Change of project

So I was on the 2nd to last row of the previous project and realized I messed up 2 rows down. Not something I could fudge, so I put it away because I'm still undecided about buying a new ball, or starting over with a smaller hook...
So I turned to knitting. This afghan kit has been in my possession since 2015. It's rated intermediate and is working up with only a few bumps in the road. (And if I mess up a knit/purl I can always flip with with a hook rather than completely frog.)

I was sitting on the floor putting something together for my parents so Clyde was watching me from the chair. At the time, he was looking at my mom during a moment of distraction.

And latest dragon.

Going to play yarn chicken next week

So a little late with this post because I thought I might get farther on this afghan. It took me 2 hours to do one row at this point. I have 2 more to go and am probably going to lose at yarn chicken. I will then put this away until I get the skein, but I'll wait until I know I need more than 1 item from Mary Maxim. I usually have more yarn leftover on projects. My gauge was just a hair larger than suggested so I didn't go down a hook. Did that extra 1/8" snowball that badly?

Clyde claims all boxes, even those that have not been opened yet.

Happy New Year!

So I may nickname 2019 the year of the afghans. As one of my goals for the year is to reduce the kits in my closet that consist mainly of afghans

Above is my final 2018 finish, below is my start of 2019.

Bonus, Clyde wondering why I'm taking his picture again on New Year's Eve.

2018 in review

2018 was a year of ups and down in my life. Got a new job, broke up with a boyfriend, trying to find new boyfriend... (By the way, online dating pretty much goes against all my natural tendencies and can be overwhelming. Too many people!)

Anyway, my goals for the year were as follows.
Work on my rotation. Other than the one new start I'm allowing myself, no new cross-stitch.Knit an item.Edit one of my stories. I got through my rotation once, so that was good. I did knit a hat, even wore it once. However I didn't edit a story. I didn't even participate in NaNoWriMo this year because my new job has me mentally exhausted at the end of the day from having to write so much in such a short time span. (Thank you NaNoWriMo for preparing me for that)
I had 10 cross stitch finishes (all mill hill kits), 25 crochet finishes (many small snowmen and ruffle scarves), and 1 knitting finish.
So for 2019 I create the following goals. Reduce the number of kits in my craft closet (of doom) I w…

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all. I completely forgot that I made the snowwoman last week. I waited to take a picture until I could secure the nose, but she had tumbled into a hole behind a box and escaped me. I fixed the doily, but was noticing small bumps on my pinky that I hadn't had in a while. So until that clears up, I switched to a normal hook and started on a granny square afghan.

I can also finally show some of the presents I made. The cowl was for a friend I know reads this blog, the pineapple purse for her granddaughter.

This is part of the display at the restaurant we go to on Christmas Eve.

Here's some of Clyde, trying to look innocent before attempting to get in the bag, on the afghan I made my parents, and playing with his new toy.

And now for some presents I bought myself.
I ordered the "dragon theme" Fairy Loot box and this is what came in it, including a yet to be released book (on the right).

These charts were on clearance from HAED.

And clearance from ABC s…

Wee bit of frogging, cookies, and Clyde

So I've been working on this doily this week. And just tonight I realized I chained 5 instead of 6 on the final white round of two of the flowers. Then I realized after making 3 more, that I should've connected 1 less time on the main one. So I'm going to have to frog all but the first.

However I did make Christmas cookies to bring into work. Forgive the ones that broke, it's the nature of that particular stencil,

And I had another photo shoot with Clyde. When I came in, he went up the stairs and flopped down like this.

These are the best of the rest as I was preparing to leave.

More Christmas things

So my week consisted of making some things I can't show here yet, 5 ruffle scarves, 10 of these little guys

And this ornament for my tree.

And here's Clyde in a box.