August 2014 Yarnbox

Well, for everyone that took a bet, whoever thought that I was actually going to finish making all the squares by the end of August, you lost. So sorry.

Clearly, I got distracted once again, so here we are.

Moving on, this month’s Yarnbox is fantastic! In fact, the Yarnbox did not come in a box this month, but a very large bag instead!

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These are huge skeins of yarn- how exciting, right? It is perfect for the coming colder months. This is Imperial Yarn from Oregon, 100% wool in three colors: natural, quail, and pearl grey. It is a nice thick yarn, and was apparently used to make the sweaters for Team USA during the Sochi Olympics. These colors really go well together, so I might be able to use them together for one project. Hmm…. oh, the possibilities.

The featured designer this month is Melissa Leapman. She has over 800 patterns printed! How impressive this that?!

Am I making progress? I don’t know. But I do know that my love of yarn has not ceased, and I will continue forth in my quest for something. :)

Happy crocheting!

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Hello August!

August has arrived!! I still can’t understand my excitement for this particular month, but yay!!

Yesterday I watched Guardians of the Galaxy, and it was really good! :D Completely met expectations.

Now, it’s been rainy and cloudy around here lately. This is what I see when I look outside:
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Skies are gray.

Still, the lighting was good enough that I took some pictures today of my CAL squares. I’m slowly inching towards #100.
S-L-O-W-L-Y.

But you know what’s not slow? I went to the craft store today to buy some more yarn, and there was already Halloween items out! Can you believe that?

Anyway, back to the squares:

93. Sequence Stripes: Just looking at the pattern in the book, I thought it was going to be a boring single crochet square, but it’s a little more interesting. Like garnishing a drink with a lime- only a little bit more interesting.
squenced stripes

94. Gothic Square: I am highly pleased with my color choices here. Light and dark always work so well together. It really makes the orange and cream bits pop out. I don’t know if the picture is very good- it’s a brown border.gothic square

95. Kingcup: I had no idea what “Kingcup” meant. Apparently, it is a flower- it’s another name for a marsh marigold (also had not heard of). However, the flower does look pretty in photos. I suppose if I knew it was a marigold, I’d make the color yellow. Alas, it was not to be, so here we are:
kingcup

I’m happy with these. I will be traveling this week for work (just a trip to New Jersey), so I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep up with the crocheting, but I’ll bring some yarn with me as always. ;)

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Today’s the Day!

Well, here we are at July 31st. (Happy Birthday, Harry Potter?) I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited for a month to END. I’m not really sure why. There’s really nothing extra exciting happening in the following months, so why this particular month I just want to be over is actually fairly puzzling. I’ve never been more excited to flip the calender page.

But this month was also the Finish It Challenge, and I’ve FAILED. Hohoho- no surprise there. I should just stick to my usual motto: “Aim low and hope for the best.”

My best will be to finish the rest by the end of the August. Are you going to take bets to see if it’s actually going to happen? Cheers to the winner! The outcome will be revealed in 1 month.

In the meantime, here are four squares to show that I physically did do SOMETHING.

89. Spinner: I love this one! I would totally make a whole blanket with this in different colors. Image how cool it would be: circles and squares.
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90. Bright Triangles: Questioning my color choices here. It looks like a pumpkin. Also, I just don’t really like this pattern. It’s bland.
bright squares

91. Terraces: This is beautiful! How is this not the cutest square in the whole book? It’s just so colorful!
terraces

92. Victorian Lace: The lace squares are always my favorite to construct. They end up looking really nice, but they also have the most variance in the pattern- it’s fun.
victorian lace

Soon I will be at 100, and then only 28 more! I’m so ready to use up some yarn. There’s just so much! I want to start other projects! Happy crocheting!

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’88 was a Good Year!

Yes, because I was born! :D Hee hee….

I was going to take more pictures of squares, but I got home from work and blah blah blah- basically, I lost the light. So, here is ONE square at least (and a good number too!). I swear I’m making progress! Hahaha. Oh, goodness, what have I gotten myself into? Don’t make these commitments about finishing projects, when clearly- I CAN’T. :P

88. Edwardian FancyI’m so fancy, You already know…. Hahaha, this is very fancy. The title had it right. I really like it!
edwardian fancy

I’m working on my squares! They will be completed. SOON.

Yeah, but, seriously, work has been a bombardment. It is now 9PM, and I’m trying to finish writing something up for tomorrow. I may not be the smartest, but hopefully, my workaholic nature makes up for it.

Until the next time (when there is better lighting), happy crocheting!

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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.
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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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