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Great Yarn Purge of 2016

Back in January, I read this book, Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up by Marie Kando. It’s life changing.

Afterwards, I began the 3 week process of tidying up my apartment. I donated a ton of clothes and things, and tossed a lot of what couldn’t be donated. All these things that we think hold some sort of “sentimental” value… years later you realize they hold no meaning. Who gave this to me again? Where did this come from? Why did I buy this? It was nice to go through all these things and actually keep the things that mattered. If they still hold value now, then it was worth keeping.

During this process, I also got rid of some yarn. Mostly colors that I had no idea why I had or those single leftover skeins from large projects. I was left with this:

This is a bookshelf and a large plastic tote. Oh wait, there’s more! To the right of the bookshelf, you’ll see a bag, which is filled with yarn, and if you look closely, it’s on top of another bag of yarn (also filled with yarn), and finally, they’re both on top of a box (that’s right, also filled with yarn).

With some encouragement (Boyfriend: “There’s too much yarn around here.”) I have decided to go on a yarn cleanse.

Since I’m not doing any craft shows this year, from now until November 1 (start of Christmas gift time), I’ll be trying to use up as much as possible making hats, scarfs, and gloves. These are all quick projects usually. Then I’ll just DONATE ALL OF THEM. If you know any good places to donate in the US (I’ll definitely pay to have things shipped), please let me know in the comments below.

I probably won’t post all the project here, but my Instagram will have things (#greatyarnpurge2016). I might do a recap post though.

Until next time, happy crocheting!

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Would People Wear This?

I recently found a pattern in my Amazing Crochet Lace book to make a dress. It’s called the “Heat Wave Mini-Dress.” (For some reason, the hardcover version of that book on Amazon is OVER $1000.00! O_O!)

It looks cute, but as with my original fear with making a yarn based dressed, it’s not tightly knit. I would most likely have to:
1. wear nude colored underwear or,
2. learn to sew, and sew some fabric underneath or,
3. hope the dress over pants trend returns. (Wait, is it still a thing?)

(But, seriously, if anyone wants this dress, it is a size small, email me or leave a comment below. You’ll have to figure out the above mentioned problem on your own.)

It’s also warm, because I used wool. Hm, I need to think about my fabric choices better in the future.

This is a seamless dress, which means it is all made in one round, and I didn’t have to sew anything together. You start with the halter top, followed by the open crossed mid-section (your belly is showing! Gasp!), and finally, the skirt. The pattern has the skirt to be MUCH shorter, but I’m not that bold.

Overall, I’m satisfied with the end result. Not too bad.

Happy Independence Day for those in America! Until next time, happy crocheting!

 

 

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2015 Christmas Scarves!

Scarves are probably one of the quicker “wearables” to make, besides hats, which make them very Christmas gift friendly. It usually takes me about a week to make one. I hope everyone had a good holiday, and now that it’s over I can post pictures! Wooo! The anticipation is great every year. Although, I’ve mostly completed everything I need to now, in terms of requests. I guess, I can actually do projects I want to now. What an odd feeling.

This year I made three scarves for Christmas.

First, for my mother:12345733_1532355670414005_1786678553_n_medium2

She likes colorful things. I saw this yarn in the sale section of A.C. Moore, and immediately thought it would be a great scarf yarn for her. It’s Stitch Studio by Nicole Mystic Waves in the color of Shade Garden, 70% acrylic and 30% wool.

Second, for my boyfriend:

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This is a double crochet ribbed pattern that’s 6 inches across and 5’5″ long. I started off with the blue color, but then noticed I was running out…. 😦 I added the green color so it works. It matches perfectly actually. You may recognize this yarn from one of my yarn boxes!  (Yes, I’m using up yarn!)

Lastly, for my friend:

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She wanted an infinity scarf that was pre-tied. This was a very new concept to me, but basically, all I had to do was crochet a regular scarf and then put a little knot in the middle before sewing the ends together so it makes a permanent figure 8.

Happy new year! May you have wonderful new projects in 2016!

 

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September 2015 Yarnbox: Shiny!

Can you believe it the end of September? October is right around the corner! This only means one thing: the weather is perfect for crocheting. Haha, not that I wasn’t crocheting all summer long, but with bigger pieces, it can get hot. Hot and heavy. ….ah… I’m terrible.

Anyway, this month’s yarn is super pretty and different. Firstly, it’s in my favorite color (purple). Secondly, it’s not only soft, but also shiny. Lastly, it’s made from a material called tencel, which is fiber created from wood! Isn’t that neat?

This is from Teresa Ruch Designs in Oregon. Subscribers got two 312 yard skeins of 100% tencel yarn in DK weight. This would make a really nice shawl.

Until next time, happy crocheting!

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August 2015 Yarnbox

Welcome to September! I was a little busy at the end of August, so there’s a bit of delay with this box post. No worries, because here we are.

Moving into fall, I think this is the perfect colored yarn.

The yarn this month is from The Verdant Gryphon. They have a fantastic logo! I received two 412yd skeins of sport weight (it’s called Bugga yarn) in the color Saturday Night. It’s 70% merino wool, 20% cashmere, and 10% mylon.

The featured designer this month for crochet is Katya Novikova. It’s pretty!

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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CAL #153, #157, #161

Yay yay yay! I’m making progress!

153. Candy Stripe Bobbles: I do love bobbles. This is like chili peppers, right?

157. Boxed Square: This is annoying. It’s also really tight. Not a huge fan of this one.

161. Daisy Chain: As you may be able to tell, I’m running out of yarn for this project, which is way the colors are exactly the same as the previous square. I do like this one.

Until next time, happy crocheting!

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July 2015 Yarnbox

Yarnbox is having a KAL/CAL with their May and June yarn! Basically, you just make a sweater with the yarn. Yay! I will be participating! (I know, I don’t have the best track record with CALs, but I love trying.) I’ve decided to make this sweater with the yarn from June. 🙂 Who’s excited?!

And speaking of Yarnbox, they did really well for their July box.

Yarnbox is a subscription box just for yarn that starts at $35.95/month depending on the plan you choose. This is the classic box with a preference on crocheting (sometimes that makes a difference).

CASHMERE. It’s cashmere yarn.

Pepperberry Knits made a Yarnbox exclusive yarn. 100% cashmere, sport weight, 200 yards each, 2 skeins. ❤ It’s love.

There are also patterns for some shawls designed by Mary Beth Temple.

I’m so excited about this!

Until next time, happy crocheting!

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Yarn Winder

For my birthday, my sister gave me a yarn winder because I asked. I also got a waffle maker and that was awesome.

Anyway, I decided to test out the winder. This is what it looks like:

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It’s a standard yarn winder, I guess. I’m not too familiar with them as I’ve always done it by hand.

The thing is I don’t have a swift. So, I improvised. I tried some free hand weights, but that was good. They kept falling over. I had my boyfriend hold the yarn while I winded it, and it worked fine, but he’s not always around to help with that. Then I tried some chairs.

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The chair legs were maybe too long? It was okay. I’m debating if I should get a swifter. Anyone have experience with this kind of thing?

This is what the ball of yarn turned out to be:

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It’s okay? I mean, it’s usable and won’t get tangled anymore (hopefully).

Until next time, happy crocheting!

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June 2015 Yarnbox!

Before we begin, it was my birthday two days ago. I’m now 27. I almost forgot how old I was, and had to do the math out. It’s just that 27 doesn’t seem like a very significant number, such as 13, 18, 21, or 30. Even 25 was more interesting: a quarter of a century! For my birthday, my boyfriend and I traveled to Vermont, and it was most wonderful. That is why I’m only now writing about the Yarnbox, as it’s been a little busy.

Now, back to the yarn.

Yarnbox is a subscription box just for yarn that starts at $35.95/month depending on the plan you choose. This is the classic box with a preference on crocheting (sometimes that makes a difference).

This month is a nice change from the mostly neutral colored yarn I’ve been getting. It is from Mrs. Crosby, and it’s their “Carpet Bag” yarn. Haha, what a funny name. It’s DK weight 80% superwash merino wool and 20% silk = SOFT. Subscribers got two skeins of 240 yards each in Sunset Regatta. The pattern provided this month is from Sara Peterson with a little shawl.

Not bad this month, Yarnbox. 🙂

Until next time, happy crocheting!

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