Saturday, March 2, 2013
Mayfield Afghan and Fun at Laguna Beach
It has been a good week here at Lilly My Cat. I'm almost finished with my income tax preparation (too many forms to send to the accountant), I finished my afghan and I received my order from The Planet Penny Cotton Club!
It was 80 degrees here on Friday and the family headed off to the beach. Laguna Beach is about 14 miles from my home. It was a perfect day to relax and soak up the sun and the sounds of the ocean.
We brought our favorite lunch food from Trader Joe's along with water and chips and had a perfect lunch sitting in our beach chairs. And it's always fun to see the seagulls who love to scavenge for any food you may have...
As I mentioned, I am celebrating today since I finally (after two months) finished the afghan I made for my little grandson. The pattern is called Mayfield and you can find the pattern here.
I tweaked the pattern a bit - it calls for thick yarn and size 11 needles. I used an Aran type yarn and size 8 needles. I casted on 167 stitches so because of the difference in needle size and yarn, it took me a long time to finish this pattern. The stitch pattern is a 12 stitch repeat +1 and 10 stitches for the border.
As a safeguard to my forgetfulness, I placed markers for each 12 stitch repeat and counted each 12 stitch section along the way to make sure I didn't forget any yarn overs. It worked great. There is just one glitch: when you come to row 19 you will have to remove the markers as this row makes the markers 1 stitch off. You can replace the markers when you do row 20.
Also this week my order arrived from Planet Penny Cotton Club. Here's a sample of what I created with my new cotton yarn. I couldn't find a pattern that I liked so I kind of made this up as I went along.
I hope you each have a wonderful week and don't forget to check out Handmade Harbour where you will find great links to lots of crafty ideas.
P.S. My daughter will be taking me to London in November. If you have any recommendations for good hotels in London, I would love to hear from you.