Having a four day weekend gave me a lot of uninterrupted crafting time. (Side note: I usually teach crochet and knitting on Saturdays. While it is mighty fun to get paid to do what you love, having a one day weekend does prove stressful over the long haul.) I really needed the extra days to make some progress on the blanket for my sister. (You can read more about this project here, here, and here.)
I actually worked on it right in front of her during Thanksgiving, but since I was only using the black and white yarn, she was none the wiser. On Friday, the Cascade220 Superwash in 877 that I will be using for my gold granny squares arrived. With all of my yarn now in place, I started working a little faster.
I’ve been keeping track of my progress by updating the project layout picture I made for myself. The grayed out sections are already complete.
This is my first uninterrupted long weekend in quite a while (since I usually teach on Saturdays). I successfully avoided the Black Friday madness yesterday by staying home most of the day crocheting, inventing new turkey leftover dishes, and making the best batch of brownies ever.
I’ve been planning all week to do some local shopping today for Small Business Saturday. It’s a sad fact that most of my favorite local stores closed in the last few years, so there are few options left. Naturally, I took this opportunity to visit my two LYS. I don’t actually need any yarn, but I went with two specific holiday projects in mind.
I stopped at The Yarn Company first (review here). I did see some lovely yarn, especially some undyed alpaca that is exclusive to their shop. Nothing was suitable for my projects though (or my limited budget), so I left without buying anything.
Though I’ve been avoiding the holiday shopping fervor, I did stop briefly into the Laytner’s Linen and Home adjacent to The Yarn Company. I’m working on several free patterns in collaboration with Galler Yarns and I picked up a pillow form for one of the samples.
I hope everyone who celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday had a wonderful day. My post this week is a bit of a cheat. I have one FO that I can’t show and several that are newly photographed but were actually made a long time ago.
I’ve been working on several samples which will eventually be free patterns released in collaboration with Galler Yarns. I finished my first sample earlier this week and I will be mailing it off today. I’ll have to wait to share pictures until after it is published :(.
I also found some scarves for my uncle and grandfather, so I’m now officially done crafting and shopping for my dad’s family. This tiny accomplishment makes me feel better about taking on the challenges of the bedspread for my sister and the other top secret design projects on the horizon.