A week ago, having nothing to do and very little money to do it with, I pulled out some old yarn that had been stored in plastic bags in a box in the closet for years and made Daisy a sort of round looking bed. Since that was a total flop, that wouldn't even lay flat, I proceeded to plan B and looked for instructions on how to made something, anything. I found this little handy dandy book, "Learn How Book" Coats & Clark's Book No. 170-B that showed the basics of learning how to crochet, knit, tatting & embroidery. I was looking for information on how to crochet and this little book showed step by step directions on how to create certain crochet stitches.
I flipped through the pages and found a pretty stitch called the Shell Stitch and thought I would try that. I had six skeins of white yarn that were all exactly alike and thought to myself that I would make a baby blanket, so I started working feverishly on it this week.
The above picture is a work in progress and I thought I was doing great, really great and I was so proud of myself, and then I ran out of white yarn. I had more white in my assorted box of yarns, but it looked like the strands were much thicker, so I needed more yarn of the same size. I had also made a GREAT BIG mistake already when I made the width of my baby blanket 48 inches wide, but I hadn't discovered that mistake yet.
Thursday I announced to Jimmy that I needed to go to Wal*Mart to see if I couldn't match up my yarn. So with a length of yarn in hand we went and I found only two skeins, although twice the size of what I started with and bought them. I was on a roll again. I crocheted feverishly and at one time I really did get a fever, or so I thought. I was working so hard on what I believed was going to be a baby blanket for our new great grandchild and I over-heated and asked Jimmy to turn down the heat. Of course he just looked at me, you know the look men can give you when they think you're crazy, so I went over to see how much it had warmed up outside...I was sure that we were having a heatwave, but it was still only 40º F....it hadn't changed a bit, so I got me a popcicle, took a short break and cooled off.
Last night I realized that the width was much to wide and it would end up being much too big and heavy for a baby, so Jimmy & I decided that the width would now become the length and the pattern would just be sideways and who would notice anyway, right?
Today I decided to take my bag of goodies to Suzanne's house and visit with her while Jimmy helped Ray work on the sliding barn doors of the new horse barn. As I was showing Suzanne my pretty blankie, in her bright and airy house, we both noticed the two distinct & different whites. How could that happen? One white now looked like a pretty creamy white although the label said it was 'White' and the newest white was bright white. The measurements were now at 48 x 24 inches, so I put a border around it (picture above) and ended it...what else could I do?
Now the cats have a pretty Cat Blankie, but only if you are in a dimly lit house.
I still don't have a camera, so the pictures are again taken with my cell phone.