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Year of Projects 2: Update 18

Project Percentage Complete: 49%
Overall Percentage Complete: 69%
Number of Project Items: 98
Number of Added Items: 69
Total Items: 167

Total Completed Project Items: 48
Total Completed Items: 110


As promised, and thankfully so, I went back and recalculated all of my numbers. I actually forgot to add in the 50 ruffle scarves as part of the total completed items! The total percentage for my project items did not budge but because of 1 newly added item (that is also done) and the 50 scarves added to the total completed items, that bumped my overall percentage complete to a whopping 69%!

Insane, eh?

Granted, I still have quite a few items on my project list that are not done, but at least I’m making progress on the original list AND the added items.

I did decide that I’m going to try and push the Navajo’s completion in February. I think I’ve got to “just do it” – don’t start anything new…. just knock out that blanket.

But, since its not February, I was able to spend some time making a shawl for my daughter. As you all know, I had intended on crocheting the Magic Wrap for her and it ended up too big and then, when it came down to it – it just sucked. It was too stiff and too big and too… not me. So with all that, it still left my youngest without a wrap.

A few days ago I was cleaning out one of my large project bags and I found one of those “take one: free” flyers that you pick up in the yarn aisle. It was from Red Heart called “Have a Heart Shawl” – well, I really liked how that one draped. I figured if I used the recommended hook size, with my gauge as tight as it is, instead of getting the adult size, I would get a size just right for Squirt… and I was right.

Here is Squirt modeling it – I know you can’t see her face but there is a HUGE grin.

The flow of this fabric, since it is so open, is very fluid. I did end up adding a little tie to the front so she could tie it closed simply because she would be very frustrated with an open shawl.

I used Red Heart Super Saver in the color “Buff” – I remember finding several skeins for that on clearance at Walmart sometime last year. I bought several and used several. I had 2 skeins left and this shawl took exactly that, with just maybe 25 yards left over, if I’m lucky.

Because I was getting low on yarn, I didn’t go insane with the last row of the edging, and that’s ok – she’s a small girl and a small edge worked out fine.

She likes it enough she was willing to brave the frigid rainy weather this morning to wear it to church – we had to force her into her wool coat…. But that’s ok, she is ready to wear it in the Spring. Just ask her – she’ll be sure to tell you.

I do think that this shawl is a better fit for her than the magic wrap would have been – even if the magic wrap had come out in her size. I think she likes the color more and the general look and feel of it.

Other than that, I have spent my time knitting on Pimpelliese and finishing off my knit headband, which definitely has kept my ears warm this last week. I have a couple days off coming up, which is nice – I know I’ll spend them knitting or crocheting – and I’m ok with that!

Project List Items (not started/in progress)
Navajo Indian Multi-Color Afghan (gift)
– 17 squares for SIBOL  
– 9 crochet knockers for donation 

– 5 pet beds for donation
– 10 chemo caps for donation
– 2 swiffer covers (for me!)
– Knit a Sweater for the Man
– Knit Wingspan Shawl
– 1 pair spat warmers
Woven Blocks Crochet Quilt
Room Shoes
Amimono Kimono (for me!)

Project List Items (done)
– 33 squares for SIBOL
– 5 knit/crochet cloths for Mom (Christmas present)
– 5 knit/crochet cloths for SIL (Christmas present)
– State Fair Afghan
Dead Fish Hat (Birthday gift for DS)
– Spidey-colored Round Ripple Lapghan (Christmas present)
– 1 crochet knockers for donation
Wrap (ended poorly – was supposed to be for Squirt but… didn’t work out)

Added Items (not started/in progress)
Tongues of Fire (for me) 
– Headband to Match Garter Slip Scarf (for me) 
Pimpelliese (for me)

Striped Granny Bag
– Elite Syncopations
– Harry Potter Scarf 
– Blue or Purple Cowl (for a friend; after the holidays)

Added Items (done)
– Have a Heart Shawl (free Red Heart pattern)
– Magic Square Potholder
– Boot Toppers (Christmas present)
– 50 Ruffle Scarves
– Striped Scarf (Christmas Present)
– Crochet Clock (Christmas Present)
– House Slippers (Christmas Present)
Warm Hat with Bill (Christmas Present)
– Stocking Cap (Christmas present)
– 3 icord knit snakes
My Garter Slipped Scarf (for me)

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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 January 28, 2013 in My Projects

 

Ombre in Real Life

I am not sure how all of you are, but I can say that sometimes – the beauty of crochet and knitting and yarn seep into my every day life.

I wanted to share this photo with you (and pardon the grainy nature – it was taken on my crappeh cell phone).

As I drove into work the other day, I couldn’t help but admire the beauty of the sky. Part of the sky was on fire. It was as if the horizon had been painted with the bright yellows and pinks from a childs paint kit. Everything was so bold.

I got out of my car and as I approached the building, I saw the sky in the windows and continued to admire the colors… and then it hit me – this is am amazing example of ombre in real life. I began to think of the colors and how they would translate to something like a scarf or hat…. and then I thought about some of the wonderful striped Noro scarves I had seen being made by the ladies in my yarn group, similar to these striped fingerless gloves.

I just thought I would share this moment of beauty and thoughts of yarn.

Have a great day and God bless!

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2013 in Not Fiber Related

 

Crocheting My Life Back: Update 2

The Statistics
Current Weight: 295
Weekly Loss/Total Loss: -2/-5

Squares Allowed: 5
Squares Completed: 0


Thoughts on my weekly change
This week went a bit better in the stair climbing department simply because I could walk all days of the week, even after one day when I climbed 32 flights of stairs. I did much better in not giving into the temptations of the lemonade mix we keep in the fridge.

Things I have changed in the last week
Honestly…. I didn’t change a whole lot this week. I was more cognizant of what I was drinking at night and tried to keep my portions and snacking in check – but I did not increase my exercise at home, which I was hoping to do.

I didn’t get the cards… had a whole week to do it but either 1) I didn’t remember or 2) the cards I saw were flippin’ expensive.

Things I want to do next week
Ok, next week I want to get some cards. I also want to do at least one run provided the weather lets up a little. It’s cold outside!

Picture Time
No pictures this week as I haven’t hit a 10 pound loss. That’s ok though – maybe next week.

Reflections and Responses to Last Week’s Comments
I want to welcome Colletta to the “program” although there really isn’t a program to follow. I created a Mr. Linky for any and all who are combining bettering their health with crafting so please, do feel free to leave a link to your blog update.

Sara brought up something about admission of something embarrassing – and that is pretty  much what I’m doing on this blog. I’m genuinely embarrassed by my weight and by admitting my issues here, I’m laying it on the line. Anyone who reads this blog series will see where I have succeeded and also failed…. Obviously, I don’t want to fail at this… why? Not because its embarrassing but because it is my life. If I continue to live my life at this weight, or bigger (since we all know that is what happens), it will kill me. It is already killing me emotionally and socially – the natural progression of things is killing me physically. I know it won’t be long until I hear the dreaded words “you have diabetes” …

I think what has gotten me the most is why haven’t I made any squares? I cast on a new project …. I had time for a square or two, but yet I chose something else. I don’t have an answer for that yet but it is definitely something to think about.

In addition to increasing my exercise at home, I plan on getting together a layout for my squares and to start making a couple of the squares I have earned.

So with that said, I wish you all a wonderful weekend full of healthy choices and plenty of moments to craft.

Are you using some form of crafting to get your life back on track? Share a link to your most recent update.

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2013 in My Projects

 

FO Friday

I did it, I finally have an FO Friday post to.. well… post.

YIPPIE!

As you all know from my earlier posts this week I finished the crochet wrap I was making for my youngest daughter … unfortunately, I HATE IT – it is so stiff.

Before I choose to admit that I made it, I am trying to kill the acrylic by hot washes and trips through the hot dryer. I’m really hoping that helps because if I can’t get it somewhat passable, that is a lot of yarn wasted. There is no way to reclaim it via frogging.

On top of that disappointment, I did finish the knit headband I was making in the same pattern as my scarf.

I think this superwash wool is going to work out really nicely with keeping my ears warm. I really wish I had a wee bit more yarn left over from the scarf because I would definitely make a hat. BUT this will do. If anything I can wear a looser hat on top of it and use the headband to keep my ears nice and toasty.

I’m wearing it right now and my ears are definitely toasty

*smiles*

I am pretty sure I won’t have an FO Friday for quite some time after this. Right now I have two projects I’d say that are active – and they are both going to take me a long time to finish: the Navajo Blanket and the Pimpelleise shawl.

I hope you all have a fantastic Friday – be sure to come back later today for my weight loss challenge check-in. I’m hoping for a bit of a loss this week.

If you have a finished object to show off or just like reading about what other’s have finished, then head over to Tami’s Amis blog and check out her Mr. Linky.

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2013 in My Projects

 

Year of Projects 2: Update 17

Project Percentage Complete: 49%
Overall Percentage Complete: 36%
Number of Project Items: 98
Number of Added Items: 68
Total Items: 166

Total Completed Project Items: 48
Total Completed Items: 60


First: my sincerest apologies for being so late with this post. I’m normally pretty good about getting them up on Sunday but apparently this week was not my week. I don’t know what happened other than I lost track of time with the holiday off.

Oh well, I do know its not the end of the world and since I’m getting it taken care of now – all is well in blog world.

*smiles*

I think next week I’ll go through each item and make sure my numbers are still very accurate. I have been adding items as I add them below but not recounting everything. Next update warrants a recount just to ensure I haven’t missed anything.

Good news is that if my numbers are right, I increased 1 percent in total project percentage complete. This is because I have finished the crochet wrap I was making for my youngest, Squirt. It ended up way too big for her AND for my oldest, Rabbit. I figured I’d take it on as my own, even though the colors aren’t exactly my personal pallet of choice; however, when I put it on, it was surprisingly stiff. When I was working on it, it seemed pretty fluid. When I put it on, it immediately showed me its impersonation of a 2 by 4. So right now, its resting in the washer getting ready for a nice warm trip through the dryer.

In other news, I did add one item to the added items list – a shawl: Pimpelliese. I posted a bit more about that in my WIP Wednesday post from earlier today.

All in all, progress is being made on the list even though I have added a few more items than I should have – but who can resist!
 

And mostly because I don’t like making blog posts without some type of personalized image – here is a picture o a local golf course.

The man is still practicing with his camera and when we woke up to a thick fog, he was off and running trying to get some decent shots.

I thought this one turned out nice although I know once he really gets a hang of adjusting for the various types of lighting, he’ll be able to take some absolutely stunning photos of the fog.

Project List Items (not started/in progress)
Navajo Indian Multi-Color Afghan (gift)
– 17 squares for SIBOL  
– 9 crochet knockers for donation 

– 5 pet beds for donation
– 10 chemo caps for donation
– 2 swiffer covers (for me!)
– Knit a Sweater for the Man
– Knit Wingspan Shawl
– 1 pair spat warmers
Woven Blocks Crochet Quilt
Room Shoes
Amimono Kimono (for me!)

Project List Items (done)
– 33 squares for SIBOL
– 5 knit/crochet cloths for Mom (Christmas present)
– 5 knit/crochet cloths for SIL (Christmas present)
– State Fair Afghan
Dead Fish Hat (Birthday gift for DS)
– Spidey-colored Round Ripple Lapghan (Christmas present)
– 1 crochet knockers for donation
Wrap (ended poorly – was supposed to be for Squirt but… didn’t work out)

Added Items (not started/in progress)
Tongues of Fire (for me) 
– Headband to Match Garter Slip Scarf (for me) 
Pimpelliese (for me)

Striped Granny Bag
– Elite Syncopations
– Harry Potter Scarf 
– Blue or Purple Cowl (for a friend; after the holidays)

Added Items (done)
– Magic Square Potholder
– Boot Toppers (Christmas present)
– 50 Ruffle Scarves
– Striped Scarf (Christmas Present)
– Crochet Clock (Christmas Present)
– House Slippers (Christmas Present)
Warm Hat with Bill (Christmas Present)
– Stocking Cap (Christmas present)
– 3 icord knit snakes
My Garter Slipped Scarf (for me)

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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 January 24, 2013 in My Projects

 

WIP Wednesday

Its that time again – WIP Wednesday.

I did end up finishing the crochet wrap that was originally started for my youngest daughter, Squirt (which was too big for her AND Rabbit… making it default to yours truly). I’m not liking it. I don’t know if its the yarn choice or what, but the finished project is really stiff. Now – keep in mind that as I was working on it, the resulting fabric seemed to flow fairly nicely – it wasn’t until I put it on that I realized just how stiff it really was.

BUT this post isn’t about finished objects gone bad, its about my works in progress, or WIPs.

Aside from the Navajo, which I have made no progress on in the last week, my other WIPs are knit projects, which is somewhat surprising. Granted, with the Navajo on the hooks and just finishing up the wrap, it makes sense that I’m trying to escape the hook for a few days.

First up for bid (ok, not really) is the headband I’m making to match my scarf. I really like how its working up although the patch of grey seems to be never ending. Don’t get me wrong, the scarf has a patch of the grey and white too, but because the scarf is wider, it isn’t quite as long as it is here… and I’m no where near the next shade change.

I really did think I’d have it worked up by now. It really is a faster knit … I just haven’t dedicated all my time to it. That crochet wrap took away from it ….

The second item is new. I purchased the Paton’s lace yarn last week and have been eyeballing various shawl patterns. Well my friend, A-with (she knows who she is) is a shawl junkie. Seriously, readers – she LOVES her shawls (and no surprise – I love her shawls too!). She has tossed a few awesome patterns my way for some of the really nice freebies on Ravelry that would work good for the yarn I got. In the midst of all this, she also gave me 2 skeins of Knit Picks Stroll Multi yarn. She wasn’t a fan of the color but I thought it was rather striking.

So with the yarn in hand, I decided that before I tacked a lacy shawl with my lace weight yarn it may be a good idea to even try something somewhat lacy. The yarn A-with gave me would be perfect for a closed shawl – so I went for the pattern Pimpelliese. I’ll do more of a write-up on it later on.

So, I got started last night and realized I was sucked in by the safety of thinking every “k yo in ” ended in “front and back” … what I found out on my third repeat is a couple slid in that just said “k yo in back”… I was creating extra holes and extra increases in the rows. So… I tore it out and started again. This is what I have right now: 4 full repeats of the 12 row pattern.

Not too shabby if you ask me.

I will say the green in the yarn is a bit more prominent. I think it would have been nicer if the green was more one of the accent colors and either the blue or purple were the main.

So I know this is supposed to be my crochet blog, but right now my WIPs are all on the needles. Apparently, other than the Navajo, I’m giving my hooks a bit of a break. But then again, the hook on the Navajo is getting a break too – I needed to take a little vacation from that massive blanket.

So I’m curious – what do you have on your hooks and needles? I know I’ll be headed over to Tami’s Amis blog tomorrow to go through all the links posted there – please feel free to go there to post your own WIP Wednesday OR read through others who have also posted.

Enjoy your day!

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2013 in My Projects

 

Not my norm…

I think everyone who has read my blog for any length of time knows that I strongly encourage people to step out of their comfort zone – try something new. I personally like to try something at least daily (even little things count) – but when crafting, I think you should take this plunge every few months.

I admit – I’m inspired and awe-struck by much of the work that the ladies and gent of my knitting group produce. I have some some SERIOUSLY amazing pieces created from tiny little baby clothes to fantastic afghans – the lace work is no exception.

After yarn group this last week, I took a quick trip to Joann’s with one of the women from my group. She went straight back to yarn with me (as if there was ever a doubt that would happen) and began rummaging through her favorites. So many of her choices were nothing like my personal preferences – she went for bold colors – even crazier: she went for bold colors that were self-striping – like… bright red that turns to bright yellow and back to a neon green. And even crazier – I know that when she sits down to knit it up, its going to be stunning.

And then I’m left in the “oh, that’s pretty – I never would have thunk it – but wow, I’d love something like that” seat.

So while she was pawing through some seriously crazy colors, I saw Patons Lace sitting there… I have admired this yarn before and its not that I’m ever worried about working with such thin yarn – I can do it, I just tend to migrate away from it.

But all the lovely shawls my friends make… they were shoving inspiring me to buy this yarn.

I stood and started at it when I saw something even a little more insane for me – there was Patons Lace Sequin yarn! Yup, the same yarn only with a tiny sequin dotted throughout.

So – I thought Its time to try something new – and this time, its yarn choice. Granted, I didn’t go wild in the color department – but I think the sequin are wild enough right now.

Baby steps, right?

I grabbed 2 balls of it and have been looking for a pattern ever since. I want to show off the halo of the yarn and the tiny sequins so it must be delicate. I also want it to be something nice I can wear to work but not so over-the-top fancy that people begin to question my sanity of selecting work appropriate accessories.

I originally thought it should be knit but I did find one crochet pattern that I think would look stunning. I just need to revisit the few patterns I have found and figure out which is the most feasible for me with my current skill set. Obviously, if I go with the crochet pattern I’m fine – if I go with a knit pattern, I increase my risk of getting stuck – but I’m willing to take that chance.

I need to figure out a pattern quick since I’m getting close to finishing the wrap for my daughter.

Any suggestions?

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2013 in Rambles and Reflections