Remember when me and the MR went to Costa Rica? We were exploring a wondrous place, visiting waterfalls, mountains, jungles, and beaches. It was amazing, animals everywhere, and during the afternoon siestas, I was journaling about our adventures, doing yoga on the beach, writing a bestseller? No, I was crocheting. I was trying to get the pattern just perfect for the local yarn shop tour held in Northwest Washington each May.
Crocheting and designing at the pool isn’t a bad way to spend an afternoon. The MR is very tolerant, and the crochet pattern was a hit. We sold out of the yarn and handed out hundreds of copies.
And you’re saying what does this mean for you. Well, if you’re a crocheter, and you follow my blog, this is your lucky day. I’ve uploaded my pattern to Ravelry and added a code so you can get it for free. Just call it a little love from the Big White House on the Hill.
It’s the All Squared Up Scarf–LYS on Ravelry. Once upon a time, it was just the All Squared Up Scarf, but someone had the good sense to take that name before I did.
Oh well, we adjust. Here’s a peak at what you could be making.
I’ve been super creative with the coupon code. It’s “Big White on the Hill”. I know, how do I think of these things?
One little trick or random side note, since you follow my blog, I can’t get the phrase “suck it in Fisher” out of my mind. My mom was a wonderful lady, but when she’d take a picture, she’d say that to my dad. As a kid, it didn’t bother me; it was all in good fun. My dad was skin and bones when she married him. During middle age, they’d both gained a few pounds.
As a grown up, I can’t imagine saying that to my husband. But this phrase echoes in my mind when I’m working this pattern. You totally have to see what you’re doing. Are the blocks falling into place? If not what do I have to do? Suck it in (tighten up the stitches) to make everything fall into place, or relax and be loose, so everthing falls into place? I’ve undone half a row, a whole row, 10 rows, more times than I’d like to get everything to magically fall in to place. Sometimes things are harder than they look.
Anyways, in other news, I’ve also been working on sharpening my skills with an interlocking crochet CAL. This requires a lot of thinking. Ilona Slow Life Creations on Facebook offers amazing tutorials. I really enjoyed this—sort of.
Interlocking crochet requires counting and attention. Sometimes I like to just sit on the deck and chat with the MR. Every week, Ilona released a new pattern, and I stumbled through the instructions. Unfortunately, some of my squares turned out larger, some smaller, but all were totally amazing. You be the judge.
I worked the squares together in strips.
And as you can see, they seemed to even out so much when joined. But after I sent the blanket through the wash, they were still a little wonky—that’s a technical term.
So I folded my lap quilt neatly, and put it over the side of the daybed in the sewing room.
I’m thinking of taking it a part and making it into pillow covers, but for now it’ll keep me warm. I have to decide how much I care. Sometimes, it’s about the finished project; other times, it’s about what you learn through the process. Ilona Slow Creations on Facebook offers wonderful crochet-a-longs.
Other works in progress include a sample for the shop, a new pattern for the fall, and projects from the tour. Don’t worry; I’ll share before you know it.
What are you working on? Don’t forget to check out the All Squared Up pattern on Ravelry.
(I forgot to mention that the coupon code is only valid through the end of July. So as the saying goes: Get ’em while they’re hot.)