Winter makes a stand

I spent most of yesterday getting ready for an ice storm that was due to arrive shortly after sunset.

The storm arrived as forecast, and I awoke to world covered in a thick coating of sleet that had continued to fall while I slept. By the time the sleet had gotten slushy enough for me to take my dog for a longer walk around the yard, here is how the street in front of my house looked:

Ice Day, February 17, 2014
Ice Day, February 17, 2014

As is evident from the single set of tire tracks, there was not a lot of traffic, so today, having laid in enough dog food, cat food, coffee, and half-and-half to see my household through until the weekend when the temperature is finally expected to stay above freezing long enough for the ice to melt before the remnants refreeze, I turned my attention to making myself a new blanket.

Having just completed a textured square blanket, I decided it was time for me to revisit a variation on this theme that I designed and used to good effect in my 2012 North Carolina State Fair project seen here on October 1, 2012, a little more than a week before it had to be finished:

multicolor textured crochet blanket
My 2012 North Carolina State Fair project on October 1, 2012

The element I wanted to revisit was the multi-colortextured squares that can be seen here without any smaller squares and rectangles framing them:

A multicolor textured crochet square motif
A multi-color texture square motif

Unfortunately for me, whatever notes I made at the time are buried in a notebook somewhere, the specifics of which I don’t recall, so today, while referring to the original piece, I did my best to recreate the square. After a little less than an hour, I was able to recreate the square (this time with better notes).

However, this time, instead of using a 5.5 mm hook, I used a 4.5 mm hook and ended up with an attractive, but very small square:

A small multicolor textured crochet square
A small multi-color square

Not absolutely certain that I wanted to make several bazillion squares of this size, I made a second, larger multi-color square. Here it is with the original, smaller:

multicolor textured crochet squares
Two multicolor textured crochet squares

At the moment I have no idea which square I will choose to use for my new blanket-to-be or how any of this fits into my crochet elephant mania, but with the next several days forecast to be just above freezing during the day and just below freezing by sunset, I will have a lot of time at home in which to figure it out.

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5 thoughts on “Winter makes a stand

  1. Oh My how very pretty. I like this one better yet then the gray one, and I really liked the gray. I am so glad I haven’t started mine yet, now I have changed my mind on the colors after seeing this one. Very nice, Thank-You.

  2. WOW worse weather there than here… to be sure its below freezing every day but not that kind of ice!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE your textured multi colored squares… go with the larger ones and perhaps use the smaller ones for a border!!!!

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