Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Mid month update

Walaaaa...it's all done.  I do love the colors of this and it's super soft and snuggly and perfect size for a car blanket.  The girl is quite pleased as well.
hard to photograph with animals around
I had to fold it up because the dogs kept walking across it while I was trying to straighten it properly and get a good picture.  Colors are truer in the above photo.  Now that's off my hook I shall have to find a new project!

Surprise mail day!  Brooke sent me a present, I do love getting surprises in the mail! 

oh yeah!
So since I finished up the Spectrum blanket, having nothing really pressing to work on, I looked through my wips.  My Water Lily blanket has been sitting around for ages, so I grabbed the basket and sat myself down to see about finishing up the green round on the balance of the flowers.  

such a delightful basket of things!
Kid sat next to me while I worked on the squares.  I had bunny garland up for Easter but while cleaning the house I figured it was time to change it out.  Since there are no holidays upon us right now, I went with simple flowers in red and turquoise attached to a white chain.  I realized I have no other photos of the garland other then this when I saw this picture.  I will have to get something a smidge closer! 

plopped next to me
My new hobby....succulents!  I love them and when visiting up North, my son has an odd little plant he showed me called Living Stone.  I decided to look for one of my own and went to Lowe's and Home Depot.  Didn't find it but came home with all these guys!  I am having so much fun with these plants.  I have a Jade plant that I have had forever out on my balcony and decided it was time to do something with it since it's just a leggy mess.  I took cuttings from it and from 2 other plants I've had for awhile and have them resting up before repotting them as well.  

3 repotted, 2 waiting to be repotted
waiting for them to callous
So plants and crochet!  I love my hobbies!  My Sister is in the process of moving and gave me 2 big plastic bins of yarn, yes more yarn sorting for me.  Good thing I have a new grandchild on the way!  Managed between the plantings and reading to get the green done on all the rest of the flowers.  On to the blue!

all the green done
One last photo to show off the grow out progress of my grey.  I am pretty darn pleased with it (most of the time) and really love how it sparkles in the sunshine!

coming along nicely
I think that about wraps up for now, I have many other things going on right now so there will be another update fairly soon...hopefully less scattered about.  I'm going up North this weekend for a gender reveal party to found out what color blankets I can start making!

Listening to:  Bittersweet by Apocalyptica

Monday, April 06, 2015

April is here

I did a bit of this and that, but mostly worked on the Spectrum blanket.  I made bunnies as well...lots of bunnies.  Some for a garland to display over the fireplace and some for Katlyn to wear in her hair.
A few bunnies
Katlyn requested a Tri-Force, so I made an attempt.  
A Tri-Force for the hair
Since she likes to wear things in her hair, I thought I try my hand at other nerdy things.  I did a Master Sword...well more like "based" on, but it's still a sword.  
Now I hang out on Pinterest and find things all kinds of crochet things that I must make!  Well ok...usually I like seeing color combos that people put together,  I saw this gorgeous granny blanket done in different shades of green and thought it was a great idea for a gender neutral baby blanket.  My Sister says "I have tons of green yarn, come over and grab it."  I pop over to her house and we are out in the garage and she's tossing skeins of yarn me.  She decided I needed to take all kinds of yarns.  I walked out of there with 2 very full grocery bags :)
I set about sorting them into my proper color bins, which of course requires help from the dogs and a cat.  

Max over seeing it, Kid just kicking it and Stein right in the middle of it!
So a bit of stripe progress.  This blanket is very nice to work on.  Easy enough that I can read or watch TV without missing a stitch.  Of course it is Simply Soft yarn which does have a tendency to split more often then I care for, but overall it's a nice yarn and it is soft.

up to yellow stripes now
Had a very quiet and relaxing week, there was wine and yarn...always a great combo!   
Crochet and Wine
 My favorite thing about the weekends are the mornings.  After our early morning walk, the dogs and I get back in bed and snuggle in.  I read or fiddle about on my iPad and they of course sleep...good times!
Kid snuggled in
I have more stripe progress as well, I am excited to be so close to the end of this blanket.  Red will be the last color and while I don't have any pictures of it, I have actually started on the red stripes.  
only 1 color to go
Easter was yesterday and we hung out at my Sister's with a bit of wine and chocolate.

And just because it was on my lap and looking lovely I have another stripe blanket photo. 

close up in the evening
That's it for now.  I'm sure I will have more soon, since the Spectrum blanket is nearly done.  I also need to update my fireplace garland, maybe some bees...hmmm.

Listening to: I'm No Angel by Gregg Allman

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Good day

Had a busy time the last 2 weeks, but loads done!  Let's start with progress on the Spectrum blanket that Katlyn has decided she would like instead of the color bar blanket I started for her.  She still wants the color bar one, but it's going to be too big for a car blanket, so she has laid claim on my lovely stripes!  I love that this blanket is so easy to just go back and forth and the change in colors is fun.  I am very pleased with it.  
a bit of progress
I decided that I needed to get Groot finished up and potted so I sat down on a lovely sunny Saturday and knocked him out.  Added a bit more detail and got him potted up! 
finishing details
He turned out so darn cute!  Had to drag him around the house to get a good shot of his happy face. 
and he is done!
I was on pinterest and ran across this little potted four leaf clover and thought I would make it for Katlyn.  She had just commented how she really liked St. Patrick's Day and this was a cute little project that really took no time at all to complete.

part one
How cute is this face!
part two
Stuffing and sewing 
part three
And here he is all done up and hanging around on the mantle.

lucky clover
So I finished Groot, made the lucky clover and made a few more shamrocks and turned them into a garland to decorate the mantle.  I had a very productive Saturday.
Spring mantle
Katlyn ended up with 3 days off in a row so we decided to go up North for the weekend, well of course I need to gather yarn for the trip.  Really not that hard, I was just going to take the Spectrum blanket, since all 6 skeins fit in my favorite yarn bag nicely.  The problem I ran into was that I ran out of the turquoise yarn!  What the heck??? I bought what the pattern called for and used the called for hook size.  I don't crochet loosely so not sure what was going on.  I pulled out my ruler and checked gauge (something I never do!) Turns out my gauge was bigger then the pattern said it should be, but the problem with that is if I had in fact been at the proper gauge, the blanket would be a tight, stiff mess!  So not sure who tests these patterns but this is definitely off.  
Now this has thrown a hitch in my plans to take this blanket along.  It's Wednesday night at this time, we are leaving Thursday right after work and Joann's didn't have the Mint Blue last time I tried to buy this yarn, ugh.  I don't want to waste time driving all the way up there when I have to do laundry and pack and they might not have it!  Damn.  I'll just pack another bag to take, but wait....we drive right by Joann's on the way out of town, so I'll take this blanket and another just in case they don't have the yarn I need, whew!  
further along
This is the blanket I started when I ran out of yarn for the other.  3 strands together and a beast hook to handle it!  This is for my newest Grandchild. Gender neutral at this point.  Won't know the sex until late April.
new baby blanket
So off on the road trip with a quick stop at Joann's for my yarn emergency and (they had the yarn)  I get settled in the passenger seat while Katlyn drives us in her new car and this is what I encounter!  Flippin' yarn vomit, like seriously aggravating.  

yarn vomit
Since we were in town on a Friday while most everyone worked and Brooke had school we just kind of wandered about Windsor during the day.  Went to the book store, had some lunch and just enjoyed the lovely weather that Northern California has!
at the book store
Made much progress on the blanket while driving and took it outdoors for  photos.  Got the third color going.
it's growing!
We were busy bees the entire weekend, I swear we were in and out of cars constantly!  I love hanging out with my boys though. 
my sweet boy Steven
We went to dinner a lot
This spare blanket that I brought just happened to be in the car and I worked on it every time we drove somewhere, it grew quite a bit!

in the car
We went to San Francisco on Saturday and walked around pier 39 and had lunch and drove up and down crazy hills with a million other people!  I took loads of pictures with my camera while walking around and the weather was beautiful.  They have musical stairs on the pier that Katlyn and Brooke enjoyed.

making music
We took a lot of pictures including selfies.
girls and selfies
Snoopy outside a restaurant in Windsor.
girls and Snoopy
We did a bit of shopping after breakfast and acted silly.  Had a good time and man I love the weather up there!

Grandma's crazy
Home repair is something I do because it's just me and Katlyn so unless one of my boys is down visiting (Christopher) I do what needs to be done myself.  Katlyn's bathroom door knob has been sticking, where she couldn't get out kind of sticking.  So after her friend got stuck in the bathroom at 11:30 pm on Monday night and Katlyn had to wake me up to help I figured it was time to fix it.  Well I did a temporary fix by changing her knob out with mine for now.  I will get new knobs over the weekend for both bathrooms.  So after many pictures and texts with Christopher trying to figure out HOW to remove the stupid knob in the first place...seriously, I can replace the front door and the bedroom ones with no problems but I could not figure out the bathroom one!  Finally I got it off, it had been painted around and the paint decided it didn't want to let go!  A hammer and a couple of screwdrivers convinced it otherwise and I only got a little bloody...oh the joys of owning my own home!
I'm handy
Christopher was entertained with my antics, so 1 bloody finger, 1 smashed thumb and 1 jammed cuticle later the knob is in place and works!  I am hoping that the new ones will cause me less damage and pain! 
ok, maybe not so much!
And that's my story so far this month.  I have added another color on the Spectrum blanket, but will all the door knob repairs last night I forgot to take pictures of it, so that will be later.  We shall see how productive I can be this weekend!

Listening to:  Wicked Garden by Stone Temple Pilots

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

marching on....see what I did there :)

And again, I've managed to let February slip on by with only 1 post.  Que sera sera, I would say I'd do better, but alas I know that will probably not be the case.
So on with the show, in this case pictures.
The pink & black blanket which I worked pretty near nonstop lately and thankfully had a 3 day weekend in which to finish it up!
A close up
I never did get a good finished photo of the entire thing, it measured 34 x 34 (it did make it to square status!) and I got it quickly wrapped a shipped off after getting the bow done and attached.  My friends loved it and sent me pictures of their baby girl snuggled in it.

Done and ready for shipping
I have taken to a new idea for use of scraps, I saw it somewhere...probably pinterest, that someone had a ball of mismatched yarns all tied together and actually I think it's Red Heart Boutique that does the same kind of thing, only the yarns in Boutique are the same colors and there are only 6 different yarns throughout a skein.  Anyway...I have started my own ball of random fun.  It's not very big yet as you can see, but I'm hoping it will grow as I finish up projects and have small bits of leftover yarn.  
My new little ball
Being as it's March, that means Shamrocks come out to play and since I made hearts for February, I figure Shamrocks should be hanging about the house in March.  Here they are in a bowl waiting to be strung up.

A bowl of Shamrocks for March
Now onto my crazy dog lady mode.  It's been chilly, not unfortunately cold enough in my opinion, but chilly enough in the evenings that the dogs like to snuggle with blankets.  I felt that they needed cowls to keep them toasty (Katlyn of course decided I was insane)  

I don't know if they keep them any warmer, but they sure look cute!
I ordered some Simply Soft yarn from Joann.com because I saw this lovely striped blanket that was on a wrapper of the pink yarn I was using, but every time I went into the store to get the necessary yarns, they were always out of at least 1 of the colors and I knew if I didn't get them all at once I would never get them.  So with a really good coupon that made up for the stupid shipping costs, I was able to order the 6 colors I needed and even got a giant yarn of gray for a gender neutral baby blanket for my new grandchild that is coming along in the Fall.   Yay another one is coming!  Not going to know the gender until late April though, so I am going do cute gender neutral ones.  I am hoping for a boy though, then I'll have 1 of each!

A box of goodies
Katlyn and I went to Disneyland last week and she decided she needed to have a Mickey hair clip to wear.  I wasn't driving, so I grabbed black yarn along with my new stripe blanket yarn for the drive down.  Fairly straight forward, 3 circles sewn together and ta-da...Mickey!  

looks like a mouse
Next I started the striped blanket, of course nothing is ever easy and my center pull skein vomited out a mess for me to contend with before starting!

yarn vomit
Disneyland was great of course and the weather was actually cool enough for long sleeved shirts. The sun was shining and we had so much fun just wandering around.  

on the tram
Katlyn brought her cow...random indeed.  Someone gave him to her at work last week and she has kept him in her car.  She decided that he was going to come along to Disneyland with us and be in all pictures.  I took a lot of pictures and nearly all contained a cow bombing.

Happy the cow photobombing
Ok I found the name of the pattern for the stripe blanket, it's called the Spectrum Afghan found here 
It's a colorful rainbow and very easy to do and being Simply Soft, it's very soft!

easy peasy
Katlyn asked me to make her a blanket for her to keep in her car.  She likes lots of color but no holes.  I found a granny pattern that was basically solid, she ok'ed it and we just needed to get colors picked.  she remembered she want a blanket that looked like the off air television screen...you know the one with all the stripes and colors.  Well she saw it in a book I've had for years, Debbie Stoller's The Happy Hooker.  The pattern is called the Color-Bar Blanket of course though it's done in granny squares.  I did up 2 squares in the solid pattern and then while working on my stripe blanket on the drive to Disneyland, I thought of doing solid panels just doing half double crochet all the way, to measure the same as 12 squares.  Oh goodness...no millions of ends to weave and no putting 4 1/2 squares together!  I'm a genius, ok maybe not, but I sure as heck made the blanket easier then it was going to be!  So the first panel is done now in green and the second is underway in a royal blue.  I am trying to get at least 1 row done on my Spectrum blanket in the evenings so I can see a tiny bit of progress on it but Katlyn doesn't get upset because I'm not working on her blanket :)
blanket panel
So that about covers all of the latest news I have.  Not too much but still getting things done, which is great considering how much I read daily...I'm up to 40 books read since the beginning of year. Whoop, whoop.

Listening to: The Pretender by The Foo Fighters