Confessions of a Floss Licker

Sunday, October 24, 2010

October 2010

It's been over a month since I last posted. I'm at 6 roses now. I'm still trying to figure out how to attach them to the stem so they can be real fakes. :)

I did a little bit on the letter J earlier this month. However, I'm worried that I'm going to run out of thread. Oh Darn! An excuse to go to the XS store. :) I've yet to go find them at the new location.

The model was finished at the end of September. I'm still waiting to see if it arrived. Guess I need to send an email.

The Dragon is still a blob. I think we've been given page 5 by now. However, I did work down and started stitching the fairy. I'm down to trying to pick this up twice a week. The crochet is taking up a lot of my time considering the deadline. But I'm happy with the time I'm getting for my hobbies so all is good.

I have torn out Mom's blanket several times as I was not happy on how it was progressing. I've finally settled on the pattern for the baby blanket that I always make and it's progressing well now.

My sweater has been taken out to reclaim the yarn because it wasn't going anywhere. Also, I wanted to use a charcoal color yarn for the accent and I ended up using it for a hat and scarf set.

Hat and Scarf sets - I've gotten 4 sets done! I've got a spare scarf (that doesn't go with a hat) that was wanted which I have started to make. Hats are easy and I can usually get them done in one night. Scarves on the other hand take a lot longer.

I've started teaching myself how to crochet socks. I bought a sock book at the store and some sock yarn and I've got the cuff started. I work on it every now and then (lots of rows to make!) in between the hats and scarves.

At faire I was given the challenge of crocheting with wire. I've done it and it's rather cool. I need the steel hooks because the aluminum are just a bit flimsy with 28 gauge wire. The steel hooks feel more sturdy. Probably not something I'm going to do every day because the wire hurts my fingers after a while. It's definitely not as pliable as yarn!

And last but not least, I've joined a Crochet Along. There's an afghan CAL on the Bernat website. It's a Mystery CAL. They've put out 5 parts of the pattern, or Clues as they call them, so far. Each Clue (every Wednesday) is a pattern for a 8x8" square, and they tell you how many to make. I came upon it just before Clue #4 was released so I'm a little behind. I've finished through Clue #3 and am working on Clue #4. So far I've been able to take these to work and work on them while I'm relieving the receptionist at the switchboard. But Clue #4 is a lot of changing color and I think it would be too much of a pain to try to do that at work. Besides the fact that I would have to take 4 different skeins of yarn with me. Anyway, it's been lots of fun and a bit of a challenge. I've never done a granny square before and Clue #5 is a mitered square which I have never done before either. Here's the sad part. I'm thinking of starting a second one before I even get the first one finished. Why you ask? Because my sister's birthday is in January and it's always difficult to figure out what to get her.