Craft Update – April 4, 2016

I couldn’t even call this one a weekly update. *hangs head* I haven’t posted anything since FEBRUARY! For shame…

I do have reasons though. School. Ballet. School. School. Ballet.

Yeah, I’ve been busy. School of course takes priority. Ballet just controls the rest of my schedule. Happy to report that my final grade for my first class at University of Phoenix was a 99.1%. First week of my second class ends today, four more to go.

Anyway.

I haven’t had much time to be crafty. Which is sad. But, as ballet winds down, and I get the hang of this whole school thing, I’m hoping I will find time.

I will update you on the tiny bits of things I have managed to find time for over the past month-ish.

First and foremost the fairy…

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A little bit of background since the last update I think (I hope) if not this will be just a repeat of last time lol…

Okay, the big rippled afghan. I still have “issues” with either gauge or how much yarn this is really going to need, but I’ve decided to just roll with it and see what happens.

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I do like the look and feel of it, so it will just end up being as big as it will be. I figure I’ll just keep going until I run out and although the stripes won’t be perfect, it will still be warm and pretty.

Lastly, I did start another project (yes, I was being a bit ADD about it) but I did have reasons. We were travelling for Aladdin, and at the studio a LOT for Peter Pan, so I needed something a bit more portable than the afghan. When you take up two or three chairs with your project, it stops being reasonably portable (in my mind anyway, I know I tend to spread out a bit with projects, and I try not to be rude and take up way more space than I should).

I found the pattern here and I fell in love with it. It includes one of my favorite yarns, I’ve mentioned before, Boutique Unforgettable, and you’ve seen some of the scarves and things I’ve done with it over the past couple of years. I screwed up a bit when I started, because it is REALLLY a good idea to read ALL of the instructions before you start. I didn’t read the whole “carry yarn along” part, and was tying off every row the first couple of times. Oops. Oh well, I didn’t FROG it or anything I just kept going, I will say it’s much neater this way since you change every row.

Here’s what I’ve got of it so far…

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I will say this is one of the first times I actually bought the yarn by exactly what the pattern said. Usually I pick my own colors, but these just worked for me. We’ll see, maybe by next fall I’ll have it done.😉

That’s it from me today. I might actually go and try to crochet for a bit…

Keep Smiling!!


Weekly Craft Update – February 22, 2016

Happy Monday my lovelies! 

Okay so I’m trying to be more cheery than normal. Because here we are, yet again, in South Carolina with cloudy skies and rain in the forecast for the next few days. Again. We have barely had a week without rain since September. It’s kinda getting old. 

It does leave time for crafting supposedly, but, I didn’t seem to have a ton of time for it this week. Saturday was a good crochet day since we were out of town for ballet again. I also didn’t have to drive thanks to the other male dancer momma so that was a very nice change. 

Updates!

A tiny bit of background done on and off this week. Never seemed to find the patience this week to sit and stitch though so not much. BUT every stitch is progress, so we will stay positive. 

  
Like I said last week. I wasn’t sure if I was happy with the gauge on the newest blanket, so I did frog it and start over. But, I wasn’t too upset since with this super bulky yarn, it works fast. The pattern is easy to keep track of since it’s pretty much all in threes. 

  
The other thing is… Well I may need advice. Michaels had mill ends on sale a couple weeks ago, but they weren’t balled or skeined. So of course I untwisted and started to ball it myself. Let me show you…

I started with this…

  
And now at the moment I have this disaster I’ve been working on off and on for a couple of weeks…

  
So, my question for all crafters out there. When I untwist I basically get a big loop/circle of yarn. Obviously I don’t want to work from this, and need to ball it first. What is the best way to go about this (without having to buy a bunch of stuff) so when I move onto the next “twists” of yarn I don’t have this problem. Should I be hanging it from something? Is this when I should have someone with their hands inside the loop for me to wind from? I’ve never had this before so I’m a little confused. I will keep working on my disaster and will eventually get it balled, but I don’t want to have to go through this every time. I have three more twists for this color and a couple more of another. Thanks in advance for any help!

Okay thanks for getting through my wordy post today folks. Happy crafting and keep smiling!


Weekly Craft Update – February 15, 2016

Totally dropped the ball last week. Sorry about that!

Good news is I have two projects going on now lol. Michaels sent me a lovely 30% off your total purchase coupons, and so I grabbed some yarn for some projects I’ve been drooling over. The first one I’ve started is with Bernat’s blanket yarn. Sooooo soft! Now I may end up frogging this one. Gauge has always been an issue for me. So normally I always go up a hook size to stay in gauge. Well, I’m 6 rows in and already though my first skein. If I’m reading the pattern right I should get close to 10 rows per skein so, I may have to frog it and go back to the original sized hook. It works up super duper fast though, so if I do, it won’t take long to get back to where I am. But here is what it looks like so far…

    
I have gotten a lot of background work done. Or at least it feels like a lot to me.:) I won’t babble on about it. I’ll just give you a picture…


Have a great week everybody! Keep smiling!

 


Weekly Craft Update – February 1, 2016

Wow. February already!?!? Where has the time gone? 

Well just a quick update from me this week. I did get some stitching time in, which made me very happy. I also bowed to the masses (here and on Facebook) that have kept asking about her eyes. Hopefully she’s not as creepy as she was before. More background done as well, and some more work to the flower in her hair. 

Here is your picture:

  
Keep smiling everybody! Keep crafting, keep doing what you love. 


Weekly Craft Update – January 25, 2016

Well…

Last week was definitely not a good one for steps. Not to give too much TMI, but I was just feeling blah and really didn’t want to move. Somewhat it was the weather, some was hormones, and just one of those weeks. 

But…

It is a new week, the sun is shining again and no point in dwelling on what I didn’t accomplish. Time to focus on what I can do this week. 

One thing about being lazy… Lots of bum in chair stitching time (way more than I should have probably) but, I’m also at the frustrating, there are no big blocks of the same color part of the background. For new readers, I stitch a little weird. I start in the middle (I do read directions… Sometimes). But, I tend to pick a color, and do everything I can reasonably get to (I don’t like to skip a bunch, yes I know it’s counted cross stitch, but mistakes tend to happen more the more squares counted) and then I switch to another color and do the same. So, when there aren’t large blocks of color together, I tend to get frustrated and annoyed. But. I also love the way it looks with all the detail in the end so I know it’s worth it, doesn’t stop me from wanting to chuck it out the window though. I also have a slight obsession with finding edges, especially in the big pieces like this. Also, I do all single color stitches first, and then the blended. Told you, I’m weird. Times like these though, the weekly pictures are a huge help, so I can actually see that I did make progress lol.

Okay, enough rambling. Here is your picture…

  
On a personal note. Well a few things. I have been online gaming some again, and I have my friends (who I will call Banana Man and Slippers) to thank for making it loads of fun. And I want to wish a happy birthday to Dr. Fox… An old friend who hasn’t been around much, but when I put the date at the top, I remembered that it is tomorrow.❤

Keep smiling, keep crafting and most of all, have fun!


Weekly Craft Update – January 18, 2016

Happy Monday everybody. I hope you had a great weekend. 

Busy week as always, and not as much stitching time as I would have wanted, but I did get some done. Trying to get my 10,000 steps in every day has gone fairly well, only day I missed was Sunday, and I think I might declare that my official lazy day of the week. We all need at least one of those right?

Progress has been made, mostly on the background this week. It has to be done, but it is a bit tedious as there aren’t many large blocks of color. 

Here is your picture for the week…

  
Have a great week everyone! Keep smiling!!


Weekly Craft Update – January 11, 2016

Look at me, second Monday of the year and I am actually remembering to post. Considering how crazy busy life has been these first eleven days of the new year, I’m pretty proud of myself. 

A bit of a non-crafty update first…

Back for my birthday my DH got me a Fitbit. He had received one from his best friend for his birthday back in July, and so it was time for me to get in on the action. I love it. The watch itself is fairly accurate at counting steps, and since the model I have also tracks my heart rate and sleep patterns, it is thankfully very comfortable to wear nearly 24/7. Obviously I don’t wear it in the shower and it does need to charge occasionally (which I have found works best if I just toss it on the charger whenever I am getting a shower or bath, since I can’t wear it then anyway). The default setting is 10,000 steps a day, plus 10 flights of stairs. I took my DH’s advice and bumped it down to 5,000 steps and left the stairs where it was. I soon found that I was averaging between 6,000 and 7,000 steps a day and close to 20 flights. So, within the first week, I changed my goal to 8,000 and 20 flights. I did not manage to hit that daily, but for the most part, I did well. I knew I weighed in at about 150ish pounds when I got it, and I know I was snugly fitting into a US size 10 jeans. Not terrible I know, but, to put into perspective, before kids, I was maybe 110 pounds and fit into a size 3. I knew I wouldn’t get back there quickly, so I set my weight goal for 130 pounds and just paid more attention to keeping moving more throughout the day. As of a couple days ago, a few things have happened. I am comfortably into a size 7 jeans, and to date have lost a total of 13.4 pounds, putting me at 136.6. My goals are now tougher. Upped back to 10,000 steps a day, and pushing it to 25 flights. Since I am a bit of a Netflix junkie, I have found the best thing I can do, is start an episode (usually around 45 minutes give or take), strap 5 pound ankle weights on each leg, grab my 3 pound hand weights and walk in place on our mini trampoline. I like that since I do have a few joint problems, and so walking on the tramp gives me a softer service to walk on. Then I’ve added doing stuff with my arms to start toning them up too. I’m less than 3 years from the big 4-0, and I think 40 is gonna be pretty. ;) 

Okay! Enough bragging. 

I have also made time to stitch. I say made, because it is important to me, and I find it very soothing. Not many changes this week, but as I’ve always said, progress is progress even if it is just a few stitches. So, here’s your picture. 

  
Also, I got a lovely present in the mail. A dear friend of mine, Sady, knows how much I adore owls. So, she colored this for me, full of purples (my favorite color), and just full of love and light. I had to share it with all of you. I will get a frame for it soon, and put it somewhere I can see it often. 

  
That’s all for me today. Happy crafting, keep smiling!!


Happy 2016!!

So here we are, new year has begun, the holidays are over and we are off and running.

2015 was an interesting year. It brought lots of changes. Some good, some bad. But, change in general is a good thing, even if you can’t see it right away. I am happy to report that we all survived another nutcracker season, and in the process I managed to loose 10 pounds or so. I am putting that to now being in a two story house, and the Fitbit that I got for my birthday back in October. 

So, here we are, the first Monday of 2016. I am going to try to get back into my weekly craft blogs as well as writing other things. I do have English comp this semester at school so I will do my best. 

Here is my (now annual) post holiday crafting roundup as well as update on the fairy. I have actually gotten some work done (started the year off right, with lots of butt in chair, Netflix watching day of stitching)

Gifts that were given that haven’t been posted are as follows. Two double knit wraps in my favorite yarn I found last year (see last January’s post holiday blog), and another ripple afghan in lion brands homespun. 

  
  
  
And last but not least. The fairy. Most exciting thing is, I found the top!! I was thinking I’d never get there. Only a couple of stitches, but it’s there!

  
I think that’s everything today. Keep smiling and craft on!


2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 380 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

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Weekly (ish) Craft Update – Monday October 26, 2015

Okay, I did promise that I would get back to this as soon as I could. And I’m trying.

I have also been trying to craft, to mis-quote the Starks, “Christmas is Coming!!” (but said with nearly as much panic)…

Now, I mentioned before, if you see something here and it shows up under your tree or in your mail, act surprised, please. *giggles*

First and foremost, the fairy really hasn’t been touch in months, which makes me rather sad, but now that we are getting more and more settled into our new living arrangements, and this semester is almost over *whew* I’m hoping that I might be able to get back into a routine of at least getting a few stitches in every day. I apologize for her wrinkles, she’s been folded into my bag thingy for a few months.

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I have been crocheting a lot more though, since that is a slightly more portable craft, and with ballet season in full swing, portability has been the name of the game.

I finished this ripple afghan a couple weeks ago, it’s my first ripple and the first few rows got FROG’d a few times (rip-it, rip-it) BUT I finally got the hang of it (and learned to carry a notepad to keep up with counts) and i’m happy with the results. It’s definitely a lap-ghan, it’s not quite big enough for much else.

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Then, thanks to my subscription service, I got a kit to make a yarn ball holder. I’ve seen them in stores, made of everything from fiber to ceramic, but I thought it would be a cute thing to try. This is the one that came with the kit, not completely finished (still needs decoration and a few finishing touches) but, you get the idea.

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So, of course, now inspired, I decided to try with some yarn from my stash, and trying to make it slightly larger, so far it’s working, I’m up to the decreases for the top, but this is how it’s coming along…

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Last but not least, the Bargello patterned bag front has been complete and had it’s edges finished, just need to sew it onto the bag. I know, I know, too many unfinished things, but that’s what happens when stuff gets packed up lol

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That is it for today, I think. lol

Keep smiling, keep crafting, keep supporting your small business crafters (my Etsy is here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ImpishCreations) and remember this (I found this meme the other day, and loved it…)

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