My first major non hat/scarf project!

Hey Everyone!

Yeah, I know it’s been a while, but things have been busy here at our house! Between long work days, having my two younger sibs move back to college (sister’s last year and brother’s first year), an afternoon with my momma, new tires, an outing with a long-lost friend, and desperately trying to finish this project, I’ve been on my toes! It’s been good though. A LOT has been accomplished and I’m quite proud of myself  ^_^

I love visiting my folks. I love that my family is a 5 minute drive from where I live. I love the pretty suburban neighborhood.

The back deck/yard

The neighbor's beautiful willow tree

I love sitting on the deck and just enjoying the beauty of my parent’s neighborhood! It’s so serene back there. That willow tree has been one of my favorite trees for years! The whole area is beautiful and sometime I head over there just to experience the refreshing green of nature that I don’t really have living in the middle of my city. I’ve spent a bit of time at that house lately with all of the happenings going on. But now things are quiet again with them away for the school year. It’s so weird to think that my parents are officially empty-nesters now.

Anywho, yesterday I met up with a friend from high school who has similar yarny inclinations. I’m proud to admit I got her hooked on Ravelry! I discovered the existence of a little LYS in Nelsonville by the name of The Spinning Turtle soooooo, we picked up and headed out to go give it a look-see! It was darling! The shop owner was kind and very helpful and the array of colors was fantastic! There weren’t a large number of collections/brands, but the ones they did have were so extensive they took up whole walls! I adored looking at all of the different shades and petting all of the different styles and weights. I couldn’t resist buying a couple of the uber soft and fluffy Plymouth Encore!

Bryon thought I was a bit off my rocker when I got home that night and started cuddling my new skeins. I think this may become a snuggly cowl sometime this winter. Now I just need to find the perfect crochet pattern for it! I also picked up this hypnotic Alpaca Yarn Co. Aster wool:

My yarn splurge!

I felt like this was going to melt into my fingers when I picked it up! Oooooooo, it is lovely! I’ve never done anything with alpaca wool before and I’m so excited! Silky smooth and the color is a deep bluish-green that looks like it’s been kissed by starlight. My pathetic camera can’t capture colors worth anything. The color and sheen to it is breathtaking in person. Needless to say, this was my retail therapy for the month! Gotta love Bryon, he fed my yarn addiction for this particular outing. Thanks baby!

And here it is, are you ready for my Taa-Daa moment?

Front- based on Alice Best's Grandala Square

Back- basic single crochet

My pillow cover! I can’t tell you how glad am I to finally have this thing complete! I finished stitching everything except for the opening while I was waiting in the shop while my new tires were installed on my car. Judging by the looks of the mechanics, I don’t think they have many people play with yarn in the waiting area…Anyway, for my first major completed project other than a standard scarf or hat, it’s not too bad. It’s not perfect by any means, but it works for now and gave me some more experience. Some day I’ll get to making a better one (hopefully) for the other mismatched pillow but that day is in the distant future. I can’t bring myself to do another one right now. I’m still persevering on the crochet shawl for my mother and doing little practice knits before I attempt anything “real” with some of my nicer yarns. I’m hoping to learn knitting in the round sometime this September! Everyone I’ve spoken to about it has highly suggested I use circulars instead of DPNs. That seems to be a bit easier. Do you agree? What do you prefer? I plan on learning both so I’m anxious to see what works out best for me! Wish me luck!

~Lacey

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Woo Fridays!

Hellu everyone!

I love Fridays! My work schedule is such that I work extra hours Mon-Thurs and get Friday, Saturday, and Sunday off. Fridays are my time to be productive doing chores at home and running errands so that by dinner time, I am free for the entire weekend 🙂 I’m set to relax, cook, and yarn my weekend away now.  I got in some quality time with Mina in earlier too! I fished some of her mice out from under the furniture (where they all inevitably end up) and got to play fetch with her.

I’ve never known a cat to play fetch before, but she loves it! She’ll chase it and bring it back to me for 10 minutes or so before she gets bored and decides to just play with it herself.

It’s fun while it lasts. She’s able to play with a mouse for half an hour tops before it ends up sliding under furniture again.

Looking forlorn after losing yet another mouse.

Poor kitten. She’s all cuddled up next to me now as I type. I think she’s had enough play time today. I’m hoping that she’s sleepy enough to let me crochet in peace when I’m done! Along with that shawl I showed you before I went camping, I have another project I’m working on. The lovely Alice from Crochet With Raymond inspired me to work on a Grandala Square pillow cover for an old pillow I have. God bless Bryon’s dad, he gave us a ton of stuff when we got married last spring including a washer, dryer, two end tables, a couch, loveseat, and two pillows to go on the couch. The problem with the pillows is they have these old burnt orange and teal blue aztec-ish designs on them and match NOTHING in the entire house. Soooooo, I decided to work up some squares that would match our family room:

I need 9 total!

They still need blocked so they’re a bit curly. I’m making up some of the circles dark from the inside out to change things up a little bit. I want to make up four of each so I can decide which one I like more. I need 5 of one and 4 of the other, so we’ll see what happens. I’m debating on how to back the pillow….any suggestions?

Anywho, I’m off to go work on some more squares and edge that little circle you see up there. Have a good night everyone!

~Lacey & Mina

PS- Bryon wanted me to tell you all hi as well, so hellu from him in his blue recliner!