Friday, November 2, 2012

Holiday Afghan Plan

OK, orange is out for the year.. and although we have Thanksgiving coming in a few weeks, I'm getting excited about the Christmas Holidays!  Now, I love the colorful jolt I get from the small afghan in the neat ripple pattern on the leather "guest" chair in our family room and the granny circle pillow -- I have decided I want a holiday inspired design there for the month of December.  SO.. I've seen posts on Ravelry in the group "We Love Lucy" for a design that has a few names, "Flowers in the Snow" and "Circle in a Square" so that is the design I'm using.  I wanted it to look like a Poinsettia with Christmas colors.  I have ordered ivory, red, green and yellow on KnitPicks in Brava acrylic - but I did this sample square using this and that in cotton.  How do you like it?  I hope my yarn order arrives soon!
Circle in a Square - THIS PATTERN IS IN U.S. crochet instructions.
(I got these instructions for free on Ravelry by Solveig Grimstad - flowers-in-the-snow)

START -- make 5 ch, join with ss (slipstitch) into a ring.  
1st round: 4ch (=1dc,1ch), 1dc + 1ch 11 times. Join with ss in 3rd ch. 12 dc.

2nd round: Start in one of the ch spaces. 3 ch (= 1dc), 1dc, 1ch, *2dc, 1ch* in the remaining ch spaces. Join with ss in 3rd ch. 12 groups of 2 dc.

3rd round: Start in one of the ch spaces. 3 ch (= 1dc), 2dc in ch space, 1ch, *3dc, 1ch* in the remaining ch spaces. Join with ss in 3rd ch. 12 groups of 3 dc 

4th round: Start in one of the ch spaces. 4ch (= 1 tr), 1tr, 3ch, 2tr, (=1st corner), *1ch, (2dc,1ch,2dc) in next ch space, 1ch, (2dc,1ch,2dc) in next ch space, 1ch, (2tr, 3ch, 2tr) (=2nd corner)**, repeat * to ** 2 times, 1ch, (2dc, 1ch, 2dc) inthe next two ch spaces, 1ch. Join with ss to 4th ch.

I just thought I'd snap a photo of my still-beloved "Lucy Bag" - have you made one yet?  I love this and carry my projects in here.  My alpaca Japanese Flower shawl is in here.. a WIP.. I'll work on it again.. I promise.  

I've been having fun with a game on my iPad - "Draw Something". I thought I'd share some of my drawings.  If you play this game, I'd love to play with you!!

 The game is you draw a word that you pick out of 3 options, easy, medium and hard - 1, 2 and 3 points.  The other person has like 12 letters to pick from to solve the game.  It's so fun!!

OK, I have to head off to the pool to swim my hour.. tomorrow is my Precious Metal Clay class.. I'll take photos.. have a GREAT weekend!!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 


  1. I love the colors and idea for your Christmas blanket, you are so creative and attending that new precious metal class sounds like so much fun. Enjoy.
    Hugs to you and Dayle,

  2. Oooooo, I am going to love this blanket..Such pretty colors and I really love the idea you are using favorite! Can't wait to see it finished. The metal class sounds really fun. I am into clay, found some cute ideas. will share soon! Have fun, Shari

  3. I love your Christmas square it is going to make a beautiful blanket. xxx

  4. I cannot drawr to save my soul! Everything I do looks like a third grader did it. Seriously. Your drawrings look so good. Of course you can drawr. You can do everything well! I love to say drawr and drawring that way. Like that little kid that Mike Meyers used to play on SNL sitting in the bathtub...remember him? "Can you see me bum while I'm drawring in the tub?" Ha-ha-ha.

    Love your Christmasy square. I'm glad you're crocheting something new. Can't wait to see your progress as the weeks go by.

  5. This does sound fun...and I love your Christmas is going to be a stunner. xoxo

  6. Teresa, I am eager to see how your class goes tomorrow! Your Christmas blanket is a pretty project :) The drawing game does look like fun. I have a garter stitch blanket that I am going to work on this week when I can. We have lists and charts and agendas for the wedding and 8+ people staying here. Others are staying in motels or the homes of friends. Although I am looking forward to all the visiting and celebration I need meditative needlework!!!!!!!! And I hope we can get together for another play day when things calm down over here:) xx from Gracie

  7. I really like those squares, so Christmasy and festive. I just bought yarn last week for a granny patch blanket. Can I possibly justify buying more for a Christmas blanket? Hmmmm. :-)

    Have fun at your class and I can't wait to hear all about it.


  8. Hi Teresa, love the holiday motif.
    The shoes you asked about are Rieker, wore them yesterday unbelievably comfortable I forgot I have shoes on lol, definitely will be buying more.
    Hugs X

  9. Love the granny! Love the bag! Love your drawings! You are amazing!!!
    xo Kris

  10. Your holiday afghan will be gorgeous!! Looking forward to see how your Precious Metal Clay Class goes... now I'm off to the pool as well to swim! :-) xxxx

  11. I love the quilt you have drawn! It will be lovely to have a Christmas blanket and I love the square you have done, the colours are very festive. I think I would have to start something big for Christmas around Summertime because I like to do other things in between! xxx

  12. I love the Christmas blanket idea, Teresa! The crochet square is so festive and colourful! I also love the colours of your Lucy bag :) It sounds (and looks) as if you had a lot of fun drawing on your ipad!
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Helen x

  13. Looking forward to seeing your Christmas blanket finished!

  14. There is definitely no moss growing on you, my, but you sure stay busy! Once again I am playing catch-up with blogs and what is new. I am so far behind this week. Love all that you are doing and hope your weekend is a good one.
    {{{HUGS}}} Susanne :)

  15. Oh, I love your's gonna a pretty afghan. :)

  16. I love the holiday blanket, it will be gorgeous. I made a Lucy bag this last summer and I love it, it's on my blog on one of my old posts. Have fun on your class and I look forward to seeing your jewelry. Have a great week.

  17. That blanket will be fabulous, the perfect project for winter evenings, I can't wait to see it grow.

  18. Your square is perfect for Christmas and I love the bag too. I have a giant bag I knit and felted that I carry my projects around in. Nothing like a big pretty project bag!

  19. My son used to play that two are both better than I would ever be. Love the square!

  20. Hi Teresa

    I've only just read this post, your drawing is sooo much better than me, I'm surprised you can guess mine!

    CN x


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