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It seems I have done exactly what I said I wouldn’t do…I started a new bigger project. Heh…of course. Well, I couldn’t help it! I had an itch that I just had to scratch. So I’ve started my Strawberry Patch Blanket!!! 🙂

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It is in it’s very very early developmental stages. I loved the colors and just had to do something with them. I’ve never done this granny hexagon pattern before (find it here) and I just love it. It’s easy and fast, but not boring. I did make a tiny mistake though. In the last round you make chains of 3 (i think) and then attach the last round  double crochets to them..well for the first two hexies I did the chains and then I forgot for the rest. Oh well. It doesn’t make a huge difference and it’s a ton faster.  Go with the flow, right?

The yarn I’m using is Stylecraft Special DK, all acrylic in Meadow, Cream,  Apricot, Soft Peach, and Shrimp.

Sure, it probably would’ve made them a fraction, not even a big one..like 1/100 prettier. So I don’t care. Next time though..I won’t forget!!!

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So when I was playing around with the colors originally that lightish pinkish color was not included. To me it looks like it doesn’t belong. However, when I had the idea for the hexagon blanket I thought it needed one more color. It just looked incomplete without it. And yes, it looks like the outlier here, but I think it blends nicely when incorporated into the blanket. I don’t think Stylecraft makes a lighter version of the peach, so the lighter pink will have to do!

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Also, New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014 is almost upon us. That means that I’m going to be running around the city from casting to casting all day and it means I won’t have much time for crocheting or updating the blog. I will try my best, but so far I am the walking dead. Hopefully I get some good shows though!!!

Good news is, that I can fit my Strawberry Patch blanket in my bag and I take it with me and crochet while I’m waiting at castings. I don’t get very much done, but it gives me solace and a bit of relaxation during the day that keeps me sane.

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I did manage to find a bit of a time this morning to work on it and drink tea, Pumpkin Spice tea to be exact. FALL IS ALMOST HERE YEEE!

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Slowly, but surely, I am making progress on this wonderful blankie. I hope I can finish in less than a month. We shall see!! My last blanket took several months because I’m a procrastinator and a lazy pants. This time I’m going to have my butt in gear.

I went on a walk a few days ago and here are some pictures from my journey. I love going on walks, especially here in the city because you never know what you will come across.

For instance, I saw a kid walking his pet PIG. And it wasn’t one of those cute little ones, it was a big honking pig. I asked him for a picture and he said yes but I could tell he was a little scared of me, probably because I’m a weird stranger talking to him about his pig, so I snapped just this picture and left.

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Hope everyone has a very explorative day!

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Yes it is folks. It is already the end of the weekend. I swear it was Friday yesterday! Weekends seem to be rather sneaky these days, and hopefully everyone had a lovely one. I know I did 🙂

To keep my hands busy I’ve been working on these wonderful granny stars.

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I have no idea for them or project in particular I’m honestly just making them for the sake of making them. The idea of starting a bigger, more committed project at the moment makes me want to have a spaz…so smaller projects it is! Especially since fashion week is swiftly approaching, and during that time I will be a cranky, zombie pants.

I’ve been using all my Stylecraft colors for the twinkles and I love seeing all my colorful squish yarnballs in a basket! HAPPINESS!

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Okay, so enough yarn porn, back to the stars. I’ve started blocking a few using my ghetto set up. It does the trick though so no complaints here. Yay for being resourceful! I started weaving the ends in before I pinned them down to be blocked and then my patience went away after 5 minutes of doing that, so I just pinned the down straggly ends and all.

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I also had a very lovely Saturday with my guy. My mom bought me a book about the history of New York a while ago and it has some historical walking tours in the back of the book separated by neighborhood, so Danny and I tried out the Greenwich Village walk.

Let me tell you, we had a blast! It took a while for him to get into it because we look like super tourists. I mean I had to stop and read facts from the book, and I had my big honking camera, and we got lost a few times…oops. But still so much fun :):):) And we learnt some wonderful history about our great city!

We started our great journey of history at Washington Square Park.

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This is one of my favorite spots in the city. This neighborhood is home to some of the oldest homes in America. You turn a corner and there is a tiny gate in the junction between two buildings. You get closer and peek through and you can see one of the most beautiful properties in the city, Grove Court, nestled in there.

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We also stumbled upon a car covered in gummy bears…..

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Here I am being the dorky tour guide, historian extraordinaire!

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The Whitehorse Tavern is one of the oldest in the country that’s still standing and operating.  History tidbit *Welsh poet Dylan Thomas set a record of downing 18 whiskies here in one night and then he died the next morning.

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Our tour ended on the Hudson River overlooking Jersey.

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What I’m Listening To At the Moment: The Best of Foreigner

Hi folks! These past few days I have been experimenting like crazy with new patterns and projects. Sometimes when I am in between huge projects or just crave that feeling of starting something new I like to do some little fun projects.

A booker in my agency just had a baby girl so I wanted to try my hand at making something ‘baby’. The thought of making clothes just plain intimidates me. That said, I decided to stick to something more simple. Using this pattern I made a cutey patoooty hat!!

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I had some Blue Sky Alpaca Organic Cotton leftover from a blanket I made and I thought it would be perfect for a baby! It’s incredibly soft and nonirritating.

Also I followed the pattern exactly and my hat seemed..really small. I’ve never really been around a newborn and obviously I’ve never had a baby so I don’t know much about their measurements. It just seemed really teeny!

Then I decided to make some matching mittens!!! Winter is coming in the city and this baby cant’ have cold hands!

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I’ve also been itching to do something with lots of colors, so seeing a fellow crocheter, flowersoul4’s instagram I got inspired by her granny stars. Doing some research I found the pattern (and more inspiration) through Attic 24’s blog, and here is the pattern at the Royal Sisters.

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Tra la la la so much color!!!

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This star is my favorite so far. I liked that the strings made it look like a shooting star.

I’m not sure what I’ll do with all these color-filled stars but it’ll be cute, that’s for sure!

Happy almost Friday everyone!!!!

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What I’m Listening To At The Moment: ‘N Sync , the first album, yo! 

I waaaaaant you back! duh duna duh duh!

Hope everyone had a most wonderful weekend. I know I did 🙂 I found some radical pieces o’ furniture on the street, had some amazing eats, and did quite a bit of organizing and crochet !

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Oh and did I mention my wonderful guy had these beauties waiting for me when I got back from London?! What a guy. 🙂

On Friday night Daniel and I decided to go out to eat–something we don’t do very often because well..we have no money. Whenever we go out to eat we never have a place in mind. We just like to walk around a neighborhood until we find something that tickles our fancy. I love these walks because not only do we get to spend some quality time together, but neither of us is stressed out or in a hurry to be somewhere or ON THE PHONE. I’m in Alphabet City here in NY so we decided to walk around in my hood. We finally settled on a cute Italian place we had passed a few times before called Spina. Oh. my. goodness. This place was AMAZING. Some of the best food I’ve had in like..the past YEAR.

Daniel got mini gnocchi with a sweet ragu sauce, which was delicious, but my dish definitely was the winner of the night. It was ear shaped pasta (all their pasta is homemade by the way!!!) with lamb and truffle butter sauce with sweet peas. It was one of the best dishes I think I’ve ever had. I just had to tell people about it. SO GOOD.

And then the next night we went to Olive Garden. HA! Don’t ask why we went there of all places. It was exactly as it always is..mediocre.

Friday night as we were walking to Alphabet City we also came across some wonderful furniture on the street just waiting to be taken home and loved. I got a lovely solid wood side table, and a cabinet/tv stand type thing. Daniel took home a tall skinny bookshelf and a desk. How’s that for one night?!

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Here’s the side table. I la la la looooove this thing. 

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I’m using it to store frames and pictures that I have, but just haven’t gotten around to hanging yet.

As soon as I saw the bigger cabinetty/tv standish type piece I knew exactly what I wanted to use it for. Yarn storage! I had lots of baskets and bins and even an antique suitcase full of yarn! Even with all of that I still could not contain all my yarn. First I needed to organize all zee yarn. So I pulled everything out and decided to organize by color to make it more appealing to the eye.

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And then I realized I had so much yarn I could start my own shop. And I also came to the conclusion that I am not allowed to buy anymore BLUE yarn!!!! I had so much it was ridiculous.

Andddd…after squishing in all the yarn and sneezing a billion times from all the stirred up dust….HERE IT IS!!!

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I love walking into my room and seeing the bright display of yarny color! It makes me so happy!!

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And now I have a cute place to store my hooks and needles and buttons and such 🙂

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This morning I’ve been hooking up some dishcloths/potholders/washcloths. Christmas is coming fast and I want to get a head start on gifts!!! They are just super simple, plain dishcloths. If I’m going to eventually throw something away I’m not going to make it too fancy. I love cotton but I am remembering why I don’t work with it too often. It is so hard on my hands. My poor fingers are in need of a massage! And please note my cute butterfly and polka dot tea cup!!

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Hope you all had a great weekend!

 

 

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What I’m listening to at the moment: Ben Howard, Every Kingdom

 

 

Hallelujah I’ve finally finished this scarf. This thang (heh) should have been done in about a week (or less), but I just could not get my butt in gear and unfortunate events kept getting in the way i.e.: my computer was stolen, my passport had not been renewed and I was traveling in 2 days, lost my favorite crochet hook for a few days..really bad stuff I tell you. BUT ALL IS WELL NOW 🙂 And here it is all finished and stripey and beautiful.

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My wonderful dude, Daniel took all of the scarf modeling photos, so thanks a heap Danny boy!

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These colors make my heart sing a million songs! I think of winter and snowflakes and fires and coziness when I gaze upon them. Siiiigggghhhh.

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My favorite part of working on this scarf had to be waking up in the morning before anyone else in the apartment was up and having quiet moments with the window open, crocheting. So nice.

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The scarf even traveled with me to San Diego. It had its fair share of sun and sand as well!

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I loved seeing all the weavey ends hanging around! Reminded me of a germ or something..ha…so. weird. I know.

And here it is all finished up and done!!

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Sorry I was still in my pjs when taking the pictures! But the colors matched up nicely 😉

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This scarf was super easy. Just rows and rows of double crochet. Nothing fancy and no pattern. I love that it looks handmade 🙂

Yarn-Lion Brand Martha Stewart Collection Extra Soft Wool Blend. I love this yarn. It is my favorite yarn in the world. It’s incredibly soft and comes in such pretty pastel colors. If anything I just wish they’d make more and more colors!!!

Colors-igloo, celery, cobweb, lilac, and blue corn

When I bought the yarn celery, lilac, and blue corn were on sale. YEAH! That just adds even more to the awesomeness.

 

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As soon as I got back from my trip to San Diego I had to fly to London for 3 nights to do a photoshoot for Space NK/Apothecary. Exciting exciting!!!

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Flying the red eye, I landed at 7:40 the very next morning with an entire FREE DAY ahead of me!!! So what did I do? I fell asleep face down, drooling in my pillow. HA! However, my boyfriend did call and wake me up, so I got my butt in gear and decided to explore London. I just also want to add in that I rode the Tube/Underground like a pro. 😉

London has many great museums, but I was low on budget and time, so free walking activities were the only things I could do, but for me that was enough. I love just walking and exploring.

The very first place I went was St. James Royal Park.

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It’s absolutely beautiful in the park. It was also a most beautiful rare day in London! Sunny all day, about 76 degrees (24.4 for you Europeans), and not a cloud in the sky. So many people were out playing and relaxing in the sun.

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And I also got to see Buckingham Palace! Let me tell you, this place was a zoo!

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Here is the Victoria Memorial. I thought it was a bit much for the people of London to make me a statue for my arrival, but what can I say, I love it. (bad joke) HA!

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My favorite park I went to was Green Park. I loved all the tall trees lining the walkways.

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This is the London Cavalry. I tried to get a picture of one of the guards in his cool getup but there were so many people pushing and shoving their children in front of him it was a hopeless cause.

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BIg Ben! WOOOOOOO! It was starting to get a bit dark at this point…I mean it was like 7 or 8ish pm. So excuse the dark photos.

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Lastly I saw the London Eye. Other mentionables were St. James Palace, The Queen’s Chapel, Harrods, Hyde Park, Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Winston Churchill statue. Some things I couldn’t get a picture of or the pictures just didn’t turn out.

I tried, also, to get to some yarn stores but since it was Sunday most were either closed or just too far away. Next time!

The job was also incredibly fun. The pictures will come out in a Christmas brochure in October so be on the lookout! I’ll also post my behind the scenes photos as well.

Over and out 🙂

The rest of my vacation to my boyfriend’s hometown of La Jolla, San Diego was so much fun!

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We went on several nature and coastal walks. It’s so beautiful in La Jolla it’s almost hard to believe people actually live there!

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We also went to a place in downtown La Jolla called The Cave Store. You go down and down a bunch of stairs and then a little dark tunnel opens up to a wonderful sea cave. The silhouette of the opening of the cave even looks like a person!

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One of the last days of our vacation I got to spend the day with my boyfriend’s lovely mom, Susan. She and I went to a yarn store in Pacific Beach called Needlecraft Cottage and it was so cute! The lady working the shop was so sweet and helpful and they had a great range of cheaper and more expensive yarns.

I, of course, couldn’t help myself and had to buy something. I got Cascade Yarns Cherub Aran. It’s incredibly soft and comes in amazingly beautiful colors. It’s so hard to believe it is made from nylon and acrylic! Pictures to come of course!

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Then we went to Windansea beach and layed in the sun. It was so nice just to relax. I brought my crochet and cooking magazine with me, so I was set.

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Note the surfer in the background and my new Acacia bathing suit!

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Check out this strawberry from my guy’s mom’s garden!!!!!! Go Sue!

And finally we all went to a Padres game!

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