Friday, October 20, 2017

Week 21 - Fall

“I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” ― Anne of Green Gables

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

That Time of Year

Well it's that time of year again where I bring up National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and how I am doing it again. Normally when I write during this time I don't have an outline of any sort, though last year I sort of outlined but it didn't go very well. This year I am giving outlining another try using the mind mapping/clustering method instead of doing it scene by scene.

Normally I don't have much of a plot, other than it's slightly based off of the story of George and the Dragon, with a little bit of King Arthur thrown in there. This year I have more of a plot/idea of what my story is going to be. The idea for my novel came from a random plot generator that I found online either last year or the year before, though I don't remember what the site I used is called. After I saved the plot summary to my computer I forgot about it until the other night when I was getting ready for bed.

So I pulled it up again and tweaked the plot idea (synopsis of sorts) and posted it under the novel section on my NaNo page, and shared here. It's not the greatest, but I am hoping that it is enough of an idea to get me started with my novel.

If you are doing NaNo this year my name on there is KitKat-Kathleen. It's a bit of a mouthful but I changed it because I was tired of  the name that I had been using (Kathy Taffy.

The night of the snowstorm changes everything for Arthur Scott, a 20-year-old scout from Illinois. One moment, he is discussing with his charming friend, Alexandria Jefferson; the next, watching with horror as strange ghosts arrive. He knows these ghosts came from Exeter but he can't prove it - at least not without some old-fashioned weapons. The incredible, adorable man knows that his contented life is over. He acquires some old-fashioned weapons and is reborn as the hero who will save the world from strange ghosts. Will his conscience allow him to do whatever is needed to stop the ghosts?

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Cotton Twill Squares Baby Blanket

Last week when I was writing my post about the five projects that I am currently working on, I realized that I hadn't done a post for a baby blanket that I finished several months ago.

So the pattern I used is called Cotton Twill Squares, unfortunately, I don't remember where I found the pattern for this blanket otherwise, I would share the link for it. The yarn that I used for this blanket was 6 skeins of Patons North America Beehive Baby Chunky in Quicker Clover, and there was a little left over when I finished it, and I found the yarn at Jo-Ann's.

Back in January, I found out that one of my cousins was expecting their first baby, as well as a family friend, so I got the idea to make them both baby blankets. For the friend, I finished the Malt Baby Blanket that I posted about back in March. For my cousin, I made this blanket.

Even though I was constantly changing between the regular knit stitch and the stockinette stitch I was able to make this blanket fairly quickly. Almost three months to make a 32 x 32 blanket is pretty good.

Typically blankers are made on circular needles to accommodate all of the stitches, but I have never liked using circular needles so I made this blanket using size 8 straight needles instead. Even though it hurts my wrists a bit to do it, I use straight needles whenever I make blankets, because I like how much support there is from the straight needle.

I gave it to my cousin at the baby shower and everyone loved it.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Call Me Crazy

Call me crazy but I currently have five knitting projects in the works, though only two of them are currently active.

As I mentioned in a separate post last week, and one other time before, I said that I was working on a Ten Stitch Blanket. That is project #1. Project #2 is a Log Cabin blanket and the colors for this blanker are white yarn and a variegated blue, green, and purple yarn. Project #3 is another Ten Stitch blanket that I started over the summer, but haven't really done much with. The colors for this blanket are goldenrod and two shades of rust orange.

Project #4 is a Corner to Corner blanket, and the colors for that are a light gray and a dusty purple, with possible dark purple accents (I don't know for sure yet). And finally, project #5 is a hat, in a variegated gray, white, yellow yarn.

Now you are probably wondering why I am working on five different knitting projects. Well, it didn't originally start out that way. It just started out with the first Ten Stitch blanket, after I finished making a baby blanket for someone (that I just realized I never did a post for). The Log Cabin blanket was started not long after I started the Ten Stitch. I had been working on the Log Cabin for a while when I had the idea to start working on the second Ten Stitch Blanket. But I haven't worked on it much since I first started it.

The reason why I haven't really worked on the Log Cabin and second Ten Stitch is that I started working on the Corner to Corner blanket, which I am giving away and it needs to be finished soon. But once I finish with the C2C blanket I am going to start working on the Log Cabin blanket again. The hat that I am working on is also a bit of a short deadline.

Because I crazy and looking for new knitting projects to work on, and people to give them to, I am planning on making a second hat once I finish the first one. I am calling that one project #5.5. And I am also planning on starting a fifth blanket pattern once I finish the Corner to Corner and Log Cabin blankets. So in the near future be prepared to be bombarded with more knitting posts as I finish all of my current (and future) projects.