Crochet, Knitting, Life, Running

Return to reality

Oh, a week in the sun, sand everywhere, and waves galore! Vacation was wonderful! Now I need to get back in the swing of everything!

I was happy to be able to run outside on vacation a few times, and even managed a run on the beach one morning. The beach run was a struggle- I was barefoot and it was 15-20 mph winds coming off the ocean. I’m happy to say I’ve run on the beach, but probably won’t do it again!

Laundry is almost caught up, groceries are purchased, daycare kids are back and we are all readjusting!

While on vacation, I managed to finish my campfire blanketshawl. It is pretty, but probably very impractical. I started my Chameleon and am hoping to finish it soon!

If the kids request one, I’ll make them their own shawl, but I’m not sure I want to make 3 more!

A downside to vacation was realizing a customers order had been lost by USPS and trying to fix the problem while not at home.

Crochet, Life, Running, WIP Wednesday

WIP Wednesday

Yesterday was amazingly productive! I was able to edge two toddler size blankets, and get half way through a larger blanket. I still have three more toddler size blankets to edge. Although I had high hopes of working on these today, I realize the blanket in progress, is in the back seat of my husband’s car with the hook I need.

I also finished painting the master bedroom. I should probably decorate it once. 4 years ago I made the duvet cover, and curtains, but that was as Dara’s I made it. We had an electrical fire 20 months ago, and just finished the patch and texturing of the wall that was damaged. I wasn’t sold on the color as I painted, but I’m liking it more and more.

I also made it to the gym to run sprints and ride bike last night. Tonight I need to stay home and work on packing! And cleaning! There is better worse than coming home from trip and your house is nice and clean!

Crochet, Life, Running

Creativity flows

Ahhh, I love it when I get back in the swing of things and I get more and more energy to keep doing what I love. I really lost that mojo for a while after my concussion.

I am pumped to go run again tonight, maybe I’ll even hit the pavement… maybe!

I finished my 3rd island play-mat yesterday. I decided this one will not have the raised island, but will still come with creatures. The flat mat will make it better for babies to lay on. I just need to block it and add ribbon.

This morning I already trimmed, squared, and popped holes in fleece. Now I can sit and crochet edges until my heart is content. I decided to do one larger blanket as well as the 5 smaller (baby/toddler) size ones. This should keep me busy for a couple of hours. I did purchase yarn for this one, but will probably dip into my stash for some of the edging.

I also picked out yarn to make two chameleons- all stash yarn for this ❤️

In between picture taking for the island set, and crocheting edges on blankets, I should probably clean the house a bit and start packing for our trip!Heath is a Yarn Dog! He climbed in to snuggle my yarn!

Crochet, Knitting, WIP Wednesday

WIP Wednesday- Island Sets and Blanket Scarf

This week is turning around and I’m finally feeling a bit productive.  I completed another Island Sea Set yesterday and have my animals set for the next one.

Yesterday afternoon I was able to get started on the next Island set- I wonder if this one will sell before I get to finish it like the last two did!  Once I finish my next set, I am ready to take pictures and finally list a new product in the Shop! Just to switch things up a bit, I might increase my hook size and switch to a different shade of blue (this would also help me with my stash!). So Far, I only had to purchase yarn to finish the sea in the second sea set!

My Campfire Blanket Scarf has not made much progress. I’m thinking that might be a road trip project when we head for Florida over spring break.

What projects are you working on? How about he ones you are struggling to stay motivated with?

Crochet, Life, Running

Back at it

Well… last week was not my week. Apparently, none of my posts after Monday actually posted. They have disappeared into nowhere. Oh well! Must move on.

After a great weekend and a lovely 6 miles on Sunday, I was down and out yesterday with a stomach bug.  Today I am hoping to pick up some of the stray projects I haven’t been able to make myself finish… and make myself finish them.  The decision to make multiple Island playsets at once, was a bad idea. I became bored and don’t want to pick it up, but I will.  I also have a few baby blankets I need to start, but have all of the supplies for.

I hope you all have a great week!

What do you do when you just don’t want to work on your projects? What fun projects do you have on your to do or want to do lists?

Crochet, Knitting, Life, Running

Better and busy

Update on a few things:

  • After struggling for a large part of last week to be a mom and work, the concussion fog finally lifted sometime Thursday.  I still had to take it easy or I would get sleepy, foggy, and a headache. I have to say that the worst part of the concussion recovery, was as I was less foggy and realized just how much stuff I “should” be doing, but it would exhaust me or make me feel worse. Today is a Monday, and I feel rested and ready to tackle the world! I’m sure it helps I have Friday off to go visit friends for the weekend with the littles.
  • February Pantry Bail Out
    • Today I need to make it to the grocery store as we are out of fruits, veggies and milk. I have only spent less than $15 on groceries, but darling Hubby came home with some food last week, but won’t give me the receipt. Most of it was snacks for his desk, so I’m going to just say $30 there. That means if I can only spend $100 and make it until mid next week, I will have met my Pantry Challenge.  After I felt better last week, I was able to slowly organize our chest freezer and found sooo much fish, and other food I didn’t realize we still had. Nat is going to be so sad about the fish as she does not like it at all!
  • I have a few WIP’s that I hope to finish up this week:
    • Island Play Set (#2)- I ran out of my “sea” color and now have to go buy some and pray the “no dye lot” is close to what I already had on hand. Other than this purchase, I had all of the yarn/stuffing on hand for both sets I made. I think I might make some separate animals/island parts that people can buy separately, but am not sure I want to make a full set again just yet.
    • I need to finish my Hat by weaving in the ends 🙂 I have to say this is a very easy hat to make, and I tend to fight making hats!  I will probably work on a few more in other colors down the road!
    • I also am working on a Campfire Blanket Scarf– it is coming along nicely and was the first project I could work on as I recovered.  Once I cast on, it is just knit, knit, knit and I don’t really need to count! I am hoping to have 3-4 of these ready for my family by summer and campfire season!
  • In finishing the above projects I will have 5/18 projects done from my 18 in 2018 challenge and have made progress by using mostly yarn I had on hand so the stash is starting to dwindle!
  • My 30 Day Shred challenge was sidelined by my concussion. I was doing so well, and normally would just not go back to finishing it up. Today I will try to do a Level 1 workout, and will stop if any of my concussion symptoms return, but I will finish this time!

I also want to put a big shout out to Nat who finished her second and final gymnastics meet of the season. Unfortunately she did not qualify for the State meet, but she came within one point! After a sever sprain this summer and Achilles Tendonitis at the beginning of the season left her sidelined for half the season, she made amazing improvements. I hope that learning the lessons of listening to her body, not returning too quickly, and also knowing when to push herself will serve her well as she continues to grow up!

Just a little sorry for all the ramblings! Have a great day!

Crochet, Knitting, WIP Wednesday

WIP x2

Monday was one of those days.  I was doing pretty good, rolling along with my Monday. I went to work on the Nice and Knit Beanie and my circular needle broke in mid round. I calmly set aside this project, vowing to avoid yarn purchases when I purchase a new one. I was a little irritated as I struggle with most of my hats. It doesn’t help that because I have issues with them, I only make them to order, so they HAVE to be a certain size.  I tend to have better luck when knitting, so that’s what I want with on this project.

Next I started working on the Crochet Island Play Set– trying so very, very hard to use up my stash, I prayed my two blues would be close enough. Having lost their labels ages ago, I had no way to tell. Honestly, they are so very close! Just not close enough, or so I thought, after doing a round I asked a few people to help me find the join, and no one could. I have finished the base, but now need to work on the island and creatures for this set.

I couldn’t help myself when I picked up my new circular needle… I bought yarn for ONE Campfire Blanket Scarf. I would eventually like to make 4-5 of these for when we have fires at our house, head to someone else’s fire, or are camping. Most of the time my kids are asking if they can have whatever I am making (for someone else or for the etsy shop) and I have to tell them no- I’m looking forward to making something specifically for them, just because.

What projects are you working on?  What are your current favorite colors/yarns?