19. Mmmmm…. Muffins…

Mmmm…

I don’t like blueberries, but I love blueberry muffins. I especially love when they have sugar on top and it becomes all crunchy and delicious. This time I decided to try brown sugar. I would call it a success but I think that maybe some cinnamon would compliment the brown sugar next time.

Ole!

I discovered the taco flavored ground turkey and decided to make some psuedo-tacos with what I already had around the house. I added some rice to the cooked meat because I had a teeny bit left and instead of lettuce I used some leftover sprouts. It was pretty much the most delicious thing I’ve ever made. I might just be saying that because I’m a sucker for anything TexMex.

 

Piles and piles of squares….

This is as far as I’ve gotten in the Mario blanket. Did you know your hands can cramp up after crocheting too much? I’ve added about 10 more squares since I took this picture but I’m still pretty far behind as Heather’s birthday was last Tuesday. I’m guessing this project should be done by May…. 2013 (unless the world ends).

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13. And it begins…

Okay, the time has come for me to start the project that I knew would be starting eventually.

Yes, that’s right. I’m going to start the 8-bit Mario Blanket. This will be Heather’s birthday present, as she is the one that requested it. I debated posting about this at all since it kind of ruins the surprise, but I need all the stuff I can get to talk about on here. Besides, maybe this will be fun to see the progress along the way.

10. Time to prepare for the new year…

So this year has brought about a lot of changes in my life and in myself. I won’t bore you with a detailed rundown of the crazy ass things that have happened this year; we’ll just say that I could — and probably will at some point– write a book about 2010. I started this blog project as a way to combat the flying-by-the-seat-of-my-pants feeling that all of these changes caused and although I haven’t really figured out exactly what I want to specifically talk about, I think I’m well on my way with every post I make.

Speaking of writing posts that relate to a common theme, I’ll say that I haven’t made any new earrings lately because I’ve become quite the little crocheter. I haven’t tried anything new since learning how to granny square, but I’ve made two scarves and a tiny baby blanket, so I’m feeling a wee bit accomplished. I have one more baby blanket to make before I can get started on presents for the March birthdays in my life. I do have some ideas for earrings on the back-burner of my brain though, so I’m looking forward to finally being able to make them a reality.

As far as things that I have learned in this new job? Did we know Hemp Milk was a thing? Also, hemp crackers, cereal and cookies. When did hemp become edible? I’ve been told the milk is actually pretty good so prepare yourself for a post about my first taste. Maybe I could eat hemp cereal with hemp milk and sprinkle some hemp cookies on top?

Oh! And I finally hung things on my walls! My room is almost where I want it to be. I felt motivated to make my apartment seem less like a brightly colored hospital because the man in my life is coming to visit for a few days. 🙂 Needless to say, I won’t be making a post while he’s here. I will be –ahem– preoccupied.

9. One project to check off the list!

I’m sorry it has been a while since I’ve posted. Finals have consumed my entire life and, honestly, I haven’t had much to report. Well, that’s a lie. I did finally find a job! I think I’ll actually be able to incorporate it into this blog in a way. My new employer is a funky, gourmet grocery store so I know there will be a bunch of fun, little things to talk about. There’s a whole wall of gourmet ice cream pints, for heaven’s sake! The public needs to know!

I did finish one project, though.

So about a month and a half ago I was contacted by a friend of a friend on Facebook who said that she had seen my blog and was wondering if I would make a blanket for her to give to her 5-month old grandson. She said that she understood that I’m still an amateur but that she gave each one of her daughters a crocheted blanket when they were young and she wanted to continue the tradition with her first grandson. I liked the idea of having something I made be part of something significant to someone else, so I agreed.

I just finished today and we’re still negotiating price and sorting details, but I was so proud of my petite blanket that I thought I would share some pictures.

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7. Granny squares and future ambitions

So I was inspired by something that my friend (Heather of It’s My Life) pointed out to me via StumbleUpon to try something new in crocheting. I’d like to point out at this point that I am at best a crocheting novice and so the only thing I’ve ever been able to make is the odd scarf. I used to know how to make hats, but I have since forgotten.

The project that I’m hopefully working up to is an 8-bit Mario Blanket made out of granny squares. There seem to be a variety of granny squares, but I decided to learn the type in the tutorial connected to the blanket instructions.

As it turns out granny squares are pretty easy once you master them. I can’t wait to have the time to sit down and make a whole afghan of them!

Here’s my finished product:

 

Also, remind me to a do a post on StumbleUpon. I am obsessed!