February Yarnbox 2015!

It’s Yarnbox time! After all the snow this winter, being buried in yarn doesn’t seem so bad at all.

Yarnbox is a subscription box just for yarn that starts at $35.95/month depending on the plan you choose.

This month we got two skeins, one from Knitted Wit and the other from Sincere Sheep. Sincere Sheep sent a skein of their Luminous DK yarn in a white/gray color called Cumulus valued at $31. It is 15% Tussah Silk and 85% Polwarth wool. Knitted Wit is a seller on Etsy! This yarn is also 15% silk and 85% Polwarth wool with a value of $22 per skein. It came in a olive green color called Cedar. That’s a total of 660 yards DK weight yarn. :) For a total value of $53! I love this box.

The color combos are great for a super fun project. It’s kinda funny as I’ve been using colors like this more lately, and I been wearing there colors too. It’s a mopey winter- dark and colorless. Monotonous with a hint of life.

This month’s designer is Kira Dulaney, who provides a two tone cowl for crochet. Yarnbox is aiming to incorporate the yarn into the patterns they give, and I really like that idea!

Overall, I’m happy with the box this month!

Until next time, happy crocheting!

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I’ve Entered into the 100s!

Since there are only 30 squares reminding, I figure I can do about 3 squares a month and still can finish off before the end of the year. That sound reasonable. I’m flipping through this book, and I’m really not looking forward to those single crochet squares. :( However, I’m dedicated! I’m in too deep now; I can’t back out now.

I’ve noticed that lately my crocheting has slowed down. I have a strong suspicion it’s my new hours. Before, I’d wake up in the morning, go to work, come home, cook dinner, watch TV, crochet, and sleep. Now, I wake up, I have all this time to kill before work, but I don’t really have that feeling that I’m going to be able to relax after work. Instead, I know I’m going to do things, and then go to work, come home, and sleep immediately. I might just be anxious to get to work- there is not really a feeling of peace. Not that work is super exciting, but still, it’s an important thing I need to do.

The squares:

99. Baby Bow: Bobbles! I love when you can take a single color and still make a fun pattern.

100. Pastel Delight: Yes. Here is 100. After this is mostly just color variations.

101. Into the Blue: Decided to go with “Into the Pink” instead.

Until next time, happy crocheting!

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Minecraft Spider

Some of my friends are very into Minecraft. I have tried and didn’t get into it. Maybe it’s the open world kind of concept that I don’t really like. I can’t quite put my finger on it.

Anyway, as a request, one of my friends asked for something from the game. I present you with a spider!

Even if it is a very blocky spider, it’s still creepy, right? Gah, the shivers are involuntary. It’s probably that red face.

This spider pattern can be found here on Ravelry. It was written by Becca de Kroon, who has a lot of really cute gaming amigurumi patterns.

Actually, there isn’t that much crocheting involved. Just a lot of sewing. Basically, you crochet a lot of rectangles and the legs, and then you use this plastic grid material to form a square.

Ta-da, cube formed! That’s how the spider gets a nice block shape- otherwise, it would probably end up looking a lot rounder.

The legs and the middle connecting piece weren’t bad either. It kind of looks like a person here, right? Hahaha. ;) I thought it was humorus looking.

I wonder what my next big project shall be? I haven’t made anything for myself in a while. Maybe I should get on that.

Happy crochet!

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A Manly Hat?

No work today. It is the Blizzard Juno of 2015. It’s very windy outside, and there’s probably about a little more than a foot of snow when I woke this morning. When I look out the window, it’s really unique to see the snow coming down and then suddenly travel upwards, like gravity doesn’t even matter. In light of an unexpected day off, I plan to crochet and play games for most of the day. Don’t even need to cook today, because I made a really nice pot of soup yesterday that should last the rest of the week probably. (Used an immersion blender for the first time- amazing! So glad I bought it!)

Recently, I attempted to make a hat that was more appealing to men. This is because at craft shows many women will come to my table and ask, “Do you have any hats for men? My husband really needs one.” Of course, I don’t. I make a lot of girly things, that usually appeal to the ages of 5-12. When they ask this, two thoughts will run through my mind:
1. That’s so sweet.
2. He probably thinks he doesn’t need a hat, at least not one without some sort of sport logo on it, cause it’s not good enough for him. He wants to be a “real” man.
The latter is definitely based on experience. I will no longer waste nice yarn making hats and scarves for my male friends unless they specifically ask for it.

This hat is made using the pattern from AG Handmades, and you see it here. I really do love the ribbing, even if it’s a huge yarn eater! If you ignore the feminine looking mannequin head, it looks like it could be for a guy, right? Opinions have tended to range in a score of 7/10 for manly scale. I might have made a bad decision with the yarn colors. It’s actually brown and dark green with the cream.

In my hands the skeins looked way more contrasting, but on the hat, it all blends together. I actually bought this yarn from a fiber arts festival I went to! It was a small festival, but there were a few spinneries there selling their yarn. Most people at this festival were women, and I was one of the younger ones.

This particular yarn is from Green Mountain Spinnery in Putney, Vermont. If I’m ever there, I would definitely visit. The woman at the booth was very nice and so helpful.

If you’re in the Northeast, stay warm during this storm! As always, happy crocheting!

Meanwhile, outside….

 

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Yarnbox January 2015

Yesterday was very snowy and wet, yet today is so sunny and nice. I didn’t want to go out at all yesterday, but I really needed some air, so I took a nice stroll to the mailbox. Haha. It was very nice to get some yarn in the mail. :D

The yarn this month is from Feederbrook Farm. It is a really colorful dye job! There’s two skeins of DK weight, 260 yards, 100% wool yarn. This would be great yarn to make a scarf, which are the featured patterns this month from Sarah Jane (crochet) and Sarah Jordan (knitting). Yarnbox is doing a new thing this year, where the patterns that are given are with the yarn in mind. Previously, they were just random patterns. I’m actually really happy about the crochet pattern, especially with this yarn! Sarah Jane is an amazing designer, and I’ve been eyeing a lot of her patterns for a long time (hellooooo, Steampunk corset!!). There are many things I want to make from her! I finally get a chance to!

I’ve been trying to go through my yarn (yarn fasting, if you will) with the exception of Yarnbox, so hopefully, this year there will actually be more room around here, than just my yarn. :P

Happy crocheting!

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Oh, yes, it’s back! CAL!

CAL squares! (This isn’t a CAL anymore at this point. It’s just me finishing something I started.) I appear to have left off at #95. Remember, I’m going to get it done this year!

96. Light & Shade: I understand the concept, like windows open and close. However, these windows seem a bit crooked.

97. Eyelet Lace: It’s rather colorful, right? I like it!

98. Old Vienna: All three of these squares are lace-like. This one more so than the others. The squares worked in rounds are actually my favorite kind. They’re simple and give a really nice finish look (usually).

Thirty! 30! 3-0! Left to do! This is 2 years in the making! THIS IS GOING TO HAPPEN. My ghost will haunt the earth if I don’t finish this first. Trust me on that one.

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Screw This “New Year, New You” Nonsense

This is my first post of the year. Happy New Year! (There will be a bit of crochet at the end.)

Everyone always these new year resolutions. Usually, they’re something to improve on yourself, which is all fine and dandy, but most people give up and relent about 1 month in. It’s hard to make a change. I suppose, that making the new year a starting date is just as good as any day, because really when it comes down to it, you can change anytime of the year you want if you really wanted. You could wake up in the middle of June and decide to start going to the gym everyday. That would be no different than the difference between December 31st and January 1st. Either way, if you’re only going to put in minimal effort, then that’s the result you’re going to get. I think I’m being hard on people. If you want your resolutions, then you can keep them. The point, really, is don’t use the new year as some excuse to be a better person; be a better person because you honestly are willing to work towards it and want to be the best person you can.

To be a hypocrite, I guess, I also have goals for this year. I usually set goals for myself everyday, and these are just things I want to finish this year.

1. I have signed up for four craft shows- one in May, and the rest will be at the end of year during the giving season.
2. I WILL FINISH THE 200 BLOCKS! I swear it. And if I don’t, then…. I must really be afraid of commitment, as they say.

For non-crochet goals, I will read 30 books this year (Goodreads) and I will only order single person take out meals two times a month.

In terms of the books, I’ve been doing really well. Recently, I read The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire Northe. It is great! Harry August is a badass. I mean, it takes him more than one lifetime to get there, but he is a freaking badass. The other great book I’ve read this year is The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. It’s a children’s book, but it is deep and wonderful and beautiful like how it feels to fall in love, a kind love, like how it feels to live a life. I don’t usually shed tears when I read, but that ending it really got me. I didn’t want to leave the graveyard.

As for the single person take out meals, I’m going to try cooking more. It’s just that, I’m one person, and cooking for one person is really hard. I was cooking for two for so long, and then when you cook for one it gets so tiring to keep eating the same meal over and over (because I have lots of leftovers all the time). However, with my new work hours, it will be harder to order out, except on weekends, where I will have ample amounts of time to cook, so I guess this might work out.

In other news, I crocheted this blue sloth for my boyfriend for Christmas…. not because he is a sloth, but it just matched the other present (a poster) that I gave him.

 

 

bluesloth

Here’s to a wonderful, fulfilling new year and happy crocheting! :)

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December 2014 Yarnbox

I get about 3 subscription boxes regularly: Birchbox, Popsugar Must Have, and Yarnbox. In terms of value, they all have their perks, but Yarnbox is probably my favorite, because I get exposure to my favorite thing- yarn! The LYS doesn’t always have such a variety of brands and types, and also, I wouldn’t even think about buying it. Once I get the yarn in a box though, I think of all the possibilities I could make with it, and it is wondrous. Every month is beautiful. This month is no exception.

The yarn this month is from a company in the UK called Baa Ram Ewe (how cute)! This is their fingering yarn blend called Titus in the color Aire. It is made from 70% British wool (50% Wensleydale longwood and 20% bluefaced leicester) and 30% UK alpaca. It is so soft! Each skein is 320 meters. The featured designers this month are Denise Voie de Vie with a crochet pattern and Mindy Wilkes with a knitted pattern. I don’t think I’ve mentioned this before, but Yarnbox also includes a new type of stitch with each box. They are almost always knit stitches so I never mention them, but I guess if I ever learn to knit it would be a good card to have. This month is also a knit stitch- the hemp stitch.

Until next time, happy crocheting!

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A Pair of Christmas Slippers

It’s that time of year for gifts. My boyfriend asked me to make a pair of slippers for his uncle. In past experience- I hate making socks, and I hoped super hard that this would be NOTHING like making socks. (Although, with the amount of sock yarn I have right now, I might have to make socks soon….) Luckily, this was absolutely nothing like making socks. I got this pattern from The Crochet Architect, and they are so easy to do. One night I just sat down, and finished a whole slipper in about 4 hours! (Then you just feel all empty inside because you just finished it, and, well, what happens now? Anyone else ever get such a feeling when they complete something?)

Besides that though, I REALLY liked how fast these were to make (compared to socks) and how nice they are! I might have to make more of these in the future. This is a fantastic pattern!

Happy crocheting!

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American Sign Language

The holidays are here and the crocheting does not stop for nothing! At a craft show a few months back, a man approached me. I had a sign on my table that said I did custom orders and nobody had ever taken advantage of that, but this man came right up and asked about it. Not in many words, though, as he was deaf. It was difficult to communicate at first- we tried writing messages on our phones or notebooks, and eventually, we got to an understanding. He wanted some granny squares with the American Sign Language of “I love you” on it. I tried my best to get what he wanted, and he ended up asking for 3 more squares! He gave these squares as a reward to pre-K students who are learning sign language. Craft shows are pretty great- I’ve made a new friend and learned new things!

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                    Credit to Damien

These are all single crochet squares, and as many of my fellow crocheters might tell you, they are so tedious to do. :P The work was put in for these. Overall, I’m really pleased with how these turned out!

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