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Hook Happenings, part 2 (Catch up edition!)

NeverEnding Wildflower

NeverEnding Wildflower

Back to the Moogly CAL, I left off at square #10, with five alternative squares also completed. Next up was Square #11, The NeverEnding WildFlower Square.  Another flower square, but it was a really pretty one. A new technique once again, which was fun to learn.  I love the flower and the texture it’s going to give my completed blanket. It took me a bit longer to get through this square, mainly because I was focusing on my other project, the Boho Shawl Vest.

This shawl is massive- I bought about 11 skeins of Deborah Norville Serenity Garden yarn.  I used 9 of those skeins by the time I finished at the end of August.  It made a perfect bathing suit cover, and it’s super comfortable.  I keep forgetting to get a picture of myself wearing it.

The competed shawl, spread on our bed at the Beach House to show just how large it is.

The competed shawl, spread on our bed at the Beach House to show just how large it is.

I think I would’ve finished my shawl sooner, except I kept taking long breaks, as in weeks at a time where I didn’t pick it up.  Even in the end, I debated not doing the last row because it was so long, but in the end, the completist in me had me finishing that last row before my vacation to Holden Beach in North Carolina.  It was worth it.  I think this is the largest crochet project I’ve completed by far.  Mei’s baby blanket wasn’t nearly as big, though it took me just about as long I think.

About the only thing I had problems with is that the outer rings were treble crochet and for some reason, I had problems keeping them even.  If I had to go back, and because it was so large, I was change them all to double crochet, and I might consider adding beads.  Even with the uneven stitches at times, the shawl is beautiful.  It’s almost a shame summer and swim time is over.  Not that I won’t be wearing it around the house.

Granny's Shining Star

Granny’s Shining Star

In between working on the shawl, and a second blanket, I finished up two more squares.  Square #12: Granny’s Shining Star and Square #13: CrissCross Applesauce. Granny’s Shining Star was a super fast square, with me completing it in almost two hours.  The start of the square is the only “difficult” part, and honestly, it wasn’t difficult at all.  Crisscross applesauce is, by far, my favorite square yet.  So much in fact, that it is the square for my second blanket.  It’s a gift for someone, so I’m not going to talk too much about it, but this square is just so much fun.  There are some complicated stitches- lots of post stitches, both back and front, and cabling, but it’s worth the effort.  It’s just so lovely in my opinion.  I might have to make a third blanket!

Because of the shawl, and the second blanket, I’m a bit behind now.  The CAL is on Square #18…so I get to spend the next few weeks catching up.  There’s only six more squares remaining, before we spend December sewing the squares together!  Hard to believe, it really feels like the January start just begun!  I look forward to completing my blanket, and I’m hoping to add in a few more alternatives so my blanket is really big!  But Christmas season is fast approaching, and I have more than one project on my list.  There’s just never enough hours in the day to get it all done!

Close up of CrissCross Applesauce

Close up of CrissCross Applesauce

CrissCross Applesauce Square

CrissCross Applesauce Square

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