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 😉

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 …

 

 

 

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All the Colours

I started a fifth panel over the weekend.  The boys said they wanted it wider so that they can wrap themselves around it 🙂 while they roll around on the floor in the living room. And here’s what I came up with for the fifth panel … I added orange …

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Don’t know why, but now that I lay it all out side by side, it changed the colour tones of the panels a bit, didn’t it?  I’m sure it’ll all look ‘together’ when I finish joining them together, but when seen separately like this, it looks a little out of place.

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And as I brooded over the colours and the placements, I realized something … This is almost the same colours as my Happy Scarf ….

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… and the Tapestry Blanket!

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… the Augusta Shawl …

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And the current knitting WIP is along the same colours …

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Hmmm … this seems to be my go-to colours!

Or maybe if when in doubt, then throw-in-all-the-colours scheme?  lol

 

 

 

Snowed-In Show and Tell

Well … after being cooped up inside because of the Blizzard 2016, I made the most of that time by catching up on projects … starting new ones … or just playing with yarn.

So here’s what I was able to work on this past weekend.

I finished the second panel for the blanket ….
… and started on the third panel.

The second panel came out shorter than the first panel, so there’s going definitely going to be some sewing, cutting and adjustments when putting the panels together.   

And seeing the finished width, before wet-finishing, I think I’m going to need a fourth panel so that it covers at least a single or twin bed.  Maybe a fifth …

 

The Double-layered Braided Cowl is the latest trend going around the crochet forums.  I had seen the pattern on my newsfeed, and it was the first time that I wanted to pick up hook and yarn and make one right now, instead of just saving the pattern for a later day.  So, after the initial fiddling about, I came up with a cowl, an experimental earwarmer with three braids, and an experimental earwarmer with chunky yarn!  How about that!

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Oh, wait … so now I have a set of earwarmer, hat, and neckwarmer/cowl in the same chunky yarn!

I’m adding this in, although I finished this a couple of weeks ago.  The Granny Shrug – I can’t find where I got this from, but if you google the Granny Shrug, you’ll get to the website.  It’s basically a big granny, then fold it in half to form a rectangle.  Then sew about 20 inches of one edge, which will form the sleeves.  I added a cuff to the sleeve, to make it longer.  I ran out of the black yarn, so I added the purple to finish it.  I could have stopped with the black, but then it would reach just by the waist, and I wanted it longish.  On the other hand, making it that big turned out to be a bit over-sized for me – it fits my colleague perfectly, though, as she’s taller and bigger than I am.  So now I want to make a smaller one that will fit me better, but long enough as well.

So that’s my show and tell for the Blizzard projects.

What did you work on?

 

 

 

 

 

Finishing Off 2014

I thought I would write a post on whatever creative things I accomplished in the last year.  I know I didn’t make much this year, but it is good to gather everything together and see how much you’ve done.  Try it.  You’ll be surprised to see just how many things that you did get done in the last year.

Of course, I didn’t get to start on anything that was on my bucket list (except for the hexagon project).  So we’re trying for that again this year.

The staple … hats!  I finally figured out the slouchy look for the hats … These are actually variations of patterns that I tried to follow, and in the end, I just decided to wing it instead of following the pattern, because the hat wasn’t turning out what I expected it to be.

And more hats!  Here’s some of the ones made for my personal charity/cause – NYC Hats for Hope Initiative. As usual, there’s more which I didn’t take photos of.

I made my first amigurumi/toy – the minion.  I said I was going to make another one, this time with two eyes.  I still haven’t started on that.  Making amigurumis and toys still does not appeal to me … I have no problem with working on the individual parts … sewing and assembling them together kills me.  The hat wasn’t too bad.  That one has two eyes – although you can’t see it from this angle.

The other cause I work on – the Special Olympics Scarf Project.  Here’s some items that I made for some of the states.  Every year I say that I will make one item for each participating state.  Haven’t succeeded yet, but there’s always next year!

The shawls … wraps … scarves … my go-to projects.  My obsession pattern this year was the Augusta Shawl.  Here’s different versions of the pattern, using different yarn weights, etc.

Oh – another obsession pattern – the Bowtie Pi Shawl (available in Ravelry).  I plan on making more of these, with various yarns.

I couldn’t figure out why my shawl was coming out with a curved neckline, instead of a straight edge as shown in the photos with the pattern.  Then I remembered … Fibonacci.  Instead of following the same number of row repeats as the pattern, I had used the Fibonacci series for my row repeats instead.  So I think that’s why the neckline curved in so deep, like this.  I like it better like this, anyhow.  The shawl drapes better over the shoulders, than a straight edge.

And I was on a fringes roll as well.  I like fringes but I usually don’t add fringes because I think that they use up a lot of yarn … but then again, knitting or crocheting a piece takes up a lot of yarn too … and fringes do make a shawl or wrap look really pretty, doesn’t it?

My one big project this year – the African Violets Afghan, in memory of my aunt who passed away last year.  This is as far as I got with it, and it’s a good size lapghan.  I wanted to add another round, so that it can also be used as a bed cover.  So that’s something I’ll be working on some more this year.

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And there you have my accomplishments from the last year.  Nothing much, nothing spectacular.  I know that it’s more of the same from last year, but until I have another incentive to make amigurumis and toys, I’m afraid there’ll be more of this for the coming year.  Oh yes … I still want to make that hooded cape … and that beach coverup … I should start now … while it’s still freezing cold outside … then it’ll be ready for summer!

African Violets Gets Bigger

I’m probably spoiling the finished-item reveal, but I’m so excited about how this is taking shape. Well, the border isn’t done yet, but you know what I mean.

The hexagon afghan is slowly getting bigger.

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I made six big hexagons, and joined it together to make a bigger hexagon.

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And this is what a big hexagon looks like.  It’s measuring about three feet across, and because of the odd-shaped borders, does not really cover enough to be used as a throw or lapghan.

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I’m going to play around with how much bigger to make this, or maybe square it off, or fill in the bigger gaps. Maybe another round of big hexagons, then border around.

Any other ideas?  What do you think?

 

 

 

All Because of One Square

While out on holidays, I also acquired one skein of the Red Heart Banana Berry for an on-again, off-again project from a couple of years ago that I had unearthed and re-discovered. You know how that is, right?  Well, I thought that I might as well finish up the throw, since I had quite a number of the squares done.  And so I proceeded to make big and small squares while sitting out by the pool, until I used up the skein of yarn.
As I unpacked the suitcase when I got home, I had a sudden urge to finish the throw with the squares I had made.  I spent a couple of hours working on the dark blue borders for the new squares, then proceeded to lay it out to get an idea of how I was going to join it … and found this …

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There’s a square missing!  Seriously?!  Did the dog take it with her when she jumped up on the bed? I searched everywhere for it, and couldn’t find any stray square.   Well, you know what that meant … a quick trip to the yarn store the next day, for sure!

The next day … Yes, that’s two skeins of the colour I need, when all I need is enough for one more square.  Why?  I don’t know.  I think I’ve trained my mind and hands to pick up skeins and balls of yarn in twos.  And two more of the RH Watercolour for the African Violets afghan in progress.

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Oh, except that the RH Boutique Unforgettable in Dragonfly was all by himself, so I had to pick him up to give him a home.  And the RH Unforgettable Cappucino was for the other WIP that I had started during the holidays, and had used up already.  So, only one of each.

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And I don’t know yet what I’m going to make with these, but I just couldn’t resist those colours … RH Unforgettable in Petunia (the purples) and Sunrise (the oranges and reds).  *sigh*

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I’m on a yarn diet … again.  And all because of one square.

 

 

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 …