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Just One More Project! ;)

I started ANOTHER project. This adorable Star Blanket for my Grand-Nephew Miles. I’m a bad Grand-Aunt…..I never completed a baby blanket for Miles before he was born. And. It’s not because I didn’t start a blanket. I actually started 3 different blankets. This Baby Granny Stripes  started out really cute, but I just lost my mo-jo on it and it got pushed aside…..

Then, there was a different version of the Star Blanket. Who knows why I didn’t finish it….

Apparently, I never even bothered setting up a project page for the third blanket I started…..and I can’t remember what the blanket was……I just know I started something I never finished! 😉

Now that miles is almost 2 years old (in June), I’m hoping to get a blanket done for him! First, I gave myself a deadline of June 1st to get this done before his birthday. Being that I’m a realist (and I know how INCREDIBLY busy I get at my work in May), I’ve got a back-up birthday gift for Miles in case I don’t meet the June 1st deadline. It’ll still make a good Christmas present! 😉

Happy Crocheting!

Lori

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FO Friday – Simple Ripple Baby Blanket

It’s DONE! YAY!!! AND. Before the baby has arrived! I didn’t make the April 1st deadline I assigned the project (this post ), but that’s okay. I should try to be more realistic when I assign deadlines. I always assume I can crochet whatever amount I figure I need to crochet per day to meet the deadline. What I forget to factor in is all the other things in my day (work, cleaning, cooking, feeding animals, sleep, to name a few…..) that limit that crochet time. Some days I feel lucky to get one row in! So, I’m not going to beat myself up for missing a date on the calendar!

How are your projects coming along? Are you a deadline setter?

Happy Crocheting!

Lori

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I actually MIGHT Make the Deadline!

I’m way beyond the boring part on this blanket….you know, that point when the newness of the project has DEFINITELY worn off and it’s all you can do to not start an new project (oh wait! I did start that Brioche Cowl). 

When setting up the project page, I set April 1st as the deadline (since the baby is supposed to be born sometime in April). Well, that’s this coming Sunday! Yikes! Can I make it? I’m at 29 inches right now (I’m shooting for 36 inches). With 5 days to go, I would need to average 1.4 inches to get that last 7 inches. Theoretically, I think I can accomplish that! We shall see…..

How are you doing on your projects? Meeting any deadlines?

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Crocheting in Ends as You Go!

Making good progress on the Simple Ripple Baby Blanket. I was really hoping to find a self-striping yarn in the colors I’m using. Yeah….that didn’t happen! If you’re like me, weaving in ALL THOSE ENDS at the end of your project…..well, it just doesn’t make me happy!

I figured out a way to crochet in the ends as I go (wish I could figure out a way to do this with colorwork in knitting!). I’m going to show you the method I use as it works pretty good for me.

After you’ve added your new color of yarn, you’re going to place your crochet hook into the back loop of your previous (color) row and pull the tail of your new color through.

Continue along with this process until the tail is used up.

It will look something like this (sorry for the fuzzy photo!).

Now, just go back and crochet as you would with your new color. Since you’re crocheting through both loops, your stitches will cover that “woven in” tail. You can also do this if your crocheting in the front or back loops only, just crochet your tail into the loops that will be covered with your stitches. 😉

When you get to the end of the tail, pull it up a little and snip it off. When you release the pressure, the end will hide itself right into your (new color) stitches.

That’s it! Your end is now woven in and you can continue on with your crocheting! When you’re done with your project, you have ONE end to weave in! What could be better than that?!?!

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My Progress During the Ravellenics

First, let me start by saying…..I didn’t get NEARLY enough knitting/crochet time during the Ravellenics as I had hoped (Sorry Team VHOC , I hope I didn’t let you down!) I really only finished ONE project….my Chocolate and Pink Socks. Of course that finish was HUGE for me personally! See the Crochet ripple in the photo above? That’s my Temperature Blanket 2017. I had HOPED to finish this project. I did however add another 11 rows to this blanket, bringing it’s length to 60″. I actually thought about just finishing it off at that length and calling it good (remind me of this when I keep droning on about not getting this done!), but I want it to be 72″ in length (which is another 24-ish rows), so I’ll keep working on it. 😉

I also got quite a bit of length put onto my Harvest Cardigan. I’m to a point where I have no more neck increases and the buttonhole is in. Now, it’s just rows (and rows and rows and rows) of knit and purl until the length is reached. I CAN do this!

Even though I didn’t get everything completed, I certainly enjoyed watching the world come together to support the athletes in their pursuit of medals for their countries. Just like the Olympics, sometimes just doing your very best under the circumstances you’re given still makes you a winner! 🙂

What kind of progress did you make during the Ravellenics?

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Maybe This is Why I Can’t Finish Projects! ;)

Can you guess? I’ve started a new project! Not that I don’t have enough projects to work on. BUT. In my defense, I wanted to make a baby blanket for a new little one who is due to arrive in April. The parents preferred the colors of pale pink (or peach), gray and off white. I picked up yarn on my way home from work yesterday and have spent some time today working on the blanket. I’m using the same ripple pattern I used for the Temperature Blanket I’ve yet to finish. 😦 I must say I did make quite a bit of progress on it during the Ravellenics though….so there’s that….

I need to get this done before the baby arrives sometime in April. Wish me luck (and some stick-to-it-ness)!

How are your projects coming along?

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Off to a Rough Start

The Ravellenics 2018 have started and some people are already crossing the finish line with their projects (over-achievers…..). Some of the rest of us though, well, you see that mess in the picture above? Yeah, it’s been kind of a rough start!

That mess is attached to my Chocolate and Pink Socks. When I pulled out my socks yesterday morning (Friday the 9th), the FIRST thing I had to do was  untangle that mess. Whoever thought it was a good idea to knit striped socks with 4 balls of yarn, well, I just don’t know about her. I’m pretty sure I know why these socks were in hibernation! But. I knit about 4 rows before it was time to go to work (you know, that place that eats up all of your good crafting time….). During lunch, I think I got another couple of rows in. That’s it! Maybe 6 rows!

During the opening ceremony, I decided I would work on my Temperature Blanket. I spent a good part of the evening trying to determine which ripple stitch I had used (for whatever reason, I hadn’t written down the instructions…..). All I can say is, poor planning on my part. I’m off today though and MAYBE I can get some better progress on my projects!

How are your projects going? Making any progress?