Catch up, heartbreak and triumph

It’s been a long time, it feels since I’ve looked up from my current crochet project.  I’m deep concentration on another Mandala Madness project.  This particular one is an entry into our local county fair.

While I have been working on this, our family suffered the loss of our 20-year-old kitten Crya.  She had been with us through so very much.  Today is a week since her passing, and it feels like it happened today.  Our home and hearts are emptier than normal, and we are helping our other cat – Chewie – through this transition as for the first time in his life, he’s the only animal.

18813240_1207615439347476_685569630418941311_n  This is our beloved Crya.  You are missed, my sweet girl.

That being said, I’ve taken the first few steps in my project for 2017 … I am teaching myself how to spin, and dye my own yarn to use on my crochet and knit products.  Right now, I have a couple of drop spindles and some basic wool to learn the portable spinning.  I love the fact that I am in a couple of communities that can help.  I know I will have a LOT of questions.

So, let’s get this party started!

 

 

Crochet Stalemate

Over the past few weeks, I have been trying to work diligently on my Sophie’s Universe. However, the pattern has not kept my interest, and in all honesty, has become somewhat of a “job” for me. So I spoke with my partner, and we agreed to leave it as a lapghan for my rocking chair.

sophie lapghan

So the tote that’s currently filled with my scrap yarn, will no longer be used for this blanket, but for a simple Corner2Corner blanket.  This blanket I will be using for my camping blanket or dragged about where ever I go to snuggle down.

Now as for the blanket I want to create for the local Fall Fair, I’m at a bit of a loss.  I adore the Mandala Madness blanket, but I have recently found another gorgeous blanket.  The Galaxy of Change has stolen my eye, and I keep looking at the pattern.

I do think I should make the “mini” version for the loveseat, and maybe the larger version for the Fair.  What do you all think?

Time to think.  *grin*

 

An Exciting New Prospect

Over this past weekend, my partner and I completely reorganised our home.  To the tune of moving furniture, purging unwanted/unneeded items, and really opening up our space.  I now have an office of sorts – it also doubles as our dining room, as my main craft table is our dining room.

I’m feeling very accomplished and creative now.  While organising things, I found my pads of graph drawing paper. So now, I want to sit and create.  However, I still have a few projects on the go.  So, I will finish my friend’s baby blanket (which I had better hustle on, as she’s due in May), my Sophie’s Universe Blanket, and my knit stocking beanie.

Once those are done, I can start on my Fall Fair project and sit with my paper and see what original designs I can come up with.  I’m looking forward to stretching my creative wings and seeing what is in this noggin of mine.

There’s also a couple new ongoing things in my life I’m excited to share with you all.  First, I was hired on at my local Starbucks, so this coffee addict is now enabling others to the blessed brew.  Which also means, I can start to save up and get some new wool and yarn to play with.  I’m also the provincial representative for Octopus for a Preemie Canada /  Pieuvres pour Bébés Prématurés Canada.  So whenever I can make it to WalMart to pick up a skein of cotton, I make wee octopi for preemies.  Being the provincial rep means all the donated octopi in my province come to me, I inspect them for our strict safety standards, then send them out to the accepting hospitals.  It’s a wonderful feeling, especially since my partner is totally on board with this project.

So with that being said, I’m going back to sit in my rocking chair, watch my PVR shows and crochet.  If it’s snowing where you are – like it is here, I hope you stay warm, and you have a great, creative day!

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Yarn Review and New Projects

Well, it’s been a long while since I’ve sat down and worked on this blog.  For the most part, it’s been because I’ve been very busy with crocheting and learning how to knit.

For the crochet thing, I’ve been working on a couple of commissions. I taught myself the broomstick lace, and made a scarf.

broomstick-lace-scarf

While making this scarf, I used a yarn I’ve never used before.  I used the Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable Yarn in Stained Glass. The yarn itself is quite soft, and it slides nicely off an aluminum hook.  The colour changes for this project were row by row, and the end product looks, and feels wonderful.  Will I get this yarn again?  In a heartbeat.  In fact, I’m thinking about making myself something special in Dragonfly.

Another project I was working on are a couple of hot pads for my mother. She has a number of pans which were being scratched as they were stacked together. So I grabbed some Bernat Cotton out of my stash, and went to work.  Two sizes, and she is quite happy.  They ended up being quite thick, and puffy.  Pans are protected and she has a couple of other hot pads for when she holds her amazing family dinners.

And now the final project I’ve been working on is teaching myself how to knit.  I found a lovely knit hat pattern, and decided to give it a go.  It’s very slow going.  It’s taken me two days to knit the ribbing, and the first nine rows of the hat body.

But I’m loving it.  I’m learning how to mark rows (it has a number of pattern repeats), and am actually enjoying it a lot.

Lately, though, my pain levels have been through the roof, and even though I find it hard to walk, I’m so grateful my hands are still OK.  My partner has been working hard on getting my craft area organized, and we cannot wait until I have full use of the area.

Hopefully soon, I will have a comfortable area to design, and learn other things.

 

Creatively Bedridden

Last week, I was able to go to a conference in Vancouver where I was able to sit and knit the entire course.  It was educational and very relaxing.

When I got home, my partner and I started purging the house.  I just want to have only what we need, but to have a clutter free and dust free home.  That, and all of our storage boxes are in the exact spot where I want to set up my crafting studio.

While I was gone, I ducked into Michael’s to pick up a set of knitting circulars for my current knitting project.  I love the fact these needles don’t have a long cable.  Perfect for small projects.

While I was there, I stumbled onto some Caron Cakes that called to me.  I normally didn’t like the colorway, but for some reason I had to have these.  So I picked up two Red Velvet Caron Cakes. They sat in my car the entire weekend, waiting for me to figure a project out for them.

Red Velvet Caron Cakes
Red Velvet Caron Cakes

It didn’t feel right to make something for me with them, so even when I got home Sunday morning, they just sat.

But, alas, the perfect project presented itself.  A dear friend is in the hospital, and while I can’t be with her in person, I thought to make a prayer shawl for her.  It’s called Say A Little Prayer Shawl, and with this yarn, it’s working up so lovely.

Say A Little Prayer Shawl in Red Velvet Caron Cakes
Say A Little Prayer Shawl in Red Velvet Caron Cakes

It’s growing quickly, and I’m loving how cozy it is.  Hopefully my friend likes it. It’s a nice little project to work on while I’m under the weather, and bedridden for the time being.  I can’t believe how peaceful knitting and crocheting makes me.

 

 

New Fibre Journey

So, today I took the first step in my New Year’s promise to myself, and I picked up some knitting needles and am teaching myself to knit. And while I am teaching myself to knit, I’ve decided to review a set of circular needles I picked up at my local Wal-Mart.

First of all, I have to admit, the project I picked as my learning project isn’t really an easy one.  It’s a hat … from The Pussy Hat Project.  I don’t have any pink, but I’m making a blue one to test, and if it works out, I am going to get some real wool, in a nice soft pink to make.

The yarn I have is just cheapo stuff out of my scrap bin, so my Sophie will be a little short of one colour.

Knitting and Supernatural! :)
Knitting and Supernatural! 🙂

The needles I that I decided to us were the Love Knitting  5mm/US 8 bamboo circulars.  At first grasp, the bamboo was nice and slick.  However the cord connecting the two sides was very stiff, even steaming it didn’t loosen it.  I powered on and started to knit.  Three rows into the ribbing, the needles splintered, and I was unable to continue with this particular set.  So I dug out a pair of aluminum straights.  So I wouldn’t suggest getting a cheap set of needles if you want to do anything with bamboo.

 

The nice thing about doing a hat as my project, I can bring it with me anywhere.  So when I went out today to visit my old workplace for coffee, I was able to bring it with me.  But, by the time I got home, the various places I had ended up (applied for a new job, and did a touch of grocery shopping), I decided to continue knitting tomorrow.

When my partner came home, I told them about what I was up to, and pulled out the knitting to show them.  But, when I did so, the project had slipped off the needles, and I ended up having to pull it all out.

I’m starting again, but I’m a touch frustrated that two hours of work was shot.  Started redoing it already, and am finding the ribbing going a lot smoother, so yay?

However, the glutton for punishment that I am, I’m thinking about knitting myself a cardigan sweater to wear for whatever new job I come to next.  Positive thinking.  This is a fibre art, and I’m obsessed.

A New Star in my Universe

Well, we knew it wouldn’t take long for me to start a new long term project.  Since giving the Mandala Madness blanket to my step-dad for Christmas, I’ve been wanting my own.  So, I found another pattern to work on, between designing and learning to knit.

Meet Sophie’s Universe.  This was designed by Dedri Uys, and can be found at Look At What I Made. Again, it’s a crochet-a-long from 2015 (and I swear, one day I will do a crochet-a-long when it’s active and with the suggested wool), and will be using up the last of my stash (holy moly I have a lot of odds and ends – nothing to do a complete project with).  I’ve already finished Part One and Part Two.

Since today has been really blustery, cold and the power keeps flickering, I will be logging off the computer and working on Part Three.

See below for the photos of what i have done so far, and click the tag “Sophie’s Universe” to see any updates as they come along.

Sophie's Universe Part 01
Sophie’s Universe Part 01

 

Sophie's Universe Part 02
Sophie’s Universe Part 02