WIP to share

Today, I have a rather large project I am working on to share with you.

I am trying a new craft-quilting! So far, it has been pretty easy. I have made smaller quilted items before, and I took a quilting class at our local craft store with my mom a while back, and it was pretty fun. The block we made was far too complicated for me at this stage, so I decided to make it a little simpler. For my quilt, I took 7″ squares in fabrics I really like and sewed them together to make the quilt top.

Beginning of quilt top

Beginning of quilt top

Why 7 inch squares, you might ask? Well, because I confused perimeter and area when I was trying to figure out how large to cut each square. I was thinking 6 inch squares, with 1/4″ seams, and well, mathed it out in my head, and, well, it did not quite work out. It does not really matter, though, as long as they are all the same size. I eventually got them all sewn together and I have 8 columns and 10 rows. It is HUGE!

Quilt top finished

Quilt top finished

I like how it turned out, and I am looking forward to the finished quilt. I am not looking forward to the next part, sandwiching and quilting. I am a bit nervous about it, worried that if I mess it up, all that hard work would have been wasted. I will get brave (hopefully soon), and begin work on the next steps. Maybe even later today 🙂

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Memorial Day Weekend Craft Share

It was just Memorial Day weekend, and I was able to craft a few more things to share with you today!

I recently joined a fun game on Ravelry (only the best online fiber arts resource in the world!) called the Harry Potter Knitting and Crochet House Cup Challenge. When you join, you get sorted into one of the Harry Potter houses (I got Gryffindor!!!), and you submit projects for each class based on a prompt given by the professors (other crafters who have volunteered for the job). Each term is 3 months long, and you have to submit a minimum of one project each month. They also have extra-curricular acitivites such as quidditch and Maurader’s map missions, as well as OWLs, NEWTs, and other aspects of HP brought to you through a knitting/crocheting perspective! I am having a really great time with it, meeting lots of new people, and I anticipate several of my next crochet projects will be centered around the prompts for this!

#66 – Double Six Blanket – This blanket was crafted for the Divination class for May. The prompt was to be inspired by the double six domino, as dominoes are used to divine the future in some cultures. It was basically about creatively grouping and counting your project in sets of six. I made six granny squares, each with six rows, and then did a border with six rows as well. I think it is perfect for a stroller or car seat blanket.

Double Six Blanket

Double Six Blanket

six row granny square

six row granny square

Six row border

Six row border

#67 – Tiny Fairy for Potions class. The prompt was to make what ever the given potion would make, or to make something inspired by the ingredients. The first ingredient is fairy wings, so here is my fairy to fit this class.

Tiny Fairy

Tiny Fairy

#68 – This one is a favorite of mine. I REALLY wanted to make it fit into one of the HPKCHC prompts. I could, alas, not make it work. I am very excited about this one, because it really used up a LOT of my stash! I bought several (18) skeins of yarn a couple of years ago in an effort to make a blanket of some sort. It came in a kit, but I never made the project. I really love the color, but I had no idea what to do with ALL the yarn. 18 skeins is quite formidable! Then the idea hit me, why not triple them? So I got my giant crochet hook out, tripled the yarn, and got to work. It is just double crochet, but it looks so cool because it is done with an S hook, and triplicate yarn. It is about a full size bed, and about 5 feet long. I love the snuggliness of it 🙂

Thick and cozy

Thick and cozy

double crochets in triplcate

double crochets in triplcate

lush and yummy

lush and yummy

Sick Day

I am home sick from work today – not to worry, I think today was the end of it, and I should be good as new (or at least 90% there) by tomorrow. Definitely going back to work then anyway. So today, in between naps and netflix, I finished a long-ongoing project. I started this blanket over winter break, and worked on it on and off since then. I had no idea how HUGE it would be when I started it, although, secretly, I think I wanted it to be gigantic. I wanted to make something for myself, and fell in love with this “mist” yarns from Vanna’s Choice by Lion Brand – I used Seaspray Mist (Green), Taupe Mist, Denim Mist, Purple Mist, Tangerine Mist, and Rose Mist.

look at the colors!

I love to look at the colors!

I chained 217, and crocheted 2 rows of double crochet in each color. I finished the crocheting about 3 weeks ago, and I have been hiding stitches ever since. 20-30 minutes a day, so as not to get too bored of the work. It is a simple pattern, but I think it turned out beautifully, and now I have a cozy King size blanket, or if I double it over, a super warm and snuggly couch blanket.

Spread out on the bed

Spread out on the bed

I love the simplicity of it. I love the colors. I love the size and snuggliness (is that a word? If not, can it be?!!) of it. Usually when I work on a blanket of this size, it is a gift for someone, and there is a deadline for it (Christmas, birthdays, etc.). As that deadline fast approaches, I work furiously and fervently to finish, and in the process grow almost so sick of the project, that I am glad to get it out of my house, lol. With this blanket, I knew it was for me, so I worked slowly, and took lots of breaks from it, working on other projects in between and making sure I did not get tired of it. Now the reward is that I super LOVE this blanket, and I am so glad I made it. I so rarely ever make myself anything, but I am really glad I made this one! I hope you make something for yourself once and a while too! Even if it is something simple and elegant like this blanket. 🙂

side view

side view, folded up – Monster size blanket

Ravellenic Games

One of my projects for the Ravellenic Games (a quasi-olympic like quest hosted by my favorite yarn craft website, Ravelry), is a WIP.  The category is “WIPs Wrestling,” a chance to finish a WIP and enter it in to the games.  I started this blanket months ago, (posted about it here and here) and then put it on hold, so that I could try to finish it this week.  So far I have joined about half of the hexagons so far.  I think I can finish joining by the closing ceremonies, but I am not so sure about hiding all the threads!  That chore may have to wait until this winter, when it is not a million degrees, and I can wear the blanket as I work on it 🙂

SONP Update

So, the SONP is not on hiatus, I just haven’t taken any pictures lately.  I have made a simple black jersey skirt, which my DH really loves.  I think it will totally be a go-to skirt, since I have worn it three times already, and washed it once.  I am happy to say it held up really well in the washer and drier.  I am always a little worried about the first wash and dry, but it survived, and I am happy about that.

I am also working on my first dress.  It has lining, top stitching, the works!  I am excited and learning a TON of stuff.  My mantra for this dress is slow and steady.  I don’t want to get hasty and make a mistake.  I have been working on the bodice for a few days now.  It is not finished, but it is coming along.  I am using Simplicity Pattern 2886, version A.  I think I may have to make some bust adjustments, but it is a work in progress.  Here are some pics of the work so far:

Look- lining!

Bodice! – still needs the waist piece, but I am super proud so far 🙂

WIP update – I also started joining the hexagons for my African flower blanket.  I have done 12 so far.  There are 120.  I will have to hide the threads for ALL of them, which will take a while (it is also my LEAST favorite part of the crochet process).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a sample of the Hex Blanket so far.  I am joining as I go, so it may have to go away until the Texas summer passes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see, I have been a busy bee lately.  Work has been so busy with concerts, performances, and field trips, and other end of school year stuff that it has been hard to turn my brain off.  The result, craft overdrive.   My DH says I have a problem with “Idol Hands,” lol.  Thanks for looking.

WIPs – how to motivate myself to finish

Maybe I have a short attention span for crafting, or perhaps I just like to have many plates spinning at once, but on any given day I have multiple craft projects in the works. Sometimes it gets to the point where I have so many things going on, that I don’t know if I will ever finish even one project.  I am sharing the WIPs with you today, partly so you can see them, but also to motivate me to not forget about them.  I will try to post a finish goal for each one – maybe that will help me stay on track 🙂

Here are a few things I am working on currently:

Spring time Amigurumi Swap – I cannot post pictures of this until my partner receives the package (don’t want to spoil the fun of the surprise).  I have used a pattern I found on ravelry, as well as made my own pattern.  I will definitely post pics and more info about this one later.

African Violet blanket – so far I have 60 flowers made.  I have decided to make 60 more, in order for the blanket to be big enough.  I am really excited about this blanket because of the colors and because of the pattern.  I like that you join them as you go and that you don’t whip stitch the hexagons together in the end.  Hope to have this finished mid-summer.