And Just Like That

Two years of my life pass.

Within those two years, a new baby, two new homes, more yarn than I should have had the good sense to purchase, and a new skill learned with a single hook, two hands, and a road full of good intentions.

Creating this labor of love required patience, fortitude, flexibility, and a HUGE basket to carry around all that and all those hexagons—more than 200 hexagons, no two the same—and the fifteen skeins of yarn it needed.

It is done. I can not believe it, but it is done.

Soon the afghan will make it’s way back home, the home where my heart is, to its rightful owner, my mother, for whom all the stitches were cast and carried. It may have taken two years to complete…

…but it is nothing compared to the time, energy, and love she has given me. No handmade object in the world can convey the admiration I feel for her and all that she’s done and continues to do not only for me, but my entire family. Yet hopefully the softness and warmth that these knots of wool and alpaca provide can remind her that she is always in my heart.

I love you Mom. I hope you like it.

Details ::
Inspired by the Haverhill Afghan by Garnet Hill
crocheted in Alpaca with a Twist’s Highlander yarn
using a combination of single crochet, and double crochet
stitched together with a mattress stitch.

Approximate Pattern ::
chain six, link to form a circle;
*three double crochets through the loop made with the chain, single crochet*
repeat * * 5 more times to complete six group of three double crochets, link;
change color;
*three double crochet in the gap between two groups of three; single chain; three more double crochet in the same gap; single chain*
repeat * * 5 more times to complete six groups of three double crochets, link;
change color;
*three double crochet in the gap between two groups of three; single chain; three more double crochet in the same gap; single chain; three double crochet in the gap between the next group of three; single chain*
repeat * * 5 more times to complete six groupings total of three double crochets, single crochet, three double crochet groups within the same gap, chain, then one group of three double crochet, chain in the next gap; link.

Rinse lather repeat for as many times as you can before you run out of yarn. Stitch, or crochet the hexes together, weave in ends, grab a nice long drink.

 

Felted! Slippers!! Finished!!!

Remember these… well now they’re all done!!

slippers1

OK, so they’re not exactly done… I have yet to add the elastic to close them up, even though I’ve already purchased the cord. It’s hard to get excited about plain old vanilla elastic cord, so I might try to find some funky orange laces or ribbons or something.

slippers2

These have actually been done for months. And I’ve even had the photos for a long time as well. I just completely forgot to post them.

This was my first felted project, and I have to admit that I might make more. The pattern is Felted Snuglets by Maggie Pace of Pick Up Sticks! She has quite a few cute little patterns and I think I just might have to try the Bow cloche pattern for myself. After all, I’m moving to a much harsher climate, right?

This particular pattern was a nice bit of work for me, although if you’re not a fan of seaming, it’s probably not for you. You basically knit up two pair of slippers, each slipper consisting of six separate peices, so all told, twelve individual peices get made up before you start to put them together. The peices themselves knit up rather quickly, but the stitching takes a good amount of time. I chose to use Lopi for the exterior and Alpaca with a twist for the interior. Tha alpaca felted up beautifully; really, really soft with little to no stitch definition, and a very lovely flop to the fabric. The Lopi didn’t felt quite so nicely. As you can see, the stitches are all plainly visible and the fabric is really dense and not very pliable. I thought about throwing them in the washer for another round (the third) of felting, but I’m afraid of how the alpace will handle it. There is already a good deal of disparity in size between the exterior and the lining and I don’t want to warp them much more than they already are. I don’t think i’ll use the Lopi for felting again, but I’m already planning a few items for the kids with the alpaca, and, uh, the cloche for me 😉

slippers3

Oldest daughter was very fond of them for the time she wore them, although they were horrendously large, and had no closure. On our hard wodd floors they acted much more like ice skates, so they kept her busy and active 😉 I think this year they’ll actually fit. You know, once I get the closures on…