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.

 

 

 

Crochet Update!

blanketI’m happy to say that my crochet challenge blanket is up to date and back on track!  It took me awhile to get it going again, but with each square I crochet, I fall in love with it a little bit more!

I’m currently at a standstill, however, because I realized that I didn’t order the right green color to use, so I had to go hunt that down last evening.  The green should ship shortly, and once I get my greedy little hands on it, I can kick off a new row.  It’s over halfway finished by this point, so only 5-6 more rows to go.  I’m honestly so excited to see the finished product on my bed (even if I have to fight the cats over it).  Last night, I put the blanket down on the ground to take a photo, and the cats jumped right on it!  Hana is the one in the photo, staring at me while claiming ownership.  I have a feeling I’ll never get all the cat hair out of it.  Oh well…

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.

Week Three: Crochet Challenge

Week Three CrochetIt’s hard to believe that the third week of January has come and gone!  Before we know it, we’ll be into February, and that’s already a short month, so soon it will be March.  I remember, as a child, thinking that time moved so slowly, and I couldn’t wait to grow up.  As I’ve grown older, I find myself wishing that I was a child again!  I guess the lesson in all of that (sorry for the tangent!) is to take each day as it comes and live in the moment.

Ok, enough of that…now for why you’re really here!  I’ve finished up six squares so far, and the blanket (first row) is now three feet long.  It will end up being nine squares across, and thirteen squares long, so I’m nearly finished with the first row!  I’m definitely liking the connect-as-you-go strategy to granny squares, and since each square is only one color, there’s only two ends to weave in for each square!  This is turning out to be my easiest project yet!

I want to add a few more colors to the blanket, but I’d like some suggestions.  What am I missing…any thoughts??  I’d love to hear your opinions, so please let me know!

Much love,
K.

Week Two: Crochet Challenge

Week Two CrochetWell, we are two weeks in, and four granny squares complete!  I tried to keep up with doing a one of my squares out of the pattern book I have, but after realizing it would be a complete pain to attach as I go, I decided to squash that idea.  So, for this challenge, it’s all granny squares, which means it’s boring for you guys.  Sorry about that!  But, as a consolation, I’ll post photos as I go, and you can see the progression of my blanket!  I also might start throwing out options for my readers to pick the next two colors, once I’m a little further along.  I like it, sort of “Choose your Own Adventure” for my readers!  (Yes, I’m lame, I realize that)

Here’s my blanket so far…four squares out of 104 (actually, based on my measurements, it’ll be 117).  That’s a little over 2 squares a week!  J is gonna kill me, because I get the feeling that I’m going to need more yarn colors…

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.