I’m still, slowly, working on my stash. I had a lofty goal of reducing my boxes of crochet from 12 to 6 by the end of 2018. It is the end of 2018 and I now have…drum roll please…9 boxes. While I didn’t make it to 6 boxes, the 9 boxes aren’t quite as stuffed as they once were. Not what I had hoped but a little progress. In 2018 I only purchased two skeins of yarn. This was to make a hat for my brother. And I received some yarn support for two designs that will published in 2019 by third parties. So overall, my yarn stash did decrease, just not as much as I had intended. Once again, the second half of 2018 was busy and I just did not get to crochet near as much as I had planned. Here is what I did complete in the last 6 months of 2018-
#AwkwardFamilyPhoto Halloween pumpkins with crocheted eyes
Ghost Pumpkins with crocheted eyes.
Harvest Corn Pillows
Christmas Tree Pillows
Mother Bears for donation
A potholder gift
An ear warmer headband for me.
And last, but not least, 3 more octos for donation to local NICU.
I’ll be back at stash busting in 2019. However, I think I’ll make my 2019 goal a little easier to measure. I plan to set a goal by weight rather than volume.
Happy New Year to you all. May 2019 be filled with lots of happiness and lots of crochet.
Whoo-hoo! I finished all three of the potholders for the swap. Super excited to participate in this. Some of the participants have started posting pictures in the Ravelry group and they are CUTE! Wanna play? Finished potholders and return mail are due in Texas by June 13, 2016 so there is still time to participate if you like. Potholder Swap 2016
Josh, dressed as a kitty for Halloween. He’s showing me his tail with his right hand and you can see Baby in his left.
Some people are dog people, some are cat people. I’m a cat person. I’ve had a cat for most of my life so it wasn’t much of a surprise that my youngest son, Josh, loved kitties too. When he was about three years old, my mother bought him a beanie type stuffed kitty. The kitty was named “Baby” and Josh carried her around everywhere. At night I had to wrap Baby in a blue cotton blanket. She had to be wrapped really tight, rolled up in the middle with just her head popping out. Baby went on many adventures and very quickly became one of many stuffed kitties that had to be in bed at night with Josh. But Baby was always his favorite and always the one to be wrapped up extra special. Like all sweet little boys, Josh has grown and is turning into an amazing young man (14 just last month!) and the kitties have been replaced with things like an iPad and XBox.
A few years ago I was working on a new method for a blanket design, Made with Love, Patchwork Heart Baby Blanket. When I was drawing it out, Josh watched me. After a few minutes he said I should make a kitty blanket. He said I should make it like the heart blanket, but a kitty. It took me a while but I did design that kitty blanket. Josh helped me a lot. He worked with me on the preliminary drawings. He helped me pick the right colors for both the kitty, blacks and grays of course, just like Baby, and the background, blue of course! And he helped me arrange the squares to avoid the placement of identical colors next to each other. The child is a puzzle whiz and his help was greatly appreciated! The naming of the pattern was easy, Baby Kitty.
This blanket has so many memories stitched into it. Not only the precious memories of Josh’s suggestion and help, but I made most of the squares while on a family road trip. It was a wonderful family adventure of which the blanket serves as a souvenir. This blanket will be treasured forever, as will Baby, with her matted fur and scratched up eyes. She is a sweet reminder of the past and of the sweet little boy who loved her.
I remember, in either 1st or 2nd grade, an elementary teacher of mine having a huge calendar in her room. Each month had a saying but the only one I really remember was March-In like a lion, out like a lamb. I remember thinking it was really weird-how could a lion turn into a lamb??? and what does that have to do with March??? For whatever reason this saying stuck with me for many, many (many…) years. So when it came time to publish my latest design, I thought the perfect day would March 1! I’m pleased to announce that March 2016 is indeed, coming in like a lion. A Peek-a-Boo Lion to be exact.
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
Mark your calendars-The Third Annual Indie Design Gift-A-Long (GAL) will be here in just 2 weeks and will run from Thursday, November 19th at 8pm (US-EST) through the New Years Eve party, Thursday, December 31 at midnight (US-EST). What is a GAL? Find out more about it from last year’s post or check out the Ravelry group, Indie Design Gift-A-Long.Keep watch for more information as we get closer to the start date.
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.