only been able to think about my yarn obsession. Sorry.
My husband is jealous of the YARN. I'm around yarn all day and all night. I fondle it. I read about it. I purchase it. I dream about all the wonderful projects I'm going to knit or crochet with it. I'm fixated by yarn. I admit it, I'm a yarn-a-holic.
O.K. the confession is over. Here's my latest and greatest finished object: The Wedding Afghan!
I kinda' want to keep it. Darn!
I used mostly Vanna's Choice and Red Heart acrylic yarn for this granny-ghan; size "I" crochet hook. The edging is from Doris Chan's "All Shawl" pattern (Ravelry link).


O.K. I'll try to blog about something OTHER than yarn tomorrow!

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At 1:46 PM PST, Blogger susanc said...

It's beautiful Ellen! I love the crocheted edging you chose - it really is perfect!

I'm yarn-obsessed too, so I love your posts about yarn and projects you're working on. No apology is needed!

 
At 1:55 PM PST, Blogger Laurie Ann said...

The border is lovely. I'd want to keep it too.

 
At 2:12 PM PST, Blogger Lynda said...

It's simply beautiful. I can understand why you'd like to keep it.

 
At 2:57 PM PST, Anonymous Jo Anne said...

came out beautiful!! The border is divine. I don't blame you for wanting to keep it.

 
At 3:37 PM PST, Blogger woolanthropy said...

You can post about yarn all you want. I love it!

Really I am not sure how you are going to part with that granyghan. It is gorgeous.

 
At 3:51 PM PST, Blogger Mrs. Susan Wike said...

Never threaten us with Not Blogging about Yarn! That's too cruel!

 
At 4:51 PM PST, Blogger Annette said...

I really like the edging you added. It really adds something special to the blanket. :)

 
At 5:32 PM PST, Anonymous Suzette said...

Yarn posts are the best!!! And, sorry, but looking at your stash makes me feel a bit better about mine (i.e. not so big). The afghan is gorgeous. You work wonders with Red Heart.

 
At 5:53 PM PST, Blogger Madge said...

And what's wrong with being yarn obsessed?! Not a DARN thing!

Happy Dias de los Muertos, amigo.

xoxo
Yer long long buddy Madge

 
At 6:30 PM PST, Blogger Jean said...

I have a passion for yarn as well, so it's a big plus when you post about the yummy stuff. The wedding afghan really turned out BEAUTIFUL!!!!! The yarn choice is great for someone who would not know how to care for the finer stuff and should wear well and last forever.

 
At 7:35 PM PST, Blogger gale (she shoots sheep shots) said...

But you do such greatthings with it--why change the subject? That granny sq afghan is a beauty!!

ps my security word is prana. So...maybe the internets know yarn is your lifeforce?

 
At 7:58 AM PST, Blogger mj said...

It is unbelievably beautiful. Love that edging. Makes it look so romantic. And let's not talk about yarn obsession. Let's just say I didn't need to pay shipping when I ordered the Kauni from Little Knits...

 
At 9:40 AM PST, Blogger dobco said...

I totally understand why this would be hard to give up! It is a beauty.

 
At 9:53 AM PST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's beautiful - the lucky recipient will love it.

Judy

 
At 10:50 AM PST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And the edging! Lovely!

--Mimi

 
At 11:58 AM PST, Blogger MonkeyGurrrrrl said...

Great Googly-moogly, that's GORGEOUS. Really. Anytime you want to crochet me a wedding afghan, feel free. Amazing.

 
At 7:41 PM PST, Blogger carlita dee said...

SHUT UP! Ellen, there are no words. You have made many, many fabulous things, and this one might just top the list!

I worship it!

 
At 8:26 PM PST, Blogger Stephknits3 said...

Beautiful afghan! What a great gift that will be treasured. I especially like the border you chose!

 
At 11:56 AM PST, Blogger LadyBug said...

What a stunning piece of work this afghan is! i adore the choice and layout of colours you have used and the border is a work of art in it's self!!!

 
At 9:40 AM PST, Blogger MIRELLAJ said...

Śliczny kocyk

 
At 12:45 AM PDT, Blogger ♥ maaria said...

Isn't this just a lovely piece of art work!! I love the boarder, need to do one too....

 
At 8:35 AM PDT, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

That's BORDER, Maaria. A boarder is a person who pays to stay in your residence. Thanks for the comment.

 
At 11:14 AM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow I love this and I have a wedding coming up soon so this gives me an idea of what to make.

 
At 8:19 PM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's truly amazing!! How did you join the squares? was it the "join as you go" type thing?

 
At 8:21 PM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OH!! And one other question... did you modify the All Shawl edging to fit this some how or did it just happen to fit?

 
At 10:06 AM PDT, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Yes, I used the "join as you go" method found on Attic24's blog. I added in a few more chains so that the "All Shawl" edging would fit around the corners of the afghan.

 
At 7:21 AM PDT, Blogger Guy Stallings said...

absolutely gorgeous.

 
At 6:46 AM PDT, Blogger Esther said...

What a beautiful blanket, I love it. I've almost finished a king sized granny blanket, I've been searching for a border and think I just may have stumbled across one :) thank you.
Esther x
Http://baggaleycottagecrochet.wordpress.com/
Formally handmadewithlove-esther

 
At 5:09 AM PDT, Blogger Honey said...

Hi, just found your blog...you are an artist! Can I ask if you sell this pattern? I can for sure do the squares but this is the prettiest edging I ever soon. I have tried to find it but have not found it. I absolutely in love. Have a friend that is going some major medical problems and I would love to give this to her. Again, you are (as my grand kids say) "da bomb!"

 
At 3:00 PM PDT, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

The border for this afghan is adapted from Doris Chan's "All Shawl." The chart for the border can be found here: http://dorischancrochet.com/2008/06/20/all-shawl-stitch-diagrams/

 
At 8:14 AM PST, Blogger Melinda hanmer said...

I too am a yarn/ wool hoarder, with no guilty feelings. One thing I would like to know how do you join the squares so neatly. Melind

 
At 10:19 AM PST, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Hi Melinda,

Thanks for your comment. I use the "Attic24" method of joining my granny squares. This is a "join as you go" method. Here is the tutorial: http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/joining-asyougo-sqaures.html

Best of luck!

Ellen B.
USA

 
At 5:08 PM PST, Blogger Beth Lowman said...

Could you please provide a diagram for the granny square that you used for this blanket? I have 6 weddings this spring/summer and would love to make this blanket as a present for at least one of the couples.

 
At 5:13 PM PST, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Below is a link to a diagram for a basic granny square. I crocheted two rows of white, two rows of a color, two rows of a darker color, then bordered each square with one row of white: http://idratherbecrocheting.blogspot.com/2010/07/basic-granny-square-stitch-diagram.html

 
At 2:29 PM PST, Blogger Steffi Jackson said...

I would LOVE to know the pattern for the border! I'm making a baby blanket for my sister's baby shower, and I can never figure out good borders. When I saw this one, I knew it was PERFECT

 
At 2:47 PM PST, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

In the text of this post there's a link to Doris Chan's "All Shawl." Click on the Ravelry link and look for the border pattern. Chan provides a chart.

 
At 3:53 PM PST, Blogger Steffi Jackson said...

Thank you! I didn't see that ;)

 
At 4:50 AM PST, Blogger Bobbi Frye said...

I may have missed but are there directions for making the border. It would encourage me to make an afghan!

 
At 12:06 AM PDT, Blogger Seattle Mama said...

This edging is absolutely stunning.

 
At 2:56 PM PST, Blogger Crochetamma said...

Stunning work, I love yarn too :) this stash is nothing , I have an entire room for my yarn stash ;) and no guilty feelings here :) I just love it, and so should you <3

 
At 9:31 AM PST, Blogger countrynmore said...

The afghan is stunning. I especially like the border. I can see why you would want to keep it.

 
At 8:32 PM PST, Blogger happy happy happy said...

I have a question!! So to do this edging, do you crochet row 1 around the entire blanket, then start two. OR do you crochet the entire thing, then move to the next section and do the entire thing over and over until you reach the end of your blanket?

 
At 8:53 PM PST, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Dear Happy Happy Happy, I crochet either a ROUND of single or double crochet around the entire blanket, then I start the edging pattern, adding more stitches at the corners so the edging does not curl. You have to "guestimate" the stitch count and improvise a bit Best of luck!

 
At 4:35 AM PST, Blogger Diane Futcher said...

Awesome work Love it

 
At 2:02 PM PST, Blogger Silvana González said...

Hola, es enero de 2015. Soy Silvana de Uruguay y en abril seré madre por primera vez de una hermosa bebita. Me encuentro en reposo y decidí realizar tu hermosa manta. Muchas gracias por compartir!!!! Quiero que sepas que es precioso tu trabajo y que estará abrigando a mi pequeña Victoria en unos meses. Sigue publicando :)

 
At 2:09 PM PST, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Congratulations, Silvana! May you and your new child enjoy the best of health!

 
At 8:52 AM PST, Blogger happy happy happy said...

Did you block this? I haven't ever done a blanket this big or with edging, so any advice on how to block such a large piece?

 
At 9:56 AM PST, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Hello, "Happy happy happy!" I did not block this afghan in the traditional way. It is all made from acrylic yarn, so I threw it into the washing machine and dryer. It came out perfectly fine and fluffy. I might have gone over the border lace trim with a cool steam iron just to emphasize the points.

 
At 12:12 PM PST, Blogger Sheila C said...

Hi there I absolutely love this afghan as everyone else does. I am a knitter and am trying to teach myself crochet and would love to start of with making these 'granny squares'. Do you have a pattern for these squares and you would be willing to share? As a beginner I think the edging, although beautiful, would be too advanced for me to try now.

 
At 12:18 PM PST, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Hi Sheila, Thanks for the compliments. Here's a tutorial on how to make a basic granny square. It's your choice as to which colors you use: http://www.littletinbird.co.uk/free-crochet-tutorials/basic-granny-square-pattern/

 
At 3:12 PM PST, Blogger Sheila C said...

Thanks for the reply. I've had a look at the link and it looks perfect. Two more questions how many colours did you use and how many balls of each? What was the finished width and length of the blanket? Been looking at yarn today here in UK and not sure what an equivalent yarn would be to what you have used, but just need to do a little more research.

 
At 3:15 PM PST, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Sorry, Sheila. I used leftover scraps of worsted weight acrylic yarn for this blanket. I did not take measurements, but it almost fits the size of a California King bed.

 
At 5:25 AM PST, Blogger Sheila C said...

That's fine. I'm just being cautious as I have to buy the yarn. I have some Aran weight yarn but most of my leftovers are DK and would give a smaller effect I would suppose. Thanks for replying.

 
At 6:33 AM PST, Blogger Karen Smith said...

Love love this afghan and especially the border. My granddaughter is engaged and was wondering if you would share your pattern. She would absolutely love this wedding afghan.

 
At 6:58 AM PST, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Thanks Karen. All of the details of this pattern are in the post above. It's a basic granny square afghan. The border is from Dorus Chan's "All Shawl," a free pattern on Ravelry.

 
At 8:31 PM PDT, Blogger Lindsay Armstrong said...

Ellen - I am hoping you could direct me to the actual site where the pattern for this edging is? I have fallen in love with it and the link you provided above brings me to the woman's page, but I don't see that particular edging. Otherwise, do you have the pattern for it? Thanks so much! And happy crocheting!

 
At 8:50 PM PDT, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Hi Lindsay, here's the chart to the edging for Doris Chan's "All Shawl." This is the pattern I used to edge this afghan: https://dorischancrochet.com/2008/06/20/all-shawl-stitch-diagrams/

 

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