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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Once More, Around The Babette!

I’m almost done with the borders for The Babette!  I’ve done two rounds of the plum and three rounds of the medium pink color.  I’m going to do one more round of medium pink and then The Babette will be a Finished Object!  I think I’ve decided how to do the final round.  I was debating between just another round of double crochet or doing something different, but simple.  As much as this blanket has going on in it (lots and lots of different colors as well as different sized blocks), I don’t think a complex border is the right choice.

I can not tell you how excited I am to get this project all finished!  Max has already started burrowing under it while I work on it.  He knows what it is: a big, pink, cat warmer!  Surprisingly, though, this is not my oldest Work In Progress.  There is another one or two in the depths of my stash closet.

What’s your oldest Work In Progress?

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Trillian Again

This week has started with morning errands and appointments.  That’s meant no blog, but I have gotten a few more inches worked on my Trillian.  I’m kind of starting to pay attention to how much yarn I have left (I have to have enough to work the lace on the edge), but I’m not to the point yet where I have to really worry about it.  That probably makes no sense at all, does it?  I think what I’m trying to say is that I’m getting there.  I’m not there yet, but I’m getting there.  Also, I haven’t had any caffeine yet this morning.  (I’m sure you’ve already figured that out though.)

I have already had an adventure though.  This morning Logan made himself useful on our run.  He stepped up and defended me from a threat!  Logan is 99% marshmallow and has hidden behind me in the past when he feels scared, but when I was threatened this morning, he stepped up and went after them.  Yes, there were ducks on the sidewalk this morning and Logan chased them away!  I was so proud of him, I praised for the next half mile!  It’s true, you are safer when you run with a dog!

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Trillian Blue

I’ve gotten more done on my Trillian scarf/shawl.  I’m really liking what the yarn is doing in this pattern.  (I may have found just the thing to do with Lorna’s Laces - Hitchhiker type shawls!)  I think the colors in this one will be great with a t-shirt and jeans, just casually looped around the neck.  I like this shape too:  even though it’s triangular like a shawl (and you can drape it over your shoulders), it’s just as easy to treat like a scarf.  I think it’s a good shape for people who aren’t sure if they can or will wear a shawl.

I hope you all have a great weekend!  We’re going to go to Scarborough Fair this weekend.  We went last year and Caleb has been asking to go back ever since!


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Round and Round I Go

I’m working on the border for The Babette.  I’m starting with this darker plum color for two rounds and then I’ll use a medium pink.  I’ve already done the first round of the plum (and that took a while to get it done right), but now things are moving along nicely.

I had noticed that the pattern called for using a smaller hook on the borders, and while I used a smaller hook when I crocheted the squares (smaller than the pattern called for), I did go down a size for the border and I can tell that it’s helping the edge to behave better.  The edge was flaring out some which isn’t surprising since squares made of yarn tend to be more flexible and wiggly than squares made of wood or bricks.  Now the edges are looking much nicer.

Once I made it around the first time, things went much faster and it’s now a good TV watching project.  Max has also remembered how we worked on Caleb’s Ripple Blanket and he’s sitting under The Babette while I work on it.  It will definitely be nice to have this all finished!

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Wednesday, April 09, 2014


Yesterday, Mom and I headed to Fort Worth to check out MadTosh Crafts, the retail storefront of Madelinetosh Yarns (which are dyed here in Fort Worth).  Despite it being pretty close to us, we had never made it down there (and it’s quicker to get there than I thought it would be).  Anyway, it was wonderful and amazing and I’ve never seen that much Tosh in one place!  We saw some of the new colors and everyone was very nice and helpful and we had a wonderful time!  We’ll definitely be going back!

But you’re probably here for the yarn, aren’t you?  Ok, here’s what I got!
From left to right, Edison Bulb in DK Twist, Charcoal in DK Twist, Blue Bell in DK Twist, and Worn Denim in Tosh Merino Light.

The Edison Bulb is for some fingerless gloves to wear when I run.  The ones I have are getting ratty and I need something bright to keep from getting run over.  The Edison Bulb is bright, and it won’t clash with my pink jacket.  (Or it will clash so badly, it won’t matter, I can’t decide.)  Since I won’t use the entire skein on the gloves, I got the Charcoal to make Caleb a hat, with an Edison Bulb stripe.

The Blue Bell is for another Tea Leaves Cardigan.  I’ve made one in creamy white and I love it, so I want one in another color.  I was actually looking for a pink, but I couldn’t find the right pink and the Blue Bell spoke to me.  It’s lighter than it photographed (I think Edison Bulb blew my camera’s mind).  I’ll have to track down some great buttons for it.

The Worn Denim will be a shawl.  I kept looking at all the TML (Tosh Merino Light) and while I really don’t need another blue green shawl, I kept picking this color up so clearly it needed to come home with me.  It’s also lighter than it shows here.

You would all be very proud, I left all the Cove there!  They had it in several bases, but since I have so much Cove already, I was afraid it was getting a little weird.


Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Second Verse, Same As The First

I’m all the way down the leg of my second really crazy sock!  These do seem to go pretty quickly, even though I have to pay attention to short rows.  Next up is the heel (which does take some time and some thinking) and then things should speed up again.

It’s just a short blog post today.  I’m off to the Madelinetosh store today - MadTosh Crafts!

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Monday, April 07, 2014

Spring? Spring? Bueller?

I got quite a bit done on my Katama Tank project over the weekend!  I’ve done the hip decreases, worked the even part at the waist, and have just started the bust increases.  It feels like it’s moving along nicely.

Spring, on the other hand, isn’t.  We had to turn the heat back on this weekend!  In April!  Seriously?

Luckily, it wasn’t quite cold enough to drive me back to beaded bracelets and crochet octopi, but Max did spend the entire weekend under the down comforter.  Poor little soul, barely surviving the frozen wasteland that is North Texas.  (It didn’t actually go below freezing again, but it was cold and wet this weekend.)

The funny thing is, as fast as this tank is coming together, I have no idea when I’ll get to wear it!  Here’s the Rav link to my project page if you care!

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