What I worked on 1/31/17 – 2/5/17

I don’t know what was up with last week, but I didn’t get as much done as I have been. A little crochet, a day of watercolors, and some Bible journaling that I wasn’t counting as my #createdaily work. I’m already behind on that Bible journaling challenge, too! Weekends trip me up. When the whole family is home, I tend to do less things in general. But at least some of that time is spent with each other, so it’s not time lost!

I got a bee in my bonnet to create a watercolor feather. It maybe would have been worthwhile to find a tutorial somewhere, but I just freehanded this. It isn’t perfect, but it was fun, and I love the colors here! I decided while I was playing around with watercolors, to practice some watercolor brush lettering. I did ok on the feather side, but definitely need much more practice with this!

I started in on a monthly Bible journaling challenge from Move the Mountains, called Worship is More than a Song. I had fun with this first one doing some lettering using my Tombow fudenosuke and adding a watercolor music note. I don’t know that I will include all of these in my weekly roundup, but I was pretty happy with this one, so I had to share!

Working on my Key West Circle Top. I’m nearing the end of the second circle, so maybe I will finish this soon! The sequin-y yarn is one I found on clearance at Michael’s a while back.

I picked back up the Raspberry scarf I was working with Lionbrand Homespun yarn. I actually finished this as a cowl over the weekend, and I plan to write up in a separate post what I did differently to turn it into a cowl.

A little more work on the circle top.

What I worked on 1/23/17-1/30/17

I was so excited last week to finish a blanket I’d been working on for a while. I also managed to do some lettering practice, painting, and started another crochet scarf. Not too bad for another busy week around here!

Starting the last row of this Crazy Love Ripples blanket! I didn’t have a pattern, but that’s what I’m calling it. I had friends and family pick yarn, and I created this crazy afghan as a result!

And now she is finished! I love how she turned out. A few more details on how I made this – I started and ended with “my” color – the light turquoise color. I would do two stripes from friend/family provided yarn, and then do another of mine. I picked a ripple pattern out of one of my stitch dictionaries, and worked that. Unfortunately, I don’t remember right off which one. Each stripe is two rows, with the first row in the back loop only to make it stand out a bit when you look at the blanket from the right side.

I finished the Motivational Lettering Practice Sheets from Dawn Nicole Designs. Now I need to go back and focus on some beginner sheets. 🙂

I actually got the paint out this week! And it wasn’t my normal watercolors! I checked out Just Paint It (affiliate link) by Sam Piyasena and Beverly Philp from the library, and the first project was to create a piece by pouring paint. I used watercolor paper, and the only acrylic paint I had on hand was craft paint, so that’s what I used. I did water it down a bit, and in some cases too much. It was a good practice, though! I had enough drips from the pouring, that I decided to use the drips to cover another piece of watercolor paper. Now I have two fun backgrounds to use for something else! As soon as I figure out what that may be…

I wrote up a scarf pattern last month, but the yarn I had used has been discontinued. I thought I would try the pattern using something more easily found, so I started this scarf using some Lionbrand Homespun.

Saturday I made a bit more progress on this homespun scarf. It looks less like Raspberries in this yarn texture and color, but it is still working up very nicely. This one may end up being a cowl instead of a full scarf, but we will see.

What I worked on 1/16/17-1/22/17

I must admit that last week life intervened, and I did not create something every day. But I did manage to squeeze some in. I mainly worked on unfinished items, lettering practice, and even some coloring. I still did something at least 5 of the 7 days, so I’m claiming that as a win!

I finished the blanket for my friend! I gave this to her last night, and she loved it! I love making things for friends, especially if they can potentially bring some comfort when needed.

Some more fun lettering practice. I still need LOTS of practice, and so will keep working on it. I’m trying to figure out whether I like the Tombow Fudenosoke hard or soft brush tip better. They each have their own pros/cons, so I haven’t figured out my preference quite yet. If you are curious, you can buy these in a two-pack from Amazon (affiliate link).

I’ve had these colored pencils forever, and haven’t yet played with them. I spent a little time testing out each color, and practicing some pencil lettering. Also, I really wanted a nap on Friday. I don’t think I ever took one, but I really, really wanted one.

More colored pencil fun! This time I decided to use one of my many coloring books! It turns out that coloring in a mandala is pretty relaxing, especially after a long week.

I’m still working on my Crazy Love Ripples blanket I mentioned a couple of weeks ago. I truly am almost done, so hopefully I can have this completed by the end of this coming up week!

What I worked on 1/9/17- 1/15/17

This week I primarily crocheted, but I got some good lettering practice in as well. Dawn Nicole Designs has some pretty awesome free Lettering Worksheets for any of you interested in checking out.

More progress on this braided headband. I’m still in love with this Irish yarn!

I’m having a lot of fun with these motivational lettering practice sheets! I should practice the basics some more first, but that’s not nearly as fun. I’ve been dating them, though, so that I can compare later and see how much I’ve improved over time (hopefully).

More lettering, and I completed the headband! I’m still working on the pattern. It needs a bit of tweaking to be ready for public view. It turned out well, though, and the braids give it a nice thickness to hopefully keep my ears warm when walking or running. Right as I finished this, our weather decided to jump to 70s all day, in spite of it being Winter. So I will have to test that theory some time later when it is colder again!

I started on a blanket for a friend going through something unimaginable. The pattern is the Waterfall Throw free from Lion Brand yarns. I love this throw. I have made several over the years and they are always well received, they work up quickly, and are super soft and cozy.

More progress on the blanket.

I’ve been focused on getting this blanket complete. I’ve worked at church, at the library, and here at my kids’ hair cut appointments. I’m determined to finish quickly!

I am so close to finishing now!