Thursday, July 28, 2016

I Think I Broke It


  Before I make my confession, I should defend that I am still making progress on that elephant rug... But I definitely broke my promise of no new projects. I think it's good to have a small side-project to work on when you're making something big, and I have plenty of them that I could be finishing. I couldn't resist the skein of Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable that's been beckoning to me, and I found myself hooking up a design. Sorry.


  I don't know, should I be apologizing? Here are my justifications: 1) All of my promised projects for The Kid are on hold because of the rug. She came up with this idea and helped make decisions about how it should look. 2) Could you resist that yarn? And 3) IT'S DONE ALREADY!


fingerless gloves, gauntlets, elbow length, Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable



  Okay, I lost my last yarn needle again, so I'm hiding some ends that need to be woven in. I can't call it completely done yet. But the pattern is written, and more ideas are on the way. This design is going to be for sale, and we'll see what happens with the rest of those ideas. I still have this much of the skein left to make something else:


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  I have so many ideas, but only one ounce of yarn left! I wish I could buy more, but I gave my word to not buy more yarn, along with the no-new-WIP promise that I already broke. I planned on making a small accessory like some boot cuffs to match, and being done with my ideas for a while. Then, The Other Half tested my strength. Yesterday he comes home and asks me:


Do you want to go to Michaels?


What? Why? Can I buy yarn?


  He needs a wooden box with a lid for a stereo that's going in his work truck. I don't understand it, and I'm not going to bother asking. I slipped on my nice shoes, thinking that the yard had mostly dried out after a few days of no rain - the walking catfish have gone and only one corner of the yard contains minnows. I managed to find a puddle anyways. So with wet feet and platform sandals, I stepped onto the bumpy concrete of the driveway to close the gate as we left. As I turned around after locking it, my foot and my shoe went two opposite directions, and I almost went face-first into the back of the car.


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  Distracted by the pig (yes, a pig) that was wondering around in the road, The Other Half never saw a thing. I limped back to the car, got in, and tried to explain that I was hurt. But the neighbor called to him to come over, so he drove over, all to look at a giant snapping turtle. (I live in a "fun" place.) Again I say I'm hurt; I think I broke it, but he tells me I'll be okay. So after the hillbillies men were done with their nature walk, to Michaels we went, with my foot looking like this:
 

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  While at Michaels, I decided that if I was limping around the store I might as well go get those yarn needles I need to replace. I found this set of needles sold to be used with a loom... They look like regular yarn needles to me, just in a brighter color than the ones I usually get, and cheaper. Let's see if I lose these:


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  And since I was feeling poorly from 1) the sharp pain starting to shoot up my leg each time I took a step and 2) The Other Half's lack of caring about it, I made my way to the yarn aisle. I mean, it is only one aisle over, and I have to go back that way to check out...


Boutique Unforgettable, Red Heart, Echo, Meadow



  Yup, I know I broke it. I mean the promise, I don't know about my foot yet. (Hopefully that's just sprained.) Even though he became an enabler when he asked me to go to Michaels, I still could have resisted the craving to buy yarn. But when The Other Half refused to acknowledge that I was truly in pain, it hurt my feelings, too. I needed yarn therapy as much as I needed a doctor.  Maybe sometimes it's okay to break a promise, as long as you have a good reason and it's not hurting anyone.


Boutique Unforgettable, Red Heart, Echo, Meadow



  So, yeah, I broke it... And I shouldn't be ashamed, either! I got 20% of the whole purchase, including the box for his stereo-whatever. (Gotta love those coupons!) And I got up this morning, fed the cats, finished the second glove for the pattern, did a load of laundry, wrote out some plans for a few ideas, vacuumed the floors, did another load of laundry, and blocked my granny-love-knot shawl. Now that foot is hot and throbbing, and I feel sick to my stomach when I walk. I think I broke it, and I'm not proud of that one. After I finish that rug, I may be off my feet for a while. And since my yarn stash is buried in heavy bins, I'll need something I can get to easily. Yup... that purchase is completely justified.


Happy Crocheting!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Such a Tease


  Between organizing and finishing my granny-love-knot shawl, I've been making steady progress on the elephant rug I took an order for. The pattern is easy to follow, but full of time-consuming popcorn stitches, so it's taking a little longer than anticipated. And I'm dreading the bit of embroidery needed to finish the details of the face.


  When I ordered the yarn for the project, it came to just under the $50 I needed to spend to qualify for free shipping... So I was naughty. I'm not supposed to be buying more yarn. I could have just bought another skein of the cheaper Super Saver to reach the threshold, but...


  I know they have something I've been eyeing up for awhile... Something that that has been whispering to me: You want me... But... Don't... Buy more...But... It's sooooo prettyyyyyyyyy!!!

yarn, Red Heart, Boutique, Unforgettable, Dragonfly



  Yup. One skein, and only one skein of Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable was added to my order, completely justified by free shipping. I've wanted this yarn in this color (Dragonfly) ever since its release. And now that a skein is in my house, it won't stop teasing me. I know I decided to keep it packed away until I lift the ban on new projects, but I had to pull it out to take some pictures...

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  And during the photography, a little of the tail pulled out of the center of the skein. No. No, no, no, yarn, you can't do this to me... I'm committed to other projects... I'm staying faithful to my promises of no new WIP's...

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  Please, stop calling to me! ...What's that you said, pretty yarn? You want me to pull that tail out a little more? Okay, well, just a little. You know we really shouldn't be doing this...

yarn, Red Heart, Boutique, Unforgettable, Dragonfly



Kinky.
;)

yarn, Red Heart, Boutique, Unforgettable, Dragonfly



  Sorry, either the heat is affecting my brain, or I'm having a love affair with my yarn. I'm pretty sure it's the heat. I haven't been thinking straight. I mean, how did that skein get on the table along with its recommended hook size? I couldn't have put it there, right? I promised I wouldn't start any new projects until I finished all my WIP's!

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   And how on earth did it get hooked up into the start of a lacy fingerless glove? Nooooo... Not me! I'm sticking to my word, remember?

yarn, Red Heart, Boutique, Unforgettable, Dragonfly


Oops, I guess I slipped up.
Happy Crocheting!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Lost and Found


  To make a long story short: Yesterday + ants = Exterminator coming today. It's been raining every day, we're flooded up to and under the house, and the poor bugs just want to find high ground... But sorry, they're not welcome here.

  Well, that leads to a bigger problem: Mission to get organized + not enough space = Big mess. I had traded out what used to be my yarn cabinet for a bunch of plastic bins, and moved the cabinet into The Kid's room for her books and movies. Needing help but not wanting to turn her into slave labor, I made the mistake of asking if she could empty the cabinet... Just put it all on the couch... I'll get to it soon...

  Yeah, right! She did her part, but my mess has sat on the couch for a few days now. However, now I'm hustling. I'm not letting it sit there while the bug people do their work. I had an embarrassing situation last time when the guy basically blamed the ants all on me. Nope, it's not rain causing the problem, he said... I need to clean more, he told me. To which I'm like:

  Are you kidding me? I vacuum almost every day, mop twice a week, wipe down counters and tables every time I use them, and dust once a week (ceilings, too). Okay, so (clean) laundry tends to pile up unfolded, and there's usually a few dirty dishes in the sink. I still KNOW I clean more than most... Who disinfects every door knob and handle in the house once a week

But I do know I am a clean freak with a clutter problem. Look what I found stuffed in one of the boxes from the cabinet:

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  The plarn project, not the cat... He just won't move, and the snoring Other Half will be in the photos if I move over. So, today you get kitty pics. Now, back to the project: I don't remember what it was supposed to be. I have no memory of working on it. And I'm not going to continue working on it, because it's the perfect size to be used as a runner in front of my kitchen sink. All I have to do is weave in a few ends, and get it straightened out after being folded up for who knows how long.

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That one's just to prove Jump Steady won't move. No, he's not playing. He hasn't moved in about 5 hours. I put it on him. And he still won't move.  

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  So after giving the project (and me) a stretch via downward-facing dog, it was in much better shape. Some of the really bad creases are still a problem, but I wonder if a little use will press them out. I tucked in the ends before moving it to the kitchen, deciding to scrap the project if the wrinkles don't straighten out.

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And he still hasn't moved...

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  With a cat in the way and The Other Half still snoring (also in the way), I went through bags and boxes, finding more unfinished projects that I had no memory of. I stuffed one big shoe box full of scraps, test squares, and other random nonsense that could be thrown away. (GASP!) The cabinet wasn't airtight, and anything not protected by plastic is horribly contaminated with dust. In the end, I reduced my clutter by two large shoe boxes and one small...

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Okay, two large shoe boxes. The small one I emptied seems to be full again...

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I told Lucky if she was going to take over the box, I would take cute kitty pics of her.

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So, of course she moved. Good, now I can get back to work and haul all three of these boxes out for the...

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So, I reduced my clutter by two large shoe boxes, and gained another new plarn rug.  

Happy Crocheting!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Fighting the Urge


  Sometimes I'm a perfectionist, and other times I'm willing to let minor details slide. Many times, I find these two sides of my personality fighting each other. When that happens, I can count on productiveness flying out the window. This is one of those times.


  I was making great progress on my Grannies in a Love Triangle shawl, but then I got that order for an elephant rug... That is going nicely at least; it's easy for me to follow the well-written pattern with no mistakes to rip out. But when I couldn't access the PDF on my PC because of more (severe) thunderstorms, I had to set the project aside. Not wanting to waste time, I picked up the shawl again.


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  I finished the last round before the edging starts. Yay. That's a sarcastic "yay", because I found a mistake on the opposite side. It's not a big mistake; I simply missed one stitch, and you can barely see it. It won't cause any problem with working the final round. It doesn't even make any difference in the shape. I think many crocheters would say "oh well" and keep working. But I'm fighting the urge to take it all the way back to my mistake and fix it.


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  As I kicked the question around in my mind, I took a few photos that would be usable for the pattern, mistake not showing. My camera refused to focus properly, the lighting kept changing, and now we're in the middle of another thunderstorm, so I need to get off the computer anyways... Sometimes I wonder if all these setbacks are bad omens telling me I need to fix my mistake.

  And I'm back. I thought more about it during my break: I think too much. This is just a test pattern, a pre-pattern, a FREE pattern that I'm writing to see if people like it... I kinda like the combination of stripes and squares, but I also think it looks a little weird. I want to design a similar pattern to sell, but I'm not sure if I like the stripe/square design after all. Just because I missed one stitch while creating the shawl doesn't mean I can't keep working, finish the pattern, and get it published so I can see how it goes.


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  So, fudge it. Fudge the fudging mistake, and get on with the fudging pattern. The missed stitch blends into all those lacy loops, and you'd have to be picking it apart to notice it. I need to stop thinking that every thunderstorm, bad photo, and anything else that holds me back is a sign that I should rip my work back even farther. It's called July in Florida, an almost dead battery, and life situations. I often look at crochet as a metaphor for life, but life doesn't have to be a metaphor for crochet. Sometimes you just have to say "fudge it" and look past the mistakes to admire the beauty around them. There, how's that for a metaphor?


Happy Crocheting!
PS: I don't have time to link! I have to go again, because MORE THUNDERSTORMS... But on a quick side note, the tutorial diagram for how I joined these squares was featured on Moogly! I'm super-happy to see all the crocheters that have been stopping by from the party today! You can find a link in the party section of my sidebar, so if you haven't been there already, go check it out! I might jump on a mobile device and head back to the party if this lightning doesn't knock out the internet again. Maybe I'll see you there!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Giant Plarn Rug Pattern


  I've had tons of ideas for plarn (plastic yarn) projects over the years, but I've only created a few. That didn't stop me from collecting the grocery bags for the intended projects, and it led to a bit of a bag-hoarding problem. I had bags in the closet, bags in a box, bags under the bed, and bags in a plastic bin. Plarn is a great way to recycle, but it can take a long time to turn your grocery bags into enough material for a crochet project.


  Giant plarn to the rescue! No spiral cutting needed, and only three cuts per bag: Cut off the top and bottom of the bag, then cut the remainder in half to form loops. Join the loops together, and you'll have ridiculously thick, double-strand plarn that's great for making a super-squishy rug like this one. (Find help with how-to here!) I made this monster to fit in The Kid's room, but it's easy for you to make yours any size you need. And there's no hook required! This project is worked up using finger crochet.

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Finished size of the rug shown is 89" (226 cm) long (width of rows) by 38" (96.5 cm) tall.


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Skill level:







Materials:
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Plarn created with method described in 2nd paragraph above - The project shown used over 500 bags! - I've made the process of cutting easier by stacking multiple bags and cutting them with a rotary cutter. If you're using some good sharp scissors, you may be able to cut more than one bag at a time.
In the project shown, there is over 400 bags of the main color and about 100 bags of the contrasting color.
You can figure how many you'll need with a quick test swatch... My gauge used one whole bag (a length of 2 loops) over just two stitches (single crochet).
You may want optional items to create a non-slip backing - The easy solution is hot glue. Non-slip drawer liner is another option.
...And that's it - No hook, no needle!


Gauge:
Not important, and will most likely vary because of finger crochet.
My gauge from using my index and middle fingers as a hook: 2 rows of 2 single crochet stiches = 4" by 4" (10 cm by 10 cm).


Notes:
Chain-1 at beginning of rows counts as a single crochet.

Change colors on the last stitch in the row, pulling the new color through with the last yarn-over of the stitch.

The pattern gives you instructions for how to make the rug any size you wish, plus I'm providing the exact instructions for how I made mine in parenthesis ( ). You can work more rows, alter the pattern for more space between color changes, make it all one color, or use a random placement of colors for a funky look.


Stitches:
Chain
Foundation single crochet (Click here to watch me make this stitch using giant plarn and finger crochet!)
Single crochet
Slip stitch


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Directions:
Use your index and middle fingers held together as a hook.

Row 1:
Make (42) foundation single crochet to begin.

Row 2:
Chain 1, turn. Make 1 single crochet in each single crochet across.

All additional rows:
Repeat row 2 for the desired number of rows to a color change (5 total), ending on an odd numbered row.

With contrasting color, repeat row 2, changing back to main color on the last stitch. Mark this side as the right side (if desired) before turning.

Repeat previous 2 steps, then repeat row 2 with main color for the desired number (5) of rows. You can bind off here to follow my design, or you can continue repeating the pattern for a taller rug.

Border:
With wrong side facing and contrasting color, begin in any stitch with chain 1. Work 1 single crochet in each stitch across, and (single crochet, chain 1, single crochet) in corner spaces, repeating around. Join with a slip stitch to beginning chain-1. Bind off contrasting color.

With main color, begin in a corner chain-1 space with chain 2, single crochet (counts as single crochet, chain 1, single crochet). Make 1 single crochet in each stitch across, and (single crochet, chain 1, single crochet) in corner chain-1 spaces, repeating around. Join with a slip stitch to beginning chain-1.

Slip stitch in the corner space, chain 2, single crochet in same space. Work same as previous round. Join and bind off, or continue repeating for desired number of rounds.

Weave in ends on wrong side, using your finger to pull the material through as you would with a hook.


  On carpet, I don't have any problem with this rug slipping. But I know from experience that a plarn rug will slip on a bare floor. You may want to run some hot-glue lines across the back side to prevent it from sliding. Because I only get about three feet of coverage from a glue stick, I concentrate on getting the corners and a bit of the center. You can also attach non-slip drawer liner for a completely skid-roof back.

  And for an extra tip: The Kid discovered that she can roll this rug up and use it for a pillow against the wall. She made herself a cute little reading nook, took off with one of my Dean Koontz books, and I haven't seen her much since....

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Remember to watch small kids and all pets around your plarn projects!


Happy Crocheting!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

A Frog and a Finish


  You may have already seen my short post about finishing this project. Now, here's the whole story along with a little tutorial for you. Please excuse the interrupting cat, the thunderstorms, and the snoring Other Half.


  This giant plarn rug has been a monster of a project. It was started at the beginning of the year, after the kids thought it would be cool to have a giant plarn mat in their room and promised to help cut and join the material to make it. I got one week of help, and no more. Progress was slow, and when I got tired of the cutting and joining it got shoved aside for a bit. A course of events during this week forced me to decide to frog it or finish it. So, I did both.

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  First came the rearranging of the bedroom: The whole flow of the room is so much better, but it left me with a big problem: Now the giant plarn monster in creation wouldn't fit in there unless we wanted to pick up the bed and slide the rug under a corner.

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  Hey, Jump Steady! We haven't seen you on the blog in awhile, so I'm guessing you're going to force your way into this post. Yes, I know I look like a crazy person as I walk all over my work and make it disappear, but have you seen yourself on catnip lately? Don't judge me. No, you can't play with that ball of plarn. I'll let you check out the bigger ball when I'm done taking this apart. Why am I taking it all apart? Because I have to make it longer one way and shorter the other, and there's just no way to fudge that with the color changes I started making. I'm also not happy with the regular beginning chain I used, so this time I'm going to start it with a row of foundation single crochet.

  Jump Steady got bored with the conversation, ran off for a bit, came back to play some more, and ran off again. He'll be back later. Now it's my turn for some fun... I'm tickled at the size of this ball of plarn. I was winding it on my hand at first, but had to remove it to avoid total loss of circulation. I wanted to wind the whole mess up on my arm and get a photo with it like a giant boxing mitt, but I never would have been able to take the picture anyways. So, let's just show a quick time-lapsed version of my fun time:

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  I ripped and ripped and ripped as The Other Half snored in the recliner next to me. I was supposed to be working on a video tutorial, but he didn't go to work that day because of car problems. We were stranded at home until later when a friend could give him a ride for the part. With him sawing logs and the cat running around, I had some no-so-quiet time to meditate as I frogged and wound the material into a ball. I came to the conclusion that if I couldn't make a video, I should at least make a quick tutorial. I let Jump Steady outside and snapped some quick photos, so you can either learn how to make the foundation single crochet, or at least see what it looks like being done with giant plarn and finger crochet:

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Here, my row is already started; you would begin the row with two chains to count as the first stitch. Insert in the second chain from the hook (fingers, lol) for the next stitch, or in the base stitch made for all following stitches.


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Yarn over and pull up a loop. This makes the base chain of the current stitch you're making.


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 Yarn over, pull through one loop. Now you're starting the single crochet stitch.


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Yarn over and pull through both loops to complete the stitch. For the next stitch, you'll begin in the loop (or base chain) you see me holding out in the photo.


 Once you practice that a few times with a hook and yarn, it becomes an easy stitch - it's just a single crochet with a chain underneath it. It may even become your favorite way to begin all your projects, like me. But no amount of practice prepared me for how difficult it would be to complete the foundation single crochet with finger crochet and giant plarn... Plarn created with the loop method, which means the material has two strands. I avoided the challenge the first time, and wasn't happy with the project.

  This time, I practiced a few times and payed extra attention to which loops belonged where. The frogging and remaking was well worth it. The Other Half finally woke up and (got out of my way) went for that part, and I was back on track and working rows in no time!

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  Look how much neater the beginning chain is with the foundation stitch. This makes a better base for the border I planned, which I wanted to work in the round. I can't remember if I've shared how I'm cutting the bags for this, and I needed to make more material for that border, so I thought I'd snap some pictures of that too. But, why is it getting so dark in the middle of the afternoon? You can barely see what I'm doing with my light setting turned all the way up!

  And why is Jump Steady howling and scratching at the door? He usually scratches, but that cat barely ever makes a peep. I guess I better take a break and see what's going on...

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  Just so you know, I did let the cat in before grabbing the camera for those pictures, and just in time before Mother Nature decided to try drowning and electrocuting us at the same time. What an animal lover I am... I stopped to dry the cat off before getting to unplugging some electronics, and just as I was pulling the cord on a power strip a blinding flash of lightning cracked, and sparks came out of the outlet! It was scary, but thankfully I wasn't zapped. The power went out, and I continued to work by what was left of the daylight helped by some candlelight. It didn't make for good photos of the plarn-cutting.

  So, here's an easy explanation: Cut off the top and bottom of the bags, then cut what's left in half (cutting from side to side to create loops). Run the end of one loop through the next piece, then run the other end of the loop through the end you pulled through. Pull tight, and repeat. And repeat.

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  And repeat. I finally figured that I have over 500 bags in this project! I've made it easier by stacking 10-15 at a time and cutting with my rotary cutter, but the last of the material made was some scary cutting. I'm so afraid of taking off the tip of a finger with that cutter, and jumping every time the thunder roared wasn't helping my anxiety. I decided to give it up and work through the material I had made, then discovered I had just enough of that color to finish the first round of the border. The night ended with pizza being delivered just as the power came back on, and I was too worn out to pick up the project again after dinner.

-  -  -  -  -

  Yay, it's a new day, and Jump Steady is ready to play! Now that my yard is a lake again, he won't be going outside. My original plan was to cut up more white bags for the border, but then I thought make use of what was left of the grey from frogging the main part of the rug. I liked the results, but took a break to make some coffee while Jump had his fun with the tail.

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The usual trick to get him to stop is to walk away, because he'll lose interest and quickly come find out what I'm up to. Then it's easy to distract him with something else, and I can get back to work.

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  Yes, Jump Steady, I know I said I'd make use of the extra grey, but not as a cat toy! Don't look down and lick yourself like you didn't make that mess as I was making coffee; I caught you in action and the evidence is all over you. You could have kept playing with that other ball or the tail, but thanks for ripping out some of my stitches when you found the working strand. Remember who hooks you up with that catnip, dude... Maybe you need less of it. 

  A day out with family and again an evening of scary thunderstorms made me think I wouldn't finish the project for another day, but I couldn't put it down. Well...

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  No, Jump! You can't have pieces out of the scrap bag, either. Give it back. Let's throw that away before you eat it. How did you get that? I had the bag tied up! Jump Steady!! Why is there a hole in the bag? Okay, let's put this mess in a new bag and tie it up tighter, then I'll get back to crocheting...

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  I said no! Where did you have that piece stashed at? I know they float around like little butterflies when you throw them in the air, but I'm worried that you're going to swallow it or choke on it, and that wouldn't be good. Okay? Now give me that piece, let's check to make sure you don't have more, and you can have some more catnip to distract you from my project.

  Okay, maybe I should have stuck to the no-more-catnip rule. Now he's running around too fast to take pictures, but at least he's not trying to eat plastic. So, we should all thank Jump Steady for the lesson about pets and plarn: You have to be a responsible pet owner. He's not hurting the thicker strands of plarn or any of the already-made projects I have around, but those little pieces can pose a danger. I have plans for that bag of scrap pieces, but now that he thinks it's a new toy I have to store them somewhere safer than under the couch.

  Dude was stoned for a while, so I got to finish the project. You may have seen the previous post's late-night finish photo of the wrong-side, with the mighty queen Lucky making sure I made it right. Now for the cat-free, moved into its proper place, right-side-showing display:

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  So, I think it's a bit harsh on the eyes with that carpet... Along with The Kid's choice of teal sheets with camouflage curtains... I like letting her make her own choices, but it's starting to look like a color palette threw up in there. However, the request was for a rug to cover the hated carpet, and I guess it just adds some extra funky character to the room.

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  I worked the border on the wrong side, so that the edges will turn down. Since this rug is super-thick, I want to reduce the risk of tripping over that edge. I haven't done anything to make it non-slip yet, but it doesn't seem to slide much on the dense carpet. If it does become a problem, then I'll run some hot glue lines across the back to give it some grip, like I did with my Plarn Welcome Mat.

  It's a bulky monster, and I'm not sure if anyone else would want to go through the work of making it. I wasn't going to publish a pattern. However, when The Kid asked if I was going to put the pattern on the blog, I thought maybe I should. So there will be a pattern soon. But first, another thunderstorm is getting close and it's time to shut down. Instead of typing up the pattern, I'm going to go through my pile of WIP's and find another to finish. The yard is flooded, I now have a stream running across my driveway, and the air conditioner has been running at half-power since we got zapped by lightning. Life sucks sometimes, but I'm not letting it get me down right now. There's nothing like that feeling of accomplishment when you finish a project that's gone on for too long.

Happy Crocheting!   

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Details Later


  I have a real post for you tomorrow, but I'm not done with it yet. I've had an exhausting day that ended with a scary car ride home in a thunderstorm, and it's already past my bedtime. I'm up later than I should be because I was so close to a finish that I couldn't give up. 


  I'll give you the long-story-short version for now: I started this at the beginning of the year, I've had slow progress on it for a while, then I frogged the whole project and finished it in three days. It ate a huge hole in my stash of bags for plarn! Plus, I've come up with a few more ideas along the way. 


  So, I need to be getting to bed; 4 a.m. will be here soon enough... I can start a new day, and a new project! For now, you get one bad late-night photo. But at least you can see that the project has already been cat-approved.

plarn, crochet, mat, rug, finger crochet

PS - Did you catch me? No, I'm not going to start a new project; I'm going to work on finishing another. But I am going to work on a video tutorial, because I finally got my tripod, yay!

Happy Crocheting!