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looking back on 2016!

I can’t say that 2016 was my best year but there were some great times too, and the not-so-good times ended up making me a stronger person so I can’t really complain.  The New Year’s resolution I made last year to make a certain number of projects in 2016 was blown out of the water; I made WAY more stuff than in 2015, and put out some patterns too!  Below is a gallery of my finished objects (there are some that are complete for the most part but haven’t been blocked or still have ends that are unwoven, so I don’t count them as finished although they certainly took up a bunch of time!), followed by a gallery of life moments as well:

I think I forgot to take photos of a hat that I didn’t end up liking, but other than that I think that’s everything that’s fully complete! On to the moments that I posted about here:

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, really!  I just realized how much less I posted about my personal life in 2016 in relation to projects.  I’ll try and post more life events next year.

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and I wish you all a happy New Year!  Let’s do our best to make 2017 amazing!

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last projects of 2016

I’ve been keeping my hands busy!  The Rainbow Granny Shawl (pattern currently being tested, will release soon) is complete:

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I’ve also made 2 more hats for the Pussyhat Project (check out my post about the first 2 here) using the Black Cat Slouch Hat crochet pattern:

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And I made my 7th Ribbed Waffle Hat as a slightly late Christmas gift out of Berroco Vintage in Smoke:

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I finally put the ribbons on the ornaments I made and 2 of the 4 the recipients took some photos:

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I also finished the Sockhead Slouch hat I mentioned in my last post:

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Whew!  After all of those Christmas presents I figured I could buy myself a present too, and it just came in the mail today.  6 balls of The Baby Wool from We Are Knitters and all of their knitting needles & crochet hooks:

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I have great crochet plans for this.  Can’t wait to share, and those of you who have been around a while will probably find it a bit familiar!

Well, that’s all the news for today.  It was a lot at once and yet I haven’t been doing much else to update you on — I’ve been highly enjoying my days off work.  Thanks for stopping by, see you soon!

almost time!

Christmas is almost here, and I’ve been procrastinating.  I still have one more hat and two more ornaments to make.  Instead though I’ve been working on other stuff.

not your average crochet sockhead slouch hat

My third Sockhat Slouch is coming along nicely.  I have not, however, blocked the Olympia Cowl yet, unfortunately.

Also, the Quick & Simple Granny Shawl pattern is being tested for errors now and will be available soon.

Ok, so I’ve made 2 hats so far for the Pussyhat Project, which is a movement to knit, crochet, or sew 1.17 MILLION pink cat hats for the Women’s March on Washington DC this January 21st, 2017 (the day after that asshat is sworn into office).  I REALLY wanted to go myself and protest for women’s rights but it would be too expensive to drive up there, find a place to stay and places to eat, and get to and from the event.  Since I can’t really afford to take more time off either (more on that in a bit), I decided I’d do my part by making hats.

not your average crochet pussyhat project

Using super bulky yarn (Big Twist Yarns Natural Blend Solids: 80% acrylic, 20% wool) I hope to crochet a bunch of these quickly.  I’ve already got 2 down!

not your average crochet pussyhat project

That is the first one, and you can see it was a little long so I had to roll it up, but it doesn’t look bad with a brim.  My second one, however, is smaller so doesn’t need the rolling.

not your average crochet pussyhat project

I’m using the Black Cat Slouch Hat pattern but if you go to the Pussyhat Project website they have free patterns for different weights of yarn for both knitters and crocheters and directions on where to mail your finished hats.  Just remember they have to receive your hats by January 14th so that they have time to distribute, so account for shipping time!

If you in any way oppose the way Donald Trump speaks about women, or if you fear what his new regime will bring to the progress women’s rights have made over the decades, please consider making a hat.  Using this pattern you can make one in a day, and the ladies there will be outside in potentially very cold conditions and will need thick warm hats.  Please, if you have some pink wool lying around that you haven’t found a project for yet, consider making a hat for the Pussyhat Project and be a part of something incredibly important for women all across the world.

So, like I said above, I can’t go to the march and it’s because (aside from the expense) I just took a whole week off work to go to Arkansas with my mom.  Her sister is very sick and was rushed to the big hospital in Little Rock, where we visited her for a few days and then went to attend to some of her finances, etc. and fortunately see some other family members, too.  My aunt is still in the hospital system and may not be able to move home, so if you pray or anything like that please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

While in Arkansas, we passed a store called “Liquor & Boots.”  It’s a stand-alone store but it has two outside doors, one for the liquor section and one for the boots section.  I failed to get a picture of it since we were driving by, but I thought it was hilarious.  This sign made me laugh out loud, too:

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So thanks Arkansas for that laugh!

When I got home there were more laughs to be had.  My dogs Zero and Roll were playing and I got the best picture ever:

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Bahahaha, it looks like Zero’s about to eat his entire head!  Hehehe she’s really very sweet to Roll and gentle while playing, this just captured a hilarious moment.

Didn’t really feel like there was any time away from work so I’m just as burned out as usual, which is taking a toll, but Christmas break starts this Friday and I get the whole week after that off, so that should be a proper relaxing vacation.  In the meantime I’m going to try my best NOT to return sass with sass or potentially snark, but I’ve already failed a couple of times at restraining my rebuttals over the past 2 days.  Not that I’ve been unprofessional or anything, I just don’t feel like taking shit anymore and it is not OK for older staff to treat me like a child or talk to me disrespectfully.  I’m going to start standing up for myself, even if it’s to people “higher up” than me.

OK I’m done.  Off to start that last Christmas hat… or snuggle with Roll.  He beats Zero at the snuggle game — she just sticks her butt on you.  See you soon!

knitting, big and small

The cowl I’m writing a pattern for has been dubbed The Olympia Cowl, named for an old section of the city I live in.  The knitting has been complete, I just need to block, weave in ends, & take pics!

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I’m really excited about this and I might make a matching hat since I only used 2 of the 5 balls I ordered for this cowl (We Are Knitters Meriwool in Sprinkle Fantasy).

I’ve also started a new Sockhead Slouch Hat, minus the slouch, with KnitPicks Felici in Saltwater Taffy:

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This will be slightly different from my first one and from my second one as well (which I never showed you a photo of, so I’ll put it below).  The pattern has proven to be a great looking one but I think I’m knitting too tightly, so I’m having to make some adjustments, & 1 ball of KnitPicks Felici won’t make a slouchy hat anyway.

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For this second one I used KnitPicks Chroma Fingering in Manzanita, which was nice but not my fave — the Felici seems softer to me.

Well, that’s all for now.  I’m working on stuff as fast as I can but you know how life gets, especially around the Holidays — planning trips, gift shopping (or in my case, gift making), etc., and my job just changed how everything is done AGAIN and I’m super frustrated about it because I don’t feel listened to or valued anymore.

*sigh* I’m really looking forward to visiting with family, even though sometimes my husband’s large family is a bit overwhelming.  Everyone is always nice, the food is great, and I feel loved.  It’s good to slow down and relax with the fam, & I’m looking forward to going through some old photos with my mom over Christmas break and slowing down the pace a bit at their house, as well.

OK, for real, that’s all for now.  Thanks for stopping by, see you soon!  My granny shawl is dry so I can sew in ends & take photos & write up a pattern for that as well for you guys!  Bye guys!

more granny goodness

Turns out 4 balls of Lion Brand Landscapes (colorway Desert Spring) was not enough to finish the shawl.  Thank goodness Wal-Mart had 2 more!

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I had a few ounces leftover from making sure the colors blended seamlessly between balls (although it wasn’t really necessary, it would have looked fine with abrupt color changes), but I pretty much used all 6 balls.

not your average crochet granny shawl

You might think that, as a simple granny triangle, this wouldn’t require a written pattern.  However, there are a surprising amount of ways to make this shape, with different numbers of chains, treble stitches on the end of rows, & different row transitions altogether.  I might write this up and post it if you’re interested.

These photos are unblocked though, without the ends weaved in, so I’ll have to wait to take the final photos for the pattern until I can get to that.  In the meantime I’m just admiring the colors…

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Never thought these colors would go so well together.  Who woulda thunk?  Well, Lion Brand did.  Thanks Lion Brand!

Even though this is acrylic I can tell already it’s going to be toasty — I can’t wait to wear it if it will ever get cold enough for my heavier weight items!  Today the high reached 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius), so I didn’t even need close toed shoes or long sleeves for most of the day.  It’s December.  Go home weather, you’re drunk.

The knitted cowl is coming along, I’ll have more to share on that soon hopefully but I do have to make 3 more Christmas gifts!  Better get busy.

That’s all for now then, thanks for stopping by!

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