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Color Me Lately

What's on the Hook - Color Me Reckless

Lately I’ve been trying valiantly to reduce the number of works in progress I have sitting around the coffee table.  It started as a need to clean up the living room [my craft room is under siege at the moment by spare furniture from the bedroom. Anyone want a box spring?] and that blossomed into a need to clean out my work baskets.

But I’m pleased to say that this has resulted in several new items going up in the shop, and some beautiful new works are being created [because of course I hated what I had started on months ago!].

Here’s a peak at what’s on the hook lately:

New Wedding Blanket

New Wedding Blanket - Color Me Reckless

This is one that I have started over three times now. Nothing seemed to fit! Finally I stumbled upon a project I had started with this stitch, tried it out with these colors, and now I’m in love.

New Baby Blanket

New Baby Blanket - Color Me Reckless

This one isn’t planned for anyone.  It’s mostly a way to work on this new stitch, and so far I’m….eh about it.  I like the stitch and I like the color, but I’m not sure a whole blanket will work well.

New Pillow #1

Pillow #1 - Color Me Reckless

I really like this one! Aside from some frustrations with miscounting every few rows, I really like this stitch pattern. It’s made from my big store of scrap yarn, and I’m loving the color combos.

New Pillow #2

New Pillow #2 - Color Me Reckless

These squares were originally going to be a huge blanket for our bed, but I got bored. So I’m giving them new life as a pillow and I really like the way it’s turning out! I’m excited to finish it up and get it all put together!

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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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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?