Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Never-ending Yarn Skein

  Have you ever been eating a bowl of spaghetti, and no matter how much you eat, it seems like there's more and more in the bowl? (Well, I have that problem at restaurants that pack the noodles in there, but not when I make my own...) At first, I'm like "Yay, spaghetti!", then it's more like "wow, that's a lot of spaghetti", then it ends with "OMG, no more spaghetti". This yarn is like that.

Caron, One Pound, yarn, scarf

  I had a bit of Caron One Pound left over and decided to use it for my Grannies in a Love Triangle shawl. But, I ran out before I finished it, so I had to buy another skein. I don't think I used even 1/4 of the skein to finish it! Now I have what's left sitting around, and I didn't feel like putting it back in the stash. I sat down over the weekend with the intentions of using up the skein...

scarf, crochet, love knot,

  And a scarf was born! You can't beat the Love Knot for getting a project done quickly. I worked row after row of simple square mesh... And the skein didn't shrink. I planned on making an extra-long scarf, so I kept working... The skein continued. When it was long enough to almost reach my feet, I thought it was time to stop... But there was still yarn left over.

scarf, crochet, love knot, Caron One Pound

  The scarf came out to around 9' (2.7 m) long, though I haven't blocked it yet. It's a great simple accessory to have, since black matches everything. And being so long, I can double it over so that it's like a cowl and a scarf at the same time. The lacy texture is great for slightly warmer weather, but the worsted weight yarn has me sweating in the Florida heat.

scarf, crochet, love knot, Caron One Pound

  Actually, it's been pretty nice lately, when it's not raining. Fall seems to be upon us early, so I'm glad to have my scarf. It's perfect in the too-chilly-for-me air conditioning. Maybe it's simple enough to not attract those stares of "Why are you wearing a scarf in Florida?", but I bet I'll still get some stupid comments from someone... I think I'm going to stop letting that bother me, and be more proud to wear what I make.

Because how can you not be proud of whipping this up in less than two days?

scarf, love knot, crochet, Caron One Pound

  I wanted to write about another scarf, but I hear thunder in the distance. I know I'll have to shut down again soon, so we'll just have a short post today. Yes, there will be a free pattern, but I need to take care of some backed-up projects first. And HOLY COW! This thunderstorm is part of a tropical storm? Maybe I should have put my hook down and watched some news! Now, what to do with what's left of this skein?

yarn, crochet, Caron One Pound

Guess I'll have to make a matching hat...

Happy Crocheting! 

PS: I'm too late, it's HERE!

Like I said, guess I'll have to make a matching hat...

*An update after the storm: We got by with a couple of short power outages, some minor flooding, and had to chase down a few things that blew away, but we got by safe. The northern part of the state and the east coast definitely felt more of Hermine's wrath than us.* 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

One Lovely Blog Award

  Well, what a lovely surprise from a lovely friend: I've been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award! This award comes to me from Marjan of Atelier Marie-Lucienne. I highly suggest that you pay her a visit, so just follow that link to go check out some amazing crochet patterns and tutorials! It's a great honor to be nominated by such a wonderful blog.

Blogging, Awards, One Lovely Blog

So, here are the rules:

-Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog

-List the rules

-Display the image of the award on your post

-Share seven facts about yourself

-Nominate up to 15 bloggers for the award, and notify them to let them know you have nominated them

Okay, here we go with my seven facts:

1) If I had to pick one food to eat for the rest of my life, and there were no health consequences from it, I would pick raspberry jelly doughnuts.

2) I used to be a mechanic.

cars, mechanics, head gasket, water in oil

3) I struggle with anxiety every day.

4) I am obsessed with abandoned urban exploration.
And if you don't know what that is, you can get an idea from my favorite explorer.

5) I am afraid of thunder and lightning. (Which it's doing here right now!)

rain, thunder, lightning, Florida

6) I've only been out of the state of Florida six times in my life. Still haven't seen snow.

7) Heavy metal is always my first choice (start every day with Lamb of God), but I secretly also listen to flute meditation music and Peter Cetera.
...Guess it's not a secret anymore...

 That's me in a nut case! Shell. I meant a nutshell.  Okay, maybe the first one was right... Never mind, let's get on with my nominations.

These are just a few of my favorite blogs who are more than deserving of this award:


Creative Crochet Workshop

*I know Alexandra is taking a break from blogging, so we should all excuse her from the tasks involved with accepting the award...

Be a Crafter


Lalka Crochetka

Moje Pastelowe Handmade

Connie's Spot

Rebeckah's Treasures

Oombawka Design

Posh Pooch Designs

thank you!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Confessions of a Yarn Addict

  *SIGH* Hi... My name is Jenny, and I can't stop buying yarn. A while back when I reorganized my stash, I swore to not buy any more until I used what I had. It's a hard promise to keep when you crochet for a living.

  I treated myself to an extra skein when I ordered the material for the elephant rug, just so I could get free shipping. That was justified, right? And then The Other Half became an enabler by asking to go to the craft store... But that was his fault, right? And I don't think my dad understood my addiction when he asked if I'd like to go on a day trip out of town, and maybe stop by that Joann Fabrics that I've never been to...

  Yeah, I went. We had a great day. I was just going to look around; see what they have; compare prices... But... Darn you, Joann Fabric! Why did you have to have a sale on one of my most-used, favorite yarns? Look what you made me do:

yarn, Caron One Pound, Bernat Baby Blanket, crochet

Okay, so I should stop blaming everybody else when clearly I'm the one with the problem. 

  But, I'm stuck in this small town with two choices for yarn stores: One being Walmart, and both being out of stock on a regular basis. The problem I have with both places is color choices... Do you want dark or light brown, blue, pink, green? You might find it. But to find gradient shades in between? Unheard of at my local stores! I'm not a big fan of brown, but I love coffee. And when I saw these gradients beginning with "Espresso", a coffee-themed afghan was born in my mind.

yarn, Caron One Pound, coordinating colors

  Eww, the Taupe looks kinda greenish in that picture, so hopefully I can find a better camera setting by the time I get that blanket done. No, I'm not starting it yet. I still have my "fairies" project, and two more afghans expected. But I'm itching to start it. I'm loving the design in my mind, and anxious to make it work.

  Not only do I have to fight the urge to start an afghan... I picked up another skein of an extra-special yarn, too. I've been dying to work with Bernat Blanket or Baby Blanket, and Joann's had it on sale. Get a look at this fluffy goodness:

yarn, Bernat Baby Blanket, the fluffy

  Again, I don't need it. This yarn on sale is the equivalent of a fluffy bunny staring at you through the pet store window. An extra-fluffy bunny, with extra-big, sad eyes... And this bunny can talk. It says "Take me home and pet me", and you just can't resist. 

Bernat Baby Blanket, yarn, fluffy

  This bunny has an evil side, though. You get it home, and then it won't fit in your too-full yarn stash. So it sits on your couch, staring at you. You try to work on that other project, but it just keeps staring at you. Next thing you know, you're putting down your project to pet the fluffy again. Such a good fluffy. Nice fluffy. My fluffy!

Bernat Baby Blanket, yarn, fluffy

  Yup, I think I'm on a yarn high. But I know I have a problem that needs to stop... Or I need to crochet faster! To once again give "justification" to another yarn purchase, I stepped away from the fluffy for a bit.

  I've been looking for a better, faster way to make plarn, and my dad gave me his old paper cutter - The chop-style I haven't been able to find. It's been sitting in a corner for a few weeks, and I decided it was time to reduce the bag stash... I can only cut five or six bags at a time this way, but it's much safer and makes a better cut than the rotary cutter I've been using.

paper cutter, making plarn, recycled grocery bags, crochet

  And now I'm making giant plarn granny squares, which isn't reducing that yarn stash at all. That promise of no new projects? Yeah, forget it. Planning never works for me, anyways. I rescheduled my days to have one hour of free time, which means I can work on new projects if I want. I'm going to use it to try to get this plarn project finished up... But I bet The Fluffy will end up on my hook soon.

They're going to have to hang my picture in the local craft stores with a notice: "Do not sell yarn to this woman under any circumstances, even if she promises to make you an afghan."

Oh wait... I have the internet... YOU CAN'T STOP ME!

Happy Crocheting!

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