Blankets: I make lots of them

When I don’t know what to make next, I make blankets. When people realized I was a knitter (about 10 years ago probably) they started giving me yarn, and it’s mostly worsted weight acrylic, i.e. blanket yarn. Here’s one in progress:

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I talked about this blanket in this post last time I was home, saying it was probably for my grandma’s 80th birthday. I’m not so sure now, though. I’m not in love with the colors.

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So I started this one too. I guess I’ll pick one when I finish both. Her 80th birthday isn’t for another year and a half!

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It doesn’t look like much right now, I know. 🙂 The pattern is Neat Ripple Pattern by Lucy of Attic24. It’s a tutorial, and it’s super easy to follow.

11082898_549367611871870_1308389006_nP.S. My dropbox still isn’t working, but I figured out I can send pictures to myself via Facebook messenger and then get them on my computer that way. So this blog is back in operation.

Updates

My dropbox isn’t syncing for some reason, so I can’t get any pictures from my phone, I have a 77% in oceanography because I keep forgetting to do the assignments that are due on Tuesdays at 5PM (Seriously? Who makes homework due at 5PM on a Tuesday?), and I’m very behind in all my classes. That’s the bad news.

Here’s the good news: I get to see my mom at the airport tomorrow because she’s flying up so that she and my aunt can drive my grandma’s car to my family’s house, I just ran 3 miles and didn’t die, and you can follow me on Bloglovin’! Here’s the link:

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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!

Adventure #2: Alpacas

My parents and sister are visiting me at college for Thanksgiving, since a lot of our family lives up here anyway. Yesterday we went to Whidbey Island to visit Pronkin’ Pastures alpaca farm! They have 38 alpacas and one rescue llama.

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There was one alpaca named Destiny who was especially friendly. She kept trying to eat my sweatshirt.

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The farm had eight babies born this year. Destiny is pretty young. She’s a lot smaller than the adult alpacas, who seemed less eager to say hello. We also met a little brown alpaca named Milo.

This is Miss Lilah June, the only adult who would let me get near her.

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She’s just about as tall as I am, and I’m 5′ 6″.

I saw these alpaca socks in their little shop, and I was very tempted, but $22 was a bit out of my price range.

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P.S. Here are this morning’s sunrise and the oatmeal I ate while watching it.

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A more subtle sunrise, but still beautiful. (:

Things that make me happy #1: Care packages

Yesterday I got a wonderful care package from my best friend and her family, whom I’ve known for ten years (!!!) now. It had just enough decorations in it that it prompted me to reorganize my entire room, which is now very clean and looks great, in my opinion. (:

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This photo is extremely blurry, but it’s because I had to lean backward over my roommate’s bed in order to take it. Our room is the size of a big walk-in closet, which would be nice and spacious for just clothes, but it’s pretty cramped with the two of us living in it.

The lighting is also really bad in this room. I’ve tried to improve it by adding fairy lights and a little lamp, but it’s not doing much.

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Included in the box was a pair of snowflake knee socks, so of course I had to base my outfit for today around the socks.

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I don’t even know if I should point out where the rest of my clothes came from, since a lot of what I own is thrifted… oh, well. Here’s the info anyway. Maybe it’ll be interesting.

Sweater, tank top, and belt: thrifted (Seattle Clothing Exchange)

Skirt: My mom went shopping one day, came back, handed the skirt to me, and said, “I got you this. You don’t have enough clothes.” I don’t know where she got it.

Flats: I don’t even remember what store they’re from (they’re a few years old), but I do remember going shopping with my mom and my sister. I found shoes I liked in the first store we went to (It was probably Target or Kohl’s) and my sister spent ages looking in every store until she finally found some she liked.

Dance tights: Danskin (bought from discountdance.com)

Watch: Target

Necklace: Gift from my mom. I wear it every single day so I probably won’t mention it again.

P.S. Here’s this morning’s sunrise. The sun appeared over a fog bank instead of the horizon.

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Adventure #1: Sunrise

Hi, I’m Rebecca. I don’t really know how to run a blog (I tried one in 9th grade and completely failed), but here I go anyway. Let’s just jump right in, shall we?

This morning I got up at 5:50 for winter quarter registration, which started at 6. Once I got all my classes squared away, I looked out my window and saw this:

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I live on the 5th floor of my dorm, and the views at sunrise are absolutely incredible. Here’s a little collage of sunrise photos I’ve taken since I moved here in late September. I can’t believe the variety of colors I see.

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One of my roommates, a photographer, wanted to take photos at the waterfront (you can see the lake in my pictures) before it gets any colder and rainier, so that’s what we did! We walked down seven flights of stairs to the basement parking lot of our building and set off toward the water. It looked like there was a fire burning.

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We went through a big parking lot, over a little bridge, and past a few trees, most of their leaves gone by now.

There’s a tiny little wilderness area down by the water where, evidently, runners like to go in the morning. I didn’t take any pictures of them, but there were a few interesting ones, including three people with dogs and a middle-aged man with capri-length leggings and five finger shoes.

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We walked along some little meandering paths, breath fogging in front of us, my nose about to freeze off, until we reached the lake I’ve seen so often out my window.

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A little group of ducks was swimming around, and the crew team was rowing their way across the lake. I have no idea how any of them stayed warm. That water must have been freezing; we saw two very small ponds nearby that had actually frozen over.

The sun tried its best to come up, but it was stuck behind a cloud, illuminating everything without giving any of the direct light that my friend was hoping for in her photos.

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At some point, we realized how cold we were. The ground was frosty, and so were our shoes by then:

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So we said goodbye to the lake and headed back to the dorm, just in time for me to grab the stuff I needed for the day and leave for my 8:30 lecture.