Monday, August 13, 2018

Labor of Love Blanket


This blanket started out as an idea that I based off of something similar that a friend of mine did. And the thought for this blanket came to me on Halloween of last year (2017) and I went with it though it took a little bit longer to actually form into a physical blanket.

Since I wanted this to be a surprise for my sister and her husband, I knew that I wouldn't be able to make it all myself. So I enlisted the help of my grandma and some friends to make some squares for the blanket. I also made a bunch for the blanket as well don't worry ;). Originally it was supposed to be finished in time for my sister's bridal shower back in April, but that didn't happen.

The day before the shower I went over to my grandma's house to start sewing the squares together so that my sister wouldn't be able to see it. As my grandma and I were laying out the squares that we had on the table, we both realized that we needed to add another row of squares as well as make several more to add to the rest of the rows. It's hard to see in the collage <-- but the middle square in the fourth row is multi-colored and the middle of the blanket which is why we had to add another row and add to the other rows. Between the two of us we crocheted and knit seven more squares to add on. By the time we finished both of our hands were sore and tired from all of the work that we had done.

Obviously I didn't get it finished in time for the bridal shower the next day since I had only started sewing one of the rows together the night before. Since my sister can sometimes be oblivious to things, but not while she's driving, I was able to bring the blanket home with me, though it sat in my car for a while, and work on it. My grandma and I also had the same idea to add a border around the edge of the blanket to make it bigger and to also give it a more finished look.

While the border isn't finished yet, I really need to work on it, I did show it to my sister and her husband before they left for their honeymoon and they both liked it. Once the border is finished I will share a picture or two of it here.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Engage


Just recently I was at a talk and at the beginning of the talk the speaker had everyone stand up and introduce themselves to someone new and each person had to share a fun fact about themselves. After a minute or two we moved on to new people and shared a new fun fact with them. Once we had each talked to about four or five people everyone sat down again at their tables and the talk began.

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash
The reason I am bringing this up is that the word of the year that I received, back in January, is Engage. Since Engage might seem like a random word for me to receive since I write posts on here somewhat regularly about random things that are going on in my life, I figured it would be good to explain a little about what Engage means to me.

To start off I am more of an Introvert than an Extrovert and while I do go out with friends and to parties, I don't always like starting conversations with people that I may or may not know that well. If I know the person better than I am more comfortable with holding a conversation with them. But once I start talking with someone, whether or not I know them well, I enjoy talking with them about different things, but I am more of a listener than a talker.

I am the maid of honor at my sister's wedding with is next month (August) and I am giving a speech, and like with any speech you have to engage people. So while I am working on my speech I am working in funny moments so that it's not too sad and people are laughing.

Anyhow that's all I have to say for the time being. So I hope you enjoyed reading what I wrote and stick around for more.

Friday, July 13, 2018

All Things Random


In my last post, which I had mostly written ahead of time, I was going to post it at the end of June once I had given the blanket away. But as I said the blanket still isn't finished, I am still slowly working away at it, I decided to post and share about the blanket anyhow.

Photo by John-Mark Smith on Unsplash
I would have shared my previous post sooner, as well as written one or two other posts, but my laptop decided that it was going to go kaput. Granted it was almost six years old and I kept forgetting to update my anti-virus software. So right now, until I can get a new laptop, I am limited to my cell phone, which I hate writing long things on, the computer my siblings share, my mom's old laptop or one of the computers at the library. It probably helped that I hadn't really thought of anything to write on here until now.

When I first sat down at the library computer the other week I hadn't planned on sharing the last post, I was just going to try and write something since I hadn't posted in awhile and this is that something, though it isn't the greatest and is just a bunch of rambling about different things, that I may or may not have said before. When I write blog posts I like to write some of them a head of time so that I can schedule them and not have to worry about it later on. Of course I never remember what times I schedule the posts and always have to look it up. But that is besides the point.

Now that I have been out of school for two months now, I have been trying to find a new job, though I haven't had luck so far. I also have had more time to work on some of my knitting projects that either need to be finished soon or are not going to be finished in the long run. Either way it's been nice to have some time to relax and work on projects while I look for another job instead of trying to cram homework in every day. On my Ravelry page I have a bunch of patterns that I want to try out at some point in the future, most of which are blanket patterns, but there are a few that aren't.

Any how that is all I can think of to say at this point in time, though if I do think of anything else I will probably write another post on the matter. But in the mean time thanks for reading what I have to say and I hope that you will be back in the future.


Friday, July 6, 2018

A Story of Five Blankets


Back in January of last year one of my cousin's got engaged and I had the idea to make them a blanket, though I didn't know what yarn or pattern I wanted to use for it. Then in the middle of February/beginning of March I was at the library across the street hanging out with the Fiber Arts that meets there every week and one of the ladies there was giving away a bunch of free yarn and in the yarn was a plastic bag with three skeins of Mainstays Home 4-Ply Worsted yarn (colorway: Mountain Top) and I took it home.

After having it sit in my room for several months of the yarn sitting in my room collecting dust, I finally found a pattern that I wanted to use the yarn for, along with a skein of white yarn that I had so that it went farther. The pattern that I found was the Log Cabin pattern. It is a really easy pattern to follow and you can do it with any type of yarn. The beginning of June I started working on the blanket with the intent of having it finished by the bridal shower so that I could bring it as my gift.

But as I started using the third skein of yarn I realized that the blanket wasn't going to be big enough even with the white yarn that I was adding to it. After doing some research I discovered that the brand of yarn that I was using was discontinued, so I had no way to get more of it. So after some thinking and being told by my mother to eventually finish the blanket, I pulled out the couple of skeins of light green yarn, and coordinating variegated yarn, which I had also gotten for free from the same group, I started working on blanket #2, which was another Log Cabin blanket, with the new yarn. But as luck would have it I realized, as I was starting the second skein of yarn, that the blanket still wouldn't be the size that I wanted it to be. So I pulled out the section that I had just started and found another pretty pattern that I liked and started working on that.

Now for blanket #3 the pattern that I found for it is called Angled Eyelets blanket and it is a very pretty pattern. But it wasn't turning out the way that it looked in the pictures and my mom agreed that it didn't look right. So I had to find another pattern to use. Enter blanket #4. The pattern that I used for the last and final blanket is called Cozy Heart blanket and while it is a super easy pattern to follow and is a pattern that I will probably use again I didn't have enough yarn to make it the size that I wanted. Which leads me to blanket #5.

The pattern that I used for blanket #5 is called Mitered Blanket and like most of the patterns I use, I found it on Ravelry. And the nice thing about this blanket is that the gauge doesn't matter and you can use whatever yarn and needle you want to make it and it is super easy to make.

While the blanket was supposed to be finished by the wedding and given as a gift, it still isn't finished yest and is still sitting on the needles waiting to be finished. Besides not having enough time to work on it, part of the reason why it is taking me a long time to finish the blanket is because I started with 600 stitches on the needles. I haven't counted stitches since I started working on it but I am guessing, at this point in time, that I am not out of 500 stitches yet. I might be getting close to 400 but I still have a long way to go before the blanket is finished.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Taking it Slow


Ever since I posted last month I have been at a loss as what to write next, especially since I am done doing the weekly photo challenge. As I tried to come up with an idea or two to write about I realized that it was okay if I didn't post that often and that posting sporadically is an okay thing to do. When I first started this blog, as well as my previous blog which I have since deleted, I realized that I was posting quite frequently about some of the most random stuff, which I occasionally still do. After I had that thought I decided that while I will still be posting here it will be more sporadic like it has been starting to be, and hopefully, that will give me time to think about things that I want to talk and share about on here.

A while back I had collected a list of blogging prompts, a few of which I have already shared on here, so I might pull that out again and maybe come up with some more ideas so that I can continue to have some new ideas to post about. Of course, I will have to retype the list since it is a little beaten up and I hand wrote some ideas down on the page. Since I am still looking for a new job and I currently have Fridays off I plan on spending as much time as I can, looking for a job of course, but also working on some new blog posts and ideas to post about.

In the meantime here is a picture that I took of the Capitol building in Washington DC when I was there recently.


Sunday, May 13, 2018

Crossing the Finish Line


I am graduating! Which is a little weird because I have been so used to having school and homework pretty much all day, every day for the past four years. It was a little weird not signing up for classes for the coming Fall semester. While I will miss having the structure of classes, work and homework I am ready to graduate and move on.

This semester the class I was worried the most about passing was the Intro to Accounting class that I had to take. I was worried because I have a hard time with math and the only time the class was offered was at 8:00 a.m. three days a week for fifty mins each day. So that combination made it a little hard to concentrate sometimes. But I was able to pass the class with a "C" grade, which is a good thing because I am graduating this week, Friday to be exact and I need to pass all of my classes in order to do so.

The other two classes I am not as worried about because my Intro to Photoshop class is pretty easy because for the final we just have to do presentations on the topic of our choice and the pictures that we include are supposed to show off some of the skills that we learned in the class. The online class that I took this semester is "Administrative Documents" which is just working with Microsoft Office some more and it is a pretty easy class, though I am not overly fond of Excel. To me, Excel is a necessary evil in working with Microsoft Office and other things, just like math is.

While I am excited to graduate and finish school the one thing that I will not miss is having to buy all of the expensive books for classes.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Lots of Yarn


Back in September, I wrote a post on one of my many knitting projects, with this particular project being a Ten Stitch Blanket that I am making from balls of yarn left over from previous projects, etc. Well, today I was able to get more yarn, for free, for the blanket so that I can continue to add to it.

<---- The stash for the blanket with the new yarn added to what I still had on hand.

As you can see from the picture I have a lot of yarn for this blanket, and that is not counting the couple of balls that I had already set aside to use once I am finished with the purple that I am adding to the blanket.

I may have mentioned this group once or twice before but at the library across from my house there is a small cafe inside of it and once a week on Wednesdays, they meet there twice from 9-12 and 5-8 to knit, crochet, embroider, etc. And once a year they have what they call a Stitch-In and what it is is one Saturday in May, which happened to be today, they get together from 9-3 and knit and people who come can bring any extra yarn for people to take if they so choose. At the stitch-in last year and this year I was able to get a lot of yarn for the Ten-stitch blanket as well as skeins of yarn for other projects.

This year, besides the yarn for the blanket, I brought home six skeins of Lion Brand Homespun Yarn with three in Gothic (dark purple) and three in Baroque (light purple). What I am going to do with them I don't know yet, but the colors are pretty so it should be easy to find something to use them for. I also grabbed a skein of white yarn because it never hurts to have extra white yarn around. Several other skeins of yarn made their way into my bag that I need to find a use for. For four of the other skeins that I brought home with me, I have an idea of what I want to use them for, but I have not yet decided if I am going to use them for the idea or not.

Since that is all I have to say at the moment I will leave it at that, though I will probably post updates on everything as I make more projects and all that.