As I was starting to write this post I almost typed – wow July went by so fast. Then I had to stop and think for a few seconds. It didn’t go by that fast. It actually felt like it’s been a while since I did my last end of the month post. Nice!
So what did I do in July that was any different than previous months? That’s easy, I semi-unplugged for the month. I simply set some hard limits for myself at the computer and double downed with spending as much time as I could out on my deck crocheting and enjoying the fresh air and sunshine.
I call it semi-unplugged because I had my cell phone outside with me, but I don’t have a tablet or a laptop so if I just stayed outside then I couldn’t sit here at my desk staring at my monitor. I also found that after my mini blog vacation in June, I was really struggling to catch up on reading posts. I finally found a solution that works for me. I set my kitchen timer for 45 minutes in the morning and read as many as I can. When the timer goes “ding” that’s it I’m done. It will take me longer to get to everyone’s awesome inspiring posts but I’ll get there. I don’t like to feel rushed when I’m reading everyone’s blogs. I like to take my time and read/like/comment on all of them. You all are so wonderful and take the time to read and give fantastic, thoughtful comments on my posts. I want to give yours the same amount of attention.
I also didn’t make myself crazy about rushing through my crocheting to have something to post. I decided after last month’s near burn-out situation that I will crochet at my own pace and post when I finish something or have something interesting to say. I’m in this for the long haul and as the old saying goes – it’s a marathon, not a sprint!
Let’s see what I did in July.
This was my most popular post of the month. No surprise there – in fact I am going to get right down braggy about this skirt. It is the crochet project that I am most proud of out of EVERYTHING that I have ever made. I love it and yeah I may have even worn it two days in a row. 😀 This skirt was bigger than that though. This skirt helped me finally find my “crochet voice”. I’ve been searching for what my crochet POV (point of view) is for years and I think I’ve decided that I’m, for the most part, done following everyone else’s patterns. I want to create my own one of a kind original things. I may choose to use somebody else’s pattern and design from time to time, but I will never again feel like I NEED to or that I HAVE to. I might write down some patterns but I would rather tell you about the mechanics, methods, techniques and concepts that I use so that you can be your own designer!!! I will write more about My Crochet Voice at some point in the future. Right now I’m still basking in the glow of pride, self esteem and all around awesomeness of creating this skirt 100% from my own hand and mind. 😀
This was from a pattern designed by Erica Thomas. Now after I just said no more patterns for me I want to briefly clarify. I don’t hate patterns and I don’t mean any disrespect to designers that share or sell their own designs. It’s hard work writing a pattern and I give them a lot of credit. I did tweak this pattern though to adjust it for a light weight yarn. While I was working on this I happened to have an issue with the way that the colors in the variegated yarn were pooling. This led to two additional posts – Crochet Crossroads which discussed recognizing when you need to stop and fix something, and Controlling Variegated Yarn Colors with what I did to ‘unpool’ the colors. This is also the crocheted item that I am donating to KelleysDIY Giveaway.
This was such a fun project that I again made it up completely as I went along. No pattern – just stitches that I know and my imagination. I used Nylon crochet thread so that this table cover would be waterproof and weather resistant. I love sitting outside on my porch all day at my pretty table and now hubby and I are enjoying having our dinner alfresco!
This was a Crochet Crowd/Yarnspirations pattern and video tutorial. I made this over a year ago and wore it with my skirt for the photos. Many of you commented on it so I did a quick post with the details. Here’s a secret about this top – what is cleverly concealed is some big knots that I tied into the straps to shorten them up. My hair covers them, but on either shoulder is a funny looking knot that I am pretending is a design element and not something I did to fix the straps that I made about 6 inches too long. 😀
And finally –
This was a super quick and easy summer top that I squeaked in at the last minute for July. Again – I didn’t follow a written pattern for this top. I used a top-down method for creating a sweater and used alternating rows of double and treble crochet stitches. I added some faux drawstrings with some beads. I could have finished this in less than two days but I think I was distracted by video games. 😀
So what’s the plans for August?
I’m glad you asked. I am going to continue with what I’ve been doing. Here in Southern New England on the east coast of the United States our warm and lazy summer days are numbered once August hits. So I’m going to enjoy every single one of them. I’ll be crocheting of course. 😀
I’ve also started to give daily sneak peeks of my WIPs on Instagram. So if you’re interested in what is on my hook every day please follow me there!
As always, thanks for reading and thank you so much for all of the sweet, kind, funny, thoughtful, helpful and amazing comments! I really enjoy the conversations that spontaneously occur in the comments section. ❤