Done!

Last week I finished my huge granny square blanket! I connected the squares with single crochet with wrong sides together, then finished it off with a few rows of single crochet.

It’s BIG!

In other news, the garden is providing lots of beautiful tomatoes.

Yes, there are also a couple of over-ripe cucumbers! First time gardener issues….

And I’ve discovered this amazing vegan lemon poppyseed donut recipe! It’s from veganricha, who I follow on Instagram. She has fantastic recipes!

That’s all for now, but I’ve been doing lots of creating, so I’ll be back soon!

COVID project

I don’t know about you, but my motivation and creativity haven’t been gray these past few months. Craft-wise, I’ve only really felt like working on my granny square blanket. The focus on only one project has paid off, because I have all the squares crocheted together!

I had to stand on a chair to get it all in one shot!

I’m pleased with it, but I could have taken more time to arrange the squares to even out the colors a bit, and I wish I’d had some brighter greens to use.

Last night I started the border, and it really ties it together nicely!

Aside from this mega project, I keep myself busy in the garden and in the kitchen. I’ve canned pickles, jam, and relish so far. In the garden, my cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, and flowers are flourishing. Peppers and eggplants are also looking good!

The kids and I have also been exploring outdoor swimming options around Portland- we’ve found some really fantastic places where we can distance ourselves from others and have a great time.

On a recent sunny day, the beach was much more crowded. On this day, we only saw two other parties. Win!

How have you been keeping sane these days?

I thought….

I thought I’d sworn not to make another blanket made up of small squares that I’d have to sew together, but….

Here we are! I’m trying to balance out the colors that are lacking so it’s more rainbow-like. With quarantine, BLM, and moving soon, crocheting squares is just what I need right now.

What have you been working on?

Quarantine sweater

During the Rose City Yarn Crawl, I picked up the yarn to knit a Weekender sweater. Well, I wound the yarn pretty quickly, but it took ages to learn the tubular cast on. In fact, I’m pretty sure it took longer to learn the cast on than to knit the whole sweater.

The fit is great, and I’ve been wearing it a ton!

Happy knitting!

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We got bees! My husband has wanted to keep bees for a long time, and it was easy for me to get on board with the idea.

The nuc was ordered months ago, and the hives were picked up last week. On Sunday we installed the bees! My husband and I each installed a hive, so we could each get all the experience.

His and her hives

They are so fun to observe! I just love watching the workers return to the hives with full pollen baskets, then they waddle into the hives…. so cute.

I’m also knitting, of course. I’m making great progress on my Weekender sweater.

It’s maybe 9-10
inches so far, a pretty good start.

I hope you’re all doing ok with sheltering in place. It’s hard, but we’ll get through it.

Quarantine

I’ve been wanting to blog, but have also been kind of overwhelmed and down in the dumps about the current situation. So here I’ll do a little photo roundup of things that have been keeping me sane.

Gardening!
Mending!
Puzzling!
Exploring when possible!
Sewing masks and sharing them with people who need them!
Trying something new (sourdough)!
Knitting!
Knitting!!
Recreating famous pieces of art!

Honestly, I feel lucky that I have so many things that I enjoy doing at home. There’s always something to do, and I’m never bored. I even learned a new knitting technique; the tubular cast on, so I finally have my Weekender pullover started, with yarn purchased during the Rose City Yarn Crawl. So, aside from some bickering and cabin fever, we’re doing ok. I am just extremely grateful that we’re riding this thing out in a house with a big yard, rather than in the apartment we had in SF with no outdoor space.

Hang in there, everyone!

Baby Yoda

My kids’ schools decided to start spring break a week early, meaning their last day for March was today. We decided to keep them home today. It snowed, so we spent a lot of the day indoors.

I finished and sewed up the Baby Yoda I’ve been working on for a nephew’s 21st birthday. I think this was my first amigurumi in crochet, so there are a few bits that could have been better, but I think it’s pretty cute.

His hands aren’t quite the same….

Then my daughter went to a sleepover, so my son and I binge-watched whatever he chose, and I was able to make The Child’s pod as well.

Pardon the messy background. My son piles his things on this buffet instead of actually putting them away.

I think the nephew will love his gift, and I know I’ll make at least one for us as well. It’s a cute, fun, quick, and relatively easy pattern by Ami Amour. She’s on Instagram and Ravelry at the very least, and she has some really great patterns! Totoro, Pokémon, etc! Check her out!

Faded

Mixed news! A vinegar soak did not stop my beautiful yarn from bleeding, but heating it on the stove with water and vinegar did. Unfortunately, it faded quite a bit from its original state.

At least I learned a lesson, eh?

Bleeding yarn!

Last year I picked up this pretty skein of yarn at Stitches West.

Last week I started knitting a cute little headband out of it.

I chose it for the blue specks which match my blue puffy coat.

It wasn’t long before I wondered why my fingernails looked so dirty! And my hands were turning purple!

I wash my hands OFTEN, and yet…!!!!

So the purple dye is rubbing off onto my hands. I would appreciate any advice on how to treat the FO so I don’t have a purple forehead!