Well I didn’t post last week because I hadn’t done anything. I didn’t get my sisters blanket done on time so it’s now a Christmas gift. I screwed up one of the squares and got very frustrated and I haven’t picked it up since. I have done a few other things in the mean time though.
I joined swap-bot and one of the swaps I joined is a 12 inch square swap. I crocheted mine (you could knit or crochet) and I think it turned out great. I started it Friday night and I worked on it on the ferry over and back from Vancouver on Saturday and finished up the border at home that night. At first I wasn’t sure of the colours I had picked to go together but I think it turned out really nice!
I also have started working on the new Crochet Crowd CAL-KAL that Yarnspirations is helping host. The first clue was released yesterday and I’m halfway done the 20 granny squares for it. I’m considering also doing the knitted one too but I don’t have enough yarn unless I go buy more. I know I could go buy more yarn but I can’t buy anything until March now. I spent money at IKEA getting a few things for my mom and myself this weekend so all my extra month for the month is gone XD Here are the colours I picked and the squares I’ve done so far:
Hoping to get the rest of them done in the next day or so. I’m also working on a crochet border for a knit blanket a friend of mine made. She hasn’t crocheted in years so she asked me to help her. I was first going to teach her how to do it herself but she got intimidated and just asked me to do it and she’d pay me. I worked on the single crochet border round last night and I’ll be planning out the shell round tonight when I get home from work. I’m also making her a crocheted baby hat with a detachable beard for a baby shower she’s attending in 2 weeks. Also being paid to make it. I need to print out business cards for her to take with her (she requested some) so I need to buy cards and design one at home. Not enough time to order them from VistaPrint I don’t think.
Last week I didn’t post anything because I forgot XD I did work on stuff last week though! Well…one thing lol. I started and finished a coffee mug sleeve. I decided to make them for my Christmas gift exchange this year and I wanted to test knit one because the pattern uses a new cast on and cast off method that I’ve never done before. It took me a few hours to get the cast on, and I ended up using Hev’s video that she tweeted to me. I had been trying this other video that was so hard for me that I was considering giving up on the pattern and just making a button hole at the end with a seed stitch border. I finally got the project casted on and I did the first pattern repeat before heading to bed that night.
I then started to work on the repeats over the next 2 days. I used worsted weight yarn instead of bulky like the pattern calls for so I decided to do an extra repeat of the pattern so that it would fit around a mug. I shouldn’t have done that, it ends up slipping off all mugs that I put it on now, but like I said before this was a test project.
The cast off was equally as hard as the cast on for me, I had dropped 3 stitches during the grafting so that took me a good 30 minutes to fix and I was still missing one stitch that I finally figured out was the tail end of the yarn that had come undone during the first row so I just improvised. I used the The Kitchener Stitch – Grafting your Knitting video to help me cast off and it was really easy to do. I just had to pay very close attention to which stitch I was on and which needle. The ends didn’t quite match up but I think it was a combination of losing that one stitch and having to salvage 3 other stitches during replacing the stitches on a needle.
I was proud that I got this project finished, a little disappointed that it didn’t fit around the mug snugly but that’s what test projects are all about right?
So I’ve only been working on my sisters blanket this week since it needs to be done by February 10. I still have to do 6 rounds on 11 squares…I hope I can get it done in time. The square going by the pattern works out to be a 9 inch square. I need them to me 12 inches so I added 4 rounds on, 1 single chain round and 3 double crochet rounds. It makes it a little over 12 inches but that’s totally fine with me. The picture on the left is the 9 inch square before I added the extra rows and the one on the right is after the rows have been added 🙂
And here is what I’ve gotten done so far:
I have my work cut out for me that’s for sure. if I can get the 3 rounds of black done on the squares this week then I should be able to finish the last 3 rounds pretty quickly since they’re just double crochet. Then I’ll be doing a single chain join and I have no idea what kind of border to do…maybe just a double crochet border?
Here’s what I’ve been working on this week!
For my parents 40th wedding anniversary.
Blanket for sister’s birthday
Both of these projects have a finish date that needs to be met…my sisters blanket needs to be completely done (sewn together, weaved in ends, etc) by February 10. My parents cross stitch by June 21. I was supposed to have the blanket done by Christmas but that didn’t happen. I’m crossing my fingers I get everything done on time.
Happy New Year everyone 🙂 I have a new domain name and I’ve started fresh for the new year!! Carla got me this domain for Christmas and I am so happy!! I love it 🙂 I still have the fractured-beauty.com domain but it’s just housing files right now until I move everything over. I wasn’t able to move the database over so all of my posts are gone but I did save all my uploads and pages in a text file so I got all of those switched over.
I’m going to a movie with my aunt tonight but I’m hoping to get some crafting done on my day off tomorrow. I started my parents anniversary cross stitch last week and I really like it so far. I have until May to finish it to get it framed in time but I think I can do it! Here is a picture of what it will look like when it’s done and what I have completed so far:
Everyone remember the kitties I did for my mom? Well I got it framed at Michaels and I LOVE the job they did on it and my mom really really liked it!! My dad hung it up a few days ago in the living room and I just LOVE having my work up!! I feel so proud.
Now I have so many crafts I need to finish in 2015…I have all the CALs and WIPs I had going in 2014 to finish and I want to start SO MANY. I am still wanting to work on the “Operation Toque” charity project that I came up with last year but I haven’t heard back from the military yet and I don’t want to start it until I get an answer from them. I might have to call someone at the base in town to get some answers. I also want to make a few afghans for donation but I know those will take forever to do. Unless I make it a square project for people to send in squares to me for it…hmmm maybe.
Well I hope everyone had a great holiday, I sure did! I got my hair done, read A LOT, and started my new cross stitch project. It was productive yet relaxing at the same time! I leave you with these pictures 🙂