Friday, November 24, 2017

WIP-it Down Week Thanksgiving 2017 - Day 9

Today is NaBloPoMo Day 24 and Day 9 of my self imposed WIP-it Down Week.  I had a pretty productive day yesterday considering it was Thanksgiving and the hubby was home (although he slept a good part of the day since he works a midnight shift).

I finished the border on my first BAMCAL afghan!  It still needs a run through the washer and dryer to "block" it.  I am relatively happy with this afghan.  I don't love a few of the squares, but overall it is nice and will be loved by someone once I donate it.  Here is a close up of the simple border:

I also stitched together three four square blocks as well.  Now these are ready to sew in with the other twelve inch squares once I complete the rest of the November and December squares.  And I also got some work done on the remaining November squares!  I finished the four six inch squares (and sewed them together!).  Here is a picture of the four blocks (the top right one is the one I completed yesterday and the other three are the ones I joined together).

And I decided on an alternate for the Main November square that I was not happy with.  This one is a square I made for the 2011 BAMCAL and I like the look (and ease of making) it so decided that was the one I wanted to substitute in.  I got a start on it last night but was getting too sleepy to finish it.  This is as far as I got:

On the schedule for today is to work on sewing together my BAMKAL squares.  I don't think this will take all day and if I finish early I think I will go back to either my MOCKs or my Coffee Cantata socks.  Both are closer to completion and I would like to get them both done.  Since the Coffee Cantata socks are closer I suspect I will focus on those!  First off though I want to finish my substitute BAMCAL square!  It should not take too long (I hope), then I will move on to the BAMKAL square blocking (for those last few) and joining (of those squares already blocked).

And we may have to check out some Black Friday sales - after hubby is home from work and after he gets some sleep.  I suspect we will head out shopping later in the afternoon.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

WIP-it Down Week Thanksgiving 2017 - Day 8

Today is NaBloPoMo Day 23 and Day 8 of my self imposed WIP-it Down Week. Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends!!  I hope you have an amazing day.

I spent the majority of the day yesterday working on my MOCKs.  The final clue was released overnight and I found it when I crawled out of bed in the morning.  I managed to get a lot done on it today and am very happy with my progress!  Both gusset decreases are complete and I am moving down the foot on the first sock.  Here is what they look like now:

Today I plan to work on BAMCAL stuff.  First up I need to finish a few more rounds on the border of the first afghan so that I can call it DONE.  My original plan was to work on assembling the second BAMCAL afghan and I think I may hold off on that for a bit until all the squares are complete - that way I can make sure there is a nice balance of squares and colors.  I will join up all of the 6 inch squares into their larger part (I made four of each 6 inch square so I can simply join them to make extra 12 inch squares to fit with the rest of the 12 inch squares).  Once I have those 6 inchers attached to each other I will move on to working on the last of the November squares.  All of this is assuming I have time to do all of this.

We are not travelling for Thanksgiving nor are we having anyone over.  Hubby will be working the midnight shift so he will be snoozing a good part of the day.  I am cooking a small Thanksgiving type meal for us - roasting a chicken and making potatoes, stuffing, and some sort of veggie (likely corn) and also an apple crisp for dessert. 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

WIP-it Down Week Thanksgiving 2017 - Day 7

Today is NaBloPoMo Day 22 and Day 7 of my self imposed WIP-it Down Week. 

Yesterday I worked on my BAMCAL squares and managed to have some success in finishing up a bit.  I was really challenged by the main square and I surrendered.  I was not enjoying working on it and decided that I did not want to fight with it any longer.  I will find something else to make that I will include in the next afghan.  

The November Alternate square was a quicker, easier square.  I enjoyed working on it!  Here it is:

And I got the first round of the border done on the afghan I stitched together the other day.  I need to decide what else I want to do for the border - a couple more rounds of single crochet in white? Or maybe one round in blue and another in white?  The one round I have finished is white.  I'll decide later.  I think I will add this to my list for tomorrow.  I would love to finish it!

Today the final clue for the Mystery Sock pattern was released ( I found the update when I got out of bed in the morning) and I will be happily knitting away on that as much as possible!  I really don't think I will be able to finish both of the socks today, but I will give it the old college try and see how far I can get!  

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

WIP-it Down Week Thanksgiving 2017 - Day 6

Today is NaBloPoMo Day 21 and Day 6 of my self imposed WIP-it Down Week.  I am amazed to be on the final third of the NaBloPoMo challenge I set for myself!  After today - only 9 more posts to go!  And I am about half way through my WIP-it Down Week!

Yesterday I spent my time working on my first BAMCAL afghan.  This one will be 4x4 twelve inch squares in size.  I think it will make a nice small afghan for some charity.  I suspect I may donate to Project Linus again.  I am happy to say that I managed to get all of the first afghan sewn together.  All that is left to do now is add a border!  I may put that on my schedule sometime before the Thanksgiving break is over since I know I can turn this into a FO quite easily now!  Here is a picture of what it looks like now:

It needs the border and then it will need a run through the wash to even out the squares (rough blocking with acrylic yarn!)  I am not 100% happy with all the squares, but I really want to stay true to the spirit of the Block a Month Crochet Along group.  I will admit that this year they selected several squares that were very challenging and it was not completely up my alley this time around.  The first time I did this in 2011 the squares were simpler and I think I enjoyed myself more with the challenge.  Maybe I'll wait another six years before I do another challenge!

Today the plan is to work on the three BAMCAL November squares that I have waiting for me.  Only the November and December squares to go and this year is in the bag!  

Monday, November 20, 2017

WIP-it Down Week Thanksgiving 2017 - Day 5

Today is NaBloPoMo Day 20 and Day 5 of my self imposed WIP-it Down Week.

I spent my spare time on Sunday working on my sock yarn Scrap-Ghan and managed to knit up 6 squares bringing me to a total of 101 squares so far!  Slowly I am making progress on this blanket!  I have quite a long way to go, but I did make some progress yesterday!  I really should do a few squares on this every week so that I can eventually finish it up!

Today the plan is to work on assembling the first (of two) BAMCAL afghans.  I need to lay out all the squares and decide on a pleasing arrangement.  Then we shall see how much I manage to get sewn together!!  I plan to donate this blanket to some charity once it (and others) are all done. 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Seventh Year of Projects - Week 21

Today is Week 21 of the Seventh Year of Projects, NaBloPoMo Day 19, and Day 4 of my self imposed WIP-it Down Week!

I had a good day yesterday and was successful in tucking in ALL the loose tails on my Temperature scarf!  It took most of the day (off and on) but I am happy to be completely caught up on that.  Now I need to try to keep up with the tails for the next six or so weeks until the end of the year!

The remains of the tails!
Today I plan to spend some quality time with my Sock Yarn Scrap-Ghan.  This poor blankie has been in progress for a long time now (I actually cast it on in July 2014!) and has not seen any love or attention is recent months.  It is time to shake the dust off it and see how many squares I can add!  I currently have 95 squares made - long way to go to finish this blankie - even if I make it a lap-ghan size (which I think I may do).  It currently measures 30 inches by 32 1/2 inches.  Each square is roughly 2 1/4 inches.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

WIP-it Down Week Thanksgiving 2017 - Day 3

Today is NaBloPoMo Day 18 and Day 3 of my self imposed WIP-it Down Week.

Yesterday I spent all my crafting time on my Coffee Cantata Socks and I got a goodly amount done!  I now have a HO (half finished object).  One sock is complete and the second is ready for the foot to be knit.  It turned out I only needed to do rounds 34 though 54 and that gave me enough length for my foot.  My row gauge is wonky on these socks!  They are big and I am not really 100% happy with them.  I think it might be partly my yarn choice and partly a gauge issue.  They are too long in the leg and I can't pull them up my fat leg.  They are too loose in the heel as well, but the foot is a good length...  I suspect I will fold down the leg and wear them around the house.  Oh well, they are almost done now and I will be so happy to see the end of them!  Here is what they look like now:

On the schedule for today is to catch up on tucking in many, many tails on my Temperature scarf.  I also need to catch up on a couple days (4 days actually) worth of rows.  I have not tucked in tails since late June - OYE!  I don't actually think this will take a huge amount of time but we shall see though.  If I finish the tails with time to spare I think I will go back to my Coffee Cantata socks since those are getting closer to completion!

Here is a picture of all the tails waiting to be taken care of:

Holy Smokes - there are a LOT of tails to tuck in!!
Tomorrow morning I will show you a progress picture to show you what I accomplished during the day.