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I started on a pink and white ripple baby afghan for my next door neighbor. She's expecting another little girl in May.
I'm thinking about making a larger one as a "big sister" gift for the 2-1/2 year old, too.
 

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I'm starting off the new year with a project for a friend as well. After that, I'm hoping on being able to do some stash-buster projects that I will probably end up donating either to a church group or the Red Cross. I do need to get rid of some yarn that has been sitting in my bins for years.
 

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Almost finished with the afgan for a friend. Just have to finish this one skein and it's done. I think the next one I'm going to work on is the wool one I have started. It barely covers the top of my lap but the weather will give me incentive to make sure I keep at it. :laugh: It's been very cold lately.
 

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I just started crocheting a month or so ago and have crocheted a bunch of dishcloths to get a handle on the various stitches. Yesterday I thought it was about time to take the leap and try read a pattern. I managed to crochet baby booties - yeah! They're so cute and I'll give them away to a friend who just had a baby :)
 

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You're a lot more ambitious than I am! I've been crocheting for years and I'm still limited scarves and afgans. To be fair, I do occasionally use the single/half-double stitch combo on some scarves but for the most part, I just stick with the basic single stitch. And I never learned to read a pattern. I tried but I learn best through hands-on instruction. There is a crochet/knitting group in my area but it's once a month and half the time I forget when it's scheduled. :lol:
 

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You're a lot more ambitious than I am! I've been crocheting for years and I'm still limited scarves and afgans. To be fair, I do occasionally use the single/half-double stitch combo on some scarves but for the most part, I just stick with the basic single stitch. And I never learned to read a pattern. I tried but I learn best through hands-on instruction. There is a crochet/knitting group in my area but it's once a month and half the time I forget when it's scheduled. :lol:
There is a knitting group in our area - maybe I should check it out to see if there are crocheters there :) I'm determined to learn to crochet baby clothes for when the grandkids start a coming lol
 

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I've found that there are often crocheters at knitting groups, even when the group is just listed as a 'knitting group'. If nothing else, some of the knitters may also crochet and can give you some pointers.
 

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Finished off the blue afgan I was making for a friend. Yay! Finally!! Since yesterday was colder than I expected, I went to one of my other UFP's which covered my legs. The wool afgan would've been warmer but it doesn't cover my lap yet, let along my legs and feet. With the weather finally warming up to something reasonable, I will probably return to the wool afgan. It's not something I want to work on during the summer. :;): Other than these two afgans, I finally can start doing some stash busting projects to give away to either the local Red Cross or my local church to give to a homeless shelter. I have enough blankets for myself.
 

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Now that I've made a bunch of baby booties, I thought it was about time to search for slipper patterns. After two failed attempts, I finally got a handle on how to do it. Just finished crocheting a pair of adult slippers for a young lady and she was beyond thrilled. Now my sister asked if I could crochet her a pair of slippers so that is what I'm working on right now - for her birthday. Lots of crocheting going on but making no money doing it lol but having a ton of fun :fdance:
 

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... Lots of crocheting going on but making no money doing it lol but having a ton of fun
I know what you mean. I've been making scarves and afgans for friends and people my Mom's prayer group thinks could use the 'pick-me-up'. Right now, I've been picking up some really nice yarn from a vendor I found at the sheep and yarn fair a couple of years back. It's really nice stuff since it's small dye batches. That and one of the people at the local living history farm I love going to mentioned they'll be getting in more of their yarn soon. I love supporting small vendors and living history places. I use the yarn for just scarves though.
 

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Finished the afgans for a couple of friends but haven't seen them to give them their afgans yet. So, right now, with the weather in my area warming up, I'm kinda taking a break from the afgans. (That and the garden's taking my attention.) But I'm doing some smaller projects (scarves) since I can't watch TV without doing some sort of project. Then again, I have some really nice yarn that's too expensive to buy in quantity for an afgan but is really too nice to pass up. So, the scarves. I don't know if I'm going to give the dyed ones away. Since they're wool or wool blends, I can keep them for myself. On the other hand, I do have some yarn I pick up to support the local living history farm. Those I give away to friends. Those afgans are amazing! The past couple of winters have had some really cold days and the wool scarf I kept for myself definitely came in handy.
 

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Still doing the occasional scarf, now that it's summer in my area (and feels it too!). For the most part, though, the garden takes up a lot of my attention these days.
 

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With the cool weather again, I'm picking up my crocheting again. On one hand, I have a couple of UFO's I have to complete but they're more for myself than anything else. One is something I started from stashed yarn. Yay, stashbuster! On the other, I have a new project for a friend's boyfriend I just met. He seems really sweet and looks to be a lot of fun so this is going to be so cool. I have ideas.... Now I have to head back to my local Michael's to get the yarn. Haven't been back there in quite some time. I don't think I have the right yarn for what I have in mind. I have been picking up some yarn but that's special from a small vendor that dyes them in small batches.
 

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Picked up the yarn for my friend's afgan. I did change it up from what I was going to do (went dark and mid-dark blue instead of dark blue and black). It's turning out better than I expected. I really wanted to do charcoal and dark blue but they don't do charcoal in that brand of yarn any more. It's going pretty fast because I'm using a larger hook. I just hope I can get it done before the winter's over since I'm using both yarns at the same time for a double thick afgan.
 

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Now that my garden's pretty much done for the season and the weather's getting colder, I'm picking up my crocheting projects again. I was still doing some, mostly scarves, but now I want projects that will cover my legs as the temps drop in the evening. I have a couple of afgans in the works for friends, two I'm making more for myself, and one is a stash-buster that I will donate.
 

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Finished the blue "tweed" afgan for one friend. Started the red "tweed" afgan for another. I had to totally start over with the red one (which fortunately wasn't too far along). I forgot I needed to use one of the largest hooks and started with a hook that was two sizes too small. My "tweed" afgans are basically single stitch basic afgans using two strands of yarn at the same time in colors that are just off-color from each other.

It's been some time since I used the brand of yarn I picked up for the red afgan since it's pretty rough unless it's washed several times with fabric softener. I didn't like the reds in the brands I usually use. Since the afgan's going to be used for (I assume) for larping, this type of yarn works best since it can be washed on a regular basis.

Of course, now that I had to start over, the weather's going to be really chilly and it's not long enough to cover my legs. At least with this project.
 

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Coming along with the red afgan for my friend. Since I'm using two different colors for it, I noticed that one of the red skeins is looser than the other. I can dig my fingers into that skein easily but not so much with the other one. I know they're both sold by weight but for some reason I get the feeling that there's less yarn in the loose skein than in the tighter one. On the other hand, the yarns twist around each other as I'm working so probably using them in unequal proportions.
 

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Live Action Role Playing. The best way I can describe it is as a cross between improvisational theatre and your own "Choose Your Own Adventure" story or an adult version of "let's pretend". (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Live_action_role-playing_game)

The games I go to tend to be medieval fantasy themed so having a crocheted blanket adds to the look and feel of the weekend better than just a sleeping bag, although my friends who get one of my blankets will throw it over the sleeping bags as an added layer. I use acrylic for the blankets because they're machine washable/dryable. I use wool if I'm making them scarves.
 
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