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!

What I worked on 1/1/17-1/8/17

I’m going to try to follow my friend Misty’s lead and start posting weekly round ups of what I have worked on the previous week. Hopefully this will help me have something tangible to point to when someone asks what I’ve been up to. Most times I freeze up leading the person to assume I sit at home and eat bonbons watching tv. While that may very well be part of my weeks, it’s definitely not the majority. 

This week I just worked on crochet projects. I’m having fun lately riffling through my various stitch dictionaries to see what I can come up with. I’m learning there’s a lot of trial and error with this method, but that’s half the fun. I keep describing it as experimentation, and hopefully in the end at least some of these experiments will turn into actual finished items, with their own new patterns to share. 

I spent a couple of days last week trying to come up with a shawl using some mystery yarn that a friend made up using leftover bits of yarns. These cakes are so much fun and make the most beautiful, colorful projects. 

I’ve been working on a blanket off and on since last Spring. I asked friends and family members to provide a skein of yarn to represent themselves for my birthday in December 2015, and this blanket is the cozy result of that request. I love that there are so many colors and textures throughout. This will definitely be my go-to couch blanket once it’s done. 

I started another section of this mystery yarn shawl. I think I need to start over, though. I’m not happy that the top is curved downward instead of straight, so I think I’ll try adding additional increases at the ends of each row. I haven’t given up on this, yet, but have set it aside for now. 

This weekend I decided to start something new with this Irish yarn gifted to me from a friend. I wanted to try my hand at these loopy braids, and am finding them quite fun! This is intended to be an ear warmer/headband once it is complete. 

I worked on the headband a bit more. I decided to do three braids instead of two and I like that look a bit better. I’m not quite done with this, but it’s definitely getting closer.