WIP Conundrum

Okay, so I have a problem.  I kinda know what I want to do but your input would be nice.   It’s my mood blanket.  The thing is gargantuan now.  What’s even crazier, it’s that I’m a few weeks  :oops: behind.  No excuses but you know … I’ve been having some life curve balls.  I want to be fully caught up by the end of this month so I decided to measure it according to the size of my bed.  Errrr … lemme show you my problem …

Mood Blanket 2014

It’s not much further on from the last time you saw it in February but that right there is my problem.  I’m eight weeks behind and the square is almost off the sides of my bed.  If I add another 32 rounds to this it definitely will be.  In the long term, we have 38 more weeks in the year.  If I multiply 38 * 4, I get an additional 152 rounds on this blanket.  Which means that it would be trailing on the floor around my bed as opposed to being the comfy blanket / spread I envisioned if I keep making it in it’s current style.  In other words — it’ll be toooooooo big.   Too big to be practical and too big to even wash in the largest washing machine in my building’s laundry room.  So what’s a girl to do?  I kinda know already what I want to do, but I need your help.

 

*cue music and insert poll*

Obviously, the last option is a joke … but the other three are viable ones.

Like I said, I kinda know what I want to do but it’ll mean so very much to me if you can help me out.  I think I set the poll to allow comments so feel free to offer up other suggestions if you think of any.

In other news, my Flax sweater.  Oh dear God in Heaven!  When I’m done this sweater, I’ll be wearing it!  Even if it’s summer.  The swatching is adding grey hairs to my head and I just can’t!  :D   So what had happened was … I swatched this thing … again … for the third time.   This time I went down a needle size.  And guess what?  The unblocked gauge is off by gazillions.  Okay … slight exaggeration … but my unblocked swatch is 17.5 stitches, 26 rows over 4 inches instead of 18 stitches, 22 rows over 4 inches.  I’m just waiting on the swatch to dry to see what kind of mods to make.   Sweater making divas, I need you when I come back with that blocked swatch okay?  Please and thank you.  :P

To cheer myself up … no, that’s a lie.  Because of my love for all colours bright and beautiful, I succumbed (I was weak Opal  :D ) to magnificence of Knitpicks Stroll Neon sock yarn.  Yes … I did.  I got these:

Neon Gems

I picked myself up some eye searing neon.  Now I’m off to pick up where I left off with socks since I frogged this one:

First Sock

Yep.  I’m off to grab those 9 inch needles and finally finish my first pair of socks in screaming neon blue — aka  Razzleberry!   I feel some subway knitting coming on.

That’s all folks!  Nothing else to see yet!  :P  I look forward to your responses re my blanket.

Toodles.  Hope you’re having a crafty good Spring.  :D

Gratitude Sunday

It’s been two weeks since I last posted and so much has happened in that short space of time.  You know some of it already but there’s always more.  I needed to re-focus, spring clean my mind and space, so despite the lack of posts I’ve been a busy little bee.  Since so much has been going on, this week’s gratitude post will be more pictures than words.  So let’s have it, shall we?  ;)

 

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While I was gone I:

  • created new work spaces.  Moving my sewing machine to the window gives me a lovely view of the neighbourhood at night while I’m sitting at the work-table.
  • put together my new storage system for all things yarny, fabric-y and otherwise crafty.  For a moment, I was kinda scared that my yarn wouldn’t fit, but except for two smaller bins of sweater quantities and acrylic, all my babies are there for me to access easily.    Having the tower of bins out of my bedroom has made such a difference in the way the room looks now.  Sometime in the near future, I’ll be painting most of the brown bookshelf matte black with one side of it in chalkboard paint.
  • made a template so I can make covers for my new storage boxes.   I plan to cover these with fabric.
  • registered for Stitches East 2014.  So very excited to attend that.
  • am watching new things come to life — watercress, basil, impatiens, cilantro (that’s almost ready for transplanting) and newly sprouted today jalapeno pepper shoots — was so soul nourishing.  Small evidence that in the midst of death, life continues on in many forms.
  • adopted a succulent garden.  The challenge is to make have them make it through the winter then I can call myself a real gardener.  :D
  • made rye soda bread with chive butter  (the base for the butter is brie).  Delish!
  • had my building management put in a set of stand-alone cabinets with counter-top, now my juicer can be used daily instead of living in a box.  That change has made such a huge difference in food prep and cooking.  I’m really grateful that they saw my vision.
  • updated and sent out something that needed to be updated and sent out.  No words necessary except to say that it’s time.
  • said goodbye to my old dress-form (Malynda).  She was a gift from my mother.  At the time, I thought having a foam form would work as my body changes because you can tweak her casing to fit your frame, but I didn’t count on the foam eventually drying out and not being able to sustain the stand.  So I’m in the market for another form.  My waist to hip ratio is so wide, it was hard to shop for a form previously, so any tips would help.
  • did a whooooooooooooooooooooooooooooole lot of spring cleaning.  I’m almost done.  What’s left can be done as the mood strikes.  Except of course for my crafty WIPs, I have to really get these under control.  I’m struggling with the size of my mood blanket, but we’ll talk about that later.
  • spring-cleaned my life.  New goals, new challenges, new habits to be formed.  Some will be documented here for accountability.
  • was reminded of how good it is to experience new mercies from God every day. 

I’ll be back next week with my old format, but before I end today’s post I have to say thank you so very much for your support over the last two weeks.  Some of you contacted me through email, left messages here, or contacted me through Ravelry.  It’s really wonderful to be a part of your life and community.  <3

I also want to thank Elisa for my new blog header.  We’d talked about her making me a personalised one before and I was supposed to point her in the direction of ones I like.  I didn’t do my homework.  :(  However, on the day of my friend Lorraine’s memorial service, I got an email from her.  Said she had dreams about me and I should check my email.   It was a wonderful surprise on a day that was so very difficult.

Hope you’ve all been well and cheers for a great upcoming week.