Manta Hueco Zig Zag

I finally finished my Manta Hueco Zig Zag blanket last night. I LOVE IT! I enjoyed making it and I know the recipient will be thrilled.

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The pattern can be found here. I added a simple border around it in white.

Usually it’s always a relief when I finish a large project but with this one, I could have happily continued. I will miss working on it. I will make another one of these one day.

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Zombies & Crochet

Is there anything better than watching The Walking Dead while you crochet away? I don’t think so. The only thing that could have sweetened the deal would have been to have chocolate in the house. I settled for the next best thing – Cookie Dough Tea that my lovely friend Danielle surprised me with about two weeks ago.

I was working on my Manta Hueco Zig Zag blanket

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I absolutely LOVE this pattern (you can find it here)! So simple yet the effect is mind-blowingly beautiful. It’s a good thing I already promised it to somebody or I’d turn into a blanket hoarder.

I started it about a month ago and with all the other little projects going on, it still managed to grow to a good size – It currently stands at 55 x 40 inches. I’m using up the leftover yarn from my Granny Stripes Blanket. I “stretched” the yarn a bit by crocheting every 5th row in white. End size will be determined by how far the leftovers will take me but I figure it’ll be around 65-70 in x 55 in and to that I’ll add a small border in white.

Now speaking of zombies…. Meet Boo, one of my two current foster dogs:

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She was abandoned almost a year ago. She was in really rough shape due to a giant inguinal hernia but she pulled through and is doing really well! The vet estimated her to be about 15 years old when she was found which would make her about 16 now. She’s a character and makes us laugh all the time. Her tongue is always sticking out and she’s completely blind in one eye so we’re joking and say we have our very own little walker 😉

If you live in British Columbia and are thinking of adopting a dog, please consider giving a senior dog a home. Boo is up for adoption through Bully Buddies. You can read more about her on her Petfinder profile.

Hexagon Love

I had a fair bit of white and hot pink yarn left from the Summer Garden Granny Square Blanket and when I saw THIS, I couldn’t resist. I ended up buying some more of the wisteria and shell pink to mix it up and decided to make myself a blanket consisting of wee tiny flowers. They really are just little tiny hexagons 😀

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My sock yarn leftovers also started to pile up and so I decided to take the plunge last night and start a The Beekeeper’s Quilt. HEXAPUFFS! So squishy! Hexapuffs are made from fingering weight sock yarn.

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I might be slightly crazy 😀 Both are side projects with no time limit whatsoever but they are great if I just have a few minutes to sit down or to take with me on the bus. It only takes me about 5 minutes to make one of the flowers and about 30 minutes to make a hexapuff. Also – They are just too cute for words! I’m also pretty sure that the end result will be absolutely mind blowing so I don’t mind being patient.

Rainbow-y Granny Stripes Blanket

Originally I was hoping to make it for my dad in time for his visit. I started it in mid July 2012 and was hoping to have it done by early October. Unfortunately the blanket turned out far too big than I had originally planned. I should confess that I did notice early on but I HATE that second row of the foundation chain so much that I initially thought it would be a lot easier to just keep on going than starting over and make it smaller.

Let’s just say – Wrong move!

372 stitches per row.

Double crochet, double crochet, double crochet, double, crochet, double crochet, double crochet, double, crochet, double crochet, double crochet, double, crochet, double crochet, double crochet, double, crochet, double crochet, double crochet, double, crochet, double crochet, double crochet, double, crochet, double crochet, double crochet, double, crochet, double crochet, double crochet, double, crochet, double crochet, double crochet, double, crochet, double crochet, double crochet, double, crochet, double crochet, double crochet, double, crochet, double crochet, double crochet, double, crochet, double crochet, double crochet, double, crochet, double crochet, double crochet, double, crochet, double crochet, double crochet, double, crochet, double crochet, double crochet, double, crochet, double crochet, double crochet, double, crochet, double crochet, double crochet, double, crochet, double crochet, double crochet, double, crochet, double crochet, double crochet, double, crochet, double crochet, double crochet, double, crochet, double crochet, double crochet, double, crochet, double crochet, double crochet, double, crochet… You get the idea, I’m sure.

The only thing that gave me a bit of relief was the frequent color changes. Of course that also meant that a gazillion little threads needed to be weaved in.

About half way through the project, the blanket was known as “The Blanket from Hell”.

I originally told myself that I can only ever have one project going at a time or chances are I’d end up with a giant pile of WIPs and nothing would actually ever get finished but I had to break my rule, I had to step away for a bit and do something else.

I eventually finished it in mid December 2012. My husband fell in love with it so on Christmas, I happily surprised him with it.

As hard as it was to push on with the seemingly never ending double crochets, the end result was absolutely worth it! The colors are amazing! It is 60 x 80 inches so big enough for both of us to snuggle up on the couch.

The sweetest thing about this is that my husband loves it so much, he put it inside a duvet cover to protect it. It sort of defeats the purpose but at the same time it shows you how much it is treasured.

Have I mentioned that my grandma is still refusing to use the quilt I made her for her 90th birthday? She is showing it off to everybody but is scared that it’ll get a stain or something even though I have repeatedly told her it can be thrown in the washer and dryer. She’s still refusing to use it after I suggested the duvet cover method. It’s become one of her most treasured things just like the hand knitted socks she made for me over the years. Hand made things = LOVE.

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Pattern: Granny Stripe
Yarn: Stylecraft Special Double Knit (the “Lucy Pack” plus white)
Hook: 4 mm