Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Raveling on Ravelry is My New Hobby

You can find me on Ravelry under Bethelaking. I have really been enjoying all the features Ravelry has. I think it is like giving an alcoholic a drink...The more I want to crochet and knit, the more I want to post on Ravelry! Ahhh, too fun!

I wanted to use up some odds and ends of Caron Simply Soft for a baby afghan and started with a basic wide stripe pattern in a Split 3 Double Crochet pattern (see below for instructions). After I got enough rows for the right size, I decided it was too plain. So I added a 3-dimentional 3-tier shell border. Unfortunately, this picture is from the back so you can't see the 3-dimentional part. However, you CAN see that I successfully (I think) made it look "finished" from both sides. My DD's sister-in-law, Jessica, had a baby shower at just the right time and she got the afghan for Joselynn Rose (born last week). Isn't Jessica glowing!?! I will try and get a picture of Joselynn and the afghan together.

And now for the Travel Pictures...Here are my Mama and I at Colonial Williamsburg, VA. Since I am from Oklahoma, seeing living history that far back (100 yrs or so versus 375-400 yrs) was really cool.

The 1st pic is of my Mama with the Governor's Palace Gardens behind her. We are standing on the 18 ft. tall ice house that is under ground. The 2nd one is of one of the period houses.
The 3rd pic is of me in a covered arbor - great shade on hot days, and boy was it hot that day! The last pic is of a horse-drawn wagon.
I bought some neat pewter buttons from a shop there to use on a future sweater. Nothing like planning ahead for WIP. LOL.

To do the Split 3 Double Crochet pattern (this may have another name). Chain multiple of 4 plus 1.

Row 1: DC in 4th ch from hook, dc in next 2 ch, ch 1, skip 1 ch, (dc in next 3 ch, ch 1, skip 1 ch) across until last 3 ch, dc in last 3 ch.

Row 2: (change color here if desired) Ch 3, turn, (sc in ch-1 space, skip next 3 st, ch 3), across, sc in last dc.

Row 3: Ch 3, turn, 2 dc in ch-3 space, (ch 1, skip sc, 3 dc in ch-3 space)across until last ch-3 space, ch 1, skip sc, 3 dc in last ch-3 space.

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until size desired. Add border if desired.

Please leave me a comment! (ok, ok, I'm trying not to beg, but, Please...)


amylovie said...

It looks like you and your mother had a wonderful time.


Jenni said...

Bethel, you've been blogging like mad! I'm sure enjoying keeping up with what you're up to (crocheting and otherwise!) I got to go to Williamsburg on an 8th grade field trip; your pictures remind me that I'd like to go back-- I imagine that the appreciation is a bit more in-depth as an adult. You took some wonderful pictures!

Looking forward to seeing you at the Sock Club meeting!

wannaknit100 said...

Bethel, I just came across one of your patterns on Ravelry, then saw your reading list. My gosh, lady! If you read that much, how do you ever find time for needlework? Or sleep? I also love to read and would have a really hard time choosing between them!

Donnadbok said...

I am really liking the look of this, however, it's been a long time since I've done anything like this and I can't decide how many to chain, to get started. Also what do you mean by ch4 plus 1?


Anonymous said...

What a pretty afghan!

Anonymous said...

This looks like a beauty of a blanket.. I am surely going to tackle it as my next project... Thank you so much..