Is it just me or did April fly by really fast??
Here is a quick recap of this quick month!
Aris Blanket – completing this blanket was one of my April goals – yaaaay me I did it! And it was also my most viewed post for the month!
Hairpin Lace Crochet Technique – a post about some of the many strips and motifs you can make using hairpin lace, plus a little story/reminder about the importance of thinking ergonomically while crafting. This was also an April goal. That’s another gold star for me! I’m also going to actively look for hairpin lace crochet projects to share so that if anyone decides to give the ‘loom a spin’ they can see what the strips can become. I was able to incorporate the round motif into Aimee’s Birthday Pillow. The light brown colored strip is actually part of a cardigan wip that I have no idea why I haven’t written about at all.
Crochet Potholders – there was a lot of baking in April which made me admit that my old potholders should be retired. I used the woven tartan technique in one potholder and 2 yarn strands together using HDC for the other. There were concerns about using acrylic yarn for these – some people had experiences with the yarn melting when exposed to high heat. To be honest – the plaid potholder will never touch a pan, I love the way it came out so it is more of a decorative item. The HDC I have used under casseroles and cookie sheets on the table and it’s fine, no sign of melting at all. I will not be testing this for my cast iron cookware though.
Mindful Mandala – my mandala grew a little more in April. My counts were good and the colors were pleasing. It was a good crochet therapy session. I have already picked the Osho Zen tarot card for the next few rounds and I’m pretty excited to spend some time with my mandala this week!
Aimee’s Birthday Pillows – this one went right down to the wire! I was attaching the doily style top to the crocheted round pillow about an hour before she stopped by. She loved them and sent me these pictures of them on her couch. The curtains in the background were the inspiration pattern I was working with. The adorable little doggie is my grandpuppie Lucy!
I joined in with the first ever fantastic Bake-a-long that T-Sweets Tracy began after she and I made the same dessert one day – completely coincidentally! I used an easy no rolling pin required crust for my Tollhouse Pie .
Muffins were on the menu this time around! I shared my favorite To Die For Blueberry Muffin Recipe – and also did a fresh Raspberry version.
Easy Chocolate Eclairs – don’t be afraid to whip up a pate a choux dough with this easy and impressive recipe. This is one of my favorite baking recipes and it’s great for just a Wednesday treat or a special occasion!
Those were all of my April Things.
Here are a few April Thoughts – Regarding Goals and Not Meeting Them
I only achieved about half of my April Goals. I like to think of myself as a ‘Glass Half Full’ type of person. But a ‘Glass Half Empty’ isn’t really a bad thing when you think about it. The best wines, bourbons, whiskeys, and brandies are never served as a full glass. So the lesson I’ve learned is that I should drink more to feel better about my failures!
Just kidding (a little)!
The lesson I learned is that I am the one that created these goals so I am the only one that is accountable for how I react to any that aren’t reached. It is me alone that chooses how I feel about it and what I do about it. The easiest answer is obviously stop broadcasting goals so that there is no risk. The better answer is to not take it so seriously – every goal reached is a victory. Every goal not reached is an opportunity to evaluate, adjust, and reconcile the difference between what I want to do and what I realistically can do.
Things I Would Like to do in May but am not Necessarily Committing Myself to Doing Them
- Find and follow 5 new interesting blogs per week. This is down from the 10 per week that I hoped to do in April. I followed 20 new blogs last month. It was easy to find them but what I didn’t account for is that now I have 20 more blogs to read every day. I am currently following 306 blogs – reading every post has become quite time consuming.
- Crochet some cute summer tops for my patiently waiting aspiring crochet apparel model Danielle to show off. I was able to make half a cropped halter top in April. I would like to make at least 2 more to send her this month for a total of 3 tops!
- I have a design swimming around in my head for a crocheted Picnic Basket and Picnic Blanket – hubby and I love going on little picnics in the summer. We have 2 spots on the shore of a pond that we live near that are tucked away off of little paths through the woods.
- I started work on a maxi skirt for myself – I want to finish this and maybe make another one. I live in maxi skirts all summer and coming up with a crochet design seems like a perfectly natural thing to do because I love wearing them!
I also want to finish the duster style cardigan I’m making for Aimee – this has become less of a priority because it will be too warm for her to wear it by the time I get it finished and shipped out to her. So I will work on this here and there – I’m at a place in the pattern where there isn’t any counting to do, it’s just building the length so this will be my TV watching project.
As always thanks for reading!!