Friday Funnies: Crochet Edition

Happy Friday everyone! Wishing everyone in the USA a fun and safe Labor Day Weekend.

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Busy Fingers!

This past weekend my fingers were itching to create. I completed two knitting projects and started a crochet project all while avoiding things such as exercise and cleaning the house.

First on the list was my beautiful blue socks that I started a couple of weeks ago. The second sock was a much quicker knit as I figured out all of the confusing bits with the first one (specifically the heel turn). During this project I developed a serious love affair with my yarn (Anzula Squishy). The texture and the color were just divine! I definitely will be purchasing more of this brand in the future.

The next project was an attempt to jump on the holiday knitting. I had quite a bit of Cascade Pima Cotton Fine left over from my baby blanket project, so I decided to make some dishcloths as stocking stuffers. This pattern is called “Lace Cables.” It is a design from Barbara Walker’s A Treasury of Knitting Patterns.  The cables are pretty simple, however one must count their stitches well in the lace sections.

My third project was these cute little flowers that I modified from 100 Colorful Ripple Stitches to Crochet. The pattern called for 6 rounds of crochet, but I kept the flowers smaller and only crocheted 3 rounds.  I had this grand idea of making tons of them and then sewing them all together. The end goal was going to be a children’s blanket. However, since I am just starting out with crochet I don’t know how to bind them together without leaving gaping holes. *sigh* If anyone has ideas I would love to hear them!

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Happy Tuesday!

Victory is Sweet!

I came across this post:  At Risk of Sounding Like a Wet Blanket  on a Ravelry forum and thought it was hilarious.

Let’s be honest there was, is, or will be that project that ends up being a pain to make. Either you 1) have frogged it 9000 times 2)you got stuck on one row and can’t problem solve your way out of it or 3) it just got down right boring to make. At this junction, what is a crafter to do? If you are anything like me, you will want to persevere. You will not  toss that project aside and never think of it again. You will slave away until that project is done. You will want VICTORY!!!

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Once victory has been achieved how will you show your defeat of that crafting project? A cheer? Maybe a dance?

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I really like the song idea. Music is something that reaches everyone. After all that you have been through,  you will want everyone to know you have slayed that evil project dragon. So what should be my crafting victory song be?

Here are some of my top choices ( In no particular order):

  1.  Rocky Theme song
  2.  Eye of the Tiger by Survivor
  3.  Another One Bites the Dust by Queen
  4. Victory by Bond
  5. Sweet Victory by Spongebob Squarepants

Adversity comes at us every single day. So when you overcome  it what will your victory song be?

Weekend Hike

Saturday morning I went for a hike on Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County.  The loop followed the Cataract Falls and Potrero Meadows Loop which came out to be approximately 6.5 miles. The rolling hills made for great scenery as were a good challenge on my glutes.

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Bird’s eye view of the fog

There has been a serious drought here in California so there was not much water flowing through the mountain and over the waterfall. However, the fauna and wildlife made up for it. All and all a great hike for the intermediate hiker.

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Banana Slug!

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Beautiful Bramble Tunnel

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Sky High Trees

What were your weekend plans?

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I was feeling crafty yesterday afternoon. I upcycled an old necklace and made it into:

Ocean Stones Keepsake Box

Materials: Glass Beads, jewelry pliers, hot glue gun or super glue, wooden box, acrylic paint, paintbrush, and packing tape

1) Separate the beads from metal clasps using the jewelry pliers.

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2) Shine the beads if needed. Lay out the beads in desired pattern on top of the box.
3) Glue the beads to the top of the box using a hot glue gun or superglue. Allow to dry.

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4) Take the packing tape and cover the beads to prevent paint stains.
5) Select a paint color and paint the box with your desired design.

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6) Let box dry. Apply second coat of paint if needed.

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*Tip: Super glue held the stones (especially the round beads) onto the wood a little better than the hot glue. I tried to use a combo of the both.

Happy Crafting!