July 21, 2008

What knitting?

Recently we went to the Jean-Talon market, I find this market a bit mystical. Everyone knows about it and everyone wants to shop there, yet, once I'm there I'm not all that amazed. We usually go only once a year because it is way too far to just go at a drop of a hat. The 'ambiance' is great but I hate having the 'shop' from one stand to the next to see who has the best prices. There is quite a difference in pricing from one place to the other, which is why you have to walk the whole thing to get the best prices. The experience is still fun but it made me appreciate way more the local market we have. There's only one fresh produce place and they have the best prices. lol!

So after the market fun, we walk to Jarry Park and had a little impromptu picnic. We had bread, soft cheese and 'paté' to munch on, a great variety of fruits and veggies and we spent a great time by the 'lake' in that park. I love discovering new parks with the kids, they each have a different feel to them. The kids love nature, so it is easy to walk with them in a tree filled place. We are actually planning to visit a new park soon, just to have a sense of 'vacation'. lol!

Meet my new project, the diagonal shell stitch afghan! It took quite some patience before getting to what the picture is showing. At first I was doing another diagonal pattern that involved a single crochet stitch but even after three hook changes I was still getting a stiff fabric. Lucas said that he didn't want to sleep with a stiff blanket, sure enough, I had to change pattern. Once I found the shell stitch which uses double crochet stitch it's been smooth sailing ever since. I now have great admiration for people who can crochet afghan after afghan.

This is quite an undertaking but boy is it fun, also quite quick and I'm not used to crochet at all. In the picture, the 1st three stripes on the bottom are the equivalent of half the width's size that the blanket will be. This will have to be a home project as soon enough it will be to big to bring along. I am SO proud of myself though, I am making my son a blanket and that was one of my dream projects since forever. Zoe wants a blanket made out of small single crochet squares. Now that's going to be a 'forever' project, the squares are less than 4inch wide. Oy! Perhaps I can find another diagonal patter she'd like, teehee!

Posted by Jo at July 21, 2008 07:59 PM
That blanket looks great! I'm glad you're enjoying working on it. I want to learn how to crochet one day... Posted by: Josiane at July 21, 2008 10:30 PM
That's a neat looking blanket! Posted by: Robyn at July 22, 2008 12:51 AM
It looks great! I love crochet for blankets- it takes more yarn, but once you get into a rhythm it's usually faster than knitting. Maybe you can convince Zoe to let you make her a blanket of small granny squares? Open squares=faster crochet! :) Posted by: Jennifer at July 23, 2008 01:20 PM
teach Zoe to crochet... she'll have fun making the blanket with you!! Posted by: max the canadian at July 23, 2008 02:46 PM