I shared my knitting needle thrift store haul in an earlier post. Actually my grandpa had picked them up thinking they were crochet hooks. He’s actually done this twice and I’ve yet to get thrifted crochet hooks. This was totally fine with me since I always said that would be motivation to learn. I saved them for two years and would look at them every now and then.
Well, today I worked up the courage. I usually go with written tutorials, but they weren’t making any sense so I went to YouTube and clicked the first tutorial that popped up. I watched Absolute Beginner Knitting by Expression Fiber Arts about 5 times, and probably started my first row of stitches about 10 times. I was happy when I had semi successfully made 3 rows of stitches. The real inspiration for spending two hours on the couch for one teeny tiny swatch is socks. I’m so jelly of the pictures of knitted socks that keep popping up everywhere. And I already have a ball of sock yarn waiting..I just need some more practice first (and to figure out the weird thing that keeps happening with my slip knot..can it count like a stitch in crochet? Hmm..).
This past year has been one of the busiest I’ve had. I was blessed with my first full time teaching position (I’d only been a substitute up until then), so the majority of my time has been devoted to thirtern 6 year olds. One of the perks of being a teacher is holiday breaks. I’ve used this time wisely–reflecting, relaxing, and spending time with my numerous hobbies. Of course, most of this time has been spent with a crochet hook and yarn. I got out the blanket I’m about a quarter of the way through, and I just wasn’t happy with the colors. Maybe I’ll get it out in the future and want to finish it, but right now I needed something I could truly enjoy and be excited about (and pour my heart and soul into for a week). Sooo I started a much simpler blanket (rows of double crochet) with happy colors. And let me tell you I have enjoyed these post-holiday snuggles on the couch with my fur baby hooking up row after row. It is going to be a fairly large blanket, big enough to fit me and the Mister. It lays almost all the way across our queen size bed.
I hope you all are enjoying your holiday as much as I am!
I had a very relaxing Memorial Day weekend. I needed it with all the stress of our new home plans possibly falling through. I stayed busy around the house. Where I live it is time to plant pumpkin seeds. At a craft fair a few months ago, an old man and woman had a booth set up with any heirloom seed you can think of. We do not have a garden so I wanted to pick just one type of seed. I went with Jack o Lantern pumpkins. This weekend we dug a spot where there would be plenty of room for the vines to sprawl out and I’ve been researching how they grow. I would be happy if I grew just one big fat pumpkin.
I also, of course, fit in some crafting time. I have never been good with a sewing machine and usually just get frustrated and put it back in the box. I did take a home economics course in high school but obviously did not take away any useful skills. My new obsession with quilting has required me to give it another shot. I have all of the pieces cut for two adorable Dresden trivets from Cotton Charm Quilts but am trying acquire some skills before ruining them in the machine. It’s taking all I have not to just hand sew them…but I have GOT to learn to use a sewing machine.
Fun little project—Manala Wheel from Attic 24
Back to the work week!
I’ve had a lot going on lately. I was assigned a very challenging teaching assignment. The weather has been beautiful so we’ve spent a lot of time outside walking and fishing and playing. Last but not least, today is Easter so we are visiting with family and friends.
Happy Easter to all my blogging friends! Every year we make a bunny cake. This year we tried to ice it too early so he looks a bit messy but still tastes great.
Through all this busyness I’ve still found time for crochet. I don’t know what I’d do without it. Here are a few snapshots of what’s been on my hook. I have been working with all of my springy pastel colors.
A pin I made my mom for her birthday this week. The button came from my grandmother’s button jar. I have not yet wore her out on crochet gifts! The flower pattern came from Little Doolally.
I’m always swooning over pictures of crochet bunting. I love garlands and bunting!! I finally made my first and started out simple with a mini triangle bunting.
Adorable Granny Heart Purse by Daisy Cottage designs. It is supposed to be a purse for a little lady, but until I have a little lady to give it to it works great as a scissor bag to hang on the door.
This was intended to be a dishcloth made from a pattern by Maggie Weldon but turned out a little too small. I thought about adding extra rounds but then thought it better as a hot pad. As of now it’s in use as a “candle pad.”
Hope you have been enjoying the first days of spring like I have!
I still remember the feeling of waking up as a child and being told it was a snow day. One of the great things about being a teacher is having snow days. I get very nostalgic on these days, probably because I still get that same rush of excitement I got when I was a child. Here in WV we had a whole week of snow days last week. Although I did start worrying about what my paycheck would look like, I did get to spend a lot of time with my yarn–working on long lost projects and starting new ones.
I had learned most of the basic amigurimi skills and made small ornaments and such, but I had never made an actual stuffed amigurimi animal. I sat down determined on one of my days off. Looking through my many pins I found an adorable little lady bunny. It didn’t take me too long to make the pieces, and I was feeling really good. Then I got to stitching the parts together. It took me two days, having many problems with the nose and eyes and feeling like she would fall apart, but I have to say I am very pleased with my first amigurimi animal. I think I will name her Lola and may have to give her a small embellishment on her dress.
If you would like to make your own head over to Zan Crochet for an easy to read free pattern!
I have only been crocheting for a little over a year, so I don’t think I’m quite ready to learn to knit yet, but I know I will be sometime in the near future. When that time comes I will be prepared thanks to my wonderful grandpa. He’s a treasure hunter like myself and was the one who showed me the joy of finding a bargain. We used to shop yard sales all the time when I was young. Every time I visit he always has a pile of treasures for me. At Goodwill the other day he found me a whole load of knitting needles, yarn, and thread for $3!!
Along with the needles came a box of various tan and light pink yarn, which can be washed and used. Somebody bought yarn for a project and never finished?? Until the day I learn to knit these lovely vintage needles will be shown off in a mason jar. 🙂
…do with an income tax check? Well, go to the craft store, of course, for yarn and other crafty things. I set myself a limit before going and only went over $20 so I’d say it was a successful trip. It is kind of a big deal for me to go to Hobby Lobby considering the closest one is an hour and a half away. We have a local craft store but it just isn’t the same as going there. My fiancée and I decided to make a day out of it, him shopping his hobby stores (remote control cars) and me shopping mine. It was a great day. I can’t wait to dig into my new purchases tomorrow. 🙂
I posted about my first successful popcorn stitches a while back and here is what it turned into. The potholder pattern came from the Mollie Makes Crochet book and I think it has to be my favorite thing I’ve crocheted thus far. It was so fun to make, although a little time consuming. I love the way the colors turned out! I will definitely be using this color sequence in a future, possibly larger, project. I’m already picturing other color possibilities for this potholder…possibly the main color a light pink with white bobbles??
I have added a couple new fun things to my daily routine. The first is a five year memory book my mom got me for Christmas. When I was younger I had time to keep a journal with long daily entries but not so much anymore. That is why I loooove this memory book. You write one line a day each day for five years. I can’t look back on previous year’s memories yet since this is the first year I’ve written it it, but it will be neat to do.
The second thing I’ve started is crocheting one square a day. I started out wanting to make a mood blanket for 2015 but then realized I sometimes do not like to look back on my moods. Although I’m sure my mood will influence the color choice for the day, I’m not going to have a color scheme pinpointing each mood. It will end up as a patchwork granny square blanket. I used The Purl Bee’s Classic Granny Square Pattern to make a six round, one color square. I chose to use a smaller hook since I tend to crochet loosely. I really hope to stick to it. This will be my first granny square blanket!
I have been enjoying the snow here in WV…it gives me more of a reason to stay inside with my yarn. My black lab Stella and I have spent all morning cuddling on the couch. (I think she’s enjoying it also 😉 ).