Wow, this year really flew by! I have been so busy working on home projects, taking care of the little ones (and not-so-little ones), and learning some new skills, that I have crocheted less this year than any other year in the past decade. Honestly, I don’t even know where the time goes anymore! But I do know that over the past week or two, I’ve had such a longing to just sit and crochet for a while. Now that the weather is starting to get colder, I just want to wrap myself up in a warm blanket and crochet for a good long bit.
It’s pretty obvious to me that I won’t be getting too many projects done in time for the holidays this year, so I’m giving myself a pass and taking off the stress that I usually start to feel around this time of the year. The 2017 BAMCAL blanket won’t be completed. Neither will the one from 2016, for that matter. And the plethora of other projects that I have can wait their turn in line while I slowly but surely catch up on all the little things I need to catch up on. But I’m doing it with no pressure right now.
So here are the new crochet projects that I have managed to complete in the past… what has it been, 2 1/2 months since my last post? Sheesh. The first is from the 2017 bamcal, this Moon Blossom square. This was the filler (voted for) square for July (which feels like it was last week). I have to say I’m in love with the outer stripe effect. I think if I make this again, black and white stripes would be absolutely striking as well. The pattern is free at the time of this post and can be found on Cuppa Crochet.
The next project that I’ve just been casually working on here and there is a new hoodie sweater for Clara. I found some discontinued yarn in my yarn closet and was trying to figure out what I could use it for, seeing that I only had three skeins of it. Well, it turns out that this hoodie was exactly the project for it. The yarn is Bernat Mosaic in the color Optimistic. Such a bummer that these yarn companies keep discontinuing such gorgeous colored yarns, but I’m glad I had these on hand and found a good use for them. I still have the hood and the front of the sweater to finish, but we have nice long winters here, so I’m certain that Clara will have the opportunity to wear it several times at least before the spring thaw. The pattern is free and can be found here, but I wouldn’t recommend it for a new crocheter. The instructions are not really clear and there are a lot of reviews on Ravelry that said that sizing was way off, even with gauge. I’ve used the pattern as a basic outline and am kind of just holding it up to Clara and seeing how it fits her shape (she’s got a super huge head, so the hood would have had to have been adjusted regardless). But still, fun to make with the yarn. I love seeing how the color all comes together.
Finally, as promised two months ago, I’m just now getting around to getting Zoë uploaded. This was part of Polly Plum’s Firefly series, and I just love her work. As expected, this pattern did not disappoint. I love the colors too. The yarn is Vanna’s Choice, but I’m still getting used to the new colors that they started carrying, such as the lilac and the peacock. I know it’s been a while since they were released, but since this has been an off-year for me, they’re still new! and exciting! and I have so many color combinations that I want to play around with in my nonexistent free time! Oh well, in the meantime, if you’re looking for the Zoë pattern, you can find the individual pattern on Ravelry for $2.49, or you can download the entire ebook, which includes the patterns I made of the other Firefly women. The ebook is $9.99 and can be found on Ravelry as well.
I’m still working my way through comments, emails and such, so if you’ve written to me and haven’t heard back from me yet, hang in there. I’m slowly, slowly working my way through this beautiful mess!