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Crochet for days!

Crochet for days!

HOOORAY! This is CROCHET FOR DAYS! Because we did this Mood Scarf for 31 days! KitKat and I finished our Mood Scarf, ok ok – we are 85% done. We have to crochet the border on it, she needs to sew in ends, and then wash and block! How exciting! It only took us close to three months since that is the amount of time she is with us in those three months! As we were finishing up the scarf yesterday, for our last day, she was already asking to do ANOTHER project! What the heck?! ALREADY?! Let’s finish this one first — Looks over to the five projects I have in the works at this very moment. Oh dear, she watches me too well doesn’t she?

 

Anyway, cool things I liked about doing the Mood Scarf.

  1. I got to do a project with KitKat (step-daughter of awesomeness).
  2. It encouraged both of us to really dig into what mood we were feeling that day – in its own way it was a mindfulness journey.
  3. We both ended on the same color/mood we started our scarves on.

I would tell anyone, ANYONE, who is into crochet or knitting to do a mood scarf of their very own if they are looking for a project. I really enjoyed it. It is a quick (I mean a month-long project but it really doesn’t take very long to do each day), the results are fun and fabulous, and you really have to be honest with yourself.

What do I plan on doing with the left over yarn from the Mood Scarf project? I plan on finishing my other projects first, is what I would say if my hubby asked me that question. But since I asked for you cause you’re curious, I’m gonna make a ripple picnic blanket with it and some other yarn from my stash! HAH! Just don’t tell the husband.

The Days are all crocheted on and are as long as the kitchen island!
Just me goofily wearing my scarf. It is very big!
KitKat showing how tall hers is on the second to last day we had left to crochet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here was our layout for your viewing pleasure and maybe project inspiration.

Keek’s and KitKat’s Mindfulness Mood Scarf

Our Moods and colours

  • Adventurous/Excited – Purple
  • Happy – Orange
  • Calm/Relaxed/Peaceful/Content – Sky Blue
  • Average/Neutral/Med – Green
  • Bored – Brown
  • Sad/Hopeless – Dark Blue
  • Unsettled/Mixed emotion – Yellow
  • Stressed/Overwhelmed/Frustrated – Black
  • Fear/Uncertainty – Grey
  • Angry/Upset/Irritated – Red

Our Method:

  • Materials
    • Crochet hook – 5.5mm (I/9)US
    • Yarn – 1 Skien of each color should be fine (we used Red Heart Super Saver, wash it with fabric softener and it softens up nicely)
    • Moods/Feelings/Emotions
  • Pattern
    • Moss stitch
      • chain 26 +1
      • Row 1 – skin 1ch from end, *sl st into next ch, hdc, rep from * turn
      • Row 2 – ch1, *sl st, hdc, rep from * to end
      • Repeat row 2 throughout scarf

I had a lot of the yarn already in my stash from other projects, but KitKat and I purchased four more skeins at the beginning because we wanted a lot more emotion options added. I have seen other plans that only have found colours, but we felt that there needed to be a broader range of choices. Having done that, I am glad we did. The reason I have more than one emotion for each colour is because sometimes those emotions all seem to go hand in hand for me.

I hope this helps and inspires you, because that’s why I do these things.

Til next time,

Keeks

January Temperature Blanket

January Temperature Blanket

OK! January on the Temperature Blanket is completed! It stretches across our kitchen island and is currently six inches tall (the growing side).

Well, January is done!! Wow, already one month down of this year and onto the next. January, in parts, flew by and in other parts seemed to just drag on. Concerning work, the hospital is super full this month so work has been crazy, busy, and awful. We have a few nurses out due to injury and our floor is just overburdened at the moment, and as usual it seems in healthcare, we are understaffed.

Well, onto the temperature blanket, this picture is the 31 days done! It is looking pretty good so far. I’m excited to see how it turns out. The colors are much more vivid in person. That has really helped in the colour changes and keeping it fun and interesting.  There is one green row in there, the bright one, that’s when it hit above 53degrees.

 

Granny Square Blanket

Granny Square Blanket

See, scarf was my initial thought.

I have learned so much from doing this project. This project started because I wanted to learn how to make Granny Squares. I thought of making a scarf to begin with as it is a simple, beginner level project. I used Red Heart Yarn, and I had to continue using it. My colours are Aran, Dark Orchid, Teal, Jade, and Sky Blue.

The six ways I did my squares. I made 20 of each for a total of 120.

I kept making squares and decided to make it into a lap blanket because making “Granny Squares is fun!” (she said). I finished up some of the squares and somehow thought that making 120 squares would be an excellent idea. Ok, note, making 120 squares was not an excellent idea during the process of making them; however, now they are done, it was a fantastic idea!

I have finally attached them all together. This project has taken over 2 years to complete from first idea to final. I finally decided back in November of 2016 that I was going to get on with it and just get it done. Now, as of Friday (January 6th,2017) all of the squares are together. I had a marathon on Friday and attached 27 squares.

This was the diagonal pattern that I first tried out and didn’t like.

When decided how to do the orientation for my squares in a certain pattern I laid them out on the floor in front of the fire-place. This first picture here was my first idea of how to pattern them. It was in a simple diagonal patter. I didn’t really like it though. It made me feel like there was just more to the blanket. So I tried a different pattern for the squares. This one had the squares coming up to a point in the middle. The Husband had fun watching me shuffle around on the floor laying the blocks out, changing my mind, laying them out again, not liking it again and then changing my mind and piling them into their piles again. The final pattern is here.

This is the final pattern that I attached them together in.

This was my final idea. I liked it. I started in the bottom right corner there with that square and I started to attached them This project was an enjoyable project and I would say for any avid crocheter who is in love with Granny Squares to do a GS Blanket. The end result will be something you can be proud of for decades! I will post my method of craziness next time. This time I wanted to just blog about what I’ve done.

Til next time,

Keeks

Mood Scarf

Mood Scarf

This past week I told Katie about the project I found for us to do together. I figured it out a few weeks ago, but I was finally able to share with her this past week while she (and Matthew) were with us for Christmas. The reason I thought about this project was because of my excitement to do my Temperature Blanket. I have been wanting to find a simple and productive project for Katie and I for a while and I finally landed on it. 

On December 27th Katie and I went yarn shopping to JoAnn’s for only four colors that we need. The rest of the colours I had in my stash. I spent a lot of time thinking about the emotions to place on our chart plus the colours to coordinate. Katie helped me as well and she picked out the colours we went and shopped for. JoAnn’s was having a good deal on the yarn, something I was happy for because I also wanted to show Katie that we didn’t have to spend a lot of money to enjoy our project.

Katie is doing well with her crochet and didn’t want to do single stitch. I thought the Moss stitch with this pattern would do well for her. At first she thought it would be easy, but somehow she started with 27 stitches and then now has 18. I told her I guess it isn’t as easy as she thinks.

I have titled it our Mindfulness Mood Scarf. Katie even mentioned that she has enjoyed this scarf so far because it has already been making her really think about how she is feeling throughout the day.

Katie and I have chosen the same emotions, but on different days. Our scarves have all the same colours in it but in different patterns. She added green to hers yesterday and topped it off with an Adventurous/Excited today because she enjoyed playing with her brother and riding on her bike.

For those of you wanting to do a Mood Scarf yourself, let me show our plan. Realize, we chose a lot of colours and emotions and you can change things as you see fit for you. I have seen plans with 5 to 6 colours. I am hoping to do another one of these, once Katie and I have completed ours, with a friend. I am thinking about the next way to do my colours and emotion pairing.

I have enjoyed doing this with her so much already. Having the half hour or so each evening to sit at the kitchen table, crochet, chat, and just be with each other has been very enjoyable so far.

I’m excited to see how it grows.

 

Til next time,

Keeks

Crochet Temperature Blanket

Crochet Temperature Blanket

This coming year, 2017, I have decided to crochet a temperature blanket.img_7794 I missed this bandwagon last year and didn’t hear about a temperature blanket until October this year, but I am beyond excited to start mine and finish mine next year. A lot of people I follow on Instagram in my crocheting/knitting community are still working on a Temperature Blanket, and I was inspired by them. My favourite has been Olivesandpickles and her projects. She has given me some great tips and has directed me to other people with other ideas. Some of the people I have found have gotten behind, had to place their’s on hold due to life, and are on track to finish theirs at the end of this month. But overall I love ALL of their results. As a person who has had a blanket in the works for the last three years, I get life getting in the way of things.

img_7798It started last weekend (though I had been thinking of it for three months). After thinking and prepping myself in my head, I finally got started on my plan. I had a lot of fun laying out the yarn, organizing the colour scheme of the yarn, and choosing the shades of yarn. A lot of the yarn actually comes from my stash, and I only had to buy a few skeins to fill in the gaps.

After laying out the yarn on the floor and being satisfied with the way the colours flowed, I snipped a bit of each color and taimg_7802ped them into my journal. This is the journal I will be keeping for the entire blanket. I used Crochet Crowd’s yarn thermometer PDF; I didn’t use the same yarn as is on their’s, temperature gauge, or colour ideas. I broke up the shades more for my Pacific Northwest area weather. It should be interesting to see how it grows and changes through the year.
The point of the Temperature Blanket is to use the temperature from the same time each day and crochet a row of the corresponding yarn for that temperature. I already have my yarn and colours picked out. I have my temperatures planned. January 1st, I start my chain and first row honestly. I’m excited to start. In preparation, I have been really busy working on my Granny Square Blanket.

Here’s my plan, in case you want to copy it or use it as a plan. If you read this and like it please add/tag me on Instagram (@keeks.wanderer) img_7981and follow my progress. I will update as I go, letting any readers know my successes and setbacks with the blanket.

I hope the best for you in your projects and coming year. I felt that having this blanket as a year long project would encourage me to blog more as well as have a goal. Another goal I have for next year is to garden more. This year my endo has really set me back in my gardening and it has been very frustrating for me. This next year will be a challenge. Also, I am going to challenge myself to write a blog on my path with endo, It has been an interesting one as of late.

Til next time,

Keeks