Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Using up what you have

I'm trying to use only what I have on hand this month in honor of the use what you have group here. I have not quite succeeded in not buying anything at all but I have not done too badly. I've had lots of novelty yarn in my stash for some time which I thought I would use in my freeform crochet creations but decided I really didn't like the looks of it, after all. I really like the looks of crochet stitches and simple fibers. The roughness of some wools or the smooth sheen of mercerized cottons. These fibers really show off the stitches, novelty yarns do not.

In Progress

So I was about to clear all this yarn out but couldn't quite do so, being a fiber addict and all. I tried one more time to come up with something I could make that would be easy to do with all this yarn. So with an N hook and about 10 or more small skeins I made this Lapghan, an afghan just big enough to over your lap when staying warm in a chair while reading or watching a good movie.

All finished

I did a basic linear granny stitch, clusters of double crochet in between the dc clusters. I think it tuned out rather good, if I did say so myself and I like it, despite my distaste for the novelty yarn. I don't think I will go out of my way to make something like this again but if some novelty yarn falls into my lap again so to speak I could probably work up the energy to make another.

Someone else likes it too

It took me about two days to make. I even had to frog back several rows because I had accidentally added an extra cluster of stitches. I almost left it but could not stand seeing the unevenness. Yet I did decide to cut some corners by knotting the ends (knotting ends is considered by some very bad form) instead of weaving them in. Then I added fringe as you can see.

Thanks for looking.


  1. I really like the look of this one. Looks soft.

  2. Very pretty! I love all the colors. :)

  3. Beautiful works! Love the throw and also the bookmarks!