my adventures ... and mis-adventures, as they may be

Monday, October 30, 2006

Super Stripes Blanket

Super Stripes Blanket, originally uploaded by marleah.

All right, this is a picture of the somewhat-newly transformed scarf-to-blanket. I'd say that it's about a third of the width that I want it to be, and for the last two weeks, Walmart has not stocked this yarn. So I'm getting really frustrated because I would like to finish it!! The yarn has gotten easier to work with over time, and it has some neat effects. Anyway, I figure it will be a good blanket for Kelsy to take to forensics tournaments with her in the spring.

New Mint Blanket - Stripe Detail

New Mint Blanket - Stripe Detail, originally uploaded by marleah.

This blanket is going to be for Cameryn for Christmas this year. I used Red Heart Soft Baby yarn in New Mint Twinkle and New Mint. I am currently working on adding a scalloped edge to it; I just have to play with a couple of methods until I find the right one. It used a lot less yarn than I was expecting - I have tons of this New Mint stuff to use up now! I might make Cam a hat and pair of mittens to match the blanket if I feel energetic enough.

More pictures on Flickr, as well as a shot that shows more of the true colors (kinda).

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Update: Orange and Black Scarf (now Blanket)

Well, I decided that Kelsy would get more use out of a blanket than she would out of a scarf. I frogged the scarf (I know that's a knitting term; I hope I can use it for crochet too) and started over. Now it's just plain old double crochet on (I think) a P hook. It's not going to be a ginormous blanket or anything, but big enough. Hopefully I will have it done by Christmas for Kelsy, and then she can take it on forensics trips in the spring!

Sunday, October 15, 2006


Before I go any further into this whole "crafty blog" thing, I need to list a few confessions.

1) I have only ever bought yarn at Wal-Mart.

2) 99% of the yarn in my stash is Red Heart Super Saver.

3) Only after I joined Craftster this summer was I aware that #2 might be a bad thing.

4) Only after I joined Craftster was I aware that I have been using a slip stitch in the belief that it was a single crochet stitch.

5) Keeping #4 in mind ... I have been crocheting seriously for five years.

So now that I have all those skeletons out of my closet, I hope that I have found a place in the crafting world. I know that I am most likely not worthy ... but please, make an exception for little old me?

Blue Hooded Scarf

Hooded Scarf - Detail, originally uploaded by marleah.

Started October 13, 2006

I'm pretty pleased with this scarf - trying hard to count my stitches and keep it straight! I'm debating on whether I should use a smaller hook on the hood part so that the stitches are closer together. I'm thinking that may make it a bit warmer.

The Caron Simply Soft yarn is nice to work with, and I love this color. The pattern is a free one from Bernat, and they recommended a different yarn, but I think this is turning out ok. I'm also modifying the pattern a bit on the scarf's length. I love long scarves, so I think I will use a whole skein to do the scarf. The pattern said to stop at 60 inches, but come on ... I love scarfage! More photos at Flickr.

Orange and Black Scarf

Scarf, originally uploaded by marleah.

Started October 10, 2006

Well, I thought this yarn would be fun to work with. And it is, to an extent. It's very boucle-y and tough to work with on such a small hook.

If I can get this scarf to work out nicely, I will be giving it to my sister (her school colors are orange and black) - if she decides that she likes it too. :) See, I'm such a scarf person that I automatically think that everyone should be!

Friday, October 13, 2006


Ok, here's the deal.

1) I haven't blogged for months. Literally. Months. This makes me a little sad.

2) I crochet, cross-stitch, and do various other crafts. I often start one and then have no motivation to finish it. This makes me even sadder.

3) Ryan and I are going to soon be purchasing a digital camera (I know, I know ... finally). I LIVE for posting pictures of my finished items on Craftster and showing them off.

All together everyone: how can I combine all of these things?? The blog, of course!! Starting ... well, as soon as that camera gets itself bought. Maybe this weekend. We'll see.

My plan is to post pictures of the projects that I happen to be working on, along with any comments I have on changes to patterns, yarns, gifting the items, etc. I can post pictures of my progress, which will hopefully motivate me to work on my stuff even more (and do even less reading for school, but whatever). Of course, I will still be posting my finished items on Craftster so that all the really professional-like people can point and snicker at my piles of crap that I churn out. Because, like I said. I live for it.

Just for the heck of it ... here is a list of what I am working on RIGHT NOW.

1) Armwarmers (crochet). Basic worsted weight Red Heart yarn, cream with colored flecks. I did one, and I'm not sure if I'm really sold on it enough to actually do another one. I can always start a single armwarmer trend, right?

2) Orange and black scarf (crochet). Bernat Super Stripes self-striping yarn. This stuff is a bit of a pain to work with.

3) Tiger (cross-stitch). I've had the chart for at least a year now, and I finally decided that I would actually stitch it. It should turn out ok.

And, as an honorable mention ... today I bought some nice Caron Simply Soft yarn in "dark country blue." This yarn will soon become a hooded scarf, if all goes as planned. This yarn is a bit more upscale from the Red Heart Super Saver that I usually use, and the color is really pretty. Hopefully the scarf turns out all right, and I hope it goes with my red coat.

Anyway - so now I've laid out a plan. This weekend everything should come together ... so I say now. Check back for more!