Stripey Sock Saturday

I had another yarn-filled weekend.  I should’ve been studying since my exams are at the end of the week, but I decided to have a nice relaxing weekend followed by a few hectic weekdays.  My Summer CAL blanket is finally blocking, which is very satisfying 🙂  It looks lovely on my floor, and I’m sure will look just as lovely when draped on my couch after blocking (it wasn’t blocked in the lounge photo below).  It has turned out to be almost as big as my Sophie’s Universe blanket, which is a comfortable lapghan size.  Speaking of my Sophie – it’s now nicely folded and awaiting transport to the showgrounds in just under two weeks.

I made a lot of progress on my stripey knitted socks, and thanks to a few random questions to my mum on Skype I managed to complete the leg, heel flap, heel turn and gusset decrease.  The sock is a bit more progressed than the images below show, but you get the idea – it’s definitely looking like a sock now!

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Blankets and Beanies

I spent most of the weekend on the couch crocheting – a very lazy, enjoyable couple of days! Firstly I used my new blocking pins for the first time to block my Sophie’s Universe blanket that I finished back in May.  It was pretty square already and I’ve been using it unblocked for months, but I needed to officially straighten it up so I can enter it into the Royal Hobart Show in two weeks.  This was actually the first time I’d seen it all flat on the floor, and I had to climb up onto furniture in order to take some photos of the whole thing.

I decided to crochet another slouchy.  This was my second attempt, since the first was crocheted in acrylic and thus pretty stiff and not slouchy-like.  I used some beautiful hand dyed merino in order to get a softer result, and bought a pattern from Ravelry, which can be found here.  I loved using this yarn, however the finished product was more like a beanie than a slouchy as it was too small to actually ‘slouch’ on your head.  I guess it doesn’t help that I have a rather large head, but if I try this pattern again I will make some pattern repeats to make it longer.  The pattern was lovely and simple though, and recommend (if you want a beanie!).

I then spent the rest of the weekend working on my Spectrum blanket, which is actually the Summer CAL blanket by Amanda Perkins.  After spending hours and hours and hours and hours (and did I mention hours?) weaving in ends and starting to stitch the squares together (in different colours so that the joins would be invisible – resulting in MORE ends to weave in argh) I’ve decided the next large project I work on will be in ONE colour so that I don’t have all those frustrating ends!  The blanket is looking good though, and I’ll be very happy with it once it’s finally finished and blocked.

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The Gaming Afghan

My partner has been pestering me to make him a blanket (apparently the manghan I’ve been making isn’t cool enough) that is game related, so over the weekend I purchased some Red Heart Aran in red and black, and completed my first graph pattern. I’m not going to lie – graph crochet is ANNOYING and I don’t think I’ll be doing it again in a hurry. But it does have its uses and I think this Horde emblem (from World of Warcraft) looks pretty cool.

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Exploring the Art of the Fingerless Glove

During some downtime (HA who am I kidding, I MAKE downtime to get out of study so I can crochet instead) I’ve been working on a version of my original fingerloop gloves pattern that’s free on Ravelry (you can find it here if you are interested).  This new version is going to include a heart on the top of the glove, but it’s proving a little difficult to work up.  It doesn’t help that I used varigated yarn for my test glove – the pattern gets a bit lost in all that colour changing!  It’s also too short at the moment, so the next test glove I make I have a few ideas to get the glove to cover more of your hand.  Hopefully I’ll be able to get some family members to test the pattern in the next week or so, and then upload it to Ravelry 🙂

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That Instant Hit of Satisfaction

So I may or may not have used crochet this weekend as a procrastination tool when I was supposed to be completing assignments.  I was supposed to get one Maths assignment completed and a biology report draft written, and only ended up completing the maths assignment.  On Friday night I made all these amazing plans to get up early and get cracking in the biology research, but instead I spent the whole night crocheting a slouchy hat to wear on Saturday because the weather has been extremely cold (rain, sleet, snow, hail – you name it, we’ve had it).  This resulted in a sleep in because I had stayed up so long, and my weekend plans just went downhill from there.

The slouchy pattern was from Moogly, and while I like the pattern, I wouldn’t use acrylic again for a beanie/slouchy as it’s just too stiff and doesn’t get that desired ‘slouch’ look.  Okay so it pretty much looks like I have a tea cosy on my head.  Definitely using wool next time!

I did manage to get my maths assignment done, plus I started and finished a bulky infinity scarf last night, which I’m wearing today and am absolutely in love with 🙂  The yarn I used is Ice Yarn’s Bulky Alpaca, and true to it’s name, the 25% alpaca gives it that lovely fluffy feel.

No biology report though – maybe tonight….? Maybe not, too.

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Holiday Crochet Fun!

While I was on the mainland for a week reveling in the glorious shorts-and-t-shirt weather, I wasn’t exactly on holidays.  I had a university residential (I’m an external student, so these lovely things are mandatory) which was so full on that I’m pretty sure my brain hasn’t fully recovered from over-stimulation yet.  I had these massive days, and then got to go back to the college and watch Netflix on my laptop and crochet.

I had a huge suitcase to lug around, which I’m unashamed to say was filled with more yarn than clothing.  After the residential was finally over my sister picked me up and I spent a few days at her place by the beach, where I got to spend time with my nieces and – surprise surprise – do some more crochet!  My mum also drove down from Queensland to spent a day or so with us, and so we had a bit of a crochet group going on in Mum’s motel rooms.  I think it was the first time the three of us had been in the same room crocheting together (other than on Skype) since we all started crocheting, and it was very nice 🙂

I ended up getting a hell of a lot of my Summer CAL blocks completed, and quite a bit on my virus shawl done too.  The latter was able to easily fit into my handbag, so I was able to take it with me on the plane and confused/intrigue the rest of the passengers when I whipped it out and started hooking.  I’ll take some nice photos of the shawl today and post them soon, but I’ll leave you with some images of the Summer CAL blocks 🙂

I’m very glad to be home, despite being back in coats and scarves.  I missed my puppies and my plants.  Oh, and my partner too I suppose 😛

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A Hectic Life

Wow, I can’t believe it has been over a month since I last posted on Savage Ted!  Uni has been a bit full on, and if I don’t force myself to take half an hour every now and then to crochet and have some me time, I get too wrapped up in the ‘OH MY GOD THAT $*@#$! ASSIGNMENT IS DUE TOMORROW PANIC PANIC PANIC’ vibe and I end up doing nothing else but work, study and sleep.

Doesn’t help that my sister and I almost halfway through a 21 day no sugar challenge.  To say that it has been a frustrating month is a complete and utter understatement.  If you wanted some light entertainment, my sister and I post (almost) daily on our little 21 day challenge blog to keep us motivated.  You can laugh at me as I describe how much I want to murder people because of crazy sugar cravings.  My partner is now keeping an up-to-date ‘fear of death’ statistic table on our fridge, and those numbers are climbing!  (Doesn’t help that he can eat sugar and I can’t, and will quite happily eat a chocolate muffin AND NOT EVEN LET ME SMELL IT).  Anyway, our blog can be found at here.

As I said, unfortunately not much in the way of crochet over the last couple of weeks.  And when I actually do get the hooks out, I’m just continuing to work on a few older WIPs, like my virus shawl (my project that stays at work so I can crochet during any lunches I have free), and a few little odds and ends to get ready for Christmas etc.

I’ve also decided that I’m going to enter my Sophie’s Universe into the Royal Hobart Show in October.  I’m actually pretty excited about it, and looking forward to it doing more than just lying on my study chair at home.

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Friendship And Love Etc Etc

So I splurged and bought some more Cascade 220 in various shades of cream and blues to make a blanket pattern by Helen Shrimpton called ‘Heart of Friendship’ (pattern on Ravelry can be found here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/heart-of-friendship).  This will be my work in progress during the uni semester, which has officially started today.

I have the centre of the middle block done so far, and the pattern is bubbling a bit at the moment but I’m sure it will flatten out in the later rows.  My sister is also crocheting this pattern, and is only a few rows behind.  Her colours are gorgeous too – I’ll try to convince her to send some pictures for me to display 🙂

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It’s been snowing quite heavily on the mountains here in Tasmania over the last couple of weeks, and since my step-daughter has just arrived for her mid-year holiday from Darwin, we bundled ourselves into the car and went up Mount Wellington to have a play in the snow.  It was awesome!  One can never get sick of seeing snow 🙂

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