WIP Wednesday: Spiced and Super Secret

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It’s a lovely, rainy Wednesday here in the Seattle area. Really, I love days like this! After running a few errands this morning, I’m now snuggled up on my couch with the kitties and looking forward to a night off. I’m also linking up with the Yarn Along over at Ginny’s.

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Oh! I’ve been busy! I actually got an entire section of my Spice of Life afghan done. Section 4 has just between released, but I’ve just finished Section 2.

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It’s so bright and cheerful! My colors are:

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I’m trying to choose the next three colors. I can’t quite decide between Orchid, Soft Blue, Soft Pink, Ocean, and Periwinkle.

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Whichever colors I choose, I’ll be using for the rest of the blanket. And that’s going to get interesting. I think this is where the “spice” comes in. For the first section, I decided which colors went where. However, for the rest of the blanket, I’m going to be letting Sandra (the designer) decide using my handy dandy list.

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There are three more colors Sandra lists in the pattern, thus my indecision. I’ll keep fiddling with my color pegs. Tune in next week to set what l decide.

The Book

Um… Yeah.. Nothing new here. I’m beginning to think my first term at Hogwarts is legitimately going to take a term.

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The Needles

My needles have gotten some equal time this week. I’ve decided to knit on the go and crochet at home. However, I can’t tell you about what I’m knitting. It’s a super secret project that will be a gift, and I don’t want to spoil the surprise. I can give you an edited sneak peek.

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That’s me knitting at the Verizon store. I had two ladies comment to me that I was smart for bringing my knitting with me. Honestly, it’s rare that I don’t have it with me. It sure makes waiting more fun! Do you bring your crafting with you?

That about does it for this week. The afternoon is growing older, a and its getting to be about my bedtime. Have I mentioned that I work nights?

*yawn*

Have a great rest of your Wednesday!

~Janet

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WIP Wednesday: Well, Sort Of

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Happy October!

I have been working so much lately that I’m just wiped on my days/nights off, which happened to be yesterday. I was just too exhausted to even think about writing a post. After 12 hours of sleep, though, I’m feeling much more energetic. I’ll still link up with the Yarn Along. Better late than never, eh?

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The Hook

If you’ve followed the blog at all, you know my hook is normally a poor, neglected thing. Not this week! This week, my hook has taken center stage!

For starters, I finished two more squares for my Magnum Opus and tried my hand at a couple sunburst granny squares.

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I hate that the Navy always looks black in photos. I’ve tried everything I can think of to fix it. Oh, and those clothespins? I got that fabulous idea from Lucy at Attic24! I had fun on Tuesday putting all my shades of “I Love This Yarn” on clothespins. It really helped with another project that I’m super excited about.

Sandra over at Cherry Heart is having a Crochet A-Long of her Spice Of Life blanket! I wasn’t going to join, really I wasn’t! The last thing I need is another WIP! But then people I follow on Instagram started posting their blankets. And they looked so pretty! And I do have a lot of yarn. And…oh… What the heck!

Those yarn pegs helped me pick out my palette, which I decided to base on my special quilt.

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I was going to make the blanket totally from stash, but I caved and picked up Glacier, Amethyst, Orchid, and Cornflower yesterday.

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The last picture was taken just a few minutes ago. For my blanket, I’m using “I Love This Yarn” from Hobby Lobby and an H/5.0 mm hook. So far it’s Peacock, Turquoise, Pink, and Cornflower.

The Book

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I’m still stuck in First Year with Harry, but at least it’s Hogwarts, right? Seriously, I could have this book read in two nights if I just say down and actually read it.

The Needles

For once, it’s my needles that have been slightly neglected. I finished the Milo I was knitting on Saturday, and it’s off to its tiny recipient.

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I’ve also done a bit more work on Heidi’s monster. One leg is now totally knitted and just needs the foot stuffed. Maybe I’ll finish it tonight so I can show you (and Heidi) tomorrow.

And that about rounds up my update, except to say that this post marks my one year blogiversary! I can’t believe it’s been that long!

Have a blessed rest of your day!

~Janet

WIP Wednesday: Back To School

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Happy Wednesday! Today’s the day the kids in my area go back to school after Summer Break. For many parents around here, this is indeed a very happy Wednesday. 😉 For me it means my friends are a little more available during the day, and that my two months of easy parking around my apartment are over as the high schoolers take all the spots. C’est la vie.

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The Hook

I didn’t get much crocheting done this week as I was in a mad dash to get the monsters completed for my niece and nephew’s birthday party on Monday. However, in light of the “back to school theme,” I decided to try a new-to-me granny square.

Ta da!

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The Book

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Ah, Hogwarts. How I’ve missed your enchanted halls! Your stately spires! Your creepy three-headed dogs in locked corridors! Well, maybe not that last one. So good to be on the train back to school!

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The Needles

As usual, the bulk of my time has been spent on knitting or finishing work. I needed to get Hugo and Bea finished for Jonah and Carly before their birthday party on Monday. They were done with time to spare!

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Jonah and Carly love them! I’ll give Hugo and Bea their own post on Friday.

Incidentally, Jonah is going back to school today. He started the First Grade!

Unfortunately, I was also trying to get a monster done for their mom, Heidi, and was not successful.

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I did manage to get the body done and one arm attached. The plan was to attach the second arm once I arrived at the house and finish the legs during the party. That went out the window when I realized that I’d left the other arm at home. Doh! So, Heidi got this:

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Along with the promise that I would finish her monster and deliver it very soon.

So, that’s what I’m currently working on. Heidi’s monster is an amalgamation of three monsters from The Big Book of Knitted Monsters: Harold (body and extremities), Gort (stripes), and Dot (ears). I have one foot done, and one very nearly done.PhotoEditor-1441826641245

The feet are the most fiddly part. The legs will be relatively straightforward.

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After I’m done with Harold/Gort/Dot, I need to start working on a Milo for an upcoming baby shower.

And that’s all the news that’s for to print. 😉 What’s your news? Let me know in the comments.

See you at the Yarn Along!

~Janet