August 25 thru August 26, 2016
A Ravelry friend told me about a new yarn that’s exclusive to Michaels. It’s called Caron Cakes, and it’s got a lot of people talking. Even people who don’t like to work with acrylic yarns. I’m one of the latter. I have a lot of acrylic in my stash because that’s all I knew to buy for most of my crocheting life. A pattern in a magazine that called for anything other than what I could buy at Walmart or Michaels was one I had to overlook. I either couldn’t afford it or didn’t know where to get it. I also didn’t know anything about yarn substitutions until I got on Ravelry and found all the tools that make it so easy.
Now that I know about other types of yarns, and I’ve found outlets to buy them at reasonable prices or can swap for them, I rarely use acrylics. I definitely don’t use the old style scratchy 100% acrylics. The newer “soft” acrylics are tolerable, but I hate how splitty they are. This new Caron Cakes yarn eliminates all of the negatives I’ve encountered with acrylic, and it comes with a bonus of having long color changes.
During my lunch break on Thursday, I went to Michaels and found this display.
My brain went into sensory overload. I couldn’t afford to get one of nearly every color, and I knew I’d need more than one skein to make some of the things I wanted to make with it. So, I stood there FOREVER trying to decide what color to get! My Ravelry friend is sending me some Cake Pop, which is the one I was first drawn to since it’s “my” colors. It’s the aqua/blue/grey one in the middle on the third shelf. I next was drawn to the greens on the shelf above. But I also liked the more muted browns and creams on the bottom. There’s one more shelf on top that my pic cuts off, and it had a skein of pinks (uh….no), and 2 other colorways I’d been considering. One is called Red Velvet and works up like this:
Isn’t that amazing? It’s a Sophie’s Garden afghan block on a Raveler’s project page. I didn’t choose that one, but now I’m regretting that I didn’t.
The other color on the top shelf is Rainbow Sprinkles. I am not a rainbow yarn type of gal. I don’t wear bright colors. I don’t really know anyone who wears bright colors. But something about that skein intrigued me. So, I got one.
You can’t tell it from my pic, but all the colors except red & orange have some colored flecks in them…purple in the blue, red/orange in the yellow and the green. It’s lovely! I decided I’d make a scarf out of it and then maybe gift it to someone.
Before I was done, Maxi had claimed it.
By the time I was completely done, I had claimed it for myself!
Then I started thinking about that pretty Sophie’s Garden. I’ve been wanting to make one of the Sophie’s patterns for a while. You can make it as a small, medium, or large mandala. Or you can keep going and make it into Sophie’s Garden, which is a squared off version of the mandalas. Or you can keep going some more and make a huge Sophie’s Universe blanket. I have some yarn for that last one, but I haven’t committed myself to that big of a project yet.
There are a zillion beautiful Sophie’s projects on Ravelry, and I’ve favorited several because I planned to be inspired by (ok…to copy) their color choices. Last night, sitting there with about half a skein of Caron Cakes left, I decided to start crocheting a Sophie and when I ran out of yarn, I’d call it quits and maybe sew the result to a pillow or something. Well, that pattern is addictive!! And I was having so much fun that I was really disappointed when the yellow in my skein ran out with just 2 petals to do on round 10.
I kept going with the orange, but the color changes are abrupt instead of gradual, and it was just too obvious of a change for me.
What to do? Well…I’m going to do what any good yarn hoarder does. I’m going to Michaels at lunch today to get another skein! The 30% off yarn sale ended yesterday, but I’ve got a 50% off coupon for 1 item. So, that’s even better. As long as I contain myself to 1 skein.
I will say that this was the first time (I think) that I’ve ever bought a skein of yarn in the afternoon and had completely used it up by the end of the night…and on TWO projects, no less!
In addition to the Rainbow yarn I got yesterday, I bought 3 skeins of Blueberry Cheesecake.
I’m going to turn this into a baby blanket for Jerri’s nephew & niece whose baby boy is due in February.
On Wednesday night I was also very productive. If it wasn’t for all this crocheting, I do think I’d be in the nuthouse. Spending so much time alone during the day is getting to me, but at least at night I can keep the demons at bay by creating something fun and then sharing it with you (hello, you!) and my friends on Ravelry.
I’m working on a special project, and I was stumped on a couple of ideas. The same friend who turned me onto the Cakes helped me out tremendously on the other project. One idea she had was to make a particular scarf due to its name. (I’m being a bit cryptic here in the wild off chance that the recipient is reading this, although I doubt it.) Anyway, I started on that project as soon as work was over on Wednesday. I was loving the outcome, but as I worked I realized I already have 1 scarf done and another planned, and I wondered about adding a third to the mix. So, I thought outside the box (as my friend suggested), and I came up with a TABLE scarf! I love it! It’s rich in texture and color, and it’s simple yet elegant-looking.
As for the One a Day project, I didn’t do the junk drawer like I’d planned. I didn’t go through any boxes or drawers on Wednesday. So, I did two last night.
Box 3 was another easy one. It was full of clay. I used to have visions of making fun things like this:
Or clay handled crochet hooks…
I’ve done neither. But, I’m still carrying around this box of clay:
Jerri did use some for craft items for our conference, and I told her to keep it, but it got returned to me anyway. So, I stuck it all in that miscellaneous tote. Maybe one rainy fall afternoon I’ll at least make a crochet hook handle.
Box 4 is a box of Christmas craft stuff that is leftover from a bigger box of Christmas craft stuff. I gave away some things earlier this year, and I kept this box because I figured I would use these things, for sure, just any minute now.
As you can see, most are still in their original packaging, so I haven’t used them yet. I’m keeping the elf faces as I really want to make one of those shelf elves. And I’m keeping the buttons. But I’m offering the rest in a Ravelry giveaway. Surprisingly, as of this morning, no one had claimed it and I’m even paying the postage. One woman’s trash is still another woman’s trash, I guess.
But, both boxes now look like this (I felt it was necessary to only take a pic of 1 as proof of my accomplishment):
I threw that hook away. Man, this feels good! 🙂
I may tackle that junk drawer tonight. When I’m done crocheting. And catching up on “Big Brother.”