A September to Remember

Well maybe not that memorable but I wanted a clever rhyming title for this post. πŸ˜€

I was actually a little surprised that I only posted four times in September. I have been crocheting like crazy but have only gotten a few things finished.

The truth is that I have come down with a very serious case of Seasonal WiPitis!

I’m sure you’re familiar with this debilitating affliction. I can’t be the only crafter that gets excited with the thought of Autumn, Winter, and Holiday projects. I got so excited in fact that I had to sit down and write out a list of everything I want/need to crochet……..

Then proceeded to start several projects that aren’t even on the list. πŸ˜€

I know exactly how I came down with my acute case of WiPitis. I fool myself into thinking “Oh I can get XYZ project done quick before I start my holiday crocheting”.

Yeah…….truth is nothing ever is as quick as I think it’s going to be. Plus I think I subconsciously put myself into a position where I need to make everything at the last minute.

To me, holiday crocheting is like an extreme sport – I need that adrenaline rush!!

Crochet Projects for September

I did get a few things done. πŸ˜€

Dancing Butterflies Sweater

Dancing Butterflies Sweater Finished

This sweater was my most popular post for the month. I was really happy with how this came out. I also fell madly in love with Red Heart Unforgettable Yarn. It’s not the easiest to work with and is close to impossible to frog, but Oh the colors!!! And the silky feel of this yarn is amazing. It’s also machine washable, thank goodness, because I’ve worn this sweater several times already and I hate the thought of putting it away for the winter!

Lazy Diamond Poncho

Another fantastic yarn – Lion Brand Mandala in the color Pegasus. I called it the lazy diamond because just adding a chain one space before the corner and repeating the chain one spots in each row made this a very easy design to create. My daughter Madeline quickly claimed this as hers the second I sewed in the last end. πŸ˜€

Bright and Bold C2C Blanket

happy c2c 1

This was my first time ever doing a corner to corner blanket and I LOVED it!! I really have no idea why I put it off for so long. I used some big, bold colors for this blanket and threw in some fun textured yarn to give it a little extra zing! I need to make three blankets for Christmas gifts and I think I’m going to go C2C for all of them!!

Fantastic Bake Along

Grandma’s Oatmeal Cookies

Oatmeal Cookies

My oven broke early in the summer so I had to sit out and just salivate as I looked at everyone else’s delicious pictures of baked yumminess. I thought I was going to die from Flour Withdrawal. I ended up getting a new oven just in time to join in with September’s Bake Along. It just so happens that Oatmeal Cookies was the first thing that hubby wanted me to bake in my new oven so it was perfect! The Fantastic recipe was provided by Kate at Life, Tea, and Everything and these cookies were delicious!!

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So for October – I promise, I pinky swear, cross my heart etc etc that I will start my holiday crocheting.

Well, after I finish the 2 ponchos and a few other small projects that really won’t take that long…….. well that shouldn’t take that long…….. well I still have lots of time! πŸ˜€

Thanks for reading!!!

~ Tami

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57 responses to “A September to Remember

  1. haha!! I feel the need to go all southern here and tell you to … Get er done! lol…. Really though I know EXACTLY how you feel. Your head is telling you got to get it done and your mind and body is like NOOOO break time!!.. Your other projects were beautiful and your future ones will no doubt be just as beautiful. Can not wait to see them.

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    • LOL thanks Tammy!!! It’s funny because every day I plan out what I’m going to work on and “get er done” but then I end up doing something else. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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  2. I really love that sweater, especially in that Dragonfly colourway. I have so many WIPs right now it’s ridiculous, and I’ll probably be starting more, because there are times when I can’t physically work on one type of project (due to health issues) so I pick up something else. I haven’t even planned holiday projects yet!

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    • Thanks Kate!! The Dragonfly color is my very favorite! I sat down and wrote out a list for holiday projects and haven’t started any of them. In fact I think I’ve mentally added more to the list!! πŸ˜€

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    • LOL – I think I NEED that last minute rush!! I pretend I don’t like it while I’m in the middle of it but secretly – I LOVE it!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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  3. I admit to planning way more projects for the holidays than I know I can accomplish but I think deep down I love to be stressed (in the good way)! Your projects are beautiful and cant wait to see your holiday ones!

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    • LOL writing the list was the easy part. Starting to work on the list has been tricky – and not adding anything else to the list is even trickier!!! πŸ˜€

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    • Thanks for the encouragement Tracy!! Now you’ve reminded me that I have to make my Christmas baking list too!! Oh my gosh and Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away! My new oven and my crochet hooks are really going to get a work out over the next few months!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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  4. Well, Tami, the projects you did finish are amazing!
    I have to finish a project today. I’m to teach a crochet class tomorrow morning. The pattern is a little pink piggy scrubby, and I haven’t finished the sample yet! Yikes! So like you, I guess I’m hooked on the adrenaline rush of finishing things at the last-minute.
    “It won’t take long,” she said to herself. “I’ll have plenty of time to finish it tonight while I watch Poldark.”
    We shall see.
    Keep up the good work!
    Jan

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    • Thanks Jan!! “It won’t take long” is my favorite thing to tell myself too!! LOL!! I hope you finished up your piggy for the class – what a fun project to use!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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  5. “holiday crocheting is like an extreme sport” – loved this comment! Of course! And, good for you for crocheting in place of typing this month. Nice way to honor your expertise and your interest. Yay!

    Speaking of which, I’ve been doing some “retrenching” myself, last month, rethinking how I want to grow my creativity (in writing and in drawing). I think September is a perfect time (start of school, start of fall & looking toward winter) to consider how and what we want to put our time and energy into. Great post, Tami!

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    • Hi Theresa! I’ve been sidelined the past few days with the first cold of the season. I don’t get sick very often, but when I do it’s usually a doozy!
      I totally agree with September being the perfect time for a creativity assessment. It’s probably from decades of being conditioned to school years starting. My list of the usual cold weather/holiday crochet projects keeps growing, but it’s hard to resist the urge to learn new things which will throw me totally off “schedule”. It’s funny how spring makes me feel inspired, but in the autumn is when I am feeling more creative.

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      • “. . . spring makes me feel inspired, but in the autumn is when I am feeling more creative.” Wow, when I saw this, I thought, bing! this is a true insight. Being inspired in the spring, but being more creative in the autumn. It makes me think of burrowing in, of gathering around one’s resources and getting prepared for a long season of winter and being productive. Whereas spring is more about letting loose, freeing up one’s thoughts and impulses, going where it takes you. Fun!

        And I’m so sorry to hear about the cold. I haven’t gotten it yet, but my sister, who is in the midst of launching a new career path, has been really sidelined for about a week with one. She doesn’t live near me, but I’ve been coaching her in getting started in this new direction. Crossing fingers you’ll be out of it soon! πŸ™‚

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      • Oh! I’m so sorry you’ve been ill, Tami! … glad to hear you’re on the mend. I was thinking of you today, when I was up at Erica’s yarn shop; I’m working on a children’s blanket to donate to the local hospital, and Erica encouraged me to come by the yarn shop and sit down and knit for an hour or two. They were having a class in knitting “brioche”, and the instructor brought in this amazing shawl from a pattern she designed, and the colors and the design (even though it’s knitted) reminded me of you! Here’s the link: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/picnic-5

        I know you’re not a knitter, Tami, but you just popped into my head when I saw her shawl. She brought in the bright green version in the first two photos. She also had a version in purple body with just the orange bits in a white. It made it look like a different scarf! Anyway, eye candy to enjoy. Keep healthy! πŸ™‚

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      • I love those bright colors and yes that style is something that I am definitely drawn to!! I think that once everything settles down after the holidays I may start learning to knit. I’ve seen some beautiful knitted things over the past year.
        How wonderful that you’re making blanket for the hospital!! I would love to see some pictures when it’s finished. And how wonderful that you spent some yarny time with Erica!! My children have not shown any interest in learning to crochet. But my daughter’s new boyfriend said he would like to learn. I’m sure he’s just trying to score brownie points but I am going to run with it and get a hook in his hand the first chance I get. πŸ˜€
        I hope you have a great week Theresa. I have so much to catch up on now that I’m recovered. Housework, crochet, blog reading/posting…… I need to make sure I have plenty of nap time scheduled for myself too!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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      • Tami, I love that you liked those colors! And a big THANKS for having taken time of your busy catch-up schedule to share your thoughts. πŸ™‚ I love that you have a prospective crocheter in the family! My daughter actually taught my oldest son to knit ‘way before he got ill, and he got pretty good at it! He knitted a stockinette-stitch striped sweater and a number of different hats. He was better at knitting than his wife, who tried but could never get past pre-beginner level. (And since she has been quite unkind to me following my son’s death, that reflection cheers me up. hah!)

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      • I’m so sorry to hear that she’s been unkind to you, but glad to see karma in action. I’ve been so busy this month I find myself getting even further behind. I’ve been working on a secret surprise project for my hubby that I can only work on when he’s not home so every spare minute has been spent on that. I have barely even touched my computer all week. I miss all of the little comment chats (especially with you) and will hopefully be back full time soon. I’ve needed to give myself every pep talk and motivational speech I know to not get overwhelmed with how far behind I’ve gotten. I had over 500 notifications in my in box this morning! “Slow and steady wins the race” will be my mantra over the next several weeks. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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      • Oh, Tami, I love how you’re being kind to yourself, absolutely don’t worry about “keep up” with blog comments at all. It’s good to avoid the “rat race” feeling that can come with multiple blog following! It’s like a river, you can always jump back in at the point where it’s passed and it will be fine. Wishing you good luck on completing the project for your sweetie! – and thank you for your kind comment about karma! πŸ™‚

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    • My list is getting ridiculously long. I think I’m going to need to divide it into 2 lists. One for what I NEED to do and one for what I WANT to do. Then I just need to get started and not start working on things that aren’t on the list at all!! LOL πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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  6. I totally get the wipits, I went on this mad sewing spree making new pillow covers, tablecloths, placemats, and curtains with my Edgar Allen Poe theme for our annual Halloween party. I was so worried I wouldn’t get everything done that everything else came to a standstill. Thankfully, last year I did the marathon sewing for Thanksgiving so I have a bit more time for Christmas. I’m hooked on doing holiday themes so each year is different.
    I love the sweater.
    This was a fun post to read.

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    • Thanks Lyn! I love themed events!! I’m hoping to have time to make sweaters for everyone so I can have an Ugly Sweater themed Christmas this year. I really need to get started on them or everyone will end up with Ugly Sweater Vests instead. πŸ˜€
      Unfortunately I ended up being sick as hell for the last week with a horrible cold that is going around here. Now I’m a week behind on everything. I’m feeling much better now and ready to tackle everything that’s been stacking up around me. πŸ˜€

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  7. That is actually a good idea but then Id end up splitting each list. The list I need to do would have a list for priority need to do and the want to do would have a list of what I’d like to make first πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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    • Hi Hannah!! I’m fine. I had a terrible cold for over about 10 days but I’m 99% better now. I’ve been crocheting like crazy on a few projects that I actually have finished (believe it or not). Plus I’ve been making a special surprise blanket for hubby that I can only work on when he’s not home so EVERY minute of my day has been being spent on that. I should finish it today and then I’m going to make time to post about everything I’ve been up to.
      Thanks for checking up on me Hannah!!! ❀ ❀ ❀
      I have so many posts to catch up on reading. I can see that everyone has been busy busy. It's going to take me the rest of the month to read everything!! LOL πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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      • Thanks!! I just sent Rebecca an email to see how she’s feeling. Poor thing!! I saw her IG post yesterday and she’s got the flu too!! Now I’m not sure but I think that you were the first one to be sick at the beginning of the month so I’m going to go ahead and say that you were the one that started spreading it around! LOL πŸ˜€

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      • Well you know I’m a kind person, and sharing is caring πŸ˜‰
        I’m actually still sick, it’s taking FOREVER to clear off. I’ve been tested for all kinds of things, but the best they can do is “it’s a virus; drink lots and rest.”
        Sigh.

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  8. Hihi I laughed so much at the WIPitis I swear I must have caught it too πŸ™ˆ I probably won’t start holiday crafting until November 😁 love all the projects you’ve finished in September though, you’ve been very busy!

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    • Heehee thanks Emma! I wrote a list but haven’t started any of my holiday projects yet. I have a couple of big ones to do so I know I should start soon but I probably won’t start till November either. LOL πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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