WIP Wednesday! Yarn Along edition

Joining Ginni again this week in her Yarn Along!

I finished The Rook on the train back from DC this past weekend, and I quite enjoyed it. In sci-fi or fantasy novels, it’s rare to get a truly well-written & believable female protagonist, and this author does it! Really a treat. So now i’ve started The Casual Vacancy (sort of slow so far, I hope it picks up a bit, or else i’m going to struggle) and Casino Royale (my first time reading  Bond). Can’t seem to limit myself to just one at a time!

On the crochet side of things, I also spent a good portion of my train ride working on my sekrit project, so no photos there. But I’ve also picked up a new project, a mandala crochet-a-long through a creative being! Too beautiful to resist. I haven’t gotten that far, just picked my colors. I’m super proud of myself that I didn’t go out and buy any new yarn, this is all from my stash, woo.

What have you been reading & crocheting this week?

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WIP Wednesday! Yarn Along edition

I’ve mostly been working on my sekrit project, but I did find some time to work on my crochet club throw. I’m working on the Victoria’s Lace block, my last piece of the April patterns.

I’m also trying to squeeze in some reading whenever I can, at lunch, before bed, because this book is tough to put down! It’s gotten me in trouble a couple of nights when i’ve stayed up way too late reading 🙂

Join Ginny’s Yarn Along! What are you crocheting/reading?

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WIP Wednesday! Yarn Along edition

A little something different this week, in addition to my usual WIP Wednesday post… I ran across this blog posting at the end of last week for Yarn Along, and I think it’s the cutest idea! Basically, every Wednesday, you share both what you’re knitting (or crocheting) AND what you’re reading. If you want to join in, you can check out Yarn Along.

Now that the Christmas holidays are over, I’m picking my 2012 Mystery Blanket back up again! I finished up a couple more pieces of the April patterns this week & blocked them. Slowly but surely…

I also *just* finished up A Memory of Light last night. When this book came in the mail, I was so excited, I just wanted to fly through it! Of course that’s about the time that life decided to get super busy, and I barely had any time to read. I definitely enjoyed it, it was a fitting ending to such a tremendous series (one that I’ve been reading since I was in high school!) I’ve also just started The Rook, which is another fantasy-sort novel. I’m only a handful of pages in, but I’m really digging the main protagonist — she’s quite a strong-minded woman.

What are YOU working on or reading?

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FO Friday! Guitar strap

Last project from Christmas! This was a present for my uncle, who had recently taken up guitar. I’d never done anything like this before, so it was a bit of an experiment for me.

FO: Guitar Strap

The pattern called for you to put studs in every so often, but that seemed a bit TOO punk rock for my uncle, so instead I did a contrasting color pop. LOTS of ends to weave in, boo.

FO: Guitar Strap

The ends are crocheted separately and sewed on once the backing is sewed on.

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Speaking of backing… I hand sewed this onto the back. It took a really long time, but it was totally worth it. Looks so much better!

FO: Guitar Strap

My main worry is that I just blindly followed the instructions, not really knowing if it was going to make a long enough strap for an adult male. My uncle assures me that my aunt also plays sometimes, so if it didn’t fit him, it would fit her. Woo!

FO: Guitar Strap

Project details on ravelry!

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FO Friday: Beardy Hat!

First let me say that I am not exaggerating at all when I say that this hat is THE SHIT. It is quite possibly the best thing I have ever made. It starts (as it always does?) with a moustache.

(Side note, tumblr just corrected that word to ‘mustache’ and I was like, “What, really?” so I had to google it. ‘Moustache’ is apparently the British spelling? I have never spelled this word with just a ‘u’. America, why do we have to make everything ugly?? UGH. Totes boycotting the American spelling. MOUstache all the way.)

FO: Bearded Hat

I would like everyone to know that I am not making an on-purpose duckface here. I have to hold up the moustache somehow.

FO: Bearded Hat

This bad boy was a Christmas present for my sister’s fiance. He actually requested it! Awesome. I approve of your choice, sis.

All of the yarn is just whatever worsted weight I had laying around in my stash. It’s kind of difficult to tell because of the colored stripeys, but the bottom edge of the hat uses bpdc and fpdc which cause the hat to cinch in and holds it on your head pretty well.

FO: Bearded Hat

The beard also holds it on your face pretty well, too.

You can sort of see from the sides that the original beard resulting from following the pattern exactly was a bit too small for my face. I don’t really think my face is especially larger than average, though I have been told I have a somewhat pointy chin. And I tend to crochet on the tight side. Use all that information as you will.

FO: Bearded Hat

What I ended up doing was crocheting into the ends of the beard & adding one or two short rows to each side. This also had the added bonus of making it easier to whipstitch the beard to the hat.

FO: Bearded Hat

The moustache was a separate pattern and was sewn on to the upper lip of the beard afterwards. Personally, I think it makes the hat.

This sucker is super warm. I could really use one right now, with all the crazy wind we’ve been having. Do you think people would look at me weirdly if I walked around with a beardy hat on?

Project details over here on ravelry!

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