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!

I finished the other pullover! Took almost 3 skeins of Caron Big Cakes yarn and a year of working on it on and off. My oldest loves green. It’s the same free Red Heart pattern I used before. But for both I kept holding the pieces against the boy it was for and making it fit. Both are too big but I want them to be used and loved for a long time. It’s a great pattern and easy to adjust. There are only 4 pieces to make!

Yup… I’m going to make more of these.

A baby blanket:

A BIG blanket! There will be 24 squares in all.  Just picking stitches or patterns I like. I got the idea from Moogly (bonus: it cuts through a lot of stash). I think it will be queen sized.

There are two kinds of blanket makers: people who block and people who don’t.

I don’t. Acrylic is great for long lasting snuggles but a pain to block. Meh. I think I’ll bring in another color next and I’ll use the invisible method to join them all together. 😃

I’m working on two more at the moment, more pics soon!

Unique Simple Square

Clown Car

Flower Burst

basket weave stitch

Bean stitch

I hurt my back a few weeks ago. I get sciatica sometimes but it has been some time since I had it last… Don’t know what I did, but this is the worst I’ve ever had. It felt like I had lightning for veins and my pelvis was trying to escape! Bed bound for 2 days and I used a cane for a week. I’m not looking for sympathy, just telling it like it is.

Well, one good thing about having to sit down a lot is that I had an awful lot of time to craft! It could take my mind off the pain, and it gave my hands something to do. I like to be busy, or at least have my hands busy because it’s hard for me to sit still.

(I swear I was reading too….but I misplaced my book at some point. It’s really good too so I keep searching for it! How could I lose a book!?)

I worked on my newest shawl for a long time. I’ve had these three colors hanging out for awhile now, waiting for the right pattern. You get it. I like how it looks (and feels) crocheted and at first I tried Lost In Time (swoon) but…it wasn’t right. It’s fussy to change color every row and my heart wasn’t in it. Somewhere along my third try on that pattern I tied together all the bits of rows from other tries and then I had a randomly changing colorway, lol. Then I came across Erigeneia on Ravelry. I started with the random colorway ball, now I’m doing the orange gradient set in blocks next to the silver. The edging will be Duke City Knitter by ZiaWoolz (in Sundancer yarn).

Eregeneia

Side note: I just tie knots when I change colors. It’s much easier for me than weaving in (and forgetting some of it) tons of ends in a lacy shawl! Plus I don’t care about knots.

I hope this shawl is big enough to properly wrap up in!

That’s 1.5 skeins worth so far. The remaining ball is 2 skeins.

P.S. The project bag is hers too! Sometimes they’re on her etsy, but I find mine at The Yarn Store in Nob Hill. They’re soft and well made. She uses fun, unique fabrics!

P.P.S. for those who are wondering, I lost Destination Truth, which is kind of funny, really. I lost a book about lost creatures and places! It’s a great read, I can just hear Josh’s voice in my head.