Sunday, September 02, 2012

Year of Projects 2: Week 8

Project Percentage Complete: 42%
Overall Percentage Complete: 41%

Number of Project Items: 99
Number of Added Items: 5
Total Items: 104

Total Completed Project Items: 42
Total Completed Items: 43

There has been another shift in the list - I finished the Spidey-inspired round ripple afghan for my grandson. I'm very excited to have it done and have already started hooking on the Navajo Indian Multi-Color Afghan for my brother - I have that listed as a birthday gift BUT if I get it done soon enough, it will be a Christmas present. I'd prefer it be a Christmas present, but we shall see.

First, before I go on with anything else - here is a picture of the Spidey Round Ripple.  I did not have a space big enough to lay it out. It is significantly larger than the round ripple baby afghan I made a month or so ago for a co-worker. It covers a little more than half of a twin size bed. From this project, I also created a video tutorial on how to do the surface crochet on top of a round ripple (found here).

I added another item to the Added Items area of the list too - a Harry Potter scarf. Red Heart has started doing team spirit yarn - a two tone yarn that stripes itself - so I found the gold and burgundy and figured I'd make a scarf - if not for me, I know my son would love one. I am thinking of going back and grabbing the other Hogwart colors because I'm nerdy and fun that way. I'd love to have a Hufflepuff scarf.

I have to admit that I'm a little nervous about getting all my Christmas crafting done in time for the holiday. We just started September and I have an afghan on the hooks - and honestly, this afghan is going to be a BEAST... wait, I already used that phrase for the State Fair project.... uhm.... this one is going to be a nightmare - why, you ask? Because I had to increase the size significantly to suit my brother. My brother is 6'7" and his wife is about 6' tall. So for this blanket to work for them, I had to make it a good 7 foot wide. After working about 5 hours on it, I have about 3 inches done. It is done in single crochet with a drop double .... it's definitely going to take a while - this is primarily why I listed this item as a birthday present.

But what makes this blanket special is my grandmother, the same one I have blogged about numerous times already, made this exact pattern for him when he was a boy. I remember that blanket and can see it when I close my eyes - it was part of his childhood. I don't know where the afghan went but I do know he doesn't have it anymore. One day, when I was going through Ravelry, I saw it - and immediately knew I had to make one for my brother. Right now, I'm three color changes into the pattern and I have had so many memories come back to me - I know I'll be blogging about the experience very soon.

As far as progress is concerned - I think I'm going to have to do at least 1 color change a day to have a shot at finishing this thing on time.

The only other thing I know I must get done in the next week is a requested video tutorial. JB asked for this tutorial quite a bit ago but medical issues and some other work related things have kept me from doing it. I attempted to do the tutorial last week - what happened was I decided to do the tutorial outside for lighting.... and it started raining when I was about 3/4 of the way through. I haven't had much luck since then - the surface crochet tutorial went ok.... but the hat.... not so much. *frowns*

I'll get it done though - I am persistent!

Sooooo other than all that, I don't have  much more to talk about so I'll leave you with the detailed list of what I have on the list, what I have added, and of those categories - what is done.

Project List Items (not started/in progress)
- Navajo Indian Multi-Color Afghan (Birthday gift)
- 17 squares for SIBOL 
- 4 knit/crochet cloths for SIL (Christmas present) 

- Shawl (gift for the fall/spring for DD2)

- 10 crochet knockers for donation
- 5 pet beds for donation
- 10 chemo caps for donation
- 2 swiffer covers (for me!)
- 1 swiffer cover for Mom (Christmas present)
- 1 swiffer cover for SIL (Christmas present)
- Knit a Sweater for the Man
- Knit Wingspan Shawl
- 1 pair spat warmers (Christmas present)
- Woven Blocks Crochet Quilt
- Room Shoes (Christmas gift)
- Amimono Kimono (for me!)

Project List Items (done)
- 33 squares for SIBOL
- 5 knit/crochet cloths for Mom (Christmas present)
- 1 knit/crochet cloths for SIL (Christmas present)
- State Fair Afghan
- Dead Fish Hat (Birthday gift for DS)
- Spidey-colored Round Ripple Lapghan (Christmas present)

Added Items (not started/in progress)
- Tongues of Fire (for me)

- Striped Granny Bag (Christmas present for Rabbit)
- Elite Syncopations
- Harry Potter Scarf

Added Items (done)
- Magic Square Potholder

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CraftsFromTheCwtch said...

Awesome Spidey blanket and I just love that you're making the childhood blanket for your brother - shame he's so tall!

Underground Crafter said...

What an amazing gift idea. I am sure it will be even more meaningful to him because it replicates the blanket from grandmother. Good luck - big afghans are always nightmareish but I know I feel super accomplished when they are finished!

Minding My Own Stitches said...

LOVE the Spidey ripple! Bet your grandson loves it too!
I made a Gryffindor scarf last Christmas ( and I have a couple of iron-on Gryffindor patches left over. If you PM me through Ravelry, or email me, I'll mail them to you :)

florencefrazier2002 said...

Like the spidey blanket. I think it's so sweet that you are making a blanket for your brother. How are things going? We haven't chatted in quite some time.

kimmery4 said...

Amazing Spidey ripple! Lucky, lucky Grandson. Same goes for your brother and I am sure when you complete his gift it will be equally amazing. Hope your week was great--I am visiting everyone late this week.

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