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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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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! 😀 Completely met expectations.

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

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.
spinner

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! 😀 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. 😛

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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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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Grannies, Raspberries, and Roses

I’ve been trying to make this shawl lately, but it’s Tunisian crochet. I’ve never done it before, and it’s a bit more difficult than I anticipated. No worries, I just have to work a little harder at it and I’ll be completely fine.

In the meantime, let’s make a come back to the CAL squares! Actually, I wanted to talk about my Yarnbox that I got, but it’s been so cloudy that my pictures keep coming out blurry. Hopefully, sometime this week will be better.

76. Granny Stripes: This square came out really long. I hope it’ll fit with the other squares when I work them together. Hm….

granny stripes

77. Raspberries and Cream: I wanted to keep the color scheme of the book, because when the title is basis of the pattern, I don’t really understand why I’d change the colors. Once again, it came out a bit smaller at the end.

raspberries and cream

78. Brair Rose: I really liked this color scheme! The dark edging makes the center part really stand out.

brair rose

Happy Crocheting!

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It’s the 75th!

I’m going to Malaysia for work! I just checked the weather there and it says it’s suppose to be in the 90s and thunderstorms all week. I think I’m okay with this. The weather here is okay; it hasn’t been too bad lately. Spring is a bit in the air, but still lacking. However, I’m not sure I’m ready to just dive into 90 degree weather. Also, all my summer clothes are packed away, so I’ll have to dig some stuff out.

Anyway, I found this setting on my camera that’s actually for taking pictures of food, but it works really great on taking pictures of my crochet squares! It’s good on the colors of the squares. Check out these lovely squares:

73. Catherine Wheel: In the book, this was a dark square (looks a bit goth, actually- reference to St. Catherine?), so I decided to have some brown in there to make it darker. I like how the outside has this grid shape.
catherine wheel

74. Seville: I think this is in reference to the Giralda in Seville, Spain. I’ve always wanted to visit! Spain is probably my #1 country that I want to visit. Moving on, this square has the grid thing again on the edges, and overall is a very lacy pattern, which I really love!
seville
75. Half & Half: If this wasn’t easy, then I don’t know what it. Also, starting with this square, the some squares that follow (shown in a later post- soon hopefully) all seem to be a bit rectangular. I don’t think I’m doing anything differently. Anyway, here’s one of my favorite color combinations! The food feature was really useful here, but without it the purple was coming out as blue, but now it’s clearly purple. 😀
half and half
Happy Sunday, Everyone! Hope there’s lots of yarn in your future!

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CAL #70-72

I wanted to post these over the weekend, but then I got distracted. So, while I wait for my flight to Chicago and hope it’s not too cold there, here are CAL #70-72.

70. ZigZag: This is a single crochet square. It was actually a little difficult to get it at first, because it was confusing on how to carry the yarn through, but I think I made out okay.
zigzag

71. StarFlower: This is probably one of my favorite color combos (besides green and purple), as I’m starting to notice they pop up in my squares very often. The star in the middle is really pretty!
starflower
72. Ribbed Square: This is actually a really common pattern that I use for hat brims because it’s really good at stretching.
ribbed squareI’m hoping to finish another square, so that I can post the next bunch by mid-next week! Until next time, happy crocheting!

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Winters in Cali and CAL #67-69

After a very interesting trip back, here I am at home! Finally!

My coworker and I reached Washington DC for our layover, but then the flight back home got canceled (something about the crew)! 😦 There were no flights back until next week, so we rented a car and drove all the way back to Rhode Island (~8 hours+stops). On the plus side, I got along with my coworker the whole time and even after spending all the time with him, I still don’t hate him. You know, sometimes you just spend a lot of time with someone during a stressful situation, and you just can’t stand them anymore. Didn’t happen!

In California, after the trade show was over, we wanted to visit Napa Valley, but that was a bit of a long drive, so we decided to go to Winters, CA instead. This is the cutest little town with a population of about 6800 people. There we found some wine (and even as a person who usually dislikes wine, it was good), cheese, and steak! I also found a yarn store there: Spin-a-Yarn. It was great! Since my coworker took me into an electronic cigarette store earlier in the week (Who knew there were whole stores for that purpose? It was pretty neat actually), it was only fair that we went into a yarn shop. I would highly recommend visiting this town!

spin a yarn cozy knitting area

Spin-a-Yarn Store!

Anyway, let’s move on to some CAL squares. I have some mixed opinions about this batch.

67. American Beauty: Love this one! 3D flowers on squares are really fun!
american beauty

68. Red, White, & Blue: I don’t really know what happened here…. I’m hoping it’ll stretch out when I sew the blocks together?
red white and blue

69. Fudge: On this page, we mostly had brown shaded squares, so one of the colors is actually brown, but otherwise, I went with other colors. I liked how this one turned out.
Fudge
Happy crocheting! I’m going to post about my February Yarnbox tomorrow! I got it in the mail, and it’s really pretty. Can’t wait to show you!

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