Week 1 of 52
The older I get, the faster the days and weeks go! I can’t believe that one week is already over in this new year. It’s been a little crazy but not necessarily in a bad way.
As I mentioned in the last post, one of my plans is to give myself at least 15 minutes of creative time each day. I’m happy to say that one week in and I’ve been able to do that each day! I want to share a sneak into one of my current projects that will last all year long. Last year in the middle of the year I found a concept/idea on Pinterest where you use the daily temperature to coordinate with a color and then work on a blanket by crocheting or knitting a row in the color of each day. At the end of the year you’ve got a huge, warm, snuggly colorful blanket. Of course – because I found this idea in the middle of the year and being as ocd as I am, I had to wait until January to start it – which of course was made even better by the fact it started on a Monday.
I already have a handful of striped blankets around the house since my stitch-skill level has been pretty basic until recently, so I wanted to find a way to switch up the pattern of the blanket while still following the concept. Insert the best source of inspiration I know, [Pinterest] and voila, I found this awesome piece:
What’s more fun than a hexagon? Not much, if you ask me. So I watched a YouTube video, did a practice hex and suddenly found myself addicted to the shape and the stitch. So my temperature blanket will be made using different color hexagons and then attaching them in order. I’m still trying to narrow down how wide and long it will be – since I’m essentially making up my own pattern. I won’t be using half hexes like above and I refuse to have any less than 365 pieces. However, my current math is making this blanket a little more than 4 feet wide and nearly 8 feet long, so I have to plan some more to see how I can tweak it. But so far I’ve got all seven days completed and attached in a row. I don’t have a way to make it look super fun in a photo, so I’ll wait until next week to show it off, when there will be more to show.
As for other crafty crochet blanket projects I’m working on, here are a few details! This first one was started before Christmas as a gift for Jon, but didn’t get finished in time. I’m making it the size of our king size bed so the estimated time of completion was 225 hours when I started. The colors coordinate with our room, two shades of grey as well as white, with a little golden ochre as an accent, just like our bed-side tables. The stripes alternate in color and in width and there’s a hidden pattern, but nothing super obvious.
The other blanket I’m working on is a new stitch that I learned recently, again with the help of YouTube videos. It’s a ripple stitch and I’m using colors that coordinate with my office/studio – light grey, dark charcoal grey and an aqua-ish blue. This yarn is a new yarn to me and is super soft and chunky, I think it’s going to be amazing when it’s done!
I’ve really enjoyed spending some creative time working on something for me. I was also able this past week to edit, upload and order photos to complete our w2 project life album and I’ll share some photos of how it’s turning out after I get them in the mail and have the chance to journal some of our stories. This year’s album will be slightly different, mostly due to the fact that they page protectors I love and have used for the last several years are no longer available. I’m still trying to figure out what format I’m going to use and how I’m going to set things up. I’m a planner, you know – so I have to have these details worked out in advance.
The other big adventure of this past week was closing down not one, but two locations of stores for work. Thursday was Pittsburgh – I went over and loaded up my car to the brim with items from vendors and brought everything back to Great Lakes. Friday was spent sorting and organizing all the said product. Sunday I enlisted the help of three co-workers along with Jon, Dad and a friend’s brother to completely load up the contents of Beachwood and transported them to Great Lakes as well. I took some panoramic photos and they’re below. Tomorrow and the rest of the week will be spent organizing and fully stocking the store I’ll be putting all my energy into! I’m pretty excited, even though it has been – and will be – a lot of work.
This is the Beachwood store at 10:01 am :
And this is at 2:10 pm :
I’ve got some fun goals for the upcoming week including more creative time and a few organizational projects. I also want to rearrange the format of this blog as I’m not thrilled with the way things show up…but again, one thing at a time.
Thanks for visiting – I hope you have a great week and come back soon!