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

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