Crocheting is Better with Pretty Nails

I love it when my worlds collide. I got hooked on Jamberry last summer, and here I am enjoying pretty nails while working on a fun crochet project. Although I typically get bored when having to do 20 identical granny squares, seeing these super cute flowers makes it a little more fun.

Crochet with Jamberry Daisy Doodle

Sometimes I wonder what I was thinking to put on such goofy nails, and then I smile. That answers that. Daisy Doodle is now a new favorite. Sad it’s being discontinued this week…

This is Clue #2 for the Yarnspirations/The Crochet Crowd Mystery Crochet A Long. I’m using Caron Simply Soft in Pagoda (base) with Blue Mint as my 1st accent colors.

My pile of granny squares Crochet A Long

What helps keep you happy while you may be trudging along in a project?

Confession Time: Unfinished Work

I am subscribed to too many crochet pages on Facebook. I love the inspiration. It feeds my desire to learn new things. But here’s the rub.

Once I reach a point in a pattern/new stitch that I feel I’ve mastered it, I STOP. I get bored, distracted, tired, or just interested in the next challenge. Creative stitches are one of the main reasons I crochet and don’t knit. That, and I sucked at keeping my knits and purls in order… but I digress.

Buried in my yarn stash, I know there are several partially made scarves and blankets. It’s kinda sad actually. A box full of forgotten promising starts. The white scarf. The green scarf. The red scarf. The one baby bootie (I got creative with the pattern, and the perfectionist in me couldn’t duplicate a matching one).

And this blanket. Isn’t it pretty? The Bavarian Wheel Stitch rocks.

Bavarian Wheel Stitch Afghan WIP

Colors were chosen for a friend who was having a baby, and they grew on me. Yet I slowed my pace and boom, she was born. Instead, I whipped up a coordinating hat, and tried to finish this to send along a set.

I only added two more rows. Life and yarn went by and it too was buried.

Til now. When this post appeared on my newsfeed and brought my shame and this WIP back up: http://www.favecrafts.com/Crochet-Afghans/Bavarian-Rainbow-Afghan

I’m in the middle of too many projects right now (corner to corner baby blanket, KCACO-UK-CAL x2, Crochet Crowd CAL), but maybe some day, this will be done.

That is, if I can remember the size hook I was using! Moving forward, I’m doing better documentation of my bigger projects. These printable crochet project cards seem to be an easy place to start.

A Happy Hooker at Heart

Every year as the weather gets colder, my fingers start to itch for yarn. My Pinterest board gets added to, and I start to veer slightly towards those yarn sections I had been strategically avoiding for the past six months.

Yarn shopping may be a bit of an addiction, but crocheting really is therapeutic for me. Using my hands to create a hat, a scarf, a granny square, is very satisfying. VERY.

And so I give in every winter. I make time, I make excuses, and out comes the hook and yarn and off I go.

Short attention span here, so I stick with smaller projects. But recently I’ve discovered “Crochet a Longs.” Designed with weekly/bi-weekly assignments, it feels like just the right amount of crafting, with not too big of a time commitment. Of course, I’m working on two different ones (technically, three, since I’m making two blankets in one), but I’m super excited.

Accountability, deadlines, socialization, and crochet! Happy girl right here!

You can jump in and join me if you’d like. I’ll be sharing updates here too, but I highly recommend checking these out here:

KCACO-UK-CAL:
Blog: https://keepcalmandcrochetonuk.wordpress.com/category/crochet-a-long-2015/
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1512395979046485/

The Crochet Crown/Yarnspirations Mystery CAL
Site: http://www.yarnspirations.com/2015-mystery-afghan-cal.html
Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Crochet-Crowd

Crocheting in Jamberry Nails - Marsala in Bloom