i recently was gifted a big pile of yarn from my friend's mother-in-law. the bulk of it is very fluffy. so fluffy in fact that it is named fluffy!
this fluffy yarn, while not really my style, is quite soft and warm. with winter quickly on its way, the babies at pine ridge are going to be needing some blankets that are soft and warm and oh yes, fluffy.
this is my november donation to bundles of joy - a bright and cheery (and fluffy) zen circle blanket!
i've got enough of the blue left for another fluffy blanket in the future. bring on the fluff! we've got babies to snuggle up!
my september square for my square a month project for bundles of joy is finished:
this was the ninth and final square, which also means the blanket is now finished! thanks to football sunday (watching two games back to back affords one much time for crafting), i also finished the border:
i used the "lily edging" and changed colors for the last two squares of the round (lest you think i am just that creative, it was out of necessity as i ran out of teal yarn with two squares to go on the first round!)
but i turned out to really like the extra stripes of color, in a blanket this loud you really can't over do the color!
it's a bright, fun color explosion!!
i really enjoyed this project, each month it was a treat to make a new square.
now i have a couple weeks to come up with an idea for my next square a month blanket... i'm feeling hard pressed to top this one!
in an attempt to ease out of my crafting ennui and summon back my crafting muse i chose an obvious motivator - crocheting granny squares!! because of my focus on finishing the wedding ripple last month i didn't get my july square done, so this month i had two squares to do. i just figured it was double the motivation!
here's the july square:
and here's the august square:
if any of you out there are counting, i am now at 8 out of 9 squares!
how's that for motivation?!?! welcome back crafting muse... what shall we create next?!?!
i am happily, finally, to the very last round of my granny garden blanket for bundles of joy! i couldn't decide which edging i wanted to use, so i crocheted a few repeats of the scallop edging and a few repeats of the picot edging and then asked lily which one she liked best.
she voted scallops, i was leaning towards picot... then she had the clever idea of combining them...
i have dubbed it "lily's edging" and think it's genius!
reading: i know you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover... but if you happen judge a book by it's spine as you breeze past it on the shelf at the library *and* you come home with it and it turns out to be a complete gem like the family fang by kevin williams, then i think it's okay.
i don't know if i can properly describe how much i am enjoying this book. it is absurd, subdued yet hilarious, at times achingly painful and at others achingly touching... i am loving every minute spent with this charmingly bizarre, dysfunctional, yet ultimately loving family. i know i'm babbling, so i'll stop and just say - i'm so happy i grabbed this off the shelf for no other reason than the bird masks on the spine!
crocheting: i've been having a fun fun june full of travelling, family, friends, and oh yes, more fun! which is really awesome for me, but not so awesome for my productivity in the fiber-related fields... three weeks later and i'm still working away on my granny square garden baby blanket for bundles of joy. but as a consolation prize, i'm still loving every minute of it!
so friends... what are you reading/making these days?
reading: last week i read the dog stars by peter heller. it was a book that just stuck with me, i carried the characters around in my head after i'd stop reading, i just couldn't let them go. i went to amazon and filtered through the "people who read this also are reading this" and found tell the wolves i'm home by carol rifka brunt. i only started reading it yesterday, but it's fair to say i'm drawn in already.
crocheting: okay, i might be ready to admit i have a crochet problem. *might* (but probably not.) i can't seem to stop. i just want to crochet and crochet until the world runs out of yarn. this latest stint into granny square insanity is my june project for bundles of joy, using lucy of attic24's granny garden square (rav link) as my jumping off point.
now share and share alike... what are y'all making and reading this week?