It’s been crazy busy around here this past month–work, work, work plus the kids’ school schedule plus church projects plus unexpected complications with the house, vehicles, and pet. Blogging is the first thing to drop off the end of my to-do list when time gets scarce.
But the crafting continues nonetheless. Even on the most harried days, I can usually find a few unscheduled minutes to throw in some stitches. I’ve completed several knit and several crochet projects that way–a round here, a row there–since July. I’ll get around to posting about them all as soon as life lets me.
Between those separate projects, I’ve managed to keep up with Moogly’s afghan crochet-along. I just finished block 21 of 24. That’s the block you see above, my palette’s version of Cocoa Puff by Melissa Green. It’s a bold, pretty one!
The pattern is written exactly right, but I won’t lie. I struggled mightily with Round 10. I fought it for more than two hours total (over two days, so it seemed even longer!). I frogged it back to the first side of the block at least half a dozen times before I finally made it to the end of the round.
And then I counted the stitches and they still didn’t add up.
It wasn’t until I ripped out the entire round, counting as I went, that I found where the mistake was. I’d misread the pattern at only the SECOND stitch of the round.
Lo and behold, starting fresh did the trick. I worked up that whole round correctly in 10 minutes the last time.
I hereby chalk up those lost hours (and poor reading that caused them) to fatigue!
This block fits in with the theme of the previous blocks, yet it’s a nice texture contrast, too. The navy part of the flower here is super heavy whereas the flowers in the other blocks are lighter and lacier.
This block–and the three others I’ll be making from this pattern–will add a nice weight and warmth to the afghan.
I have finally completed a few other blocks from this crochet-along, too. I guess now’s the time to slap those pictures up before I disappear from the ‘Net again!
I’ve shared my color take on Flower Tile Afghan Square by Marta Chrzanowska before, but it now has three sisters. Here are the two color variations (I made a pair of each) together:
I now have all four of my Lion’s Mane by April Moreland blocks done, too. This is also one you’ve seen in singular form before:
And finally, all four of my finished More V’s Please by Melinda Miller blocks can now be pictured together:
Just in case you’re seeing all this and thinking I’m some wonder of productivity, lemme clarify. I did not make all 13 of those blocks PLUS the other projects I mentioned (plus achieve life in general) between July and today. I’d had to put aside a bunch of these blocks for long enough that I forgot they weren’t finished. Several of those finishes consisted of adding only the last round–and that’s the part I did recently.
I’m (inordinately) proud to check my crochet-along project bag today and see that I now have exactly ZERO previously started crochet-along blocks incomplete. So–on to block #22!
How about you? Are you currently participating in a crochet-, knit-, or sew-along? Tell me about it–and you’re welcome to share links to your progress photos, too!