Updates

It seems to have been a while since my last blog post, and I apologize for that. However, I have been thinking about publishing one for quite some time now, but just haven’t gotten to it until today. It is a “free day” for me, which simply means I don’t have any errands to run and can sit at home all day!

I’ve been working on a number of things “behind the scenes”. Mostly I’ve been working on a few different WIP’s, but I’ve also been fiddling around with the blog settings, trying to come up with a standard “Crochet On The Brain” logo, and trying to get my first monthly newsletter set up (I’ve got the appearance of it set, now I just have to write the newsletter!). In addition to the blog and WIP’s , I’ve been busy with my personal life. Trying to potty train a very stubborn three-year-old and also trying to re-train said three-year-old to sleep in her own bed (living the hotel-life for over a year hasn’t helped…even though Olivia had a toddler bed, she hated sleeping in it. She’s got a “roll-away” bed now, and I can lie in it with her while she falls asleep), as well as having new flooring put down (which meant being “out of the way” for a day). And then there’s just everything else that goes on in day-to-day life.

I’ve taken a break from creating my own designs, for now. I occasionally step back from designing while my brain resets and I wait for new inspiration to strike. I find that making things with other designer’s patterns helps with finding new inspiration. It seems to be working, because I’ve got a list of possible new design ideas whirling around in my head now 🙂

Before I post photos of my WIP’s, I’d like to talk about the newsletter. As you’ve no doubt noticed by now, every time you visit the blog a newsletter sign-up form pop ups. I know that sometimes when I’m perusing different websites I get a bit peeved about sign-up forms popping up while I’m reading. If you share my feelings about these forms, I truly apologize for annoying you with mine. However, I have a lot of plans for the blog that I’d like to set in motion. Since not everyone has a WordPress account to follow Crochet On The Brain through the Reader, and not everyone is on Facebook to follow my posts on the fan page, nor does everyone like to receive an email EVERY TIME a new blog post is published, I decided on creating the monthly newsletter so readers can get all of the information I write about in just one monthly email. On a side-note, I would like to thank everyone who has signed up for the newsletter. Every day I check the sign up lists and am amazed and extremely grateful that more people are interested! So if you’ve signed up for it, thank you! and please be patient with me as I work on it. Hopefully it won’t be too much longer 🙂

Ok, so now for my WIP’s!

The first one is a knit sweater I began working on a few months ago. I’ve only worked on it “here and there”, but it’s still progressing well. I actually lose interest in it sometimes, and consider frogging it and making a crocheted sweater instead. But it’s come so far that I’d rather just finish it, even if it’s not completed until next winter! lol The link to the pattern is Caron Adult Knit Crew Neck Pullover . It’s basically the same pattern as the sweater that I made for Olivia (see this post), just adult sized. The yarn is Caron Simply Soft, color Autumn Red, and size 5mm circular needle (4.5 mm needle for the ribbing).

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Next WIP that I started just over a week ago (I think) is a Large Ripple Afghan. I found the pattern for it here, by Lauren on Daisy Cottage Designs. When I started it, it was my intention on using up my left-over Red Heart Super Saver yarn. However, as I got a few rows in I came to the realization that I wouldn’t have enough left-overs to make it the size that I want it to be. So. I bought more yarn! (which goes against my earlier proclamation that I wouldn’t buy any more yarn until I used up most or all of my stash!). I’ve got 22 colors for the blanket, and will be repeating the color pattern for a total of three repeats. It’s roughly 5 feet wide, and when done, should be about 6 1/2 feet long. Most of the yarn is Red Heart Super Saver, but there’s also a bit of Crafter’s Secret (Hobby Lobby) and Mainstays (WalMart). I’m thinking I might have to buy another skein or two, because I don’t think I have enough left-overs in a couple of the colors to complete the pattern repeat!

Here is a photo of Olivia lounging around on the blanket a few days ago. She’s not really sleeping, she’s just a ham that likes to be the center of attention!

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And here’s a more recent photo of the blanket. These are all of the colors I’m using. Next step is to repeat the color pattern!

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And last, but not least, (while taking a break from the blanket) I decided to make a doily. It’s been ages since I’ve worked with crochet thread. It’s been a bit of a strain on the eyes, but it’s working out really well. The pattern is very easy to follow, and consists of dc’s and V-stitches. The pattern can be found here. It is called the “Clea Doily” by Maria. I’ve got just a few more rounds to go before it’s done…but when I get those rounds done is up for debate! lol

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And so that’s all for this post, friends.

Until next time,

Happy hooking!

Amanda

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