half done projects
May 15th, 2012
It's not all wine and finished projects in these parts. Trust me there are plenty of half done--half assedly done--things shoved in various corners of my studio. This afghan is not destined for one of those corners (I hope). It is actually coming along quite nicely. I fell in love with this vintage afghan that Miss Rachel from Smile and Wave picked up at her local thrift. I had been looking around for crochet patterns I could use to make a blanket for my son, but nothing seemed right until that blue number popped up. A commenter on pinterest pointed me to a pattern on ravelry called the Vintage Fan Ripple Stitch Pattern, which turned out to be exactly the same as the original afghan. I went out and bought a bunch of yarn the next day.
I liked all the blues in Rachel's blanket, so I stuck with that and threw some gray in for good measure. Ravelry came to the rescue again when I ran out of the light blue yarn I was using. The heathered light blue was by Berroco Vintage, which I had in my stash, and when I went back to my local yarn store for more they were all out. After a look on the interwebs, I discovered Berroco didn't even make that colorway anymore. Luckily there was someone on ravelry who had two skeins of it for sale! I don't know why the two rows of light blues look different in the photo--trust me they are not. Oh also there are more nerdy crochet details on ravelry.
The other half done project is not coming along as nicely. The first time I made the Wiksten Tank it was nice, but it was a smidge small. So I cut a medium this time. Well turns out the first one wasn't small, it was just that the material I used didn't have any give to it. The medium is too big everywhere and if I try to take the sides in, the wide set straps make me look, umm, beefy. I can't shove it in the corner because this fabric was expensive as hell. So here's my plan: I'm going to cut this tank apart, cut the small from it (a little lower down), and then add a band of color to the bottom. What do you think? I picked up some navy linen that I think will work. I'm hoping it won't look hackneyed.