Crochet and a Book = Heaven

And we’re back!

Sorry, I didn’t get time to post a quick update before my absence, but we had to get through hectic weeks and then it was time to fly out.  I even had a post ready on what WIPs/projects/yarn to pack, which obviously didn’t get posted in the rush.

In the end, since I was still inspired by my then-current project, I packed this with me on the plane, and between the waiting time to board and the flight, I was almost done by the time I arrived in Aruba.

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It’s a pretty pattern, and only four rows to memorize for the pattern.  It’s the Brumbay Scarf/Wrap pattern, and as usual, I was so excited about the yarn and a new pattern, that I didn’t think about the cast-on count – again!  I don’t have enough yarn to make it a shawl, so it’ll have to be a cowl … unless I can work on the yarn budget and buy another two skeins of Drops Big Delight yarn!

After finishing the ball of yarn on this project, I moved on to the motifs.  Remember this?  The original Wool-Eater CAL from Sarah London, until I got side-tracked and started working with the chunky neons instead.  This was my take-along project while on the beach or by the pool.

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And when I wanted to take a break from the crochet, I caught up with my reading as well.  What bliss!  I really didn’t know sometimes which I wanted to do first – crochet or read.  It’s so rare that I actually have extended uninterrupted hours to do either one, that when I do get the chance, I don’t know what to do!  LoL  Do you have that problem too?  Next time I might bring audio books, so I can do both at once.

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And that was how it went during the week that we were there.  It also helped that we had limited wifi access, so that cut down on the time spent in front of a small screen.  But really … who had time to stare at small screens when I could use it to read and crochet?

Now I’m going into withdrawal … no sun, sea, crochet, reading!  It’s back to the real world now … *sigh*

Will post more pics soon, as I connect with blogland again … How has your summer been?

Frogging!!

Remember this?

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And this?

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I picked it up finally to work on the third and joining round to see if I could make some progress on it, and it just wouldn’t work out according to the pattern and the photos.  I enlarged the photos to see if I could figure out why not, and had a sneaking suspicion that I had mis-read the pattern instructions.

So I went back to step one and read the instructions over, and sure enough … I was working too many stitches in the second round.   Aaarrghhhh!!!

So now I’m frogging the second round, and working on it again, this time with the correct number of stitches.  Guess I’m not making much progress with this CAL 😦

Lesson learned …. maybe it’s worth making a complete set of the motif pattern, before working on so many motifs first.

Wool Eater Motif CAL: Progress

Progress on the Wool Eater Motif CAL.

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Well … sort of.

This was the original project for the CAL.   And yes, I still plan to continue this.   I’m an expert in the first two rounds of the motifs already  LoL!

Wool Eater Motif CAL

But there’s no progress on this one … I’m having too much fun with the bright neons one first!

The Year of the CALs

Aarrrgghhh!!  I finally started on the Wool Eater motifs for the Wool Eater Motif Blanket Crochet-Along with Sarah London, and just as I was getting into the swing of things, I lose the crochet hook!  aarrgghhh!!!

Wool Eater Motif CAL

 

I ran over to the nearest Walmart to get a replacement … and found none on the wall!  Actually, the wall was empty … don’t know if they’re rearranging, or if they’re closing down the crafts aisle??  And it happens to be one of those sizes for which I do not have spare ones of!!  Ay-yaaay …. I better get a replacement or else this CAL is going to be left behind or stowed away!!

For a long time, I would read about these crochet- or knit-a-longs, and wish that I could join in. Or even that I could work on the projects. I resisted, as I knew that I had too much going on, and would start the project with the very best of intentions to stick to it, and would eventually have to set it aside as Life 101 takes over.

Over the years, I would look at the projects that everybody was posting, and would think – How do they finish those projects so fast?  Are they working on it every day, all day?  I could barely get in one hour of uninterrupted time to work on anything.  By the time I settled down and figured out what I was doing to make any progress, time was up and I would have to put it down again.

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This year, I saw a pattern I liked and saved it for a future project.  A couple of weeks later, the same pattern was the subject of a challenge.  I thought it would be a good time to join in, but again, there were too many things going on.  Looking at all the posts of the finished project, I was inspired by all the projects and thought to myself – I can do this.  If they can finish so fast, then it must not be a time-consuming hard pattern.  And so I joined the challenge, with one week to the deadline. Of course I didn’t finish the project – I needed another two or three days to put it together.  But even though it had a deadline to submit the finished project for the giveaway, (which then I wasn’t entered for), I could still submit the project to be included in a future publication.  And that was okay with me; I didn’t feel stressed or pressured to finish the project, and it was done.

Feeling encouraged that I was able to complete a challenge, what do I do?  I signed up for the next one.  And another one.  And another one.

Whaatt??  Now I’m over-doing it.  Here’s what I had signed up for.

Jane Crow – now this one I had signed up for since last year.  I eagerly awaited the first set of patterns to be sent out.  We’re going on to the third month of patterns.  And I haven’t started on the first month yet.

A Block a Month CAL, on Ravelry.  Two 12-inch squares and one 6-inch filler square to make a month.  Or just make one a month.  Haven’t started on that either.

And I think there’s another one that I signed up for, but I can’t remember what it is.  *sigh*

I’m still working on the Deep Ocean Stormy Waves over at The Crochet Crowd.  At least that’s started, and almost halfway done … with 11 days to go to the deadline.  That’s what I should be working on, instead of starting a new one … I’m hopeless, aren’t I?