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It’s Been 5 Months…. Hello!

What happened?

Well, for starters, Photobucket was really getting on my nerves and I just gave up on it for a while- I have been really good about updating my Instagram and Ravelry accounts though. I’m so happy Ravelry allows me to link to Instagram- makes things so much easier! If you are curious enough about my crochet projects, here’s my Ravelry, and if you’re just curious about pictures I take, here’s my Instagram. I think I made this blog before I discovered Ravelry. Once Ravelry happened, it was much easier to keep track of projects and new patterns. Essentially, this blog is a bit irrelevant.

Now it seems that WordPress has you directly upload to their servers…. I don’t know how I feel about that. What if I run out of space?! Are you forcing me to pay you, WordPress?

Secondly, I’ve been going through a tough time since around October. Everything has been kinda hazy and feeling dull- mild depression and anxiety.  I’m trying to do my best though! Some days are better than others. I hope to get to a point where I have more better days than not, but when you’re living in the moment, it’s hard to gauge until you look back. Sometimes looking back is difficult.

Thirdly, remember that flower blanket I’ve been working on? That’s all I’ve pretty much been working on. One project isn’t much to post. I have, however, finally finished said afghan! Just a couple of weeks ago actually. Yes, all 70 squares, plus a border!

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I’m sorry about the coloring in the photo. The lighting around here is not great, and I don’t have the best camera. That’s a queen-sized bed. It’s really heavy actually, and I finished it just in time for summer! Haha. Next winter, though, it’s going to be my savior.

This close up shot of the corner has slightly better lighting.

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The border is not part of the original pattern. The original pattern has you do a round of plain old double crochet in the buff color all around the edge. That seemed boring. So, I pulled out my trusty “border bible” (and this is the first time I’ve actually used it, which was very exciting), and figured #9 was the best fit. I have many crochet books that I’ve never used, and it’s always exciting when I get to use them. Hahaha

After two years, I finished the project!

There’s some projects from around Christmas that I haven’t posted and I’ve been dabbing in some smaller projects between this huge blanket, so I’ll post about those eventually.

Until next time (and I promise it’ll be sooner, rather than later), happy crocheting!

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THIS IS THE END OF THE CAL!

For those of you who have been following me since the start of this CAL some 3 years ago(!! It’s actually 3 years since that first post) and even those who haven’t, I want you to know that this is the end. This is what 128 granny squares looks like when I try to fit it all into a space so I can take a picture:

As I was laying them out, I definitely noticed that my crocheting ability has gotten better over time. Some squares are clearly better than other squares. It’s going to take some time for me to sort through them to see which ones I like to make into a blanket. There are some that are just a solid color, but the stitching is really nice. I think most non-crocheters/knitters wouldn’t appreciate it as much, but those solid colored ones are my favorites.

Here are the last three squares.

201. Zigzag Bobbles: Bobbles! ❤

205. Hourglass: Thank goodness these single crochet squares are over!

209. Marigold: A nice flower to end.

Until next time, happy crocheting!

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70 Flowers

A while back I mentioned that I was going to make a flower afghan and that I’ve been wanting to make it for a couple of years now. I’m happy to report that stage 1 has been completed!

This is what 70 crocheted flowers look like:

DSCN0500These 70 flowers will eventually become 70 squares! Each of these flowers has taken me 15 minutes, so you can do the math on that one. I might have to keep this afghan, I’ve spent so much time on it. Although, if someone I know- really know, really love- is going to get married or something, this would make an excellent wedding gift.

Until next time, happy crocheting!

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A Flower Afghan

One of the projects I want to get down this year is an afghan. I’ve decided that I want to make a flower afghan. I found this pattern a long time ago, and I bought all the yarn for it last year, but didn’t have a chance to really start it. It will take a very long time I think. For starters, it requires 70 squares. That means I have to make 70 of these flowers.

So far, I have about 5. It will definitely take me a while for this! Haha, and this is something I’m doing on the side. There are other things I’m also working on. However, I’m very excited to finally be able to do this!

Until next time, happy crocheting!

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The Red Blanket, Part 2!

Yes, it’s finally here! I’ve been blogging small bits about this piece for the last couple months, and now it’s here. With seven different granny squares hooked together to make a blanket about the size of a twin sized bed, The Red Blanket Part II is now completed. You can’t even tell that I ran out of the multicolored yarn, unless you look really closely.

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Photo courtesy of G and her wonderfully lit living room, because the lighting in my apartment is terrible.

There’s a total of 45 squares. Not bad. The original Red Blanket had 25 squares, and this is just a heavily modified version of the original.

In other news, you may remember that I was trying to lose some weight a couple months ago. I’m happy to announce that I was sort of successful, as I’m not at my goal weight yet, but I did lose weight. 🙂 Just losing 5 pounds really changes how you look (and feel)! I was very surprised. Continuing with that, there’s a website called DietBet, where you are basically betting against yourself (and maybe thousands of other people) with real money to try to lose 4% of your weight in 28 days. I’ve signed up for one, and as I’m really conservative/serious about money, I WILL DEFINITELY LOSE THE 4% OR ELSE!! Yeah, I think it’s a really good motivation. If I do manage to lose the 4%, then I’ll be at my goal weight! This is happening; it’s a thing!

Lastly, two more days until my yarn giveaway ends. Be sure to enter if you want some nice yarn! 😀

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Seeing Red

Bought some nice red yarn! A few months back I made a red blanket for my friend, and her parents liked it too, so now I’m going to make another one. This time it will be slightly bigger and just a little bit different (it might be very different, not actually sure how this will end up; all I know is- it’s going to be red/pink, see yarn colors above for details). Now that I think about it, I may have underestimated the amount of yarn needed….oops. Hm, we’ll see how that goes first.

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S&T Sunday: My Research Blanket

For the past three years, I’ve been doing research with nanopores, which are basically very tiny holes that only a single molecules will fit through at a time. Now that I’ve graduated, I decided to create a nanopore blanket for my advisor. He geeked out when I gave it to him.

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For comparison, here’s a picture that we usually use when we present our research:

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S&T Sunday: Something Blue

Happy Easter!

My friend got married recently, and I gave her this:

blue

It was such a great pattern, and the colors all look so nice together. 🙂

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Motif Monday: Shamrock Blanket

Hi March!

While I’m not Irish at all, I will most probably be making these delicious things very soon. You should try to make them too. Very yummy. ❤ I made them last year too, and the chocolate cake with the melty chocolate in the center is really good!

If you’re in the mood for some St. Patrick’s Day afghaning, Red Heart has a nice pattern here.

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S&T Sunday: Paint the Room Red

This is a little project I did a few months ago for my friend. She has a lot of red decorations around her house, so I thought this would be a very fitting addition.

red blanket

It’s made from 25 squares, and if I remember correctly, it’s about 4′ x 4′. They were traditional squares, but the color patterning is a little different (there are 5 different color schemes). 🙂

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