Thursday, January 28, 2010

Yeah, What else is new?

Since I don't have alot of time to knit and crochet, I usually make gifts for babies, birthdays, and christmas. But I decided 2010 was the year I was finally going to make something for myself. Something Big. More than a scarf. I'm gonna make myself a sweater. Here's the Pattern I choose:

Oh, don't worry friends, and family, I'll still be making plenty of stuff for you. But in between all those things. I'll be working on this baby. Here's what I've done since the beginning of January:

Sorry for the bad lighting. I promise it's not electric blue. It's actually a nice sapphire color.

It's done!

So I finally finished the pink/cream/green blankie I was working on. The finished measurements were approx. 40" x 36". It was going to be 40" x 40" but I was getting all twitchy and mean to my hubby so I figured I better quit, lol. Here's the finished blankie before weaving in ends: The mere though of doing another blankie would make me twitchy all over again, so I decided that it was time to give in and buy the second one. So sorry second twin - I promise you are not less loved, I just didn't have the time or determination to make you a blankie also. Here are the two blankies "artfully" posed:

Monday, January 25, 2010

Things to come

So with my cousin having twins (or really, when anyone I know has baby/ies), I feel this weird urge to knit/crochet a huge non-stop storm. Do you get that way? I think of million patterns I've seen that would be so cute in such and such colors, and then I go off and buy them. Very seldom do I finish these projects, mind you.

However, 2010 is going to be the year of not-quitting. So at the very minimum I'm going to finish the two blankies for my cousin's babies. I'm about half done with the first (as per my last post). And now, I'm putting my thoughts towards the second blanket. I figured that with twins they will get a gajillion matching things, so I'd make two blankets, in different colors and patterns. I think the second one is going to be a ripple blankie. I've never done it before but I saw Attic24's tute ( and it doesn't look so hard.

So.....IF I finish those,.....I was thinking....maybe I could even make the twins little shirts...something like... ? But we shall see.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Appetite Fatigue

I've been so busy working on a new project. I've had a terrible case of startitis lately. I've just started projects all over the place. I had to invent places to keep the projects (or really, keep the kids out of them).

But I've settled down a bit, and have mostly been working on a baby blanket. My cousin is due in 4 or 5 weeks with twin girls (!!) and I decided that I must make them crocheted blankets. So yarn was carefully selected for the first one, and I've been working away on it ever since.

Have you ever heard of Appetite Fatigue - where you get tired of eating the same old thing over and over again? Well, see - I think I have Appetite fatigue with this blanket. It's made with light wight yarn, and a small hook, and it's just plain rows of double crochet. What was I thinking? I must have been off my rocker! I've employed my husband to bribe me into finishing it. We'll see if it works. I think the worst part is, I'm still not sure if I like the color combination. One day I'll be sitting there thinking how cute, and clever it looks, and the next I'll think it looks like utter tacky trash. Do you ever feel that way about a project?

*cry* I just realized.......once I'm done....I'll have to make's for twins you know...oh dear...what have I gotten myself into??

**Note to self: next time you want to make a baby blanket - banish any yarn smaller than worsted weight from your mind, woman!**

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Rainbow-y goodness

Have you ever come up with a project in your mind, and done careful preparation for it, and then to have it come out exactly as you saw it in your mind's eye? This is exactly what happened to me! I've been wanting a rainbow vertically striped scarf for some time, but it had to be just so. It seemed crazy difficult to do knitted, but crochet....yes, crochet was the ticket!

I've never, no, not once, ever had another project come out so perfectly the way I imagined. The yarn was soft and cuddly, the colors were bright enough to be fun, yet subdued enough so I don't feel like I neon sign.

The entire project was just a joy to make, and I was delighted to find that my crochet had improved markedly since the last time I'd attempted a scarf - the edges were straight and even this time.

I know I must sound boastful, but truly, I'm not trying. It's just been one of those wonderful things were everything seems to be going my way, and I have to tell everyone about it. Do you know what I mean? I love love LOVE this scarf, and I simply want to snuggle up in it and wear it everywhere.

Maybe this is a sign that I should make a rainbow blanket in the same colors? Hmmm...

Friday, January 1, 2010

Ringing in Twenty Ten

Happy New Year ya'll!
We have an older house, and the basement is very frosty, not matter how high we set the thermostat. So over the holiday, my hubby and I deicded we would combine our skills (my sewing and his math) and make ourselves a cozy blanket for snuggling in the basement. My mother in law had given us a bag of fleece scraps and I thought this would be a great use for them.

Yeah, I could have edited out the kids' mess, but I figured that you should know that I live in a real house, lol. So how did the blanket turn out? See the kitty? That's Bandit. He approves.
I absolutely love the blanket, it's so soft and snuggly, and always warm, and just the right size for two adults or one adults and two kiddos.

Little Tootsies Approved.