I haven’t been having as much fun knitting lately as crocheting. So I changed my Big Scarf to crochet. I’m still working on Fuzzball and Coffee Date though and I’m very close to casting on Lunar by SwordofaKnitter. I met him! I bought that pattern at Taos once. His booth was slammed with people and he was very nice. I love that pattern but (surprised?) didn’t know what to use with it. Sooo I’m thinking Dear Diary and some black I have. Or hot pink. I like knitting those big shawls!

Also I totally ran out if steam on the Dr sampler. I may pick it up again now that the weather is warming up. We’re slowly but surely cleaning up the backyard and now I have a little spot to sit again!

Using old pots and bowls are great for the yarny plants. I spray-painted a plastic pot gold yesterday to make another garden. I’m making up some of them, but most of them are patterns from Make a Crochet Garden and Soft & Snuggly Cacti.

So here’s a pic dump of stuff that’s making me happy when I work on them:

Switched to a G hook at Guava Tree Cafe with the help of arepas and cafe leche. linky
A quick lil succulent at Cafe Bella!
The whole gang! My youngest made that sweet little bowl/pot last year. It’s perfect!
Happy garden! The T-Rex there is a planter. I’m deciding what to put in him. The rainbow pot on the left is also from my youngest last year. I think it will have another prickly pear in there soon.
I made a HUGE version of a barrel cactus. I named it the basketball cactus! I had to make it a bit smaller to fit in the pot. I love how it came out! This one is for my mom’s birthday.

That’s the news for now!

I’m making two hats for the upcoming Not Your Mama’s Tea Party! One is for me, this crochet one I started. The other is for the hat auction. I’m planning a huge paper wig monstrosity. I’ll start it this weekend, I don’t think it’ll take as long as the crochet hat.

A bunch of us are making hats this year for us and for the auction. I cannot wait to see them!!

I’m trying to make a hat that looks like Marie Antoinette. I’m starting with a beanie for her dress, then I’ll add her torso and head. I’ll add decorations as I go! I’m excited!

Pic for inspiration. Coffee for energy.

Last year’s party was amazing. The hats, the people, everything was just wonderful!! I bought the big black skeleton top hat then. Proceeds from the auction/tickets/etc go toward the TGRC. It’s at the Hotel Parq Central this year!! I’ll post my progress with the hats when I can.

So.

Very.

Excited!!

I’m at the airport waiting to pick up my parents from their awesome cruise. I got here very early, of course, so I’m at the restaurant right by the gate. On a whim, I brought ball of lace weight yarn I bought at Taos (who knows how long ago) and decided to design my own shawl. I grabbed an appropriate hook and my new knit picks catalog and got comfortable.

I have an idea for a crochet version of a three wedge shawl, a la the (knitted) Jen Lucas variety. I picked the lace weight because it’s got plenty of yardage for me to play with and make something substantial that would keep at least my shoulders warm. I’m hoping it works out and when / if it does I will share the pattern with you!

Notes on the catalog, of course. I like it a lot so far! I even thought of the name based on my current location.

Funny thing is, I’m also working on a vest pattern with stripes crocheted in four different colors of Bamboo Pop. That’s working out too, but a little harder to write down as I’m literally making up each row as I go.

Luke is supervising as usual. I don’t have a name for this yet.

This one’s a little different, although it’s very easy to do. It’s only half double crochets and double crochets. The tricky part is that I’m making up the stripe pattern as I go along, so I guess I better start writing this down huh?

I think it’s pretty funny / neat that I finally got around to just making my own pattern because I couldn’t find what I was looking for, lol. I’ll keep you posted!

Let’s see… where to start…

I frogged the scarf and started the Bluebonnet Shawl by Marly Bird. Edgecliff is going a row or two at a time. I decided to go simple and meditative with that cool Cat Mountain Fiber skein and am making a simple garter stitch big scarf. I love seeing the different textures!

It’s the Hummingbird colorway but I keep calling it Mardi Gras. XOXO

The Iceberg Afghan is going great! Kind of almost done. Like. I put the squares together, but have 3 skeins left for the border. 2.5 now. I’m just winging it. 5 rows of alternating granny and DC. I’ll finish it with the rest of the blue ombre. It’s huge and keeps me toasty warm while hooking!

Ha! It kind of looks like an iceberg here.

Update! Finished! 2/24

Cute!!I made a cute lil bag on Valentine’s day! It’s a freebie from Red Heart.

Can you believe it? Only 3 yarny WIPs?

All WIPs all day makes Jack a good boy