So my youngest got sick, then I got strep throat (ugh!!), and now my oldest has strep. Luckily we caught it early and he is doing just fine.

So I haven’t done much besides rest and read and drink lots of water, lol. I finally got into my hoodie vest again! I’m using up stash yarn and hoping this comes out-I love the pattern.

I checked and rechecked and double checked the yardage, the swatch, everything. I originally cast on for the Large size (325 stitches! Whew!) But saw that it was going to be too big. The yarn makes a nice drapey fabric that stretches a little, so I frogged back to the foundation row and cast on again, this time 305 stitches. That saved me 5 extra inches.

Not much to see on progress but I’m 5 rows in. Seven more rows and I can start shaping.

Admittedly, this is one of those projects that’s not super interesting to watch grow but I’m seeing vests everywhere lately (we’ve had some amazing warm breezy days) and I’m excited to make one for me!

Here’s the pic:

Circulo Yarns - Anne, G hook
Circulo Yarns – Anne, G hook

It reminds me of ribbon candy.
Bonus cat tummy in the back ground there. ;)

Almost done with my Amalthea shawl!! Only 8 rows left! What a treat, this was so fun. All the stripes were fun and the colorways are gorgeous. I wove in the ends as I went, like one does in a Doctor Scarf. (more on that on my project page) Weaving/knitting the ends as I go saves so much time at the end. All I have to to then is clip the ends and block it.

I can’t wait to wear it. It feels amazing finishing something while there’s still some winter time left to wear it!

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Pattern is the Stratocaster Shawl from Wooly Wonka. Yarn is Wooly Wonka Fiber Ceridwen sock weight- the four purples came in a set called Nocturne and the silver is one skein of Pewter in the Arianhrod sock yarn. it has little bits of silvery thread throughout that gives it a nice sparkle. I used a size 5 circular Boye. It’s the same one I slammed in the car door, crimping one needle, lol.

I had a rough time last year, getting back into working full-time-all-the-time, and other stuff, so, I took a little break from everything and got re-centered, re-balanced. Away from the black.

That being said, I have some good plans to post at least once a week, as well as using Wednesdays as an excuse to post about WIPs.

One wonderful thing that happened during this was I got back into the joy of crafting,  not just the industrial attitude of finish-all-the-things after I would start something, lose interest, then forget about it. I started a couple amazing projects that were FUN, not stressful and I finished them quickly! My WIPs are dwindling, but somewhere along the way I stop worrying about them. Whew! Now I work on what sounds fun. I have a new project bag that’s awesome at holding enough to keep me interested and not too much!

Well, one of the new fun projects is the Holiday Luxe Box from McNeedles. I love all things New Orleans and saw their offer for French Quarter Blues on ravelry. I jumped on it! I received a very glittery package with some beautiful blue yarn and the Jackson Square shawl pattern by Beth Kling. It’s based on the wrought iron fences in the French Quarter. I’m in love with this kit. Look at those glass markers!!

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McNeedles sent the little sweater measuring tape as a lagniappe. I love that word. The yarn is String Theory, custom dyed for this box. Luxurious, indeed. So squishy and…blue. I can fall into that blue.

This pattern is very easy to get into and dig in.I have it in my favorite project bag in my purse; it’s excellent for picking up to knit a few stitches or rows, then stuff back in the bag when I need to get going. I want to visit them sometime, and New Orleans. Maybe next year? J’espere!

Having lots of hobbies is fun when I feel like doing “something else”, I can just reach for something else! I’ve been nuts for the hook again lately.
I organized and found a good way to connect some granny squares a friend gave me. They were her mother’s and she gave these to me after her mom passed away, along with a bunch of hooks and needles. It means a lot, hard to describe how much, that she gave me those. Projects, tools, yarn that have been passed on in some way mean a lot to a crafter. I can continue where she left off and add my own spin to it. I’m trying to use what I have a lot more. I found this pink yarn in da stash and it looks cute. Love that wooden rainbow hook! The purple would look very nice as a border.
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I punched out some gloves last month! They were so fun to make with the stripey stuff I found in my stash. Details here, as always.
I finally finished Trillian and the Fortune’s Shawlette too! That shawl (and Moogly) are whom I blame for getting me crazy for crochet again. ;-) I found those gloves there, too.
(no, Trillian isn’t crochet but isn’t it nice that she snuck in there and finished up?)
Remnants of sock yarn are lately going towards a sock yarn granny blanket. I’ve been using up the last bits of shawls and such into big granny squares. Eventually they might become a blanket. I’m thinking I might be the blanket mood come cold weather time.
Here’s my pile so far:

Unicorn for scale.
Unicorn for scale.

I have the Robot Overlord yarn from Fortune in the work truck. I stitch a little here and there.
I had some adventures with my Juicy Top; I got the gumption to finish it once and for all! Then I ran out of yarn. You may know where this is going. It’s the same old story: I run out, I figure I can buy more (this is an old project remember), can’t find any, none online either, it is…DISCONTINUED. noooooooo!! Luckily the interwebs thought that might happen, and I found this site for suggestions on replacements. Seriously, I love you, internet.
Knit Picks to the rescue! I got two more balls because I know better now. I get one more than I think I need anymore, because really, it’s not like it will go to waste, lol.
So here is my progress! The yarn is not exactly the same, of course, and if you were to look closely you would see that right away, but I don’t mind. I’ve come too far to give up on that shirt now! I’ll be sure to use my dressing dummy when I construct it so I’ll know it fits.

My unicorn-for-scale wandered off...
My unicorn-for-scale wandered off…

I finished a cowl for my brother too! He asked for another scarf, and I made this. The yarn is perfectly named Zombie BBQ and he loves zombies.
Finally, I started a nice long cowl for my friend. More stashbusting! I could write more but here’s the link to my project page.
Today is International Crochet Day, so off I go! Hook on!

A couple weeks ago, B suggested we clean out the office closet to make room for the linens. We have a metal shelf (from the big box store) that we have crammed with stuff, but was originally supposed to be for sheets, towels, etc. He had a great point that it was more a linen shelf lately than a linen closet, lol. So, I cleared out all of my crafty stuff except the sewing stuff (and I even went through all of that! whew!) and moved the crafty stuff to our closet, to live with the yarn. I found so many forgotten ideas, projects, supplies, you name it! I even found some cross stitch patterns I forgot I had, as well as a whole box of extra floss. Like, I have so much floss I have extras of about 30 colors.

We haven’t gotten around to organizing the linens yet, but I jumped head first into some cross stitch projects. I finished Adventure Time (wee little stitches) for a friend, and even finally finished Dreaming of Tuscany for my aunt and uncle’s 50th anniversary. My folks will take that to them this week! woohoo! I’m so relieved to have it go to it’s recipient.

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And this is the new one I started this week. It’s a pattern included with the DMC soluble fabric (DM90). I had the pink fabric in my stash, and whatever colors I didn’t have I substituted (as usual). It will be a neat crest/coat of arms. I decided not to cut the fabric but add a quote underneath, and came across this one from The Three Musketeers:

“Never fear quarrels, but seek hazardous adventures.” Cool!

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I can’t find a link to the pattern…so you’ll have to stay tuned!

Oh, and that’s a needle minder/keeper I made. :-) I found a button and glued a strong magnet to the back. I’ll probably post more on how I did it another day, I’d love to make more of them.

Penny gave me a pattern for a Doctor Who sampler and I plan on getting to that right after this post. I even ordered some gorgeous hand-dyed fabric from on etsy. Oh, man, it’s really something.

I think I fixed all the too big pictures on the site plus I added tags to all the posts. I’m getting the hang of this.

Well, off to the rest of my day. :-) More soon!