I had many plans for this month, including finally starting an Etsy site, posting a pattern, and finishing the reworking of a certain baby blanket. I did finish some things, and I started on the blanket, but there was alsoand I did some knitting, too. I finished my first attempt at a hat, and I learned that I need to get in the habit of knitting gauge swatches. I generally don’t with my crochet, because I can usually tell how a piece is going to look. Knitting is still pretty new to me, though, and I had to restart the hat three times, once when it was halfway worked up and waaay to big and floppy. My next hat will be a little more complicated and I’ll knit a swatch first.My current crochet project is a reworking of the Tardis-inspired baby blanket I made last summer. I wrote the pattern down as I went, transferred it to my computer last month, and now I’m remaking the blanket to make sure the pattern is (relatively) glitch free.I still intend to complete my plans, but they are a bit delayed. Maybe April? This is Cricket, the grouchy old lady cat. I bought this bed for her 8 years ago, and she has NEVER used it. Until last week, that is. Now, it’s her favorite sleeping spot. I guess that means that I can reclaim my reusable shopping bags that she had been using. Ah, the perversity of cats…
March is National Crochet month, and I’m going to try to post more yarny things this month. I had intended to do a post about my current WIPs, but I got caught up in one of them and crocheted my light away…
So today, I’m going to write about a cowl that I just recently finished. Our LYS has a knit night every week, and last week I was able to drop in for the first time. We live far enough from town, and I usually work early the next morning, so I haven’t had a chance to stop in before this. Last week, I was already in the area, so I stopped in with a bag o yarn. I also bought new knitting needles and two skeins of lovely yarn.
I had started the cowl a couple of weeks before. I wanted to play with an idea for a pattern that had popped into my head, so I grabbed some yarn that I bought on sale several years ago and worked it out. I like how the process went, but I’m not sure that I like the results of this particular pattern. If you’re not interested in the details, just look at the pictures and call it good…I worked from the center outward, starting with a foundation double crochet, I gave that a twist, and started working row two along the bottom of the fdc. I went with a thick cable to give the cowl some texture, and that cause some problems. Because I threw that twist in there, I ended up having to work back post stitches along one side (even for the cables- awkward) so that it would look the way I wanted it to look. That awkwardness aside, the yarn was fun to play with, and the cowl worked up nicely and quickly. Because of the twist, the backside of the cables shows if I’m not careful about wrapping it. At some point, I’ll take my notes and turn it into a written pattern, probably with a yarn that will show the stitches better.
My second finished project for last week was this crochet cabled scarf. It’s a pattern that I made up a while ago when I wanted a scarf for myself. I’ve made it a couple of times since then, always for someone else. This time, I wanted to write the pattern down, so I don’t have to keep pulling out my scarf and counting stitches. I didn’t have anyone in mind for this scarf, so it may end up being one of the first items in the Etsy store that I have plans to begin someday…
I finished my second ever knitting project last week as I was recovering from whatever plague I caught. I wanted a cowl out of some Plymouth Baby Grande alpaca yarn I picked up for my birthday. I found a pattern on Ravelry that I liked the look of and thought I could do with my newly acquired skill, so I started with that one. Four rows in, I realized that the pattern was meant for less fuzzy yarn- the stitches were not showing up well.
I was at home, so I went through my shelf of patterns looking for something that would work. I found one of those free patterns (the ones that hang in the yarn isle at craft stores) that happened to be a knit pattern. I don’t remember picking it up, but I probably grabbed it years ago thinking it was crochet, and then just hung onto it. The yarn was different, but I figured I could make it work.
It turned out really nice. I need to work on my binding off- that edge ended up a little tight. I also need to pay more attention when working in the round. The twist is unintentional, but I kinda like it.
This year has been a wild one. Moving, crafting, learning new skills, creating new habits, and making some wonderful friends.We moved from the desert to the mountains, leaving Arizona on a windy, 86 degree F day and driving to our new home in Wyoming through the snow. In March, we fostered a fantastic, loving giant of a cat that we still miss. He found a great home a few weeks after we moved. My mama came to visit before we moved, and I had fun showing her around. I also finished the first of three baby blankets.Our first few months in the Tetons were filled with discovery and wonder. Summer was filled with guests and trips to Yellowstone.Mr. Gecko’s parents came to visit, and we had a long, amazing day in Yellowstone, capped by a large herd of bison that we watched for at least an hour.Among the visitors to our house was this little guy who dropped in for a swim.I finished baby blankets two and three, and was really pleased with both. Mr. Gecko and I went to California and Tennessee, before settling in for the winter. In between, I had my 100th blog post.We have better internet at the house now (I’m using it now), but it took a long time to decide what we wanted. For most posts, I’ll be going into town, especially if I have lots of pictures to upload. Almost all of these pictures are from earlier posts. I have found that having to drive an hour into town to use internet makes me more likely to post. It is somewhat like having a deadline, and I’m more likely to write them at home and have several ready when I head into town. Which has been great, except for the weeks when I’ve forgotten to bring my laptop…The critters have adjusted really well to the changes that this past year has brought. Sugar loves the snow, and Cricket is much happier in this house. Her little kingdom- food, water, cat tree, snuggle cube, windowsill- is in the living room, much closer to us than in the house in Arizona, and she comes every day for (brief) snuggles. Christmas Eve and day brought more snow to our house, and this past week has brought frigid temperatures. This is the thermometer on my car at 11:42 in the morning. We didn’t see positive numbers that day, and that night it got down to -27. 2014 was crazy, and stressful, and uncertain, but it was also filled with wonder. I miss the friends and family that we were so close to in Arizona, but I love that we have made so many new friends here, and that we live in a small community where people do nice things for each other all the time. Though there were parts of the year that were tough and frustrating, I wouldn’t have traded a single moment of it. I feel blessed every day here.