Yarn and Coffee Share ~ Project needs a name

If we were having coffee there’d be lots of clear spots for us to rest our mugs. I’ve been busy doing non-yarn stuff so the work area is clear. 20160814_104457

Well almost. There are a couple bits of green and white from the … I need a name for this… wrap I finished.  It was my summer project. I have one every year that I work on while at the baseball diamond. I figure since I’m sitting for 6+ hours each week I should be crocheting!

CS&BK summer project

So what should I call it? It’s a wrap / shawl in the school colours of my son’s high school (my former high school) and I’m planning on needing it while watching him play football.

What have you been up to this week? Has it been to busy? To hot? to do your yarn work?

When life is busy do you set aside time for your yarn work?

Yarn and Coffee Share .. ends and beginings

If we were having coffee I’d be flipping through Pinterest and showing you some cute ideas that I’ve seen. Yep, always looking ahead. It’s rare that I completely finish a project before I start my next.  And this week is no exception.

20160814_104457 I’m not quite finished my fall sport-watching wrap but I’ve started my son’s blanket. I’m making a Jack Skellington blanket for his 16th.

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I have the yarn on my desk trying to prompt myself into making more maple leaves for Project Maple for Canada’s 150th . I love the colours; they’re perfect for these leaves; but the yarn is scratchy.

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It’s been a quiet week yarn wise.  I’ve been watching the Olympics and cheering for the Olympians. It’s just amazing that 4th is less than a blink in time from first. While I cheer for the Canadians a little louder, it’s awesome to see such dedication in motion from all the athletes.

What have you been doing while working on your yarn projects? Do you have your next project (or three) planned?

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Special thanks to Part-Time Monster’s #WeekendCoffeeShare for inspiring this Yarn & Coffee Share.

Yarn and Coffee Share… first week of August.

If we were having coffee my cup would be surrounded by yarn scraps, markers, paper and pencils.

This week I finished spirit wear scarves for my daughter and her spirit wearboyfriend. I’ve been working on that wrap, that’s in the school colours for my son’s football games. {I learned last year football games mysteriously bring about the cold winds and rain even when it was a beautiful Fall day.}

I’ve also decided on the blanket I’m going to make for my son’s 16th birthday. I found a pattern for Jack Skellington that I like. However it is a friendship bracelet pattern. So first I’ve had to scale it up so that it’s blanket size and determine how many stitches per square.

beginning of Jack PatternI have a back up plan just in case this didn’t translate well. I can make 2″ granny squares and sew them all together but since the blanket is for a 5′ 11″ boy I rather not sew that many squares !!

I’ve also started to make a few coffee cup cosies. So far just one for my daughter and a halloween-ish one. But I’ve seen a lot of other cute patterns. I like these types of projects. They make great stocking stuffers.

What’s in your basket of yarn art this week? Fall decor? Christmas gifts? Winter warmth?

 

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Special thanks to Part-Time Monster’s #WeekendCoffeeShare for inspiring this Yarn & Coffee Share.

‘Shawl in a Ball’ a review of sorts

My first impression of the yarn was wondering if I received the wrong colour !! It’s my best guess that it is just how this ball of yarn was wrapped since a peek in the centre shows more purple.

Then, finding a pattern is not as easy as I thought it would be. So far the beginners patterns that I am interested in for this yarn on the Lion Brand site are “out of stock”.   But I really wanted to try this yarn. It’s soft and airy. I found this beautiful pattern by Crochet Kim. I’m excited to start and let you know how it turns out!

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So, it turns out that one ball is not quite enough for a shawl. Considering the price of one ball I expected it to be enough for a full shawl.  It does however, make a nice summer wrap or wide light scarf.

As for the colour… I never did get past my initial reaction. There’s far more faded grey-ish tones than purple in this ball. The over all effect for the wrap is nice but not what I expected from “Mindful Mauve”

Over all, the yarn and project is ok but not what I expected when the yarn is called ‘Shawl in a Ball.’ I’ve never wrote a review before (and not sure I will again) but I was so taken by the idea when I first read about this yarn .. that image I had just didn’t happen.

 

 

My first amigurumi ~ Baymax from Big Hero 6

My first amigurumi !  I was so nervous. Would it turn out ok? Would he like it? Is it nerdy enough that my 17 yrs old nephew would like it or will he label it “just a stuffed toy”?

I know he really likes Disney movies and Big Hero 6 is one of his Big Hero 6 ~ Disney ~ 2014favourites but…

Amigurumi ~ The phrase itself really encompasses the entire knit and crocheted stuffed toy genre. The first part of the word means knit OR crochet (yes, both!) and the second part means stuffed doll/toy. Essentially, it means “knit/crocheted stuffed toy friend!” (source: Craftsy.com  What is Amigurumi? by Lisa Gutierrez )

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Following the pattern I found at Nicole’s Nerdy Knots wasn’t hard. It did take more concentration that I anticipated. I couldn’t watch t.v. and count rows/stitches:) Stitch markers as a MUST.

Also, I found I tried to rush the assembly too much. I strongly recommend watching the tutorial video before assembling and watching it again as you put the pieces together.

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Thank you to Nicole’s Nerdy Knots for this pattern and tutorial. My nephew loved it!

Patternhttp://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/baymax-2

Assembly tutorialhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eX4v4c_yLy0

 

 

Saving the Monarch #gotmilkweed

Saving the monarch butterfly

The monarch butterfly is threatened with extinction. Here’s what you can do to help save it.

By: David Suzuki and Jode Roberts Published on Sat Apr 16 2016 published on TheStar.com 

Three years ago, the eastern monarch butterfly population plummeted to 35 million, a drop of more than 95 per cent since the 1990s. More than a billion milkweed plants, which monarchs depend on for survival, had been lost to urbanization and weed killers throughout the butterfly’s migratory range — from overwintering sites in Mexico to their summer habitat in Canada.

We needed more milkweed in the ground, quickly. But many provinces and states listed the plant as “noxious, and few nurseries and garden centres carried local “weeds.”

A lot has changed in three years. The David Suzuki Foundation launched its #gotmilkweed campaign in April 2013 to encourage Toronto residents to plant milkweed in yards and on balconies. Foundation volunteer Homegrown Park Rangers also planted milkweed in local parks and schoolyards. The Ontario government pulled the plant from its naughty list and media stories about the monarchs’ plight took flight.

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Monarch at Rock Point Provincial Park, Ontario Canada

Why should I plant milkweed? (source: GotMilkWeed? )

Monarch butterflies depend on milkweed to survive. It’s the only plant on which monarch mothers lay their eggs and food source for monarch caterpillars. Over the past few decades, more than one billion milkweed plants have been lost across North America, largely due to widespread use of the herbicide glyphosate (Roundup) on millions of hectares of agricultural land. Planting milkweed throughout the monarchs’ migratory range is the single most important thing we can do to help them.

 

 

Monarch population rebounds (rebloged post)

Monarch population rebounds in Mexico

 

Posted by in Wildlife on Monday, February 29, 2016

North America’s monarch butterfly population has more than tripled in Mexico this winter, despite reaching dangerously low numbers in the past.

 

This season, the monarchs covered the area so densely they had to be counted by the area they covered instead of individually. An estimated 150 million insects made the trip this year, compared to only 35 million in 2013.

the rest of Amely Coulombe’s article can be found ~~  http://www.canadiangeographic.ca/blog/posting.asp?ID=1865

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End of January ~ already!!

I’ve done January’s mood squares. I updated the colours a little. I realized I’ll need a colour for worry. sigh.

While pondering some details of my mood blanket I realized what I’m liking the most about my blanket.  I’m enjoying that the vast majority of mood blanket photos focus on one colour; while mine has the variety of emotions from each week.

I’m still not completely happy with it because I haven’t completed the design in my head. I still like the design of the square but now I’m wondering how to join them.

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I can’t seem to picture the finished blanket. I’ve looked on Pinterest for some joining ideas but nothing popped out as “the one”. I’ll just have to mull it over and see what strikes my fancy.  At the moment this one seems to be what I’m thinking of.

But it also leads to the other question that I’m just not sure of… WHAT colour do I do boarders / join with??  I could just put that decision off ’til next Fall. I could just leave joining them all ’til the very end. OK In theory, I could. However, I’m more worried about getting the order of the weeks mixed up.

January squares (1)

 

Oh well.. maybe February will bring some answers.

 

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