Colours make me happy

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Here’s a sneak peak on what I am working on these days. Don’t you just love how the brightness of the colours!? It is a great way to use up some of the leftovers from the Hygge CAL (which I still haven’t blocked, by the way). I do love the range of colours that Scheepjes Catona comes in, but I really really can not approve of their new 10-gram format. It might work when it comes to embroidery, but you can hardly start crocheting anything when you already have to grab the next skein.

However, during my last order I picked a few skeins of a different cotton yarn: Scheepjes Cotton 8. I am not yet sure what I will make of them, but I have a few ideas. Until then, I just enjoy the colours.

Scheepjes Cotton 8

 

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Happy August

My question about the appropriateness of a hippo without a head got answered by a 4-month old boxer pup we were babysitting over the weekend. The hippo was still headless, halfway stuffed and got a very loud growl from the puppy. So, in the interest of babies from all species, I had to complete the full toy.

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The Happypotamus has already moved in with its new owner – a 5-week year old baby boy called August. He didn’t growl at it, so I guess he approves šŸ™‚

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Headless Hippo

Can I get away with giving a headless stuffed animal as a gift to a newborn, and say that it is a great way of stimulating his imagination? Or will the poor kid get traumatized for life?

A few months back I started another Happypotamus for a colleague who was due in the end of April. Her expecting a spring baby, and it being a baby boy, I had the perfect leftovers of Scheepjes Colour Crafter for the project: blues, greens, purples with a thin contrast line of dark yellow just for fun.

Headless Happypotamus

And, of course, I ran out of the contrast colour right before I could start crocheting the head. To avoid adding to my stash, I first turned to the local craft forums and Facebook groups to see if anyone had a bit left over. No luck. Then I started scanning all the local yarn stores, and came up with the same result. So, I had no other alternative but to look at online stores abroad. And I couldn’t just order one skein of yarn, because the postal costs would have been ridiculous, so I threw in a few extras in different colours and fibres šŸ˜‰

I can not say a single bad word about the service of Black Sheep Wools, however online yarn shopping is just not my thing. I need to see and touch and compare and coordinate my yarns, or there will be consequences. This time, the consequence was that IĀ  ended up with 5 new skeins of Colour Crafter, none being the right colour. And I only have myself to blame for that, because I did not double check the colour codes properly.

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So, what does a rational crafter do in that situation? She’ll start a new project with the newly arrived yarns. And I know I will be running out of the light blue soon, but that is ok. Gives me more reason to make another order. And this time, I will be checking the colour codes for at least three times before making the purchase.

 

 

A Few WIPs Too Many? ;)

What does a woman do when she already has about a dozen half-finished project, and she is about to head to a 10-day trip to her in-laws? Of course, she takes on new projects with her!

Unless it is a work trip, travelling is a great opportunity for knitting and crochet. All those hours in airports and on planes, in buses and trains. All those long chatting sessions at cafes, or around living room tables.

The only problem is, that to actually get things done, one has to do some proper pre-trip planning. And as you can imagine, there is plenty of other things that need to be taken care of before getting on that plane. So, I had a whole 10 minutes to come up with something, and drew up a quick plan of:

  • Something that is travel-proof, including getting-through-airport-security-proof. That generally means crochet with a bamboo hook, something quick and easy.

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Please note the curve of this crochet hook. This thing is such an experienced traveller it should have its own frequent flyer membership.

  • Something that actually fills up my time, meaning more mental effort.

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My excuse to starting two new projects? No new yarn was purchased for either of them, so it is kind of a stash-busting trip šŸ˜›

I’ll let you know how it all goes… šŸ˜‰

Dance Around the Globe

I can’t believe the blanket is finally done! I have decided to call it Dance Around the Globe, because here are just a few examples where those squares were made:

  • A park bench at State College, Penn State;
  • During a drive between Krk and Split, Croatia;
  • On an overnight boat from Stockholm, Sweden to Tallinn, Estonia;
  • At our friends’ summer kitchen in Toronto, Canada;
  • On a 46th floor balcony in Dubai, UAE;
  • In a funky-smelling hotel room in Bengaluru, India.

So, bits of this blanket got to travel a lot with me between August 2016 and February 2018. And finally, it has found its place in our bedroom!

Dance Around the Globe

8×11 squares, most of them from the original pattern. I left out the more airy squares. Where we live right now, we crave for everything warm. (My initial plan was to take photos of the blanket outside, but it is -17 degrees Celsius outside today!). When I ordered the colours, I picked them quite randomly, but I am very happy with the overall look.

But there’s no time for getting too proud of my work… there is a list of WIP’s that desperately need attention!

 

 

The Countdown Begins

About 18 months ago my husband started his Master’s degree. And about 18 months ago, I started a big blanket project.

Last week, he started his last semester of school, and that made me realise that I need to up my game. So, for the past weekend you could see us either home or at cafes – one completely absorbed in his homework, the other vigorously crocheting (although, there was an hour or two where I too tried my hand at linear equations ;)).

Here’s my progress so far, 87 squares, all from the Last Dance on the Beach. Compared to the first blanket, where I had absolutely no say in picking the colours, this one looks so timid and calm. Maybe a bit too timid and calm.

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Tonight will be all about that 1 last square, weaving in ends, and spending hours on obsessing over the right layout. And, as my husband will start writing his thesis, I will start joining the squares. Seems like an equal amount of work to me šŸ˜€

 

Guerilla Christmas

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As you can see, I have done more than a few of those hearts during the past week. And more than a few have found new homes. For example, I was visiting a friend from university times a few days back. While she was busy baking us the most amazing cinnamon swirls, I sat on her couch, crocheted, and secretly covered a corner of her living room with red hearts šŸ˜€ Some hearts have also sneaked into Christmas gifts. And the last lot above will become a garland, most probably in our own living room.

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Things are also progressing on my “not-a-snowflake” doily. I’ve always loved big projects because of the challenge they pose. And this one is definitely a challenge. The pattern is made up of four parts: a central doily, a round of leaves and flowers (each crocheted separately), a second layer of crocheting in the round, and another round of leaves and flowers. It will keep me busy for a while.

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It will also keep me busy for a while, because I ran out of thread! šŸ˜¦ I managed to buy the last ball from my local shop, and they don’t have a clue when the next batch comes in. I tried the same shop in a different town during a work trip, but of course I did not take the doily nor thread samples with me. The shop had several different types of off-white, and I was not sure which one was the correct one. I am going back this week – please keep your fingers crossed I’ll find the right thread!