Apologies & Explanations

I would like to send my most sincere apologies to my followers and readings for leaving this blog so inactive for the last month. In the last month, my life has habitually been turned onto its ear and I have been unable to update either of my blogs like I would like to have done. I will be doing my best to update and keep up with this blog over the next week, as I am currently in my last leg of finals and am finally getting all my poor ducks into a row.

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My First Pattern

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My First Pattern

Up until Wednesday, I’d never published a pattern. With the encouragement of some ravelry users, though, I finally buckled down and wrote out the pattern for my 10,000 Memories afghan. In less than 24 hours my pattern had hit number one in the crochet section of ‘hot right now’ and number six overall with almost one hundred fifty favorites. If you’re interested in the pattern, it can be found by clicking on the picture above. Hope you like it!

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Spring Cleaning & Portal Progress

Over the course of the last week, I have made 94 granny squares for the Companion Cube blanket and I’ve added close to 10 rows on the never-ending baby blanket. Both of these products will be for sale on Etsy as soon as they’re finished. Also, you’ve probably noticed that this blog has gotten a bit of an aesthetic change in the last few days. You will now see a contact form and gallery of items that I currently have for sale.

If you think there’s anything else I should add, please let me know. I’d like to make this site as accessible as possible.

Portal Blanket Progress

So far, so good! Although things have been extraordinarily hectic on the home front these days. I managed to crochet up all 39 pink squares for the Companion Cube Blanket and I’ve started working on the required grey squares, but it’s slow going with everything else stealing my attention away.

My goals for the weekend are simple, but it would be amazing to get all the ends tied in on the pink squares in between finishing all my homework. I also have a 10K run on Sunday, so I have no idea whether or not things will actually get done, but it’s worth a shot. Pictures of the the ever-growing-granny-square-stack to follow sometime in the near future.

16 Pink Grannies

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Actually, there are 30/39 of them done now, but that’s not really relevant. I was a bad panda and started another new project even though I have no room to store it and several other UFOs to finish. My problem has always been that I start things and don’t finish them and unfortunately a lot of it revolves around project size. Once they get too big to tote around with me to class, I basically start one that I can. Thus, the Weighted Companion Cube blanket was started on Monday. And with the coupons I have for Michaels this week, yarn is coming CHEAPLY. I’m hoping to get all of my current projects done by summer time so that I can rev up for Christmas. If everyone is going to get blankets, I better get my ducks in a row before the insanity of summer work & school get me too busy.

Coupons!

Yesterday, I ran out of yarn for the baby blanket I’ve been working on, so today I had to make a yarn run and realized that Michael’s has a 50% off One Regular Price Item running ALL WEEK LONG. Needless to say, I’ve already decided that I’ll be making a week-long yarn run so that I can stock up on yarns that I know I’ll be using in the next few months. (So much for destashing, right?)

Is it terrible that I even recruited my mom on this one? She said she’d run down the hill with me tomorrow so that I could get double the coupon-y goodness. I’m so grateful that she gets where I’m coming from. Most people wouldn’t go a total of forty minutes out of their way to spend $5 on yarn (normally $10!) that won’t even be for them at the end, but hey, my mom is amazing.

Outside of that, though, it’s been nose to the grindstone. After I wrap this up, it’s off to curl up with HOUSE, one of my favorite shows ever, and some yarn before I head to bed and then tomorrow I plan on knocking out some more work on that baby blanket. Once I get that done, it’s one less UFO on my list!

Six Squares and a Baby Blanket

This week has been busy in ways that I could never imagine. I’ve hardly gotten the time to crochet in the last few days. Tuesday I was able to complete six more squares for a granny square afghan, but other than that, school has just consumed my life. (I’m actually writing this between classes right now because things are so tight.)

Hopefully this weekend I will be able to either finish the white baby blanket that I’ve been working on, but for now, all I’m really hoping to do is get through today’s classes unscathed and prepared for work. My boss is upping my hours next week, so I really need to buckle down and get all my class work done in order to knock out the crochet projects currently on my list.

The Liebster Award

Many thanks to Ms. Pamela over at Crochet With Passion for sending the Liebster Award my way. It pretty much made my day with her comments about my blog. I honestly find it hard to believe sometimes that people actually read what I post on it. It’s delightful and sometimes nerve wracking, but I am so grateful for everyone’s continued support. Please know that I cherish every single like, comment, view, and visit. It makes me feel connected to a community that I otherwise would never be a part of. You make it all worthwhile. Now, onto the Liebster stuff.

THE RULES

  1. Thank and link back to the blogger who presented you with the award.
  2. List 11 random facts about yourself
  3. Answer 11 random questions
  4. Create 11 random questions for your nominees
  5. Present/nominate a Liebster Blog Award to more newbie bloggers!  (no tag backs)

RANDOM FACTS ABOUT ME

  1. After almost three years of having an insanely scattered yarn stash, I managed to organize everything and get it all posted into my Ravelry notebook.
  2. I am a published editor and writing assistant.
  3. I am currently training for a half marathon in May.
  4. I am a perfectionist and have frogged more than 5 miles of yarn since 2009.
  5. I wear a sterling silver bat charm around my neck every day.
  6. I would die without my Google calendar.
  7. I hate having raggidy nails and splurge on weekly manicures.
  8. My favorite color is bright green.
  9. I still live at home while I’m in school.
  10. My car’s name is Myrtle and has a ‘Crochet Geek’ decal on it.
  11. I hate shopping and kept the same pair of jeans for almost seven years until they ripped.

ANSWER 11 RANDOM QUESTIONS

  1. Gold or Silver, which do your prefer?
    I prefer silver, by far. All of my everyday jewelry (two rings and a necklace) is silver. It’s cheaper than gold, too.
  2. What is your favorite candy?
    I recently just found out I was gluten intolerant and haven’t really eaten any candy since then, so I don’t rally have one any more, but I do like pecan shortbread cookies.
  3. Best book you have ever read?
    It took me just over a year and three restarts to get through it, but The Stand by Stephen King was one of the best stories that I’ve read in many years. I would like to revisit it in the next few years, but I’m trying to get through the rest of his work before I revisit this one.
  4. Three favorite online web sights you like to buy from?
    Amazon, Etsy, and eBay are pretty much the only online retailers that I buy from anymore.
  5. Something you have recently learned?
    I recently learned how to make an loan amortization table in Excel which was kind of neat. I never want to do it again.
  6. A pet peeve.
    Oh, I have many of these. I hate when people’s teeth click if they’re chewing and I hate when people are idiots. Those are probably my biggest two.
  7. What is your favorite season of the year?
    I really like the cusp between winter and spring. It’s not too cold and I don’t have hay fever yet. It’s a good combination.
  8. Number of hours that your slept last night?
    Last night? Hmm… 7 hours?
  9. Why did you start your blog?
    I started my blog to try and connect with the online crochet community. Not many people I know are yarnies and I like to interact with others and give/get feedback on current projects.
  10. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would it be?
    The Galapagos. They have blue footed boobies there.
  11. What is your favorite hobby?
    Why, crocheting of course.

MY 11 RANDOM QUESTIONS

  1. What has been your most remarkable achievement in the last 6 months?
  2. What is your least favorite household chore?
  3. When do you have your alarm set for tomorrow?
  4. Do you keep a calendar or diary? If so, what format is it?
  5. What is your favorite animal and one weird fact about it?
  6. How big is your yarn stash and how is it organized?
  7. In your free time, what other hobbies do you pursue besides crochet?
  8. How often do you crochet for others–are you possessive about where your finished objects go once you finish them?
  9. My name isn’t really Bob. Does your online persona reflect your offline self or are you incognito?
  10. What is your favorite pattern and/or project type to work?
  11. How many projects have you finished in the last year?

 

Now, who to send this to in response? I’ll have to peruse my fellow bloggers’ pages to make sure that they haven’t been nominated before. This was fun. Thank you again, Pamela!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Out of Hibernation: Simple Baby Blanket

Out of Hibernation: Simple Baby Blanket

I always like to have an “emergency baby blanket” on hand in case I’m somehow invited to a baby shower and have no gifts to bring along. Since I gave my last one out a a few months ago, it’s time that I replace it and prepare for the next baby that comes along.

Honestly, after all the work I’ve been doing on other afghans, it’s nice to just relax with a mindless and speedy pattern.