I spent a week in D.C. for work a few weeks ago. I made sure to find a local yarn shop to visit one evening, which resulted in this WIP (more on this later).
The LYS I chose to visit was a cozy little loft located North of Dupot Circle, called Looped Yarn Works. If it was located back home in Kansas City, I’d love to take my crocheting and some coffee, and hang out on their couch stitching on a quiet afternoon.
I picked up this cute little lapel pin…
…and this AMAZING yarn! It is a Heavy Fingering Weight yarn called, get this, Melted Suri. It is 65% Baby Suri Alpaca, 25% SW Merino, and 10% Silk. It is absolutely heavenly. You just want to snuggle it right up to your cheek. The hand-painted colorway is called Beach Shells.
So back to my WIP… I decide on a cowl for this super soft yarn, and went with the Arcade Stitch. I worked it up in the round, which went very well with this yarn – you cannot tell where the joins are at all with its web-like texture. I will finish it up and get a pattern ready for testing!
I’ll leave you today with this fun crocheting picture, which is in the stairwell on the way up to Looped Yarn Works’s shop. Have a great week!
I got the surface crocheting and the shoulder straps removed from the neckline night. I’ve got some notes started on the rework, but the real documentation for the rework pattern starts next!
Prep work and planning always take longer than you want it to. I want to get in there and start crocheting!
LAST June, I was working on Christmas stockings for my family during 30 Days of Blog. I just finished the last one the other day!
Yesterday I finished the body of a Baby afghan that will be donated to Project Linus because they are in desperate need of blankets for hospitals right now. Over the next few days I will be putting an edging on it.
Once this afghan is done, I have an order for a newborn mermaid tail cocoon to complete.
Then I will be starting work on a Christmas tree skirt to go with my family’s stockings. Here’s hoping that I can get all of that done this month!
I’m finally getting back to being able to crochet a little bit after #3 was born. I’ve got several things to post, including the afghan I designed for him.
Right now I’m working on some end-of-the-school-year teacher’s gifts for my daughter’s preschool teacher. I had a kit from Annie’s Attic for this felted bag and thought I would use it for one of the gifts. I’ve never done any felting before, aside from making my wool dryer balls.
Unfortunately, when I got this felted, I fell in love with it and I don’t think I can give it away. I think I’ll be using it as a bag to carry small crochet projects in. It’s not often that fail in giving away something I have crocheted.
I got nowhere near to what I wanted to accomplish this year with my crocheting. My work came to an abrupt halt in June when I got sick because I became pregnant with our third child. Three months later I was finally feeling a little better, but by then we were really trying to get our new house renovated and moved in. We are moved in now, though not even close to being unpacked and settled. And of course, now we are preparing for the holidays and the arrival of little #3.
Obviously with a third on the way, living in a house that still needs a lot of work, and trying to get our old house ready to rent out, there is probably not going to be a lot of time to crochet in 2016 either. BUT I will be pumping 2-3 times a day again after returning to work, which is when I was able to get a lot of of crocheting done last year and early this year. So I do still have some things planned.
Here is a rundown of things I am working on immediately, and where I ended up with the goals I had for 2015. I’ll post again later with what I want to accomplish for 2016. I did get a few custom orders completed through my Etsy shop along the way but not a whole lot else.
- Christmas Stockings – Two done for the kids, working on Husband’s now. Baby #3 and I may have to wait until next year.
- Christmas Gifts – Working on a few small/quick gifts for family. Will post on this after all the family get-togethers are done for the holidays.
- Sweet 16 Afghan – This needs to be started as soon as the stocking and Christmas gifts are done because it will need to be mailed out very soon after the first of the year.
- Buddy’s Afghan – I have designed an afghan pattern in honor of each one of my new babies. As soon as the Sweet 16 Afghan is done, I need to get working on Baby #3’s. I’ve already done quite a bit of R&D (i.e. Pinteresting) and I’m pretty sure I know what I want to do. I even have the yarn. Now I just need to sit down and start work/writing the pattern.
- ADDED (Custom Order) – Baby Afghan Success! See June 6th 30 Days of Blog Post for this one.
- ADDED (Custom Order) – Second Baby Afghan Success! I’m sad about this one because I do not think that I took a picture before I delivered it.
- ADDED: Baby Gift #1 – This was the Strawberry Cocoon and Beanie Success!
- ADDED (Custom Order) – Baby Gift. Surprise gift to be posted at a later time. Success! I’m sad about this one because I do not think that I took a picture before I delivered it.
- ADDED: Baby Gift #2 – Was in progress in May, but I don’t even remember what this was right now!
- Finish writing
Cuffs and Monkey Patterns – Cuffs done. Monkey on hold till Fall. I never did get back to the Monkey pattern. But the boot Cuffs pattern did get finished and posted in my Ravelry store. I even had a lady contact me about it because she is doing a class on cable stitches at a retreat and wanted to use my pattern for it. So I have seen multiple pattern sales as a result of that.
- Christmas Stockings for Family (4) – On the immediate list.
- Baby Gift #2 – I’ve had this done for awhile and I’m sad to say I keep forgetting to mail the darn thing!
- Baby Gift #3 – This one has also been done, but never got delivered. (Facepalm.)
- Top for myself – (Laughing.) Not a chance. It wouldn’t fit me right now anyway. Maybe this Spring or Summer.
- Christmas Tree Skirt – Sadly this one did not get done yet either.
- Afghan Christmas Present #1 – Nope.
- Afghan Christmas Present #2 – Nope.
- Afghan Christmas Present #3 – Nope. (Sorry family. Maybe next year.)
- Happypotamusses for Sephy and Greyson – This is another one I’m really sad about. I really wanted to get these done for them. Maybe I’ll make it a trilogy and give one to each of the three kids for Christmas next year.
- Sweet 16 Afghan – On the immediate list.
- Mitten Ornaments – Replaced with another quick project for Christmas gifts on the Immediate list. I would still like to do these for next year.
So there we are. Here’s hoping that 2016 will leave me feeling more accomplished with the projects I want to do!
I am really getting off track with the Christmas stockings this week. We stopped by the thrift store and I picked up this pretty top. But I didn’t get it to wear. I got it for the satin ribbon yarn. It’s very pretty, heavy, and has great drape.
I spent just an hour unraveling it and winding it into four hanks for a total of 322 yards of nice ribbon yarn.
I washed it and it relaxed very nicely without having to weight it at all, and now it is hanging to dry. I will post these for sale on Etsy once the hanks are dry.
I have a twist to The Granny Square Project! During the past year as I’ve been making the two squares for each month, I’ve actually been making four squares – two of each.
My initial plan was to make two separate afghans to give to two different people. But as I worked on it over the year I realized that I wanted to keep the second one for myself as a keepsake because I had made it during my son’s first year.
So now I am blocking the squares for the second afghan. As soon as I’ve got them all joined and edged I’ll get a picture of them together and finish this project up!
Most of the squares were exact duplicates. However, I made alternate squares for some of them by switching up colors or just the order that I used them in. I love the differences-some of them very subtle, others quite bold!
July – Square Thirteen
July – Square Fourteen
August – Square Sixteen
October – Square Twenty
November – Square Twenty-one
November – Square Twenty-two
I got a lot done on the assembly for The Granny Square Project last night.
First I laid all my squares out on the table in the planned 4×6 order and started swapping them around to determine placement. I didn’t want similar colors or squares with the same yarn too close to each other. I stood there moving squares for about 45 minutes and then asked my husband to come take a look and we made a few more adjustments.
Then I started joining. I used the slip stitch method of joining on the wrong side in the two outside loops of the last round of the square. There is a good tutorial here for this and I really like how it looks on the front side. I’ll get a close-up of that tonight.
Vertical Edges Joined
I finished joining all of the vertical sides and tonight I’ll go back and do the horizontal edges. Then I’ll do a few rounds of single crochet edging to finish it out. I really do like the continuity the grey yarn has brought to the squares.
I’ve had to pause only slightly on the Granny Square Project because I got another Etsy order for the Very Hungry Caterpillar Cocoon and Beanie. But it really hasn’t set me back much for two reasons.
- I’ve actually been blocking my squares and haven’t really been having to crochet much anyway. I found this great idea for blocking on Pinterest where you drill holes in a board (plywood in this case) and use small knitting needles to shape the squares. It has worked perfectly! So most of my time on the project lately has been waiting for the squares to dry.
- When I went to get the yarn for the cocoon, I found that I already had a completed beanie and a half completed cocoon! So all I had to do was finish the cocoon and make the pieces for the eyes, nose and antennae and assemble them!
Very Hungry Caterpillar Cocoon and Beanie
The blocking is all finished now and the last squares came off the block this morning. So I am very excited that tonight I will be able to lay all the squares out and start deciding placement!
For sale on Etsy!
Set of 7, hand crocheted, 100% cotton rounds/makeup removers. Each round is approximately 2″ across. Includes matching cotton hanger to string rounds. Machine wash with your towels and reuse for an eco-friendly and affordable alternative to buying disposable cotton rounds. Available in two colors. More coming soon!