Saturday, October 22, 2016

Just a Weekend Project

  Since the baby blanket I've been working on is a for-sale pattern, I'm taking extra good care of it... And that means when dirt-scattering, coffee-spilling Rip van Winkle is home, I pack it up for safety. Not feeling like sitting on the floor to cut more material for my other projects, I decided to work on that blanket I started - You know, the one where I thought I would get a blanket out of one skein of Bernat Blanket?


  Yes, I bought more yarn to finish it. So, it's better to work on it than let perfectly good yarn sit around, right? While I dealt with more insomnia and Rip's snoring at the kitchen table, I sort of zoned out working on the simple granny rectangle. I came back to my senses as the end of the yarn slipped through my fingers. Wait, what? Something that wasn't even big enough to be a decent baby blanket suddenly looked like a lap throw!

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  Against what is advised for those with insomnia, I made a cup of coffee and grabbed another ball. (If you have this kind of insomnia, you know you're not sleeping, caffeine or not. Might as well have a cup and enjoy it while crocheting.) Fuzzy yarn euphoria, extreme exhaustion, and loud heavy metal all lent a hand in that next skein quickly disappearing, too.


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  And now, I have a project so big that it overlaps my dinner table. I wondered... It's pretty heavy as-is, should I keep working to make it bigger? Having a few empty labels nearby, I checked the washing instructions. No way I'm hand-washing this thing! Oh, good. It's machine washable and can be dried on low heat. Sigh. Yay!


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  Of course, my decision was stalled a bit by the rising of the sun... The brightening light looked so pretty on the fuzzy yarn, I just couldn't resist taking some artsy photos. Don't you want to jump into that softness and cuddle?


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  Okay, now to get on with crochet... I started the last ball, but I never paid attention to how many rounds I got from it. All I know is that I was in a crochet trance, and yarn kept disappearing. Suddenly I realized... This is the last skein and I'm almost out! Here's how much I had left when I started the first short side:


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  That's with one long side made already, so it's not time to panic. That bulky yarn can fool you, so I was definitely worried - but not panicking, yet. Nearby, I kept the little scrap I had discarded after a knot. Just in case I need it... It won't finish much, but after working the next long side, it looked like I'd need it. Panic started setting in.


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  And it was all for nothing, because I finished the round with a tiny bit to spare! Yay again! I was already having visions of ripping back an unfinished row, and making plans to finish with a shorter stitch. It's always good to have a backup plan when the yarn starts looking short. I'm glad that I didn't need to use it this time!


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  So, I have another fuzzy blanket. Yup, I already have the ends woven in, too! While yarn shopping, I spent some time staring at the yarn I need to make my other fuzzy blanket bigger. I finally decided to leave it on the shelf, and just call that one a small throw. After working with a yarn that isn't as fuzzy but is just as soft, I'm banning the furry stuff from my stash. I only had one knot to deal with, and no other problems (like the Furry's shedding) with Bernat Baby Blanket. Soon I'll be putting up a free pattern for this and that other fuzz monster, because they are the same pattern made with two different yarns. But for right now, I'm going to go take a nap on the blanket I finished in a weekend.


Happy Crocheting! 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Ends of the Day

  We had another one of those "he doesn't get it" moments tonight... It's been a long day of finishing the squares for that baby blanket I started, and I continued to work on them right up until dinner time. With Rip van Winkle looking a bit annoyed that it was yarn and not food on the table, I decided to tidy up my mess.



  Picking up the pile of yarn scraps left over from the tails, I said: "I guess it's time to get to the ends of the day"... And he didn't get it at all. A perfectly corny joke about yarn ends went over his head without so much as a smile. But like we've discussed before, he's just not a yarn-y person. It's not his fault.



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  I wondered if I should let my lame pun fade away, but then I had to turn it into a blog post. An attempt at comedy may have failed, but it's not getting me down. Tomorrow will bring the joining of squares, and hopefully a finished project. And I'm still laughing at my own joke in my head. That's all that really matters, right?



Happy Crocheting!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Clown Noses

  Well, I've officially been awake for 24 hours after only two hours of sleep, and now any concept of sleeping is intangible. Insomnia strikes again! Therefor, there is crochet. As Rip van Winkle fills in more than my half of the sleeping, I'm playing with yarn and stitches. And I'm in a silly mood! Perhaps it's because I've resolved to no longer stress over not sleeping, or maybe the lack of sleep is contributing to the rotting of my brain...


  Anyways, as I worked through a few pieces of another pattern, the parts I have made started looking like something else to me. Again, I'd like to say it's due to my vivid imagination and creative thinking process, but it's probably just sleep deprivation. I'm wishing I could make a pot of coffee, but I know it wouldn't do much good right now. What, you mean it's not good to be sleep-deprived and over-caffeinated at the same time? My hands needed a break from crocheting, so I thought I'd take my brain adventures to the blog:

Do you like my clown noses?

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  These clown noses got me thinking... Clowns are a sensitive subject right now! Although these face-painted creatures are supposed to bring us joy and happiness, they've been causing quite a scare lately. I was flabbergasted when I heard that some schools were banning clown costumes for Halloween - Because clowns are a "symbol of terror". Really? Like, is McDonald's going to have to issue an apology on Twitter for keeping a symbol of terror as their mascot? Will the circus go out of business for fear of mass casualties?

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  C'mon! What's to fear about a humanoid creature that hides its true identity while tricking us and calling it entertainment? Sure, they've been portrayed as bad characters in some movies, but so have politicians - And they're always wonderful, honest, hardworking people, right? Right?

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  Okay, this is where I should stop joking around and maybe do my part to alleviate some "killer clown" fears... Has nobody made the connection that they started coming out along with the release of Rob Zombie's 31? (For the love of all that is good and right: If you're truly afraid of clowns, DO NOT follow any of these links.) I think that as a Rob Zombie fan, it's almost against the rules to go spoiling the fun. It's only a theory, but it's my theory that some fans might be taking the fun a bit too far. Some of those "killer clown" sightings look an awful lot like characters from the movie.


  Or could it be an evil marketing ploy? Possible. I know I've been dying to see more of Captain Spaulding and his friends ever since they didn't do so great in The Devil's Rejects. (I love, love love anything Sid Haig is in, but I liked House of 1000 Corpses better!) These movies have blood, murder, mayhem, foul language, good music, more murder, more mayhem, and more blood... And Captain Spaulding, a murderous clown.


  With the release of 31, there's more clowns looking for blood! And I'm pretty convinced that these killer clown sightings are just fans taking advantage of those not resolved enough to enjoy the twisted insanity of a Rob Zombie film. Pretty convinced. But just in case you happen upon a strange clown standing around... DON'T ask him what he's doing, okay? They always attack when you ask them what they're doing...

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  Now, how many of you are so distracted by the subject of killer clowns that you didn't notice the hint in that picture? These aren't clown noses at all! I've been clowning around this whole time, and they're just the centers of motifs for a baby girl's blanket. Since I'm waiting for yarn shopping before I can continue with my other projects, I started a new one - Proving I may be the biggest clown of all. Another one? Yup. And yes, I did try to wear one of the pieces as a clown nose, but it was too big to stay on, so you don't get to enjoy any pictures.


  Oh well! Guess I wasn't cut out to be a clown after all... At least I still know how to juggle. Maybe that skill will come in handy when I'm back to working on a four-strand spiral design.


Happy Crocheting!