Yarn Along

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Last week I posted that I was starting The  Good House.

Well, I barely made a dent in it.

So,once again that is my pick!

However, last week I picked up A Year By The Sea by Joan Anderson and I couldn’t put it down.

A lovely, quick read.

I highly recommend it!

Curling up with this autobiography will refresh readers’ souls and adjust their attitudes. During her year-long separation from family she was able to reestablish her connection to nature and discover new hope. She swam with seals, ran a mini-marathon, worked in a fish market, and earned extra income clamming—activities that gave her the opportunity to shed her image as a family nurturer and allowed her to grow as an independent woman. Anderson’s story reminds readers not to overlook their personal needs.

On the hook this week is E.L.K Studios Southern Diamond Wrap.

This is a CAL and this Saturday is the last installment.

Randomly, I had ordered Bernat Cotton-ish in three colors (with no project in mind).  That is what I’m using for this wrap.  I chose to make the small size and use it more as a scarf than a wrap.

On the needles this week is Tin Can Knits Wheat Scarf.  Using Drops Fabel.  A mindless knit, which hopefully will help my practice my purling (small amount of purling in this pattern-perfect for me).

Joining Ginnny’s Yarn Along.

Happy Reading, Knitting and Crocheting!

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Yarn Along

imageTwo weeks ago I posted that I was reading The Nest (currently on the NY Times Best Seller list).   Well, I’m not sure why it is on that list.  I found it utterly forgettable.

Not bad, not good either.

Oh well, you never lose when you borrow books from the library!

This week choice is The Good House by Ann Leary.

Hildy Good has reached that dangerous time in a woman’s life – middle-aged and divorced, she is an oddity in her small but privileged town. But Hildy isn’t one for self-pity and instead meets the world with a wry smile, a dark wit and a glass or two of Pinot Noir. When her two earnest grown-up children stage ‘an intervention’ and pack Hildy off to an addiction centre, she thinks all this fuss is ridiculous. After all, why shouldn’t Hildy enjoy a drink now and then?

But as the story progresses, we start to see another side to Hildy Good, and to her life’s greatest passion – the lies and self deceptions needed to support her drinking, and the damage she causes to those she loves. When a cluster of secrets become dangerously entwined, the reckless behavior of one threatens to expose the other, with devastating consequences.

This has been on my “to-read” list for a long while.  It was finally available at my library this week.

This weeks project is Look At What I Made’s Joy’s Journey.  This is a continuous crochet square (tutorial here) using variegated yarn.   Although, I love her choice of yarn and color (kits found here), I chose to use super bulky yarn to make the project quicker since I want to give it as a gift soon.  I am using Bernat Bargello in Plum (purple is a favorite color of the recipient).  I was able to purchase it at an unbelievable price at The Yarn Factory Outlet during a one day sale.  The yarn is super soft and squishy.

On an additional note, I also purchased Bernat Cotton-ish in three colors on a whim (also at the same online sale).  I had no project in mind, then boom, on my Facebook feed along came ELK Studios Southern Diamonds Wrap.  I love when the perfect project presents itself!

A big thanks to my parents for watching the kids for a couple of hours so I could hang out at my happy place-An Unlikely Story!  Plus, I found some new reads!

Joining Ginny’s Yarn Along

Happy Reading, Crocheting and Knitting!

 

Create-A-Long

I am currently joining Melody’s-Makings Mini Create-A-Long.  A short two week mystery crochet and knit along.

There is a Ravelry group where tips and help are posted along with people’s pictures of their works in progress.

For all my CAL/KAL’s this year, I am hoping to use only stash yarn.

For this project (which called for bulky #5 yarn), I am using Lion Brand Tweed Stripes and a ChiaoGoo 6mm bamboo hook.  Our local Ocean State Job Lot has had a lot of Lion Brand yarn in stock and I built up my stash with many colors of Tweed Stripes and Jiffy.

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Here is my project, clues one and two completed:

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(Spoiler Alert)

 

I think its safe to say this is going to be a hat!

If I like it, I’ll make one for my daughter too.  If it is not my style, it will be up for grabs or donated to Winter Warmers via my crochet group-Fishnet Crocheters.

I am currently working on a few things and I have to say, I quite love when I return to the project using my Furls Odyssey hook. I think I am becoming spoiled with these hooks (I know what I’ll be asking for my birthday!).

Happy Crocheting!

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January KAL

I am a member of Ravelry’s Red Heart Lovers Group and January’s KAL/CAL was to make any cowl you wanted. I love these monthly KAL/CALs as they are usually small, quick projects that allow you to learn a new stitch or make something out of your comfort zone.

I have been staring at Tin Can Knits Wheat Scarf for quite some time and decided to use that pattern for my cowl.

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A nice easy pattern for a new knitter, I can say I only made one mistake.  Since I don’t know how to fix knitting mistakes yet, I did the best I could to fake a solution and I think I did a pretty good job!  Now notice I said I only made one mistake.  There was a time, right at the end, that I caught my 2 year old Miss ME playing “drums” with my knitting needles.  The panic of seeing her doing that…I don’t know how to correctly put my stitches back on the needle. Sigh.  So, there is a row that is a little wonky.

I really enjoyed making the cowl!

I knitted until I ran out of yarn (using up some stash yarn) and added some buttons and Tahhh-dahhh:

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Next CAL is Melody’s Makings Mini Mystery Create-A-Long starting 1/11/16 and continuing for 4 weeks.

Happy Knitting & Crocheting!

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Linking to: Sew Can Do, USS Crafty, The Crafting Nook

2016 Goals

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Happy New Year!

I don’t like to make New Year’s resolutions, but rather make New Year’s Goals.

Here are some for 2016:

Run twice a week-rather than setting milage goals

Re-join my local YMCA and start going to spin classes again

Run five 5Ks-Bailey’s Run for Autism, OFTM 5K, Doyle’s 5Miler, Local YMCA 5K, last one TBD

Continue to make charity donations-Winter Warmers (hats/scarves via my crochet group Fishnet Crocheters), The Red Scarf Project, Hospice Lapghans (via Ravelry group), Beth’s Hats for Hope (hats/scarves)

See at least two movies in the theater-doesn’t sound like a lofty goal, but I only made it to one this year (Star Wars on 12-29-15. Seriously, I made it to ONE movie this year)

Participate in CAL/KALS-First ones this year are Melody’s Makings Mini Mystery Create-A-Long and Ravelry’s Red Heart Lovers January CAL/KAL (cowls)

Reach/surpass my 2016 GoodReads Reading Challenge goal (30 books)

Go to two conferences for professional growth

I’m sure I will add on more as the year progresses!

Happy 2016!

End of a CAL

I have officially ended my Around the Bases CAL.

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I have woven in the ends and now it covers my soon to be 2 year old daughter each night.

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I LOVE it!

I really loved seeing everyone’s finished projects and color choices.  I was quite surprised at how amazing it looks when done in all one color.

I loved that this CAL was done in rounds.  I am not a fan of joining motifs, so this was a great project for me.

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I learned a lot and had a lovely time hooking away each evening.

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I hope ChiChi does another CAL in 2016!

Happy Crocheting!

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Around the Bases Update

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I have been working on my Around the Bases CAL in-between other projects.

I have loved working on this project and love seeing everyone’s complete blankets!  Each one so individual and unique looking even though we were all following the same pattern.

I have completed the blanket through Inning 12.

I enjoyed Inning 9: Asian Fans and love the color choices I made. I used Willow Wash, and RedHeart Soft for this inning.

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Inning 10: Grannies was a nice easy round.  Not much thinking needed for this inning which made it a great “watch t.v.” and crochet project. I used RedHeart Soft for this inning.

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Inning 11: Moss Stitch was also mindless crocheting, but I really love the look it provided.  I used Knit Picks, Willow Wash and RedHeart Soft.

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Inning 12: Ball Park Fences is actually going to be my last “official” inning.  Although I have loved working on this, I’m ready for the project to end. I used RedHeart Soft and Willow Wash (I didn’t have enough RHS to complete the inning in one color).

I’m opting to do a 1-2 inch border in Moss Stitch, hoping to use up a fair amount of yarn from the project.

Happy Crocheting!

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Yarn Along

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This past week, Miss ME and I went to Barnes & Noble to play in the kids area, run around and work with mega blocks.

Usually, I am chasing Miss ME all over the store.  However, this time, she played for quite some time with the mega blocks.

That gave me an opportunity to look at some books and think of gifts for my nieces and nephews.

While I was looking at the books for 7-12 year olds, I saw A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle.  I read this book 30+ years ago and remember truly loving it.  I started to read a few pages and decided to buy it and reread it.

I am loving it all over it again!

Also this week, E and I were up really early one day and I found him at the kitchen island “reading” last weeks selection The All Of It.

 

So cute!

This weeks project, getting caught up on my Around the Bases CAL.

Have a good week!

Joining Ginny’s Yarn Along.

 

November Projects

Hats, Hats and more Hats!

Lots of hats for charity.

I recently found yarn for less than $1.00 per skein at both Michael’s and Joanne Fabrics (Vanna’s Choice, Vanna’s Tapestry, Bernat Softee Chunky Solids & Bernat Softee Ombre).

What better use for it than hats to be donated to the homeless.

Looking for an organization in my area, I found Beth’s Hats for Hope. They accept hats and scarves for men, woman and children (no pompoms/beads/bows/etc. on hats or scarves for children due to choking hazard).

Beth’s Hats for Hope
41 Hillcrest Road
Whitinsville Ma 01588

I searched the internet for fast, cute hat patterns and found the following:

Yarnspirations Quick Pompom Hat. Made with Bernat Softee Chunky.

I found the starting chain (for an adult) of 36 to be way too small.  I increased to 50 chains.  In the solid color, I had enough to make the hat and pompom.  Using the ombre, I had just enough for the hat.  This yarn is so soft and I’m sure these hats will help keep someone warm (forgive the pictures, quick pictures taken as it has been a busy week). I still have 2 skeins left so I’m on the search for another hat pattern to make (any suggestions?).

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Snappy Tots EZPZ Ski Hat. Made with Vanna’s Tapestry in Peru.

Very cute hat!  I made the teen/adult size and chose to make the ribbed brim (FPDC/BPDC).

I may use the second skein for a simple scarf.

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Tasha Wells’ Spiral Beanie. Made with Vanna’s Choice

So far, I’ve made Miss ME a Spiral Beanie.  I plan on making E one in blue and then a third one for charity.

Now, Miss ME will be turning 2 at the end of December and I had to make the teen size for her noggin.  I don’t think her head is exceptionally large, so plan accordingly if making this pattern (I even used a larger size hook and still had to frog the first hat and move up to the teen size).  I really like this hat and the heathered color of the yarn really pops.  I also really like the SS brim (I did use a 10mm hook to do the brim so it didn’t become too tight).

Despite the pictures, she really does like the hat!

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I am also, as always, working on my Around the Bases CAL and will be posting an update on that next week.

My other projects for November are:

My knit Triangle Shawl (taking a looooong time to complete.  The joy of fast crocheting has put this on the back burner for a bit).

My Neat Ripple Blanket for my friend’s daughter.

Linking to thistlebear’s Winter Project Link Party

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Happy Knitting & Crocheting!