Friday, June 19, 2015

Hello

So, I guess I need an update of sorts.  Not really much lately, worked on blankets, road trip North, etc.  Pictures tell a better story though.  
Weaving in the ends of the Vintage Stripe blanket took forever!  Since the weave is a bit more open and the color changes were so often, I had to be a bit more careful about where I was weaving.

Nearly done
I added a navy border, super basic, single crochet around and then a half double crochet around that.  Easy enough and wrapped up for a boy.

All Done and wrapped
Up next to finish is the corner to corner, which while I love the pattern and the yarn for this, I don't like that I didn't do a bit of planning with how the stripes ran through this.  Oh well, lesson learned and it's still lovely.
I do love my yarn bowl
Brandon and Patryce came down for a quick visit 2 weeks ago, well they actually came down to go to a concert featuring Brandon's favorite band.  Either way, they hung out with me!
he bought swag!
Did a bit of planting.
new succulents

my view while having coffee
Time to hit the road.  Brooke turns 7 and we gotta be there!  We left right after I got off work, so there was plenty of daylight to crochet, for awhile at least.

I like when I'm not driving

Selfies with Kid
On Friday we were off to the go kart track,  I forgot my phone and decided to play with Christopher's while he was driving.  What better way to play then to take selfies with your sons phone?
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We had a busy Friday and ended with margaritas and Cards Against Humanity
Katlyn was tired :)
Saturday was all about the birthday girl!
selfies on the way to play

Christopher helping Brooke

Christopher and Katlyn

Brooke going up the wall!

Christopher at the top!

Titus in the ball pit

Brooke in the ball pit

Brooke and Titus 
We all gathered after the play place at Alysha and Christopher's for a bbq.   Had a family filled time!  Should have gotten my kids together for a photo, darn!
my Son Jesus :)
Whew, busy weekend...well 3.5 days!  Time to head home.
adding the border
It was hot on the way home.  102 degrees outside and while we were riding in an air conditioned car, the sun was blasting through the window which made the dogs too hot on their side of the seat, so I made them some shade with Katlyn's car blanket.  Max very much appreciated the shade. 
he's happy in his shade
Kid on the other hand just liked my lap!
lazy dog
So there we go, an update of the past 2 weeks.  Home this weekend with cleaning and crocheting to do.  I have the corner to corner finished, just need to get it measured and photographed.  I will be working on the lego blanket next.  It's small bits will not have to sit all over my lap which is good because the weather's going to be hot!

Friday, May 29, 2015

End of month

And yet another post in May!  Wow, it's a miracle!  Anyway, on with the show!  I have slowly (very slowly) been cleaning off my balcony, but we had a heavy bit of rain on the 14th, like crazy downpour and I unfortunately discovered that the rain gutters were in severe need of cleaning!  My balcony flooded with water nearly coming into the house, yikes!  Aftermath of that was a soggy mess of leaves, a wet box that was tossed out there for recycling and a lot of empty pots of dirt from plants that USED to live out there.  So it was time to kick it into gear and get the balcony clean and shiny again.  So you may be wondering why after writing that paragraph am I posting picture of granny squares first thing....interesting story.  I figure, a clean balcony means I need a new blanket to have outside. Right?
Really it was a great excuse to use up some old exchange squares I have had forever.  I gathered all the larger ones (about 8 inches) and set about trimming them in white.  Now this of course was in between cleaning the mess that was my balcony.

stack of squares
I did both the balcony and the squares over a few days and really enjoyed the progress of both.

adding an outline

evening table
When I had the balcony done and set up, I was able to sit outside with my work and enjoy the bees in the trees and the hummingbirds clicking about.

working outside
I joined the squares together as I went along so the process was less tedious and even did the weaving in of ends as I went.  I added a simple border to it and viola..done!  A nice lap blanket for the cool morning or evening.

done
Great way to use up things I had on hand already and makes a lovely splash of color for the balcony!

it's own spot
So my house is clean and my balcony is clean and it was a 3 day weekend.  Good times!

lazy dog
I worked on my corner 2 corner blanket which grew nicely.

c 2 c
35 inches
Until I realized I made a huge mistake in yardage calculations!  Damn!  Ripped out a ton of my work, like a whole skein plus of work....did I say damn?  I am still working on it but don't have any new post frogging pictures yet.  Mostly because I need to finish up the baby blanket for my Nephew first and this is for my Grandson.

frogging
I ordered some stork scissors from Amazon with my Mother's Day gifts and I love them! They're so shiny and sharp! 

new scissors
I did some plant potting and some redistributing of plants around the house.
new plants

all clean
Found a nice journal to keep record of my crochet projects, since I am forever forgetting details!  Now I have notes on yarns used, sizes and hooks.

weekend table
So my Monday off consisted of crocheting and generally crocheting more!  and of course hanging out with the dogs, who are always happy when I'm crocheting in the chair.

this dog...

Max needs a haircut!

stripes
Like seriously happy, they love this down throw that I keep out for them and as you can see it's not just the dogs!  I move for a minutes and they crowd in, I literally have to climb back in to get my space back, which I of course accommodate them anyway. 

sigh...I got up to get a drink
I worked up the striped blanket and got the stripes all done and forgot I need to weave in ends before adding the border.  Oh man.  So that's what I'm working on and should have done this weekend.  

so many ends!
A hair update as well, here we are after 6 months.  I started this no color adventure in November and still sticking with it in May.  I may cut off a couple of inches this weekend if the mood strikes me.  I belong to a group on facebook, where these lovely ladies show off the progress they are making and some cut the color out, but I don't think I'm quite ready to go that short yet.

6 months
Friday afternoon and with less then 2 hours left of work...yay!

Listening to:  Radioactive by Imagine Dragons

Friday, May 15, 2015

Quick update here

Nothing extensive going on, still working on baby blankets, though I really need to stick with one and finish before starting on say 2 others!  Yep, 3 blankets going at once.  First up we have the lego blanket.  I have a lot of red blocks done, found the green, blue and yellow and discovered I had no black yarn!  Well of course I have black yarn, just not a simple black acrylic to go with the blocks.  I ordered Caron's One Pounder...that should keep me in black for a bit! 
a bunch of red bricks
I forgot that I had ordered lovely bunch yarn for a baby boy blanket back in June.  I pulled all of those skeins out to start on a vintage stripe baby blanket.  Really easy to do, but being stripes of 7 different color means loads of ends to weave in, not a fun project when I already have the lego blanket working up with all of those ends too! 

the beginning of stripes
I love when the weekend comes around and I don't have a bunch of things to do.  I mean I always have laundry and those kind of things, but nothing major so that means more crochet time.  I do love a lazy weekend and as you can tell by the photos, so do the dogs.

Saturday morning
Saturday afternoon
Worked on the vintage stripes, using 7 different colors in random order, I'm pleased with this one.  Not sure what I will do about a border yet, but I'm sure I will come up with something when the end comes.

love these stripes

boy blanket #2
Did I mention the lazy weekend?

Sunday morning
I went to Jo-ann's on Sunday morning because I needed some red yarn and didn't realize I needed it when I placed my order earlier in the week...sigh, I swear I only went up for 1 skein of yarn!  Of course being as it's Jo-ann's I need to wander the yarn aisles just a bit!  I found this gorgeous skein of Purl Essense in multi-citrus and immediately fell in love with the crazy fun colors of it.  Happened to see a sign stating the all Purl Essence was 50% off, oh my, 50% made this giant skein only $5...I bought 2!

just look at these colors!
I've been wanting to make a C2C blanket for awhile now, so guess what I'm using this delicious yarn for?

Sunday's table
So now there it is, blanket #3 in colorful variegated yarn that just makes me so happy!  I put them all together on the table for a group photo.

all three blanket wips
Mother's Day was Sunday and my Daughter brought me home flowers and an Amazon gift card, which added to the one Christopher gave me as his Mother's Day gift.  Happy Mom indeed!
Mother's Day roses
Pretty much that's about it, this weekend will be geared more towards cleaning.  I have to steam clean the carpets, I have to clean the leaves and grime from the balcony and repot some new plants that I've picked up over this past week.  I am going to be repainting the living room to go with the new couch and chair we just got too, so a trip to Lowe's to check out paint colors is in order as well.  Can't wait!

happy colors
New yarn arrived and so there's another project to get started on soon!
new yarn!
There it is, a quick update, hopefully I will be able to get closer to finishing 1 of these blankets over the weekend.

Listening to: Precious by The Pretenders