I don’t want to know how long it’s been since I’ve posted. Can you tell I work retail during the beginning of the holiday season?

And don’t have wifi…whatever, I can make excuses for hours. Might as well just stop whining and make a damn post 🙂

Anyway, I’ve completed the Stained Glass Afghan!

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Here it is in all its glory! It’s super hard to take pictures of an afghan without a bed big enough to display it 😦 I’ll tell my husband that this means we need a queen-size bed…that’ll work, right? It’s for my crocheting!

So this blanket is joined, edged with black, and ready to hopefully find a new home! It’s all listed on Etsy and expectantly waiting for its new owner. Feels good.

I also got bored one night and made a quick hat/gloves combo for the hell of it:

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Don’t know why I didn’t take a picture of just the hat. Hmm. Weird. Anyway, I like them. Also on Etsy now. I feel so professional!

And now, because I’m apparently a glutton for punishment, I started another project. No, I’m not done with the Batman afghan for my brother yet. His birthday is in about a week, so…oops. I never promised him that that’s when he’d get it, though, it was just my unofficial plan. I may crochet something extra, a little Batman amigurumi or something to send along with it. That’ll make up for it.

No, I started something for a different family member. My grandfather-in-law is a very sweet man. He has a lady friend whom he loves very much (she’s widowed, he’s a widower, they both need someone in their lives and they work very well together), and he asked me to make her an afghan. She graduated from the local high school and still has a lot of pride for them, so he wants it to be in those colors and with the mascot.

I found some clip-art of the mascot (a bulldog) and used a site that makes a chart out of a picture. I can’t really share that pic just because I’m too lazy to take a screenshot and reupload and all that crap, but that’s what I did. I’m doing a double crochet for each “box” on the graph, hopefully making a picture out of crochet.

Basically, like the Batman one, but making it up instead of someone nicely writing it out for me. But I’m up to the toes of the dog and it’s working out so far!

The problem is that it’s not going to be big enough by far. I knew that, but the site I used only had a few size settings, and the biggest was 160 stitches across. I didn’t know how to properly translate that for a king-size bed, so I’m just doing that number. My idea is to make this dog and see how big that rectangle is. Then I’ll use other things like the name of the school, pawprints, and maybe the names of the couple to kind of make a patchwork crochet blanket? It may either be the best idea I’ve ever had or the dumbest. We’ll see where it goes.

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A quick update!

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The full height and width are joined! Just 10 squares to go, and 2 of those are blocking right now to hopefully be joined tonight!

I’m starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel…

Wow.

Ok, so I wanted to update you on my Stained Glass afghan. So I checked my last post on it to see how far I had gotten when I last annoyed you all about it…and it was about the first square and then how my first 4 looked next to each other.

That’s pathetic. I’m now 20 squares in, and have been joining them together because I’m impatient. I also didn’t want to join 30 at once, plus I wanted to see how the layout would work.

My original layout sucked. I had the squares written out as “AB, AC, BA, etc.”, and when I was making my first layout, I assumed it was the first letter that was more important. So I tried my best to not have AB and AC next to each other, but I had several instances where, for example, a BA was next to a CA. The second color is more of an accent color, right?

Yeah, when I tested that layout, it failed. You can kind of see that in my photo from a while ago when I put 4 next to each other.

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Huh…even though hot pink is the “accent” color, it kinda overpowers the first color. And it’s not just the blinding hot pink that has that issue, trust me. I tested all the square combinations.

Oh, and it doesn’t have anything to do with the topic, but here’s my picture of “how big will this afghan be?”…

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At least in height. I apparently tested this when I only had 8 squares done, but there’s the 6 length-wise, and 3 of the width, with a library book for scale. Anyway…

So instead, I reworked my layout but didn’t put second colors next to the same thing. That sounds confusing, but you get the point. AB next to AC? Fine! AB next to CB? Hell no.

That layout worked surprisingly well. And it was good enough that I started joining rows! Just because I felt like it, I joined width-wise instead of the columns. No real reason.

Here’s the first 2 rows:

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Pretty, right? That’s what really made me think “ok, this is going to work out”. It’s the exact look I was going for. It kind of looks random and mixed together, but no squares are next to the same color to look all weird. The dark squares (purple and raspberry in either order) still look a little odd next to each other, but there was no way to prevent that. It doesn’t look too bad in person, I swear.

Especially when the blanket grows:

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Ignore the feet. It’s surprisingly hard to take pictures of an afghan laid out on the floor!

This is 17 squares joined together, and I believe in the meantime I’ve added 3 more. And last night, I put another 2 on blocking mats, so I’m nearing the end!!!!

I know I don’t take enough pictures of the process…I’m trying to handle all this social media shit. I mostly put my pictures on Instagram, so if you want to see more progress pictures of all my projects, feel free to follow “crochetabby” on there. It’ll be like 90% crochet, and then 10% miscellaneous stuff because I sometimes feel like it, ok? Everyone Instagrams their snacks once in a while 🙂

Anyway, just wanted to share how happy I am with this blanket. I am not regretting it one bit, and I’m overjoyed at how it’s turning out. Selling it is going to be hard, but I need the money…for more yarn. So I’ll forge onward and eventually it’ll be in a new home for someone to enjoy it!

My favorite step of the Stained Glass squares!

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It’s just so simple and pretty! I kind of want to use just these flowers in something in the future.

Oh, and to keep myself on track, I’m done with 5 squares so far! This is the 6th, and I think I’ve been working on it…4 days?

Plus, next spring there’s apparently an event at a local church where you can rent a table and sell shit. My MIL knows a woman who always gets a table, and she’s planning to talk to her about possibly sharing her table/fee with me! I probably won’t have enough stuff to make renting my own table worth it, but this would be great!

Not much to say today, I guess. I’m going to return to my blanket squares and Muppet movie 🙂

I need to learn my lesson….

…but I never will.

Yeah, I started ANOTHER big project. This one will probably be sold if I can manage it. But we had an unexpected check show up in the mail (legal, I promise, we just forgot about it), and I wanted some yarn, so I found a project for which I could get pretty much exactly the amount of yarn I needed with my budget. And the result was the Stained Glass Afghan. For only two bucks on Ravelry, it seemed very worth it. And it was.

I took photos of the progress through the first block. Since this is a paid pattern, I really hope this isn’t giving away too much info on how the block works. If it is, and I am told to take it out, I gladly will. But for now, I’m going to post my progress photos because I find it super cool to watch the block take shape!

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Hobby Lobby was my best option for yarn, because even though our city has a nice little independent yarn shop, they pretty much only sell Cascade, and a blanket needs a lot of yarn…I’d go broke. I Love This Yarn is my favorite non-RHSS worsted for stuff like blankets. It’s soft, thick, warm, and comes in a lot of colors.

I picked these colors because the pattern says it’s for three colors, but for a real “stained glass look”, black outlines are kinda needed. So I got plenty of black. That left two other colors in the pattern, but I didn’t want 30 identical squares (the square amount that another Raveler used for their blanket, and it sounded good to me!). So instead of picking out two other colors, I found three. And I figured I’d pair them up to make all different squares!

As you can see, I found hot pink (I guess I’m not over leaving it out of my ripple blanket), raspberry, and then a light/medium purple. I loved how they looked together in the store. As I’m working on it, I see that the raspberry and purple are pretty similar, but hopefully they’re unique enough in the finished product.

I also realized from similar projects that I needed to plan this out rather than just start crocheting. I needed to know how many squares to make, or I’ll have an 80% pink blanket.

Here’s the result of that planning:

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I’m kinda proud that I only had to switch around a few squares. It’s not completely random, but I figured out all the ways to pair them (the AB, BC, AC stuff), and then tried my best to “randomly” spread out those squares. It worked surprisingly well with 30 squares–6 different combos for my three colors, 5 squares of each type!

I realized that I got myself in some trouble when I named my colors A, B, and C…and then the pattern uses ABC in the instructions, with B always meaning black in my layout. So I have to go through a mental translation of “it says join in C, so that’s my second color in the AB square, so C means B which means raspberry…”, but it’s working out so far.

I’ll stop talking so much and just show you the cool process now:

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My husband kept looking at it throughout and remarking “it doesn’t really look like stained glass”, until I showed him the final square. It’s the black that really makes it.

He still feels that my colors don’t “work” for stained glass, but personally I love it! This was a “C-A” square, because I felt like just starting at the top left corner of my planned layout rather than doing all 5 squares of each color combo in order.

Then I did a “B-C”, but I won’t bore you with the progress pics this time.

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It doesn’t look that different, but once they’re next to each other it really shows.

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I. Love. It.

It’s going to be a very colorful blanket, but at the same time, they’re all pink/purple, so it won’t clash. Or it shouldn’t, at least.

I probably won’t want to sell it, but it’s a bit too girly for me and my decor, so I’m going to make myself put it up for sale when it’s done. I don’t think this one will work in the store on consignment, it’s a bit too pricey. I’ll probably just list it online and advertise it on Facebook and stuff.

I’m rambling, but I’m so excited! My goal is a square per night, I just had extra time last night so I started the second one and finished it this morning. I’ll do #3 tonight and see if I can start a fourth.

Before I cut off my ramblings, let me know if you like it! Does it have a “stained glass” look? Are the colors clashing or do they work? I’m really curious because I am WAY too invested in this to actually tell objectively. Be honest!