I went to help my grandma move on Feb. 27. I noticed a colorful afghan in the corner. I thought it must be Nana’s, but didn’t say anything since we were busy. A little later, when we, were taking a break, I picked it up and started to inspect it. It is made completely of circles sewn together. There must be over a thousand I thought. When she noticed my interest she let me know that I could take it home. It was not in the best condition. Strands of yarn were loose; some circles had “exploded” when the center ring broke free. There is no way it will survive the washing machine. I started to pull at the loose yarn. Some circles broke entirely free. This blanket needed restoration. The sentimental value behind it prompted me to fix it. What!?! Am I crazy? I must be, because I had several circles loose before I even left her house.
The first step is to take apart the old afghan. Then I take the ends and weave them in. The next step, logically, would be to sew the circles back together, but with what? The strands were too short to begin with. I decided to add black yarn single crocheted around each circle. I did this to help support the older yarn and give me long strands to work with. I am very happy with the results. Once I get many outlined circles finished, I whip stitch them together. Sounds easy enough!
As far as I can tell, there are around 600 circles. Today, I have 280 sewn together. I consider I am half finished, I need the encouragement. This is the longest project I have ever started. I have to let you know, I enjoy the small quick items I can finish in less than a week. My attention span must be getting bigger, I have only stopped a few times for other WIPs (checkbook cover and cake). I have no plans on giving up on this blanket. My goal to have it finished before Easter may not be achieved, but I know I can be finished before May.
|The fringe from the ends. I am not sure if I want to put them back on?|
|each circle is made up of 20 dc in a ring.|
I would use a magic ring, but you can chain 6 and slip stitch to form a ring.
that's it for each yo-yo!
|I am using an H hook to single crochet black yarn around each yo-yo, leaving long tails to sew together later.|
|a great shot of my "assembly line".|
I use the plastic bags from new curtains to keep organized.
|the first set of redone circles, I'm really liking it!|
|2 of the square panels together.|
I've been making them 5x7 for easy handling, then sewing them together. So far it has worked for me.
|1 panel complete=140 circles|
|1 panel is the top, the other is the bottom.|
You can't see very well in this photo, but there are four crosses made , one in each corner.