Thursday, June 30, 2011

Granny Squares

A dozen squares made for the "Crochet a Rainbow" project for the Queensland flood victims.  I have a special place in my heart for Australians, having  lived in a suburb of Melbourne for a year in my youth.  In fact, that was where I learned to knit, and where I improved my crocheting skills.  At that time, in the early '70s, we would even bring our yarn, hooks, and needles to school, and do that outside at recess while others were playing kickball.

I just went to look for the address/sign up and cannot find it.  I thought the woman coordinating this project was making then all year.  I guess these squares will be a part of another project I do, like maybe part of a shawl or baby blanket...

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Prayer Shawl

This shawl is made from an ombre Red Heart yarn called "Monet,"  so aptly named for the color mix in many of this impressionist artist's work.  It is one of my favorite color combinations, and  I picked up the sage and grape colors in it to have a few contrasting stripes.

I often adapt a pattern to my own ideas of color combinations, sometimes out of necessity, when I don't have enough yarn.  For you fellow hookers, do you stay true to the pattern or put in your own twist?

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Plastic Hat and Purse

As I have said, I like to repurpose things, and I like things that are free.  This project served both of those purposes.  I save all of the plastic bags from shopping and make "plarn," a yarn of sorts from cutting the bag into strips.  The printing on the bag gives it a little splash of color, and colored bags give a little stripe amongst the white.  Now I have waterproof gear for the beach, and can keep the sun out of my eyes.