One mission accomplished, another mission to go

Yesterday I had a dental appointment, and while I waited for the dentist, I took advantage of the overhead light to weave in the ends of the black yarn I had used to make the spiky beanies, and as I came within reach of completing that mission, another mission loomed on the horizon.

The mission at hand involved black yarn. Black (and other dark yarns like navy, and brown) allow a crocheter to create awesome effects, but it can be difficult to see the stitches.

This is part blessing (mistakes are difficult/impossible to see), and part curse (mistakes are difficult/impossible to see). Depending on the nature of the error in question (cosmetic or structural), you can either blithely move on, or you can end up having to frog (unravel), and rework the stitches with a combination of by guess and by golly if you can’t get decent light.

The dentist’s light solved all of my working with black yarn problems, and by the time I left the office, I had nearly all of the black yarn ends woven in with plenty of daylight left to take care of the others, which eventually, I did.

Here is the result:

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Spiky beanie seam

And here is a photo of one of the completed hats:

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A completed spiky crochet beanie

With the hats done, I grabbed my address book, a pink Sharpie pen, and headed out the door, hats in hand, to go to the post office, so I could get the hats to their new owners.

With that bit of business taken care of, I once again turned to my other, looming mission: my 2012 North Carolina State Fair project, or my 2012 NCSTP as one friend referred to it in an email.

I made a couple of large squares, a large triangle, myriad rectangles, and several small squares.

One thing I had not yet done, however, was assemble all of the parts of the multi-color motif.

I had designed the motif pieces to fit closely, carefully counting the edge stitches and making sure everything matched up — in theory, but in practice, I had yet to assemble an entire motif.

I started by tackling the finishing details on this center square of my multi-color-motif-to-be:

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A center of a multi-color crochet motif with ends in need of weaving in

which left me with this:

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The center of the mult-color crochet motif with all of the ends woven in

Next, I finished crocheting the pieces I would need for a trial run assembling the second motif and laid them out:

Laying out the pieces for the multi-color crochet motif
Laying out the pieces for the multi-color crochet motif

Then the reckoning began. Would the pieces fit together nicely when assembled?

I started by attaching the rectangles:

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I join the four crochet rectangles to the center crochet square

Then finished the motif by attaching the four remaining small, textured squares:

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The first completed multicolor crochet motif

Now that I officially have all of the details and bugs worked out of this second motif, I am hoping that from here on out is smooth sailing.

In the meantime, I had better grab my hook and get ready to make 41 more multi-color motifs.

4 thoughts on “One mission accomplished, another mission to go

  1. so many questions: swirling in my head but rather than ask I will attempt patience or my best version of it and sit quietly by and allow this to unfold…. perhaps I am simply kidding myself…. I am likely going to look again at the solid pieces previously worked and torture myself with what ifs…. the mysteries of crochet are better than reading a book and guessing at the outcome….
    One question I will ask…. is there any significance to using a pink sharpie or is it just a color You love? Night Leslie 🙂

  2. I’m loving this afghan and the cookieghan, too! The completed motif makes me think of the ornate woodworking one would find in a late 19th century mansion.

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