Can you believe that today marks a third of the month behind us.? The kids are already in school in my area and summer is all but done.  Recognizing that busy holidays are coming soon, I am so glad I decided to finish this project now    I have already finished three blocks on Annie’s Block of the Month Afghan.

If you have missed my last post, I have declared August (for myself ) Anti Procrastination month concerning crocheting.  I took one of my biggest unfinished projects and was determined to finish it by months end. I am sharing this with  you all , in hopes that I will inspire some of you to join me to finish up some of your unfinished projects.  I am also hoping for you  to keep me accountable.

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 In addition to the afghan I am working on,  I also quickly finished crocheting a baby afghan that I started in July for my great niece who just had a baby girl and a dishcloth.  Since this was a pattern I downloaded free off the internet a while ago, I wanted to share it with you.

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This is my dishcloth I made.

IMG_3224Now for the Annie’s Crochet Block of the Month Club – kit 8 review.  Regretfully, I wish they named their squares, but since they do not we will label each by their number.

As with the Annie other kits, there was a DVD tutorial, a pattern book and two skeins of  Premier Everyday yarn and this month’s color came in mouse gray.

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This block is a nice simple one of the basic triple stitch.  It is a relaxing one that will work up quickly.  This will be a nice one to save for working on while visiting with your friends, or in the car  driving with your hubby which is where I worked on mine.

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This block is a more textured stitch using the triple crochet which I did in the last block.  It is textured on both sides but the bars will be opposite each others.  Keep this in mind when it come time to sew your afghan together.

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This block was so much fun to do as it uses two of my favorite stitches; popcorns and front and back post stitches.  If you are unfamiliar with these stitches I suggest you watch the tutorial through once and then play it while you work the block.  You can pause it as you go so the video does not get ahead of you.

I am reposting my earlier tips and am trying to add one more to the list each month.

1. Make sure you keep all unused yarn, as it will be needed to finish afghan.

2. I like to keep my squares in 1 gallon zip lock bags. A year is a long time and I do not want to lose one of the blocks, or get them dirty. You can fit 6 in each bag with plenty of room to spare. Also this way I can keep them in order.

3. If you are someone who is trying to learn to read crochet patterns. This is a good club. In the DVD they take you through the pattern, row by row. First they explain what to do, and then they demonstrate what the instructions are saying.

4. When you are ready to work the edging always remember, that no matter what hook you use to work your block, always work the edging in a H hook.

5. If you had to use a different hook to obtain the desired gauge or size, make sure you write it down next to the instructions. This way if you want to crochet it again, you will already know which hook to use.

6. Take the time to gauge your works. There are not words to describe the disappointment you will feel at the end of the 24 blocks when your blocks lay before you in all different sizes. It is important to remember that gauging a project takes far less time than reworking one.

7. Annie’s seems to being using this club for building steps, since each block and its stitches build upon the previous. I would suggest that you work these blocks in order for best results.

8. The DVD tutorial is helping to develop good habits. Make sure you take advantage of them.  For example, counting at the end of each row and using stitch holders.

I also would like to remind everyone that I am not affiliated with Annie’s Club in any way.  I am also a customer just the same as some of you.  I am an avid reader of reviews myself and when I joined the club I thought it would be helpful to share my journal with all my efforts through the club together.  

For those of you that are in the club with me, I hope you are enjoying this kit as much as I am. Would love to hear about your experiences.

Until next time, keep those hooks flying.