Fall Is Here …

Even though the temperatures still say it’s summer, the calendar says it’s the first day of fall.  Thoughts now continually turn to looking for new patterns for winter wearables, or trying out the new yarn to make those hats and scarves again.  Maybe I should finish my current WIPs first …  My brain is just over-flowing with all these ideas for patterns and yarns …

Those Caron Cakes projects are almost done.  I hope to have at least one of them finished this week … In the meantime, I couldn’t resist buying a skein of yarn because I wanted the colour-changing pen.  Yep, my other obsession is collecting pens.  So, yarn + pen is made just for me!

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I thought the pen would literally change colours as you write, but the ink is in blocks, so you’re actually writing in one colour, and when that runs out, there’ll probably be a line when the ink is changing colours, and then solid ink again.  So I’ve been scribbling, because I want the ink to hurry up and finish, so I can see how the ink changes colours.

I was going to make a cowl in a star stitch pattern with the yarn, but I worked all day on the stitch, and it didn’t look anything like a star stitch.  Maybe because of the colour changes, so you couldn’t really see the pattern.  So now it’s waiting for another pattern inspiration.

And that’s how my crafting is going so far.  I hope to settle down soon, and organize and sort out all those WIPs and yarn and patterns … We’ll see …

 

 

 

Obsessed With Cakes …

Caron Cakes, that is.

On the last day of our vacation, photos of these cakes started filling up my newsfeed.  A new yarn! five colours in a ball!  and see how huge they are!  (yes, they were huge balls – they covered my face).  I had to get out to Michael’s (who was carrying them exclusively) as soon as I could.  But not knowing when that would be, I went online to order … and before I could finish the purchase, colours and amounts I had chosen were slowly running out of stock!  I managed to get two colours …

Miraculously, the chance presented itself the next day … my son had an early morning soccer practice session, and asked if I could drop him off … Well, now .. early morning wake-up on the day after we get back from vacation, having arrived late the previous night?  I really wanted to sleep-in for another hour or two … but then, what better time to go to Michaels?  The boys didn’t even notice that I wasn’t grumbling about getting out for a practice session so early …

I was one of the first three customers that morning at Michael’s, and I made a bee-line to the cakes … Well, I sort of twisted from one aisle to the other, trying not to make it obvious, I don’t know why.  And this is what I found …

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I thought I was too late already!!  but as I paid at the cashier’s, 14088669_1090366064351676_7338846668569125064_nI was told that there were more boxes in the back, and that they would be stocking up the shelves later that afternoon,
so I should return later in the day.  Well, I knew that I wouldn’t be able to return later that afternoon … I settled myself with four colours.  I wasn’t sure if I liked how that lime/green/purple combination would turn out, so I didn’t get that.  ha!  See?  I don’t buy all the yarn on the shelves!

I did have a project in mind this time, and why I wanted those Boston and Butter cream colours … I thought it was time to make that poncho-capelet. So I started …

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… And found out that it was more of a self-striping yarn than a gradient.  Actually, I don’t know if I really thought of it as slow-changing colours.  I did expect some sort of transition from colour to the other, but there weren’t any.  Well, maybe for one or two stitches only, then the colours change.  However, on looking at what I had so far, I wasn’t seeing any abrupt colour changes that was bothering me, and so I continued.

Over the weekend, I got a chance to go to Michael’s again … and this time, the shelves were better stocked … yaaayyy!!  What a difference!  So I got some more new colours to add to the collection … but still none of that lime/green/purple cake …

Out of all the cakes, this is the one that has caught my eye .. the Red Velvet.  And so of course, I start a project with the pattern that I’m currently obsessed with …

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LoL  … have you ever been obsessed with a pattern and make it with different yarns and colours?  Well, this is fast becoming one of those … And I need to finish one of these soon!

 

 

Vacation Crocheting

This is what I was working on out on the beach … Surprise!  more beach cover-ups!  lol

Actually, I did work on other stuff, but was still obsessed with beach cover-ups and tunics, etc.  It was so good to just sit and crochet, with minimum interruptions.  I was really enjoying this pattern, and couldn’t wait to see how it turned out.  Again, this was based on a famous Asos tunic pattern (which I hadn’t heard or seen in stores or publications until I was looking for a pattern).

There was a little tweaking on the shoulders and sleeves – those were frogged twice.  The lengths didn’t match🙂  The border along the bottom was also frogged, until I liked how it looked.  I still had almost a full ball of yarn, so I thought maybe I should make it longer, then changed my mind again. I figured I would make a long skinny scarf with the remaining ball of yarn to match the top. (It hasn’t happened yet).

And because it finally clicked in my mind how crocheted garments are or can be  constructed, I started another one, with a little variation …

A couple of days after this photo, I frogged this to the neckline.  I found the armholes (those two spaces on the side) to be a bit too big and loose on me.  After adjusting the sizing of the armhole, this turned out to be a sleeveless top, which became a daily favourite of mine while out on the beach or the pool.

And what did I do with the rest of the yarn that I brought with me?  There were some that were not pictured with this photo … I didn’t touch them either, and they remained in the suitcase.  From this pile, I wound up the green/yellow/blue hank while on the plane, and started a blanket (because that’s what the boys said to make, but I’m not so sure again if I will continue with that …)  The grey hank on the right and the purple/blue hank on the left were wound up into balls, with plans to start a capelet with either one to work on during the flight back home … It’s not turning out quite right, so it’s on hold for now …

But with cooler winds coming, my mind is whirring with ideas of what I want to work on next … We’ll see how it goes …

 

More Beach Cover-Ups

Here’s the results of my phase on beach cover-ups … sorry for the dark and blurry pics, but I couldn’t wait for daylight to take pics …

This pattern is based on the Asos crochet tunic.  Never heard of it, but apparently it’s been quite popular.  The pattern that I found is a reverse-engineered version.  I had to fiddle with the pattern and experiment, because there were some steps missing in the pattern or I didn’t quite understand what it was saying , and I had to frog several times.  In the end, I just used the basic pattern and winged it.  Other than the tunic being way bigger and wider than I wanted – which you can’t really see from the picture – it’s turned out quite nice.

Since this was more of an experiment, and now that I knew the basics of the pattern, I started another one.  Yes, I can get obsessed with a pattern, making several items based on the pattern in different colours or sizes.

This time, I made sure to make the torso/body smaller, but I still forgot about making the sleeves narrower too. No matter, I’ll just tweak and decrease about two inches from the shoulder so that it’s not so wide.  I’m almost done with this, just in time before we leave.

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And I’m all set for the beach !

See you all later!

 

 

What to Start Next …

The countdown has begun to the start of the summer trip … Thoughts turn to what to pack – yarn, of course!  lol

Whenever I go on a trip, any trip, short or long, my brain thinks that I will have all that time to relax and start on a new project.  Sometimes, I bring a WIP to finish during the trip, but I always need to start on a new project for a trip.  I look back at the finished items and identify the places I’ve traveled to … like the Four Seasons Cowl that I started in the Congo.

So this time is no different.  And because the cold winds are coming back, my potential projects turn to the winter wearables … already??  I’m not done with summer yet, but I’ll never finish in time to use it for the winter if I start later in the year.  I’ve settled on actually making a hooded cape or a jacket this time.  So here’s my top three patterns – from Red Heart, Lion Brand and Drops.

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Which one of these am I actually going to make?  No idea at the moment, because it will depend on the yarn that I have in my stash.  I’ve been good with the yarn budget this year, and there’s been no spending sprees on sales.  Purchases have actually been for projects in mind … hmmmm …

Anyway … all these patterns call for grey or light grey or aran colours …. do ponchos and capes have to be solid neutral colours?  I don’t have that much grey or aran yarn in the stash … A dive into the stash tonight is on the schedule.  I think I have a nice dark blue that I can use instead …

 

 

On a Roll with Beach Cover-Ups

It’s summer, and once again my thoughts run towards crocheting a beach coverup.  Never mind that I already had patterns saved from last year, and I did start, but it didn’t come out looking right, so it was set aside for another time.  I browsed through Pinterest, Ravelry, Craftsy, Etsy, Facebook, and clicked on websites leading me to other websites … And then came back to square one.

Cover-up Number One:  I only have two hanks of this bright multi-colour yarn, so I thought it would make a nice beach cover up.  The pattern is from Yarnspirations – Beachy Keen Cover Up, and I figure that the two hanks should be enough.  I showed it to Just, and he said he didn’t like it … said the colours were ‘too fruity’.  Huh??  ‘Fruity’?   I looked at it again.  It’s just for the beach, I thought, nothing fancy.  Somehow, that gave me second thoughts and it was set aside …

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Beach Cover-up Number Two:  I picked up another WIP, started since last year.  This started out as a shawl/wrap, and also to practice that yo, k2 together stitch (which I thought was the brioche stitch, but it isn’t).  After using up two hanks, my brain said that it was too lacy for a shawl/wrap, and since I had beach cover-ups on my mind, I thought maybe I should convert it to one instead.  I only had basic sewing, way back when, but I suddenly remembered the basics of garment construction, etc.  So, since it was almost a rectangle, I folded the short end about 10 inches over, joined the sides together to form sleeves, and voila!  a lacy, long shrug!  I used the other hank to knit around the edges and sides, to widen the side panels and for the border, continuing in the same pattern. See those solid strips?  When I lost count of the yo, k2 tog, I would just knit 3-4 rows of garter stitch and start over.   It’s turned out okay, so here I am testing it out at the beach.

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Beach Cover-up Number Three:  And somewhere, somehow, something clicked in my brain … And I decided to try the Whimsical Duster with the KnitPicks Felici Sunset colours.  The pattern called for worsted weight, but since I was working with fingering/sock yarn, I had to make adjustments … and miscalculated … After a couple of froggings, it finally looked like it was the right measurements and gauge, etc.


Another miscalculation on the length and how finished items can stretch … I stopped crocheting when it was about knee-length, then added the borders.  Since the stitches were looking bulky and twisted, I decided to give it a quick soak and gently squeezing out the water, then laid it to dry … It’s looking rather long, I thought.

Sure enough, when I tried it on again after it was dried, the length was now down to my ankles … *sigh* … No, I am not frogging that to adjust the length.

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And encouraged that I actually finished with two usable cover-ups, I’m now planning a third, in different colours … and a tunic-style one … I have to be careful now that I don’t get too ambitious … But hey!  if I don’t finish before the summer trip, I could always finish it while on the beach and then just slip it on, right?  Right!

How’s your summer going?

 

 

More Yarn Guilt …

As you may have seen from the Facebook page, I sort of went on a crafty break after the 5-panel woven blanket.  That seemed to have used up my creating and crocheting/knitting energy.  There were times that I wanted to pick up hook, needles and yarn, and would start on something, anything, but then nothing came of it.

You know how it is … Browsing around on the internet, you come across a pattern that you really want to try.  And for once, I didn’t have a gazillion WIPs waiting to be picked up, so I would start on the pattern … and then nothing, because it wasn’t working out.

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To kick-start myself back into crocheting or knitting, I ‘treated’ myself to a skein or two … or three … of yarn … Yeah, you know how that is too, right?  lol  I was good, though … I would only buy one or two of the skeins … mostly from somebody’s yarn destashing, so I was okay with that.

 

And summer was here, so that means extra time with yarn while on the beach, right?  And there’s that summer book that I’ve been reading on the beach for the past year …

And then KnitPicks brought back some special colour edition yarn, so then I thought I would try that out …  You know I’ll always buy sunset colours, and nothing can go wrong with rainbows, right?

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So, has anything come out of these yarn treats?  Well, actually … yes! More on that in the next post … promise!