I’ve just got to say, there’s a lot of really good things going on right now. Like for instance, it’s the most lovely day we’ve had here yet this year. I have to admit, I’ve been a little jealous looking at all of the photos of people already experiencing spring, but today, it really feels like we’re not too far off.

afghan progress

Also making me happy is how fast I seem to be coming along on my first crocheting project. I can’t believe how fast it’s moving. In just over a week, I’ve done all of this:

afghan progress

The only downside to the whole thing is that I really had no idea how much yarn I was really going to need. As I keep adding rows, I’m really starting to notice that I’m just not going to have enough to finish the whole thing up. I’m worried that I’m not going to find what I need to finish it. I’m not real worried about things like dye lots–I’d just like to have a close match. Even so, I’m nervous I’m not going to find what I need.

afghan progress

So, spring weather, crocheting progress, and a TiVo that is filled with last night’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony so that I can see all four original R.E.M. members play “Gardening At Night” makes for a great day. The best of days!

I think I must be riding high after being called “the bomb” by Brit the other day, but I am on a roll, people!

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Let me just tell you how pleased I am with how this bag turned out. This happens to be one of the only things that I’ve ever made that turned out the exact way that I had planned it to even from the point of when I bought the fabric.

::Cue whirly sounds and fog::

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I seriously stood in the store, picked out the red and cream prints for the outside and thought, “hmm…I’ve got some black fabric that would look really good with this for a tote.” Then I picked up the red polka dot print on that I used on the inside and thought, “this would look perfect with the vintage black and white gingham that I’ve also got.” Look! I’ve done all of these things on this bag, making it the first time ever that I didn’t change my mind about things 42 times before I was finished with a project. It’s a big day for me.

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Thanks to all of the good advice left in the comments from my last post, I’ve been able to get myself off to a decent start with crocheting.

Afghan's Start

So it turns out that crocheting is nothing like knitting! I had no idea about this. Despite this minor issue, I stuck with it this weekend (and with far less throwing of the yarn and hook as well as inappropriate words used for frustration then when I learned to knit, actually) and managed to do pretty well. The photo above is just about one day’s work on an afghan.

The Goods

Now, I do realize that everyone and their mother are making afghans these days, but I’m really smitten with all of them.

I’m going to try really hard to only use what yarn I’ve already got on hand for this project. Most of the yarn that I pulled out is wool–Cascade 220 and Lion Brand Wool, but I’ve also got to use up some of the cheaper (and not nearly as nice to crochet with) Lion Brand WoolEase. I wouldn’t normally mix the two kinds of yarn, but I really want this to be a project that I don’t have to buy anything new for. I figure, not only is it a good way for me to stash bust, but it’s also a good way to practice–crocheting and staying on task with a project.