For those who were able to gather with family or friends, I hope your Thanksgiving was all you hoped for. I used to anticipate the National Dog Show on Thanksgiving, but since I recently cut the cable TV service I spent the day quietly enjoying movies and then binge-watched a new-to-me series on Acorn, “Mrs. Sidhu Investigates.” Following the tradition of spunky women “interfering” in police work (like the Miss Marple series, Murder 101, Murder is my Life, etc.), Mrs. Sidhu is a spunky woman running a catering business who just happens to find herself crossing paths with a somewhat downtrodden Inspector. Not everyone is into murder mysteries, but for those who like them, I’d recommend “Mrs. Sidhu Investigates.”
Anyway, I did that while working on the baby blanket that is taking a while to work on. It began as a simple Box Stitch pattern, which I’ve been using over 30 years, long before Red Heart made it popular as their “Corner-to-Corner” (C2C) blanket. (You can readily find tutorials on YouTube.) I’m using the blue to make it into a rectangle, and will then border the whole thing with blue again, so there will be two pastel triangles against the blue stripe and border. And in this case, I’m thankful the blue is somewhat ombre rather than solidly-solid as it modifies the effect against the pastel field.
I am using several skeins of Phydlbitz Sock with a size E crochet hook. Because many of my Phydlbitz Sock yarns are multicolor, you can see how the colors play against each other and work for larger-than-socks projects like shawls, blankets, sweaters, etc.
Here are a couple other afghans I’ve made using the same Box Stitch technique. This one is made in 3 panels, done in around 1999 or 2000, 80×60 so it fits the top of a queen size bed.
And this one is more like a twin-size afghan, which I did in 1989 right after I moved to New Orleans. I think this was the third or fourth I had done with this technique. You can see that by manipulating stitch counts and yarn colors, you have a nearly endless variety of end results, all with the same basic stitch pattern. I like simple projects where the yarn does most of the work to create beautiful results.
I’ve also done a couple of lace-like shawls with sock yarn in the basic Box Stitch, which I’ll show another time.
I hope these pictures have inspired you to consider what can be done with Phydlbitz Sock yarns, either multi-color or solids.
Friday and Saturday (Nov. 24-25) everything on the Blog Reader Specials page will be invoiced with a 20% discount. Just send me an email with the ones you want and I’ll take care of the rest. As always, the yarn you see in the picture is the yarn you will get; they are all one-time dye jobs, so they are first-come first-served.