Edel Grace

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WIP Wednesday: Snowfall Mittens

Oct 17, 2018 | Comments

WIP stands for a “work in progress.” As an avid crafter, I always have at least one WIP!

Snowfall Mittens

I have finished one half of my Christmas present to one of my cousins. I’ve had this yarn sitting in my stash for a long time (I bought it a year and a half ago). I plan to hopefully make a couple of mittens/scarves/toques to burn through some of my yarn stash. After this, I plan to make mittens for my mother.

I didn’t follow the patten 100%. I didn’t add the decorative hearts that are in the pattern because I wasn’t sure how it would look like with the yarn since it is multicoloured. I don’t think it would be contrasted very well.

This is a fairly easy pattern though and is pretty quick too. I only took a long time because I took like a month long break between starting and finishing this one mitten. I think I can confidently crochet this on the train to work though, even if I’m just standing up (but only if I’m standing against a wall a not clinging to a pole).

While crocheting this, I listened to the adudiobook of Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. It’s a bit of a thinker/emotional book so I definitely got sidetracked at times. I am loving the book so far. It’s the perfect amount of melancholy for me. I think audiobooks and crocheting go together very well!

WIP Wednesday: Faerie Infinity Scarf

Jun 6, 2018 | Comments

WIP stands for a “work in progress.” As an avid crafter and generally creative person, I always have at least one WIP!

Faerie Infinity Scarf

Even though winter is a long ways away, I got asked to make a scarf for my cousin. She coming to Canada for the first time and my mom thought it would be great for her to get a scarf! Coming from the Philippines, the climate is pretty different compared to Canada. Although she will have a couple of months to adjust to the somewhat cooler weather, it’s always good to be prepared.

There are a lot of scarf patterns out there but not a lot of them for crochet. I tend to find more shawls than scarves and I prefer making scarves. I just don’t know many people who use shawls. This pattern in particular is denser than what I’m used to so it might not be as long as I’d like for a scarf. I plan to only use one Caron Cake which is a disadvantage but I think it will turn out to be a decent enough length.

Hopefully I can finish this scarf by my cousin’s birthday which is sometime during this month. Since I’m currently looking for a job, I have more than enough free time to finish this and possibly a matching hat. That is, if I can find a colour in my stash that would match this!

WIP: Starting Over

Apr 16, 2018 | Comments

WIP stands for a “work in progress.” As an avid crafter and generally creative person, I always have at least one WIP!

I can’t wait for Wednesday to come around so I’m doing my WIP Wednesday now.

Right now I’m working on a shawl for one of my best friends. Just last week, my friend told me that she had cancer. She has had problems with her thyroid for a very long time and her family doctor never did anything about it despite her concerns. It wasn’t until just the past couple of months that she got a second opinion. She got it checked out and they decided that they’ll have to take out her thyroid. The surgery is this Thursday. I’m confident everything will go well but I wanted to make a small something for her.

She is always self-conscious about her swollen thyroid and always wears a scarf. After her surgery, I can imagine she will feel the same still and therefore I decided to make her a shawl.

My friend can be a little picky about fashion so it was a bit hard to find a pattern I thought she would like. She mentioned she didn’t like triangle scarves. She’s also appreciates simple clothes so I tried to look for something not too flashy. I eventually settled on the V Scarf.

The V Scarf

I met her four years ago while I was taking summer classes. We had two classes together and it was in the first week that I noticed this. She seemed like such a cute and shy girl that I really wanted to be friends with her (I’m a huge proponent of the underdog) I one day I sat next to her in our Political Science class and talked to her before class started. I don’t remember what I said to her but when we were looking back on it, she told me that I was speaking so loud that everyone was looking at us and that she thought I was really weird.

We bonded very quickly since we had a lot of common experiences. Both of us had crushes on TAs we once had, we both had immigrant parents, and we both (at the time) had similar values. We also had a lot not in common. I’m a huge nerd while she was very not. She’s Sikh, I’m mostly Catholic.

However, I am really grateful that she’s one of my best friends because we are so different. Being around people just like you doesn’t really allow you to grow. Having different perspectives is valuable to me. She was also the very first friend I made out of my own inhibition at university. Most of my friends at that time were met through mutual friends or a result of group projects where I just had no choice to get along with some people.

It’s really hard trying to make something for people you care about because you just want it to be perfect. I’m also on a time crunch which added a little bit more pressure.

Below is the shawl I originally wanted to make her. I didn’t make a lot of progress on it so not that much time was invested into it.

Frogged shawl

The yarn got tangled midway through. I know it will take me a couple of hours to untangle it and I couldn’t dedicate all that time to do so. Where I went wrong was definitely having a very tight tension when I was winding the yarn into a cake. I am not sure about this colour scheme for my friend anyway.

Hopefully, my friend will like the shawl I’m making her. I know that she will appreciate it nonetheless but I’d love to see her wear it at least once in a while. Fingers crossed that I can finish it!

WIP Wednesday: Temperature Blanket #1

Feb 28, 2018 | Comments

WIP stands for a “work in progress.” As an avid crafter and generally creative person, I always have at least one WIP!

This year I’m doing a temperature blanket for real. My inspiration comes from Sakaane who is also doing a temperature blanket. I deliberated over how I wanted to make the blanket. I already had a ton of squares but I know myself too well. I would never get around to joining all those squares and weaving in all those ends.

After browsing multiple projects and patterns, I decided on doing a linen/moss/granite stitch (how could one stitch have so many names?). I chained 160 + 1 in order to make a twin-ish sized blanket and went at it. So far, I’ve only done January and I still have all of February to catch up on.

Blanket up to January 20, 2018

The lighting is kinda bad so the picture makes the blanket look a lot brighter than it really is. The spring green doesn’t look nearly as gross as that. And it might be hard to tell, but the first row is actually in teal.

Colours I’m Using

Each row represents the average temperature of that day. The yarn I decided on was Bernat Premium because it’s cheap (whoops) and plentiful. The colour scheme I’m using is below:

  • 30C+: Red
  • 20C to 30C: Orange
  • 10C to 20C: Gold
  • 0C to 10C: Spring Green
  • -10C to 0C: Green
  • -20C to -10C: Teal
  • -20C to -30C: Royal Blue
  • -30C+: Navy Blue

Picture version of my colour scheme

As you can see from the colour scheme, this has been a mild winter so far. Not -30C+ averages thankfully. It’s even been breaking into the positives! I’m really hoping I can use my navy blue at least once this winter. If not, there’s always December to look forward to!

How I Keep Track

My handy dandy spreadsheet

I have a recurring task in Todoist that simply says “Input into stats spreadsheet” which I do every morning once I wake up. This spreadsheet keeps track of not only the temperature of the day, but how many hours I slept that night, how many hours I spent on my phone, and how many tasks I managed to finish.

Anyway, once I finish crocheting a row, I simply strike out the appropriate cell. I use conditional formatting to change the background colour of the cell to the colour that I should use for that day. Unfortunately, it’s kind of hard to differentiate the colours but I just need to double check myself sometimes.

Summary

I think the blanket is going pretty well. By the time this is posted, I’m hoping to have caught up to the end of February. I’m honestly so jazzed at how nice it’s looking so far. I really like how the stitch looks. My only concern is how long it will end up being. It’s already 5 inches for 20 rows. So for ~360 rows… That’s 90 inches long! That’s okay, I plan to wrap myself up in it for those cold Calgary winter nights.

Yarn Winding

Jan 8, 2018 | Comments

My brother got me a yarn winder for my birthday last week and yesterday I spent the afternoon winding some yarn while watching Medici: Masters of Florence on Netflix.

Yarn that has been winded

I just finished a block week course (a week long course ) on history of early modern Europe and I was bit by the Rrenaissance bug. Historial fiction is one of my favourite genres across multiple media. Over the winter break, I even watched The Crown and Downton Abbey on Netflix.

Thank goodness for Netflix. I find Netflix a great way to multitask on crochet projects. I started on this Lost in Time shawl. The crochet Discord server I’m a part of has this for our January crochet along. It’s a lot of fun so far! I’m not sure how closely I’m following it though. I had to redo the popcorn bits a couple of times.

Beginnings of my lost in time shawl

On Saturday, I went to a nice Korean BBQ place with my SO. It was my first time trying bi-bim-bap and it was sooo delicious.

Overall my week was pretty low key. Spent most of it on school related matters and yarn matters.

This week my goals are:

  1. Continue not buying food on campus. Last week I was successful so hopefully I can replicate my results.

  2. Draft up two blog posts. This is one of them so I’m already halfway through!

  3. Finish my first draft of my “essay” that I have to do for my history course. It’s such a slow grind.

Until next time!

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My name is Edel Grace Altares. My programming interests include full stack development and back end development. My languages of choice are Python and Java. Outside of programming I enjoy crocheting, video games, cats, historical fiction, and reading.

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