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September 25th, 2005

One blanket done, small bag almost made

Well, this blanket has been completed and donated to the nursing home as of Friday.
Americana Trip

Odd that I remember the easy numbers. It's 45" across, and 2 meters long. That's... 114cm across and 79" long, I think. But 45 and 200 are easier to remember than 114 and 79.

Also, I made a backpack. I went to the local renfaire this past weekend. (Last weekend in my area.) I enjoy going to the renfaire, but I dislike carrying my bag around, and envied my cousin her backpack. This year, I had the brilliant idea of making my own backpack. So I bought yarn early this summer. Crocheted a square, and did nothing with it. (Well, that's not entirely true, but that's another post.)

Last week, I bought more yarn. Three skeins of Lily Sugar'n Cream. Two in 202, Midnight Magic Ombre, and one in 009, Bright Navy. Jettisonned my original plans as too complicated, and made two (well, almost two) large granny squares out of the multicolor yarn. (One was the right size (7 rounds), the other wasn't (6.25 rounds).) Didn't have time to make the other full size, since it was nearly 8:30 Saturday morning, and I had 15 minutes until I had to leave. So I stitched them together loosely with navy yarn, and cut a length of navy yarn that I hoped would be okay for straps. Finished the assembly at 8:44 and was out the door.

The straps were less than ideal, so I redid them. Twice. I'm pretty happy with the result, but I'm going to disassemble it and make it larger.

I made it about 8" by 8"/20cm by 20cm, which was the perfect size for what I needed to take to the fair. (Wallet, cell phone, kleenex.) What I didn't consider was that I'd acquire stuff at the fair. (The Fair guide (11"/28cm tall) and the drinking cup were the troublemakers.)

Anyway, I'm going to take it apart, and make both squares 8 rounds. Then add more stitching at the top. And redo the straps so the whole thing is a bit easier to put on and take off.

So next year, I'll be able to put everything in the bag. Including sunscreen. Ouch.

Next project: the blanket for the Camp Border Collie silent auction. I don't know when my cousin needs the blanket, but I would like to have it done as soon as possible. Avert unpleasant last-minute surprises. I figure if I start it now, even with interruptions, I should have it done well before the auction date in June, and comfortably before my self-assigned deadline of March 31.

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