Monday, July 11, 2016

Sixth Year of Projects - Week 2


Back again after a few days to post my progress during week one of my Year of Projects!!

I broke down and started a crochet baby afghan to help use up some of my stash and I made some serious progress.  I am making the Bouncy Ball Baby Blanket (try saying that three times fast!!) I am surprised how quick and easy this design is and how cute it is!  I hope to have a finish within another week or two.  I also think I will make more of these squares and use up some stash.

As of Monday morning I have 18 squares complete plus 7 center dots complete.  My initial plan is to make the baby afghan 5x5 squares.  Once I have the 25 squares complete I will have a better idea of how much of the white yarn I have left - if I have enough I will likely increase the size of the blanket to 5x6 or 6x6.  You will find out over the upcoming weeks how my skein of white is holding up!


I also started another baby blanket - Bubbles Baby Blanket - but I am not sure about it.  I am afraid that I will run out of yarn part way through.  I am still contemplating this one.  Maybe I will frog it and make it a bit smaller or maybe I will change my mind and make another Bouncy Ball blanket using this yarn!

Not much to see here but my ugly carpet!

And here is my list:

My Designs and dying:
1) Herding Cats Double Knit Headband
2) Herding Cats Double Knit Socks
3) Herding Cats Stranded Socks 
4) More design ideas!!  
5) And hand dying yarns!

Charity Stuff:  (I want to use up my excess acrylic worsted weight yarn and plan to do so making some items for charity.)
1) Comfort blankets for my local pet shelter
2) Baby afghans for our local pregnancy resource center or Project Linus - Week 2 started two blankets!!

Other WIPs to finish:
1) Sock scrap-ghan
2) Coffee Cantata (Sock Madness 10 Round 6 socks)
3) Diamondback Socks (Tour-de-Sock Stage 3 socks)

Other craft projects:
1) My first attempt at quilting!  I have the fabric cut (thanks Mom!) for a table runner for the communion table at our church and will be getting going on this project soon (I hope!)
2) Counted Cross Stitch horse design that I started over ten years ago and have not worked on for about two years now... Time to dust it off and get some work done on it!

And I need to get some organizing done...
1) Drag out ALL my yarn tubs.  This requires sending hubby up to the attic to send the tubs down to me.  The tubs need to be emptied and inventoried on Ravelry.  I have not done this in a couple years so it is a bit willy-nilly right now...
2) Organize all my designing notes into a binder instead of it being here and there and all over the place...
3) Go through all the print outs I have generated over time and save the patterns on my computer instead of taking up space in binders and piles all over the place (well, mostly on the bookshelf and in a few piles here and there.

Come check out everyone else's updates over here!!


28 comments:

  1. Love the squares. Going to be a lovely blanket.

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    1. Thanks :) I think the blanket is going to be lovely once done!

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  3. Thanks for providing a link to the Bouncy Ball Baby Blanket (yes, that is very hard to say fast - and to type fast - lol). It has some interesting variations. It will be fun seeing that come together. It's also interesting to read of your other (non-yarny) handcraft interests, Karen. Would love to see pictures of them someday.

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    1. Thanks Becki! I will be posting pictures of everything as I work on each one (yarny stuff and other crafts!)

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  4. I love the first baby blanket! What seaming method will you hook to connect the squares?

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    1. Thanks! I will join the squares using a whipstitch. I prefer that for joining so I have no ridges (and it goes quite quickly for me at least)

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  5. I really like the bouncy ball blanket. Good way to use up stash scraps.

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    1. Thanks! It is a good way to stash-bust!

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  6. Love all your squares, they are going to make a fabulous blanket.

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  8. ack. All you crocheters are tempting me to pick up my hooks again. Lovely blanket!

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    2. LOL Sorry! Knitting makes my left hand ache and crochet makes my right wrist ache so I switch them up!

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  10. Nice baby blanket - would be great for stash busting.

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    1. Thanks! It will be great for stash busting!

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  11. Oh I love those blanket squares and you've made some great progress on them already! Can't wait to see the whole blanket come together.

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    1. Thanks! I am eager to see the finished product too!

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  12. I like the bouncy ball baby blanket, it looks like a fun make to do. I also like the bubbles one so if you did change your mind and continue I would look forward to seeing your finished creation. Leah x

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    1. Thanks! Bouncy Ball is fun to make!! And I am continuing with Bubbles - I'll post a progress picture next week!

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  13. I like the dots. I did a very similar blanket as a stash-busting project and it was very well received!

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    1. I have made a similar one in the past and loved it too (and so did my friend that I gave it to).

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  14. The Bouncing Ball blanket is going to be so cheerful. It will be a great baby blanket. I hope to reduce my stash this year. Of course I say this most years : )

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  15. That is a lovely Bouncy ball blanket and I love the colours you have used. Looking forward to seeing more of it as it progresses.

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  16. You have a lot of book ideas there. I like keeping my patterns on my computer. I actually have an external hard drive that I use to store mine and I have a bunch of folders to organize them. I also keep my pictures and info for genealogy on there. That way if anything happens to my computer they will still be safe. I really like your squares for the bouncing ball afghan. That looks like a fun pattern. I can't see your new progress since it is Sunday!

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  17. um, GOOD ideas... I'm not drunk typing a swear. Just got Fibro-brain today.

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