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I Hearby Declare September as Blanket Month!

I like to start things. In particular, I like to start making blankets. There’s something about gathering the yarn, deciding on a pattern, getting to work, and seeing that tiny blanket grow with each square or row you stitch.

My problem is that I get to a certain point, usually about a quarter of the way through, and my motivation vanishes.  It’s not as exciting when you can’t see the growth as much. It’s not as thrilling when you are stuck doing row after row for this unending monster.

So. I am declaring September to be my ‘work on all current blankets in progress’ month.  Hopefully this will force me to get it together and finish one of them!

Here are the three I have going right now:

This one has little basketweave squares. It’s about half way finished, and I got stuck when the thrill of using up the yarn in my stash ran out. Folded Blanket

This one was me learning how to do hexagons.  I made a bunch really quickly, and then got tired of making the same thing over and over. The funny thing is that this yarn was previously used in a granny square blanket that I am pulling out to make these hexagons.  Something about this yarn is giving me a massive mental block about finishing something!

Hexagon Blanket

And this last one is a blanket for a friend that was going so well the first day! I had made 7 of the 24 required squares before I checked the gauge and realized I was 18 inches short! Ugh. So I had to undo the 7 made squares and start redo-ing them bigger.  Talk about motivation sucker.

Square Stitch Blanket

So that’s where I’m at right now.  Hopefully, when I check back in at the end of the month, there will be at least one done!

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‘Cuz Tonight, I’m Cleaning out My Basket..

Overflowing Craft Basket

Oh the joys of having a crafty basket.  Meant to keep my work (yes work, singular!) in progress in one organized place, the basket generally becomes a depository for any and all things begun.  As you can see, it’s even spilled over (literally) into a craft box! I’m not even sure what’s in here anymore…

Big craft basketYou can see that there are several different colors of yarn, and at least two unfinished projects hanging out on top.  I’m positive there are at least three more WIP underneath all that.

Spillover

At least I know what’s in the spillover box.  This is full of a granny square project that I started, but didn’t plan well, so it ended when I couldn’t actually put all the squares together. So I took out the squares and made hexagons! You can see the big ol’ pile of hexagons there. That’s about as far as I got on giving that blanket new life!

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The good news is that in this clean up and clean out, I found this great little circles I had made a long time ago.  I added some buttons and some pins and voila! A cute little bobby pin was born! Look for this in my etsy shop soon!

Small Project Bag

Let’s just hope that this new work in progress (yes the stash buster blanket is on hold for a bit. Let’s be honest, did anyone think I would finish it in one go??) works up quickly! It’s a small project bag to hold those little projects (like these great new bobby pins!) on the go.  I’ve already got a great lining fabric picked out, and am so ready to put this bag to use!

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Work in Progress Wednesday: Blankets and Bracelets

As I mentioned on Monday, this weekend did not see a lot of work happen.  Well, this week hasn’t been much better.  I blog at Redefining Eco as well as here, and I spent much on Monday and Tuesday working on new website-y things for there.  While this blog came together pretty easily, with pieces just seeming to fit together, Redefining Eco took a lot more work.  I’m glad it’s just about up and running now though.

All that being said, I didn’t get a lot of time to work on my WIPs! I was able to add a few more squares to the Stash Buster Blanket.  It’s starting to take some shape now! It’s now square, but starting to lose a bit of shape on the sides.  I think I’ll start up on the boarder just to give it some structure.

Getting bigger!
Getting bigger!

I’ve done some reading about how to make my cuff bracelet better.  I’ve heard that using fabric stiffener might work better than wire, but I like the idea of being able to shape the bracelet to the size you want it to be.  It makes it a bit more personalized, I think.  I have a second one started that I’ll give the wire another try with.  We’ll see!

I think that if I size and shape the wire first, it won't stick out as much when I add it in
I think that if I size and shape the wire first, it won’t stick out as much when I add it in

Lastly, I’m working on re-updating my etsy shop! It occurred to me that now that I’m writing about all my crafty things, I should make it a priority to update the shop.  Here’s hoping I find some time soon to add new things to it!

What are you working on this week?

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Weekend Wrap-Up

This weekend was a busy one.  And not in the ‘I got so many different projects done’ kind of way, more in the ‘we went all over and got very little sleep’ way.

A family friend of the Husband got married this weekend, so we made the long trip (which was made longer by several accidents) for that.  I always bring a project with me in the car to work on during these long trips.  I had brought my WIP from last week, but it never made it out of the bag! Husband and I spent most of the ride singing along to Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog.

Never even made it out of the bag!
Never even made it out of the bag!

So the only thing I actually accomplished was this cute little cuff bracelet:

Really cute, but has some wire problems to fix
Really cute, but has some wire problems to fix

It’s an idea that has been knocking around in my brain for a bit, and finally made it out.  I’m fairly pleased with how it turned out – I like the shape and the way it went together, but need to go back to the drawing board on how to stick in the ends.

All in all, it was a good weekend.

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Work in Progress Wednesday: Stash Buster Blanket

Ok. So it’s not a real stash buster. But it does use up the yarn from two different blankets that I started (I started both blankets using the same yarn that is now discontinued…no small wonder why there were both unfinished!) a long time ago.  I tell myself that I started them just to practice a stitch that was new to me at the time.  [Photo Credit of all photos: my husband, Justin].

Work in Progress: Stash Buster Blanket
Here it is, just waiting for more to be added!

Anyway, this time around I intend to finish it! It’s lovely little woven squares joined together.  Each square is done with Caron Spa yarn (in Coral, Misty Taupe, and Berry Frappe) and an F5/3.75 mm hook.

Work In Progress: Stash Buster Blanket
I love the inter-twining of the stitches. It makes it easy to keep track of the pattern.

I’m experimenting with the JAYGO (Join-as-you-go) method with this one.  I can’t seem to help but experiment! I’m really liking it – it’s teaching me to slow down and plan the next square a bit, instead of making 100 squares and not doing them the right size at all.

Squares joined together
Look at those neat joins! This is after a lot of do-overs…

I envision this to be about the size of a baby blanket, but really the size will be determined by how much of the yarn I can find around the house.

Folded Blanket