Wednesday, December 16, 2009

but i do loves the crochet

I used to joke that the best way for me to leave a project unfinished was to do it in crochet. For the longest I couldn't fully appreciate the form, though I've always liked the fabric it creates. My afghan endeavor has shown me the light I tell you. When Ellen put out a call for donations to the Orphan Foundation of America's Red Scarf Project a few weeks ago, I decided to answer, but my creative calendar is pretty full. I started knitting a scarf, using this pattern. In a full evening I got a little past what you see in the sample photo, and I realized knitting the scarf wouldn't do.

My favorite way to tie a scarf. Its slight ascot air makes even the poorest scarf look rich.

I needed to be able to complete the project in a day or two, and if granny squares have taught me anything, it's that crochet kicks knitting's ass when it comes to speed (another thing Ellen always told us). If you're looking for quick turnaround and don't want to use bulky yarn, there's no better way to go. I ripped out the knitting, found a simple crochet pattern, and worked it up lickety split. (I don't know if it was masochism or hedonism that made me plan to make two scarves, but the reality of finals week at work set in and I had to simmer down and settle for one.) The yarn is a more-than-decent acrylic, Hobby Lobby's "I Love This Yarn!" Beat that for a name. Under 3 bucks and I could've gotten two scarves out of it.

Here's what you see when you open my front door:

13 comments:

Adrienne said...

That's a LOT of squares!!!

Nik said...

Don't know why I smiled wide with glee when I saw all those squares. I think it's because of all the rich colors. I can't wait to see it done.

Stacy said...

LOVE the squares but am slightly disappointed to not see Ms. Mira right in the middle of them!

I've been a big old knitting slacker... back to it tonight!

MmmYarn said...

I saw this and my first thought was: "I want this for my rug!" It's lovely.

woolanthropy said...

I want to run in your house and dance around those squares like a wild Indian. They make me so happy.

j.kaori said...

Look at those colors! Beautiful!

Anonymous said...

How many afghans is that going to be????

Ellen Bloom said...

I'm so PROUD of you, Carlita for making such a lovely RED SCARF for the Orphans Foundation of America! It looks perfect!

You know I'm diggin' those granny squares! I, too can't wait to see them all put together into one fantastic afghan!

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decafsis said...

I want to open my door and find those beautiful squares in my house. You have a lot of grannies there. I think they would make a gorgeous blanket. Whatever you do with them will be wonderful

Coco, not as in Chanel :) said...

Absolutely beautiful! Happy New Year!

Sahara said...

Holy smoke!!

Deborah said...

can't wait to be able to do this and have no one complain!