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

WIP Wednesday: Still Mashing

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Happy Wednesday! I’ve been busy! Time for some show and tell.

The Hook

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See that? Eep! That was me on Monday. Actually crocheting! I follow Heather of The Patchwork Heart on Instagram. She invited her followers to join her for afternoon tea and crochet using the hashtag “acuppaandhookywiththepatchworkheart.” That was just the nudge I needed. I cleaned the pretty tote holding my afghan yarn of all the detritus that had collected in it, brewed a cup of tea, snuggled under my quilt, and got to work. Ziva felt the need to supervise.

Oh! Speaking of Heather, I must show you something! When I was learning basic granny squares, all the instructions said to keep the right side of the work facing me and not to turn my work. My “squares” didn’t come out square, though. There was a bit of a pinwheel effect. Subtle, but bothersome. Well, Heather has a way to fix that. In her tutorial, she suggests just the opposite: turning one’s work each round. Since each round is going the opposite direction, it eliminates the pinwheeling. I decided to try it.

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The difference is amazing! The square on the left is done the traditional way and the one on the right is done Heather’s way. Both are unblocked. I’m sold!

The Book

Originally, I wasn’t going to put anything here. Then this appeared in my Facebook news feed:

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Yes! Yes it is. So, I’m heading back to Hogwarts. I’m starting, of course, at the beginning.

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It’ll be good to go back.

The Needles

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It’s still a Monster Mash at my place. Hugo and Bea (orange and striped pink) are all knitted and are just waiting for stuffing. Petunia (speckled) needs her legs. The stripey gray body is a bit of a Franken-monster which I can’t expound on yet. I should be able to talk about it next week.

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That about does it for this week. What are you working on it reading? Let me know in the comments. Better yet, come join us over at the Yarn Along.

See you there!

~Janet