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Finding new rhythms

The last month or so has been interesting. After being sick for so long, the end of school coming around and all that goes with that, photography business picking up again, I’m having a tough time finding a new rhythm in my life right now that includes this blog and a few other things I enjoy. No, don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining in the least. My life is wonderful, but getting the balance right can be challenging.

And now that I’m doing both knitting and crochet and not so focused on one or the other, I find that I like the rhythm of going back and forth between the two to change things up. This post will show that….

First, the teacher gift. The blue scarf I started just didn’t turn out well. It was a good idea with a poor execution. My chains just didn’t match between the beginning and the end. Toward the end, it was tight, even and pretty. The first few rows were uneven and ugly. And blocking didn’t help. But it was a learning experience!!

So I did a little switcheroo. I started another scarf about the middle of that and intended it for Sammie’s teacher. But after working, I realized I had something else that Sammie LOVED for her teacher so I gave Ellie’s teacher the second scarf. Frankly, I fell in love with it and the yarn…. It’s Classic Elite Yarns – their Alpaca Sox. Such amazing colors!!

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I fell in love with the colors in this! I bet it would be gorgeous as socks!

mess ups

I have to admit *shhhh* I messed up on this scarf twice before I noticed I'd decreased two squares! So I just went with it and kept it up. I liked the end result of an asymmetrical scarf! You?

 

The gift for Sammie’s teacher is this little bag. I have several – one I use for knitting and crochet on the go, another for toiletries, another small one for the girls when traveling. I just LOVE it!! Sammie picked this as her teacher gift. These are easy to make and don’t take that long if you can sew a straight line. I hope to make some more as “just in case” gifts this summer.

butterflies

I love the surprise of butterflies inside it! Mine is blue with bright orange stripes inside. I love it!

 

toiletries

This one is a great size for a few random toiletries and it hangs on the door! My mom taught me how to make it and I love it!

 

Socks. Washed and finished pink ones, halfway done second blue one. And I consolidated it to one picture just so you can skip past it faster. LOL!

socks

I think I need a new pattern for the next one! Must switch things up....

 

And finally, I finished my friend’s hat a week or two ago! I’m hoping to get it in the mail on Monday and I truly hope she loves it! I also realized, after measuring my head, that her head is petite compared to mine! LOL! But I know it’ll still be fab on her.

She requested a black hat with black flowers and I added on the buttons to change it up a bit. Each button has a different colored back button – and it’s easy to make more. One is black , as she requested, but I love the pop of hot pink! And she can take them off and switch them up as much as she’d like. Still love this pattern!

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Isn't that pink center on that black flower FAB? (The pink is better in person. Black is hard to shoot!)

flowers

And the flowers can be done together or separately. Even put two on there in different spots! Fun....

little one

Just the little black flower....

 

Since I won’t have the girls in things much this summer, I suspect I’ll be a little slow at the blog. I’m going to try to get past my mental block on posting iPhone crochet/knitting/crafting photos so I can be a little more prolific. But being a photographer, they have to be decent photos so we’ll see how it goes!

But I know this summer will be about finding new rhythms. And I know it’ll be good no matter what.

 

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Reclaiming, knitting and crocheting – a little bit of everything!

But honestly, I’ve mainly been purging. I admit it – I like to save things.

“These cute little scraps of paper would be so cute in a project!”

Said 4 years ago. At least.

TRASH

“I love this shirt!”

Not worn in 2.5 years because it’s a titch to small.

DONATION!

“Maybe I’ll use this purse again!”

Nope. 5 years later, it needs to GO!

EBAY PILE!

So I’ve done some playing in the evenings, but mainly I’ve been focused on cleaning things out. And WOW, has it been cathartic!

What have I done in the last 2 weeks? Well, I found a cute scarf that was hardly worn because it was too scratchy and I unraveled it!

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Here is the first of 4 balls of yarn! I really LOVE green and LOVE this color!

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Soaking the yarn

stretch

I believe cast iron is the professional way to do this...

I also finished Ellie’s sock. And decided that maybe I would make a second sock for Sammie!

socks

Can you see that the two pink socks are different colors? They were different dye lots. At least they're socks and not mittens! Or a scarf! Yikes!

And I started on a teacher gift….

scarf

Yup! Crochet! It's chains connected with SC. Simple except for needing to focus on counting between each SC.

scarf 2

I'm still not convinced this will work. But I'll wait until I block to make the final determination! Only 8 or 10 more rows to go!

I actually did have a fingerless mitten I was making from the pink sock yarn on some slightly larger needles, but I got such bad laddering between the needles that I pulled it out. Now I need to figure out why. I suspect that it’s because I’m knitting too tight. I pull tight between the needles, but I continue on knitting too tight. I’ll play around! Or I’ll just rib. LOL!

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Oh, my word! Is it rude to keep the gift you just made someone?

Or another title I was considering:

Holy crap! Blocking is a total pain in the butt!

Heh.

So, after the illness, a short stint with my hubby in town (man, I miss him!) and getting back into the swing of things, I finally found time to block the scarf I made for my MIL. I have to admit, it took me two different times to get cracking and do it. Mainly because I don’t have anything good to pin to. I tried my bed – nope. So I’ve been doing it on the floor and pinning to the rug – which is HARD! So I need to figure that out. And I decided to try the spray method instead of soaking since it was such a thick yarn. I didn’t think I’d like it, but it actually worked out well for this yarn!

Before blocking, I liked the scarf. But it didn’t look quite like I was picturing. I like it, not loved it.

before blocking

You can see how tight it looks before blocking. Love this stitch, but hoped it would open a bit.

main body

And you can see how thick and tight the main body of the scarf looks...

But then I pinned it out and it started looking more like I expected. Unfortunately, my pinned photos didn’t come out well. But this is the scarf just a while after unpinning…. I wasn’t sure that it would retain its shape, but it did!

after blocking

It opened AND it kept its shape!

But the most exciting thing? I LOVED how the main body opened up! It was what I wanted!

open

I think I'm in love! What do you think?

hanging

The drape on it is very nice! I would LOVE to redo this in a slightly thinner, lighter yarn to see what it's like!

Overall, I’m really excited with how it turned out! I’m actually thinking I might write up the pattern so I can learn how to do that. There are a few minor changes I’ll make to it, but I’m happy! It’s my first design….

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I’m BAAACK! (I think….)

Wow! This has been a tough few weeks! I was planning on posting on Monday, but the catch-up that I had required that I ignore the blog again. Yikes! My intention is to post every day again, but it may take a bit for me to ramp up to that…

In the meantime, here’s what I’m up to crochet-wise: 99.9% done with my MIL scarf – just need to sew it together, made several cute head bands, finished my shawl, making a different headband for Ellie and 60% done with some socks for Sammie. Oh, and working on a hat for my friend who gave us a TON of hand-me-downs.

Since I don’t have pictures of everything yet, I’ll draw it all out into several posts….

First, the shawl. This’ll be drawn out into two posts, too. Man, I LOVE this shawl! I loved making it, blocking it rocked, I love wearing it and I love the yarn!

preblocking

This is it before it was blocked. You can see how tight it is. Still very pretty.

small

Before blocking, I was disappointed that it was so small. And I wasn't sure if it would work well for me. (I'm TALL!)

blocked

See how much it opened! I swear it grew by two times!! I liked it before blocking, but fell in love after blocking. Magical!

Bummer. One of my photos won’t come through…

Anyway, I’ll have to get back to you on a photo of me wearing the shawl. I love that it’s so thin and will wrap it into a scarf and toss it around my neck. I actually do this more than I wear it as a shawl. And it’s warm! (We’re still getting snow here!) But I can tell that this summer, it’s going to be way to warm so I might have to figure out which cotton to use with this or a similar pattern….

Remember that little green headband I made? Well, I went to a bit of a family reunion for my folks before they went to Alaska and got a few requests for others!

vera

My little niece, Vera, sporting her new head band.... She wasn't too thrilled with me taking photos, but I managed one! Heh. (She loved it when I photographed them last time!)

colette

My sis-in-law, Colette, requested one, too, and I was shocked at how quickly the third one worked up! Less than 30 minutes for sure! I did it in the round and it was even faster than the original way of doing it.

Ahh, it feels good to post again! Now I need to get crackin’ and take some more photos, finish sewing and block the scarf (today?! I hope so!) and get some shots of me wearing my shawl. Which probably means I need to take a shower. Gosh, such a full day! 😉

How are your projects going? Did you even notice I was gone? LOL!

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I’m almost back to the land of the living

It’s been rough in our household the last almost 2 weeks. We got hit with a pretty nasty virus and didn’t even get out until 2 days ago. The girls are MUCH better and I’m on the road to recovery. My hubby avoided it by going to Holland instead. Wise choice!

Anyway, I’ve done some crocheting, but frankly felt too crummy much of the time. I am 99% done with my MIL’s scarf. I just have 3 rows of figuring to do. Definitely need to concentrate while finishing. The hat is still tumbling around in my brain for now.

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I also finished and blocked my first shawl. Gorgeous! Makes me excited to block the scarf – what a difference! So fun.

My daughter also got her cast off. Yay! Hot springs, here we come!

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I’m hoping to be back for real on Monday. Fingers crossed for a continued recovery!

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Some more Japanese flowers

This is that project you keep around and play with when you have time…. I’m thinking it’ll be a scarf or shawl and I’ll give it away when I figure out who might enjoy it.

red and cream

I've only done these two. I like the two tone effect!

As much as I love making these flowers, though, I seriously doubt I’ll ever do something for myself with them – unless it’s something to put on a hat or just a part of a scarf. Would you wear a scarf like this?

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Catching up on two unfinished projects…

I’m sure all of you have been wondering what the heck is going on with all my old projects…. Biting your nails, checking every day…. right? Right?

Anyway, my MIL’s scarf is sort of at a stand still. Shhh. Don’t tell her, but I had to order more yarn. I thought I’d have plenty, but it looks like I won’t. So I ordered 2 more skeins so I could still make a hat for her when I’m done! Hopefully it’ll arrive next week.

not enough

Not quite enough yarn left.... It's about 2/3rds the length I'm looking for - close, but not long enough.

And the socks…. Frankly, I haven’t done a darn thing with them. I am thinking I’ll have someone with a slightly shorter and thinner foot try them on to find out if they are tight on them or if I did do the heel too tight. I also ordered another skein which I hope matches! LOL!

too tight

Can you see how it pulls across the last row? I'm starting to think that it wasn't quite long enough rather than that I did it wrong. Hope to find out this weekend. I'm okay if I end up giving them to someone else if I don't have to pull them apart!!

A quick mention about another UFO… See my header? That one I was making into a slouchy hat? I’ve done one more row since them! I have to sit down, uninterrupted and be able to just focus on what I need to do and I just haven’t had the time.

One project that is coming along – my secret project…. It’s growing! I usually like to work with pricier yarns, but I find that the Lion Brand Homespun works up nicely and I love the way it feels when it’s done. Besides, it’s so easy care. I made the blanket on the front of the skein last year to figure out how to work in the round (I’ve only been crocheting for about 18 months) and learned a LOT by doing it! It’s fun, easy and I ended up with a gorgeous throw blanket. I’ll track down a shot of it when I have more time!

bright

Something bright and fun and almost sparkly!

What are you up to? Do you have a ton of unfinished projects? Or are do you not get distracted like me?

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I think I have a serious project problem

These are just three of the projects I’m working on right now. They are the ones taking up my attention while I dream of doing other projects….

bag

After starting this bag (my own pattern), I decided I'm giving it away when I get it finished.... But I'm not revealing the recipient yet.

secret project

Bottom of the bag - it's done in the round and is great for watching TV. And another secret project in the background.

The first two are, obviously, gifts. But no hints as to what the turquoise project is for…. If I give any, it’ll give it away so you’ll have to wait until I’ve sent it off. I’m hoping to finish the bag today – it was a VERY quick project – but the other one will take a while since it’ll be much larger. Both are easy to crochet while watching TV and don’t need a lot of focus, but are lots of fun to work on.

scarf

My MIL's scarf....

And my MIL’s scarf… Not sure if you can tell, but I tore out most of the extended single crochet. All but about 4 or 5 rows. I just thought it was too thick and heavy after getting about 4″ done, even though I loved the texture. So I reworked it in an extended half double crochet and while you can’t see it from this photo, it’s much airier and once blocked, should open nicely. I felt that it was lighter and fitted better with the lacy ends. This project requires a little more concentration for me – poking into the previous row needs more focus than the previous two projects. I’m really loving it, but want to be a little further! Frogging does tend to slow things down, though….

But I’m always considering my next projects. Even while I’m enjoying my current ones. So far, I’ve not made anything that needed major shaping or fitting. I’ve wanted to tackle a sweater, top or some socks for a long time. I also have a shawl I want to work on. I *think* I know which socks, but still have yet to finalize the top. But I think my decision will be made when I get the next issue of Interweave Crochet…. So far I’m in love with the cover sweater!

I have to say that it’s a good thing that Crested Butte doesn’t have any yarn shops or I might be in VERY big trouble….

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I can’t decide if this scarf is awesome or needs to be ripped apart

I’ve been working on my MIL’s* scarf and I LOVE the scallop pattern I found in Basic Crochet Stitches by Interweave. (*love* this book – it’s easy to read and very easy to follow with gorgeous stitch patterns.)

What I’m not sure about is the second color in the scarf and how it looks with how I’ve done it. You can see the shell pattern has grays and browns in varying shades with long color changes. But I switched to a different yarn and while I LOVE the colors (it has more reds in it), I’m wondering if I should just stick with one yarn and not switch to the second color. I’m going to check with her and see what her thoughts are.

MIL's scarf

What are your thoughts? Can you see the change in the yarn from the shell pattern to the main scarf? Do you like/love/hate it?

I do love the main scarf pattern, too. It’s super simple, but it looks really different. It’s an extended single crochet with a chain between. That’s it. But the look is so different and the fabric is far more drapey than it would normally be with a simple single crochet.

shell detail

Isn't this a gorgeous stitch pattern? I love how easy it is, but it looks so elegant!

Lanaloft

While this isn't the softest yarn ever, it's just gorgeous to work with and I'm loving the colors and the way it changes!

What are your thoughts? Tear out the top and do the whole things in the original yarn or keep on going?

I should mention that I should have enough left to make a hat and will incorporate both stitches in the hat to have a matching set!

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*MIL = Mother-in-law

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All images taken with my Canon 5D Mark II and a 50mm lens

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