Here's a project I've been long wanting to do! I finally found the time and motivation to make my own crochet placemats. It's a good time to, I think, as I now begin to plan ahead for Fall decorating, and even the holidays! My first inspirations to do these, however, originally came from two sources. One, from all the beautiful Thursday Tablescapes I see from week to week; and then, more recently, from HERE, when I saw Pammy Sue's very pretty crochet work in her July 29th post!
When I came to that stall on my pink granny square afghan, and as I STILL ever so *patiently* WAIT for Walmart to simply restock on the yarn I need.. I decided to start on some rectangular granny placemats! So far, I have done two sets of 4.. One set in Windsor Blue and the other in Burgundy. At first, I did consider making them multi-colored, but I decided I preferred to keep them solid, thus making them more versatile for my own various table settings and purposes. I find these to work up quickly, while I think the very simple design that it is still looks very pretty! I crocheted mine in eleven rounds, with a size H hook. The size of each one comes out to be approximately 12" x 15". One 7-oz. skein made 2 placemats, with a bit of yarn left over. A pretty edging is optional, and might be very nice, but I decided just to keep it simple for now.
I really LOVE making these, and am not too sure when it will all stop! While I'll be starting a set of green today, I am still deciding on what fall color I'd like to make a set in! I may make more of certain colors for bigger crowds, or I may just mix and match what I have. For example, I may use BOTH the burgundy and the green for a larger Christmas Dinner crowd.
When not in use, these will all be stored in either my dining room hutch or my kitchen hutch, I'm not sure which yet, but they will be ready for any table setting I wish to throw together for whatever the season or occasion may be! I'm thinking of doing these for Christmas gifts as well! I'll show you those if and when I get a couple of sets done!
Well, I finished two more mice! Again, you'll find the sweet pattern for them at Caroline's blog, The Kansas Hooker. If you remember, my daughter wanted one, and then I still wanted to make one for a friend of hers too. I used RHSS acrylic yarn, this time both in light grey. These little ones have no names as of yet. I decided to leave that up to the girls! Meanwhile, CC's mouse was brought to the post office, and is indeed on that mail truck by now, officially on its way!
Along with what crocheting I can fit in today, I hope to get a little baking done too. My most recent check of cookie jars around here has alerted me to the dangerously low supply!.. And my gosh, we just cannot have THAT, now can we?!