Since I haven’t updated this blog in forever with any of my crafting updates I’m going to do one big image heavy post 😛 I’ve been doing A TON of crochet since mid last year (mostly CALs) and I didn’t really feel like updating my site at all. I need to work on that. So here goes!
I’ve been super busy this week working on my Daisy Afghan, I’m almost done the hexagons 🙂 Only 4 more left to put the border on and then weave in the ends. I’m hoping to get the 4 done today and start weaving in too. Then I have to make the 6 squares that go between the rows. Those shouldn’t take me too long but you never know. I’m really happy with my progress so far though. Here are all the pictures of my progress that I’ve done so far:
I did work a little bit on my Mystery CAL this week but I only got 1 1/2 rounds of the border clue done for last weeks clue. This weeks clue is 4 rounds. The 2nd round of last weeks clue uses sooooo much yarn. It’s a 5dc cluster and then dc beside it repeat. Kinda boring! I’ll get it done though, I also need to weave in the ends for the joins and the borders before I post a good picture of it.
I have done a few things this week, 2 swap squares and worked on my Daisy Afghan. I also did the border for my Mystery CAL last week but I haven’t started this weeks clue yet. I was going to start on it last night but I felt really sick so I stayed on the couch all evening and went to bed early. Turns out I ate moldy bread for lunch ._.
I’m going to be doing a private swap of 2 12 inch squares a month with another swapper on swap-bot. We both are in the public swaps for squares but find that there is very little interest in yarn craft swaps so we’re doing our own 🙂 I’m also doing a swap with Jessica but I’ve already shown her square in another post 🙂
I’m loving my Daisy afghan so far, it’s been fun to work on. I’m hoping it’ll only take me another week or 2 but I’m not setting an end goal for myself or I may not finish it. I’m also really looking forward to seeing how this Mystery CAL border turns out!! This weeks clue looks fantastic and I can’t wait to start it tonight.
Wow I’m actually posting another one of these this month! I did another swap square, 2 baby hats and started another afghan this week. Guess what?! The afghan is for me!! I finally started one for myself…I haven’t made one for me in a year. The baby hats I did for a friend who just had a great grand-daughter…but turns out the hats are too small 🙁 I followed the pattern to the T and they are still too small. *sigh* oh well. They were cute anyways.
Aren’t the little hats adorable?! Anyways, there is the first hexagon for my afghan done. I wanted to see how the colours I picked went together so I did one entirely and now I’m doing the rest in stages, like an assembly line. When I ordered the yarn the pink looked waaaaaay more purple in the picture but I think it looks alright. I’m hoping to work more on this over the Easter long weekend but we shall see. I have so many projects I want to work on this weekend so who knows what I’ll actually get done?
I’m finally getting around to posting another one of these lol. I’ve been sick off an on for the last few weeks and right now I’m currently taking antibiotics for a bladder/kidney infection so I feel like utter crap right now. I’ve managed to get caught up on the Mystery CAL that’s going on and I’m currently just waiting for the border clue that’s to come out next week. They gave us 2 weeks for this current clue so that’s how I was able to get caught up. It was joining all the squares together with a braided join and it was slightly difficult. I had to rip out a lot of my borders because I kept making mistakes but in the end I think it looks nice.
I’m definitely going to run out of yarn but that’s ok, I’ll sub in one of the colours I have more of and it’ll be ok. I don’t plan on submitting a photo for the contest anyways so it’ll be fine. I’m in a few more swaps and I’ve done 2 squares so far, I still ned to make 1 more square and that’s for the April swap. I’m trying to get ahead so I don’t get overwhelmed and fall behind. I also have to make 2 cards for my April swap.
I’m really disappointed in my 8 inch square swap partner, I sent her really nice squares (you saw them in my old post) and she hasn’t logged into the site since February 18 and both me and the swap coordinator have tried contacting her and she’s not responded at all. I spent so much time on those squares for her and I thought they were wonderful 🙁 It just makes me upset that I could have gotten a different partner who would have appreciated them!
In other news I signed up to be a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator during their Sale-a-Bration event so I could get free stamp sets and extra products for less money. I love their products and I really enjoy all the classes I’ve been taking that uses their stuff. I don’t plan on making my minimums at all (you have to make $400 in 3 months to stay active) so once I drop I’ll go back to ordering from my demonstrator I go to classes with now. I do plan on ordering a bunch of things that I need for my crafting supplies but I won’t be going over board like I did with everything else I’ve ever signed up with. I don’t plan on selling, doing classes, or anything like that. Even though I’d probably be good at teaching classes I just don’t have the time or space for it. If people want to order from me until my time is up that’s fine too.
Since it’s been almost a month since I’ve posted I have a few things to post with 😀 I’ve been working on a lot of swaps lately, and I am very pleased with them. I joined an 8 inch square swap, a bookmark swap, a few card swaps, tea & card swap, and another 12 inch square swap for this month. I’ve gotten 2 things ready for mailing already and I mailed out 2 things on the weekend. Here are the squares for the 8 inch swap, I used Jessicas square that I tested for her:
It took me a day to make each of the other squares, the basket weave one took me the longest because I had to fiddle with the join method and I ended up using my own sc join instead of what the pattern called for. I also added rounds to make it 8 inches. Same with the flower square, it was supposed to end with just the first white border but I added the other rounds.
I made the tea card in one evening and it opens up to hold a single tea bag in the package inside and the paper ribbon slides off to open the card. I think it looks cute. The bookmark took me longer to do because I got bored with it and let it sit for 2 weeks after I had finished the circles. I finished it yesterday and I really like it. I hope my swap partner does too.
I have the 2nd clue of the Mystery CAL done and I’m still working on Clue 3…and Clue 4 just came out yesterday. I’m going to be behind but that’s ok.
My friend needed a baby hat and beard for a shower gift so I worked on that last month. I couldn’t find a smaller beard pattern so she ended up giving that one to the mom and knitting a smaller beard for the hat. It went over really well at the shower so I’m happy about that.
That’s all for now!
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.
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!
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.