Cocoa, Kitty, and Crochet

This week has absolutely flown by! Partially, it’s seemed short due to the university being closed on Monday, but the rest of the days were really quite a blur. Each semester begins like this – all of the planning and getting used to a new schedule means I’m bouncing between lots of different work activities. Right now one of my biggest challenges at work is getting my students to “open up.” It’s tough on them to participate openly in a new class (let alone physics/astronomy, which most students are afraid of in one way or another) with 90 classmates. It’ll take them some time!

Luckily, after especially exhausting days, I know I have the sweetest husband to come home to! Yesterday I was feeling really crumby, and he surprised me with some caramel hot cocoa in my favorite mug and “made” me curl up on the couch with some snuggly blankies. He’s just the best!

The kitties definitely help after a rough day, too. Unconditional love from a little furry creature is one of the best feelings, I think. Especially when that creature will sit on your lap and purr while you crochet… Oooh, heaven! Surprisingly, Bad Kitty (shown above) is the one who will behave around yarn (mostly). Good Kitty doesn’t like to sit on a lap that’s moving around in any way. He’s very picky. ;)

I mentioned in my last post I’d be working on a new project at nighttime, and it’s going pretty well. Unfortunately, the first attempt at this new project was a failure – the pattern seemed like it would work out, but various aspects of it just didn’t look right. So I made up a new plan & pattern, have made a few of the pieces (you can see above), and will soon be working on putting it all together. I’ll let you know how it works out! :)

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Ongoing Project: Husband’s Ripple Blanket

About a year and a half ago, I decided to undertake my first big crochet project: a blanket. My husband and I have some fluffy fleece blankies to cuddle up on the couch with, but they’re getting old, raggy, and pilly. So he and I took a trip to buy some blanket yarn, and he picked out all of the colors (thus making the blanket his): brown, green, and a variegated “autumn” mix of reds, oranges, yellows, and greens. I looove the combination of colors – greens and browns are some of my favorites, but the variegated yarn adds a little zip of brightness that the green and brown don’t have. Something I do get a little frustrated with, though, is when the variegation ends up giving me a giant blotch of all the same color. I almost ripped out several rows to get rid of such a blotch before my husband got all panicky and told me he likes the blotches. What?? Hey, it’s his blanket.

Look – you can see one of those big orange/brown blotches right there! They happen a lot more than I expected.

I was just getting “serious” into crochet at this the time of starting this, which coincided with me stumbling upon Lucy’s Neat Ripple Pattern. The simple pattern, the beautiful result, and the “quick” pace of creating a blanket appealed to me. So, off and on, some free time has been devoted to this big guy which my husband requires to be “big enough to wrap around me and make me cozy” – that’s a tall order.

Someday the blanket will be a piece of our living room (not our bedspread as pictured above – it’s just a convenient viewing area for the blanket as a whole!). I think I’m about halfway done with it, so we’ll see where I’m at another year from now! ;)

In the meantime, as you can see, the kitties bad kitty is already attracted. I swear, anything with potential loose ends and/or the potential to be coated with fur is like a magnet to him!