Thursday, June 17, 2010

It must be crochet love...

Okay, so you remember a few posts back when I was talking about pretty hexagon motif afghans? I sure do. I recall mentioning that I would love to start one, but I want to try to finish some of my current projects before I do. I am here to tell you: I fail. I absolutely did intend to honor that little promise to myself, really. The problem is that I found this beautiful hex pattern in that book I recently picked up, 7-Day Afghans. The pattern is called Ice Crystals, and it's not only easy, but gorgeous. I've already gotten two rows done on this little crib 'ghan. I am so happy with this pattern! I'm pretty sure this is what crochet love feels like. :)

I've veered from the published pattern a bit by doing this as a join-as-you-go afghan. It's much easier than joining them all together once they've been crocheted, in my opinion.

I'm not going to post the pattern here, for copyright reasons, but you might be able to find it if you do a Google search for the pattern name.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

It's a dirty job...

My apartment has hardwood floors. They are beautiful. They are also a bear to clean, so I got a Swiffer to help make that particular chore a little easier. Unfortunately, Swiffer cloths are darn expensive, and the cost can rack up pretty quick if you use them a lot. I got the idea for this project from a friend of mine, when she mentioned that she had seen a lot of them on Yes, I crocheted Swiffer covers. I find that a good cotton yarn yields a pad that works just as well as the disposable cloths, and is less expensive than a single box of the off-brand cloths. You can also use them wet or dry, which helps a lot with the wood floors. Use one to pick up as much dust as possible, then switch to a clean one (or rinse it out), and a spray bottle of cleaning solution. I machine-wash mine, and it does just fine.

I used Peaches 'N Creme worsted weight cotton yarn in Camel (found at my local Walmart for ~$2 per ball). I got one plain cloth out of one ball of yarn, with a little bit left over. I think I'm going to make the second one nubby. I'll just have to play with it a bit, I guess. I'm also thinking about getting some fun, brightly colored yarn to make a few more. I got the camel yarn because I expect it to get dirty, and I figure this color won't show stains as much, but, really, where's the fun in that?

I also think I'm going to have to start taking more photos of my work outside. The early afternoon sun was just perfect for these!