What I’m working on

Hey, look, a crochet post!

I was going to post yesterday, I had a rant brewing for a while. But when I sat down to write it, it was coming out a bit too ranty and that was not good. So, you’ll have to wait a bit for that. Apparently I’m really good at ranty type posts. ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, I wanted to post on the things I’m currently working on. Now that I’m not designing, I’m able to enjoy other designer’s patterns. There’s something freeing in just being able to sit there and follow directions and not have to think about it.

So, what have I been working on? Well, as usual a lot of different patterns. I have a problem with starting projects and not really getting them finished. I do have an excuse for it, and it’s a good one. See, often my crochet time is limited to when I’m out somewhere that I need to keep my hands busy. Therefore, I need something that is portable, isn’t about to hit finishing status right away, and usually something I don’t have to pay very close attention to. My main crochet time is sadly at gaming guild night (yay, that’s tonight!). Which adds another kink in it that I have to be able to work on it without having to count too high. When people are shouting out numbers for dice rolls, it can easily screw up your internal counting. Ask me how I know. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Right now I have four current projects, although one of them is kinda hibernating (I’ll explain in a bit).

The first project I want to talk about is halfway done. It’s actually to a point that I can stop, as long as we don’t have people over for dinner. I’ve made placemats for our table.

Granny Circle Placemat

I loved the simplicity of Purl Soho’s Granny Circle Placemats. I needed to make a wise yarn choice since we have a 12 year old at our dinner table. I needed something that would be washable, or at least easy enough to replace if it was something really bad. I started with Sugar and Cream cotton, but it was too thick and I didn’t like the way it was working out. So, back to the store for me. I found Joann’s Cuddle, which is a DK weight. I really liked how smooth it worked up. I got it in a lovely brown color. See, our dining room is a beautiful shade of lavender (I did not choose that color, it was like that before I got here, which I will admit gave Mr. G another point in his favor, lol). Our plates are a nice denim blue. I wanted something that would work with both of those colors and yet not show stains super easily. So, brown it was. These do work up pretty quickly. I am officially half way through as I’ve made three. I have four skeins of yarn (and I’m getting two placemats out of just over a skein) and I am planning on making a total of six with some coasters if I have yarn left over. I finished mine off with a round of single crochet in the back loop to give it a nice edge.

My second project I want to talk about is what I’ve called my Lace Recovery Project. It’s the Maia Shawl by Lisa Naskrent. I started this before I left for Cama Beach last October. I worked on it on the very long flights from Florida to Seattle, sat at the waterfront and crocheted, and worked on it the entire way home. I’ve worked on it off and on since then (it needed a little too much attention to work on during guild nights). I’m FINALLY on the edging. I’m using Knit Picks Shimmer Hand Dyed lace yarn and I love it. It’s a fantastic yarn to work with. I forsee using this again.

Lace Recovery Project
(My apologies for the slightly out of focus, our lighting is weird in the house and this isn’t a final project photo).

I’m hoping to get this project finished soon. I just have to make myself sit down and work on it. Unfortunately, I’ve had a book steal my crochet time at night (more on that tomorrow). But, I plan to really make an effort in the next couple of weeks to get it done.

The next project is another lace shawl, and was started two weeks ago for guild night. This lace shawl is easy to work on while gaming and talking, so it’s a great portable project. A simple two row repeat makes it super quick. It’s the Southbay Shawlette by Lion Brand. If you look at the projects listed on Ravelry, you can see that there are a lot of lace variations and they’re beautiful. That’s what convinced me to use this pattern for this yarn (Cascade Yarns Alpaca Lace). It’s moving along pretty well, and I think between tonight’s gaming guild, an annual meeting at our congregation in a couple of weeks, and hanging out at the LYS, I should finish it soon.

Forever Shawl

The last project I have no picture for. I also don’t forsee getting it done any time soon (sorry, love). It’s a pair of fingerless mitts for G. I started them when it was still really cold (for Florida, lay off). I used the leftover Cascade Superwash I’d used to make him a hat for his birthday. I got one finished (although I did not finish them off until he tried them on) and started the second one. BUT…I need to go back and change hook sizes once it gets to the hand part as it was a bit tight for him. That seemed daunting to me (not really, but I’d much rather crochet something new than rip out and start over) and then it got hot. We went from piling blankets on the bed to running the a/c pretty much non-stop in the span of two days. So, right now, I know he doesn’t need them. And when I finally organized the chaos that was my stuff piled up in the next room, I kinda put them in a bag under a lot of other things. So…no photo. ๐Ÿ™‚

I plan on making this a regular type of post, since if nothing else it will keep me honest about finishing projects before I start another one (or four). So, now I ask you…what are you working on as we slide into the weekend?

Look Ma, no floats!

Today I’m trying a new to me technique. I’m doing colorwork in Tunisian. I don’t know if I mentioned it before, but the Red Rocks Wrap was my first ever Tunisian project. Ever. So yes, if you’re new to doing Tunisian, it’s the perfect project for you. If I can do it, you can, too.

So, colorwork. Had to look up how to change colors since it’s a bit tricky. I ended up using this You Tube video to learn how to do it. Super simple once you get the hang of where your squares are.

But, I don’t want floats. I’m making a scarf, a Tardis Scarf to be exact, and I don’t want floats. So, what does one do when one doesn’t want floats? One uses bobbins.

But what if I don’t have bobbins and I don’t feel like going out to go get bobbins? Then, I dig into my craft bag and find the little plastic tags from the potato bags that I’ve been saving. Perfect size for small amounts of yarn.

Is it more of a pain in the tail to use bobbins rather than floating yarn? Sure. There’s gonna be A LOT of ends to weave in. I’m aware of that. But, the perfectionist in me can’t let there be visible floats. So, bobbins it is.

So how’s it going? So far, so good. I’m on row 7 of a REALLY long chart. I could have done it lengthwise (I think those who have done it on Ravelry did it that way), but I prefer to have fewer bobbins. So, starting at the short end it is.

This will be a holiday gift for a very special boy who loves all things Dr. Who (so much so that he dressed as the Doctor at Halloween…complete with a Fez that I crocheted for him). More pictures as I get more finished. I’m very excited about learning something new.

This week has flown by!

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been a week since I’ve updated. Sorry about that. Really.

But, I can show you some pictures!

Those would be my latest pair of socks. I learned an important lesson while making these. Namely, one should always write down what one has done to “personalize” a pattern because one never knows how long it will take to get to the second sock. Good thing I can read my own crochet. Two months went by between sock #1 and sock #2.

That’s a doily slouchy hat. It started as a “quick” project for instant gratification. And then I put it down and got busy and it took me another couple of weeks to get back to it. Story of my life. ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh, and here’s my latest WIP:

That’s the beginning of the Cap Sleeve Top from Crochet That Fits. It’s being made in sparkly blue Lion Brand Vanna’s Glamour. It’s the first garment I’m making for conference. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve got a few other in mind, I just have to find time.

Speaking of conference, registration opened today. Have I registered? Nope. Waiting on some income to come in so I can pay for the classes I want to take and all that. Fingers crossed the classes I want don’t sell out! And no, putting on a credit card is not an option right now. We’ve been working hard to pay bills down and I don’t want to add to that by putting the trip on plastic. So, I’ll wait. I should be able to pay for everything I need when my next bit of income comes in.

Anyway, on the slate for this week is finishing up some designs for submission (including my first “real” garment) and a design for self-publication. I also need to write an article and submit it as well. And do one final look at the taxes before sending them off.

Have a great week everyone!

Off this weekend

I’m waiting on yarn for 2 projects and because those packages did not come in yesterday, I now have the weekend off. I’ve done all I can do without the yarn so I’m going to work on stuff for me this weekend.

My newish plan for dealing with working days and days off is based solely on where I am on each project. Had I received yarn yesterday, I would have worked over the weekend. My deadlines are very close. When I’m in between projects or waiting for something, then I’ll take the time off. Sometimes that is during the week and sometimes it’s regular weekends off like others.

So today is me working on scarves. I’m almost done with the first one (using my pattern…Lattice Mesh Scarf) and started a second one yesterday. The second one I need to rip back a bit because I missed a stitch and it’s very noticeable. It’s not a pattern yet, it might be, I haven’t decided yet. I also want to work on the convertible wrap that I started last year. I’m almost done with it, so I may be able to knock it out this weekend as well. I’m trying not to start new projects until I get rid of some of the ones that are hibernating. We’ll see how successful I am at that. ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a good weekend everyone!

I haven’t forgotten

So I’ve been struggling with yesterday’s swatch since yesterday morning. For some reason, my brain isn’t wrapping around it. I’m going to try again in a bit, but we may be skipping the March 12th swatch.

I’m also working on a deadline to get a submission package out the door. I’m going to try to get it together for tomorrow’s trip out by the post office. So that’s what I’m working on today.

I’ve been doing a lot better with work crochet and home crochet. I work on my submission pieces during the day and then when John gets home I switch to home crochet. Currently on the hook is a baby sweater for a former coworker’s first baby. I’ve got the back and two fronts done and the first sleeve is nearly done. I’m hoping to get it finished tonight or tomorrow night. Then the plan is over the weekend to wrap up some of my other WIPs. I’ve got too many going on. ๐Ÿ™‚

So, swatches later. Right now I need to get these proposals done and out the door. ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Thursday, everyone!

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