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For whatever reason, I’ve been dealing with a rather long period of the “blahs”. It’s not often I get this way and usually after a couple weeks I snap out of it, but this time it’s lingering. This is how I felt by Christmas, and I ended up spending most of that day in and out of sleep on the couch.

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Perhaps part of it is because SoCal has been getting a lot of rain lately (our winter), and rain always makes me want to curl up under some blankets and just watch tv or read a good book.

Anyway, I have been making a valiant effort. Since my YS took his paper Christmas tree present with him when he moved out, I began a crochet tree to replace it. I’ve written down the pattern for future reference, I’m almost done with the crocheting part, I have a pretty filigree star to go on the top, and I bought lovely gold pearls to decorate the tree with – and then I ran out of steam. So it is currently sitting on top of my entertainment unit, mocking me every chance it gets. Plus I’m still working on my Nest Stitch Shawl.

Then I decided that I should make something out of the two skeins of Mandala Sparkle that I couldn’t resist picking up. I can’t tell you any more at this point, because I’m hoping this will be a present – sorry, you’ll have to wait. But now I’ve gotten bored with this one too.

I’ve been told that two more women of the family are pregnant and due in June and July. I bought a wonderful pattern from Kate Wagstaff called the Queen of Hearts Afghan (paid pattern here), which I think would make a great wedding/baby shower present. I plan on using Caron Simply Soft in white for the base, and blue mint, blackberry (a pink), limelight (a green), and persimmon (an orange) for alternating heart colors to give to the 1st-timer due in June. The woman who’s due in July already has two girls, so I’m not sure if we’ll be having a shower for her yet, but I’ll make something for her anyway.

I know this is rather late, but I hope that all of you had a wonderful New Year’s. I won’t be doing a “resolutions” post this year. The fact is that my resolutions are still the same – keep using my yarn stash (ok, I’m trying!), post three times a month, make my quilt afghan, and create my butterfly box. I did use some of my stash last year, but I was very bad and bought more yarn. I did finish the Martha Stewart fabric balls craft AND I finally finished organizing my bedroom/craft room – Yeah, two off the list! And of course there’s always the loose 10+ pounds, eat right, exercise more, and establish world peace. Maybe I’m just dragging my heels because if I actually finish the resolutions I’d have to come up with more (although that last one may take a while…).

Till next time, happy crocheting!

 

 

 

Yes,  I know the title isn’t exactly that original, but I do want to wish all of you a wondrous new year full of all good things – health, fortune, beautiful yarn, and of course crochet! Arthur wishes you a happy new year also, but he enjoyed much merriment and is now in the process of sleeping it off – as I’m sure a certain portion of America is doing, too!

Since my mom reads my blog – Hi Mom! – I couldn’t post her Christmas present till now. When visiting last fall, I noticed that her lapghan had really seen better days and needed replacing. My mom has a TV room with olive-colored recliners and a neutral beige/brown couch, and since this room is where she usually uses the lapghan, I wanted to get colors that would coordinate. After returning, I found myself wandering in the yarn section of Walmart and I discovered Lion Brand’s Mandala there, and at a great price too! I chose “Chimera”, which is a beautiful blend of brown, teal, olive, yellow-olive, gold, orange, and fuschia. I used two skeins and mirror-imaged them. What I love the most about Mandala is that the colors are nicely hued – there, but not too bright – and it’s a DK weight, which is fast becoming my favorite. I do wish that it was a little softer, but I guess we can’t have everything. I wanted to make her lapghan out of a no-pill acrylic, but fell in love with the Mandala chimera colors – what can I say?

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The lapghan laid flat

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Close-up of the stitch

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An angled view

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People have asked me about this stitch and I will be making a video to post to YouTube on how to do this. I need to come up with a name (the ones I thought of had been taken) – I think I’ll call it the Diamond X Stitch. It’s reversible, a little stretchy, and a little squishy.  Oh, yes – Mom loved the lapghan and she especially liked that it was light-weight – go DK yarn!

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In fact, I have one of the worst colds I’ve had in years. I do not recommend this as a way to bring in a new year! It’s partially my fault because holiday goodies won out over proper nutrition and it seems I’m paying for it now. It’s back on the straight and narrow once again!

I checked my March 1st post from last year (WIP it Good!) and now realize that NONE of my new year’s resolutions were accomplished. That’s about par for me, and that’s why I don’t usually make resolutions. However, I do think a review every now and then is a good thing. I agree with all the resolutions I made last year, so I’m going to keep those. The one thing I must do first is reorganize my back storage room – aka the back bedroom, aka my craft room. I would like to make this room into a true craft room. (Ok, you can stop laughing now!) This is going to be an interesting and somewhat prolonged project, so it’s just perfect for a new year’s resolution.

Sadly, the crochet teacher’s job I had didn’t work out and I left that position right before Halloween last year. My students felt I was a good teacher, though, so I am looking into other ways I might be able to continue with that work. I found a site called Skillshare that looks pretty good, and there are also a couple places near where I live that might be interested in having a crochet teacher. Definitely on the agenda for this year!

I’m also still interested in expanding my line of patterns. It would be nice if I could say I’d have a new pattern every month, but I think that would be pushing it. Every other month seems more reasonable, but I’ll do what I can. And of course there is the never-ending job of promoting The Crocheted Butterfly.

Yes, I believe 2017 is going to be a very busy year!

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