Wednesday, November 17, 2010

REDnesday - My Red, White & Blue WIP

American Beauty - The first three rounds of color!
I was inspired by Elizabeth at Bluebird Papercrafts (here).   

I've featured Elizabeth before because I'm in love with her creations.

Everytime I visited her blog...which is frequently...I would drool over a crocheted blanket in red, white and blue she has featured in a sidebar photo.  I would go away thinking someday...someday... I want to make a throw like hers.  

Well, the other day I was in Michaels and thought of Elizabeth's Red, White and Blue Beauty and started grabbing yarns in those colors.

Edged in white
For the blue I'm using my old stand by...Caron Simply Soft acrylic yarn in "Blueberry".  My Michaels use to carry a huge selection of colors of Simply Soft but lately their color selection has shrunk for some reason unknown.

So... for the other two colors I am trying Loop & Threads Silky Soft acrylic yarn in "Bright Red" and "White".  This is my first time using Loop & Threads yarn.  I'm using an H hook.   The first row is ten granny squares.  I want a small throw so I'm thinking maybe doing ten by eight granny squares in size. 

Using the "join as you go" method 
I love connecting the granny squares with the "join as you go" method.  Here's an excellent video to learn that method.  This is Part 1 of 2.  You can find fantastic videos on YouTube on crochet.

Three new yummy crochet books!
Yesterday to celebrate my birthday we went to the Cheesecake Factory for lunch.  We had never been to one.  This is a brand new restaurant built in a mall in Delaware.  The food was delicious but the portions were huge and sadly we had no room for cheesecake for dessert.  

While at the mall I couldn't resist visiting Barnes & Noble (a two story B and N!!) and bought some books for my birthday...three of them were new crochet books.  These are fantastic books...great photos and in addition to the lovely patterns they have excellent diagrams.   I love doing borders and fancy edges.

More REDs to enjoy with our lovely host, Sue, at 

It's A Very Cherry World

for REDnesday!

Don't forget to enter my First Give Away (here)!  It runs until Sunday night 11/21 at midnight.  

It features RED and Christmas!

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  1. Oh my goodness, this will be lovely. I am currently working on a scarf with grannies using cotton candy colors of blue, green, yellow and pink. YUMMY!

  2. You certainly do very pretty crochet work. I never did learn how to do that. I enjoyed my visit to your bog today.

  3. Oh Sandy, I wish I knew how to crochet because I would definitely make one too! Your afghan is going to be so beautiful, and then if you put a picture of it on your sidebar, I'm the one that's going to be jealous every time I visit you!
    Happy REDnesday!

  4. That is beautiful ! You are very talented ! Happy late Birthday to you !

  5. I love the way your blanket is looking! I've never heard of Loop & Threads yarn before. I'll have to keep an eye out for it. I kept a picture of your red afghan because I want to make one like THAT some day too! I love that blanket!

  6. Happy Birthday and the blanket is going to be just gorgeous!

  7. So beautiful! I love your colors and yarn! The blanket looks great!
    Thanks for your sharing, the video helps me a lot!
    Take loads of care,
    LoL, xxx

  8. I DO love that red white and blue!! So cheerful. And belated Happy Birthday to you! Hope you enjoy many, many more.

  9. Beautiful dear Sandy.;) It makes me remember how my mom would crochet when we were kids.;)
    Glad you enjoyed your birthday.;)

  10. Oh Sandy! I didn't recognize my own blanket! It didn't turn out any near as wonderful as this is going to be! You make me want to make a yarn purchase and begin crocheting again. I have never known how to sew them together; so I especially thank you for the video! Here I was sewing them with long yarn and needle! Now I definitely want to try again! Have a lovely weekend! Elizabeth

  11. Love grannies and bright colors! I stumbled into your blog through "Crochet Partners". Please enter me into the contest. Oh yes, and pick me!!