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Yarn Karma

Last night a friend of mine and his wife stopped by the house because she wanted to learn to knit. Of course, I had no problem obliging – taking up knitting or crocheting, in my opinion, is an exciting adventure and I’m more than willing to help anyone learn.

So she and I sat there – I loaned her some size 8 straight needles and a small ball of yarn to practice. She cast on slowly then got faster, then moved into a couple rows of knit – then finished with casting off her small piece of work. The excitement was all over her face.

I decided at that moment to help her along. I took a small basket (similar to the one that’s appeared in many photos on the blog), put a skein of cotton in it, tossed in her small ball of yarn, and put in a tapestry needle. In addition to that, I put some needle caps on those size 8 needles and told her it was hers. She was thrilled with my gift to her new craft.

After they left, the man looked at me and asked “you gave yarn away?”

I know – that kinda shocked me too. Perhaps I got caught up in the moment. Giving yarn away is not something I tend to do… at least not my OWN yarn. I have bought yarn for someone – but that’s different than going to my stash and taking my own yarn and giving it away. Weird logic, I know.

So when the shock wore off the man’s face, he laughed and said “It’ll pay itself back 10 fold.” We had a good laugh, calling it yarn karma.

Well – I am here to tell you folks yarn karma is real!

Last night is when I gave my yarn away – 1 skein and a ball.

Today, a friend stopped by my desk at work with a small gift of beaded icicle tree ornaments (they are adorable – I LOVE THEM, T!) … and a bag – with a small scarf she made on a loom for my daughter AND a skein of the purple fuzzy yarn she used…. and a ball of yarn – with 2 strands of 2 different purple yarns. So technically, she gave me 1 skein and 2 balls of yarn….

Yarn Karma.

It’s real.

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2011 in Rambles and Reflections

 

[FOTH] November 28, 2011

My FOTH vlog for the YouTube Family: Fresh off the Hook.

If you are wanting to check out more folks doing FOTH, click through my video and look at the description of the video.

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2011 in My Projects

 

Year of Projects: Week 22

Project Percentage Complete: 64%
Overall Percentage Complete: 84%
Number of Project Items: 25
Number of Added Items: 70
Total Items: 95

This week was spent with a LOT more crochet dish cloths than I could have ever imagined. I made a lot. I used up a full 1 pound ball of the Bernat cotton so I have a lot of blue dishcloths laying around now.

Related to cleaning, I also made a fun dust mitt. I used pom-pom yarn. This is a pattern I definitely want to write up but need to free up my counter to do so – you see, this is a pattern for those who knit and crochet.

 It worked up relatively quickly – perhaps 2 hours. I have used it on a few small things but I think I’ll be dusting the televisions today.

Let’s see – what else….

I started knitting a chemo-cap for my friend’s son-in-law. He is undergoing treatment now and has shaved his head. I tried to take a picture of it but it is grey outside here and the color of the hat is dark blue. Perhaps I’ll be able to get a better picture of it once I finish it and can get it outside. I’m thinking I have about 5 more rows of knitting to do on it then I will start the decreases. I bought some dpn’s yesterday so I would have at least 6 in the same size as my needles. I’m really hoping I do ok with the decreases.

As for a pattern on the hat – I made it up. Reading knit patterns is something I’m going to have to get better at. Crochet patterns come easy (years and years of experience) – knit patterns not so much.

Ok – that’s all I really have going on. My percentages are looking pretty good considering where we are at with the holidays and such and all that I have finished. I cannot believe I’ve made over 90 items in the last 6 months. C-R-A-Z-Y

So with that said – here is a picture of the pumpkin pies I made (there were 4 then one disappeared *laughs*) and a list of things I’ve made with links to patterns where available.

Project List Items (not complete)

Filet Market Bag
Lacet Table Runner […started…]
– Throw for living room sofa
– Round Afghan/Throw
– Angel Tree Topper
– 4 pair Paperclip Ice Skates Ornaments (office Christmas gift)

Project List Items (done)
– 3 pair of Paperclip Ice Skates Ornaments (personal use)
– 11 pair of Paperclip Ice Skates Ornaments (office Christmas)
Easy Cabled Scarf
– Poncho (early Christmas present)

Added Items (not complete)
– Wristlet Bag (adjusting pattern) […65%…]
– Angel Hair scarf
– 2 Kitchen Chair Wall Protector
– knit socks [started]
– 1 sock monkey character hat
– 1 knitted chemo cap

Added Items (done)
– Wristlet Bag (making my own pattern)
– Mystery CAL Beach Bag
– 5 Knit Washcloth
– 15 Crochet Dishcloth
– 2 Kitchen Chair Wall Protector
– Ear Bud “purse”
– WW Yarn Runner for  ledge
– Angel Hair scarf
– 1 hour cowl
– Hipster (accidental creation)
– Hybrid Hat (pattern coming soon)
– 1 Loom Knit Hat
– 10  Candy Stocking Ornaments
– 2 Crochet Lid Topper
– 2 wreath pins
– 8 Sherry’s Headband 
– EnviroTote Market Bag #4
– 1 crochet headband (no pattern)
– Spiderweb Doily
– Crochet Scarf for coworker’s son
– 5 crochet washcloths (Christmas presents)
– 1 crochet face scrub finger mitt (Christmas present)
– 1 dust mitt

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This post is part of the Ravelry Group “Come Blog-A-Long” #yearofprojects Project. If you are interested in joining along or finding other posts similar to this one, visit the group on Ravelry.

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2011 in My Projects

 

Almost Caught…

Last night, around midnight, when I knew my daughter slipped safely to slumber – I broke out a hook and yarn and began making her a sock monkey hat.

You see, my dear readers and friends, my daughter is seriously obsessed with sock monkeys. I don’t know why – just that whenever she sees one, she wants it. She goes goo-goo eyed over it and I really don’t know why. She loves them.

I have watched a few folks on YouTube vlogging about their projects, and it seems like the sock monkey always makes an appearance. Well – there is now one half made in my house. I think she’s going to love it!

I got to working on it last night and was very excited to get the majority of the beanie done. I wasn’t sure if it were long enough so I took a break knowing that my son and I both get up very early. She normally sleeps rather late. Boy – that girl can sleep.

Anywhoozles. I did go just far enough down and was ready for the ear flaps. I used my son as a model (again) to get them on appropriately. I was just finishing with the second flap when I heard the pitter patter of little girl feet coming down the hall. I grabbed it up and shoved it behind my back just as she walked into the room.

her new sleep mask

Now, I’m not sure if she saw the ball of yarn with the string going to behind my back. I’m going on the hope and assumption she was too drowsy to have noticed. She was still wearing her monkey-eye sleep mask, pushed up onto her forehead, and was wrapped in her pink princess comforter. She took a quick moment to say good morning before headed off to grab a bowl of cereal. When the last bit of her comforter train turned the corner to the kitchen, I grabbed the hat and ran to my craft room.

I’m sure that wasn’t suspicious at all.

As she made her cereal – I finished the last row of the second ear flap. I called my son in to me and he tried the hat on.

YAY – it fits and the ear flaps look normal and fit a kid.

I’m glad I had those two close together; otherwise, I’d be without a similar size child to try things on as I go *laughs*

So the hat is sitting in the craft room on the foam head. I need to go around it twice in single crochet, make the face items (ears and mouth – gonna use buttons for the eyes, I think) and then put on the braided tassle.

And then get it into a box so my sleepy-faced gal won’t see it until Christmas morning.

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2011 in My Projects, Rambles and Reflections

 

Chemo Cap Patterns for MEN

This isn’t really a blog post but a request of my readers/followers:

What is your favorite chemo cap pattern for men?

I am looking for something, knit or crochet, that works up relatively quickly and would be a perfect sleep hat for a man. If you have a favorite pattern, link me in the comments (if its available online, ravelry included) OR if it is a paid pattern, just leave me enough info (pattern name and publication) to find it.

I’d really appreciate it.
Thanks!
– Cris

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2011 in Rambles and Reflections

 

[FOTH] November 21, 2011

This is a video family I have joined on YouTube. All the lovely crocheters share their finished works via video. I figured I’d post the first few on my blog and if my blog readers (not YT followers) prefer I do not post them, then please do leave a comment. I’m still undecided if I should post them on my blog or leave them specific for people who want to follow me on YouTube.

In order to see the whole list of people who are participating in fresh off the hook (FOTH), you’ll have to click through to YouTube and then expand the notes area for the video.

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2011 in Video Updates

 

Year of Projects: Week 21

Project Percentage Complete: 64%
Overall Percentage Complete: 83%
Number of Project Items: 25
Number of Added Items: 58
Total Items: 83

Could it be that we are halfway done with the year of projects blog project? Wow – until I typed in the subject line, I hadn’t thought about it.

I did get some time to crochet this week. I spent most of it crocheting dish and wash cloths for Christmas presents. I have created a facial scrubber and will work on it to perfect it before posting a pattern on the blog. You can look for that in the next few weeks.

I am also going to start doing “Fresh Off the Hook” or FOTH on YouTube. It’s like a big FO Friday only with vlogging. There are several people who do it. The list is maintained by Marcelle, or onevirtuouswoman on YouTube. If you are interested, you can subscribe to my YouTube channel. I will be posting my FOTHs on Mondays.

I have also begun putting some of my WIP Wednesdays on YouTube simply because it is a lot easier than taking a bunch of photos, transferring them, and then writing a blog post. I’m lazy that way :P

I did take off the 2 sets of golf club covers from my list. Why, you ask? Because I started the pattern and quite honestly, I wasn’t feeling it. The size was all wrong and I didn’t like how they turned out (I made 3/4 of one before throwing in the towel). I think that I could make my own pattern that I’d like more; however, I just don’t have the time right now to do that. If I decide to make them for the guys’ birthdays, I’ll add them to the “added” list. 

I really don’t have much more to say other than I am going to go put more of a dent into my cotton stash with some more dishcloths a few folks from work have ordered.

Because I don’t want to leave you without a photo, here is quite a silly photo I took of myself after playing restaurant with my youngest daughter. I call this: banana brow.

Happy Crocheting!

Project List Items (not complete)

Filet Market Bag
Lacet Table Runner […started…]
– Throw for living room sofa (no pattern selected yet)
– Round Afghan/Throw (potential Christmas present)
– Angel Tree Topper
– 4 pair Paperclip Ice Skates Ornaments (office Christmas gift)

Project List Items (done)
– 3 pair of Paperclip Ice Skates Ornaments (personal use)
– 11 pair of Paperclip Ice Skates Ornaments (office Christmas)
Easy Cabled Scarf
– Poncho (early Christmas present)

Added Items (not complete)
– Wristlet Bag (adjusting pattern) […65%…]
– Angel Hair scarf
– 2 Kitchen Chair Wall Protector
– knit socks [started]

Added Items (done)
– Wristlet Bag (making my own pattern)
– Mystery CAL Beach Bag
– 5 Knit Washcloth
– 5 Crochet Dishcloth
– 2 Kitchen Chair Wall Protector
– Ear Bud “purse”
– WW Yarn Runner for  ledge
– Angel Hair scarf
– 1 hour cowl
– Hipster (accidental creation)
– Hybrid Hat (pattern coming soon)
– 1 Loom Knit Hat
– 10  Candy Stocking Ornaments
– 2 Crochet Lid Topper
– 2 wreath pins
– 8 Sherry’s Headband 
– EnviroTote Market Bag #4
– 1 crochet headband (no pattern)
– Spiderweb Doily
– Crochet Scarf for coworker’s son
– 5 crochet washcloths (Christmas presents)
– 1 crochet face scrub finger mitt (Christmas present)

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This post is part of the Ravelry Group “Come Blog-A-Long” #yearofprojects Project. If you are interested in joining along or finding other posts similar to this one, visit the group on Ravelry.

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2011 in My Projects