As many of you have no doubt already noticed, a discussion has sprung up regarding an appropriate January Challenge.  At this time of year it was thought that Colors of Hope, as in stashbusting your oddments of yarn, would not only produce a square, hat or sweater that would give Hope to a child but also hope to us--that we'd clear out our yarn stashes a little bit!  :D


Along with that, another Moderator (Dawne) suggested "New Pattern, New Year" for any of you wanting something interesting to start the New Year off with.  I suggest any new patterns we are trying be listed here so others can try too, knitting or crocheting.  Sounds good?  And if anyone wants to try weaving that also produces warm squares.  A small plastic table loom, cheaply bought in a child's craft section produces potholders and squares which when woven in yarn will be quite warm and welcome. So long as they are about 8 inches it's all for the good of the children. :)


I'm still plowing through my bright coral pink yarn, which is certainly a color of Hope, but I am doing a hat right now with vertical stripes of leftover yarn bits between the pink, so it will definitely be eye-catching when it's done, but also warm...remember Africa's winter will soon be upon them.  As many of us warm up, they cool down so now is not too early to start making something thick and lovely for the dear children.  I keep looking at the smiling child in the purple and lavender hat atop this page, that kind of smile can keep me crocheting through a lot of snowy nights. :)

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Sarah, I have debated this point many times with Jeanne :))

Enid I'm just a stubborn old cuss, lol.  I will say that "hairy" fluffy or pouffy yarn certainly fills the gaps great.  Maybe it's just my crocheting...I always end up with gaps where others end up with solid squares.  Maybe they only sell skinny yarn in NW Ontario?  ;)


Jeanne :P

Lol sorry, I wasn't meaning to be annoying ;-) I use chunky yarn and a 6mm crochet hook and find there aren't any gaps even with treble crochet stitches. Maybe your tension is tighter than other people's? xx
Susan, I don't find you annoying  :))

glad to hear it's working for you Jeanne!


That sounds good Jeanne.  Yeah I sometimes play around with my hook size.  Thank you for the compliment also *blush* (not wanting to be rude, but my name is Sarah :-) )


Sorry Sarah, 'twas me started your name change


owd age is my excuse  :))

That's curious I didn't check your name on your photo Sarah...I originally had Sarah in the message and changed it to Susan when I saw Enid using it, lol.  I was abit of a sheep I guess, baaaaaah! :P  Sorry!

I agree, Sarah you are never annoying.  I find you friendly, fun and charming. :) Just FYI on that girl. :)


Sarah am wondering if it's my hook to yarn size ratio or if they just sell skinny yarn up here, lol.  I shall find out. I'm having lots of luck right now with Mary Lokken's Featured Chain Stitch Granny Square pattern, even my micro-vision is having a hard time finding gaps in it and they're turning out square!  Big shock, lol.


Ta-da, fixed it! :D

Yeah I'm just saying it's another way to do a slip-over.  I agree, what look like "scarves" could attract duty. :)  So far we've been okay, sending squares and garments tucked in together. :)


I've yet to find a similar free pattern to my current favorite: Anemone.


I'm sharing some pictures here in the hope that someone else will recognize it and point us all to a link.  It's rather fun to make, too hard to explain in text, but I found it really interesting to make the little 3D circular motifs.  Perhaps they are the anemones?


I'm busting through some bits and bobs I have left over.  This square is using Spud & Chloe (which I love, organic cotton with wool) in a grass green color.  I'm also working on a variation with more garter stitch in between the pattern rows.  I think the color is called Jelly Bean.

This looks very similar or the same but done in 2 different colours



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