Enabler Shoppers

I finally made it to Michael’s and Joann’s (the craft stores here). ¬†And that’s because SIL is here, and of course it’s always exciting to go yarn shopping with another enabler … errr .. fellow shopper ūüôā

I didn’t realize how many bags we had between us, until I looked in the back seat …

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OMG … did we really buy so much??

Here’s a tip for all yarn shoppers … don’t go for long periods without going into the yarn/craft shops, even if it is just to see what’s new and feel all the new yarn and textures that’s out there. ¬†Because when you finally get to go out, this is what happens … lol

For me, my main goal was to get two more balls of the Red Heart Treasure and the Impeccable Loops and Thread in grey and white, to finish off the languishing WIPs that I unearthed a couple of weeks ago. ¬†And guess what … they’re discontinued !! ¬†horrors ! ¬†I couldn’t find them at Michaels, or maybe I didn’t see them, because these Caron Big Cakes were in my way …

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These Big Cakes are big ! Oh, bad photo – there’s nothing to compare them with. ¬†I’ll show comparisons next time. ¬†Anyway … they’re over 500 yds each, and all acrylic – which was kind of a let down for me, I thought they might have the same 20% wool as the original cakes. ¬†But I’m off-setting it against the additional yardage.

I picked up the Cookie Crumble (the grey/white) off the shelf, and picked up what I thought was another cake of the same colour. ¬†It wasn’t, and I didn’t realize it until I took it out of the bag to take a pic of the yarn haul. ¬†But I’m thinking that it’s close enough to the grey/white, so that if I alternated rows/rounds while working with it that it would not be noticeable. ¬†*sigh* ¬†I was thinking of making another jacket/coat with it, but we’ll see what it evolves into, when I start working with it.

I picked up the other two colours with the plan to mix and match them already. ¬†The colours are close enough. ¬†I’m thinking maybe a squarish/rectangular poncho. ¬†Hmmm … maybe one colour for the front, and another for the back. ¬†That might be interesting …

By the way, I haven’t stopped starting WIPs … I’ve got a couple more started … more on that later … I need to organize this yarn haul first …

 

 

 

 

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Fall is Here

It sneaked up on me at 4:02 pm today. ¬†That’s the time I heard in the news, and I had to stop and wonder where summer went.

Interestingly, for the past several weekends I started multiple fall projects, as well as pulled out languishing WIPs to try and finish them. ¬†Or maybe it was the other way around – try to finish languishing WIPs, but ended up starting more projects, so now I’ve actually added to the WIP pile …

Don’t believe me? ¬†Here ….

These are two knit projects from a couple of years ago. ¬†It started out as inspirational projects because I wanted to work with the new yarn. ¬†It turned into practice pieces … and then got left in a bag in a bag in a bag … What to do with this now? ¬†Continue it? ¬†Or frog and start again, because supposedly, I can knit better now and what I make now will look better than these …

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And this is kind of a WIP, but a new one that I started … because I think I should finally make something from this gorgeous yarn and colourway. ¬†I’ve started several items with the yarn, and frogged them all. ¬†The yarn is getting a little frayed, so I think I should start a project and stick with that. ¬†This is short rows and mesh stitch practice. ¬†Now that I’ve started this, I’m hoping that I have another skein of the yarn hidden somewhere, so that this can be a decent size when done. ¬†And I’ve lost the label, so I’m not sure where to look for it now …

 

And this? ¬†I started this the week of the solar eclipse in August, because the colorway was named Moonstone … I know, I know, kind of corny. ¬† *sigh* ¬†Anyway, it’s just going to be a wide and long shawl or wrap. ¬†Just a pattern series of garter stitch and mesh stitch.

And another Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball, in Namaste Neutrals. ¬†Because I liked the glint against the browns. ¬†I’m thinking a capelet would look nice with this.

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This was going to be the super-scarf last year. ¬†Remember that trend? ¬†I don’t know if that’s still a trend this year, but I’m determined to finish this year. ¬†But see, I’ve run out of the yarn and I’m only at half the length, so I need to get out and get some more of this. ¬†I’m leaving this out to work on, anyway.

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So there you have my fall projects … I’ll keep you posted on the progress …

Have a good weekend, all !

 

Summer Doldrums

Hello all!
Enjoying your summer?
Haven't played with yarn for a couple of weeks now, with everything going on …

I wound this up to start on a summer project … it's now in shambles again with starts and frogging and needs to be wound up again.

I was working on this on the flight to California … and that's how it's stayed since touchdown. Between the soccer games and drive arounds and walkabouts, it's been too late home and too tired to work on anything 😕

By the way, Tin says that this reminds him of 'old people colours'. Huh? 😲
No idea what 'old people' colours are … do you know?

Trying again this weekend to work on something …
have a good weekend, all!

Revived … African Violets¬†

I had already finished the African Violets, with one round only, which measured just about 5 feet across.  Not long or wide enough for a blanket, but just enough as a lapghan.

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But I was enjoying making these hexagons – even though they were a bit fiddly at times, so I set it aside. ¬†And then I ran out of the watercolours yarn or the dark purple or dark orchid yarn and couldn’t get out to the craft store to get more, so it was set aside again. ¬†You know how that goes ūüėČ

But I knew that I wanted to add another round of hexagons, to make it bigger.


 

And so it would come out of the project bag every once in a while, when a bug would hit me and all I wanted to do was make the middle circles, sort of like mindless crochet … That usually happens when I wanted to work with yarn, but none of the current WIPs call, or I can’t settle down enough to work on a WIP.

I ended up with more middle circles than I needed, so I had to start on the petals. ¬†But I haven’t unraveled the other middle circles … maybe I can use them again …

I thought the end was in sight … I had enough circles to make into small hexagons, which were then joined into bigger hexagons to make one big hexagon motif – makes sense?
And now this … Working late at night, my eyes tricked me, and instead of following the hexagon pattern around, I joined a big hexagon motif at the top and bottom …

So now, it’s more of a rectangle, instead of the flower motif …

The boys like it as a rectangle shape,  instead of the flower motif.  They said that the flower motif was not wide or big enough.  Maybe because of those odd corners around.  Even with this, Tin was asking why the ends were sticking out.

So it looks like I will continue with this shape. ¬†I’ll just add single crochet rounds for the border, and it should even out the sides and top a little bit, right? *sigh*

This is another project that I don’t want to end. ¬†At times I like this colour combination, specially when I see a picture of it. ¬†Other times, I think that this colour combination is too dark. ¬†Maybe I shouldn’t have used the dark brown to join the big motifs together, but that’s supposed to be branches, joining the flowers. ¬†Anyway … I’m almost done with this, as soon as I crochet a border wide enough. ¬†Next time, I’ll use brighter colours …

 

 

 

Revisiting the Bucket List

Several years ago, I made a bucket list of what I wanted to make. ¬†The original post came up as a related post, so I decided to see what I’ve actually done. ¬†I could actually strike some items off the list – wow!

So, revising the bucket list …¬†Here is what was on my original bucket lists, and how I’ve done …

1) ¬†Entrelac ‚Äď learn how to knit and crochet entrelac correctly – nope, not yet. ¬†I’m still doing the biased basketweave pattern. ¬†Will remain on the list.

2)  Granny Squares with a Zigzag Twist Рnope, not yet.  Will remain on the list.

3)  Apache Teardrops Рnope.  Having second thoughts on whether I still like this.

4)  A hexagon project РYes !!!  The African Violets !  I still want to add to it, to make it bigger.

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5) ¬†The Cathedral Rose Window Afghan ‚Äď Stained Glass Afghan ‚Äď Kaleidoscope Afghan – Nope. ¬†Will remain on the list.

6) ¬†Kitchener stitch and seamless grafting – nope. ¬†I’ve sort of figured out a way to join seamlessly, but this will remain on the list.

7) ¬†A lacy beach coverup – yes ! ¬† Here’s the post ¬†and another one, if you want to read all about it.¬† ¬†And one already in progress ūüôā


8) ¬†A fine-lace/fingering weight project. Yes! ¬†I’ve worked more and more with fingering weight yarn. ¬†I do have hanks of lace in the stash, but haven’t started anything with that yet. ¬†And while this is not quite a fine lace project, there is ‘lace’ in the title – does that count? ¬†Hawaiian Lace and Busco Gancho Lace¬†


9) ¬†A Japanese pattern ‚Äď any pattern. ¬†Nope – will remain on the list.

10)  A woven blanket made with the Cricket loom.  Yes !!  And am planning on starting another one, before I forget how to use the loom and weave.  This 5-panel blanket had me woven out, after I finished working on it.

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11) ¬†Mandala Crochet Coat¬†– nope. ¬†But will definitely remain on the list, since I’m drawing a lot of mandalas, anyway. ¬†One of those designs will end up as a coat, since I now have the basics on how to crochet a coat or jacket ūüôā ¬†¬†Oh yes, although not a mandala, I did crochet¬†two coats last year! ¬†Yaaayyy!!

 

Not originally on the list, but I added ponchos to my mental list, even though I think at some point I said I wasn’t going to make those.


Surprisingly, I don’t have any new major thing to add … Just more ideas to make the same things with different yarns or patterns, like the coat, beach cover-ups, and woven blankets.

But the year is young … something may come up yet! ¬†ūüôā

Do you have a crafty bucket list?  How are you doing with it?

 

 

 

 

A Wannabe

So … I was browsing through craft blogs, jumping from one to the other to the other. ¬†A few were following the¬†Daily Challenge from Naknicromo on Tumbler to celebrate this crafty month. ¬†Wish I had known about it at the beginning, but since I’m not on those tumbling and tweeting platforms, I had no idea. ¬†Maybe next year … or I can just start it at any time.

Anywhooo … as I was reading the posts and comments and responses, I read a response to a question about other crafts that sort of had me staring at it for a few seconds longer. ¬†I read it again, and again I stared at the response. ¬†What was it that had me staring, open-mouthed at the screen?

Well, the poster said she doesn’t crochet, she can’t get crochet. ¬†Ok, that’s fine. ¬†She prefers the ‘neatness’ of knitting. ¬†That’s ok too, I’ve noticed that too, but you can crochet something neatly too. ¬†It’s got too many holes. ¬†Hmmm … knitting can have many holes too. ¬†It’s a ‘knitting wannabe’. ¬†Huh??

I burst out laughing. ¬†A ‘knitting wannabe’? ¬† So a bunch of people decided that they don’t like or cannot or do not want to knit, so they decided they will invent something else to kind of look like knit?

Not trying to make anything big out of this, but I just thought it was very funny, that somebody should think that way about another craft. ¬†Yeah, they’re entitled to their opinion. But this smacked of knit snob that I hear about every so often. ¬†Never met one in person – yet – but this is the first time I’ve read something which just screamed that to me. ¬†Most knitters that I know and read about are respectful of crochet, or other crafts, even if they don’t know how to work in that craft. ¬†But I thought that remark was a little too dismissive or high-handed. ¬†Guess not all crafters are tolerant of other crafts …

So, now that I’ve got that off my chest … here’s the progress on that¬†Pistachio project. ¬†Finished one cake, so I’m going to start the second panel with the new cake, and leave the third to finish it off.

It’s turned out quite long, as of course, as usual, I didn’t count the beginning chains. ¬†I just measured it against my outstretched arms – yes, a very scientific way of measuring! ¬†It’s about 14 inches in height, so I shouldn’t need much too many rows to get to 18 inches (hopefully).

I just might get this done by the weekend … ūüôā

 

 

 

 

 

Weekend Non-Projects  

It’s the first day of spring !!

Happy Spring!! ¬†Yaaayyy – It actually feels like spring today, with the temperatures actually warming up later today. ¬†Then it’s back to winter on Wednesday, with a forecast of snow …

I’m still on the hunt for a crochet project for National Crochet Month. ¬†I’ll even settle for a knit project for National Craft month instead ūüėČ

So with spring and warmer weather on the mind, I picked up a skein of¬†Prism, because I liked the colours – when it was wound up in a ball/skein. ¬†Now that I’m working on it, these colours are not calling to me. ¬†Maybe it’s the wrong pattern. ¬†I don’t think I’m continuing with this … By the way, I’m almost done with this ball, and this shawl is barely wrapping around my shoulders. ¬†So definitely the wrong pattern, because you’re supposed to get a decent sized shawl with just one ball, right? ¬†Or not?

Last night – at midnight, actually, because I wasn’t really sleepy yet and was browsing Pinterest¬†and also it was at that moment that I decided that I wanted to try something – I started this. ¬†I’d been wanting to work with the Caron Cakes in¬†Pistachio, but wasn’t sure what to make of it. ¬†I thought maybe a summer poncho in a lacy pattern would look good with this, since it’s a worsted¬†weight yarn. ¬†Another variation of a pattern, or more of two patterns combined. ¬†*sigh* ¬†I’m liking the pattern – which I’m making up as I go along – but now thinking that it may be a bit heavy for summer … Needs to be more lacy …

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We’ll see. ¬†I haven’t given up on it yet. ¬†I have another two cakes, so I hope it’s enough for the poncho. ¬†Or wrap. ¬†Or something that can be done with three cakes, because I’m being good and it’s not time to buy yarn yet ūüôā

And I saw the Rick Rack Rib stitch last week, and had to try it out. ¬†I thought I had ‘memorized’ the pattern when I first saw it, but found out later that I was missing a k1 or a p1 in between the rick racks. ¬†The darker colour is the wrong stitch, although I’m sort of liking that too. ¬†The red colour is the correct sequence.

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This is becoming a sampler of practice knit stitches ¬†That’s the herringbone in the grey part, that I had to try a couple of weeks ago. ¬† And I can’t remember what I was doing with the darker red colour. ¬†It started out with practice on the mesh/lace stitch, but I don’t know what happened in between. ¬†And I didn’t want to frog, because it didn’t look bad, and also because I don’t like to frog knit projects because I can’t pick up the correct number of stitches again after that :o)

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And that’s my non-projects for the weekend. ¬†They may or may not be frogged – well, the first one is definitely going to be frogged and turned into something else. ¬†And I’m set on working on the¬†Pistachio and finishing something with it, and perhaps have it ready for another out-of-state soccer tournament in a couple of weeks. And the knit sampler – well, that’s probably going to sit until I see another knit stitch that I want to practise on ūüôā

Have a good spring day!