With cool days and chilly nights, I’ve been in the mood for yarn. In the past, I’ve made a couple granny stripe blankets, a shell afghan, a granny square throw and some loom knitted afghans. This time, I wanted something different. I decided on a sampler type of blanket–something I can make up as I go along. I’ve limited myself to cream, gray, navy, teal, berry and grape. I’m using Red Heart’s Soft yarn with a size J crochet hook for this project. I like the way it’s coming together so far. It’s a bit subdued but it makes a nice change.But it isn’t only crochet hooks seeing use around here, I also finished knitting a pair of wrist warmers recently. Along with an infinity cowl. I guess I’m ready for winter weather!
We had rain this week! Almost 1.85 inches in 24 hours. This is a huge deal here as the drought is severe and the last several opportunities for rain passed us by. Nature is very, very grateful and the plants are putting the extra moisture and nitrogen to good use. When the clouds started rolling in, I felt the pull to sit and do some yarn work. It was the perfect time to finish up the thread crochet project I started last week. I got as far as putting a garland together, adding some felt balls to the riot of color. Now it’s just a matter of adding the special touches–beads and sequins and any other number of sparkly embellishments. Once it’s complete, I’ll write up all the details for you. Just in case you get inspired to play.
The rest of the week was filled with tedious but necessary business paperwork. It wasn’t easy to shift gears from colorful creating to boring administrative tasks. A weird week, indeed. But I did manage to cut into this bundle for a brand new project.Mr. P was startled to learn that this quilt will not be leaving the house, that it will be his new lap quilt. So many things pass through here, he’s grown accustomed to seeing things he likes find permanent homes elsewhere. I figured it was time for another quilt for him. Parson Gray’s Shaman collection is just the thing. You’ll find it in stores now. With less than three weeks until Christmas, there is still time for handmade gifts. Don’t forget to check out the Freebies section for ideas. This post from last year highlights some quick and easy projects you can make in an afternoon or less.
It appears I’m a total failure at Doing Nothing. I’ve been trying over the weekend, after another bit of unexpected work popped up last week. But Doing Nothing is going to require more effort on my part. I think it might help if I could remove all the color temptations around here. This bit of crochet quickly turned into this:And I couldn’t resist playing with the fat quarters Jennifer Paganelli sent me of her upcoming Jenny Eliza prints. Thank you Jennifer! (Jenny Eliza is her brand of fabrics available at Joann’s.) She asked me to do my thing, and maybe throw in some fussy cutting, or not. I obliged. You can see how easy it was.The whimsical print is just begging for fussy cutting. Here, I have isolated four of the designs in this 10″ block. I will keep adding some borders and details before deciding on its finished state. There will be a free pattern forthcoming. In the meantime, I have the rest of the prints to play with.And then…it was time to make the Color Therapy block for November. So I chose more Kaffe prints and started sewing. Royal Blue and Sky are the colors for the month. Without even looking at my Kaffe stash I knew I’d find the perfect prints. It makes me think of the beach–blue sky, deep water and a bit of sand.
This week is Thanksgiving here in the US. We’ll be getting together with family and eating too much food. It’s the first of the holiday festivities and a great chance to stop and think about all the good things in our lives. Just a few of the Good Things on my list:
- Time to create and make
- An outlet to share all of the creations
- A great group of readers who share my passion for color and creativity–you’re all wonderful and I’m so grateful for you!
- People who inspire me to keep creating and doing
- And of course, a friendly neighbor cat who has made Casa P her second home.I’ll try to do better at Doing Nothing this week. Maybe after all the eating and visiting on Thursday, I’ll be in the right frame of mind. What do you think the odds are of that happening?