What I’m crocheting this week

My utmost apologies for not posting this week. We got hit with a nasty cold bug here at home and I was fighting it off as well as trying to take care of a sick child. I’m just now getting caught up on everything.

I did manage to get some crocheting in this week, though.

For one, the boy has now decided he likes being a car rider (before this, he was still going to the Boy’s Club after school for about an hour to play). I don’t mind because I have learned the secret that crocheting moms everywhere have been using. Crocheting in the car rider line. See, I figured it out. It’s better to get to the school thirty minutes before the dismissal bell because then you get a good spot in line. And bonus, you get about thirty minutes of uninterrupted quiet time. I usually put the windows down, turn off the car engine, listen to a podcast, and crochet. It’s fantastic. So, I’m working on the Lace Recovery Shawl while I wait. I just started the second repeat of the edging (there are three before the final two rows). My goal is to get it done before our anniversary on May 5th.

Last Friday was also our gaming guild night. Because we did a “College of Gaming” night (which means it’s a lecture and discussion on some aspect of game play, this last time it was being a good player), I was able to sit and crochet without any interruption. It was great. What was not great was ripping back two rows two different times because I kept making mistakes. Remember, a shell is not always five double crochets. Sometimes, it’s seven. And this doesn’t become apparent until you’re on the next row. Oh well. It was a great time and I got about eight rows done (would have been more, obviously) on my Forever Shawl. We also discussed how my crocheting at the table makes me a better gamer. It gives my hands something to do so my brain can focus on the task at hand.

I also got to showcase the latest thing I actually finished, a dice bag. G got a new set of dice a couple of weeks ago. He has a huge dice bag filled with all manner of dice, but it takes him forever to find what he needs for the game. So, I decided to make him a smaller bag that he could carry his new dice in, plus some extras. Since the dice he got were “Urban Camo”, I dug into my stash and found some Urban Camo Red Heart Super Saver. I crocheted with a smaller hook than called for so I could get a sturdy bag.

G's new dice bag

He showed it off like a fantastic boyfriend and I got two commissions before we even started our meeting. So, this week I’ll stash dive again and make a couple of bags. I haven’t decided yet whether or not to write up a pattern. It’s really simple, just a circle and then build up the sides. It only took me about 90 minutes to crochet and used up stash yarn, so a win win all around.

This weekend I hope to get some crochet time in, but I doubt it. I have a cooking class tomorrow morning and then plans for the evening. Sunday is church, but we do have our Annual Meeting and I try to crochet during those so I can stay out of trouble. ๐Ÿ™‚ We’ll see.

Next week starts the Knitting and Crocheting Blog Week 2012. I’ll be participating again this year, so plan to see posts every day!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Knitting & Crocheting Blog Week: Day Four – Where are they now?

Day Four! ๐Ÿ™‚

Today’s question:

Whatever happened to your __________?
Write about the fate of a past knitting crochet project. Whether it be something that you crocheted or knitted for yourself or to give to another person. An item that lives with you or something which you sent off to charity.

I started looking back through my blog the other night. I decided to talk about my first Ravelympics project. Here’s the post from when I crossed the finish line back in August of 2008. Oh, and here’s the picture of it:

The details, for those interested, are as follows:

Yarn: Moda Dea Tweedle Dee (80% Acrylic, 16% Wool, 4% Rayon), 7 skeins
Pattern: Coziest Sweater by Mari Lynn Patrick as found in Crochet Today, Nov/Dec 2007
Start Date: August 8, 2008
Finish Date: August 23, 2008

Okay, so what happened with that sweater? Well, it’s in my “cold weather” space bag. I think I’ve worn it once.

It looks fabulous on me, the colors are great, the fit is perfect, it’s a long tunic sweater which looks great over jeans.

Two problems:

1) The yarn turned the lightweight camisole I had on underneath into a fuzzy blue monster (in other words, it sheds like crazy). But, the stitches are just open enough that I’m not comfortable wearing it without something underneath it. Also, see #2.

2) I live in Florida. FLORIDA. The only time it gets cold enough to wear this sweater, everyone is running the heat inside buildings. So, I can only wear this thing if I’m going to be outside all day long and not go inside. Because going from 40 outside (which we consider very cold, thank you) to 78-80 inside, makes me cranky when I’m wearing wool (even if it is only 16% wool, that’s apparently more than enough). Taking off the sweater once I’m inside is not a possibility because see #1.

Vicious cycle I find myself in. Ugh. I keep it, because I do love it. And I keep hoping the day will come when I’ll be up north in the winter and can wear it over jeans with some comfy and cute boots on and be totally comfortable out in the snow. ๐Ÿ™‚

This was the second real sweater I’ve ever made. And it was the last. There’s just no point here. I have lightweight sweaters (store bought) that I use to layer when it does get cold and I’m going to be outside.

Sorry for the short post today, but we’re surrounded by tornado warnings today (my sister had one cross by her house a few miles away). So, quick posting between storm bands and then I’m going back to watching the pretty weather maps.

Stay tuned, I’ll have a post each day through Sunday, answering the prompts given at Eskimimi Knits’ site. If you want to read the rest of the blogs that are also posting, you can do a google search on this term: 2KCBWDAY4. Everyone participating will have that term in their post and you can follow along that way. ๐Ÿ™‚

More handmade holiday

Finally finished the tree skirt today! And I wanted to share a pic with you as well as some basic stats.

I started this on late Sunday and used stash yarn. I finished it today.

The pattern is from the Nov/Dec 09 issue of Crochet Today and is the Retro Ripple Skirt pattern. I used Red Heart Super Saver and used just around a skein of two colors (I used about 2 skeins of the darker color). It went super fast and was a really great TV watching project.

In that photo you can also see a few of the wrapped holiday gifts. This year I went with plain white tissue paper and tied them off with a bit of blue Vanna’s Choice Glamor yarn. The tags are hand stamped with the to and from info.

I’m really enjoying the simplicity of this year’s holiday season. I still may make a few more things for the tree, and if I do, you’ll see it here!

Lots of stuff

Ah, I’ve got a moment to breathe, so you get an update and some photos!

First off, the things I’ve been working on and have out the door:

And….a finished project that I can actually show you!

That’s the Cap-Sleeve Top from Mary Jane Hall’s Crochet That Fits. I love it. I’m going to wear it at conference. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m also still making progress on my Roma Babydoll top (no real pics yet as it’s still in the stage where it doesn’t look like much). I also found a pattern for a tank top out of the Bernat Bamboo I’ve had forever. I’m probably going to whip that up to have an extra top.

I’m still working on another tank top for wearing to the meet and greet. I likely won’t show pics of that in case I get super lucky and it’s bought off my back! LOL.

I have also finished the Design Contest entry, but as I’ve said before…I’m paranoid so pictures won’t be posted until after the deadline.

I really wish I could show you the project I’m working on now. It’s for publication and it’s just the sweetest little project. But I can’t. ๐Ÿ™ I’ll see if I can snag a sneak peek pic before I send it off. I’m very proud of it.

That’s all from me for right now. As Dee (of CrochetWithDee fame) says, we only have 6 weeks until conference. I’ve got to get busy!

Lots of things

Two afghans are now on their way via UPS to the yarn company. That’s right, they’re DONE! Whew. Shipped a week before the due date, they’ll be there by Thursday. Such a relief to have them done. My contact just wrote and loved the pictures I sent her of them. ๐Ÿ™‚ Wanna see?

Granted, my contact got much wider shots than that! ๐Ÿ™‚

I was going to go to the fitness center at our community center but the migraine I’ve been dealing with all weekend is trying to come back. So instead I’m going to spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing to prepare for tonight.

That’s right, tonight’s the night! Tune in at 9pm EST to Getting Loopy to hear about my journey as a new designer. For anyone who’s been interested in learning how to get started, what does it take to do this full time, etc, tune in tonight! Should be a lot of fun.

My family has agreed to go to Stitch ‘n’ Pitch with us! And my brother, being the speedy guy he is, already got our tickets. So, three days before I go to conference, I’ll be at the Rays/Royals game. ๐Ÿ™‚ Should be a lot of fun. I think my mom will enjoy being able to knit while she watches the game. I just hope that Daddy and Sean don’t feel too out of place. This will be John’s first SnP, too (he wasn’t sure he was going to go, but now he has a ticket, so he has to!).

Did you know that this year is the 15th anniversary of the CGOA? Well, it is! And there’s a logo design contest for the commemorative pins that will be for sale at the conference. And I’ve come up with an idea. I just need to sketch it a bit nicer and then scan and upload. That may be what I work on the rest of the day.

Now that the afghans are done I will get back to work on my design contest entry and items for Chainlink. Lots to do. I’m almost done with my blue sparkly top. I have it sewn together and just need to do the straps and the edgings.

Well, I’m done for now. I hope you all tune in tonight to the Getting Loopy show! If you’re unable to, that same link should take you to the archived show after tonight. ๐Ÿ™‚

Weekly update

I should just start saying that I’ll update once a week! Sorry about that. Been busy.

I’ve been working every day (including all weekend) from about 8:30am to anywhere from 6pm to 11pm. BUT, I’m happy to report that the first afghan was finished earlier in the week and the second one might be finished tomorrow (definitely by the end of the weekend). All I have left is one long strip, assembly of the strips, and edging. Oh, and writing the two patterns in format (they’re written out in my notebook). It’s good to know that I can work on this tight of a deadline and get it finished in time.

I have learned an important lesson throughout this. I need to keep working at this pace to get all the things done that I want to get done. So, my work days will likely stay from 8:30a to at least 6p every day. And I may start taking some time on the weekends to do some work. While I didn’t like losing my whole weekend this past week, I was pleased with how much I was able to accomplish. Had I not done that, I’d still be on the first afghan.

Designing, for me, has been a journey. As I learn new things and new skills and new things about myself. From the beginning, the purpose of my blog has been to share those so that anyone who strives to be a designer can get a glimpse of this life. That leads into the next announcement….

Monday night, June 9, at 9pm eastern time, I will be a guest on Mary Beth Temple’s Getting Loopy show. What will we be talking about? This crazy journey to become a designer. How a newbie breaks in to the biz. The ups and downs and trials and triumphs. Got a question you want answered? Join us that night and either ask it in the chat room or call and ask on the air. Or, if you won’t be able to join us live, feel free to ask me here in comments and I’ll answer it on the air. The show will be archived and available soon after we finish recording. I’ll link to it here so you can listen.

Wish me luck, I’m nervous about being on the air. I keep telling myself it’s just a phone call between me and Mary Beth with a bunch of people listening in. ๐Ÿ™‚ To my buddies in chat, I likely won’t be in there that night. I cannot talk live on the air and follow chat. ๐Ÿ™‚

Well, I’m off to make dinner. Have a good night!

Lots of news

All work for Chainlink has been put on hold as I’m doing a project for the yarn company. Two afghans due by 6/15. Yeah, I know, I’m crazy. But, I’m already halfway through one. Done in a bulky yarn and big hook, they’re moving quickly.

In other news, I just got word that another design of mine is being picked up. This is another national stage, but not a magazine. ๐Ÿ™‚ Not going into a lot of detail yet, but it’s in line with one of my goals for this year. It’s a major step for me in my career. I’m thrilled! And yes, I still do the happy dance every time I hear good news like this.

Okay, I need to get back to work. Since no one has discovered crocheting gnomes who will crochet for me in the studio, I need to get these afghans done. Have a great weekend!!!

Happy May!

I’m just going to stop apologizing for not posting. Because it’ll likely continue for a while as I’m busy with stuff I can’t show you. ๐Ÿ™

Ah, but this is actually a post where I can show you some things!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Yay!

Yesterday I finished the first of a few tops for wearing to Chainlink in August. This one is a Doris Chan design from her book Everyday Crochet. It’s the pattern Runaround. I made it out of some Rowan Calmer that John brought back for me from Pennsylvania. I love it. I love it so much that after putting it on for photos (at Margarita’s apartment), I left it on the rest of the day. It’s so comfy and cozy and just great. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s a closer view:

I also finished my brother’s birthday gift in one day. I’m going to show a picture, only because I don’t think he reads my blog. If he does, oh well, don’t look. ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, the pattern is called Earl Lenmeyer the Flask (it’s an X-Files reference and he’ll likely get it). I made it for him because he is a chemist type person (he makes flavors for a flavor company…it’s a complicated job…I call it making OJ taste like OJ). So hopefully he’ll put it on his desk in his lab.

And the side view showing the little markings:

On the personal crochet front, I’m still working on my blue sparkly top for Chainlink. After that I have 2 more clothing items to make. One from a pattern and one that’s my own design. I also have about 3 other things I need to knock out before then. ๐Ÿ™‚ Gonna be busy, but gotta fit it all in.

On the work crochet front, I’ve got a project on the hook right now for publication next year. It’s in a very yummy yarn. I love it. I’m hoping to get it done and out the door by the end of this week. I think I can do it. It’s a very quick project. I also need to crank out two proposal packages and get them out the door as well.

Well, that’s all from me for now. Hopefully I’ll have more to post about next week, but we’ll see. It all depends on how quickly I can finish the blue sparkle top. Speaking of, I should get to that today. It’s been a really lazy Sunday for us.

Taking a 3 day weekend

My brother is coming over tomorrow to hang out since he has the day off. So I’m going to go ahead and take the day off, too. I will likely do a little crocheting anyway because we’re mostly going to watch videos and I can totally multitask.

Besides, I’m in the groove on three different design ideas. One is for submission (so no real info), one is for self-publication (an idea I’ve had for a while and now it’s coming to fruition), and the other one is for possible entry into the CGOA Design Contest. I was doing the math on the last one and it clicked from being a cool design to being a totally awesome design (in my humble opinion).

So tomorrow I’ll likely work more on the self-published design (since the math is already done for that one). I hope to have pictures for you all soon. My goal is to get it done and ready to go by the first of the month, but I can’t guarantee that yet. It should go quick after tomorrow’s work on it.

That’s all from me. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

Another thing I can show you

Let’s play another round of “Remember this?”

Remember this?

Well, it turned into this:

Spring Ripple Baby Blanket (Lion Brand’s link) / Ravelry link….go look at it on the Lion Brand site, their pictures are much better than mine. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve been waiting to tell you about this yarn. It’s AWESOME! Seriously, I’m going to buy a ton of this when it hits stores near me. It’s a superwash merino wool. 306 yards to a 100g skein. AWESOME. It’s so soft and yummy and the colors are so neat. The info on the site says that it’s a DK weight yarn, but I personally think you might maybe be able to do a pair of socks in it. They might be a bit thick, but that’s my plan. I’m going to swatch with the little bit I have left from the project. I also have a top I want to make with this yarn. Go get some of this if you can. It’s a really nice yarn. ๐Ÿ™‚

What else am I working on? Well, I just finished the sample size for SSP#5. I want to test the other two sizes to make sure my math is right. I also sent off four proposals this morning. So it’s been a busy start to the new year.

Oh, and I finished Kelli’s second sock yesterday and sent it home with Mom. Here’s the picture of the single sock:

Now all that’s left to do is John’s vest. He’s resigned himself to getting it as a birthday present in February. I’m hoping I can get it done before then. ๐Ÿ™‚ We’ll see.

Well, time to get back to work. I’d like to get my to-do list done today before mid afternoon so I can do a bit of housework before John comes home tonight.

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