Crochet Blanket, finally finished!

blanketOy, have I been remiss in posting.  Many of you probably remember that I was doing a Crochet Challenge in 2015.  The idea was to do two granny squares a week, and then piece together as I go, and the finished product would be a queen size afghan to go on our spare bedroom bed.  Well, much like most things in life, it didn’t exactly go to plan.  I took a few months off during the summer last year, and then slacked every now and then.  But, last month, I finished it up and added the border!   It’s very colorful and it turned out a little smaller than I anticipated, but I’m still really happy with how it looks.  It’ll be perfect for a twin size bed, when we have a little one!  So, here it is!  Ready to go on the bed! (the cats seem to love it too)

Much love,
K.

 

 

 

More Ink…maybe I’m addicted?

I’ve always heard people say that getting tattoos is a bit addictive, but I never really believed them.  Until now, of course.  A few weeks back, I had my first tattoo (the compass rose on my shoulder) touched up, as well as finished with the coordinates for where J and I lived in the Netherlands and Japan.  Overall, the look is exactly what I was going for, and I love that she set it up in a way that I could always add more if we moved again.

So…one down.  However, much like everyone predicted, I was ready for #2 almost immediately!  I knew that I wanted something on my upper thigh, and had a pretty good idea of what I wanted, but wanted to talk with my tattoo artist to see what she could put together.  I talked with her a couple of weeks ago to flesh out the idea (pun intended), and we decided on a gorgeous mandala design.  It would be similar to the style of my compass rose, so the overall theme of the two would work well together.  Also, I love all the color work that she does, so it made sense to just let her run free with the colors.

mandala tattooLast night, I got my second tattoo!  She was able to do it all in one sitting, only took a couple of hours.  I absolutely LOVE what she’s done and can’t wait for it to fully  heal so that I can show it off!  The color work is gorgeous, and exactly what I knew would put together for me.  So, here it is…Tattoo #2!  What do you think?

Much love,
K.

Making Some Headway!

Oh my, has 2015 been crazy so far (crazy in life AND in crochet projects)!    After several weeks months of not working on my Crochet Challenge 2015 project, I can safely say that I am getting back on track!  Unfortunately (or fortunately), a few of my friends were getting ready to give birth, so the granny-smith blanket took a backseat to some ADORABLE baby blankets.  And, honestly, I couldn’t have been happier to get to work on those!  But now, it’s time to get back on track with the Crochet Challenge, in the hopes of catching up to where I should be currently, and then keep going throughout the year!

IMG_0493I still have a ways to go…I’m waiting on some more yarn to arrive (what started out as a stash buster quickly because a reason to buy more yarn…go figure), so there are some gaps that I need to fill in.  If I had the yarn that I needed, I figured that I am about a week away from catching up, if I did two granny squares a night.  So, approximately 14-16 squares behind.  Not impossible by any stretch of the imagination (especially because I was much further behind about a week ago), it will just take some concentration and hard work.  I should be completely caught up in two weeks time, max!  I also need to order more yarn, once I take inventory of what I have and what I need.  I am so pleased with how it’s turning out!  For awhile there, I was feeling very “meh” about the project, because I am absolutely horrible at anything “random.”  I am a pattern girl, through and through, and I really struggled with how a blanket with randomly placed colors would look.  However, now that I am further along with it, I am definitely falling in love!  I can’t wait to see the finished product and to put it on the bed!

Here’s what I have so far…ignore the gaps, I’m just waiting on my Plum color to show up in the mail!

Much love,
K.

Week Eight (and Seven!): Crochet Challenge

FullSizeRenderOy, what a crazy past few weeks!  Between work travel, work commitments, work work, and just…work, I’ve been running around like a headless chicken.  I missed posting on last week’s crochet challenge (even though I actually did complete the squares), so now you get a combined post showing the progress!  I’m excited to have two full rows complete, as it really gives me an idea of how the blanket is taking shape.  It’s also now big enough for the cats to try to lay on while I’m working on it…I can tell they’re definitely pleased.

So, here it is…two full rows!  I’m so excited about this one…I can’t wait to snuggle up with it on the couch!

Much love,
K.

Week Six: Crochet Challenge

Week Six CrochetWeek six is done and dusted!  I really like how the blanket is taking shape, and I think it’s going to be a good addition to the couch once it’s finished!  Unfortunately, I’m a little iffy on how all the colors are coming out, but it’s being used for a cuddle blanket, so if it isn’t perfect, that’s ok.  And, at the end of it all, if I decide I don’t like it, I can always donate it somewhere too!

I’ve now got 14 squares done, and will probably work ahead again this coming week.  I have 4 more squares to do before the second row is done, and I think that will help me visualize where the blanket is going a bit better.  I’m pretty sure I’m done with adding new colors, now it’s just a matter of mixing them up!  Overall, I’m pretty happy with it!

Much love,
K.

Week Five: Crochet Challenge

FullSizeRenderThis post is coming slightly later than I had anticipated.  Unfortunately, I had worked ahead in week 4, and then life exploded (primarily work related) in week 5, so I finished up the week 5 challenge a few days late.  No worries, though, because week 6 will be on time!  Plus…I’m still ahead of the game, and I’m loving how this blanket is turning out!  As always, I’m open to suggestions!

Much love,
K.

Week Four: Crochet Challenge

blanket week 4Week four is complete for my 2015 Crochet Challenge!  I am so happy with how this blanket is coming along, though I’m pretty sure J is going to kill me because I ordered more yarn.  LOTS of yarn.  Oh well…it’s a life skill, right?

I actually worked ahead this week, primarily because I was tired of just having a long line of squares connected.  So now, I’m on my second row, and I can finally see how this will all take shape!  Also, since I’m doing more than 104 squares, I need to work ahead somewhat, so that I still finish up at the end of the year.  I’ve put together an excel spreadsheet so that I can try to plan out the work, but I’ll still leave the color choices up to whim if another color strikes my fancy.  It’s structured, but not too much so.  Just how I like it!

As always, if you have any thoughts on colors to add, I’d love to hear them!

Much love,
K.

2015, A Year for Crochet

Yesterday, I was sitting back and thinking about a theme for a challenge I could do.  I like challenge…I like the call to continuity, something I can focus on weekly, without it being too overwhelming.  I feel like challenges are these nice little roadmaps…it gives me a chance to share things with my readers that they wouldn’t normally see, because often times they aren’t the HUGE things happening in my life.  Challenges cover the mundane, the everyday, and while the average day activities are great for me, they’re not alway in the forefront of my mind to write about.

For years, I’ve done a photography challenge each year (and I plan to do one again this year), but I’ve never really blogged about them.  If you think you’d like to see some of my photography, let me know, and I’ll start a weekly photo entry to cover my photography challenge.  One of my artistic goals for this year is to improve my photography skills.  I’ve gone back and looked at my entries that have photos, and I’m appalled by how bad they look!  So…definitely going to bone up on my camera skills.  It doesn’t help that J takes the most amazing photos ever, and I’m naturally competitive (sometimes to a fault), so I’m sure that is part of the drive as well.  But…I figure you all will see some benefit as well, so it’s ok.

As I was thinking about a theme, I realized that I hadn’t really posted much about my crochet work lately.  To be honest, that’s because there’s not much to post!  I took a hiatus on crochet this past year, because I overdid it making a blue million blankets and burned myself out.  But now, I’m ready to get back on the metaphorical horse, and start working on my yarn crafts again!  And, voila, a theme was born!

About a year or so ago, J bought me a pattern bookblanket with over 200 crochet block patterns.  I thought it would be a good way to introduce different patterns and looks to the blog, so I am challenging myself to two blocks per week.  One block will be a granny square (one of my all time favorite patterns), and the other will be a block out of the book!  I’m doing each of the blocks in solid colors, and taking inspiration from this blanket that I came across on Pinterest.  Normally I do squares with multiple colors in each square, but I thought this would be a fun (and easier) take on a classic multi-color blanket.  Plus…less ends to weave in!!

So, here it is…my challenge.  I hope you all will hold me accountable, and I plan to update weekly (probably on Thursdays) with my progress on the blanket.  I’m really excited to get started on it, and hopefully have a nice heirloom piece to pass.

Much love,
K.

30 Days of Blogging: Color Palettes

I absolutely love looking at color palettes.  I search for inspiration in them, and dream of what I can do with each and every different color, and all the craft projects I could make to showcase different accents.  When I was a kid, each year at the start of school, my biggest level of excitement was when we’d get a new box of crayons.  I always begged for the 96-crayon pack, and by the end of the year they’d be worn down to then nubs (even the “ugly” colors…no discrimination here).  I’d fill coloring books up, page to page, and would draw constantly (though not well).  I just adore color…it’s so inspirational and makes me happy!

So, with that said, of course I couldn’t pick just ONE color palette as a favorite!  Here are a few of the ones that I’m currently loving.

1.  Provence Palette

ProvencePaletteI absolutely love the bright, vibrant colors of this palette.  If we have a daughter, I’d really like to decorate the nursery in these colors, because I feel like they’re bright and cheerful enough to carry on from baby to child, maybe even adolescence (depending on whether she wants to keep it).  It doesn’t scream “baby” to me, which I really like.  Plus, there’s enough neutral in the palette where you can paint the walls in the neutral grey, and use the other colors as accents throughout the room.  I like to keep the walls neutral, so that you don’t have to repaint them as often, and you can change-up accents whenever you want, creating an entirely new look for the room, fairly easily.

 

2.  Leeked Tones

Leeked TonesThese colors just remind me of freshly cleaned kitchens.  No idea why, but I see them and think of sunshine and sparkling counters, bowls of fruit and cooking.  I love the grey blue color for the walls, with bright white cabinets, and maybe butcher block countertops.  Plus, you could incorporate the lime green color in plates and accents throughout the kitchen (artwork, even), and maybe as accents in a back splash.  We need to remodel our kitchen, and I’d love to incorporate these colors into the design when we do it!

 

3.  Moroccan Hues

moroccan huesEvery time I see these colors, I think about our time spent in Morocco.  It was such an amazing vacation, and we had a fantastic time.  We’ve already incorporated a great deal of this color palette into our spare bedroom downstairs.   The walls are the orange color, and the duvet on the bed incorporate several of the colors in the photo.  We’re going to have some of the photos we took in Morocco blown up on canvas to hang, which would really tie it all together.  I’d love to put in really dark hardwood floors to complete the look, but we’ll have to wait on that for a bit.  I love the colors in this palette, mainly for the memories that they evoke.  Walking into the room always makes me happy!

 

I could go on forever with more colors that I’d love to put in our home, but that would be overkill.  For now…these are some of my favorites!  What do you think…any other colors you would add?

 

Much love,
K.