Kelli Makes an Afghan

A post from Kelli–

For a long time, I’ve wanted to make an afghan.  I’ve enjoyed seeing the projects that my sister Kayla makes.  I’ve bought yarn many times with the intention of making a project, have gotten it started, but lost my place or not come back to it.  One night a few weeks ago, I was trying to kill some time while working a night shift and decided that I was going to find a pattern to make an afghan.  I had some yarn that I had bought a while ago that all coordinated that I had planned to make granny squares with, so I wanted something scrappy that I could use rather than have to go buy new.  I also wanted it to have a consistant pattern that I could follow or could just look at and know where I needed to start.

After a bit of searching, I found this pattern.

Lazy Waves Crochet Blanket Pattern

And my decision was officially made.

I dug out the yarn that I had been keeping and got to work.

After a few rows, I started getting super annoyed that I had to lug around all of the yard when I was doing just one row at a time.  I had wanted to do the stripes randomly, but lugging everything around was getting quite old and made me want to quit the project pretty darned quick.

I had wished that I could just have little rolls of yarn that would be enough for a row, and then realized that I could–I would just have to make them myself. So I got to work!

Afghan 2 (300x217)

My plan was to measure how much yarn I would need for one row, wrap it on a ruler, and tie it somehow so I would have a bundle for each row.

Afghan 3 (300x202)

And that’s precisely what I did.  The wrapped segments ended up being long enough to tie in the middle.

Afghan 1 (300x224)

I had no idea how big I was going to make it, so to start off, I just made 4 bundles of each color.  I have used almost all of them up except for three.  This time I ended up making 7 bundles of each color.  I think this will end up giving me a pretty decent size, but if not, I can always make more.

Afghan 5 (225x300)

After looking at it a bit closer, I can see a few spots where I made a small mistake in my numbers, but I decided to just leave it in there as it was about 10 rows until I realized it.  And it makes it a bit fun too!

I even tried to get Puppy to pose for a picture.  I took quite a few, but this is the best I could get–

Afghan 4 (300x225)

She always seems to hate pictures…Unless she’s sleeping!  Speaking of this little lady, today is her 8th Birthday!  When I originally got her, Jason wasn’t too fond of getting a dog, but I had just moved in and realized how often he was gone and hated being alone all of the time.  I pretty much sat down and told him we were getting a dog and he bucked it.  I told him that his other option was to come home more and spend time with me, so we got Puppycat 3 days later.  While I wish he would come home more often, I’d be pretty lost without Puppycat!

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I’d say she’s grown up a bit…and out a bit, but she’s the best dog ever!  Happy Birthday Puppycat!

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5 thoughts on “Kelli Makes an Afghan

  1. jeanie

    love the afghan! what is the pattern called & where can it be found? Looks like it would be fairly fast to make.

  2. ShirlR

    Oh, that Puppycat! I just chuckled out loud when I saw that cute face with her mouth open playing with her toy! Great idea cutting the yard for the individual rows! Very pretty afghan.

  3. Marilyn

    Love the pattern and what a great idea with the yarn! Will you share the pattern? Are you using knitted worsted?

  4. Jill

    I tried crochet, but I had an awful time with tension. Congrats for getting yours done! Happy Birthday to Puppycat! Beagles make great companions!

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