Saturday, June 15, 2013

A1 – Double Entendre – Our First Afghan

Good Day,

It’s been some time since I picked up a crochet hook. I’ve learned that there is a slew of new crochet hieroglyphics that have come into existence since my last attempt. And I have just completed a new afghan – Double Entendre.

My crochet story began when I was about 19 years old in Arnprior, Ontario, Canada. I had quit University and to decide what I wanted to do with my life I joined the Royal Bank of Canada. My first posting with the Royal was about 150 miles, 235 kilometers, from my home in Beaconsfield, Quebec. The population of Arnprior in 1971 was about 5,400, a sizeable difference from the population of the Island of Montreal. The comparison, about 0.44% the size.

And I had a room and boarded at the home of two elder ladies, Mrs. Stavenow and her sister. I believe their house was on Landrigan Street. Not much has changed in about 42 years.

One evening, after supper, I noticed Mrs. Stavenow working with some thread and a funny looking hook-like tool. She was creating the most exquisite flowers of yellow and white, and all with the extremele rapid movement of her hand and the tool. I asked her what she was doing… and immediately followed up, that she would have to show me how to do what she was doing. Mrs. Stavenow said she was crocheting. She also said that she would be pleased to show me what and how to do it.

That night I learned to crochet. Create knots with threads and yarns into patterned fabric. I did crochet for some years after that, from time-to-time… and it was about 30 plus years ago that I sort of stopped. The other night, about the middle of May, I decided that my hands needed something creative to do, as I vegetated in front of the television.

I headed over to Michaels and bought a refresher book, a few crochet hooks, and a couple of pounds of yarn. I decided that for my first attempt I would attempt a re-creation of the pattern Layer of Luxury Comfort Afghan designed by Jacqueline Stetter. I settled on two 100% Acrylic yarns by Coran: Country Rose and Off-White.

And Double Entendre is complete. For the afghan, including the finished border, I used a 9.0 mm crochet hook. The dimensions are: Width – 52” (132 cms) and Length – 68” (173 cms). It weighs 4.6 lbs (2.1 kgs). The yarn is classified at 4 – Medium. And it is warm.

Here are some more images.

To see my previous postings in Afghans SB, click on the two following links.

24 May 2013 - My AIP (Afghans in Progress) – Double Entendre – Afghan In Progress

6 Jun 2013 - My AIP – Double Entendre – Afghan To Date

Double Entendre is machine washable and dryable. I don’t quite understand the icons on the yarn wrapper, but I would expect that one should use a gentle cycle on both the washer and the dryer.

Stay tuned for the next afghan, currently in progress.


Jim and Andy.