Yarn & Tea: July ~ Time flies when you are crocheting. Part 2

I know why July flew by! I was busy and as the saying goes.. “time flies when your crocheting”. That is how it goes? Isn’t it? 😉

I was concerned that your tea (or coffee or wine) needed refreshing so I made July’s wrap up into two posts. {Part One can be read here.} So now that we’ve refreshed our mugs (or glass) here I go..

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In July I have also picked up the  Sidewalk shawl that I haven’t worked on in some time. It requires me to pay attention to the pattern. I usually make projects that don’t have changes to the pattern for each row.

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While I’m enjoying the pattern I find that I can’t work this project when my darling family is around. After all these years they still have not caught on that counting louder means I’m trying to ignore you / I’m focusing on this.

Talking about having to pay attention…

I saw this adorable zebra pattern at Repeat Crafter Me. When I posted it to my Facebook page someone requested that I make one.  It’s a lovely pattern, very straight forward with obvious colour changes. (I’ll write more when I’m done.) This will be my second amigurumi 🙂 I’m still undecided if I’ll make more. As I posted on Instagram, some focus is needed because the neighbours will wonder what the yell of frustration is all about.20170726_173829

Among other things on my social media and blogs I played with a new header and title for my Facebook page. It was originally started just for the pieces of yarn art that I sell but now I post a variety of crochet ‘stuff’ including blog posts from here. So.. it needed an update.

Perhaps I should tackle a few jobs around the house now that I’ve spent half of summer working on my crafts?

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Whew! Now to get back to my PHD (projects half done) I seem to have started several again! Oooops.

How are your projects coming along? Did you finish a few? Start one or two?

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#YarnandTea (formally #YarnandCoffee) July ~ Time flies when you’re crocheting. Part 1

I’ve been updating my social media and blogs this month. Part of that is updating the title to this monthly post.

I started this monthly summary post and fell into some social pressure when I named it Yarn and Coffee. I don’t drink coffee unless it’s a fancy decaf dessert coffee. I’m a tea drinker. Since this post was intended to invite others to link and/or comment I thought I’d put coffee in the title.

“Having coffee” means getting together to chat; the beverage is usually optional. I waskeep-calm-its-all-about-me-7-18k52l7-257x300 inspired by #WeeklyCoffeeShare. I do enjoy the comments and hearing from you {please, please do continue!!!!} but I’m finding this monthly post is a lot about me. So….

The title is changing to my preferred hot beverage. 😉

 


What a busy month! July started with a bang! Lots of fireworks and celebrations for Canada Day. This year was a big one for us it’s our 150th.

P_20170717_101250We also celebrated some family time. We went camping at Rock Point Provincial Park. Camping with teens who love to read makes for a very calm and relaxing weekend. With lots of time to crochet.

I will have to bring a different chair or some other pillows for our next trip. I had a very difficult time getting comfortable in my new chair. The arms are too high and the back isn’t straight enough.

While camping I started one shawl. Just a simple C2C with yarn that’s been in my stash for ages. The other is also a C2C shawl. I know she will love the colours in Caron Cakes Funfetti so it’s going to be a Christmas present for her (shhh)

When we came back from camping, someone had messaged me on Facebook asking for more detailed instructions to the Jack Skellington blanket that I made this past winter. I more or less made my own “pattern” up so I wrote out directions for my Jack Skellington blanket and posted them. The lady wants to make a Jack blanket for her son before he’s deployed. I can’t wait to see photos of how it turns out!!!!

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It’s been such a busy month that this post was rambling on so I’ve broken it into two parts. July’s Yarn and Tea Part 2 is coming soon.

What have you been up to? Has summer given you more time to create lots of yarn art?

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Yarn and Coffee – May

May is my busy month… actually let me say that more correctly… May is my son’s busiest sports month. I’m the owner/operator of Mom’s Taxi, therefore, May is my busy month.

20170504_165737Some years I get a fair amount of crocheting done since I do a fair bit of driving to fields then waiting but with all the rain this month it was too wet to sit and crochet outside. Some days I waited in my van and reread Harry Potter books.

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I had planned to finish up some ‘in progress’ projects but…. I guess that June will be the catch-up month. I’ll have to promise myself not to start anything new. Well.. maybe the shadow box project for my son’s awards. THEN I’ll finish my wrap and the C2C shawlette.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you get something accomplished this month? Do you have yarn plans for June? I’d love to see!

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Yarn and Coffee ~ February

If we were having coffee this month I’d tell you about my big project and the thrill of how a ‘ new stitch’ worked.

I’m enjoying an iced latte, since it’s been unseasonably warm. What can I pour for you?

February was a mad rush to get my son’s blanket done before his birthday. I am pleased with how it looks. I didn’t think I’d be happy at all with the finished project.jack-skellington-c2c-crochetstitchesbutterflykisses-3

It looks good overall and to the non-yarn artist. My son likes it and that’s what’s important.

Up close I see many spots where I made errors and while looking over the blanket I can see the ‘learning’ stages. I learned that a ball of yarn for each colour section makes a tidier blanket vs cutting (and leaving more tails!!) with the colour switches. I also learned that I shouldn’t cut tails late at night because I snipped a stitch or two and that’s a (&(%^ to fix.

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I had a wee bit of time to create something for me this month. I’ve seen earbuds decorated with crochet on Pinterest so I thought it would be a fun way to add to my new walking routine!

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What yarn art have you created this month?

 

edit: This week (and this post) started in February ..so I’m counting it as the Yarn and Coffee post for February 😉