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WiP Wednesday: Blame the Cats Edition

Every Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced they have a link party with all the crafty blogs putting up their work in progress pieces.  So I’m gonna start playing too, if only to make myself feel good that I am actually doing stuff!

First up is going to be the thing I have the LEAST amount of progress on!  That way I can get the disappointing stuff out of the way right off.

Old Lady Sundress!

I washed the fabric.  That counts and progress right?!  I am going to try to get some work done on this soon because I’m very excited about the fabric and hope that it turns out as cute as it is in my head.  Then I get to shop for some shiny nude pumps because I don’t have any shoes to wear with it right now.  See how I made this crafting project turn into shoe shopping?  I’m good like that.

Next up is the SECOND least worked on!

Rainbow Hexie Granny Square Tote Bag

Man, I’m on an “Old Lady” kick lately.  Old lady prints, granny squares.  I’m loving it.  Old ladies are awesome!  I always proudly say that I have a slew of “old lady” skills under my belt.  Except cooking.  Don’t ask me to cook.

But clearly, this is exactly where I left it after the last time.  2 of the 15 motifs are done.  I’m sure I’ll get back to it.  Sure.  But as this one actually has some of the parts worked on, it beats the dress as far as worked-on-it-ness goes.

And last but not least!

Prism Patchwork Quilt

I have a few more of the rows sewn together but the ironing got a little demoralizing.  Remember how cute Pickles looked sleeping so peacefully on the pretty strips of triangles?  Yeah.

OrangeFat x GrayFat = SuperCute!

SuperCute = TONS OF BULLSHIT CREASES PRESSED BY THE BODYHEAT OF TWO VERY FAT AND LAZY CATS

Asshole cats.   So the pressing is taking a little longer than I would like, but its still getting there.  Thank heavens for Laura who suggested numbering the rows or I would be in a wold of hurt trying to figure out what goes where!   Though I might be bothering Jennifer for her copious and beautiful floor space to do the final basting/pinning of this beast of a quilt.  I’m excited to see it coming together!

Head on over to Freshly Pieced to see what all the other crafty folks are working on!  It’s sure to inspire some of your own crafty goodness.

 WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Granny Square Afghan: One Year Later Edition

It may have taken me almost a year to complete, but Jennifer finally has her birthday present!  It was received with much love!  Not that getting a super warm and heavy blanket during one of the hottest weeks of the summer is a really good idea, but hey.  Shit happens when it happens!

This is how you love an afghan. (photo by Jennifer and instagram, stolen unabashedly for this blog by me)

Rainbow Crochet Bag: Read The F#@*ING Directions Edition

After finally finishing the granny square afghan it was time to get started on a new crochet project.  I got this pattern in an email from Lily’s Sugar N Cream and it was perfect for summer and would be a great pool bag for toting my book and towel and whatnot to and fro.  And I wasn’t quite granny-squared out so off I went!

I picked out my colors and got busy quickly cranking out enough of the shapes to make the front side of the bag!

So many shapes! So bright, so… wrong!

Once I started piecing the front side together I realized that things weren’t exactly working out right.  There was weird puckering and the sides weren’t lining up.  Hmm.

Ahh.  These hexagons are distinctly PENTAGONS.   Crap.

Since I needed to add a side, there was no point in frogging them all back to reuse the yarn.  So starting over was the best option.  A simple miscount early on and not paying close enough attention to the pattern only cost me a couple of nights worth of work.  Bullshit.  Needless to say, starting over has taken a bit of the wind out of my sails.

That’s better. *grumble*

Sewing Sunday: Whip Stitch Edition

Since She-Who-This-Is-Being-Made-For has finally seen the progress of it, I can now share it with you!

I’m making a Granny Square afghan for the ever-lovely Jennifer for her birthday.  I am lucky that she loves me and understands that the best intentions never seem to meet the goal date of delivery.  I should have it complete before the weather gets too yucky but I showed her a picture of the progress for her birthday.  That totally counts as a gift.  Right?

So many squaaaaaaares.

Its about half-way done.  So I spent most of the day sewing squares to more squares to sew into bigger squares to make into rows to sew to other rows.  You get the idea.  My reign of attaching stuff to other stuff remains true!

And once all the squares that I had made were connected together.  It was time to make more little squares.

Lather, Rinse, Repeat.

I do love working on afghans as the weather gets cooler.  Just 50 or so more squares to go!

Tutorial Tuesday: Crochet Flower Edition

Tonight’s tutorial was brought on by a suggestion to add some cutie little black crochet flowers to my purple and black snood to bring the two colors together.  Since I ran out of the purple and adding the black was a last ditch effort to get it done without getting a whole new skein of purple luscious face-rubbing yarn.

So I found this fantastically done picture tutorial/pattern to make this little bugger!

Cutie-Crochet-Flower-A-Go-Go

So off I went.  Reading briefly over the instructions (more just looking at the cute pictures) I got started.  Shortly after starting, I had to pause to rinse the hair color from my hair and I just had to pause a take a picture at what step I was stopping at:

I'm not even going to say it.

So once the hair was rinsed and I stopped playing “What Does My New Shampoo Smell Like?” I got back to it.  Super easy, simple pattern.  Its going to be a win, right?

Wrong.

It looked like a totally depressing starfish, not a flower.  I supposed I should have read the instructions and not just look at the cute pictures.  So I frogged back and tried again.

Yes, I took a break to paint my nails. What are you, the Continuity Police?

At least it actually looked a little cute, if small.  So I see how the instructions say you can stop here and have a completely cute, adorable and perfect little flower OR you can make it a super fancy ULTRA FLOWER!

I opted for ultra flower.

This was a mistake.

Now it looks like ultra poop.

Maybe its just too much black and it would be cute if a) I actually got the right number of petals on the second layer or b) I made the second layer out of the purple of the snood to make them stand out.  But if I had enough yard to make cute purple flower petals I would have just finished the damn snood in all the same color and would have effectively avoided this whole mess in the first place.

Lesson: Quit while you are ahead when it comes to super cute crochet flowers.  Ultra Flowers will only cause trouble.