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Disappointing Sunday

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Disappointing Sunday

I got up this morning & took pictures of my recent work in preparation to do a post. I was looking forward to my relaxing day, where I could read and crochet and enjoy my Sunday before my friends & I go bowling tonight & before my Monday starts with me leaving for the bus at 7:15am. I was especially looking forward to it because I got all four of my summer research applications done last night, and the next two days on my calendar are blank, which means I have no homework or meetings or anything except class going on until Wednesday. But then this girl I have to work with on an essay emailed me about a time for us to meet & work on it. After several emails, we got it figured out, & by some miracle, it’s not a time that completely sucks for me [though the first few times she wanted to meet were]. Either way, the whole thing was a lot more complicated than I made it sound & was my ;lksd;flkjsdf moment that ruined my peaceful Sunday, but at least we figured out a time & we’ll be done with it on Tuesday. WHEW.

So, back to the important stuff. I’ve been busy & stressed this week [as usual] and lacking proper crafting time. Either way, I still managed to do a little knitting and crocheting.

First off, I made another coffee cozy. This time, it turned out more like the one I was originally trying to create. It tapers, sort of like a mini-headband, as one of my friends said, so that you can use it either for a hot to-go cup, or for a regular glass coffee mug.

I’ve been carrying this one around with me for when I buy coffee  on campus, & it works great except I think I need to make future cozies a row or two smaller. Once it stretches a little it slides up & I always worry that it’ll make the lid pop off my cup. Also, I still haven’t finished the knitted coffee cozy I was making. I got bored with it & was excited about making other things. It snowed a TON here last week, so much so that we actually got a snow day, which is something that never happens at WSU, since we live in an area that can typically handle the weather. It wasn’t very exciting for me, since it was on a Thursday & I already don’t have class then – but it did prompt me to want to make myself a few more headbands. I made everyone super cute ones for Christmas, but I still only have one or two for myself. So Friday night, I whipped out a red cable-braided headband, but I don’t have any pictures of it because 1. the mannequin head that I ordered hasn’t arrived yet & 2. it didn’t turn out very well, unfortunately. I didn’t want to use bulky yarn, so I used worsted & took the needle size down, & it didn’t really work out.

I’ve been wanting to work on the granny square blanket I’m making for my parents, so I finally dug all the yarn out for it & put it in an easily accessible basket so I could work on the squares while watching TV. I now have 8 squares, & they’re so pretty! I have to say, I picked out some really great colors for this blanket.

I’m really awful at working on this for the same reasons I’m awful at working on the wool-eater blanket – I get bored. I get SO tired when I make more that one of these. It’s just super monotonous work, but it makes me sad because I really want to be able to make more & finish it soon. My parents want it to be a little big on their full size bed, since they fight for covers all the time. I think we figured that I’d need like 80 or 90 squares for it to be the right size. That’s really not that many, & I think once I get past the first 20 or so it will be much easier to see the light. I just know it’s going to be gorgeous & I can’t wait to see [& wrap up in] the finished product.

So I FINALLY got a picture from band banquet of me wearing the shrug I made!

Isn’t it so cute?! I’ve never made an actual clothing item, so the fact that it turned out so well & that I got so many compliments on it & the clutch, which you can’t really see in this picture, was so great! It went so well with the dress & everyone loved it. I can’t wait to make more sweaters/shrugs/etc!

Right now, along with my granny squares, I’m working on making faux boot sock/boot cuff. I’m kind of drawing inspiration from this pattern & this picture/pattern, but mostly making up my own pattern as I go. I really want to make actual decorative boot socks & I’m SO in love with these:

But I have yet to purchase or learn how to properly use circular needles or dpns, so knitting up my own pair is a little unlikely. I’ve been looking for some crochet knee-socks, & found one or two – so I might try them out soon.

So that’s my craftiness for the week. It’s nearly midnight, & tomorrow’s Monday – UGH.

Lazy days turned crafting days.

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Sorry I haven’t posted lately, guys. I’ve honestly been putting if off because I’ve been waiting for pictures of something I made & wanted to put in this post. But, I still don’t have the pictures, so I’ll just have to wait & put them in later. Also, my camera is dying & it’s been SUPER snowy here lately, meaning there’s no way I’ll be able to buy batteries anytime soon. :[ Depressing, since I’ve been so busy crafting lately. So most of the pics I post today were taken with my BlackBerry – & if you’ve ever had a BlackBerry, you know that they take surprisingly crappy pictures.

This weekend was a three day weekend for us because of MLK Jr. Day, but for me it’s a four day weekend since I don’t have class on Tuesday! So I’ve been “busy” doing nothing but being lazy & crafting. Really, I should be spending this time working on school stuff, or grad school stuff, or cleaning my apartment [I recently bought a Swiffer that I’m dying to try out], but I just can’t bring myself to do it. I’ve been having so much fun crafting, and when do I ever have time for that these days? I feel like I have to take serious advantage of it.

Friday was “Band Banquet” at my University. The marching band has a big formal, catered dinner where we watch slideshows of the season, hand out awards, & cry because the seniors won’t be back next year. Since I’m not coming back next year, it was an emotional night. This year I really felt like I stepped out of my comfort zone though, and I got my hair done super fancy by a friend, and I didn’t overly stress about the dress or shoes, etc. Mom & I went shopping for the dress over break & found it and all the jewelry on our first trip out, so that really helped with the stress-free vibe.

Pictures from this night are the reason I was putting off posting, because I actually made a ruffly shrug to wear over my dress, and a clutch to carry my phone & cards, etc. The friend who has the pictures of me with those items though, can’t find her card-reader for her computer, and her card didn’t fit in the reader my computer has. SO, that’s the big exciting stuff I couldn’t wait to show you guys, but we’ll be waiting just a little bit longer.

My best friend Jessica and I are the section leaders of the clarinet section and have been for the past two years. We’re also both Seniors. Last year, our section got us each a bouquet of roses and a card signed by the entire section.

This year, they made us each scrapbooks of our time in the marching band. From Freshman year, with people who haven’t been in the band for years, to last Spring when we got the go to New York City with the men’s basketball team – it was all there. I didn’t cry, but boy I wanted to. What an incredible thing to have, and to be able to show people for the rest of my life. College marching band: the end of an amazing 12 years as a band kid. Thanks so much to the people who made them the best 12 years of my life.

So that was the highlight to an already amazing night an even more amazing Band Banquet. I’ve literally looked at this scrapbook everyday since then. It really gets me in the mood to do some scrapbooking of my own. I’m AWFUL at scrapbooking. I’m way too perfectionist, and in my opinion, it can always be better, so then I want to take the pages I’ve made apart & redo them. I do have some really good scrapbooks, like a mini one I did for the summer after my Freshman year of college, but otherwise I’ve been slacking. I started to do a scrapbook of every year, but I haven’t even finished Freshman year’s yet, & now I’m a Senior, and I have thousands of pictures to wade through. I think what I want to do, is make one big college scrapbook, after I finish my Freshman year one. I also want to add to this marching band one, because they left every other page open for us to do that. When it stops snowing & I can go buy supplies [who knew puff paint was the answer?!] & have the time, I’ll be doing some scrapbooking.

I finished my giant infinity scarf last night. I love it SO MUCH. It’s exactly what I’ve been wanting for so long. It’s so bulky and big around my neck when I double it up, it’s great. It’s really wide [maybe a little too wide…] and really long, but it’s fabulous. I’ll be making more for sure – I’ve actually already started on a brown one that’s 10 stitches less in width.

I also spent a bunch of time last night trying to perfect a coffee cozi pattern. They’re so simple but so hard – I kept making it too long so it was too big for the cup! Originally, I was trying to decrease toward the end & put a button hole in so that it could go around a real coffee mug, but then after two failed attempts at that [which I’m sure I could make work, I just didn’t care enough], I decided just to make cozi’s for hot to-go cups. The pattern is so simple, a double crocheted rectangle and some buttons, really. But they’re so cute & I can’t wait to use them/give them away/sell them. I haven’t decorated them yet, but the last picture shows the potential for that. I also think an oversized flower would look great.

I’m also working on a knitted one, called the Corrugated Coffee Cozy, which I love. I’m making it in this yellow/gold/burnt gold color that looks ugly at first glance, but I think it’s going to make a really great coffee cozy.

I’ve been on a serious baking/cooking kick the last week, which is honestly weird for me. I do love cooking and baking, but I usually just don’t have time for it and, like I think I’ve said in previous posts, I’m really not that good at it & so sometimes it causes me more stress than anything else. Anyways, the night before last, I made lemon pepper marinated pork that I found on Pinterest. THAT was an experience. I have a George Foreman type grill, but I hate using it because the cleanup is such a pain, so I decided I was going to cook these in oil on the stove. Welllll I have a super sensitive smoke detector, and before I knew it my kitchen/apartment was full of smoke because of the hot oil, and I was running around trying to open windows & find a fan to keep the smoke away from the detector – but it still went off. Only once though, which I thought was quite a feat, since there was LOTS of smoke. Either way, the pork turned out great, even if I was totally shaken by the experience – & I have no pictures, probably because I was too busy rerouting smoke to remember to take any.

Last night, I made a lemon pepper shrimp & pasta dish that I also found on Pinterest, which went much better than my pork fiasco the night before [except for having to do some serious cleaning to the stove before cooking, because of the oil that has splattered EVERYWHERE]. It was really good too, easy to make & made the perfect amount for me. I probably could have had some leftovers, but I kept munching on it from the stove after having my first bowl, so there weren’t any, but that’s okay. Super good, & I’ll definitely make this one again.

So that’s what I’ve been up to all weekend. I can’t believe it’s already Monday. I also can’t believe it’s already 3pm on Monday. :/ I haven’t done anything. I didn’t get up til noon and I hate when I let myself do that. What a waste of half my day!

One more thing I wanted to mention in this post but don’t think I’ll go real deep into right now is that I think I’m almost ready to open an Etsy shop but I’m terrified to. Mostly because of Copyright infringement, but I think I’m going to do a blog post just for this topic very soon. Basically, I Googled some information about Copyrights on patterns and ended up in this like 3 year old discussion on Etsy about it, and it just scares the daylights out of me. I have so many questions, and don’t quite understand it all, and I also have some opinions about it too, one of which being that I think some people are a little to crazy and over-the-top when it comes to Copyrights. Just let us craft and sell what we make from it, you know? Gah. But anyways, like I said – I’ll probably do a separate post on that sometime soon because I have a lot to say on the topic, and have a lot of questions that I hope someone will be able to address for me.

Hope everyone who has today off enjoys it! Happy crafting. :]