Catch-Up Post 3/2/2015

I’ve been very, very quiet, I know.  I guess I was burned out from all the projects last year, and I just didn’t want to create any extra pressure on myself – just wanted to enjoy knitting and crocheting 🙂

So, this is a catch-up post, to recap what I’ve been doing.

First up, I made these fingerless mitts – colorful, aren’t they?  I thought it would look fun and pretty because I really loved the yarn (Red Heart With Love Multi in Fruit Punch).  But….somehow, didn’t translate to the mitts.  Is this the pooling problem?

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I also joined a Hat-a-thon in the Stash Knit Down group, and made 3 hats:

In-Between Seasons Hat

This one came out a bit small…and it didn’t use up nearly as much yarn as I’d hoped (I’ve embarked on a stash-down this year).

Kit-Kat Hat

I had made the Kit-Kat hat for DD, and she loved them so much, she asked for matching mitts to go with them.  But I had used up all my Caron Simply Soft Party in Snow Sparkle for the hat.  So I hunted online and checked Wal-Mart, but it seemed this particular colorway was out of stock everywhere!  Then some generous Raveler told me she had a skein and would send it to me in the mail!  I just cannot get over the generosity of people on Ravelry!

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A Hat Made With Love

I really really loved how this one came out.  The colors were pretty, AND I used up all of these two yarns I had left in stash, yay!

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I also made this double-knit coaster, mainly to use up more scraps, and for dk practice.

Hot-Cuppa Coasters

Unfortunately, it seems I need a lot more practice!  My stitches are all kinda loose and wonky when I double-knit, and thus, the “picture” is not as pretty as it should be.  Oh well, I’ll keep practicing I guess.

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I do like this snowflake pillow cover I made, even though it actually came out too small for my pillow.  I sort of smushed the pillow in there, but I guess I need to find a smaller pillow form 🙂

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This Unforgettable Hat made me reconsider the Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable yarn.  At first, I didn’t really care for it, but boy the colors are beautiful, and this hat really brings out the pretty colors.

And lastly, I used up what I had left of my Lion Brand Thick & Quick Super Bulky yarn with this pillow cover.  Yay!

Oh wait, how could I forget that I finally, finally finished my New York Cardigan!

So, that’s about it.  Right now, I’m working on those mitts with the generously donated Snow Sparkle yarn.  I also have OTN:

  • A bolero using my Reggia Lace (held double)

  • A cover for my new Tassimo machine.  I’m not really using a pattern, just trying to make a big rectangle piece with some cotton yarn and the Linen Stitch….(we’ll see how it turns out).

  • Still going with my Fairy Illusion blanket

  • Still making squares for my Log Cabin blanket

  • A shawl for my sister

And I want to start on a Halloween Bag for DD using this pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/market-tote-bag-2

I’m going to use some purple Caron SS I have in stash, and then try to cross-stitch on a Cat pattern using the Red Heart Reflective that I just bought today (gasp!).  I’ve never tried cross stitching onto a crocheted material before, so I’m not sure how this will turn out, but I’m excited to try!

Week in Review: 10/27/2014 – 11/2/2014

Last week’s goals:

  • Finish the Peace Sign Blanket – Done!  Finally, finally done!  I’m super happy, but it looks a bit small in the picture.  Now to figure out what to do with it.  My daughter has already asked for it, so maybe I should just give it to her, even though the last thing she needs is another blanket.  Ha!
  • Finish coffee cup sleeve – Done!  I finished it last week, and even used it.  My only complaint: it’s not as grippy as those cardboard sleeves they give you Starbucks, so my cup kept sliding.
  • Make a bunch more coffee cup sleeves – how much scrap yarn can I use up? – Not done.  I was too busy playing around with other patterns.
  • Wrap Jenna’s headbands – Not done.  OMG, what is wrong with me??  All I have to do is put it in the dang gift bag!
  • Make 2 hand sanitizer cozies1/2 done!  I did manage to squeak out one.
  • Get half-way through lace panels on cardigan. – Not done.  Agggh, I think I’m bored with this one.  I just can’t bring myself to work on this.

In other news….

  • I made a crocheted daisy flower towel holder, mostly as a way to use up some scraps and to see if it’s feasible to make as Christmas gifts.
  • I also spent most of my weekend starting up the Phoenix filet crochet project again.  But after I got to Row 10, I realized that I’m totally going to run out of yarn.  So I scrapped it (again), and started making a gift bag with the same yarn this morning.  I’m hoping to finally use up my Lorna’s Laces by making a bunch of little bags….as long as I don’t get too bored!

This week’s goals

  • Make more hand sanitizer cozies
  • Make gift bags
  • Get half-way through lace panels on cardigan
  • Give Jenna her headbands
  • Make some towel holders
  • Start up Phoenix filet crochet project again with different yarn
  • Find more ways to use scraps!

Week In Review: 10/20/2014 – 10/26/2014

My goals for last week:

  • Finish Row 5 of the Peace Sign Blanket: Done!
  • Finish Row 6 of the Peace Sign Blanket: I ran into a bit of a hiccup because I ran out of black yarn on Wednesday, and I forgot to go to Walmart to buy more on Thursday.  So, I didn’t work on the blanket on Thursday and Friday.  I finally got more black yarn on Saturday, but didn’t start working on it until Saturday night.  But I did get 3 squares edged, and I just need to attach them.  Then I need to edge the last 2 squares.  Then I need to do the final edging around the whole thing.  Whew!
  • Wrap Jenna’s headbands: I didn’t quite get to this, but I did buy the gift bag 🙂
  • Make 2 hand sanitizer cozies: I didn’t get to this.
  • Get half-way through lace panels on cardigan: I didn’t get to this either.

Last night, I was sitting around wondering what I was going to do with the tiny tiny tiny scrap amounts of yarn that I have.  It’s not quite enough to do the scrap blanket with, but it seems like too much to throw away.  So, I ended up making a coffee cup sleeve with my leftover gray and blue Caron, and I ended up using up the gray!  Finally!

My goals for this week:

  • Finish the Peace Sign Blanket
  • Finish coffee cup sleeve
  • Make a bunch more coffee cup sleeves – how much scrap yarn can I use up?
  • Wrap Jenna’s headbands
  • Make 2 hand sanitizer cozies
  • Get half-way through lace panels on cardigan.

Week in Review: 10/13/2014 – 10/19/2014

Here were my goals last week:

Done!  I started Row 5 this morning (orange squares).  It’s getting to crunch time, so I need to pick up speed on this!

Done!

  • Lace Panel on Cardigan – Can I at least get started on making one????

I started it at least….I didn’t get too far though.

  • Wrap Jenna’s headbands (her birthday is coming up next month)

Didn’t get to this one, but I have time still.

  • Make 2 hand sanitizer cozies (gotta get started on those Christmas gifts!)

Didn’t get to this one either.

Goals for This Week:

Week In Review – 10/6/2014 – 10/12/2014

Here were my goals last week:

  1. Peace Sign Blanket – I finished the edging on the last square of the 3rd row, I just need to attach it.  And I also edged the first square of the 4th row.  Hopefully, I can get all the way through the 4th row this week.  I had a little hiccup because I ran out of black, and had to – (gasp!)  buy some more.
  2. Make Fable Fingerless Mitts – I actually changed my mind on this one and decided to make the Align Mitts instead.  For 2 reasons: 1.  I saw the Very Pink Knits video on the Align Mitts, and it looked like a simple project that I could handle, and 2.  I noticed that the Fable mitts were done flat and then seamed.  No!!!!  No Seaming!!!! I am just about done with the first Align Mitt – just need to do the thumb.
  3. Lace Panel on Cardigan – Didn’t get to this.  My focus is really on the peac sign blanket for October.

I did also work a bit on my log cabin scrap blanket, and I ended up (double gasp!) buying a little more yarn because I just didn’t have enough scraps to finish my 2nd square.  I bought one very pretty light blue skein, and one brown-ish color skein.  I also asked my dear sister if she had any Caron scraps lying around that she wasn’t going to use.  She said she should be able to get me some next week Sunday.  That should help!

My goals for this week:

  1. Peace Sign Blanket – Get all the way through Row 4 (the blue squares).
  2. Finish Align Mitts
  3. Lace Panel on Cardigan – Can I at least get started on making one????
  4. Wrap Jenna’s headbands (her birthday is coming up next month)
  5. Make 2 hand sanitizer cozies (gotta get started on those Christmas gifts!)
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Week in Review 9/29/2014 – 10/5/2014

My weekly status report is a bit late, but that’s OK, it’s mostly for me anyway 🙂

Here were my goals last week:

  1. Finish attaching last square for Row #2 on peace sign blanket. – done!
  2. Finish knitting border on log cabin blanket square. – done!
  3. Start first lace panel on cardigan. – didn’t even start it.
  4. Make 2 hand sanitizer cozies. – nope.
  5. Make another headband. – uh uh.
  6. Finish lace panel on cardigan. – nope
  7. Attach squares for Row #3 on peace sign blanket. I attached 2 squares on Row 3.  
  8. Start 2nd block for log cabin blanket. – I started this, but I’m thinking my log cabin blanket will need to go on a little hiatus because I really don’t have enough scrap yarn to make the 2nd square!  I wonder if it’s OK to mix it up with some Red Heart?

One project I did complete, even though it wasn’t on my list – the Crocheted Slippers for Mom.

My goals for this week are:

  1. Peace Sign Blanket – I am going to focus full force on this.  The October contest on my Ravelry group Stash Knit Down is to finish a long-running UFO, and this would probably qualify as mine.  Plus, it’s so tantalizing because I can start to see the light at the end of the tunnel!  I’m probably going to need to buy more black yarn before I’m done though.
  2. Make Fable Fingerless Mitts – If I find I have the time and/or energy, or if I just get bored of the blanket 🙂
  3. Lace Panel on Cardigan – Maybe…probably not.  We’ll see.

That’s it, short list this week.

Week In Review: 9/22/2014 – 9/28/2014

Here’s my second weekly report. First off, these were these goals from my last weekly report:

  1. Finish attaching squares for Row #2 on peace sign blanket – not quite done.  I am working on edging the last square for Row #2.
  2. Finish the 2nd sleeve on the cardigan. – done!
  3. Steam block the log cabin blanket square and knit the border. – not quite – I blocked and started the border, but still working on knitting the border
  4. Make 2 more hand sanitizer cozies.- not done
  5. Start the first lace panel on the cardigan. – not done
  6. If, if, if there’s time….Gray Gardens Entrelac Headband.finished!  I also managed to make another headband.  I’ll give all three to Jenna for her birthday, hope she likes them 🙂

So, I did things a bit out of priority.

Goals for this week:

  1. Finish attaching last square for Row #2 on peace sign blanket.
  2. Finish knitting border on log cabin blanket square.
  3. Start first lace panel on cardigan.
  4. Make 2 hand sanitizer cozies.
  5. Make another headband.
  6. Finish lace panel on cardigan.
  7. Attach squares for Row #3 on peace sign blanket.
  8. Start 2nd block for log cabin blanket.

There…that should be enough!