Monday, May 22, 2017

Too hot to crochet!

 So this weather was just too hot the past weekend to touch any yarn.  I really tried but just the thought of fiddling with it made me sweat more then I was.  Hot flashes are not helping either!   I had a plan to get this square done, but alas it did not happen.   

slow going
Since there was no yarn play I will just show off photos of my dog and grandkids :)
Kid Saturday night bedtime
Sunday morning, Kid didn't really want to relax after their 6 am walk!  He doesn't care when I say I'm going to lay in bed until 7.  He just plopped on me while the other 2 dogs went back to sleep.
Judging me or trying to sleep....
I did some gardening since my balcony is mostly in the shade, still too hot but the plants were very overdue for clean up and repotting.  I got all the plants cleaned up and the balcony swept clean of leaves.  I bought 2 bee loving plants on Saturday and got those repotted and ready for the bees to enjoy.  I have a Brisbane Box tree right in front of my unit and it's full of bees right now so I'm hoping they will enjoy my new flowers too.
Here's yesterday's weather at 2 when I checked for my temperature blanket,  yikes!
Sunday at 2:00...boo!
I wasn't in Windsor this weekend but my Daughter-in-law sent me kid pictures.  She was babysitting my Grandson and Brooke enjoyed driving him around in her Barbie jeep.
Sunday afternoon in Windsor
I am hoping to get some crocheting in this week because I am getting behind on things I want to get done!  That's it for today though.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Still in May

The last week as been slow for the most part.  A few things working on as always but not a whole lot completed.  I gathered yarn for square number 3 of the #ChaosandChopSueyFriendsCAL and started winding bobbins.
Bobbins at the ready
Of course once the bobbins were done I couldn't help but start just a little bit!

The beginning
 Um yeah, this one's a mess of bobbins!  So many color changes for each row.  My patience just might not hold up for this mess!

Mess
I have found that to keep the mess to a minimum that I must weave the ends after each row or two because if not then the mess is overwhelming and I really want to enjoy this blanket and not have it end up in a bag in the back of my closet as a wip!
Neat & Tidy
I had a nice quiet weekend with Katlyn working early in the day on both Saturday and Sunday.  I got things done on Saturday so that I could spend Sunday (Mother's Day) crocheting and reading.  Didn't end up that way, I got distracted by little things that turned into big things throughout the day so I didn't really sit down to crochet until 2 in the afternoon and since I needed to play catch up on my Temperature blanket from the past week, that's what I did.  
Temperature blanket up to date
So nothing huge, but got somethings done and enjoyed the slow week that it was. 
Pleased that I have another post in May!  Still working on it becoming a habit.

Monday, May 08, 2017

Welcome Monday

Blah, but oh well off we go into a new week.  Not a whole lot to post about but I'm trying to get into the habit of both posting and photos, so these small posts will be the stepping stone to that habit! 
Onward to the weekend update.  I started bright and early on Saturday so I could get this turkey square done.  Didn't finish it, because I did lots of things on Saturday.  I worked on it in the morning until Katlyn got up around noonish and wanted to go to breakfast.  So off we went to our favorite diner and then ran to Target to pickup a few things for the house.  Came home and played catch up on my temperature blanket.
Saturday's view
Sunday was much more productive for the turkey as you can see.   I worked all day and right up until bedtime to get this one completed!  Going to start the next square tonight, well get my yarn box filled with the proper colors and get the bobbins ready anyway.  
I went to Joann's after work on Friday and picked up the balance of colors I needed for this blanket since they were on sale, so unless I run out of a particular color I should be good to go to the end. 

Ta-da! (The hat is actually burgundy
I love this photo, I love the colors and the organization of it and I think I will have to have a craft room such as this!  Now I need to find those baskets! 
NOT MY PICTURE
Short and sweet today!  I'm off to find clothes pins!




Thursday, May 04, 2017

Caught up....mostly

 Back again with the rest of yesterdays catch up post.  We are now up to April 2017! 
I belong to a couple of crochet groups on Facebook and at the end of March a post popped up that was a Friends CAL, WHAT?!  How did I miss that!  Anyway, I jumped right on that bandwagon and bought the pattern from Chaos & Chop Suey on Ravelry.  Started as soon as I had the yarn for the first panel.  I'm doing a mini c2c which is hdc instead of dc.  I'm also using Red Heart Super Saver instead of Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn as Angela does.  With this panel I used Vanna's Choice Brick for the rust color because I couldn't find anything close in RHSS
4/9/2017
4/16/2017
 And ta-da!  Panel #1 complete
4/28/2017
 I love the couch and have the next one started.   I joined the CAL very late into it, so officially it's over, but there are still many working on it in the FB group so I'm not bothered.  
 My 2017 Temperature blanket is coming along as well, I love these colors, they all play nice together.  
Done through March

Done through April
It's getting hot, so May should be interesting!
Now on to the WIPS.  I have several going (of course) so I took a photo last night of these 4.  They are more Eater of Yarn blankets.  The top 2 are similar with their random colors, the difference is the size, left is queen size and right is toddler.  The bottom 2 are less random, left is twin sized in girlier colors and the right is only 3 colors, black, gray and red.  These will be set aside for a bit since it's getting so hot out.  They are too big and heavy to work on in the Summer!

top L for Steven, top R for Kasyn, bottom L for Brooke, bottom R for Chris
I also have some other WIPS that I will get photographed and posted so I can keep track and hopefully get them finished up.  I started a Bullet Journal this month so they will go in that as a collection.
Next up.....#2 in the Friends CAL.
4/30/17
 And the halfway point, this has more bobbins!  Of course more bobbins means more ends to weave in.  I am keeping up on the ends as I go though so I don't have to do them all at the end.
5/2/17
 Last but not least for the day is just a little thing to use up all those small leftover bits that I seem to accumulate.  It's tiny right now and sits in a shallow bowl on my nightstand.  I'm doing a regular c2c and dang it's not pretty, but the dogs will love it if no one else does.


Wednesday, May 03, 2017

New Start

Yes indeed it's been awhile.  I will get started with things I whipped up since I last posted and speed up to current projects.  
MARCH 2016
Leprechaun hat for Kasyn 
St Patrick's Day
Bunny Beanie for Kasyn
Easter Bunny
JUNE 2016
C2C Cupcake blanket for Brooke
She loved it

JULY 2016
Started a 4 color ripple & a squishy throw with Bernat Blanket yarn & worked on my temperature blanket.
Went to my first Yarn Hop as well!

New ripple for Alysha 

Squishy Bernat Blanket yarn 

Temperature blanket
 Brooke & I enjoyed the 4 stops in Sonoma County's Yarn Hop
Yarn Hop Haul

JANUARY 2017
Finished my stash busting Eater of Yarns blanket!  It turned out gorgeous and massive  (over hangs tall queen bed)  Katlyn stole it for her bed.  I used so much yarn for it and loved working on it.  It was so much fun to see how the random colors came together.  Very bohemian.  I got my Sister hooked on this method and started her own.  I have 4 others started as well.  One for Brooke in girly colors, twin sized.  Another random colored large one for my son Steven,  1 for Kasyn toddler sized and 1 for Christopher using red, black and gray.  It's too hot right now to work on any of them but I'm hoping for Christmas presents!  

Eater of Yarn on Katlyn's bed
Started a new Temperature Blanket.  2016's model only made it to August 3, 2016 before failure due to color choices.  2017 color choices with the help of Katlyn
2017 color/temp sheet
We use the 2016 failure for the dogs
Kid doesn't care about the colors
Well I can't get Blogger to cooperate with my any more so I will end this for today before I get angry and delete everything!  Tomorrow will be current projects and then we will be caught up!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

1.19

Back again with more updates.  I am crocheting like crazy at the moment.  I have a few ongoing projects plus things in between.  Let's get on with it shall we... 
First up my temperature blanket.  I'm not sure what everyone else has done on this as far as a temperature reading, but I check the temp 3 times daily.  Mostly around the same times.  Basically morning, afternoon and when I walk the dogs.  I have been using the temp when I walk the dogs for my color choices.  I've kept track of these temps and found that I would have had far less color variations if just using the days high.  I guess as the weather changes and warms up (as it does in So Cal) I will be pretty bored of orange and red, so I shall just enjoy my blues for the time being.
Day 4
My other ongoing project is my Eater of Yarns blanket.  As it grow, my stash shrinks.  Since I have such a large stash this is a very good thing.  Plus I'm using up all those single skeins that I have no idea where they came from and also using up partial skeins.  It's making for a very fun blanket that Katlyn is already trying to claim as her own.
It's growing
So while waiting for the timer to go off I sat to have a quick read.  Stella decided to make herself at home on my back and Katlyn was quite amused by this.
Animals are weird!
Both blankets in one photo.  The Eater of Yarns is huge and very hard to get all in a photo, same really for the Temperature but I since I'm just updating the daily rows right now, it's easy enough.
Day 9
So another project I started and finished in a day. Kid needed a sweater, I looked online and found a simple enough sweater and took his measurements and set off.  All was fine until the putting it together.  since the collar is a bit smaller (so I thought) There was a tricky bit to getting it to fit together properly.  Finally get it done and put on Kid and alas...I messed up! 
dog sweater parts
I made the chest piece too big.  I measured him at 6 inches and for some reason I made the piece 9 inches!  Ugh!  So I am going to have to figure something out for him, he's less then amused with my skills!
Kid in his new sweater
Added the yarn samples to my color chart just for visual effects really, I only have 9 colors plus white if the temp ever gets below 25 degrees (hahaha) 
Day 11 with color chart
Just a photo to show the progress of Eater of Yarns
Jan 13th
My bag of temperature yarn, it's a very tight fit at the moment.
Day 14
I decided my Grandson needs more geeky hats, so a Pokeball hat was in order along with a Ninja Turtle set. 
Pokeball
Ninja Turtle
I started a new cowl with my lovely Malabrigo yarn.  It's going to be a triple wrap cowl and I am very excited to get to wearing this!
Saturday coffee and crochet
Brooke likes to facetime me, usually daily (I am a lucky Grandma!)  We chat about everything and I crochet and she colors or watches tv, basically we just hangout.. Saturday Alysha and Christopher went to a wedding expo and Alysha got a tiara for being the bride which of course Brooke later commandeered so I was able to get pictures of my girl in a tiara. 
Brooke in a tiara
Here's a shot of all 3 projects I worked on over the weekend.  This was Sunday evening.
weekend wrap up
Monday my boss let me go home a few hours early, so I played with yarn.  I wound loose skeins into cakes and tried hard to get a decent shot of the eater of yarns blanket, but holy hell it's huge!  Like too big for my bed huge, I spread out a white sheet to show it off better, but between the overcast day outside and Katlyn's puppy, who would not stay off my bed....this is the best I got for now.  I guess the stripes are going to be running vertical instead of horizontal on the bed.  Oopsy.   
Harley wanted to be in the picture
Ok that about wraps everything up.  I will end with another temperature blanket photo and sign off for now with day 18.
Day 18

Listening to: Cure by Metallica

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

....photos and more!

Here we are the 2nd week of January and I haven't posted since September!  Oh dear....I will do a quick picture update from the last couple of months!
Things I've completed, still working on or newly started!
He likes to hang out with me
Pumpkin hat
Santa c2c
Katlyn got a new puppy, she was found tied up in an alley with no water with the temperature outside above 90.  She was approximately 3 months old according to the vet, malnourished and had to take medication for some aliment that I can't remember, but she is now a bouncy, healthy, near 6 month old puppy who is slowly destroying my house! 
New puppy
Now on with the new boy in the family who is seriously the sweetest baby ever!  Born September 20th 
New Grandson!

My Son the shark

He's so tiny!

Candy Corn Hat

Boob Beanie

Katlyn turned 21

2 Grandkids now!

the growing blanket

Me & Brooke

Lunch at the mall

recycled silk yarn - Darn Good Yarn

Snowman c2c

a quick headband

He came down for a visit!

family photos

oh this face!

turkey hat

he likes it

Christmas gifts

all done

another gift

slippers - literally finished on Christmas!
I think all the photos above have explanations enough for a quick update. 
Now on to current projects!
I started this blanket on December 30th, with the idea that I could use up some of my yarn.  I have so much and it just sits in plastic tubs in the closet, so I figured I could use up some of it and make a new blanket at the same time with no pressure of Christmas or any other holiday to finish it up.  So I make a very long starting chain, I think it was 196 chains with 2 strands held together and an M hook (9.00mm) It's going to be huge!  Here's what I'm doing, hdc in each ch/st across with a 2ch turn at the end of each row.  I do 2 rows and then switch out 1 of the colors and have that on repeat until I get it a length I like.  The first picture is the start of the first row, which I do my hdc's in the back of the starting chain.  It's is a pain, but I do like that it doesn't look like the starting row.  The picture below it you can see how the blanket has advanced in just a couple of days. 

first row is always the hardest
On January 1st I started a temperature blanket.  1 row daily with the color depending on the outside temperature, usually I go with what the temperature is when I walk the dogs in the late afternoon.  Maybe next year I'll do another with the temp at noon.  It's Southern California, I'm not sure how much of variety I will be getting once it warms up a bit.

day 2

That's it for now, I've been taking daily pictures of the temperature blanket and lots of pictures of the Eater of Yarn blanket.  I want to spread it out on the bed for a large shot but my bed has a dark duvet cover and since the damn puppy ate my quilt that was light colored and I used for many photo shoots....sigh.  I'll figure something out!

Listening to:  Something by The Beatles