2015 Special Olympics Scarf Project: Utah and Nebraska

It may be the hot summer months now (well, for the most part – I know that there’s been some cold winds in some states recently) – but the Scarf Project for the 2015 SO Winter Games is in full swing.

SO Utah has announced their colours – Royal Blue and Lime Green.

SO Nebraska has joined for the first time, and are asking for 30 Red and White hats.

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Come on over and join us!

 

 

 

 

 

Progress: African Violets

Here’s my progress so far on the African Violets.  I’m actually doing quite good with keeping to this one project for the past week.

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I thought that two skeins each of the variegated, eggplant, and the brown would be enough to make a lapghan.  But it looks like I’ll have to go and get a a couple more, to get it that big.  My original plan was to use only the yarn that was available, without having to go and buy more.  The other colours – coral, pumpkin, orange, chili (red) – will have to be another project, since they don’t go with these colours in this pattern.  If it had been a random granny square pattern, or even this same pattern made in random colours.  But not like this, the way I’ve put it together now.

That’s how my mind works … it changes even during the project, away from what I planned in the beginning.  I had also planned to border all the motifs in brown, but after the first one put together, it looked too dark for me.

Then I had the idea to make a bigger hexagon around the middle one, but with the dark borders on the individual hexagons, then you wouldn’t see the bigger hexagon.

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My son had said to use purple again, for the borders, or maybe blue.  But then I was so far into the assembly, I didn’t want to rip it apart at this stage … or maybe I could still … hmmmm …. I’m going to have to buy more skeins of the variegated and eggplant anyway, another skein of blue or purple wouldn’t hurt … We’ll see …

I also adjusted the pattern a bit.  I was having a hard time figuring out that middle stitch to make the point/corner, so what I did was I just started making the point a row earlier.  Now I know where the corners are, and I don’t have to keep counting.

I’m still thinking that it’s coming out a bit dark.  Maybe the final product won’t look so dark … and maybe I should take photos in bright, natural sunlight, but I’m not home working on this during the day, so I take photos when I can.

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I’ll keep going with this for now … I’m sure my brain will figure out something that it likes …

What Would You Do?

I decided to browse Craigslist and see what they had for yarn sales … and came across this …

“From the estate of a prolific knitter … “

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Come on … $100 for hundreds of skeins, filling 45 boxes?

Ok, so it was posted in early June, but it was still up, so maybe it was still available …??  My pulse rate went up, my heart started racing, hundreds of thoughts rushed through my mind … would I really get this? could I? dare I? where would I store it? I could rent storage space … what would the boys say? why worry about what they would say … who was this lady, amassing all this yarn? I guess she passed away, which is why they’re selling it … What did she knit? or crochet? …

I called up the number.
“Oh, it’s all gone!  Somebody from New York drove up and took the whole lot away.”

*sigh*  That could have been me! … but I found out about it too late … And it was what I had thought of before – that if somebody was selling their yarn inventory for a good price, I was going to go for it and get the whole lot … Or would I?

Now that my heart rate has calmed down to its normal rate, I can sit back and really think about this.  Really, hundreds of skeins of yarn – what would I do with it?  Yes, I would give it away to all who wanted it, the charities and causes that I work with, but from the looks of it, there would still be a good amount left.  It would have added to my stash nicely.  But really, where was all that going to sit in the house?

I can hear the boys already … ‘Mom!!  More yarn?!’   But this was bigger than just ‘more yarn’.  And if I had this much yarn in the stash, I wouldn’t need to buy any more.  I would be buying wool instead … lol

Well, it was a good dream while it lasted …

 

African Violets

So … from my previous post I had talked about recently acquiring a stash of yarn, but not just any yarn.  It belonged to a departed aunt, and I wanted to make something with it.

There was purple variegated yarn and eggplant in one bag, and so I thought that perhaps African Violets, which she liked, would be a good pattern.  This is actually the African Flowers pattern; the African Violet flower has five petals, so this should have been a pentagon motif.  But I had hexagons on the mind.  Maybe I can still change it – I’ve only made four motifs so far.

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My plan is to use only the yarn that she had in her stash, and nothing more.  But my OCD brain is already mapping out the colour scheme.  The other colours she had in the other bag were fall colours – pumpkins, gold, coral, chilis.  I suppose that could still work with these colours, if correctly placed.

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Maybe this is what is wrong with me – I over-think.  I should just keep crocheting, let my fingers and my subconscious work it out on their own …

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I’ll make a few more of these … I’m determined to get my crochet mojo back …

 

 

2015 Special Olympics Scarf Project: Iowa

SO Iowa is the latest state to announce their colours for the 2015 SO Scarf Project – Claret and Aran.

The colour swatches from Red Heart shows that it’s a very dark wine red.  Not quite burgundy.  I thought claret was more of a deeper red.  Oh well … now I’ll have to get to a yarn shop and find out what this claret really looks like !

Come on over and join us make scarves for special athletes!

Click on the link at the sidebar for more information and details on the project.

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Minion Mania

So … this is a project a year late. The movie came out last year (?), and I saw minion patterns and finished minions springing out all over. So I commented about it and showed the boys … and was promptly requested to make one for them.

Huh?? The boys are asking me? to crochet them something?? What’s happening? Is the world spinning around too fast?

Well, I was a little delighted that they actually think I’m good enough (now!) to be able to make a minion … Well, of course I can read instructions … I should be able to make one with no problem! Right?  So I bought the fiberfill stuffing, and the yarn.  And there they sat in the corner, until some months ago, when I was watching WIPs waiting to be picked up again, and yarn that I was itching to start playing with … and I decided maybe I should try to make a minion instead.

This little fellow took me about a half day to make.  Crocheting the different body parts didn’t take me long.  Stuffing him didn’t take long.  Putting him together?  Well, that was a different story.

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My first try at putting the parts together ended up sort of crooked, said the boys.  Even the mouth was crooked.  Really?  So I took him apart, and put him together again … body part by body part.  *sigh*  In the end, I got him together the way the boys liked it.

Good thing too.  I settled for one big eye, instead of two.  I was getting tired.  I see a jogged line, where the colour change happened.  No, I didn’t want to unravel all that to make a seamless colour join.  I didn’t have felt to make the eyes.  So I crocheted them instead.  The eye doesn’t quite look round, but it’s going to have to stay that way.  Put together like this, they didn’t mind all that.  They have a minion.  And who has claimed this as their own?  Hubby.  Now I have to make another one for the boys, this time with two eyes.  *another sigh*  Now I know why amigurumi doesn’t appeal to me …

So I started a minion hat instead …

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My Never-Ending Diamond Strips

marissafh:

This post has had a surge of interest over the last several days.
I can’t trace it to where the traffic is coming from, but thank you very much to whoever has reposted it out there! Perhaps someday I’ll stumble across it on the internet …

Originally posted on Colouring With Yarn:

I am enjoying this project so much, I don’t want it to end.  I want to keep on crocheting strips and joining them together.

Have you ever had one of those projects, where you just want to keep on going and not finish?

This is one of my early works.  Again, it started out as a scrapghan.  Maybe I should stop thinking of calling these as scrap-ghans.  My idea of a scrap-ghan is to use up left-over yarn, in random colors and lengths.  Maybe I should just crochet rows for that, instead of a pattern.

Anyway, I wanted to try out the new diamond pattern, which is crocheted in one long strip.

After I finished the first red strip, I paired it with the variegated RH Aurora.  Then with a green.  And then it wasn’t a scrapghan any more, but a project with a color pattern.

After crocheting several strips, I…

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