Remember almost a year ago when I got started on that granny square blanket?  It started off as a little project to bust a little stash and some leftover yarns.  After a while this project took on a mind of its own and became something I hadn’t intended for it to be, I started buy more yarn for it!  I went crazy with this thing! It was constantly on my mind and I was always thinking about the palate of the blanket and what other yarns I could add.  Well, I finally finished it!  Drum roll please….


There are 315 squares and I used about 33 different yarns including leftovers from other projects, stash and yarns I purchased specifically for this project.  The blanket measures 58″ x 41″ after blocking and including the border.  Each square is completely different from the next– no two are alike! I finally finished one of my goals from last year! Woohoo!  Now I just have to knit up the Triangles, Diamonds, and Squares… Oh My! blanket (I already have all my yarn colors chosen, I’ll share some other time) and learn to quit to get this years goals checked off the list!

I’ve been in a pretty darn good mood lately – so I have decided to extend the Birthday Pattern Sale! Also I know that PayPal was having some issues…. so I have extended the sale to run through Friday 02/01/2013 at the end of the day Pacific Time! Enjoy!!! Shop for patterns here!  Also, keep in mind that TNNA is this weekend…. I usually do a giveaway during TNNA, so keep your eyes peeled!


I just wanted to give you an update about the yarn bombing that I am participating… remember the one I told you about in earlier this month?!  Well every time I don’t feel like knitting I have been crocheting some squares for the bombing.  So far I have only six squares.  I have used Sincere Sheep Equity Sport and Blue Sky Alpacas Techno in my squares.  Both are great yarns.  Here are a couple of photos of my squares.


I have been playing around with stitches and making up crochet patterns.  Crochet is definitely more forgiving than knitting so it lends itself well to experimentation.

Now they have expanded the colors to include Hot Pink, Purple and Yellow! Woohoo!!!!  I think I might be able to bust some stash!

If you really just don’t want to crochet but still want to help then you can always join in on the assembly line.  Every third Saturday of the month the Yarn Bombing LA group hosts a Stitch N’ Bitch at the Carft and Folk Art Museum.  There you can help make granny squares or just help assemble them together.  Additionally every Sunday in February the group will be at the Mastadon Mesa Booth at Fairfax High School.  So you you can always stop by there, seam a little, shop a little, grub a little.  Make a day of it!

At the beginning of the year I made myself some goals for 2012.  I put them on my blog so that I could hold myself accountable for actually reaching them.  Here is my list of goals and my progress on each one:

1. Learn to bake bread- no progress, but hopefully before the end of the year.  There is still time!  And luckily this is a task that shouldn’t take a day or two.

2. Learn to quilt- no progress, but I did buy all my fabrics and get my sewing machine out of storage. Ah ha! Here are my fabrics.  I purchased most of them from Sew Modern.



Here are all of the fabrics stacked up together so that you can see all the colors and prints in action.

3. Begin to learn Italian- nessun progresso (that’s Italian for no progress)!  But that’s okay I have plenty of time before I move to Florence, Italy.

4. Get my butt into shape- So for I bought an adult tricycle to get around (but it’s been raining lately- a great thing!!!) and I have lost 20 pounds (50 pounds to go).

5. Publish an E-book or a book book- HA! What an unrealistic time frame I gave myself! Maybe in 2013 or 2014.

6. Get organized- Believe it or not I didn’t own a desk before.  Now I have a desk a file cabinet, drawers, almost everything in my life has a place! but of course there is lots of room for improvement.

7. Learn how to plan things ahead of time- I have made so much progress on this.  Even my blog posts I schedule 7-10 days ahead of time! But this is a constant battle for me- procrastination is in my blood… its what I am made of… my very essence.  Fighting it is like fighting my DNA… it’s freggin hard! So I’m working on it and making progress.

8. Eat healthier and more vegetables (get a CSA box)- Got my CSA box! And I LOVE it!!!  I now receive the “more veggies only box” every other week.  They stay fresh much longer because they are local and don’t spend two weeks on a truck.  So not only am I eating more vegetables that are local, organic and in season, but I am getting way more creative in the kitchen!  BTW- Let me know if you are interested in Farm Fresh to You – I can get you a coupon code for $10 off your first box!

9. Eat out only 1-2 times a week- Well, ever since we got our CSA box I feel an obligation to use everything in the box.  May no vegetable go to waste! So naturally we are eating out much much much less.  Also now that I’m not working a full time job I’m not exhausted when I come home and I have a ton of energy to cook for dinner. Also all the veggies we eat give me energy, and the weight loss gave me more energy.  Its cyclical! So now we are down to eating out about 1-4 times every two weeks.

10. Plan a vacation to Europe & New York- Nothing on NY front… but I am thinking about it for the spring.  I did go to Barcelona in the summer. Sorry I didn’t blog about it… but it was right in the middle of the Olga’s Vest KAL and there just wasn’t any Barcelona blogging time… but I have to say- my sister and I had a blast!!!!!  But why don’t I share a few photos for fun?


From left to right: La Padrera, Parc Guell, La Sagrada Familia.



From left to right: Me shopping at All You Knit is Love wearing my Janna’s Tunic, a random yarn bombing in the Gothic Quarter, my sister polishing off a bowl of very Spanishy nachos and washing it all down with a hearty pitcher of sangria.

11. Self-publish between 8-10 patterns with about 5-6 garments- Hmmm….. well… this was definitely a tough one!  I self-published 11 patterns this year and 6 of them were garments.  So booyah! Got that one in the bag!

12. Finish all UFOs older than 3 years- HAHAHAHA! What a pipe dream! I did finish one UFO… and then I published it…. can you guess which one? Here is the link to the pattern… I published it :)

13. Knit another Blanket (maybe TDS)- Didn’t do TDS, even though I still want to.  I even have a the perfect yarn picked out, Manos Del Uruguay Wool Classica.   TDS my size! Even  though I didn’t knit a blanket, I have crocheted one and started piecing it together.


14. Make my own pair of pajamas- Yeah right! Another pipe dream.  Got the fabric, got the machine out of storage….  now I just need to relearn how to sew, follow a pattern, and remember how to use my machine…. aaaah! Overwhelming.  One of these days I think I’ll go to the Sewing Arts Center and take a class.


It’s getting close to the end of the year and I have been working like a mad woman to finish my goals for the year.  One of my goals this year was to knit myself a blanket, but I settled for crochet.  Back in March I started a crochet granny square blanket.  And the more I work on it the more excited I get to have it finished!  All I want to do is cuddle up under the blankie and knit knit knit.  I have made a gazillion squares so far and I have finally started piecing them together.  Here are some photos so you can see that I have actually made progress since my last update.


I definitely want to finish this before the end of the year, but unfortunately its not a priority. But I am very close. The reason its taking me so long to piece this blanket is because I am seaming it by hand (not crochet).  It makes all the difference when you seam the squares using the mattress stitch.  It gives the seams a nice clean, tight and neat finish that you can’t get any other way.  The next time you see this blanket it should be finished.  If only I didn’t sleep at night I could get so much more knitting and crochet done!