Every few months I like to go through all my projects bags and miscellaneous stashed boxes and bags of yarn. I spend anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes organizing what I have. I often find yarn in bags for designs that I decided against making. That yarn goes in the car to be returned to the store. (I know, some people would never return yarn but I have TOO MUCH! if a design doesn’t get made, I have to return the yarn. I don’t have the room to store any more.) And I always find WIPs. If they are not likely to be completed, they are removed from the project bag and placed back in the yarn storage boxes to be ripped out for the next time I want to use that yarn. WIPs that need to be finished are placed back in a project bag with whatever is needed to complete it.
This clean out I found a couple hats that were almost done. Actually, I thought I had already finished and mailed them to Halos of Hope. The first is from the Blue Rivers hat pattern. I did not have enough yarn for a pom-pom so I made a removable tassel. The second is from the Crocheted Harmony hat pattern. I omitted the brim and the tassel. I think it looks great as a slightly slouchy beanie. Both of these hats are crocheted in Lion Brand Heartland. I found a third hat that was only just started. I want to finish it but I have some holiday crocheting I have to complete first. I’ll save it for my next mail out to Halos of Hope.
I also found some Christmas Pickles I had started for a fundraiser for the local high school marching band. They are in need of new uniforms. A couple parents and I are making items to sell at the holiday concert in hopes to raise a little more money for the uniforms. Yesterday, I was able to get 8 Christmas Pickles Gift Sets packed up and ready to sell.
A couple recent projects that were started but not finished were some dishcloths for my parents. I cannot show a picture because they both read my blog. 🙂 (Hi Mom and Dad!) But I was able to finish them too.
It was a productive weekend. The hats were finished, labeled and mailed. The pickles were finished and the gift sets were packaged and are ready to sell. And the dishcloths were finished and are ready to be delivered. Super excited to have all these items completed as there are only 14 days to Christmas and I have a number of holiday gifts to finish!
I finished what will likely be my last charitable project for 2015, the Melo Hat by ACCROchet. It’s a super cute hat. I had to adjust the pattern a little as my yarn was much thinner than the suggested yarn. I ended up adding an additional pattern repeat and working a lot of extras rows. It’s super slouchy with a removable pom-pom. I hope a young teen will enjoy it. I’m super happy I was able to complete this during the Gift-A-Long on Ravelry. There is a slim chance I’ll have time to finish another hat before 2016 starts. But if not, I’m pleased with the results to date!
The hat weighs over 4.25 ounces.
Total hats made in the 2015 Stash Bust Challenge to date: 12
Total bears made in the 2015 Stash Bust Challenge to date: 6
Total blankets made in the 2015 Stash Bust Challenge to date: 2
I’m super excited to share with you the finished Inca Blocks Lapghan! The pattern was adapted from Beth Graham’s Inca Block Wrap. The only change I made was to add some stripes and work a few less rows. Basically I worked the pattern until I ran out of yarn. The finished blanket is 42″ wide X 39″ long and should be a nice and cozy lapghan. I know it kept me cozy while I was stitching it 🙂
This blanket and the other lapghan I made earlier this year, will be donated to the local nursing home. Every year, just before Thanksgiving, the nursing home puts up a wish tree of items needed by residents who don’t have much or don’t receive many visitors. I always see lap blankets listed and I always wish I had time to make one. This year I (finally) thought ahead and made two ahead of time. The tree should be up this week.
As mentioned in my last post, things have been busy here. So busy that I was three months late with that last post. And, like many of you, late November and December are hectic for my family. In anticipation of the upcoming overload of activities, I am getting some stash busting done ASAP to see if the goal of crocheting 5 pounds of yarn for charity can be achieved before year-end.
As of June, I had crocheted 3 pounds, 12.5 ounces into hats, a blanket and bears. My current project should take a chunk out of the 5 pound goal! In September I started a blanket for donation to a local nursing home. I decided to use Beth Graham’s Inca Blocks Wrap pattern. I’m working it with (mostly) Caron Simply Soft and it is turning out pretty cozy. The pattern is easy to follow-I love the chart! My goal is to finish the crocheting this week and then work on weaving in ends this weekend.
Once the blanket is done I plan to make some beanies for donation. I’ll need to stash dive and see what I have that is onHalos of Hope’s updated yarn suggestion guide. Check it out. I also found out about another organization that collects hats for kids going through chemo therapy. The organization is the Jessie Rees Foundation and they send out Joy Jars with a beanie in each. The story behind the foundation is both heartbreaking and inspiring. I’ve got something special in mind for Joy Jar beanies, so please look for that in the next week or two.
Wow, you know you are a little behind in posting blogs when you find one from -3 MONTHS AGO-that was never finalized and posted. Well, here it is, a little late and a little out of season. I’ll try to be a little more timely with the next one!!
August 2, 2015
It seems so odd to me to be thinking that summer is almost over on August 2, but it is; summer vacation anyway. I’ve lived in Georgia 18 years now and I still haven’t gotten used to kids starting school in early August. But we have open house tomorrow and the first day of school starts on Thursday. My oldest has already started his high school marching band practices (Nov. 1 UPDATE: one football game left in the season) and I’ve had my youngest “training” for middle school cross-country all summer. The first meet is just 3 weeks from tomorrow! (Nov. 1 UPDATE: He has completed his cross-country season and won the Coach’s award for being a good example and having a positive attitude! So proud of him!) Our summer has been busy with a nice family vacation, some friends over for sleepover parties, a camp here and there, getting wisdom teeth removed for one child and the other getting braces, and teaching the oldest to drive (wow!). With all this, I did manage to squeeze in a little crochet time.
In May the Peppermint Pals Hot Pad set was released and I was very excited to complete my charity lapghan for donation to the local nursing home in May as well.
Yesterday, August 1, I posted a holiday stocking pattern for testing and hope to have it available by September 1. (Nov. 1 UPDATE: It is now available!) It is hard to think of Christmas when the summer bugs are still singing but the holidays will be here in just a few short months.
The two months of no school and my adjusted work schedule have been nice but I am looking forward to the routines that the school year brings us. I’m always sad when the summer bugs (the singing ones, not the biting ones) go away. I love listening to them while I crochet on my back porch.
Pat with 12 Months = 24 Hats is so sweet. My birthday was last month and she surprised me with a gift pattern, The Countryside Slouchy. This hat has a unique style and is one I had not yet made. It is always fun to try something new and I enjoyed making this hat. Thanks Pat!!!!
Click on the hat and it will bring you to my Ravelry project page to see more photos.
This hat weighs 3.25 ounces.
Total hats made in the 2015 Stash Bust Challenge to date: 10
Total bears made in the 2015 Stash Bust Challenge to date: 6