Craft Corner: Current Crochet Projects And Journaling

I’ve been meaning to talk about some of my crochet projects because it’s been ages since I’ve talked about some of the things I’ve made.  Hopefully I’ll talk about them a little more, but I don’t want to make any promises about how regular these posts will be.

One of my current projects is an Elf Hat, and the pattern can be found here.  I haven’t gone with traditional Christmas colors, but I wanted something really fun for it, and the yarn I used fit with that really well.

I’m also working on some slipper socks, and the pattern I’m using is super easy!  I really love the Caron Cake yarn, so the color blocking on it means the slippers are mismatched, but that’s okay with me, since I’m going to be wearing them at home anyway.  I’m pretty sure I can get at least one more pair out of the yarn I’m using.

I’m also working on a mermaid tail blanket, and while I can’t find the link to the pattern, it’ll be fun to work on.  I’m not very far with the pattern (as you can tell) because there’s a lot of counting in this part of it, and I haven’t had the mental energy to count.  At least for what I’d need to do for the pattern.  It’s going pretty slow right now, because I’ve been working on other things but hopefully I’ll be in more of a counting mood soon.

I also wanted to talk about journaling!  I really love journals and notebooks, and I have more notebooks than I know what to do with.  I’m really excited about this new journal I got at Mysterious Galaxy called The Severed Moon.  It’s from Leigh Bardugo, and there are prompts and quotes from all of her Grishaverse novels.  I’ve only done a couple of the prompts from it, but I’ve really enjoyed it so far.  Plus, it’s really pretty and there’s something very magical about it.

Even if it ends up being a sporadic thing, I also feel like I’ll get a lot of inspiration from it, so it might be good during NaNo when I’m stuck and need a break.  Or if I need some inspiration in my day to day life.  I’m really good at buying journals and starting them but I’m terrible at keeping up with them.  But I also really miss it because I used to do it all the time in high school and college, and then it just dropped off.  Maybe this journal will get me back into journaling more regularly.

Oh, back to crocheting really quick!  The backdrop I used for all of the photos is a blanket I made a few months ago.  Usually I just use my dining room table if I need to take pictures for the blog, but I decided I wanted to do something different.  Plus, it’s pretty and colorful and a lot easier then clearing off a table every time I want to take a picture.  I really do need/want a different set-up every time I want to take some pictures.  It’s something to think about.

That’s really of the crafting I have going on, so that wraps up today’s craft talk!

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The 52 Lists Project: Lists One And Two

At some point last year, I got this journal called the 52 Lists Project.  It seemed like a really fun and different way to journal- which I used to do almost every single day for years, before I slowly stopped.  It’s organized by season, which also seems different.  I’ll be interested to see if the topics are seasonal, or if it’s just a different way to organize it.

I know when I got it last year, I was going to jump right in, but for some reason, I decided to set it aside and wait until the new year to start it.  I completely forgot about it until a couple of days ago, and thought that this would be a great time to do it.

I decided to share some of the things on the lists for Week 1 and Week 2.  I don’t know if I’ll be sharing my list every single week, but I’m hoping to share my list most weeks.

List One: List Your Dreams And Goals For The Year

  • Take up some new crafts- sewing in particular, because I want to be able to make my own clothes!
  • Re-learn Spanish.  Mostly because where I work, we have a lot of Spanish-speaking patients, and it would be nice if I actually be able to talk to them, instead of needing someone else to translate.  I understand enough that I know what they need, but I wish I could speak it.
  • I really want to go to the zoo this year!  I haven’t been in a really long time, and I keep telling myself I’m going to go, but I never do.
  • Take more photos
  • Decide if I want to go back to school and what I want to go back for

List Two: List Your Favorite Characters From Books, Movies And T.V.

  • Hermione and Luna, from Harry Potter
  • Elizabeth Bennett from Pride And Prejudice
  • Glenn from The Walking Dead
  • Regina/The Evil Queen from Once Upon A Time
  • Rose from Doctor Who

I also like that each list has a way to incorporate it into your life.  List One, for example, has you coming up with the first step of achieving your biggest goal.  And list two has you look to see if the characters have a common personality trait and to work towards a favorite character trait.

I don’t know if I’ll end up using that part, but it does seem like an interesting way to bring the lists to life, and incorporate them into your life.

That’s all for today!  I’ll definitely be sharing other lists throughout the year.