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. πŸ˜‰ 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. πŸ˜‰ What’s your news? Let me know in the comments.

See you at the Yarn Along!

~Janet

WIP Wednesday: Monster Mash

Well hello, Dear Reader. It’s been a while! I seem to have taken an unintentional hiatus for the entire month of July. Truth be told, July wasn’t the best month for me. I managed to be sick twice, first with the worst case of conjunctivitis I have ever had, and then with a nasty tummy bug I caught from one of my little kiddos at work. In between being ill, I was working a bunch of extra hours and feeling rather exhausted when I was home. Blech. Not conducive to blogging.

Craft wise, I was working on a super secret project for my mom’s birthday which I couldn’t blog about and making abysmally slow progress on my February Lady Sweater.

Alas, July is now over…and with it, hopefully any illnesses…so it’s back to the blog and my link-up with Small Things. I have missed it!

The Hook

*sigh*

Nada.

The Book

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I finished reading Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King. It did not disappoint! The mystery was tense, the writing impeccable, and just when you thought everything was solved, she throws in a whole new twist! A large part of the story is set in 1920’s Japan. I found myself craving green tea, rice, and a stay at a ryokan, which I’m not sure even exist anymore. At least I can get a taste of the cherry blossoms as the Seattle area is climatically close to Japan, and flowering cherry trees are popular decorative trees in many gardens.

Ms. King has another Mary Russell book coming out next year. I’m looking forward to it immensely!

The Needles

My “super secret project” for my mom was a monster. “Sammie the Sock Monster” to be precise. She had requested him around Christmas. I’ll give him his own FO Friday post, but here’s a peek:

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In fact, it’s been a regular monster mash around my place these days.

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My nephew, Jonah, requested “Hugo the Couch Potato Monster” at Christmas as well and talks about it a lot, especially after he saw I made Sammie for my mom! So, what else could I make him for his birthday? πŸ™‚ He originally requested “rainbow” for Hugo’s color, but changed it last month to orange with red stripes. It’s a terribly hard color combo to photograph! The red is a true red, not maroon as it appears in the picture.

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Hugo’s knitting is all done. He’s just waiting to be stuffed.

The dark and light pink thing is “Bea the Basement Monster.” I’m knitting her for Jonah’s little sister, Carly. They practically share a birthday, and we’ll be celebrating both on the same day, so it made sense to make monsters for both of them. Bea just needs her ears knit and then it’s on to stuffing her and Hugo.

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The little speckled monster is “Petunia the Patio Monster.” I started her because I needed something small to take with me to the Mariners game two weeks ago and I was a little sick of baby hats. πŸ˜‰ I don’t have a home in mind for her yet, so she just might end up living with me for a bit.

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Hugo, Bea, and Petunia can be found in Rebecca Danger’s book, The Big Book of Knitted Monsters. Sammie is available as a pattern in her Etsy shop.

I’ve also made a wee bit of progress on my February Lady Sweater. The safety pin in the photo is the halfway mark. That little ball is all I have left of the third skein of yarn.

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And that about does it for this post. I hope to get back into a regular, at least weekly, blogging schedule. I’ll see you at the link up!

Have a great Wednesday!

~Janet