I woke up at 4 and couldn't figure out what that "whooshing" noise was that I was hearing. I thought & thought & suddenly realized: Rain! It's been months since I heard rain on our metal roof - how cool! It's been coming down pretty steadily for the past 2 hours. Yay!
With all that snow and now rain in February, I have to keep reminding myself that yes, I do indeed live in the high desert. ::wink::
Now - on to fishiness:
All the fussing & fiddling is over and I must say I'm pleased with the results:
I do, however, have a quibble or two, so read on!
Pattern - Fish Bath Mat from Family Circle Easy Crochet, spring 2007.
Yarn - Sugar & Cream. The pattern calls for 6 balls of Ecru (I used Cream) and 6 balls of sage. Because I'm an idiot & didn't check my yarn stash, I thought I'd run out of Cream (after using a larger hook for the mat) and bought two more balls. Of course, I came home & found balls 5 & 6 sitting on my craft table! Grrrr! Besides that, I found balls 5 & 6 of sage too....which I never even used! Even going with a size larger hook, the yarn requirements were still off. If you were to make this mat, you'd only need 6 balls of Ecru and 3 and a smidge of sage. And even then I have almost one full ball of Cream and one of sage left over. As it is, I'll be crocheting a washcloth or two (or 4 or 5) to match the mat! :)
Hook - pattern calls for J, I went up to K.
Mods - None, but I really wish I had! In my opinion, the fact that the mat is put together in pieces is a design flaw.
Now - I know why it was done that way. Proportion. For example, if you start out with a chain, then crochet around, increasing at the corners to make a rectangle, chances are you aren't going to get a bath mat shaped rectangle. It will probably be too skinny. It's hard to get the exact number of starting chains correct in relation to the increases in order to make a nice, fat rectangle. (Ask me how I know. ::wink::) But - if I were doing this over again (which I won't be) I would make a smaller rectangle to begin - maybe chain 20 or so, then work back & forth in sc for about 7 rows before turning & working around that beginning rectangle. That would make the vertical line taller without increasing anything side to side. Then when you start increasing vertically and horizontally at the same time, you'd keep the correct proportion and you'd get something bath mat shaped in the end.
Of course, I'd have to play with the size of the beginning rectangle a bit but it's certainly doable and makes SO much more sense than all those seams and ALL of those ends to weave in!
The bubbles serve a dual purpose: decorative and they hide what can be unsightly joins:
I'm saving this mat for our new house. It's kind of like having a hope chest - we have a small stack of things we've purchased & made, saying "For the new house." They are taking on the qualities of talismans, good luck charms to ensure we find just what we're looking for. :) (Yeah - we're weird. At least we admit it! LOL)
To file under "cool stuff:" I read a little over 100 blogs regularly out of the thousands that are out there. Obviously I can't keep up with all the cool stuff that people are coming up with on my own. That's why I count on all the bloggers I read to read other bloggers that I've not heard of & report back with gems of info. :) Case in point - Maryse's post about Pepperknit's Bainbridge Scarf. What a clever idea and great pattern! I love that scarf and want to make one pronto.
Now - to find yarn in my stash. Hmmmm....who am I kidding? I doubt that'll be a problem. ::wink:::