Victoria Shawl: progress

The Victoria Shawl is almost complete!  I finished the last row yesterday:

Victoria Shawl | Not Your Average Crochet

Now I just have to block it!  I’ll try to get to that soon.

In other life news, Chris and I have been thinking about getting a firearm for our home for a while now and we’ve been prompted to speed things up a bit due to a worrisome ex-coworker of Chris’ who is apparently on drugs & very unstable.  I’m going to go to a shooting range nearby and get a few lessons from a certified instructor so that I know how to safely handle a gun.  Shoutout and thanks to Chris’ parents for helping us with this process!

Also, I’m going to be starting therapy/counseling myself next Tuesday; I love going to counseling and I’ve been struggling a bit lately so I think it’s going to be really good for me (which will make things better for Chris, as well).  I don’t know how often I’ll go but I’d like to do it once a week, and fortunately my job is flexible and willing to work with me.  The counselor works on a sliding scale so the cost is really low compared to standard pricing.  Shoutout and thanks to my parents for helping me with this process!

Well, that’s all for today, thanks for stopping by!

Victoria Shawl: begin!

Like I didn’t have enough WIPs already.  🙂  I couldn’t resist purchasing the new Victoria Shawl pattern.  The perfect yarn was already sitting in my stash: KnitPicks Stroll Tonal Sock Yarn in Seashell.

Victoria Shawl

The pattern is easy to memorize and not difficult to do; so far it’s just been chains, double crochet stitches, treble crochet stitches (at the top edge), and puff stitches.  It’s working up at a decent rate, too.

Victoria Shawl

The stitch pattern kind of looks like flowers to me, and the colors in the yarn remind me of Japanese cherry blossoms.  Maybe I’ll nickname mine the “sakura shawl.”  Really pretty for spring, if your spring isn’t already hitting the 85 degree mark.  It’s been a little toasty this past week, and I’m envious of all the places that are still getting snow and wintry weather!  The only thing “snowing” here is the pollen — my red car looks brown from the the added layer of yellow-green.

Anyway, that’s all I’ve got for today.  See you soon, and thanks for stopping by!

a look back on 2015

2015 was a much more productive year for me than 2014 was, so that’s already awesome!  Here’s a recap of the [finished] projects from this year!

And there are a couple items I forgot to post about. I knitted a Fuego hat with some spare Berroco Vintage:


And then there’s a secret project that I made as a Christmas gift for someone, but they might see it here so I’ve left it out and I haven’t been able to give it to them yet, so a photo will have to come later!

All in all that’s 13 crocheted projects (counting the Christmas gift) and 11 knitted projects.  Well now that I’ve totaled it up it doesn’t seem like so much, but it’s still better than 2014.

2 of those projects were my own patterns that I released, and I guess I’ve got the bug because there are SO many ideas I’ve got all of a sudden — there are definitely going to be more pattern releases in 2016!  I’ve already got the yarn and everything for almost all of my ideas, and can’t wait to get started!

Also of course there were some big life events this year!  I started working on my LPC licensure (to be a super-fancy licensed counselor) and, best of all, I got married!

I hope that 2015 was a good year for you, too, and of course I wish you the happiest of New Years and a great 2016!

Thanks for stopping by, see you soon!

recuerdos de infancia crochet shawl: ta-da!

Using 691 yards of Cascade Yarns Alpaca Lace Paints (colorway 9989) and a US E hook, my Recuerdos de Infancia shawl is complete!

recuerdos de infancia crochet shawl

recuerdos de infancia crochet shawl

recuerdos de infancia crochet shawl

recuerdos de infancia crochet shawl

This was a fun shawl to make, just like the first one I made years ago in sock weight yarn.  I’m really happy with this, and this yarn is SO SOFT.  Like, so soft it was hard to tie off the ends because the knots were so silky.  I’m impressed, but this is 100% Alpaca.

Can’t wait until it starts to get cooler so I can actually wear this, but it’s still averaging 90 degrees (F) every day (although I must say after the weeks of 100+ this almost feels nice).

Well that’s all for today, thanks for stopping by!

recuerdos de infancia #2

This crochet pattern worked up pretty quickly, despite using Cascade Yarns Alpaca Lace Paints (colorway 9989) and an E hook.  The pattern costs but is worth it.  It’s blocking now:

recuerdos de infancia crochet shawl

I’ll measure the wingspan once it’s unpinned from the blocking foam and I’ll post pictures wearing it, but in the meantime here are some closeups:

recuerdos de infancia shawl

recuerdos de infancia shawl

I’ll try to update soon, especially since I’ve got lots of projects going, but the wedding planning is really picking up steam and so I’m not sure how often I’ll be able to post between now and then.  Hopefully a regular amount!

Thanks for stopping by!

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