What I’m working on in March

I feel like March has been a busy month.  I just haven’t found time to sit down and collect my thoughts to write a blog post.

My husband always has vacation in March, which would be a great time to go somewhere warm and sunny like Hawaii.  Nope!  We’d have to actually plan ahead to do something like that.  That’s okay though, we weren’t in the mood anyway.  We ended up flying to Minnesota (not warm, not sunny) to see family and eat lots of ice cream and brownies (yum).  We did other things too.  My dad ended up being in the hospital, so I’m thankful I was able to visit him there.  My husband and I both came home exhausted.  He ended up getting sick and I didn’t.  Phew!  I felt bad for him though.

I was still working on projects of course.  Seeing family is perfect for crocheting during the down times.  I started another one of my chunky sweaters with some modifications this time around.  I’m making the sleeves a little bigger and making the back two inches longer than the front, but then tapering up to be even with the front.  We shall see how that works out.  I’m in the process of sewing the pieces together, my least favorite part, and realized I missed a stitch when I was crocheting.  The perfectionist in my is screaming, but the other part of me is saying “nobody will ever know!”  I’m using Red Heart With Love yarn and I so wish they had more colors to choose from.  I chose Eggshell, which wouldn’t be my first choice, but I think it will look okay.  Maybe I’ll think of it as my Icelandic sweater.  Now I just need to actually finish it!

I also crocheted a purse!  I was going to knit a bag (I’m trying to learn), but I’m just too much of a beginner so I started over and decided to crochet a purse instead.  Here’s a sneak peak.  I used a grit stitch with Lionbrand’s Wool-Ease Thick and Quick yarn.  I’ll do a separate blog post on that.

What else?  Oh yeah, lots of hats.  Hats are sort of my “I just need a small project that I can finish in a day.”  I was trying to make my own pattern and came up with these.  Kind of neat, huh?  So when I was writing the final pattern I made it with the same brand yarn, just a different color, and the hat came out bigger!  I actually had to remove a row.  I got so frustrated.  It’s so weird how just a little difference in yarn can change a pattern.  I’ll still try to post the pattern with the two colors (barley and wheat), that came out the intended size.

I also made this hat from one of my favorite beanie patterns called the Striped Hipster Souchy Beanie by Whistle & Ivy.  I used Lionbrand’s Wool-Ease yarn in Mushroom and Oatmeal.

Oh and like I wrote before, I’m learning how to knit.  I can’t believe how hard it is!  I think I’ve spent months just trying to figure out how to hold the needles and yarn!  I think since I learned to crochet first, there was no way for me to hold the yarn in my right hand.  I decided on the Continental method where you hold the yarn in the left hand.  Learning how to purl is still a challenge.  I had to watch a bunch of YouTube videos on that and decided on the Norwegian Purl where you don’t move your yarn forward but instead, twist your yarn and needle all over the place.  That’s what it feels like at least.  Baby steps that’s for sure.  I’m thinking by the time I’m 70 I’ll be pretty fast at it.  Ha!

I actually did knit something!  I was following the “Simple Knit Series” posts (allaboutamil.com) and decided I was going to knit a Simple Stockinette Hat.  I shocked myself and actually made it. Don’t look too closely.  Some parts aren’t pretty.  But hey, it’s a hat and it fits!

Last, but not least I’m crocheting a cocoon shrug using Lionbrand’s Homespun yarn in Shaker.  I’m trying to use something other than cream or brown.  This has blue, cream and brown in it.  I at least added some blue!  This yarn is not the easiest to work with.  I tried to use it when I was taking up crocheting again and I was like “No way can I crochet with this!”  I couldn’t see my stitches.  Now I’m more comfortable with it and I’m tackling it again.  I have to feel my way through the stitches, but I’m fine with that.  If this works out I’ll post the pattern on my blog.  I just started it today.

Phew!  Ok, I’m tired now!  That was a lot of stuff for March and it’s still not over!!