It appears my hobby interests go in cycles. I obsess over one activity for a few weeks, then get tired of it and have to move on to something else (yes-even with cleaning. The chore chart lasted longer than expected, but there’s only so much dusting a girl can pretend to enjoy). That being said, I’m at least getting better at rotating the same few hobbies in and out so that I do eventually complete projects – they just might take a bit longer than I’d like.
I know it’s been awhile since I posted but I’m going to use the excuse that it’s summer and I’m busy. People want to hang out with me – what can I say? (Mostly Adam. Adam likes hanging out with me. Sometimes. Other times he wants to read and I want to talk to him and then he seems like he doesn’t want to hang out with me. I don’t get it.) But just because I haven’t been writing, doesn’t mean I haven’t been hobby-ing. First of all, we’re all going to count sitting on the patio as a hobby because, dammit, I built it and I’m going to enjoy it. Second, I’ve decided that my favorite type of bed coverings are quilts but it turns out buying quilts is really expensive so if I want something pretty, I’m just going to have to make it myself.
I thought it had been awhile since I wrote about crochet, but apparently the last post was on February 4th??? That seems way longer ago than it should. I mean, I guess the good part of that is I was too busy doing things to write them down. In other words, by not writing, I am actually doing what needs to be done to maintain a successful “how to find new hobbies” blog…
Sure. We’ll go with that.
Anyway! I’ve made a lot since I last wrote about yarn hobbies and now I’m going to brag about them.
The Finished Shawl (And My Rise To Stardom)
So back on February 4th, I wrote about starting a triangle shawl using blue variegating yarn. Well it’s done! And not only that, but after I posted it to Ravelry (we all know that no hobby is worth doing unless you can use it to reap the praises of strangers), the authors of the pattern asked if they could the photo of my finished project on their page. I’M FAMOUS AND AMAZING!!!
This is it. My life will never get any better than this. I should just hang up my hooks right now.
The Blanket I Made For The Babies I Don’t Have
So I also have variegated rainbow yarn (Caron Cakes Rainbow Sprinkles, for those in the know). One of the challenges with using color-changing yarn is not knowing how the color change is going to look in the finished product. (For instance, I had this beautiful green and tan yarn that I used to make adorable boot toppers ages ago, but when I used the leftover yarn to make a pot holder, it ended up coming out kind of camo-looking. Now I can only use it for cooking when I don’t have guests over.) So with this yarn, I did a backwards search on ravelry to see what other people had done with 2 skeins of the same Caron Cake yarn.
And voila! This wicked awesome star-shaped baby blanket was made!
Now that you’ve seen it, you can understand why I couldn’t just give it away to any old friend with a new baby. (I mean, my friends’ kids are kind of cool and everything, but this blanket is awesome sauce.) So now Adam and I are going to have to have children because the only human on the planet worth of this incredible creation is the one that might come from me. I am amazing. (See above).
A Quilt To Unite Them All…
…and in the darkness, tear them apart as they both struggle for supreme control of the blankets in the middle of the night.
I’m not even a Lord of the Rings fan, but this is an awesome quote. (I find the entire fantasy genre very difficult to read. How can you write a story where there are no rules? Magic universes make no sense to me. Unless it’s Harry Potter. He is an international treasure.)
But anyway, I’m making a granny-square quilt because I’m poor and I can’t afford to buy one. It has to be king-sized because anything smaller will create tension in our relationship. (I’m not a blanket hog. I’m just perpetually cold.) I’ve wanted to try out this wicked Stained Glass pattern for ages but have never felt like it was worth it to buy patterns when you can get so many for free. However, for the sake of “research” that was needed for this “blog”, I decided it just had to be done. As an investment.
The squares are giant (about 12×12″), which helps because I only need like 70-something of them to get the size blanket I want, rather than the assumed 300 million. That being said, each one takes 3-4 hours to finish so it’s slow going. Initially I started by completing each square in full, but that seemed to take forever, so now I’m doing them in stages (see below).
So yeah. 5 squares down, only 70+ more to go.