I am one day less late with this update than last week. Maybe next week I’ll actually publish it on Sunday as per the Year of Projects plan!
I started the week with a finished object.
I was nearly done with this Homespun Ripple (link to my Ravelry project page for all the details) last week and it has already been gifted to my daughter’s best friend, Sophie. It actually turned out to be a happy accident that my Lion Brand order went through twice because I decided I liked repeating the deeper colors of Homespun rather than fading into the pale ones I had intended. (I’ve decided those four extra skeins of pale blues/violet will make a great continuous granny square blanket for Project Linus.) I’m not sure if I’ll make a pillow with the left-overs as I did for the other two blankets for C’s college-bound friends. I know I don’t have enough, so perhaps I’ll make these little balls into a snugly cowl since it feels like there’s too much left to just throw away.
Works In Progress
Also as planned, I started the Shin-yu Infinity Scarf for myself this week.
Part 1 is done (at this week’s Thursday meetup) and it just started transitioning into the gray color. This pattern is in multiples of 40 and I wanted a rather snug cowl, but I’m concerned it won’t use enough yarn to get to the white at the tips like I would like it to and that I’ll have too much yarn left-over. Towards the end, if that seems to be the case, I’ll probably rip it all back and make it bigger. We’ll see. I really love the Lion Brand Ombré Life yarn! It is poly-cotton so it has a really nice drape.
The Chevrons & Diamonds CAL is moving along slowly. It has inspired this week’s post title because these diamonds do seem to take forever. I’m up to row 150, so finished with part 5. Part 7, the border, comes out today and my goal is to get through part 6 this week (48 more rows) so I can do the border and have it finished up the following week. It is nice that it has been a cool, rainy week — the blanket is big enough to be decidedly blankety and not something I’d want to be working on in a heat wave.
If you can see my stitch marker in the bottom right of this picture, it helped me determine that one skein of Red Heart With Love is good for almost a complete diamond, which means I’ll have almost two skeins left to do the border and tassels. This is excellent because I’ve decided I’d rather have it rectangular than square.
Speaking of blankets that are becoming decidedly blankety, I added four more squares to my Vibrant Vintage CAL blanket.
The top two squares are from Week 10 of the reboot CAL, and the bottom two are from the original 2016 CAL. This means I’ve done 36 of the 64 squares. These squares continue to be really fun!
Lastly, I did only a single round on my Sophie’s Universe CAL at the Island Yarn meetup, which is better than none. I do love the lush wool/silk fingering weight, but it is a lot slower than the DK weight yarn I used last time.
I’ve already mentioned that my main goal this week is to finish part 5 of the Chevrons & Diamonds CAL and I’ll do at least four more squares for the Vibrant Vintage CAL (that is currently in Week 12).
I may work on the Shin-yu if I get bored working on blankets, or I may work up a quick cowl out of that Homespun left-over pile.
Longer term upcoming, I’d like to make a big project basket, big enough for a blanket’s worth of yarn. Rebecca Langford (Yarn + Chai) just came out with a couple patterns that would be good starting places.
No acquisitions this week. Yay me!
I’ve added the Goodreads widget to the sidebar. I guess it’s not surprising that I love Goodreads since I’m such a Ravelry addict. Goodreads is to books as Ravelry is to yarn projects. They’re both called “social cataloging apps” and they inspired my own Dollation website which is for doll collectors.
If you visit my Goodreads page, you’ll see that I finished two books this week: The Raven Boys, by Maggie and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. Both were recommended to me by my oldest daughter, both are young adult novels, and I listened to both as audio books with my library’s app. Aristotle and Dante was read by Lin-Manuel Miranda, which was perfect. (I bet that was a dream come true for the author. It was funny that there were a few references to how useless the main character found learning about Alexander Hamilton in school. I wonder if those were in the original edition?) I really enjoyed both books and I’ve already started the second book of The Raven Cycle.
Not enough walking or decluttering happened this week. We’ve taken on a few new clients in our web development partnership lately and there’s lots to do. With two kids in college this year (and another who will be going in a few years) I’ve got to focus on working more to pay all the extra bills. Dang adult responsibilities!
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.