Virus Blanket

My virus blanket is finally finished!

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As I have neither the patience or the yarn to make it any larger, it’s a throw. Even at that size it was really hard to get a picture of the whole thing. It is almost as wide as my queen size bed though so it’s a good sized throw.I’m thinking of donating it to my daughter’s air cadet squadron for their silent auction at the end of the month.

As much as I love the pattern I’m not sure I could make another one. I really seem to struggle with blankets in general, they just take so long. Maybe I’ll make a virus shawl if I get the urge to play with this pattern again. Shawls I don’t take nearly so long to finish. 🙂

Firefly CAL – Week 5

I can’t believe we’re over a month into the Firefly CAL already. Last week’s squares were the Alliance Flag and Shiny. I only made one of them, Shiny, since I’m not a big fan of the Alliance. Sure, every show needs a big bad enemy, but that doesn’t mean I have to like them. 🙂

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This square turned out pretty well though all those colour changes for the word were a bit of a pain.

Also posted this past week were the bonus squares. I’m planning to make several of them so I was pretty excited to see them. Now I just need to decide exactly which ones I’m making and them find the time to actually get started on them.

This week’s regular squares are both Wash related: Wash’s dinosaurs and Leaf on the Wind. I’ll be making Leaf on the Wind but not the dinosaur square as I’ve decided to only make one square per character. These are only two more weeks left in the CAL so I should probably start weaving in ends and figuring out what order I’m going to be joining these things in. 🙂

Firefly CAL – Week 4

Here is my latest square in the Firefly CAL, Kalyee’s Parasol:

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I’m not sure I like how this one turned out. Colours that are only a single stitch wide don’t seem to work very well in tunsian and I made a couple mistakes that are a little too obvious for my liking. I think I’ll put it away and see if it grows on me later.

This week’s squares are Shiny And the Alliance flag. I’ve already started on Shiny and will probably make the Alliance flag too. Pictures in a week. 🙂

This Week’s WIPs

Here is a peak at what I’ve been up to lately. Some of these are new projects while others I feel like I’ve been working on forever.

Scarf. Pretty straight forward I guess. This one I just started a few days ago.

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Baby sweater. Just needs sleeves and it will be done.

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This week’s square for the Firefly CAL.

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The top I started ages ago. It doesn’t look like it’s grown at all but I swear it has. 🙂

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My latest doll. She now has a full body and a shirt. The clothes always seem to take me the longest to make.

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And my virus blanket. I first posted this one back before Christmas. It’s definitely grown since then though it was hibernating for a while. It’s getting big enough that it’s hard to get a good picture of it.

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That’s it for now. I’m sure I’ll find something else to start soon enough. 🙂

Firefly CAL – Week 2 and 3

I ended up a little behind on my squares for Two hearts Crochet’s Firefly CAL so I didn’t post any last week. To make up for that, I have three for today:

 

I still have to weave in the ends on these and finish the ends for the Serenity square as well.

The next squares are available now here. They are Kaylee’s Parasol and Kaylee’s Party Dress. I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to make either of these squares. I have the colours for the parasol but I really like the dress…. I guess you’ll just have to come back next week to find out what I decide. 🙂

I’m really enjoying this CAL even if my squares need to be pinned down just so they flat long enough to take a picture. That’s just the nature of the tunsian crochet though and they’ll flatten out once they’ve been joined together.Unfortunately, I’m really not looking forward to that part. It’s my least favourite part of making blanket’s out of squares. Maybe I’ll start now so it’s less painful than doing it all at once at the end.Oh well, off to stare at the pictures of this week’s squares to try to decide what to make next.

Crochet Bracelets

Usually, I work with worsted weight or dk yarn but sometimes I like to get out the tiny hooks and make smaller things. These bracelets for example:

 

They’re made with size 10 crochet thread and and a size 2 or 3 (I can’t recall which) steel hook. It’s a pretty simple and quick project and I ended up making several to give out as Christmas presents. The pattern can be found on Ravelry here.

 

Alright, back to the projects I don’t need my glasses to see…. 🙂

A Few More of My Favourite Sites

Back in September I posted links to a few of my favourite websites. I thought it was time to post a few more. So here are a some more of the places I go to waste time look for inspiration:

A geeky crocheter’s dream come true. This is where the Firefly CAL I’m working on is being hosted. There are a tons of other free patterns, mostly CALs and amigurumi.

This is one of my more recent finds. It has instructions for all sorts of tunisian crochet stitches. Since I’ve recently become obsessed with tunisian crochet, it’s a place I’ve been spending a lot of time at.

Another blog with lots of lovely free patterns. This site is also to co-host of the Hooking on Hump Day link party that I try to participate in as often as I remember to submit a link. 🙂

This is one of the sites where I learned a lot about making crochet dolls. She has quite a few tutorials for anyone interested in learning and some great free patterns.

This blog also has lots of patterns, both for amigurumi and other things. I admit, I mostly go here for the seriously cute amigurumi but the other patterns are definitely worth a look too.

That should be enough for anyone to lose several hours. 🙂

Do you have a favourite site I haven’t mentioned yet? Leave a link to it in the comments and I’ll check it out. I’m always looking for new places to waste time find inspiration. 😉

Calgary Expo 2017

I’ve signed up to volunteer again for the Calgary Expo! It’s just so much fun I had to do it again. This will be my third year and my daughter is old enough now to volunteer with me. She’s also signed up. 🙂 Now we wait. They have an awful lot of applications to go through by hand so it will be a couple of weeks at least before team assignments are done. More likely than not, we’ll both be hanging out in Admissions though. That’s what I’ve done for the past two years so it would be nice to see the old crew again.

If you’re in Calgary and looking for something to do at the end of April I highly recommend checking out the show. There’s something for just about everyone. This year’s guest list is awesome:

  • Adrian Paul
  • Christopher Lambert
  • Colm Meaney
  • James Marsters
  • John Cusack
  • Nathan Fillion
  • I could go on for a while or you could just go check out the guest list so far: https://calgaryexpo.com/guests/ . There will be more announcements so this is by no means the final list.

Or you could volunteer… Sign up is still open… The more the merrier and all. Also, we have cookies. 🙂

Firefly CAL – Serenity Square

I’ve finished the first square in the Firefly CAL.

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It’s the Serenity! I realize it came out as a rectangle instead of a square but I think it looks fine. I guess my stitches are just a bit taller than they are wide. 🙂

I’m using tunisian simple stitch instead of the mini corner to corner that the graphs are written for so mine are bound to come out looking a bit different.

This week’s squares are available now on the Two Hearts Crochet blog. They are Jayne’s hat and River’s axes. I’m planning to make both and I’ve already started on Jayne’s hat. Pictures will follow, I promise. In the meantime, why not head over to Two Hearts Crochet and check out the rest of the upcoming squares for the CAL?

This Week’s WIPs

I seem to have fewer projects on the go this week than I did last month.

Currently I have these cup cozies. I’m not sure how many I’ll end up making. They make good travel projects for on the train. These are the only thing in this post that has an actual pattern, found here on Ravelry.

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Then there is this baby blanket. Just basic corner to corner. I love this stitch because it works up so quickly and has a neat texture to it.

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This will someday be a top in tunisian knit stitch. With super fine yarn and a 4mm double ended tunisian hook it’s slow going but I’ll get there eventually.

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And last but not least is a sneak peak of the doll I’m working on. No, it’s not Princess Leia. 🙂

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That’s all for now. Aside from the Firefly CAL of course but I’ll be posting about that again soon.