year of projects

Well, hello! Happy Halloween Eve πŸ™‚

It’s been quite awhile since I have posted an update for Year of Projects, two months to be exact! Yikes.Β I have ticked off a few projects from my initial list since then though!Β I’m going to just share my finishes this week for my update πŸ™‚

socks – 5/20

finished these beauties the other night!πŸŽ‰ I love everything about them, the cuff is the best! πŸ’— . . #perlecottagesocks #perlecottagekal #perlecottagefo #knittersofinstagram #knittersofig #socktawk #operationsockdrawer #craftastherapy #boxo

finished #oneweeksockchallenge socks!! I love doing these challenges every so often, thanks @jennemerson for hosting them and giving me an excuse to whip out a pair of socks 😊 pattern is Vanilla is the New Black with a rolled cuff and yarn is #baere

I finished a couple pairs of socks, the Perle Cottage Socks and Vanilla is the New Black socks. The heel in the last pair was so much fun to knit, I’m thinking it may be a new favorite, I haven’t worn them much but so far I like the fit. I hope it will pair well with other patterns.

blankets

this blanket is around half way done, maybe, almost too big to get a decent sneaky shot, without the recepient spotting it. My hand has rebelled a few times but I'm hoping to push through! Knitting feels so slow though, I wish the boy would have wanted a

I stitched up a tag for the birthday blanket, I'm planning on doing these for all future blankets I make for the kids! #knittersofinstagram #birthdayblanket #craftastherapy #makersgonnamake #ourmakerlife

I knit my son a blanket for his birthday in September, I never actually grabbed a “finished” shot of it, it’s pretty big, it fits his twin sized bed. For it, I stitched up a little tag with his birthday so that if he still has it when he’s older, he’ll be able to remember when he got it.

I had planned on attempting to get blankets made for each of my kids during this year but after rushing so much with this last blanket, I think I’ve decided that I want to make them blankets for the big birthdays, like 13. That gives me a pretty good amount of time before I need to make the next one, over a year, my oldest will be 12 this year.

toys

got my crochet on for a Halloween costume prop πŸ’€ . . . #crochetgirlgang #crochetersofinstagram #craftastherapy #amigurumi #crochetaddicts #makersgonnamake #toymakers #crochet #halloweencrochet #halloween #wednesdayaddams #doll

When I started trying to figure out what I’ve made in the time since I last updated, I was sure I hadn’t done any toys but I almost forgot about this one! My daughter is dressing up as Wednesday Addams for Halloween this year, so I crocheted a headless doll for her carry around.

miscellaneous

a little kerchief cowl just in time for the first day of fall! πŸƒπŸƒ #knittersofinstagram #crochetgirlgang #crochetersofinstagram #craftastherapy #amigurumi #freshstitches

I knit up a cowl for my house squirrel (pattern here). I had planned on knitting him a shawl after I crocheted him a year ago but never did it. I’m a good procrastinator! I was knitting a shawl but gave up on it being the right size and made a cowl instead, it’s still cozy looking though.

cheeseburger tissue cozy

Lastly, I crocheted a cheeseburger tissue cozy for my eldest’s birthday in December. I’m really excited to give this one to her!

See other Year of Project posts here.

Thanks for reading this week, I’m hoping I won’t fall behind on updates again.
β™₯ Casey

yarn along

Hello! I’ve been doing a lot of different things, reading, knitting and even crocheting. Β I am enjoying crocheting more again, I say it anytime I manage to squeeze in some of it but I want to keep doing more of it.

reading and knitting with George 😻 all I want to do for the rest of today. . . . #knittersofinstagram #knittersofig #craftastherapy #makersgonnamake #bookstagram #georgethecat #catsofinstagram

George keeps me company most of the time, he’s always the comfiest. I started a pair of mittens that are now being frogged but I’m not even a little upset over it! Right now I’m reading Results May Vary by Bethany Chase, it’s been a slow read but not in a bad way.

Before this book, IΒ read It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover and it was such a great read! I cried and felt so many different emotions reading this one, it was almost too hard for me to read, it really brought out so much, it’s such a real, honest story. I think I can only say that this book deals with domestic violence, if I go too into the story, I’d give too much away I think. I couldn’t get the book out of my mind days after reading it.

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the crochet!

got my crochet on for a Halloween costume prop πŸ’€ . . . #crochetgirlgang #crochetersofinstagram #craftastherapy #amigurumi #crochetaddicts #makersgonnamake #toymakers #crochet #halloweencrochet #halloween #wednesdayaddams #doll

First thing I crocheted is this headless Wednesday Addams doll. My daughter is dressing as Wednesday for Halloween this year and I decided that instead of ripping off the head of one of the many baby dolls in this house, I would crochet one instead. I think it turned out really cute! No pattern for her, just made her up.

cheeseburger tissue cozy

Next up is this super fun cheeseburger tissue cozy! My oldest daughter loves anything hamburgers, so I thought this would beΒ really fun to give her for her birthday this year. Her birthday isn’t until December but I had Twinkie Chan’s Crocheted Abode a la Mode out from the library, so I decided to get it made before I had to return it. I’m pretty excited to have a gift done this early though, I’m usually a massive procrastinator when it comes to handmade gifts. Another fun part of this gift is that I’m going to tape money together so it comes out like tissue when she opens it, she has been dropping so many non subtle hints that she wants cash this year haha. We’re going to be cool parents and surprise her this year, totally not something we would normally do!

linking up with KCCO and Yarn Along

Thanks for taking time out of your day to stop in! Have a great week!
β™₯ Casey

one week sock challenge (3)

Hello, happy Friday!

I had yet another dentist appointment the other day to have another tooth removed, this time without the help of an oral surgeon this time, so I was awake for it. I’m experiencing the pain I expected from the first tooth I had removed, it’s extremely not fun. I have been keeping myself occupied with knitting though. I participated in another one week sock challenge, it’s my third time challenging myself to the task.

I used some gorgeous Baerenwolle yarn that I won in a giveaway months ago. It took me awhile to land on the right pattern for this yarn, so I didn’t get started on my socks until Saturday. I decided to finally give the Vanilla is the New Black pattern a try, to try a new heel and to let the yarn do the talking.

Soon to be Vanilla is the New Black socks, rolled cuff because I loves it! Yarn is @baerenwolle πŸ’• . . . #oneweeksockchallenge #knittersofinstagram #knittersofig #socktawk #operationsockdrawer #craftastherapy

Earlier this year, I knit a pair of socks with a rolled cuff and really liked them, so I decided to knit this pair with the rolled cuff as well. It’s a cuff I will be knitting often I think.

One sock done, I really enjoy the construction of the heel. pattern is Vanilla is the New Black, yarn is #baerenwolle . . . #oneweeksockchallenge #knittersofinstagram #knittersofig #socktawk #operationsockdrawer #craftastherapy

I had a couple failed attempts when I got to the heel on the first sock, but third time was the charm. I love the construction of this heel, not having to pick up stitches is really great. It also fits really great too, so I will be knitting it again.

finished #oneweeksockchallenge socks!! I love doing these challenges every so often, thanks @jennemerson for hosting them and giving me an excuse to whip out a pair of socks 😊 pattern is Vanilla is the New Black with a rolled cuff and yarn is #baere

I finished within the week again! I really enjoy challenging myself to this every so often, I can’t wait for the next ‘one week sock challenge‘. Β You can see my socks from the other challenges I did here and here.

Thanks for stopping by today, have a great weekend!
β™₯ Casey

back to normal

Hello!

My oral surgery went great last week, thanks for the love β™₯. The day started with me not eating because of having to fast, not fun. They called me right in the morning because they had a cancellation due to the weather (snow!) and so I went in early. My main fear was the drugs, I’m not a fan of not being in control of myself but it went alright. I definitely don’t remember a thing, like the series of pictures of my arm I found on my phone the next day… It was funny to find though. I was told to expect a lot of pain afterwards as well but I haven’t had any serious pain that can’t be helped with a little Advil. I’m so happy to have been able to have the tooth taken care of now, there’s no way I could have made it to December in the pain I was in. Things are great again!

finished these beauties the other night!πŸŽ‰ I love everything about them, the cuff is the best! πŸ’— . . #perlecottagesocks #perlecottagekal #perlecottagefo #knittersofinstagram #knittersofig #socktawk #operationsockdrawer #craftastherapy #boxo

Now that I’m not in constant pain, my sock knitting mojo has returned! I started these Perle Cottage socks back in August and they sat untouched for quite some time. I picked them up again Tuesday and finished them. These socks are so much fun! The cuff is perfect and I want to do more of them!

knitting always comes before laundry πŸ˜‰ . . . #knittersofinstagram #cozymemoriesblanket #knittersofig #procrastiknit #craftastherapy #makersgonnamake

And I’m still happily knitting on my cozy memories blanket. I’m about to square it off to 132 squares. I have a few projects I’d like to get working on, so I may put the blanket aside again for a little while.

Other than knitting, I started a new book, All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood. The only thing I really heard about this one is that it’s a bit disturbing and it definitely is. I am enjoying it though, through the cringe worthy parts and all.

Linking up with Yarn Along and KCCO this week.

Hope everyone is having a great week! Talk soon!
β™₯ Casey

lately…

Hello! It’s been awhile since I’ve been here, I’ve tried to write but haven’t been able to figure how exactly to. My mind’s been fogging I guess from all the sickness and pain I’ve been dealing with since last month. So, I’m just going to go with whatever flows out today.

I ended up with bronchitis for most of September, I have the rare painful coughing fit still but I’m for the most part over it. As soon as I started feeling a little better, tooth pain hit me like a damn train. I was supposed to go see an oral surgeon a year ago to have an extra tooth pulled but the pain subsided and I basically chickened out. Definitely kicking myself right now for that!Β It’s been so terrible that my husband wanted to take me to the hospital a few times. I got a new appointment with the surgeon when my pain started but it wasn’t until December 7th, so we called in to explain what was going on and I got bumped up to go in tomorrow. I’m definitely nervous about it but I’m excited to be done with the pain and excited to eventually be able to eat more than just soup again!

Enough about that stuff, I have managed to do a few small things during the last month. I finished up my son’s blanket completely, border and all. He sleeps with it every night now.

so far this week has been the shittiest, most pain filled ever 😡😡 but there were two really good mail days! I got an email telling me I won a book from @randomhouse and it was in my mailbox the same day 😁 also, minis from @nikki

I won Jodi Picoult’s new book Small Great Things through a Random House giveaway, they emailed me one day to let me know I won and it was in my mailbox the same day! Pretty awesome. I’ve finished reading it already, it was tough to make it through because I seriously hated some characters, they were white supremacists. I think it was so tough because of the fact that there really are disgusting people like that out in the world. But, in the end, I absolutely loved the book! The book is released next week on October 11th if you want to get your hands on it too.

IΒ ordered some new minis from Nikkislipp’s shop on etsy. She’s my favorite mini dealer, I decided to see how many times I’ve ordered them from her and I am no longer able to count on one hand… I have pretty much no doubt eventually two hands won’t be enough.So, now I’m working on my cozy memories blanket again. After knitting my son’s blanket, this one seems so small!

I love knitting on this, I should do it more often πŸ’“ . #knittersofinstagram #cozymemoriesblanket #scrappyhueshift #craftastherapy #makersgonnamake #ourmakerlife

This blanket is the only project I really feel like working on right now. I have almost no drive to do anything else, I’m sure it’s just because of how crappy I’ve been feeling. I have socks that still need to become pairs, hopefully I will find some desire to knit on them again soon. But, for now I’ll just enjoy my blanket.

I hope everyone out there is having good weather where they are! We got out first bit of snow yesterday and it’s sticking so far, it’s supposed to stay pretty cold for awhile. Perfect for curling up and knitting though!

Have a wonderful day, thanks for stopping by!
β™₯ Casey

yarn along

Hello! It’s been a little while since I have posted for Yarn Along! I’m not doing any knitting or crochet this week because of tendinitis in my hand again, caused my over knitting a birthday blanket. I am happily reading some good books though, it’s been nice to just immerse myself in them, though I do wish I could knit on a sock. I won’t though, I know it only makes recovery take longer.

enjoying a lazy day after staying out late celebrating my brother's wedding last night. My daughter caught the bouquet... she's thrilled about it haha but I'm not allowing her to be next. #bookstagram #caughtthebouquet #lazyday

My brother was married on Saturday, it was such a great day and night of celebrating. My daughter caught the bouquet, she was so excited. I know that she would have loved to have been involved in the wedding, she loves that kind of thing, so catching the bouquet was a really awesome thing for her! We’reΒ not very close to my brother and as much as I would like to change that, I doubt it ever will change, so we weren’t involved. The only part we really took part in was getting to eat first with the wedding party, so it wasn’t too terrible!

Since we were out so late, we spent the next day being lazy. I read Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty. I enjoy her writing, so I gobbled the book up pretty quickly. In her usual style there was a twist and you don’t find out what the big incident was until close to the end. I didn’t see too much of it coming, so I should have enjoyed it more than I did. I liked it but didn’t love it.

jumping into a new book today, excited for this one!! Also, gonna dig into some Halloween chocolate πŸŽƒ love when these come out #bookstagram #kelleyarmstrong #halloween

The next book I dove into is Betrayals by Kelley Armstrong, this is the fourth book in her Cainsville series. It’s been a year since I read the last one, so I needed some refreshing and Kelley always does a great job reminding you of what happened in previous books without it seeming cheesy. I don’t know if that’s really the word I’m searching for but sometimes other books will tell you what happened so forcefully without it meaning much to the new story but in Kelley’s books, it’s all worked in pretty seamlessly. I wanted to take my time with this one because I know I will be waiting another whole year for the next but I couldn’t help myself, I devoured it! If you’ve read her books before, you’ll probably understand the feeling. And if you haven’t already, try out the Cainsville series!

I have been devouring books lately! This is the next one I'm digging into. I'm resting my hand after knitting that birthday blanket, my tendinitis came back so it's hurting quite a bit. I want to knit and crochet so badly, so all this reading is a good di

I’m now just starting to read The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman. A movie is being made from the book and I had been hearing how great it looked, so I was excited to read the book. I chose to try to avoid seeing the preview before reading the book because I wanted to go in knowing nothing, I have done that with a couple books this year and really liked that. Unfortunately, I did see a few seconds of the trailer about a week ago, so I knew things… it’s okay though, I’m still ready to read it.

linking up with Yarn Along today

Thanks for stopping by and reading today! I hope you all have a great week πŸ™‚
β™₯ Casey

a birthday blanket

a blanket in 10 days? hopefully! πŸ‘ #knittersofinstagram #knittersofig #blanket #birthdayblanket #craftastherapy #makersgonnamake #ourmakerlife

Last week was my son’s 8th birthday and I challenged myself to knit a complete blanket by it, only 10 days. Knitting on this blanket is the only project I worked on in those 10 days. The kids went back to school, so I had two full days of knitting without worrying about him seeing the blanket.

I'm not the most optimistic right now but I'm still knitting! They're the size of my hand, so pretty big! #knittersofinstagram #birthdayblanket #craftastherapy #makersgonnamake #ourmakerlife #craftastherapy_geometrical

this blanket is around half way done, maybe, almost too big to get a decent sneaky shot, without the recepient spotting it. My hand has rebelled a few times but I'm hoping to push through! Knitting feels so slow though, I wish the boy would have wanted a

I chose to knit mitered squares in a patchwork style. Earlier this year, my son had watched me knitting on my sock blanket and asked if that one was for him. After that, we started looking through ravelry at different blankets I could possibly knit for him. He did say he wanted one like my sock blanket and that it had to be knit. I of course procrastinated big time and thought something else might be out there. In the end and cutting it far too close, I decided on this.

not small squares! #knittersofinstagram #birthdayblanket #craftastherapy #makersgonnamake #ourmakerlife

I decided that the squares should be much bigger than my sock blanket, I thought the size would help me finish it faster. It felt like it took forever to knit, my hand hurt while doing it so often but I pushed through the pain and managed to finish in time! Well, pretty much. I thought the blanket should be one more row wider but it fits his bed, so I decided to give it to him and let him decide if he’d like it a little bigger.

loads of ends to weave in today but it's done(ish)! I feel like it could use one more row of squares but there's no way I can crank them out before tonight! I'm going to let the birthday boy decide if he'd like it bigger still before I add the final borde

He slept with it on his birthday and decided one more row would be okay. I haven’t started knitting it yet though because when I stopped knitting, my hand got much worse. I’ve been to the doctor and it’s definitely tendinitis again, so I’m resting my hand for awhile. Hopefully by next week, I can get started on the next row. I didn’t snag a “finished” shot yet but I will once it’s actually finished!

I stitched up a tag for the birthday blanket, I'm planning on doing these for all future blankets I make for the kids! #knittersofinstagram #birthdayblanket #craftastherapy #makersgonnamake #ourmakerlife

I stitched up a tag to sew onto the blanket also, I’ve thought about doing these for other blankets but have never actually done it. I’m planning on doing this for all future blankets I give my children. I think it’s a sweet idea, hopefully if they keep their blankets for years, they will too.

Have a great week!
β™₯ Casey