A couple of months before Christmas, I sent a text to my family asking them, “What do you want for Christmas? Make it easy on my college kid wallet.”
The youngest, Johnny, didn’t want anything handmade. He asked for NHL 09 or NFL 12. He got NHL 09. Oh, my brother. I swear he’s become an All-American teen.
But the rest of my family wanted handmade things, and that was definitely my realm.
The middle brother, Ricky, is a total game nerd. He loves video games, but his current passion is card games. He asked me initially to make a bag to hold an entire deck, but after trying to explain to me how big it was, he eventually gave me dimension and said, “Go crazy.” I asked for any specifics, and he said it had to be blue and black, and a water drop should be on there somewhere. Here’s the result:
My dad wanted a lap blanket to go with the huge blanket I made him last Christmas. The color scheme was totally different, though. While the huge blanket was brown, gray, and white (neutral colors), the lap blanket was green and brown. I decided a granny blanket would be nice and easy to make. I asked for dimensions, and he gave me 5’x3′- which ended up not being the finishing dimensions. It is still an acceptable size, though!
So my mom’s birthday was yesterday, but I didn’t finish her blanket in time. I’m still working on it, using surface crochet. It goes by kinda quickly but it ends up hurting my wrists after a while. However, it makes the blanket look really good.
Here’s the other parents I made for my mom!
I promise that Wednesday I will talk about my vegetarian diet. Promise. I may have a new (vegetarian!) recipe to share! Your waiting will not be in vain. I think Wednesday I’ll talk about a cupcake pattern I tried out today, share the frosting I used for that (I had to adapt the one given to me), and possibly share a recipe using tofurky. I went to Trader Joe’s and bought myself some to make spaghetti, you see. While I was at Trader Joe’s, I had a bit of an epiphany. I don’t miss meat. Not as much as I thought I would. I do, however, miss seafood. I wanted to pick up some salmon while at TJ, but I didn’t because that fish would just sit in my freezer for a few weeks. Oh, well.
I went MIA for the past week because school is handing me this massive amounts of homework, which I’m responding to with an “I don’t care!” That’s not the best way to respond, children. Go study.
I finished up a paper for one class and have to work on a presentation for another, in addition to massive amounts of reading from a few other classes. Seventeen credit hours… I’m crazy. I know this. Add my volunteer work (approx. 5 hours a day, twice a week) and social obligations, and I’ve been swamped. However, I’ve almost caught up with my work! …Maybe ‘caught up’ isn’t the best term, because I was never behind to begin with. The more appropriate term would be ‘almost finished.’ Especially since I’m knocking out big projects that have been stressing me out.
To deal with the stress and make myself happy again, I’ve been crocheting. What else would I be doing? Cooking? Yeah, that’s not until next Tuesday. I get to make cookies for Nate and send him those, plus another little surprise, for Valentine’s Day! No buying chocolate for me! Not until all the chocolate is on sale and I can buy boxes of it to enjoy. But I digress! I’ve been crocheting away on projects, and I’ve finished two! Both of them are the blankets for my dogs (mentioned here). I finished the striped blanket an hour ago. I don’t have pictures of it as a result. I do have pictures of the star blanket, though.
I’ve been way busy with homework recently, but in the midst of things, I’ve found time to start on some new projects. I think it’s more interesting to work on several projects at once than to do one project and finish, then do another and finish, and so on. It keeps me entertained. Admittedly, I haven’t been working on the projects much… It’s just a stitch here or there, in between screen pages loading and copying down notes. But I’ve got four very nice projects going on.
I’m going to talk a bit about crochet food. I found an adorable little book called “Amiami Restaurant’ by Mitsuki Hoshi about two years ago during a trip to California. My family makes a point to stop by the Marukai, and there’s a bookstore right next to it. I always go in and look for Japanese crochet or knit books, because I like looking at the things they make. Well, I picked this one up and brought it back. I had the opportunity to use it for a school thing where I made crochet sushi. They are adorable!
I finished my dad’s blanket on Sunday afternoon. Greatest accomplishment of the weekend. It is ultimately sized at 4’3″ x approx. 7′. It’s approximately 7 feet because I got just under seven feet, seven feet exactly, and just above seven feet the three times I measured it. I’m just going to average it and go with it’s 7 feet. It’s really warm and quite comfortable. It was such a blast to make.
As usual, I’m making my family Christmas presents. I recently finish a pair of gloves for Ricky. I’ve only got my dad’s blanket and Nate’s scarf to go. Take a look at the things I’ve been making:
Handmade Christmas gifts are always the best. I love making them!
I finished the Sakutaro from a few months ago. Here we are!