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I’m still alive!

Hi friends! I am indeed still alive and still working on projects here and there.

Knitting and crocheting have taken a bit of back seat for the past year. I’ve spent most of the past year and a half working on my first novel. It’s all written (yay!) and now I’m working on editing it. My goal is to have it ready to self-publish by the end of the year so I’ve been very excited about that.

Now, that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped knitting and crocheting entirely.┬áIn the past 6 or so months, I’ve crocheted 3 blankets and a dish towel and I’ve knit an infinity scarf for my sister. I’m also working on another mushroom blanket like the one I made my partner a few years ago and my sister has asked me to knit her some yoga socks so I still have a few projects on my plate.

Infinity scarf

A picture of me wearing the infinity scarf. I love the color of it!

Granny square blanket

Granny square blanket

Foxy baby afghan dark

Foxy baby afghan dark. I frickin LOVE how the colors turned out in this one! I’m very much considering trying this color combo (but swapping the black for a charcoal gray) on a scarf.

Foxy baby afghan bright

Foxy baby afghan bright – the second baby afghan.

Foxy baby afghans

Foxy baby afghans – they were crocheted at the same time for a friend who is expecting twins in September. They have been designing the nursery for the babies with foxes and that has given some awesome color combinations.

I’m really happy with how all of the projects have turned out and I can see that my skills are definitely improving over time. Practice really does make perfect.

At some point I will attempt to take pictures of the mushroom blanket as I’m working on it. But for now, I leave you with a musical number that fits the title of this post:

A big project finished!

I’ve been working on it for quite a while, but I have FINALLY finished the oversized granny square baby blanket for my coworker who is expecting her first child in early July. My goal was originally to have the blanket completely finished by the end of May, but that had to get pushed back not once, but twice because I ran out of yarn.

I have learned three things from this project:

  1. Crochet takes up way more yarn that I ever expected, possibly even more than knitting
  2. I’ve become quite good and fast at crochet
  3. While this was a fun learning experience and I enjoyed both working on it and the final product, I think projects this large will be reserved in the future for close friends and family

Now for the part you’ve been waiting all of two (three if you count this one) paragraphs for, the pictures!

The baby’s mom’s favorite color is pink so I made the border pink with a dark pinkish-purple line along the very edge.

Close up of a corner showing the detail of the edging and a few of the squares.

A close up picture of the blanket folded to show both the detail and the colors.

I took this picture at an angle to try to show the thickness of the blanket. I think at this point it had only been folded 4 times.

This blanket was done using just about 16 skeins (2,176 yards [that’s 1.25 miles!]/1,989.6m [that’s almost 2 kilometers!]) of KnitPicks’ Brava Bulky yarn in orange(2), canary(2), corn flower(2), rouge(3.5), fairy tale(2.5), and pea pod(2).

P.S. If you hate acrylic yarn, I challenge you to try something with this yarn. I HATED acrylic yarn until I used this one. It’s soft, doesn’t get stringy, and feels like an expensive yarn. My partner who is very sensitive to touching textures even likes the feel of it.

My Thoughts on Fibers – part 2

A little more than two months ago, I wrote a post about my feelings on different types of fibers. One of the things that I noted was that for the most part, I really don’t like acrylic yarn. It often seems to get stringy, untwist, and some of them are really scratchy.

But, there has been one exception to that: Knit Picks’ Brava lines. It comes in sport, worsted, and bulky weights. It hasn’t had any of the problems that I mentioned above and it’s affordable. I used it for my Dude’s Cross Cable Gauntlets pattern after I finalized the stitch counts and it turned out really well. It was smooth, didn’t itch, stretched nicely when I flexed my hand, and also didn’t look cheap like some acrylic yarns do:

They're comfy, but I unfortunately finished them after it was a bit too warm here to need them.

While that project turned out really well, the one that sold me on Brava has been working on the granny square blanket that I’ve been working on for a coworker who is expecting this summer. I have been doing the blanket with bulky weight with really bright colors (frankly, I hate doing things for babies in pastels).

This has turned out amazingly well so far and is super soft.

The lesson that I have learned from this is that I can’t judge an entire fiber based on a few types of one yarn. Who knows, there may be hope for cotton yarn for me yet.

Update: I actually wrote this post on 04/17/12, but for some reason the posting didn’t stick.

WiPW 04/04/2012

I’ve been slowly making progress on the granny square baby blanket. I tend to do a square or two a night. It depends on how I’m feeling and I’ve also been getting a lot faster at it. The colors are awesome and unfortunately I haven’t been able to get them captured properly in a photo, but I’ve attached one below.

The blanket is close to half done. I'll probably end up adding another few rows of squares.

I’ve also been slowly adding pictures for ideas to the Pinterest boards I created for two patterns for the Kylie25 project. The links for the boards are:

WIPW 03/14/2012

I haven’t done one of these in a while so I figured it was about time. The funny part of this Work in Progress Wednesday post is that it doesn’t have any knitting projects in it. Yes, you read that correctly. It’s about crocheting because I needed to switch gears for a bit.

First up is the granny square afghan I’m making for me. The colors are taken from a pillow that I have in my living room and really like the colors of.

It's coming along quite nicely. Yes, it may only be 5 squares, but I FINALLY decided on a color flow I liked.

It’s true that I have been working on this for a while and various squares have popped up in posts pretending to be for this blanket. I wasn’t happy with the single and two tone squares so I figured out a 4 round variation that I liked and keeps brown as the joining color which is what I had planned to do.

The other project technically hasn’t started yet. I’m going to be crocheting a granny square blanket for a coworker who has a baby due this summer. I decided that since it is for a baby, I wanted to use bright colors (pastels were created by Satan). I also wanted to add a little more obviousness to the texture for the baby so I am going to be using bulky weight yarn. I’m going to try to make this big enough that she can keep using it into the toddler years at the very least. Below is a picture of the colors that I am going to be using for it.

For both blankets, I’m using the join as you go method that I learned from Attic24’s great blog while browsing around there. I love looking at her work because it is all brightly colored and though I’m not a cheery person, you can’t help but be happy from the bright colors.

I’ve also started reading through Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs. I’m not very far into it yet, but I’ve already learned some great crochet tips from it. Hopefully some of the fun shapes will make their way into my afghan somehow. I have to say, though they can often be a little pricey, I really like the knitting and crochet books I’ve bought so far because they are full color and use text book weight paper in them.

WIPW 11/30/2011

I took a bit of a break from knitting for Thanksgiving. I still did a wee little bit, but not as much as usual.

The family received their gifts, but are waiting until the holidays to open them. I think they’ll be happy…and warm because it gets rather cold in Pittsburgh in the winter (part of why I moved south).

I’m still failing with my one project at a time, so here are my current four projects. Maybe it’s the ADHD.

The first baby hat I've worked on for Max.

Max is the baby of a work friend and he is going to be a year old in a few weeks! This is the first baby hat that I’ve knit. I keep freaking out thinking that I screwed it up because it’s so small and then I have to remind myself that it’s for a one year old.

Still working on Emily's scarf, but it's coming along.

I love this yarn for Emily’s scarf…so of course it was recently discontinued! But it fits her style perfectly and the scarf is really coming along. It’s probably got about two and a half feet to go. I am also going to have to block the hell out of it, but that’s fine because I’ve gotten pretty good at blocking. I’m thinking tassels that are longer than I usually put on scarves for this one.

I've done a bit of work on the garland.

Along with getting two more mittens finished, I have one of the four cords crocheted. In the process of ordering some yarn, I completely forgot the last color that I was missing so it may not be 100% done in time for the holidays, but I’ll probably get it done over my nice, long holiday break. As you can see, it includes blue, purple, and red. It will also include orange, yellow, yellow-ish green, forest green, and pink.

The start of my granny square afghan.

And last but not least, my first crochet project: a granny square afghan. This is a project I can work on slowly and get some basic crochet practice in. I’m missing one of the squares in the picture. I’m sure I’ll find it at some point. The colors are made to match one of the throw pillows in my living room because I liked the color combo.

If you missed it, there is a new page on my blog that I will be populating early next year ;).

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