Work In Progress Wednesday – Afghans, pattern testing and a table runner

It’s been quite a while since I’ve done a WIP Wednesday. I lost my crochet mo-jo for awhile and it’s taken some time to get it back. But, boy oh boy, when it did it did with a vengeance!

I’ve been wanting to make my sister-in-law an afghan for some time now but just never found the right pattern. She loves hot pink. I don’t mean just a little either. She’s a little obsessed. But then again I can be with blue too. Anyway, I finally found a pattern that I thought would look good in hot pink and that would suit her personality. It’s just a ripple but it’s not your average ripple which I really like.

The pattern is Heartbeat Ripple by Mimzan. Since I saw this pattern I’ve seen a ton of variations of the same thing. I’m using Hobby Lobby’s Yarn Bee Soft Secret yarn. They actually had the best hot pink of all those I looked at. I checked out several different manufacturers but this one was the closest to the pink my SIL loves. I thought breaking up the bright pink with some white and gray would help tone it down just a bit and I have to admit I really love how it’s coming along.

Then I decided I needed to start work on an autumn table runner. My daughter thought I should use a finer yarn than I did for my placemats so I picked out some Aunt Lydias #10 thread in different fall colors. I’m still using the same pattern as I did for my placemats. I’m not very far along with it because it is thread so I’ll probably get it done by next fall.

Then, because I’m a glutton for punishment, I decided to take on a pattern test for one of my favorite designers, Darleen Hopkins. I’ve done a few other tests for her and I really like how she just doesn’t throw something out there and hope we will fix everything for her. She puts a lot of thought and effort into the pattern before she even releases it for testing. She’s very detailed and even if you are a novice crocheter you’ll find it very easy to follow her patterns.

This is called Cute as a Button Baby Blanket. I’m hoping for an autumn-ish look with the golds, brown and green. It’s a corner to corner (C2C) blanket and I’ll admit this is my first one. I attempted one many, many years ago and just could not wrap my head around how it works. But I figured it out with this one and it’s just moving right along. It works up really fast so I’m hoping to get this done within a week or two so I can get back to the pink ripple. I need that done by Christmas. Yikes!

Yay for getting my mo-jo back. Just have to finish these and then get back to work on my huge pile of WIPs and UFOs. Shhhh….I know I keep saying that, but I really need to clear out the craft room and get rid of projects.