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The State Fair

I promised a post showing different crafts at the State Fair – and here it is! I finally got some time to pull the pictures from my camera (yes, I still use a camera… I don’t have a smart phone) and get them loaded to the computer. This will be a very image intense post so get ready!

Of course, the first picture is the beast-ghan with it’s blue ribbon. The afghan above it looked like a log cabin type granny square and won third in the same category (crocheted in multiple pieces).

The granny square above mine was nicely done but I personally was not a huge fan of the color choice. But  that’s just me – obviously I’m a bit more traditional. My blanket was all off-white.

These were two of my other favorites. One was done in filet crochet and the one above was a fisherman’s type afghan but it was knit. I was really impressed with these two – they were NICE!

There were a couple afghans that were images like the American flag, which took second in its category, and the eagle (on the extreme top right of the image – sorry for the glare). They were nice but I think the construction of the flag and the size of the eagle were not working in their favor.

This is a picture of MORE blankets. The blanket in the middle, with the white ribbon, in my opinion should have won first in its category of crocheted in one piece BECAUSE it’s tunisian crochet. This blanket was gorgeous and the stitching was phenominal. Not only do I think it should have won blue in its category, this should have been the division winner – yes, even beating out the beast-ghan. It should have got the rosette.

There were plenty of other crafts in the building too (these are only a FEW of my blanket pictures).

The image to the left is a double knit scarf made by Jane, a woman in my yarn group. I watched her do this piece and I have to say – it is stunning. And I was shocked to see she only got second with it. She missed first to a nicely knit lacy scarf – but I have to say, while the other scarf was nice, it wasn’t the same. The complexity of what she did with this scarf far succeeded what the first place scarf had done as far as technique.

So, as far as what I saw – there were only two upsets – the tunisian crochet blanket and Jane’s double knit scarf.

This was my favorite doily because I loved the color combination, size, and pattern.

A lovely shawl in blue. Loved the pattern on this one.

I have a LOT of other pictures but I don’t think blogger could handle it *laughs*

 

[Video] Surface Crocheting Down a Round Ripple

If you are looking to spruce up a round ripple, this can be an interesting technique for you. It’s a little different than standard surface crochet simply because you have to accommodate for the height of various stitches. Please feel free to leave a comment or any questions you may have.

 

Year of Projects 2: Week 7

Project Percentage Complete: 41%
Overall Percentage Complete: 41%
Number of Project Items: 99
Number of Added Items: 4
Total Items: 103

Total Completed Project Items: 41
Total Completed Items: 42

Good afternoon, blog readers! I know I haven’t been too active during the week and I could list out a host of things that have caused this, but I’m definitely going to be getting more active now. Some personal things came up and honestly – they were important. Very important.

The first order of business is that somehow I had my total number messed up. I found that I had listed 5 cloths for my sister-in-law twice so the removal of those five items caused my percentages to go up by about 2% – which is a pleasant surprise. Always nice when the mistake is in your favor, eh?

I also added another item to the added list. It got added because I also added Elite Syncopations, a pattern by a friend of mine. But Elite takes a rather interesting chart and I’ve never read knit charts before so I figured in order to learn to read charts, it would be wise if I took on a less complex project – hence, Tongues of Fire. I only have a couple inches done but that is because I am not using a thick yarn – I’m using a size 10 cotton on size 3 needles. It will definitely come out to be more of a shawlette, but I think with the right shawl pin, this will look really good.

This project has taught me a few things: reading a kit pattern, learning how to get deliberate holes in my knitting, learning to read a chart, and learning to fix a count error when you didn’t drop a stitch but you somehow screwed it up – yea…. very easy for me to do in crochet… not so much in knitting. This is also the smallest yarn and needles I’ve used to date to knit with. So this very easy project for most has turned into quite a challenge for me. But that’s ok – I’m getting it!

Other than working on the shawlette, I have been able to finish a few more dish/washcloths that are part of Christmas presents. I finished the 5 I want to give my mother and I have started working on the ones for my sister-in-law. I will probably continue to make more than just the 10 expected cloths so I have a few to sell at the holiday craft show my employer hosts for United Way. I have also added a few more rows to the Spidey Round Ripple but I figured it is so close to done I’ll take a picture of it when it’s ready to be wrapped.

Other than that – I haven’t had a whole lot more going on in my craft world. I have kept my yarn close these last few weeks as I worked through the medical issues. I leaned on it for its healing value – the ability to take my mind away from something negative and focus on the positives of creating.

And now this is the actual list of what I plan on doing and what I have done.

Project List Items (not started/in progress)

– 17 squares for SIBOL 
Spidey-colored Round Ripple Lapghan (Christmas present)
– 4 knit/crochet cloths for SIL (Christmas present) 

– Shawl (gift for the fall/spring for DD2)

– 10 crochet knockers for donation
– 5 pet beds for donation
– 10 chemo caps for donation
– 2 swiffer covers (for me!)
– 1 swiffer cover for Mom (Christmas present)
– 1 swiffer cover for SIL (Christmas present)
– Knit a Sweater for the Man
– Knit Wingspan Shawl
– 1 pair spat warmers (Christmas present)
Woven Blocks Crochet Quilt
Navajo Indian Multi-Color Afghan (Birthday gift)

Room Shoes (Christmas gift)
Amimono Kimono (for me!)

Project List Items (done)
– 33 squares for SIBOL
– 5 knit/crochet cloths for Mom (Christmas present)
– 1 knit/crochet cloths for SIL (Christmas present)
– State Fair Afghan
Dead Fish Hat (Birthday gift for DS)

Added Items (not started/in progress)
Tongues of Fire (for me)

Striped Granny Bag (Christmas present for Rabbit)
– Elite Syncopations

Added Items (done)
– Magic Square Potholder

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Posted by on August 26, 2012 in My Projects

 

Year of Projects 2: Week 6

Project Percentage Complete: 38%
Overall Percentage Complete: 37%
Number of Project Items: 105
Number of Added Items: 3
Total Items: 108

Total Completed Items: 40

I was out of state this weekend so unfortunately, I didn’t make it to my blog before the update auto-posted. My bad – BUT its about 9pm and I’m able to sit down and update it, even though it already posted. I’m hoping you all haven’t read it yet and will see the actual update.

The only finish I have this week is a washcloth for Christmas. It is green and knit – and very basic.My percentages went up a smidge – so to me that’s good progress. *smiles*

I’m continuing to work on the spiderman themed round ripple, but I’ll admit, it takes a long time to work around it now – I have about 5 more rows to go and can see it dragging on for another two weeks. A lady at work saw me working on it when it was small and asked what I would charge. I said 25$ – well, lady from work – I’d have to say 50 simply because I don’t think I want to do another one of these for a while. *laughs* Round ripples for babies are fine because you don’t go this big…. Round ripples for 6 year olds is a lot different.

Anywhoozles – my trip was to see my mother. It was a great weekend visit. My brother is also moving and I’m not sure how everything played out, but somewhere in the mix my grandmother’s house sold and they were cleaning the remainder of the contents out. When these items pictured were found, they obviously came my way.

There are 14 granny squares made from her scraps and trimmed in black along with a host of various pattern pamphlets, may from Coats and Clark. The oldest pamphlet is the red one with a doily on it (pictured on the far right side). This one is from 1956 and was mailed to my paternal great grandmother. Several of the others were mailed to my maternal great grandmother. It’s pretty cool to see their taste in patterns, although I do think the Workbasket mailing was a subscription. I flipped through them quickly BUT I will go through them more thoroughly soon – and maybe even make a few of the patterns.

As for the granny’s – my mother seems to think there are more in the boxes somewhere so I’m going to hold off doing anything with them. Either way, more or not, I’ll figure out something to make with the squares even if it means I need to make some filler squares – although I’d prefer to keep it just to her squares, my joining.

Hmmmmm I’m getting the camera battery charged up so I can pull some photos from it so look for some fair pictures coming soon.

Other than that – I hope you all are doing fantastic and those of you participating in YoP are making great headway. I’ll be reading and commenting this week as I was a bit slack last week.

In the spirit of giving you some more photos – here is a quick sunset shot I snapped driving back from dinner with my mother. It was taken on my cell phone (heck, all of my pictures are taken with a cell phone lol) – I really enjoyed the colors and watching the sun go down over the fields.

Project List Items (not started/in progress)

– 1 knit/crochet cloths for Mom (Christmas present)
– 17 squares for SIBOL 
Spidey-colored Round Ripple Lapghan (Christmas present)

– Shawl (gift for the fall/spring for DD2)
– 5 knit/crochet cloths for SIL (Christmas present)
– 10 crochet knockers for donation
– 5 pet beds for donation
– 10 chemo caps for donation
– 2 swiffer covers (for me!)
– 1 swiffer cover for Mom (Christmas present)
– 1 swiffer cover for SIL (Christmas present)
– Knit a Sweater for the Man
– Knit Wingspan Shawl
– 1 pair spat warmers (Christmas present)
Woven Blocks Crochet Quilt
Navajo Indian Multi-Color Afghan (Birthday gift)

Room Shoes (Christmas gift)
Amimono Kimono (for me!)

Project List Items (done)
– 33 squares for SIBOL
– 4 knit/crochet cloths for Mom (Christmas present)
– State Fair Afghan
Dead Fish Hat (Birthday gift for DS)

Added Items (not started/in progress)
Striped Granny Bag (Christmas present for Rabbit)
– Elite Syncopations

Added Items (done)
– Magic Square Potholder

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Posted by on August 20, 2012 in My Projects

 

Year of Projects 2: Week 5

Project Percentage Complete: 36%
Overall Percentage Complete: 36%
Number of Project Items: 105
Number of Added Items: 3
Total Items: 108

Total Completed Items: 39

My progress this week was completing two more of the cloths for my mother’s Christmas present. One is knit and the other is crochet. I think they are coming along nicely, even if slow. The reason they are finishing up so slow is that I am using them as my “quick wins” in between working on larger projects. Right now, my big project is the Spiderman inspired round ripple. I’d say I have about 9 more rows and the surface crochet left on that project then I will be looking towards another afghan project.

I did make it to the fair on Sunday and took plenty of pictures from the hobby building. I will be sharing those with you in the next couple of days.

I will be adding another item to the list shortly called Elite Syncopations which is a shawl pattern written by one of my friends. She was working on it at yarn group the last couple of weeks and it is gorgeous!!! I think that’ll be my next big knit project.

I also was asked by another friend from yarn group to work on an afghan for her – Cathedral Rose. She purchased the pattern because she thought it was pretty but cannot crochet! I will be making the afghan for her and if it turns out as good as I think it will – then I am thinking that I shall make me one too.

I’m not feeling so hot today so this is going to be a shorter post and without crochet pictures. I’ll try to do better next time but for now, here is a picture of ….. nothing? Heck, I cleaned my photo directory out and moved everything to the external drive.

*GAH*

I’m actually photoless today.

sorry.

Project List Items (not started/in progress)

– 2 knit/crochet cloths for Mom (Christmas present)
– 17 squares for SIBOL 
Spidey-colored Round Ripple Lapghan (Christmas present)

– Shawl (gift for the fall/spring for DD2)
– 5 knit/crochet cloths for SIL (Christmas present)
– 10 crochet knockers for donation
– 5 pet beds for donation
– 10 chemo caps for donation
– 2 swiffer covers (for me!)
– 1 swiffer cover for Mom (Christmas present)
– 1 swiffer cover for SIL (Christmas present)
– Knit a Sweater for the Man
– Knit Wingspan Shawl
– 1 pair spat warmers (Christmas present)
Woven Blocks Crochet Quilt
Navajo Indian Multi-Color Afghan (Birthday gift)

Room Shoes (Christmas gift)
Amimono Kimono (for me!)

Project List Items (done)
– 33 squares for SIBOL
– 3 knit/crochet cloths for Mom (Christmas present)
– State Fair Afghan
Dead Fish Hat (Birthday gift for DS)

Added Items (not started/in progress)
Striped Granny Bag (Christmas present for Rabbit)
– Elite Syncopations

Added Items (done)
– Magic Square Potholder

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Posted by on August 13, 2012 in My Projects

 

Weekend Off

I have been pretty regular the last few weeks with posts; unfortunately, my internet is down at home so I’m posting this really quickly to let you know you will not see my YOP post on Sunday – I figure I was a day early last week, I can be a day late this week *smiles*

I will be going to the State Fair this weekend so I’ll be able to get LOTS of pictures of the yummy yarn candy and share with you next week.

Other than that – I’ll be spending a lot of my time this weekend behind the hook :)

God bless and have a great weekend!

 

Featured at Zazzle!

Readers – what a great day. I got this email in my inbox on the 8th letting me know that the tote “So Happy Together” was selected as one of the featured items at Zazzle.

How exciting!!!

http://www.zazzle.com/so_happy_together_tote_bag-149027953445175360?gl=z-238388085529954009

 

State Fair Results

I thought I would take a quick moment to let you all know that the beast-ghan won first place in its category! I took one item in one category and won. That is SO exciting for me!

Honestly, I didn’t think I’d win because the sheer volume and the afghan category is pretty darn popular – especially the crocheted category. I did not win overall best crochet or knitted item, but that’s ok! The woman who won actually had several items she won on so who knows how many total she brought to the fair. It gives me something to shoot for next year!

Thank you all for the encouraging words as I worked through that beast of an afghan. You guys really helped a lot with keeping my focus and knowing that there really was light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you!

As for my family – they are very pleased with the win. They know I worked really hard on it (and complained about how big it was and why oh why did I choose an afghan that I’d be working on in 110 degrees *laughs*). I found out last night and this morning, when I got in my car to go to work, the Man had got me a card and wrote a nice little note in it about how he thought I really deserved the win and that he was happy for me. That was a nice surprise.

The fairgrounds open later this week. I think I’ll be headed out there on Saturday so look for a post showing the beast-ghan on display with its ribbon AND lots of other really fantastic fiber art creations from other talented individuals.

 

Year of Projects 2: Week 4

Project Percentage Complete: 34%
Overall Percentage Complete: 35%
Number of Project Items: 105
Number of Added Items:2
Total Items: 107

Total Completed Items: 37

Hello, Readers – we are at the end of another week of crafting and that means its time for another update. This is my 4th update into the YOP meme and I’m feeling pretty darn good about it. *smiles*

I finished one simple little item this week – the Magic Potholder. I have never made one before and thought putting some potholders into my mother’s Christmas present this year would be a nice addition – something she can use. I found a couple different patterns and all said to start with ch 26 – so that made sense; however, when I did it – my potholder turned out SERIOUSLY small. See….

I finished it. I’ll use it most likely as a hot pad considering it is smaller than my actual hand – but I definitely will not be making anymore starting with a ch 26.

I have also continued working in the Spiderman Round Ripple for my grandson. I have been working on it at work and at home but for some reason it is not growing as fast as I thought it would have. That’s ok tho – it is definitely worth the time and effort I’m putting into it.

Other than that, the beast-ghan has been washed. I made a serious executive decision last night after pulling it out of the washer – instead of blocking it, why not just dry it. Its not like I can’t do a re-do and wash it again and block it. I thought maybe the washing and drying would relax the fiber enough and it would just… lay flat.

It was a long shot BUT it worked. I do think a good blocking wouldn’t hurt it – but I don’t think it would change it too dramatically from what it is already. So – I’m going with it.

I turn it in on Sunday. The building won’t be open until the 10th so I’m assuming I will not be able to see if I have won any ribbons until then. I will check the internet on the 8th and 9th though, in case they judge the crochet afghans early on and post something about it.

I don’t know if I have said it before here or not, but I have talked to the Man about my winning a ribbon. I would love to win something but I really don’t think I will for 2 reasons: its one color and its one repeated pattern for the square. And that’s ok because this is the blanket I wanted for my own personal use. The Man seems to think I’m going to win, hands down. I have explained to him that through my friends from yarn group, they have had issues with the judging comments in the past – like a comment to “cast off in the pattern” when she cast off in knit stitch…. on a garter stitch item. Things that left me scratching my head.

Winning a ribbon doesn’t sound anything like winning a foot race. It isn’t because you are the fastest runner, but the judges saying someone may have been the fastest, but their posture wasn’t that great or their socks didn’t match the shoes. I can only hope that the judges realize the time and effort put into the beast-ghan and appreciate it for what it is. But – even if I don’t place, I still get a pretty cool afghan for my bed.

I think I’m gonna head out of here and put a few more rows on the spidey-throw before heading out to get my hair cut.

And, because there was only one photo – here is a picture of my son. Its blurry because he realized that I was standing there with the camera. For some reason, he was laying on the floor with his head under his sister’s bed… just laying there talking to his sister.

Project List Items (not started/in progress)

– 4 knit/crochet cloths for Mom (Christmas present)
– 17 squares for SIBOL 
Spidey-colored Round Ripple Lapghan (Christmas present)

– Shawl (gift for the fall/spring for DD2)
– 5 knit/crochet cloths for SIL (Christmas present)
– 10 crochet knockers for donation
– 5 pet beds for donation
– 10 chemo caps for donation
– 2 swiffer covers (for me!)
– 1 swiffer cover for Mom (Christmas present)
– 1 swiffer cover for SIL (Christmas present)
– Knit a Sweater for the Man
– Knit Wingspan Shawl
– 1 pair spat warmers (Christmas present)
Woven Blocks Crochet Quilt
Navajo Indian Multi-Color Afghan (Birthday gift)

Room Shoes (Christmas gift)
Amimono Kimono (for me!)

Project List Items (done)
– 33 squares for SIBOL
– 1 knit/crochet cloths for Mom (Christmas present)
– State Fair Afghan
Dead Fish Hat (Birthday gift for DS)

Added Items (not started/in progress)
Striped Granny Bag (Christmas present for Rabbit)

Added Items (done)
– Magic Square Potholder

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Posted by on August 4, 2012 in My Projects