Misc. Monday – The Trouble with New Jersey Summers

Flowers in pots
Flowers in pots

The trouble with New Jersey summers has got to be the unbelievable humidity.  I hate it!  It might be only 81.7°F, but I feel like I’ve been running a 25,000km marathon.  The relative humidity at the moment is 85% and showers are forecast for the rest of the week with cooler temperatures than it has been lately.

It’s not even 10 in the morning and I need another shower.  I ended up turning on the dehumidifying feature on my AC just to feel comfortable in my home.  And no, I haven’t been sitting on my bunny bum all morning.  I cleaned the bunny cage and that is a bit of a task when just picking up a teaspoon is a chore on days like this.

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WIP Tuesday – Asymmetrical Seashore Shawl

Asymmetrical Seashore Shawl
Asymmetrical Seashore Shawl – Try to say that three times fast.

Being in the midst of a hot and heavy summer, I decided it was high time to finish my Asymmetrical Seashore Shawl.  I don’t live too far from the “Jersey Shore”.  As a child I would spend a week with my extended family, enjoying the sun and sand.  When I got older, the trips were mostly with friends in the off-season to avoid the insane traffic.  But the allure of the sea lapping the sands remains with me to this day.  It’s mystical, ethereal, and haunting.

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Misc. Monday – Are We Back to Normal Yet?

After working my bunny bum off trying to get the Hygge CAL completed in time for the Farm Fair, I am hoping that things in my life are now back to normal.  I know that the word “normal” is all relative and keeps changing, but can I have my life back now?  That would be great.  Thanks.

I completed the wrap on Saturday just after noon. The lining is done.  So is the cross stitch, overlay crochet, and all the bobbles.  This afternoon I hand it over to the judges and hope they appreciate all the blood (from pricking my finger with a needle), sweat (from the hotter than hell July), and tears (not really, but it was close at times) I put into this project.

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Misc. Monday – Getting Close to Crunch Time

It’s getting close to crunch time on my Hygge CAL.  The Farm Fair is one day more than two weeks away.  Yikes!  And though I have finished the first half of the cross stitch, there is so much left to do.  So I must apologize in advance if blog posts are next to nothing for the time being.  I’ll try to make some update posts, but I can’t make any promises.

I literally wore my butt out yesterday trying to get the first half completed.  Not exactly 100% completed since I realized after I rolled her up that I forgot three red stitches in the top right corner.  Oh well.  I’ll do them today.

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What’s on My Bobbin? – To Tell You the Truth, Not Much

To tell you the truth, I have less than an ounce of fiber on my bobbin.  Because I have been working so hard on the Hygge CAL, I haven’t been spinning much these last few weeks.  The temperatures are finally more in line with the calendar so looking like a molting bunny doesn’t appeal to me at the moment.  Just now I went into the kitchen to get the fiber to photograph and ended up splashing some cool water on my face so handling the fiber would have ended in disaster.

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Misc. Monday – Procrastination is the Name of the Game Today

Today is a great day for procrastination.  It really is.  I’ve been sitting here staring at the screen in front of me.  It’s not all that hot outside, but my metal roof is really starting to bring in the heat.  Every time I have ventured outside this morning I have been surprised at how comfortable the temperatures are.

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What’s on My Bobbin? – The Trials of Spinning

New braid to spin
Things have to look better soon so I can spin this lovely merino roving I recently picked up from my LYS.

Oh, the trials of spinning!  It’s always in the back of my mind.  However, things have been happening lately that have prevented me from spending an afternoon (or even five minutes) doing what I love.  Loki, my spinning wheel, has been neglected of late.  Some of this has been his own fault and some has been mine.  Relationships are a two-way street, even with a spinning wheel.

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Misc. Monday – Bunny Molt 3.5

Not a chicken
“Go ahead. Try to pluck me like a chicken. I dare you.” Or a rabbit that’s not going to take kindly to having her fur stolen right off her body.

Bunny Molt 3.5 has begun in earnest and I’m struggling to keep up with the flying fur.  It rained yesterday and into last night so everything is pretty wet this morning.  While this saves me from watering the plants in the yard, trying to keep the bunny fuzz under control is another matter. After brushing off the shelf the bun sisters like to sit on, the black cotton plant has white bits on it from somebunny’s cotton bottom.

I’m feeling an uncontrollable urge to pluck some bunnies. Yuki looks like she’s wearing a saddle with a clear line between old and new fur. “And your face!  What happened to your face?  It looks like your mask is coming off. ” I’m sure she’ll try to run off the moment I grab the bunny fur paper bag. (“Do I look like a chicken?”)

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Minecraft Crochet Patterns – Two of My Favorite Things Meet

Minecraft crochet patterns?  Yes, please!  Whether it’s an iconic Creeper or an adorable cow, the thought of a finished Minecraft crochet project sitting on my bed makes me smile.

Minecraft’s pixilated graphics translate incredibly well into crochet stitches so it’s relatively easy to create one of your favorite characters.  You can even create one of the many blocks that make up the world around you.  Diamonds, anyone?  How about some grass blocks?  Dirt blocks?  The possibilities are as endless as the world seeds.

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WIP Tuesday – How Many WIP’s are too Many?

Game of the Day
Game of the Day – How Many WIP’s Can You See?

Can a crocheter ever have too many WIP’s?  Is it even possible?  I guess it is, especially if there are more WIP hours than hours in a person’s life.  But all the pretty patterns and yarns!  It’s a struggle to choose one over another.

Take for instance the Hygge CAL I am finally working on.  I had to have it when the kit first became available.  And though you couldn’t technically call it a WIP until I started making the 60 chains a few weeks ago, it sat on my bed for over a year.  For over said year I moved it from the bed to the stool every morning and the reverse every evening.

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