So, is a crochet-a-long really a crochet-a-long (CAL) if no one else is crocheting with you?
When I saw news of the Lion Brand CAL pop up in the blog-o-sphere I knew I wanted to participate, especially since most “A-Longs” are for knitters. The pattern selected was for a sampler afghan, which is cool because it might have kept my attention. Of course I don’t have much of a yarn stash so I had to wait to get yarn until the spouse was in an agreeable mood. I decided on using a Bernat Berella “4” in a nice heathered gray. Typically I steer very clear of acrylic yarns, but it was on clearance. By the time I had everything together I realized that I was already weeks behind on the CAL.
The original pattern turned out to be 10 blocks each of three different patterns. Meh. I decided to venture on my own, so I picked up Basic Crochet Stitches — 250 Stitches to Crochet by Erica Knight.
The book is well written and displayed. It gives a brief introduction to several basic stitches and how to read crocheting diagrams. It doesn’t cover every stitch used in the book, so I have had to go looking for some of the more obscure ones. But so far so good. As I near the end of a current square, I become anxious to start and learn a new one. With 30+ squares in this afghan it’s essential that I keep interested.
This color is more true to the actual color.
I definitely want to get my hands on more of the Harmony Guides, such as The Harmony Guides: Edgings and Finishing Stitches: 250 to Crochet,
They even have some interesting looking knitting books — The Harmony Guides: Cable & Aran Stitches: 250 Stitches to Knit. I do love a nice cable.
I figure that if it comes out nicely I can give it away as a Christmas present, and if it doesn’t… well, the boys wont mind a few wonky squares as long as it’s warm and snuggly.
Oh! And what post is complete without pictures of my helper?