Hey, everyone! Hope you all have a great week. As mentioned last time, I did a video about the giant fabric haul I had at the end of July, which became an adventure in itself. I actually wound up recording it twice as the first time had no sound (apparently my video program was defaulting to some speakers that didn’t exist?); then I kept trying to find a way to edit the video and that was nothing but aggravation. I never did find a good program to use, so if any of you have any recommendations, please leave a note and let me know. Well, I finally got it edited to a point I wasn’t completely unhappy with and got it posted to YouTube, so you can go see all the stuff I came home with here.
Hi, everyone. Hope you all had a safe and happy 4th of July holiday. I’ve been listening to fireworks go off since Friday so I can’t really say I’m sad that the holiday is over though LOL. One thing that’s been killing me is all the sales EVERYWHERE! There’s so many things I want…and so little money to buy them with. I know, you’re all probably in the same boat too. But moderation can be a good thing; at least I keep telling myself that LOL. Besides, I need to finish the projects I’ve already bought materials for anyway…that way I have room for new stuff.
So this past week has been kind of slow on the actual crafting front, but I’ve been doing a lot of backroom type stuff like watching videos for ideas for new projects, looking up business and tax information (such fun *headdesk*), even Twitch‘d cutting fabric up for a couple projects I worked on later in the week (you can listen to me fuss at my cat who was tripping out the entire time too LOL).
So, Sunday was actually a really productive day. I completed the bag that was from the sewing pattern, which is a folding market tote, and I am never never making it again LOL. To be fair, there’s probably nothing wrong with the pattern, I just suck at understanding them, as I mentioned before. The bag itself wasn’t really that difficult, the most complicated part of the body of the bag was attaching the bias tape around the handles, but the pocket panel gave me so many issues. Once again, I think it was because I just didn’t understand what the pattern was telling me to do. I’m also not thrilled with trying to sew around curves, it gives me a lot of issues but that may just be a lack of practice. I might take a stab at a similar type of bag at some point but after making a couple changes to make it more… logical? accessible? understandable? to me.
So while I was in JoAnn Fabric back in mid-May, they had books on sale and I found a book called Fat Quarter Bags by Leisure Arts. The nice thing about this book is that each bag only requires 6 fat quarters and just over a yard of fusible fleece. There are seven different bags in the book, all with two nice big pockets inside, but I decided to start with the one called San Clemente as it was basically just a few rectangles and the others involved a lot more piecing to be done. Continue reading My First Tote Bag
So yeah, was working on the baby blanket for the friend last night, finished off the third skein of yarn, remeasured it after laying it flat…and realized I’d somehow measured it wrong and I’m still about 8″ short of the finished size *headdesk repeatedly*. We’re heading up to Georgia today, my extra yarn for the project is home almost two hours away from where I’m at, there’s no way I’m getting it finished for Saturday (and this is after I originally had last Saturday as a finish date). On the upside I have another baby blanket I made that I can give them. Guess I’ll just save this one for when the baby actually gets here lol.
Actually been pretty good today craft wise even though I’ve been out running errands most of the day. Started off the day working on my dishrag and got a couple more rows on it so I’m almost done. Worked on the baby blanket for my friend since I have to be finished by the time we leave Friday to go up to Georgia. Managed to talk myself out of starting any other projects… at least ’til I finish one of the others lol.
Had to go to Wal-Mart today and decided to check out the yarn just because. Admittedly, they don’t have a great selection of stuff in stores, however, they have Red Heart Super Saver yarn for $2.88 every day (vs. getting them at JoAnn’s on sale occasionally for $2.99) which is perfect for getting basic stuff as well as their version of cotton yarn called Peaches ‘n Cream which are pretty much in the exact same colors as the Lily’s Sugar ‘n Cream for $1.50/each. All that being said, their website has a ton of yarn on there apparently and the prices are either comparable to JoAnn’s and Michaels or cheaper. The search feature on there sucks though because it has things like length and height and I’m not quite sure how they equate to yarn measurements as they go from 1-10 which doesn’t work out to the yarn weight (worsted, chunky, etc) or the ounces; just strange.
JoAnn’s has a 50% coupon good through next week on their website, and they’re also having a Cinco de Mayo sale with select yarns on sale today only, and Bernat baby yarns are on sale 25% off for the month (online only).
So I’ve been good and have been working on the baby blanket for my friend yesterday and today. I finally finished the second skein of yarn and started on the third and happened to double check the cleaning instructions… hand wash in cold water and lay flat. Really?! Really?! What genius decided to make baby blanket patterns and put together kits(and there are several of them) using yarn that requires hand washing? What new parent (or any parent of small kids really) has time to do hand washing? I’m almost finished with the blanket now (almost 30″x30″ of finished size 36″x36″) so there’s no way I’m ripping it out, plus it’s the kind of yarn that has fibers that tangle (think mohair) so it’d be more headache than it’s worth anyway. I think I’m going to rework this afghan with a regular ombre baby yarn later, you know, after I finish up the other baby blanket, the dish cloth, and put a decent dent in the hubby’s afghan lol.
On a happier note, Mary Maxim has a sale on some of their yarns for $1.99/each for the next couple days. Oh, and if you happen to create your own patterns for knit or crochet accessories, baby blankets, or afghans, they’re running a contest for cash prizes.
So it’s the beginning of a new week, and I’m back in my non-home location for the first part of the week. Just so you guys know, in case my updating goes screwy, I’m splitting my weeks between home and the city my step-mother lives in a couple hours away so I can help take care of her affairs while she’s in long term physical rehab. On the upside, it does give me plenty of time for crafts, video games and reading, and another JoAnn’s and Michaels to go to lol. Actually, I say that, the yarn selection in the stores up here absolutely SUCKS! Seriously, both stores have about 1 1/2 aisles dedicated to yarn and yarn tools and patterns. I’ve been in Wal-Marts with better selection. Regardless, I still managed to buy something at Michaels today, ’cause, you know, I need more patterns and yarn lol. I actually looked at these last week when I was there and got a book for making covers for dish washing liquid bottles that look like dresses that’s all knit (I’m going to be experimenting with knit again apparently lol) and uses crochet cotton, like the Lily’s Sugar ‘n Cream; the other is a variegated yarn that’s store brand that you can apparently make a baby’s top out of using just one skein (or 2 skeins if you make a little larger size). I’m big on one skein projects as they let me try out different yarns without having to spend a ton of money on enough for things like blankets or afghans. Of course, I’m always looking for non-scarf projects because, let’s get real, I live in central Florida and there’s less than one month a year that gets cold enough to need one. Then again, I do have an Etsy shop that a lot of my finished pieces will probably wind up on eventually. If I do put them on there, I’ll let you guys know in case any of you are feeling generous and want to buy something lol.
So, this weekend I worked on the hubby’s afghan some more as well as the one-skein baby blanket and the dish cloth (yeah, I’m only doing a couple rows at a time with that one, it’s why it’s not finished yet). I’m going to have to get my butt in gear and finish the blanket for my friends since I’m headed up to visit my mom and grandmother this weekend and I’ll be stopping by to see them as well (oh yeah, probably no updates this weekend either). Also, been playing around with the site, seeing what works and doesn’t for me. Wish I could set up a separate page on this site that allows posts for my reviews but won’t let me, I don’t think, so they’ll be getting scattered in with the regular posts.
For sales…well Michaels didn’t have anything yarn related on sale in store or online unfortunately, but if you go to their webpage, you can get a 40% off coupon for one regular price item. JoAnn’s is having daily coupon offers through the end of the week for Mother’s Day, so make sure you check those out, plus all their Lion Brand yarns are 25% off as well as a couple other brand types that are on sale.
So yeah, I started yet another project today, ’cause I need to start a new project like I need a hole in the head lol. To give some background on this new project, I started crocheting an afghan for my husband 9ish years ago. It’s still not finished. I ran out of yarn and couldn’t find where I put the rest of the yarn for the project (to be fair we’ve moved a couple times over the years…it’s in a box…somewhere); well, then I found the yarn…and now I can’t find the pattern book. So why not just look at what I’ve already done and go from there, you ask? It’s one of those with a geometric design and it involves chaining over the skipped stitches in one color then coming back and stitching in the skipped stitches with the other color and I can’t remember how I’m supposed to do the pattern. So it’s on hold for now. Meanwhile, every time I start a new project he asks me when I’m going to finish his blanket. I feel bad; it’s been almost 10 years now. The boy deserves his blanket lol.
So I went to Jo-Ann Fabric yesterday (I had coupons, why not, right?) and started looking around and found two different afghan books that looked promising (’cause, you know, I don’t have a dozen books at home already, but whatever). As a bonus, they had Red Heart Supersaver and With Love yarns on sale as well as all of the Lion Brand yarns. So finally decided on the With Love yarn, it’s a little more expensive than the Supersaver, but it’s got such a nice feel to it and works up really nicely. To be fair, I probably could have picked one of the Lion Brand yarn varieties, but I’ve really only used their Homespun yarn, which is a chunky yarn, and I’m just more familiar with the Red Heart varieties. Tomorrow I’ll upload pictures and the actual information on things, today I had to get the blog up and going lol.
So, as of right now, my current projects in progress include:
- Husband’s afghan (red, black, and white) – just begun
- Baby blanket for my friend due next weekend (variegated green, grey, and white) – almost complete
- Baby blanket just because (self striping peach) – maybe a third finished
- Dish cloth (variegated brights and yellow) – about half finished
Oh, don’t know how long it’s running, but went to the Joann Fabric website today and they’re having a site wide sale… I bought yarn for two more baby blanket projects *facepalm*. I’m a glutton for punishment lol.