Craft Update #1: College Blanket and Vacation Projects

In case you didn’t know, I knit. I also crochet and spin, among other things. So I thought it would be fun to update you on some things I’m making!

When I got to school, I barely had any yarn with me, and once I finished the socks I was working on, I had nothing to do. So I did what I normally do when I run out of projects, which is buy a bunch of Red Heart Super Saver and start making a blanket.

Normally I just make granny squares, but this time I thought I’d do something different. I bought white, three shades of blue, and black. With the white and the blues, I made piles and piles of double crochet (US terms here) squares, 14 stitches and 8 rows each. Then I went around all of those with the black, 14 stitches per side plus a corner of 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc.

When my roommate left for break, I put all the squares out on the floor and decided on this arrangement:

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Now all I have left is to sew them all together! Yay. 😛

I considered crocheting them together, but I decided I didn’t want the ridge that crocheting creates, so sewing it is.

When I got home for break, I realized I had the same problem: I didn’t have any projects going. On the way out the door to a play, I grabbed some size 7 circulars and a slightly nicer Red Heart yarn (I don’t have very much money, okay) and cast on for a cowl. I finished in about a week.

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Each stitch represents a different day. I thought it would be fun to do sort of a chronological stitch sampler. I have garter, seed stitch, 3-stitch basketweave, and 5-stitch basketweave in there.

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I haven’t even woven in the ends, but I’ve been wearing it ever since it got out of the washing machine (the acrylic version of blocking). It’s SO soft!

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Once I finished that, there was again nothing to do, which is why I now have this enormous granny square blanket-in-progress sitting around. It’s already getting too big to carry with me when I go places, which probably means I’ll do a border of smaller granny squares. I’ve done that before with a blanket I made for myself.

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I think this one is going to be for my grandma’s 80th birthday. I make blankets for family members when they turn 80. It just sort of started happening.

Adventure #3: Spontaneous Bus Ride to Wherever

This is Hannah.2014-12-06 11.48.20We accidentally signed up for all the same classes, so we spend a considerable amount of time together.

It was finals week last week, which meant that we put everything off, walked to the nearest bus stop, and got on the first bus that drove up. Turns out it was a bus to Fremont, and neither of us had ever seen the Fremont troll, so we got off the bus and sprinted up the hill to say hello and take some pictures together. 2014-12-06 11.33.00 We explored Fremont briefly, stopping in a vegan gluten-free bakery to try a shortbread cookie. It didn’t really taste like shortbread, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.2014-12-06 11.48.50 2014-12-06 11.51.08 The nearest bus stop to the bakery presented us with a 73, which we took to Pike Place.2014-12-06 14.04.52 2014-12-06 14.06.38 2014-12-06 14.40.56We found some musicians playing and stayed to listen for a very long time.

I can’t figure out how to embed Youtube videos into a post, but here’s a link to a video I took of one of their songs.

The sound quality isn’t brilliant. They were better in person, and I’m sorry I don’t know what they’re called or if they have any professional (or at least non-cell-phone) recordings.

We stayed until they stopped playing and then walked around the market some more. There is a doughnut stand/shop/something in Pike Place, and it’s magical. This machine makes the doughnuts in front of you.2014-12-06 15.21.17 We paid for a dozen cinnamon sugar doughnuts. We looked in the bag, realized there were definitely more than twelve, and happily ate all seventeen of them.2014-12-06 15.43.52 Downtown is a little overwhelming for someone from a town that has a population similar to the number of undergraduates at my university. It’s weird looking up and seeing buildings, not trees.2014-12-06 15.38.11I don’t have a good way to end this post, so… bye!