Saturday, November 26, 2005

Chuggin' Along. . .

I've finished 18 of my 35 Squares. . . too bad I can't go to grad school for crochet! I'm done for the evening though, as I promised myself I'd type out at least eight pages on my papers tonight. There's no good t.v. on, and my fingers are tired, so no excuses!!! I do think I'll sign up for the master crochet program in January though. . . it would be nice if I were certified to teach! But which one to choose. . . the CGOA Master's Program, or CYCA Certification?

In other news, Melissa has received her tote! I can finally post a photo of it, and you can see comments here.

It took a little over eight ounces of Caron acrylic in cream (ultra washable!), and I used an I hook. It's adapted from my aran afghan pattern, but the form and strap are my own design. The base is reinforced with "ultra stiff" plastic canvas (felt pretty regular to me!) tucked into a double-thick crocheted strip. Overall, I'm happy with how it turned out -- I've never made a tote before!

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

First a guru. . . now a princess!

The Traditional Princess
You are generous, graceful, and practical with both
feet planted firmly on the ground. You tend to
be a little on the old-fashioned side. You
value home, hearth, and family life and love to
be of service to others.
Role Models: Snow White, Maid Marian
You are most likely to: Discover a hidden talent
for spinning straw into gold.

What Kind of Princess are You? - Beautiful Artwork (Original Music is BACK!!!)
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Progress Update!

I finally picked up some more microspun this week, and finished my pineapple shawl. It's going to go to my advisor (yes, I changed my mind again!), who's been super supportive and helpful this semester. I can't believe that it's already the end of November, and that I'm almost finished with my first semester of grad school! It's been very stressful, but I've also been lucky enough to make several great friends, not to mention my luck in finding Crochetville! I've also finished the tote for my swap partner, Melissa, and will be getting it in the mail ASAP. I probably shouldn't post the pics just yet, but you can find a good shot here, and a closeup here. Sorry, I can't resist showing it off a little! The pattern is (obviously!) inspired by my aran afghan, but the form, strap, and finishing are all my own design.
My seraphina shawl is progressing along, but it's going to the back burner for a while so I can finish my extensive list of holiday gifts! My sidebar is getting out of control! I'm working it up in KnitPicks lace yarn (the name escapes me, but the colorway is Autumn), using a G hook. I need to start working with bulkier, faster yarns! I'm also finishing a dress for Abby, which (thankfully!) is close to completion. The front and back pieces are finished, so all I have to do is sew the sides together and finish the neck and arm bands.
In other news, my papers are progressing along. . . oh, and I saw the new Harry Potter! I agree with Sue, the special effects were great. I thought the editing was a little choppy though, and overall I prefer the third movie.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

What kind of knitter are you?

Taking a "break" from delving through sources. . . kill me now!
Knitting Guru
You appear to be a Knitting Guru. You love knitting
and do it all the time. While finishing a piece
is the plan, you still love the process, and
can't imagine a day going by without giving
some time to your yarn. Packing for vacation
involves leaving ample space for the stash and
supplies. It can be hard to tell where the yarn
ends and you begin.

What Kind of Knitter Are You?
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Not-so-wintery Wonderland!

It's a freezing 80 here in Tempe today. . . and I wore a hoodie this morning! My mother would be so disappointed if she knew! Seriously though, John and I are convinced that our bodies are reprogramming themselves to this heat, and that we're going to suffer bigtime when we go home for the holidays!

In the spirit of the snow we're lacking, I crocheted a few snowflakes and ::gasp:: successfully stiffened them! It was surprisingly easy -- I mixed one part water with one part Elmer's glue, and presto! After lots of pinning, wax paper, and about 12 hours, my snowflakes are B-E-A-utiful! I'm thinking of working up a few more in my spare time (har har) to add to Christmas presents.

In other crafty news, I've run out of yarn on my pineapple shawl on the *last* row, and won't be able to get out for a while to get more -- funds are ultra low at the moment while we plan for gifts and things! Melissa's tote is almost finished, but I'm having trouble choosing a button. The one I picked up a few days ago isn't quite right, so I'm going out to return it this weekend sometime. I think I'll make John come along with me, because he has a surprisingly good eye for such things! I'm infecting him with my craftiness!

Oh, and I've begun work on a seraphina shawl for *someone*, so my 35 Squares are definitely going to be on hold for a bit! Thankfully, classes are over by December 5, so I'll have 12 days of uninterrupted crafting bliss until I head home to NY!

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Reading, Writing, (some) Crafting

Today I'm being good, and trying something new. . . using crochet as a reward for schoolwork well done! I need to get my rear in gear on a few papers coming due very soon, and for once in my life, I'd like to NOT be up all night before they're due, stressing and cursing and drinking far too much coffee. Instead, I'm using my yarn as a motivational tool. Wish me luck!

I have loads of WIPs, as you can see, and even more WIMs. The best part about having to fly for six hours to get home to NY is that I'll have plenty of crafting time on the plane, especially because le fiance will be sleeping the entire way. I was not blessed with the ability to sleep on either planes, trains, or automobiles, I suspect because he was blessed with enough ability for both of us! I need to get a few gifts finished for my favorite Arizonians soon, though, and I really need to finish Melissa's tote. I found the yarn I needed yesterday, so today I can finish the strap and get everything sewn together. I don't have my sewing machine here with me, so it'll stay unlined -- I had a hard enough time choosing a button anyhow, so I can't imagine how long it would take to select lining fabric! Hope that works for you, Melissa -- I'm sending along a few goodies to make up for it, don't you worry!

Oh, and did I mention that Drew (The Crochet Dude!!!) has commentated on my blog?! I've said it before, but I'll say it again -- you're awesome, Drew, and I love your Monet afghan!

Friday, November 11, 2005

Crafty Update. . .

This has been a very busy week! My 35 Squares are currently on the back burner while I work on a few other projects, namely Abby's Post-Christening Gown and a shawl for the nice lady I do laundry with, Angel. Abby's gown is progressing slooooowly, mainly because I'm knitting it with toothpicks (okay, okay. . . size 3 needles. A little bigger than toothpicks!) and using sport weight yarn. Argh! It's gorgeous though, and it's a Debbie Bliss pattern -- so one day maybe I'll get it back from my SIL for my own daughter!

Angel's shawl is an adaptation and enlargement of a doily pattern, a popular trick at Crochetville. I'm using this pattern, and working it up in a beautiful periwinkle shade of LB's microspun. It feels like heaven, and I really don't want to pass it up!!! I'll probably make a twin for myself over Christmas!

I'm also in the home stretch of Melissa's tote, which needs to get in the mail by the 20th! I ran out of yarn on the handle/sides, so I'll be going out tomorrow to stock up. I go through Caron 1-lb in cream so fast, it's a wonder the company can keep up with me!

I don't feel too bad about my 35 Squares though, because I have 8 in the bag already. I'm shifting gears a little, and making it for my Grandfather now instead of my Dad. My Dad will get mittens. . . much more practical for his daily commute to Vermont, and I owe G'pa an afghan anyhow!

Monday, November 07, 2005

Something knitted. . .

My best friend Jess is turning 21 this month (finally, lol!), and I knitted this scarf for her over the last couple of weeks. I used Lionbrand Cotton-Ease in Strawberry Cream, and it took just over 1 skein to make it 5' long. I followed the pattern for the Liesel Scarf, by Mary Joy Gumayagay. This will be Jessica's second annual birthday scarf, and the last one was pink as well. I don't know why, but I always seem to choose pink for her! She hasn't complained yet, so here's hoping :) Happy Early Birthday, Jess! I hope you're not reading this!

Sunday, November 06, 2005

63 Squares FINALLY Finished!

I put my 63 Squares together on Friday afternoon, and finally found the time (and the nice neighbor!!!) to take a few photos. Unfortunately, Minerva is a huge fan and wouldn't let me get the camera in for more than a few seconds!

The edging went together especially well, and was so simple! I plan to use it on future 'ghans, as it looks far more complicated than it actually is. Thanks so much to Julie and Sue for helping me get through this massive project! I couldn't have done it without you, ladies! Sue, I can't wait to see how yours comes together :) Here's a larger, clearer image of it. Don't mind the wrinkled appearance. . . cats raced across it only moments before! Can you say washing machine?!

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Aran Afghan Photos!

I finished this afghan at the end of September, and sent it off to my sister in NY before photographing it. She sent me two beautiful pictures of it today!

The pattern is from Blue Ribbon Afghans, which has several great patterns and a few blech ones (pretty standard)! I made it using Caron One Pound yarn in Cream, and it took almost eight skeins. It covers a full bed nicely. The pattern goes quickly, and is very easy to memorize. Always a plus! I highly recommend it :)