Oh, Life.

Typical.  I get all excited to do something and then the follow through falls through.  I truly intended to complete the entire week of posts for the Knitting & Crochet Blog Week.  Wednesday was thrown off for kindergarten parent orientation (and a subsequent letter writing campaign), Thursday I had to put my energy into work, Friday was all sorts of busy with school activities for my daughter – a field trip and a dance.  So, the blog went to the back burner for a bit. It happens.
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Here were are ready for the dance. It was a good time. I wasn’t sure which dress she would want to wear – Lorelai is highly opinionated on her clothes – and she wanted to wear a dress my mom brought over that was mine when I was about 6 years old.  Vintage Polly Flinders there! She looked adorable. On Saturday we went to the CT Sheep & Wool – it was so funny to pull into a parking spot, and in the car next to us on one side was Dayna from Madison Wool, and Gracey on the other! It was quick because Lorelai was distracted by everything.  It worked out ok; I wasn’t shopping for yarn this time.  I really wanted to see the Stitched by JessaLu bags – I picked up a new one, coffee themed! I also wanted to see “the button lady” for buttons for my Morning Coffee sweater.  I did pick up a set, but I’m not 100% that they will work.  Then Sunday we went to a birthday party.  On top of all that a family member was in a serious car accident Thursday night, so that has been a cloud overhead, and we’re waiting to hear positive news. So yeah, life.

photo.JPGI did finish the slugs that were a special request for a friend.  I don’t usually make the same pattern more than once – but these are slugs #3 & #4. I really am a big fan of Stacey / FreshStitches designs! I am working on a set of owls by request of another friend, and again I am using Stacey’s Tiny Owl pattern.

We’ll see you back here for Yarn Along / WIP Wednesday – I’ve started a new book and have WIPs to share!

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A Mascot Project (4KCBWDAY2)

Day Two (Tuesday April 23rd): A Mascot Project.
Your task today is to either think of or research a project that embodies that house/animal. It could be a knitting or crochet pattern – either of the animal itself or something that makes you think of the qualities of that house.

As I wrote about yesterday, I am a bee. What sort of project embodies a bee? Something colorful, something you could pick up and put down, and look forward to picking up again when you need it. I already have a Beekeeper’s Quilt in progress, and I expect it will be in progress for a long time.  A project that I very nearly got swept up with back in January, and am still thinking about, is a Temperature Scarf.  For this scarf (or wrap, or blanket, whatever) you assign a temperature range to a color, then you work the temperature of the day as one row in that particular color.  I like that this organized and contained, but also it appeals to “There will be something different tomorrow”.

My version  would include:

  • Using the day’s high and low temperature (instead of just an average)
  • Maybe using crochet stitches to reference the amount of daylight – so single crochet for the winter months (shorter stitches, the least amount of daylight), double crochet for spring and autumn (or maybe half-double crochet) and triple crochet for the summer.
  • Maybe granny squares are the way to go? I like this project – you could do the high / low temperatures as the inside / outside color.
  • I can be honest and I know I would be horrible at doing this project starting for the year on January 1. I propose that I would work with the weather information for my first year – June 20, 1978 – June 20, 1979 and then for my upcoming 35th year: 2013-2014. There would be plenty of data to make a fairly decent sized whatever.
  • I may have most of the yarn I would need in my stash if I add a few more colors, but it’s fingering weight and I’m not sure how I feel about that.
  • I also have briefly thought about how interesting it would be to make a Beekeeper’s Quilt with this sort of theme – one side of the hexi could be the high temp and the other side the low temperature. Or stripes. I still am mulling this over.

So there you go. Organized yet distracted.  A very busy project requiring an industrious spirit. A project to pick up and put down as needed.  Hm.

My first instinct when I read the prompt for today was to scour pinterest.  I focused on bees for that board and found several great things, I think. Take a look!

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The House Cup (KCBWDAY1)

Day One (Monday April 22nd): The House Cup.
A bit like Harry Potter, but not quite, this year’s Knitting & Crochet Blog Week is split into 4 houses. Don your favourite knitted or crocheted hat and let it guide you to which house you will be in.

The House of Bee: Bees are busy and industrious, but can flit from one interesting project to the next as bright and shiny things capture their interest.

This surprises me not one bit. I believe I could make a home for myself in any one of the “houses” but we shall be true to what defines us. My interesting projects I’m flitting between now include: assorted toys, a set of custom crochet owls, a sweater, two cross stitch projects, two different sock patterns, baby shoes, and several amigurumi. My Ravelry queue is 33 pages long, with just under 1,000 projects I would love to make. Seriously.  I know some people who get overwhelmed by their queue, but not me. Sometimes I wonder why I can’t focus on one project from start to finish without being distracted. I will admit to feeling frustrated though, especially this past weekend – I tried to work on several different projects. I didn’t have the right size crochet hook for one, the next worked out way to big and I’ll be ripping it out, the next I just didn’t feel like working on, etc etc! I want to move out of the “I’m so excited to make all the things” stage to the “Look at all the things I’ve made!” stage. So I need to follow the example of the bees and get a bit more organized with how I approach projects.  Wish me luck!

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FO Friday – One Owl

Owl Amigurumi

I don’t know about you, but I am pretty happy it’s Friday. I do not have a lot to show this week even though I am working on so many projects! This little owl (the pattern is here) is on his way to a new home out in Oregon because he was made for a swap.  I held two yarns together (Brown Rowan Calmer & Filatura di Crosa Fancy Tempo) and I love how they look together. I just might make another one for me, because really, he’s that cute and quick!

My other FO for the week is probably still going to be a WIP for many weeks to come – I have finally decided to make the jump from nutmegknitter.blogspot.com to nutmegknitter.wordpress.com, so please, follow this blog! I am trying to add the finishing touches and links and update my blog links where ever they where.  I’ve also been taking a closer look at other WP blogs for inspiration – have you seen something neat or fun or do you have a great tip for WP blogs? I would love to hear about them!

Here’s to a great weekend.  My heart goes out to everyone in the Boston area.  As Clara Parkes tweeted this morning, “Never before have I felt such a collective holding of breath here in New England.” It’s like we woke up to some sort of action movie or episode of 24.  I have tried to distract myself from the news, but it’s only possible if you unplug, so that is my plan for the weekend!

Yarn Along / WIP Wednesday – For the kids edition

Truth: It’s been a decent week for starting projects. I am super pleased at how a few of them are progressing, so that’s good. I am not so pleased with how a finger on my hook holding hand tends to cramp up / lock straight when I crochet an awful lot. Has this happened to you? I hold my hook in my left hand, not always like a knife and not always like a pencil, but frequently my ring finger will be bothered.  Obviously it is not keeping me from the craft!

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Two books arrived last week: Topsy Turvy: Inside-Out Knit Toys by Susan B. Anderson and Amigurumi Two by Ana Paula Rimoli.  They are adorable and I have already queued up several patterns; I even have perfect yarns to use right away! We’ve been reading Little House in the Big Woods with Lorelai at night, which I am really excited about. We were using my copy from when I was a kid, the one that came in the yellow box set – did you have that? Well, it is a well-loved, well-read copy, with many yellowed pages and a broken spine.  Last night the book split in several parts and I need to tape it back together. We have ordered her her own copy! It is so different to read that book now as a grown up and just think about all the work that went into just staying alive out in the Big Woods. Pa caught a bear, YAY – food! But then, woah – all the prep! Spend all day making butter? Amazing.

I have slowed down on my Morning Coffee, due only to my own distractions.  I am on the cable detail at the cuff of the first sleeve.  I’ve crocheted half a pair of baby sandals for a gift, started a cactus for a swap, gotten the body of the second slug ready for the eyeballs to be attached, and I’ve been tackling the Springtime Sampler. I’m only showing the sampler here with the books because it’s just a bit too much to gather everything up right now!

It’s April vacation this week, so in addition to my usual struggles with distractions, both kiddos are running wild.  Yesterday, L came over to me and said “Mom, I think there’s a beaver in our yard.”  Ummmm, I don’t think so kiddo.  “But Moooom, it’s still there!”.  What do you know? She was right – almost! Apparently a groundhog has moved in under a gazebo in our backyard!  He’s probably the size of Jackson, and Jackson wanted to go after him!

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FO Friday – a peek

Crochet practice Oh the cuteness, I can barely stand it! Last night at SnB I practiced my crochet skills on this wee little baby toy.  It’s adorable, and was quick and easy to make, but I’m not 100% happy with it – maybe only 98%! I will be adjusting a few things when I make it again – hook size & stuffing most notably. Working on this and the arrival of two books, that I’ll share next Yarn Along, has given me such a boost that I want to start All. The. Things. And you already know about my issues with startitis.  For now, I am letting ideas simmer as I carefully consider the yarn choices and get those other projects done! I am ready to work the cuff on first sleeve of my sweater, so yay! Here’s to a crafty weekend!