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Mandala Monday

Happy Mandala Monday!

Easter Egg Mandala by Set Free My Gypsy Soul
Yarn: Loops & Thread Impeccable in Aqua; Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn! in Pink, Orchid, and Goldenrod; Caron Simply Soft in Watermelon; Red Heart Super Saver in Aran
Hook: G-7 (4.5 mm)

A delightful little mandala hooked up in a day, gifted to my mom for Easter.


You ever have a project that gives you grief, and makes you depressed to think about? One that you dread working on, and want nothing more than to have that project finished completely and you can move on to other things, but it's a gift or for sale/commission and you have to finish it? That's what's happening to me now.

Last year I decided I'd make simple big granny square blankets for my parents and one of my best friends for Christmas. At the time I was just getting back into crocheting and big grannies were perfect. However, I never finished because I apparently work terribly under pressure (big change from college!), and big grannies are boring. So they were set aside, and gifted half finished to my dad and friend. I finished my mom's. (You may remember me talking about the one for my dad here; I finished it, then found more yarn.)

Every month of this year my plan has to been to finish them but I've only worked on them sparingly, and avoided them on the wh…

WIP Wednesday: Dancing Baby Hexagons

Recently I organized some of my craft supplies, and this included pulling a box of yarn out from underneath my bed.  Among the beautiful yarn from Los Angeles, I also found a purse and a pack of Dancing Baby yarn from Ice Yarns. After realizing how much I hate making giant granny squares (more on this later), I decided I was going to turn the Dancing Baby into a different lapghan, but I'm overwhelmed with projects at the moment and didn't need to start a new one. But that yarn is so pretty! I wanted to work with it so bad.

Then I saw this post on tumblr:

And agreed, and after deciding on a hook and pattern:

And that's what I did all day Sunday:

I just can't stop working on it. It's such a cute little lapghan, and the yarn is so pretty. I hope to finish it within the next few days as it's pretty much all I've been working on.


Temperature Tuesday IV

Happy Temperature Tuesday!

Here is my temperature blanket as of Monday.  Isn't it just so happy and colorful?  I love it!  I had no idea the weather was such a fickle thing and changed so often, as I really have never paid this much attention to it, and how much variation I'd get by choosing 5 degree temperature changes.  I'm so happy with how it's coming along!

But I want to talk about a few things, such as

the black and subsequent black hexies that represent the beginning of the month: what a change! I don't often see the blanket laid out like this, it's usually the little bit of where I'm joining, though I see my graph paper chart but the colors are almost completely different, and are representational (light green, dark green) instead of true-to-life (the light green colored pencil looks nothing like the light lime-y green of the Pistache yarn.) I can tell you for a fact I prefer to real deal to my graph paper chart. But what a change I've had, check…

Temperature Tuesday III

Happy Temperature Tuesday!

There's really not much to update today.  I've been sick almost the whole week, but have been keeping up with the temperature blanket, at least recording temperatures and catching up the next day.

Last time we chatted it was an unusably warm 70° and then the next day it was in the 30s and it snowed! You can't tell in the picture but there's sparkly thread in the purple hexagon next to the orange one.

And so the week has continued, gradually getting warmer and then going back down again. I'm hoping the weather changes drastically tomorrow as if it remains the same I'll be heading into a large Stonewash blob of blue. The forecast has us in the 60s from Saturday till Thursday, so the temperature at noon will probably be in the 50s (greens) but let's hope for some yellows!

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Temperature Wednesday II

Another edition of Temperature Wednesday, because I was too exhausted yesterday from weaving in ends. I decided to dedicate the whole day to weaving *groan* and it took me a looong time, and I still haven't finished! I wove in ends on my temperature blanket, the mandala from Monday's post, the thermometer mandala, and was working on the ends on a pair of fingerless mitts but gave up as my eyes were beginning to cross.  Also it got into the 70s today, so I don't think I'll be wearing them anytime soon, but then again it could snow tomorrow??? Weird weather. It honestly feels more like March or April than February, and the plants are confused and budding, and my body is confused and is throwing more migraines at me than usual.

But this also makes for a colorful temperature blanket and cool breezes on my skin as I crochet so I can't complain too much.

Here she is in all her glory:

It was so hard to take this picture, but I think I finally finagled a way to do it: comp…

Mandala Monday

Mandala Monday! Not sure if this will be a new thing, but I made a mandala on Monday, and we all know how much I love alliteration.

Granny Circle by Haafner Lissen from the book Mandalas to Crochet Yarn: Lily Sugar 'n Cream in Hot Pink, Hot Orange, Hot Green, Hot Blue, and Denim Indigo (the same color combination I used for my Christmas bauble) Hook: US H - 8 (5.00) Notes: I think there's a misprint in the book in round 1, there should be a "ch 1" in the written instructions, but was in the chart. Other than that it was very easy. I've wanted to make a granny circle for a while but could never figure out how to make the granny clusters into a circle. I can do hexagons and triangles just fine, but after doing this, I see where the increases would have to be.
Now the decision is what to do with it. I want to make it into a hot pad, but I feel like one layer isn't enough. So do I:
A: make another mandala and sew them together?
B:  sew felt on the back?
C: sew felt or b…

Temperature Wednesday (?) and Goodbye January

Ack, I missed yesterday.  Hope no one minds a Temperature Wednesday!

Trying to get a picture of my whole temperature blanket without getting my feet, other objects, or curious cats in the picture is becoming difficult!

January is complete!
Here is a better picture so you can see the hexagons closer:

We had a very warm January.  The high (temperatures always recorded at noon) got to 63° and the low was 19°.  We got snow twice, so there are two hexagons with sparkly yarn, one a pink, and one the purple next to the bright yellow one.
Here is my hexagonal graphing paper and colored penciled in graph to give you a better idea

I'll try to take a better picture tomorrow when I finish the second row.  Hopefully it'll be sunny!
I'm surprised to see so much green so early.  I thought there'd be a lot of purples (30s) and blues (40s) and maybe a few greens, but it's been really warm.
I'm excited to see how February is going to turn out and if we get any more snow.  I love…

Yarn Along :: The Underground Railroad

~Started in Fall 2010 by Small Things, every Wednesday we share what we're knitting or crocheting and reading on our blog/Instagram (#yarnalong)/Flickr, and link up on her blog.~

❝ The music stopped.  The circle broke.  Sometimes a slave will be lost in a brief eddy of liberation.  In the sway of a sudden reverie among the furrows or while untangling the mysteries of an early-morning dream.  In the middle of a song on a warm Sunday night.  Then it comes, always - the overseer's cry, the call to work, the shadow of the master, the reminder that she is only a human being for a tiny moment across the eternity of servitude. ❞ 
Currently reading: The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead; still working on The Exorcist
Currently working on: A Virus Shawl for my grandmother.  Caron Cakes is perfect for this pattern.  One Cake makes a nice size scarf, the yarn is lovely to work with, and it blocks into a lovely shawl.  After this, I have two more to make.

Temperature Tuesday III


Glad to say I've been working on my blanket daily, and I'm on row two now!

My black yarn came in the mail the day after I posted, so it's finally got its starting hexagon in black.

Unfortunately, the weather has been quite dismal, raining almost every day, and the same temperature range.  Almost every day it's in the 40s, and for three days it was in the 45° - 49° range, or Soft Blue days, so there's three of those right next to each other, which is bound to happen and seems to be on trend for temperature blankets.  I've seen on Facebook people have been using the same color for days and wish they had color variation like mine.  Good thing I chose a 5° temperature range.  A 2° temperature range would also be interesting.

I also found some hexagonal graphing paper, and am coloring in the days accordingly.  It gives me a full look at the blanket, and I can do it on days I don't crochet the hexagon if I'm busy or ill, and I can keep it for records. …

Pussyhats and the Women's March on Washington

On Saturday I attended the Women's March on Washington.  It was a sea of signs and pink Pussyhats.  There were so many people, it was unbelievable!
What was the Women's March on Washington? The website says it best:
On January 21, 2017 we will unite in Washington, DC for the Women’s March on Washington. We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families -- recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us--women, immigrants of all statuses, those with diverse religious faiths particularly Muslim, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native and Indigenous people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, the economically impoverished and survivors of sexual assault. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international c…

Yarn Along :: The Exorcist

~Started in Fall 2010 by Small Things, every Wednesday we share what we're knitting or crocheting and reading on our blog/Instagram (#yarnalong)/Flickr, and link up on her blog.~

❝ Like the brief doomed flare of exploding suns that registers dimly on blind men's eyes, the beginning of the horror passed almost unnoticed; in the shriek of what followed, in fact, was forgotten and perhaps not connected to the horror at all.  It was difficult to judge. ❞
Currently reading:The Exorcist, by William Peter Blatty. 
Currently working on: I haven't touched my dad's Christmas blanket this past week, as I've been sick, but after I finish this post I hope to put on a movie and get comfortable and start on it again; I'm feeling much better.  The black yarn for my temperature blanket hasn't come in the mail yet, so it's missing a hexagon, but I've started the second row, with light green, Pistache.  It's a yellowish-green, I'm not too sure why I went with thi…

Temperature Tuesday II

17 days in, my first strip is (almost) complete on my temperature blanket!  I'm just waiting for my black yarn to come in the mail, and I'll put a black one to the left of the dark green hexagon with the stitch marker, the black one being the place marker for January.

It's too long to take a decent picture of without showing tidbits of my messy room.  I would have taken it downstairs and gotten a picture on the floor (standing on a chair most likely), but I've been stuck in bed, sick with a stomach illness for almost a week and had to catch up today.  That alarm going off at noon everyday can get annoying, especially when you're exhausted from not having eaten in days (except for Pepto Bismol) and are exhausted, but I still faithfully recorded the temperatures, even that weird yellow day where it was in the 60s!

It fits across my full size bed already, so it's a perfect size.  It'll also have a border.  I'll have measurements as soon as the black yarn c…

Yarn Along :: Trout Fishing in America

~Started in Fall 2010 by Small Things, every Wednesday we share what we're knitting/crocheting and reading on our blog/Instagram (#yarnalong)/Flickr and link up on her blog.~

❝ Everything smelled of sheep.  The dandelions were suddenly more sheep than flower, each petal reflecting wool and the sound of a bell ringing off the yellow.  But the thing that smelled the most like sheep, was the very sun itself.  When the sun went behind a cloud, the smell of the sheep decreased like standing on some old guy's hearing aid, and when the sun came back again, the smell of the sheep was loud, like a clap of thunder inside a coffee cup. ❞
Currently reading:Trout Fishing in America, by Richard Brautigan
Currently working on: you think I can finish my dad's Christmas blanket by next Wednesday?
💗  OPH

Temperature Tuesday

I've been so excited for today's first Temperature Tuesday! I finally get to blog about my blanket again! Honestly, I could take a picture and update every day, but that'd be overwhelming, and I'd probably get tired of it, but so far every day I'm staring down the clock, willing it to move to noon faster.

So here is 10 days in:

If you'll notice the white fluff on the ground, we did get snow!

That means one day gets sparkly thread.

For the day it snowed and the day after I was in Dover, Delaware at the Dover Downs Casino Hotel eating plates and plates of good food and playing slot machines where I won a total of $407.75! Lucky for me it's a complex, so I didn't have to go outside in the 18° weather (the grey hexagon), but it makes for a nice colorful first row.

Speaking of, I really like the way the first row is coming out.  The beginning is where the stitch marker is, and will have a black hexagon to the left of it to mark the beginning of the month.  …

2017 Temperature Weekender Blanket

What better way to begin the new year than by starting a temperature blanket!?!

What's a temperature blanket? A temperature blanket (or scarf, shawl, or snake) is an example of conceptual knitting or crochet.  There's also sky, mood, and even weight-loss projects.  In all of these you assign different colors of yarn to your chosen variable and knit or crochet a row or round or motif a day in the appropriate yarn color.  At the end of the year, or how ever long you've chosen, you have a visual representation of the temperatures or your moods. Fun!

For the past three days I've been researching and planning and making charts and finally have everything set in stone and my blanket is in progress.  I'm so excited to get to the next day to record the temperature, and have never been so interested in the forecast as now.  This is a fun project, and I hope the momentum I have going into it will stick around.

I'm going to split this into three parts, guided by the excell…