new project at last

After months of inactivity, I am excited to say that I am finally about to start a new project.  My yarn order arrived today:


It’s all KnitPicks yarn in their Brava Bulky line, which is their really soft and cheap acrylic.  There are 6 balls of Cobblestone Heather, 1 black, 1 white, 2 cream, and 1 Avocado.  Hopefully that will be enough for my project — I’m upsizing a crochet pattern I found on Ravelry and so had to guess on the amount of  yarn necessary.

I will be really impressed if you can guess what I’m making with this (because I’m not going to tell you yet!).  Hopefully it will go by relatively quickly and nyac can get back in the swing of things.

Thanks for stopping by!  See you again soon!

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bits and bobs

If you were to check out the latest issue of Simply Crochet magazine (Issue 16), you would see my latest pattern — a springtime pincushion shaped like a little hat!

As you can probably guess, I am incredibly honored to be in such a wonderful magazine. And guess what? My fellow blogger Rachel from The Little Room of Rachell is also in it with her own lovely brooch pattern. Rachel was the first blogger I ever met face to face. We met over the Christmas holidays in 2012 and it was great fun — hopefully I can go back and see her again one day! Rachel has actually already made her own pincushion hat, and I intend to make her brooch pattern as soon as I can get ahold of this issue (Issue 16); it isn’t available here for another couple of days. There may be even more bloggers in the issue that I know, but I’ll just have to wait and see!
Please forgive any formatting errors in this post — I believe this is my first post from my iPad and I’m not sure exactly if I’ve done it right, haha.
Also, thank you everyone for your kind words after my last post about my uncle — I really appreciate your sympathy and support.
Well, I think that’s all I’ve got for today. Thanks for stopping by!

this past week

I’m sorry for the lack of posts. I’ve been away because my uncle passed away last Tuesday morning and I’ve been in Arkansas for the funeral.  My parents and I just got back to South Carolina late last night.

Needless to say, I haven’t had much time for crafting, but I’m in a bit of a rut anyway.  I don’t know what project to start next — it’s so hard to decide.  There are some WIPs to work on, but they might just get ripped out… *sigh*  Hopefully something will jump out at me soon and I can get back to sharing crafty posts with you all.

Well, I guess that’s it.  Just wanted to let you all know what is going on on this end.  Talk to you soon!


a pretty pattern and good advice

While browsing the Internet for lovely crochet patterns, I came across this rug, which appears in Simply Crochet magazine:

Isn’t it beautiful?  I want to buy Issue #13 just for this!  Dunno where in my home it would go, but that’s OK, right?  It’s sooooo pretty!

The good advice is from Slugs on the Refrigerator, and it’s about lifelines in knitting.  What are lifelines, you ask?  They are a way to keep you from having to rip really far back in your knitting if you make a mistake.  Essentially, they save your sanity.  I will be doing this from now on in almost all of my knitting projects!  Click the link above to go to the blog and read the article for yourself and discover the benefits of making lifelines.

Well that’s all for today!  See you again soon!

surprise appearance in “Inside Crochet”

A follower of NYAC’s facebook page alerted me today that I am in the 50th issue of “Inside Crochet!”


I was astonished (not the least because I’d had no idea about it) and immediately bought the issue on my iPad.  Sure enough, there on page 6 was a small blurb about the as-we-go stripey blanket that was the focus of our first crochet along!  I’m sincerely honored.  There’s another CAL going on right now following the pattern (only it’s translated into Dutch), and I believe it’s #crochetalong2014 on Instagram.  The blog for that current Dutch CAL is here.

Of course I’m very excited to be in a magazine, but I do wish the magazine had contacted me first so that I could have given credit to Julie over at Little Woolie — her blanket was the inspiration for mine and they are, after all, pretty similar.  I almost feel like it’s cheating, being in the magazine when she’s not given credit.  Well, she’s getting credit here; her blanket is amazing and she’s a great inspiration (she’s also a really nice person!).

Well, that’s my fun announcement for the day.  I haven’t been crocheting or knitting at all in the past week so there’s nothing else really going on, but hopefully there will be soon.  I’ve actually written up a new little Spring pattern that I will be sharing in the near future!  Hope to see you back soon!

been busy — hats!

Hello everyone!  I hope you’ve all been doing well.  I apologize for my little break in blogging — I’ve just been so caught up in some positive changes at work!  I do have some finished projects to share with you though, so here we go!

baby hat 2 for annaThis is a baby hat made for my coworker Anna — she’s having a baby in February and we’re having a shower for her this Friday!  This was done using KnitPicks Brava Bulky yarn and I used this hat pattern, which has different sizes available for any person’s head!

baby hat 1 for annaThis second baby hat is a highly improvised version of a design.  I don’t really like how it turned out but it does function the way I wanted it to — it’s really stretchy and can be rolled down to make it longer when Anna’s baby gets a bit bigger!  The yarn used for this one was I Love This Cotton by Hobby Lobby.

hat for uncle bruceThis is the third Giftie Slouchie Beanie I’ve made (they only take a few hours), and it’s for my Uncle Bruce, who has recently discovered that he has cancer.  It seems serious, but I haven’t been able to see him because he lives in Arkansas (which is a really long drive and I shouldn’t be taking off work yet, since I’m still a relatively new employee).  My parents have seen him and they said that he might like a hat to keep his head warm, since he’s losing some hair.  This hat was made with Berroco Vintage Chunky.

When my parents were in Arkansas recently, they also visited my Dad’s parents, who were incredibly generous and gave me this:

pianoIt’s an old Estey piano, and I believe my great-grandma bought it.  Now it just needs to be tuned!  I’m so happy to have a piano in my home — I took lessons for a long time when I aws younger and have started to miss playing.

That’s all for right now — there might be some big news coming, but we’ll have to wait and see for that!  Let me know how you all are doing since it’s been a while!