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TWiP: Crochet Spring Break

This Week in Pictures (TWiP) at Polka Dot Cottage

I’m very late with this post today. I usually do it on Friday nights, but this week I had a date with my husband, and I didn’t think he’d want to be stood up on our 21st anniversary so that I could get a blog post out in time πŸ˜‰

This week was plenty busy and plenty relaxing all at the same time. We had Easter with my in-laws, a walking/shopping trip through Princeton with my parents, the aforementioned anniversary, and in the downtime lots of crochet. I went a little overboard maybe with the in-progress crochet instagramming this week, so be prepared for a lot of pictures!

Speaning of crochet, I think I know how I’m going to spend the rest of my Saturday afternoon… I have a coffee-table-size mandala to complete!

So, what is This Week in Pictures?

It’s a roundup of the photos I shot with my DSLR for Project 365 (one image each day for all of 2016), plus some phone snapshots I posted on Instagram during the previous week.

Ready? Cast your mind back to this time last week…


365: 2016 86/366 – The grass is starting to turn from brown to green, and I’ve seen a handful of new flowers in the yard today. It’s a great day for a new mp3 cd for the car!


Instagram: I’m in the rare mood to bake. I’m thinking cherry cupcakes. I’m going to go take my shower and see if the feeling passes πŸ’ πŸ˜†

Instagram: I took the easy way out. Pre-made #immaculatebaking sugar cookie dough just seemed more my speed than cherry cupcakes today. I would still like the cherry stuff, so if someone wants to bake some and send a few to me, I wouldn’t refuse πŸ˜†πŸ’

365: 2016 87/366 – As of Easter Sunday, I think Aidan has introduced the GeoGuess app to our entire family. This time when the game set him down somewhere in Ireland, it was handy to have a couple of experts in the room πŸ™‚ [Taken with my phone at Neil’s parents’ house.]


Instagram: I’ve decided that my most complicated decision this morning will be #grantchester or #mrselfridge?

Instagram: These Instagram changes coming up? Not a huge deal. If you enjoy someone’s images, engage with them: leave comments and ❀s. The new algorithm will make sure you see plenty of that person’s images in the future. And if you just can’t leave it to chance? Use that three-dot menu to the right of a person’s name to get phone notifications whenever they post. #dontpanic 😊

365: 2016 88/366 – I’m a little embarassed to tell you how much of my Monday has been spent in this room, hanging out on the bed, sipping warm drinks and crocheting…


365: 2016 89/366 – After yesterday, I knew I had to be at least a little bit productive. I vacuumed and broke down the enormous pile of cardboard boxes that were next to the front door. I feel better now!

Instagram: My favorite weekend lunch, and I’m having it on a Tuesday because I earned it getting stuff done today: Tuna on a (very light) everything bagel from #obagel. They make the best bagels ever 😊 #obagelfamily #tuesdayafternoon #lunch #bagelsandwich

Instagram: My brain has moved on to the next project already, so my fingers had better hurry up and finish this one!


365: 2016 90/366 – What a gorgeous day for a road trip! Aidan, my parents, and I spent it walking around downtown Princeton. [Taken in Princeton, NJ.]

Instagram: Spring has definitely sprung. It was a lovely day for wandering around Princeton 🌷 #latergram [Taken in Princeton, NJ.]

Instagram: It’s done! #grannysquaresampler


Instagram: Good morning! So thrilled by all of the love on my last post. Thank you 😊 On to my next project! The coffee table in the living room needs a little something new… #starrystarrynightmandala #mandalastocrochet #byhaafner

365: 2016 91/366 – The Granny Square Sampler is complete, and now living in the back seat of the car where it belongs. Yay! Blogged:…


Instagram: Good morning, Instagram! I made some progress on my #starrystarrynightmandala yesterday. It’s a warm #fridaymorning in New Jersey. I’m enjoying my breakfast by an open window. I hope it’s nice where you are, too. Happy April!

365: 2016 92/366 – We spent an awful lot of our anniversary sitting in the car waiting for the heavy rain to pause enough for us to run into one place or another. We usually get Indian food, but we did that last week, so for this anniversary (our 21st) we went Mexican instead.[Taken with my phone in the Casa Maya parking lot.]

Instagram: On an anniversary adventure with @clarkesworld πŸ’‘ It is POURING in NJ. We waited in the car for 15 minutes before there was enough of a lull to run for the door of the restaurant! Now we wait for a seat… [Taken at Casa Maya.]

Thanks for taking a peek at this week’s photos! If you want to see this stuff as it happens, please feel free to follow me on FlickrΒ and/or Instagram.

I may already have plans to blog about some of these things in greater detail over the coming week, but be sure to leave a comment if there’s something in particular you want to know about!


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8 thoughts on “TWiP: Crochet Spring Break

  1. Happy anniversary Lisa…

  2. Happy anniversary Lisa ! Love love love the huge ring. We share that passion as well as mandalas.

  3. Your posts are so beautiful and inspiring!! I really want to try to make some mandalas! Maybe after I am done making baby stuff. πŸ™‚
    Happy Anniversary!!! I hope it’s the best one ever!

    1. Oh, Happy (belated) Anniversary! Coffee never kicked in…

  4. Happy belated anniversary!

    I LOVE your work! I have recently purchased a couple of your e-books ~ your instruction is so easy to follow! Thank you!

    Would you be willing to tell us which brand of yarn and colors you are using for the Starry Night Mandala? It’s beautiful, can’t wait to see it finished!

    1. Hi, and thanks for your kind words!
      The creamy white stripe that shows up 6 times is Knit Picks Dishie. As for the other stripes:
      I stash-busted with that mandala, so I can’t be *entirely* sure (some labels are long gone) but I think the dark green, the green+white, and the brown are Sugar + Cream. The beige is Premier Home Cotton, and the red is Dishie.
      I’m not even sure you can get some of those colors anymore, but I hope this helps anyway!

      1. Thank you Lisa!

        1. You’re welcome! Happy crocheting πŸ™‚

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