Summer is a Comin’ In – Year of Projects Update #1

The title of this week’s update is a nod to a song that is the theme song of our local high school Madrigal Singers. It’s also true and it’s been scorchingly hot this week! I thought the song title was appropriate since I’m starting another blanket this week as a graduation gift for the Queen of the Madrigals who is my daughter’s friend. (But more about that in a bit.)

Finished Objects

Since this is the first of my weekly updates, I’m going to do a round up of June’s accomplishments rather than just the week. Early last month I finished a blanket for Project Linus that I called my Elizabeth Blanket. It started life as a cardigan for the Elizabeth Cardigan CAL by Heart Hook Home, but I decided I would never wear it and turned it into a blanket by adding some stitch patterns I got from the Jayda In Stitches YouTube channel. I also learned that my local Project Linus chapter just worked out an arrangement with area Joann Fabric and Craft Stores to be drop-off locations for blankets, which is awesome!


Right after that I started a Homespun Ripple blanket for my daughter’s friend Julia as a high school graduation gift. She chose the colors and the pattern, and it worked up quickly since this is the third I’ve made in this pattern. This Homespun yarn is a pain to work with but it sure is a hit with teenagers, and does make a soft, cozy blanket!


The blanket only took me three days to make (!) and I had some yarn left so I made up a granny square pillow to match. Both blanket and pillow were well received.


Lastly, I noticed a new pattern that got added to my “pattern highlights” by Ravelry called Deta’s Bookmark. Last month, my “try new things” theme had been filet crochet and crochet thread, so this was a bookmark done in thread similar to another pattern I had done. I got to use the new steel hooks I had bought, but I still went with too large a size and it looks a bit messy. The pattern was fabulous though and a great freebie from new designer, Torun Johansson.


New Starts

I’ve had a bit of a case of startitis recently. I started another ripple blanket in June called Ocean Waves. It’s the pattern on the ball band of three Caron Big Cakes I got on clearance at Michaels’s. They were an impulse buy, but the pattern is fun and quick. I’ll probably give it to one of my nephews for Christmas since it’s a bit large to donate to Project Linus.


I also started a blanket based on the Shiny Collection squares by Polly Plum. I’m going to call it my Can’t Stop the Signal blanket (a quote from the scifi program Firefly that inspired the squares). I made another test square in one of the other patterns in the collection in blues and yellows, but I decided I liked these colors better. This one’s going to be for me!


Lastly, I started my first amigurumi project — Orbit the Dragon, from a CAL by Projectarian, but I only got his head finished. I decided I do like the wool yarn I picked out for him and I think it will work well.


Works In Progress

The reason I have no business starting so many new things is that I’ve still got a bunch of WIPs on-the-go.

I did make progress on my Sophie’s Universe, and I’ve finished through Part 5. I’ve been meeting with the group at Island Yarn (my local yarn store) once a month to work on it which is fun. At this rate though, it is going to take me till the end of the year to finish!


I also made progress on my Vibrant Vintage blanket. I’m doing squares from the 2016 CAL in place of the current “reboot” CAL’s plain squares, and I’m doing join-as-you-go with a Celtic Lace join, so I’m not exactly following the crochet-a-long, but I’ll continue to keep up with the same number of squares as the official CAL. I think it’s coming out pretty.


Lastly, for WIPs, I did make a little progress on my Heidi Bear’s Happypotumus, and I plan to bump him up in my focus this month and to get him done soon. I figured out how many of each size motif I need to make and got the first round done for the remainder. Once I finish all the motifs, the joining should go fairly quickly.


I do still have my Grandma Nora blanket in progress but I didn’t work on it at all in June.


The green ripple blanket was made for Julia, pink-palettewho has a twin sister named Katie. I wasn’t surprised when my daughter said Katie really liked Julia’s blanket, so naturally I offered to make her one in her favorite colors. Katie chose a pinks to burgundy ombré, so I placed an order for still more Homespun — it should arrive next Tuesday. I’d like to finish the Ocean Waves green/teal ripple this week before I start Katie’s since I only have 2/3 of the last cake left.

Also in my queue is the Stitch Story Crochet Along by Heather of the Keep Calm and Crochet On blog. I learned about the CAL when the fabulous Esther from It’s All in a Nutshell blog mentioned on Facebook that she was going to be doing videos for the squares. I have some Lion Brand With Love yarn in my stash that would work well for it and I joined the Facebook group for the CAL, but then I looked at my WIPs and decided I should refrain. That was before someone posted that they lived in Waltham and would anyone local be interested in getting together to do the CAL in person? Naturally, I couldn’t resist and I’ve recruited a few more local friends as well. My friend reserved the classroom in the Michael’s store in Burlington for July 12 (the CAL starts July 4). I’ll do this in place of the Chevrons & Diamonds CAL by Bonnie Barker that I had been planning to join, unless I get silly and do that one as well.

So, two new starts this coming week, but then I want to finish the Ocean Waves ripple and the Happypotamus.


I did place a Wool Warehouse order for 12 skeins of Stylecraft Special DK to make the Shiny Collection blanket, and an order from for the Homespun for Katie’s ripple blanket. While I was ordering that, three cakes of a new poly/cotton blend yarn called Ombré Life may have jumped in my cart. (So much for not buying yarn with no project in mind.)


P.S. This is an update for the Year of Projects blog-a-long group on Ravelry. At the beginning of the YOP year, starting on July 1 for most, participants make a list of goals for the coming year and then post weekly updates on their progress. You can see my list and all my updates in my YOP1819 category here on my blog. Visit the Ravelry group to see posts from other participants and to find out how to join us.


16 thoughts on “Summer is a Comin’ In – Year of Projects Update #1”

  1. Wow, there a lot of yarn goodness happening in your world. Homespun is hard to work with so admire the fact you are doing a second blanket it.

    I am so looking forward to watching yourprogress each time you post. You have some marvelous projects in the making.

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  2. So many beautiful projects, Maria! Your Sophie’s Universe is stunning. It will be worth all the time invested when it’s finally done. And your YOP graphic is lovely, too. So glad to have another crocheter aboard the Year of Projects. I can tell I’m going to find your projects inspiring. No pressure. ;^) But know I’m looking forward to seeing what you create!


  3. Your crochet looks so lovely, beautiful stitches and so even! Your test square is so beautiful, I’m so tempted to buy the entire Shiny Collection and go ahead. Can’t wait to see your finished blanket.


  4. I’m thrilled to see that you are doing a Happypotamus! The pattern always makes me smile when I see it! And such bright and fresh colours too!

    Your Vibrant Vintage blanket is really gorgeous. Is each square different?


    1. Isn’t the Happypotumus a fun pattern?! Yes, each square of the Vibrant Vintage is different. Between the 2016 and 2018, there are lots of (free) patterns!


  5. You have so many great projects going! I love that Sophie’s Universe. Can’t wait to see the yarn you got for Katie’s blanket. That color palette is very pretty.

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    1. Katie’s palette turned out a little more purple than I wanted (darn monitor version of colors!) but I sent her a pic and she’s happy so I’m happy. 🙂 Thanks for your comment, I’m feeling very welcomed by the YOP community!


  6. I’m so glad you decided to join us and it’s even better to have someone else that has a serious case of Startitis! I love the ocean waves blanket, Those colors de remind me of lazy days on the beach. I have a set of squares that I’m joining with the Celtic lace join also, although in baby blanket size. It makes such a pretty blanket! Can’t wait to see how yours turns out and to see progress on mine
    Homestyle, oh I went all out and bought a bunch of it when they had a really good sale one year and it’s been sitting around waiting for a project. I might have to pull a few colors and see what speaks to me after seeing yours.
    A Sophie is also on my wish list along with the Wendy blanket. I have the yarn, I just don’t have the gumption. maybe when I get some of my WIPS/UFO’s out of the way I’ll reward myself by starting on that. And I wanted to say how nice is it that you have a group or two to crochet with! Jealous!

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