July 2014 Yarnbox

On a completely unrelated note, I just watched Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. It is just so different from the book. I’m super surprised the screenplay was written by the author of the book! I know this movie came out about two years ago, but still, I’ve been wanting to watch it for a while, because I read the book when it came out. The book is basically the biography of Abraham Lincoln, except, you know, everything bad that happens is caused by vampires. A- book, C+ movie.

Back to actual yarn things: it is here! Actually, I had completely forgot about this for some reason. I’ve been really distracted with work and life. Then I came home, saw the package box key in my mailbox, and immediately thought, “I don’t remember ordering anything for this time.” What a wonderful surprise it was! :)

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This month my box featured Fiber Lady‘s Makicot yarn. It is 70% bamboo and 30% cotton, and it says it’s DK weight, but it looks a little thinner to me. Can you believe I got 3 skeins?! I’m super excited! Each skein is about 305 yds, and normally, each skein would cost me $24.00!

As for the feature designers this month, crocheting is Sandra Paul, who has a free shawl pattern, and if you check out her Ravelry page, she has some really beautiful patterns. They are so colorful! For knitting, Kati Mohr was featured, and she has some really nice fingerless gloves patterns.

Also, I found this funny, but as an added bonus, there was a coupon for cat food. Haha, because clearly yarn and cats are somehow always going to be associated. If only it was guinea pig food ;). Hee hee!

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Uh oh- Not Looking Good

So, the Finish-It Challenge is happening, and I’m crocheting as fast as I can, but it’s not looking good. I have about 30 squares to go and 4 days. A lot of personal things have been going on this month- all for the better. There’s always a small adjustment period when there’s a change, you know? So, with that in mind, here’s to trying to finish all the squares by the end of the summer!

84. Combination Stripes: As with most squares of this nature, it just doesn’t come out to be a nice square shape. Otherwise, I think putting the sage green next to the Kelly green is really difficult to tell in this picture.
combination stripes

85. Lemon Stripe: This one I kept the color scheme in the book, because it is rather fitting for the theme. :) The popcorns in the center look a little off though….
lemon stripe

86. Sunray: I like this square a lot! It’s nice and bright (just like a sunray- haha!) The cutout looks more like a flower to me, and also in the book looks more like a swirl- either way, I like how this turned out.
sunray

87. Peony: 3D flowers are so pretty. The construction is really fun, because it starts like a flat thing, and you slowly build upon it. I really like how the flower blossoms. (Pun intended! :D)
peony

Cheers! Happy crocheting!

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That’s Right, It’s July- CAL Time

As today is the final day of a long weekend (Happy belated 4th!), it was kinda dull. You know you reach a bit of a low when the highlight of the day was that you are freaking excited for buying a new vacuum cleaner. (BTW- it’s an amazing vacuum cleaner compared to my old one. :D) But since it was also a long weekend, I got a good amount of crocheting in.

It is also the start of July and I have set out on my quest to complete all the CAL squares. Woo-hoo!

80. Blocks & Shells: This pattern is basically this hat’s pattern in square form.

block and shells

81. Sunshine & Showers: In keeping with the title of this block, I kept the colors they recommended. It was very much a coincidence that I have a multi-blue skein. Although, it might be difficult to tell the blues apart?

sunshine and showers

82. Webbed Lace: This square is REALLY interesting. I’ve never done something like this before. It looks super cool, right? It ended up a bit rectangular, though.

webbed lace

83. Diamond in a Square: At first glance in the book, it looks like a boring square, but in real life, I really like it. The colors are really nice for this one too!

diamond in a square

I have 45(?) squares to go. This is going to get “exciting.” OR it’ll end up to be a complete drag, but I’ll be soooo sick of making squares by the end of the month. Haha, we’ll see how this one goes.

Happy crocheting!

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Yarn for My Birthday! June 2014 Yarnbox

It’s my birthday! I am now 26 years old. I was going to get myself an ice cream cake, but I don’t know why I’m not feeling it. Today I’ve mostly been hanging with the guinea pigs. Chloride is being difficult- again. Sodium is usually like, “Whatever! Yay! Okay! Let’s do this!” Chloride, on the other hand, is always a little nervous- “I don’t know, Sodium. Maybe it’s not really a carrot. I think we should think about this first. Um….” But after a little while, he’ll get comfortable and be okay with it. Chloride is actually a lot like me in that regard- heh heh heh.

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Hello from our home!

 

Earlier this week, I got the June Yarnbox! Woo~! This will have to do instead of the ice cream cake. Hahaha…. :D

The yarn this month is actually really great.

june 2014 yarnbox

There were a variety of colors from ArtYarns. I love the green/purple blend (aka my two favorite colors!) The bigger skeins are both a merino wool yarn. Also, the tiny skein of silk and sequins is so pretty. It will add a nice colorful accent to something I’m sure.

The designers this month were Iris Schreier, who is also the direct of ArtYarns! She was the knitting designer, but for crochet there was Julie from ACCROchet, who has a free ski bunny hat pattern.

Overall, this was a great box! I loved it!

Have a lovely day and happy crocheting!

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Summer Shawl

I HAVE FINALLY FINISHED THIS!

The Tunisian crochet project is complete! Am I excited? YES. Would I do it again? NO. There were just too many loops towards the end, and even with THREE hooks, it was pretty tightly packed. When loops are that tight on the hook, my hand starts to cramp up. Oh, crochet problems.

The finished result is a summer shawl. It can work for fall too, but the colors remind me of summer. Ta-da!

There’s a nice ruffle edging that is much easier to make than I had anticipated. Actually, the whole Tunisian crochet thing is much easier than I thought. It does end up looking a lot like knitting. Here’s a close up of the center part:

I will definitely try other Tunisian projects in the future, but hopefully ones that don’t require an extension. Hee hee, oops.

I have finished this just in time for July, so that the Finish It Challenge can be the main focus! Wooo! Am I excited to make squares? You bet!

Also, I got my Yarnbox, which I’ll post about next time. Just in time for my birthday too!

Happy Crocheting!

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Sometimes We Just Have to Get Creative

Previously, I mentioned that I was working on a Tunisian crochet project, and that it required a hook with an extension, but I couldn’t find one unless I shelled out at least $100 for a whole kit.

Well, looks like it finally reached a point of saturation for loops on the hook. Oops!

Luckily, ever since a larger extension of my family members have realized I love to crochet so much, they pick up random hooks and left over yarn from yard sales, flea markets, etc. While this is wonderful, I am running out of space for all this yarn. It really does look like some yarn fairy decided to litter my apartment. However, this is also a plus, since I dug through the stuff they gave me and found out that I have TWO other Tunisian crochet hooks of the same size needed for this project. (Did I even need to buy my own? Nope, probably not- I’ll have to check the stash next time.)

Now, since my hook was running out of space for all the loops, I figured out a way to use two hooks.

Two Tunisian hooks!

You start with one hook, and when it starts getting full, you make a simple switch and begin to use the second one. Haha, now it really does look a bit like knitting.

I’m really excited about this project, as it is almost done! There are about 10 more rows to make a ruffle finish, and by the end there should be about 610 stitches. FYI, I’m glad I have 3 hooks of this size. I can’t wait to show you the finished product!

Happy Crocheting! Until next time!

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This July-

- an inconceivable thing is about to happen… I will finish the CAL (probably)!

The ladies at Stitches ‘n’ Scraps and Mollie and Claire decided that they had enough with unfinished projects, and decided they wanted to get it done. They created the Finish It Challenge! (Open to all forms of fiber arts!)

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This is a 1 month challenge from July 1-31 to basically finish any projects that are over 6 months old. Notice that the CAL started more than a year ago. Hopefully, I can finish the 50-60 squares that I have left during that time! Fingers crossed!

Check out this post here for more info: http://stitchesnscraps.com/2014/06/01/2014-finish-it-challenge/

And join the Ravelry group here: http://www.ravelry.com/groups/finish-it-challenge

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Etsy & May 2014 Yarnbox

I opened an Etsy shop this week! I was pondering doing it or not for a while, but I’m going to take the risk. I’m also going to try to do more craft shows this year too. When I did that craft show last December, a lot of people didn’t actually buy anything, but they did ask if I sold stuff online (probably so they could use their credit card). I’m hoping that I can use the craft shows to promote the shop. :D The link is at the top of the page and here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/HijinksCrochet.

Now, not sure why, but my Yarnbox has liked to arrive on rainy days lately. Should I expect it next month too? It’ll be a weather predictor!

may 2014 yarnbox

I’m not necessary disappointed with the yarn this month. It is very good yarn, but when I heard about the other possible yarn: Hampden Hills’ Alpaca Silk, my reaction was: “PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE!! [open box]…. Awwwww.” This yarn that I got is Cherry Tree Hills sock yarn. The color is Riverbank and it is made of 100% merino. They don’t sell direct, so you’ll have to check your local yarn store (none in RI, sadly). The color looks like a muted version of the yarn I’m working with in my Tunisian crochet project. It’s 420 yards each, which is perfect to start another project!

For other things, Cherry Tree Hills/Potluck Yarn has included a code for a free pattern: SECRETS, on their shop site. Looks like a lot of sock patterns, but there’s others too. Hampden Hills also gave a discount of 15% from their shop, and I get a small packet of detergent.

Like all the other boxes, there were two featured designers this month, but I only got one info card. The card is for crochet designer Taylor Tengelsen, who has a free sock pattern this month. I wonder if it’s because I picked crochet, that I don’t get the card for the other featured designer: Jessica Larson with a free knitted cowl pattern.

Happy crocheting!

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Stitch Fix #4

As much as I love Stitch Fix, this one was a complete fail! :(

Stitch Fix is a personal styling box, where by paying a $20 styling fee, you will get 5 items in the mail to try on in the comfort of your own home and then you can buy the pieces you love. You fill out a very detailed style profile, so that the stylist can pick good pieces for you, but that didn’t work out for me this time.

stitch fix #4

Starting from the top left:

Elizabeth Geo Print 3/4 Sleeve Dress- Great pattern! Reminds me of this jacket that my mom had in her closet from the 80s. It draped a little loose, so I tried it with a belt, but the pattern and the belt didn’t really work out. Also, it cost $128! Out of my price range right now.

Farah Fit & Flare Striped Dress- This was a great dress. I love everything about it- the color and the cut! I probably would have kept it, but it was pretty tight around the chest and middle area. I could zipper the dress just fine, but it was definitely too tight.

Jessabelle Geo Knit Tank- Felt too casual. Also, I wasn’t getting into that low scoop neck line. I’m standing as straight as possible in that picture, so it doesn’t fall any lower.

Natasha Front Pocket Sleeveless Blouse- Just like in the Geo Knit Tank, it was a LOW cut shirt. Once again, standing as straight as possible to avoid it from falling down too low. It was a little big. Other than that, I love the teal color, the fabric (super light), and the fake pocket design. It’s a perfect work shirt, and casual enough for the weekend too!

Eric Lace Detail A-line Jersey Dress- I loved this dress! I even included a detail of the sleeve- the lace detailing is so beautiful! I decided not to keep it, because I already have a few black dresses and it was slightly higher than I was willing to pay ($118).

Overall, I kept nothing. Oh well, you win some, you lose some. Hopefully, next time will be better!

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Loops, Loops, and Guinea Pigs!

This is the beginning/midway of my Tunisian crochet project. Just look at all the loops! I’m not even half way. The project did suggest an extension, but I couldn’t find one at the craft store. Hm… hopefully, everything will be just fine.

loops!
In other news, guess who just joined the family?!

guinea pigs

Meet Sodium and Chloride! They’re pretty identical, except Sodium has white feet. I just got them yesterday and they’ve pretty much been hiding most of the time, so this is a rare shot of them out of their hidey house. Sorry if the picture is blurry, I had to take it quickly, because they keep going to get food, grabbing a bite, and running back to their hiding spot. It’s going to take some time for them to get use to their new home, but I think they’re doing well. NaCl are definitely happily squeaking/purring(?) it up. They also seem to like squeaking when they poop too… is that normal? Anyway, they are brothers and about 4 weeks old! I’m going to take them to the vet in a week or so, just to get them checked out. They’re super cute!

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