After cleaning up my craft space last time I really found my crojo again that got lost a little during my vacation. Also seeing my current WIPs all displayed like that made me realize that finishing them was not an unreachable goal. With only one project in my project basket again I set off to work on finishing the first one – my Ross Poldark blanket. I was actually surprised by myself – never before have I progressed so much in only one week before. I had week 4–7 still to work on – with tedious 8 squares in week 4, four rectangles in week 5 and the central big square.
I had one square of week 4 finished before my vacation and now worked the missing 7 squares in paralell. This works really great with repeating patterns as you don‘t have to read the pattern over and over again. I did week 5 once in total to get a feeling for the pattern but did all three others the same way again. Those rectangles need some serious blocking though.
I even started with the central square and got already pretty far. So hopfully next week with a public holiday coming up I am able to finish this project. Just in time for the cold season – my hubby might need his blanket pretty soon.
There‘s also one reason why I want my WIPs finished: I got squishy mail this week! I was lucky for doing home office on Friday when the postman came. It‘s the current running Spirits of Life CAL by the amazing designer Lilla Björn. I always wanted to give one of her patterns a go – they are quite challenging even for a long time crocheter like me. I will learn C2C and her gorgeous mosaic stitch for this project. Isn‘t that something to look forward too – and the yarn is so soft and squishy *sighs happily*. But I am not allowed to start something new until something is finished ….
Over the last year I collected a lot of stuff for my crafts. This year was really productive and therefore all the stuff started to spread from my craft room to the living room for easier access. Now though it might have been easier to have everything close, the solution was less than perfect. I ended up with a punch of boxes stacked next to the couch which were hard to access nevertheless.
Recently my hubby started. to talk about this – he was quite annoyed whenever I started something new or got additional material. This was the time where I realized that I had to do something about this. I searched for a solution and finally came up with one based on the Ikea Eket series. This can be stacked however you want and has doors to close everything in so that it does not gather dust. Now after several long minutes figuring out the instructions – who ever said that those are easy to understand? – and building the 3D-puzzle, I am now proud owner of my new craft storage in my living room. Now it’s fun to work on my WIPs again and hubby is happy too.
Speaking of WIPs – Polly Plum is hosting a Finish Along CAL where the goal is to finish as many WIPs as possible in ten weeks. In the progress of cleaning up my craft space I also made an imventory of all my current WIPs to set my goal for this CAL. Here is the list I came up with:
- the second Nuts about Squares in Earth colours
- my beach bag that needs some fabric added
- Sophie’s Universe
- a shawl I started quite some time ago but am not happy with the design
- Ross Poldark which I am currently working on tomget finished
- a lalylala bunny which is missing the cross-stitched roses
- Charlotte – 2 of 25 squares finished
- a gothic amigurumi doll
- some squares that should have become a throw for my couch but now will end up as a bag instead
Let’s see how far I can get in the next 10 weeks – especially as I have several new projects on my mind.
I am getting ready for vacation which means getting ready for sun, beach, sea and lots of time to read, relax and – of course – crochet. All those years past I used a bag made of up-cycled chocolate wrappers from Rittersport to carry my stuff to the beach. But I always wanted to create a beach bag that really makes me feel all beach and sun and summer. Oh yes, ravelry has tons of bags – and I have tons of bag patterns there in my library already. But I was still looking for that one special design.
Then I stumbled over the flowering meadow bag by Daniela Krejčová and just knew that this was the perfect beach bag project. I decided to use the leftover yarn from my Danish mermaid Hygge kit – all sea colors of blues and greens that just make me think of vacation all the time. I added some other scrap yarn from my stash in white for contrast and happily set out to start crocheting. The pattern however is only Czech – a language that has eluded me until now. And the pattern is not written that well that I could distinguish stitch counts, stitches or anything on how I was supposed to do it. However it contained a lot of pictures so I just kind of winged it based on those. I added a personal touch to it as in my opinion the straps are too little supported to carry anything with substantial weight. Overall I am planning to carry at least a book, my crochet stuff and my gaming device.
Crocheting was pretty simple and straight forward though adding the little star flowers took what felt like ages. I am still not sure about the best way to secure those threads – I just knotted them of in the back several times. Well, I still have some Catona left in case they all fall off ;). I wanted to also add some fabric with storage for scissors, crochet hooks and keys but time ran short – so this year I will still use my up-cycled bag but next year I will definitely be ready for the beach …
Currently I am only working on one project I really like to finish soon: my Stardust Melodies blanket. At least I am not the only participant of the CAL that struggled to keep up and failed. I would so love to have more time to crochet during the week but mostly I find time on weekends. Now I have only four squares left to join to my blanket – three of them are already on the blocking board and the fourth is waiting to be done. But after eight squares in two days my hand starts to hurt, so I need to make a short break before making a run for the border.
As well I need to get ready for vacation and need to work on my surprise – the sneak peak I recently posted. So until everything is ready here’s the current progress on my Stardust Melodies – It looks a little bit wobbly but I love how the colours come together:
This week I have been busy with catching up on my Stardust Melodies CAL. Actually the border patterns have been released already and I had not even finished all 24 squares once. Until now I didn’t even know how big my blankets gonna be. It’s the first time that I actually did not have a plan layed out in detail right from the start but kind of went along with what came. Now that I have three rows already joined, I am able to get a feeling on how big it already is and how big it might be by adding my chosen border.
The only decision open was, if it’s going to be a blanket for one person or if I am going to snuggle underneath it with my hubby. You have to know that my husband is quite a lot taller than me, therefore needs a longer blanket or his toes will stick out. I was not keen on adding additional squares to make it longer so I decided that I might be able to adjust the length by adding to the border instead.
It’s not easy for me to have the picture of the finished blanket in my head but still needing to create the second half of the squares. Luckily there are a lot of nice movies on Amazon Prime and Netflix and the weather is usually not that good on weekends. It always seems to me that there is a unknown law of nature that the weather is nice and sunny during the week when I have to work and is rainy and cold when I am off….
Last week I still did not have much time for crocheting as there was another cake waiting for me to be made. This time it was for the mother of my best friend. This woman is a really great person and kind of “adopted” my husband and me. So there was no way I would say no when I was asked to create a cake for her 80th birthday. Sadly she has diabetes so I had to ensure that the cake did not contain too much sugar. I picked yellow sponge cake with blueberry filling and a whipped cream-mascarpone cream. Her favourite color is yellow so I added some yellow roses and blue hydrangea made of Cake Dutchess modelling paste. I love how thin this paste can be rolled out and still be workable for some time.
I love how easy the petals could be dusted with petal dust and how well it holds the color after steaming. I have used this cake as an excuse to buy the cake steamer I had an eye on for quite some time. It was on sale at that moment so my restrain to buy it was easily resolved 🙂 It’s so much easier to work with a professional steamer rather than the water boiler I had used before (and almost burned my fingers with). Now I have all my equipment ready to practice more flowers as roses are fairly easy as soon as you have figured them out. The hydrangea don’t look that right though – maybe it would have been better to make them in white and dust them later just as I did with the roses.
Now that the cake season is over again for some time, I will again have time for some CAL work. I will give you an short update on my Stardust Melodies CAL. Here you see the next six squares ready to be joined to the rest. I am still behind six squares but I am sure that I am able to catch up. I am not sure yet if I am going to add more squares or if I just use it as a lap blanket. I think it will become pretty heavy the more squares are added as it is made of cotton yarn. I am not sure if I want to give it away every time for washing as I don’t know if washing saloons have enough knowledge still so that they don’t mess it up. I would be devastated if it got ruined after having invested so much time…
In the mean time I have a sneak peak for you until next week. Something I have been working on in between flower making for my upcoming vacation…..
I am falling behind with my Stardust Melodies CAL because of working on my Ross Poldark in parallel. Therefore I show you what I have been working on the whole week. This time we had to make eight squares in total – eight really big squares. This actually did take so much time that I just have not been able to work on anything else. Working on eight squares simultaneously really got on my nerves – I hate repetitive work and I had a hard time convincing myself that it’s worth the effort.
The squares are a little bit smaller than the ones of week two, so I will probably need to block all before joining. I was so hoping to being able not to block anything this time – blocking is tedious for a big blanket.
Now that I finished this week I actually really love the way these squares look. Aren’t these pretties? I now really hope that I can keep myself motivated next week too as there will be again eight squares waiting to be made. Maybe this time I’ll split them up in two times four instead.