Testing My Balance

I’ll be the first to admit that, when it comes to knitting and crocheting, I’m not stretching myself nearly enough for what I know my capabilities could be.

One example of this is Continental Knitting. I have been meaning to switch over for years but have always found some excuse as to why I needed to knit English style.

No more excuses.

The next knitting project I start will be done Continental or will not be done at all. I’m going to make sure it is something repetitive and simple so I don’t frustrate myself too much but I need to get the practice in so I can properly adjust my tension.

 

I have a few contenders in the running. In no particular order:

 

  1. Rye by Tin Can Knits
  2. 198 yrds of Heaven by Christy Verity
  3. Easy Brioche Baby Blanket by Yay for Yarn Patterns
  4. Pine Forest Baby Blanket by Ingrid Aartun Bøe

 

Of course, all of this is coming after Camp NaNoWriMo and after the completion of my sweater and socks.

 

However, first I must get past this baby blanket. I’m going to knit on it every day from now until the 31st of March, for no less than four hours per day, until it is completed. This will be quite an entertainment as I’ll have just woken up during the wee hours of the morning when working with knitting needles…near my eyes. Surprised smile

 

That’s about it really. Nothing much else has been happening aside from my twin tomato plants developing sentience and demanding to be fed.

 

Until the next time, have a safe and fantastic journey around the Sun. Take care, my friends. Rolling on the floor laughingRed heartRainbow

On and On I Crochet…

I feel as though I’m stuck in a temporal loop. Everyday, I’m doing the same thing for hours on end, without end, until I get too tired to do it anymore. Temporarily, I walk away from the project, knowing, even as I do, it’s insidiously waiting for me to pick it up again. I feel so trapped by this project. :’-(

Anyway, I’m sixty percent of the way through the blanket. Progress is slow but I’m getting there. I’m hoping to have it finished before 5 September. Realistically, 1 September isn’t looking like a possibility. I don’t know when the baby is due but, if he’s due before I get this done, he’ll just have to wait for this blanket.

Other than that, my plants are growing well. They’re all thriving. I did have to take cuttings from the Coleus plants due to the pot tipping over a few days ago. They’re happily rooting in a takeaway pint size container.

The pineapples are growing like weeds. I’m currently making plans to get them individual containers so they can branch out even further and grow stronger.

The Snake plant is almost as tall as I am. I think that’s as tall as it gets so, I’m not focusing on making it exceed this.

The orange trees are half my height. Their leaves are dropping off due to being right over the air conditioner but, otherwise, they’re alright.

The pelargonium look to be ready to flower any minute now. I’m going to give them in particular some fertilizer tomorrow morning to give them a little boost for the autumnal growing season.

The lemongrass is growing tall and strong. It seems like the more water I dump on them, the bigger and stronger they get.

The aloe vera are all vigorous and healthy. I’m still waiting for the people they go to to come and get them or arrange for their pickup.

Last, but not least, my single surviving African violet looks very healthy in its new soil. No sign of pests or any diseases anywhere on the plant. If they’re in there, I’ll root them out tomorrow. 🙂

Resigned Relief On The Little Boy Blue Blanket

Based on input from various sources online and off, I’ve decided to continue crocheting the Little Boy Blue Blanket to it’s full capacity of 50″ x 50″. It’s going to be difficult but, considering the alternatives, it’ll be easier to crochet it out than unwind yards of blanket only to crochet it back up again in less than a weeks time.

I will say this: After this, do not attempt to commission me for things unless I give the green light for such things to be requested of me. I am so tired, I could scream. After this blanket is done, I want to get the stuff done for my friends and then take a long self centered break from crocheting and knitting for other people. I still haven’t made my own Winter accoutrements. I still have socks on the circular needles that should have been made ages ago.

I tend to be too open and giving with my crocheting and knitting skills. Believe me, that’s changing. From here on out, I’m being selfish. I’d really better love you or you’d better have a darn good story if I’m going to make something for you for free after this.

I’m just tired of doing things for free for most people or of being taken advantage of when I actually do charge.

I will, of course, continue to knit and crochet for charities I’ve garnered a working relationship with over the past decade. That should go without saying. For everyone else, consider carefully what you think my work is worth. Don’t ask for the Sistine Chapel of knitting and crocheting and pay me a 3 year olds finger paintings worth.

Help! Second Thoughts On The Little Boy Blue Blanket…

I get just over 1,020 yards of yarn (Pound of Love) crocheted into the Little Boy Blue Blanket and I have second thoughts about the size. Why me?

So, I am asking my fellow crocheters out there to answer this simple question. Is an acrylic 50″ x 50″ blanket too big for a newborn baby? I am not experienced in such matters, hence my overestimation. In the interest of full disclosure, a good majority of the babies in my family tend to be on the big side, again hence my overestimation. Still, I think that the blanket is too big.

I have a day over one week to get it done smaller if I do decide to unravel it. Do you think it could be done? Do you think it’s worth it? Do you think I should just continue? For the record, I do have a yarn ball winder, so it’s not like it’s that great a difficulty unraveling it.

Never let it be said that I don’t go for the difficult projects. That Nazanin S. Fard dress will be mine given the stitch count I’ve put into projects lately.

Aside from that, I’ve been invited to view a play! Yay! My friends have a part in the play An Ideal Husband at a local community center and I was invited to attend. I’m really looking forward to it even though it’s semi-back in that place. Yep, I’ll be sticking my toe into the waters of Park Heights again for the first time since my maternal grandfather’s funeral where the funeral car line drove through the neighborhood.

I don’t know how I feel about it yet. I don’t feel like I’ll have a anxiety attack from it though. While it’s close, it’s not exactly where I grew up. So, I don’t have a direct association of pain with where I’m going. Hopefully, I won’t freak out.

Anyway, thanks in advance for your help. 🙂

Exhaustion is Thy Name…

I worked most of the night and this is what I have to show for it.

20% completed at just under forty rows of crocheting. I am so tired but I’ve got to keep going. I’ve got to continue crocheting if this blanket is going to be finished by the 1st of September.

I really want this to be a nice thing for the baby.

The thing is, I don’t know if I have enough yarn to go into this blanket to make it a 50″ x 50″ finished product. I have extra Pound of Love yarn in other colors, but will it all blend together well? I have a lot of beige and a little of Pale Green, Pale Blue, Dark Blue and Lavender. I’m guessing no one wants Bubblegum Pink in this blanket.

Something told me to buy three skeins of Turquoise. Good grief.

Trying Out A Couple New Patterns

An anonymous acquaintance of mine is expecting. I can’t go into the details of who but, just to clarify, it’s not me!!!

Anyway, I promised I’d make some things for this persons child to be born. So, on the search went for patterns, patterns and still more patterns. I looked all over my usual resource but was SOL as the patterns didn’t work up as they were written out. So, on I searched.

Until, I came across two sites. One, Pickin’ and Throwin’, had the perfect knitted booties and the other, The “Make Your Own” Zone had the perfect hats. The blanket, I could figure out for myself by skimming patterns and figuring out how much I needed to chain.

Well, that’s where I currently am. I’m making a hat according to the pattern on MYOZ but it’s looking like a preemie hat. I’m going to make one slightly bigger (about 60 CO stitches) in addition to this one I have on the needles now. It’s too cute to frog. I’m also making a baby blanket that I’ve frogged once so far. The hat is in Turquoise blue, the booties will probably be in the same color. The blanket is in denim blue.