Everything was going so well
I have reached a horrible point in crochet… Have you been here too? Read on!
I have been working on a Baby Blanket for a while now…
I’ve provided you with daily reports and you’ve all cheered me on – Vielen Danke!
Nothing untoward has occurred with this blanket (and that should have been a clue right there). I like the colour of the yarn (dusty peach). I have ribbon picked out ready for the trim (matching peach and a thin strip of darker pink – the colour of the peach cheeks when they’re darker than the inside). I enjoyed the shell pattern – it’s true, I did! I appreciated the clusters and showed you how I do them. We’ve suffered through yarn balls that have nowhere near the supposed metreage to them but nothing has gone catastrophically wrong and, despite some horrible DK ends to weave in, I still *like* it.
I have made a couple of items, where I couldn’t stand the wretched thing at the end (the Sun Sand and Surf blanket – see the Gallery- is one of them).
And now (last night, to be entirely accurate) we have reached a huge milestone : the last row of the border!!!
I cheered to myself as I worked on the last few chain three loops of the second last round. I was watching House and suddenly! *sharp intake of breath* Found myself at the “ join with sl st and.. R 7. Ch 1, Picot..” bit. Back to reading the pattern and then, once armed with the “Ah! So that’s how it works” moment of comprehension, dove in to do that last wonderful, magical, LAST Round….
and this is where the sound track goes from the nice happy music to the screeching sound of brakes, screams, skidding wheels, smashing glass and something that goes sprooooooooinnnnngG as it lands by your feet.
To quote the Duke from Moulin Rouge : “I don’t like this ending”.I don’t like all of Nicole Kidman’s movies (and I’m still angry with the film company for taking up my view when they were here in Darwin filming Australia a couple of months ago) but I like the soundtrack to Moulin Rouge.
Especially: this song.
Anyway – I digress.
We’re back at the scene of the crash.
It’s Bad. There’s merino everywhere!!
Ok…I don’t like it.
I don’t like the border.
Specifically, and I persevered for a couple of repeats – I don’t like the picots.
See – I tried… I did what the pattern told me to do and … It just doesn’t water my flowers.
So…I did what I usually do.
First, I looked at other borders in the Book. No help.
All my edging pattern books are back in Darwin. In the right hand drawer of the TV cabinet, with the Pineapple shawl, that involves a horrifying number of beads, that needs doing.
I tried a simple add another ch 4 round .. no.
Ok… what other pattern do I know?
Right, Mr 4mm Crochet hook – we’re falling back on my standard but quite pretty Dc and picot border…
The way this works:
*Chain 2.Skip two stitches,
DC. Picot (3 works well) into the TOP of the DC. Ch 2, DC into the same stitch as before, 3ch picot into the top again, repeat.
Then chain 2, skip 2 stitches, Single crochet into the next one, 3 chain picot and repeat from *.
Finish with a picot in the Slip stitch (hides it better!)
I juggled the skipped bits around the loops of the previous round and it’s still not quite there.
See here are the three different ideas:
So tonight – after the 285km drive home.. and swapping White Car back for Green Car, I will settle myself down to… FROG.
Yep – we’ll undo back to the beginning of this row, and try playing it with again.
And then.. tomorrow morning I get to go to the Post Office and I’m hoping that the Homespun will have arrived so I can make the throw I’ve got in my head.I haven’t forgotten the Gown either – its going with me to Lace Group tomorrow.
Which is when I’ll talk to you all again….