WIP Weds ~ in which the Babette Blanket returns

I have been knitting. Promise. But! For the first time in a while, I have also been crocheting!

Last weekend, I finally decided to finish weaving in all the ends on the Babette Blanket. I also remembered that this only meant I needed to weave in the inside ends — the ends that I’m going to be crocheting over in order to join the pieces can be hidden while I crochet, so I don’t need to take the extra time to weave in those ends.

And I am pleased to report that the (inside) ends are now finished! So now it’s just a matter of joining the blanket, edging it, and cuddling with it. One thing to keep in mind — I am making the Babette Blanket as a scrap sock yarn blanket, so it’s not going to be as large as intended. But, for me, part of the joy of this blanket is the memory of some of these yarns. I’m thinking this blanket is going to live on my desk chair as part of my “make my desk space usable” 101 in 1001 Challenge task. (Tangent: my desk is a lovely old piece that used to be my grandma’s. I don’t want to get rid of it. However, it’s not anywhere close to ergonomically correct the way it is, so I need to do a lot of work to it in order to make it useful as a modern desk.)

Anyway, here is the blanket as I laid it out Monday while planning which squares would go where. Please excuse the wrinkled blanket underneath. I was in the middle of doing laundry, and wasn’t planning on sharing these photos. (I decided it was easier to share these working photos than take new ones just for blogging, though.)

Babette progress 8-2-17

I am pleased with how it’s turning out. There’s a lot more color variety than I had originally planned on, but that makes it more fun as a scrap blanket, in my opinion. You can see there’s a section in the middle there which is already assembled. (That’s how you’re supposed to join the blanket. There’s a whole spiral layout of assembly.)

Babette progress 8-2-17

That’s a close-up of the assembled section. Again, since these were intended as working photos, I took close-ups of each section as they are supposed to be assembled so that I can hopefully connect everything a little easier.

I also elected not to block the squares before joining them. Maybe that was a mistake, and it might cause me problems later. But… right now it doesn’t matter to me. (And frankly, I wasn’t sure that if I decided to block it if I would ever finish the thing. Besides, since I was using scrap yarn, there are a lot of different weights and I’m not sure all the squares will block out properly. I’m just hoping I can ease the seams all together… if not, I’ll be re-making a square or two.)

If this was a gift, I’d be a lot more particular with it. But it’s for me, and I would just like to have it finished at this point. It has been in progress for over 7 years. (I started it in April of 2010.) That’s plenty of time for it to be unfinished.

Babette progress 8-2-17

Since taking these working photos I have gotten a lot more work done on the blanket. It’s a pain to lay out the individual squares, though, so the next time you see a picture of the whole thing laid out flat, it will be completely assembled. (Maybe not edged yet, though.) I might have progress pictures of the sections, but I don’t intend to set out all the little pieces at once again.

Have a great rest of the week! Do you have any projects (knitting, crochet, or otherwise) which have been “in progress” for much longer than they should have been? Share your thoughts so I don’t feel so bad about my lingering project…  🙂

WIP Weds ~ in which I am late with the pictures

Okay, so this was supposed to be published a lot earlier on Wednesday than this… but I didn’t get my WIP pictures taken until lunchtime on Wednesday, so there was a delay. Anyway, I guess it doesn’t matter that much: it’s still Wednesday. Here’s what I’ve been up to:

I have been working on the Babette blanket as my TV-knitting (well, crochet). (TV-crochet doesn’t sound as good.)

I think these are all new squares for you. If not, then enjoy the repeats. I’ve decided to throw in a bit of additional color instead of just using blues and greens and purples, so we ended up with a watermelon square from the leftover watermelon sock yarn. That square makes me happy. (The others do too, but I really like that one.)

I’m down to just 6-round and 4-round squares now, so it shouldn’t take me too much longer. Though, I haven’t been blocking the squares (probably a mistake) and so they don’t all end up the same size due to subtle differences in the yarn weight. Some of these will take more finesse with easing them in as I seam up the blanket. Oh well. I knew that was a possible problem when I decided not to block the squares.

I have also been working on the Cats Will Play shawl. Still love the pattern, still love the yarn, not as fond of the row length. I can only get a couple rows done on my lunch break now, instead of finishing several. Oh well, I guess that means I’m getting closer to the end of the project.

Have a great day!

I Am Groot!

This was possibly my most popular handmade Christmas gift for 2014:

A crocheted Baby Groot (from Guardians of the Galaxy)! If you go by the likes on Facebook, this is better than any of the lace shawls I have ever knit.

I have to admit, he is very cool. And he was pretty easy to make. The hardest part was working on him only when Mr. Wyrm wasn’t anywhere around so that he wouldn’t see Groot until Christmas Day. (It worked, but it was nerve-wracking at times. I didn’t always see his “coming home” texts until he’d nearly arrived.)

The designer did a great job on this one, both on the finished project and in her explanations of what to do. Anyone who wants a Baby Groot (and can crochet) should be able to make their own with a minimum of fuss.

I needle-felted him into his pot, the same way that I learned to make pin cushions. It worked for me, and looks pretty reasonable, too. I didn’t buy any specific “dirt-colored” wool, though, just used what I had on hand.

SPECS (and a link to my Ravelry project page):

PATTERN: Baby Groot
DESIGNER: Twinkie Chan
YARN: KnitPicks Palette in Doe and Bark (held together) for the brown, and in Peapod (one strand) for the leaves
HOOK: US H (5.0 mm) for the brown, and US F (3.75 mm) for the leaves
START/END DATES: October 28 – December 7, 2014
MODS: none, unless you count the needle-felting him into the pot part

2015 Round Of Words part 1 ~ Goals

IMG_0183.JPGPart of me thinks that I don’t have enough time for the Round of Words right now. I’m headed into the start of rehearsals for a big musical, and won’t have as much time to write as I’d like. Plus I have some knitting projects I’m excited about doing for myself, and work is getting crazy, and…

And, and, and. But you know what? That’s exactly why I need ROW. You guys are my accountability club. In the past, you have been the reason why I got any writing done at all some months. Because I knew that someone was cheering me on, and that somebody would notice (even just form my silence) if I didn’t get any writing accomplished at all.

So. Keeping in mind the various other things I want to get done this quarter (and even including some of them in my goals), here are my goals for the 2015 Q1 ROW:

1. Some kind of writing task at least two times a week. This can be editing, writing, plotting, research… anything. And it can last as long – or as short – as it lasts, so long as I feel comfortable considering it as my “best shot” for the time I had available in which to do it.

2. Exercise at least three times a week. Probably this will usually be on the stationary bike. Sometimes it will be walking, or weights, or crunches. And I’m not setting a time goal for this one, either. As with goal #1, it just needs to be what I have time for at the time.

3. Knit 2 squares for the 2015 Geek-A-Long blanket. This looks like a fun project, and the 2014 GAL Blanket was really cute and I wished I had done it. (I know, I didn’t have time for it. Still.) In fact, I still want to knit the 2014 one, so I may sometimes backtrack and knit squares from the 2014 blanket instead.

4. Finish a crocheted scarf I’m working on for a friend. Ideally, it will be done in time for his birthday in a month. But if not, as long as I can get it done this quarter, I’ll be happy.

5. Post ROW blogs at least once a week, and visit (& comment on!) the blogs on my blog roll plus at least 5 random ROW-er blogs. This one will be harder to judge than some, since I won’t always comment on every blog I read. But I want to catch up to my feed reader, and STAY caught up. That’s the thing I fell behind on at the end of last year that I feel the most guilty about.

There it is. My list of goals for Round 1 of 2015. Yes, I know, it’s not nearly as detailed and organized and planned out as some of my ROW Goals have been in the past. It’s just a list of things I want to accomplish. No categories, no priorities, no order. Just a list of things. Right now, that it my focus. The small things that will, given time, add up to the bigger things.

FO Friday: Lip Balm Cozies

I know, I know. You’re probably thinking, “Who needs a lip balm cozy?”

Well, the answer might be you. Especially if you lose yours on as regular a basis as I do.

In any case, I didn’t make these intending to keep them. I made them as gifts, and since the recipients were all fans of Disney parks, having easy access to lip balm is a great idea. Which is why I put them all on carabiners so they could clip onto belts, bags, you name it.

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I thought they were a really cute idea, and the pattern was available free! (Even better.) They crocheted up really quickly, and the pattern was super easy to memorize. Also, I suppose you could modify them if you wanted to, but I found that just using different crochet thread was sufficient to keep me interested while making them.

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SPECS: (and a link to my Ravelry project page)

PATTERN: Crochet Lip Balm Cozy
DESIGNER: Michele Gaylor
YARN: crochet thread, really, and a huge variety of colors (the thread itself was by JP Coats, and South Maid, as far as I can remember)
HOOK: size C (2.75 mm)
START/END DATES: August 30, 2013 – September 23, 2013
MODS: I made the loop a little longer than specified, otherwise none