Too Many Projects, Not Enough Time

Wow, this last month has been a hectic one!  Between work, uni, a funeral and a trip to the mainland I haven’t had time to scratch myself! Oh and I managed to get a really bad case of the flu and asthma which knocked me down for over two and a half weeks.

Things are slowly getting back on track again now so I thought I’d share some pics of the knitting and crochet I’ve done this month.  The cedar leaf shawlette I’m knitting for my work mate is progressing nicely, with about half the leaf pattern to go before it’s ready to block.  It’s currently sitting on a chair behind me at work, so I can knit during my lunch hour.

I started a knitted shawl for myself while I was on my mainland trip, following the ‘Waiting for Rain’ Pattern by Sylvia Bo Bilvia.  I’m using Madeleine Tosh Merino, and it’s a joy to knit.  Unfortunately it’s on the back burner now as I have a few other more pressing projects to complete.

I got my crojo back over the weekend and powered ahead with the blocks for Frida’s Flowers CAL.  I’m suddenly really enjoying crochet again and these blocks are great to work up.  Week 3’s block has about a billion ends to weave in though, which I most certainly did NOT enjoy.  Great result though – I think it may be my show entry for this year.

I’ve also put my Persian Tiles afghan on the back burner for a while.  It seems I need more hours in the day for crafting 😦

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Guilt-Free Crochet

There is nothing worse than spending the whole time you are crocheting worrying about something else that you should really be doing instead.  Now that my exams are finished (YAAAAAAY!) I have six months of guilt-free crochet ahead of me, and man it feels good!crochet weekend

This weekend I put a thing dark purple border around my Summer CAL blanket, and blocked it again.  My dad saw it yesterday when he came over to watch the Bathurst 1000, and has told me to enter it into the Royal Hobart Show along with my Sophie’s Universe Blanket.  I’m still undecided.  Going by the reactions of friends and family, I suspect the Summer CAL may have a better chance at placing than my poor Sophie (which I love more).  I think it’s liked better simply because of the dramatic colour changes, while my Sophie is more subtle and intricate.  I have just under a week to decide, so we shall see!

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Now that I’ve officially finished the Summer CAL blanket, I decided to get my Rings of Change WIP out of the cupboard and work on that for a bit.  It may sound strange but I’ve missed working with a 4mm hook, and since I’m using varigated yarn there are hardly any pesky ends to weave in.  Nice and straightforward.  I like it.

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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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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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CAL Progress Report!

I’ve gotten back into my Sophie (Sophie’s Universe CAL 2015) and have been working on it as much as I could over the weekend.  I’m only one part behind now, very exciting!  During the last couple of parts I had begun to think that my colours were way too out there, and that I either had too many or it was just too busy.  However now that it has the green butterfly border to it, it has calmed right down, and that large amount of green links the rest of the blanket together – in my opinion anyway 🙂  Can’t wait to see the finished product.  If I did another Sophie, I would probably do it all in one varigated yarn – those Sophie’s look really interesting and I’d like to do one at some point for the bed.

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Skype and Sickness

We’ve had a cold snap over the last couple of weeks, and one only needs to look out at the golden trees to see that Autumn has definitely arrived.  Unfortunately, I the change of season usually gifts me with a cold, and this one has been particularly nasty and prolonged.  Last week I needed to have a few days off work, so they turned into crochet catch up days!  I had been slowly falling further behind on my Sophie’s Universe CAL, however I can now say that I’m only half a part/week behind now!

I also spent quite a bit of time crocheting in front of my computer this weekend (as you can see in the picture below) since I had a ‘stitch ‘n bitch’ of sorts via skype with my sister and mother, who also crochet.  It was fun, and I got quite a bit done while talking utter nonsense!

I will post more updated CAL images soon, once I’ve finished the latest part 🙂

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This Week’s CAL Progress

I’m falling drastically behind now (two weeks behind in fact, gasp!) but I crocheted my butt off all weekend and managed to finish part seven of the CAL I’m doing, Sophie’s Universe 2015.  They suggest blocking after this part, and since it’d been starting to curl at the edges quite a bit towards the end I decided to go and purchase my first set of blocking mats!  Five stores later, and success!

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The Wedding

Of course I took my crochet to the wedding over the weekend! I was too distracted by views, dresses and wine to actually get any of my CAL done, but I managed to get some picturesque photos of it anyway 🙂

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