I aim to publish my ‘CAL’ posts on a Thursday but I didn’t think I was going to make it this week as I have had a bad cold. I made square 22 straight after the previous three as I was feeling in the mood but once I went down with the cold I found that I didn’t even feel up to working on the edge for my flower cloth still less a pattern I had to follow. But yesterday I was over the worst, but still not fully back to normal, and the only thing I did feel up to was sitting quiety and crocheting.
I also wanted to try out my new bifocal glasses that I had decided to buy for reducing the strain on my eyes when watching TV and crocheting or knitting at the same time. I hadn’t realised how much sub par my distance vision was. Suddenly the TV was so-oo sharp and I could read the display on the DVD recorder from where I was sitting. Looking aside at the ball of yarn was odd and I had to adjust the glasses to read the pattern on the side table but all in all the glasses are a definite ‘hit’.
So now for the squares. No flower pictures this week.
Square No. 22
I thought these colours would work well together and would have a pretty floral feel.
This square does stretch out into a square but I would have to pin it down to something to keep it that way. It was actually a lot more crumpled looking when I had first finished it.
The front post / back post business wasn’t too tricky once I got into it but I can’t quite decide whether it is a good thing to introduce into a pattern or not.
I like the finished look but it will need to be inserted in between squares that are firmly square I think.
Square No. 23
With this square I thought ‘leaves’ gently twining together.
It turned out larger than average, as I expected, since the foundation row had 33 dcs rather than the more common 27.
I find the foundation row tends to turn out larger than the final row I think this is because I work the foundation chain fairly loose so I know I can work into it easily. Hopefully when sewn in place this will adjust itself.
Square No. 24
Now I did get myself into a bit of a muddle with this one. I thought when it said ‘puff’ stitches it meant popcorns. Well I was recovering from the cold and the different stitch names are not fixed in my mind yet. (Excuses, excuses, 😉 )
I didn’t like it very much with the popcorns but when I looked closely at the picture part way through I realised that the stitches there looked quite different mine. So I undid what I had done in yellow and read up on how to do puff stitches.
In the end I think it is a very pleasant square to look at and a blanket made of these squares could be really lovely.
Only issue would be that I found it hard to pull the yarn through eight loops without catching it and having to redo the stitch, somethimes several times. I don’t know if anyone else had this problem or knows how to prevent it?