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TWiP: Coffee and Crochet

To say my free time this week was dominated by circular crochet and coffee, would not be a lie. Neil has been away for much of this week, and when he’s gone, I always take advantage of the opportunity to brew his least favorite stinky beverage in the house. So there’s been an over-compensation of coffee around here during the hours that I’ve been home.

And as for the crochet? Well, I woke up last Saturday morning with the urge to make a new mandala. Nevermind that I hadn’t a need for one, or any good idea of where I would put it. I flipped through a couple of books, including one of my absolute favorites, Mandalas to Crochet, but I wanted something relatively small, and those all end up being over a foot across when I use worsted weight yarn and an H or G hook (as I always do). So I whipped up a Little Spring Mandala (like the one that lives on my nightstand), only I wasn’t happy with it: I’d accidentally started with 13 stitches instead of 12, and by the time I got to the end, all of the extra stitches had made it quite ripply. I fixed much of the problem with blocking, but it still was bothering me. I thought it was too big. So I went down a hook size and made another, this time keeping careful count of my stitches. It was much better.

But, I think you probably know how this kind of thing goes… once you go down this road, it’s hard to know where to pull off of it. The two mandalas led to a handful of new coasters before the weekend was over. All of these pieces have gone to my office, but I’m not sure they’re staying there. Right now they are replacing much of the original pieces I made for my desk while I have them at home to wash the coffee dribbles out of them. Once all of the pieces are together, I will run the risk of becoming the Crazy Crochet Lady of the office, and I really don’t think I want that.

So, despite not knowing what I was going to do with the mandalas I had just made, my appetite was not yet sated, and I treated myself to a new book (Modern Crochet Mandalas). This gave me an additional 50+ patterns to peruse. Yikes!

That slowed me down a bit, I’ll admit, because it was just so hard to choose one. But Friday morning, having taken a personal day from work, I brewed myself a nice cup of coffee, got back into bed surrounded with my yarn, and got to work on an African Flower Mandala. You’ll see how that turned out in next week’s TWiP, unless I do a “mandala roundup” or something this week. But I can share the pattern, if you’re interested, because it turns out it’s available for free. Here you go.

So, this week work was a little bit stressful, but my free time was pretty great. It all evened out nicely. And I now have a small pile of color-coordinating mandalas and coasters that would make any Crazy Crochet Lady proud.

(and I’m probably not done…)

So, what is This Week in Pictures?

It’s a roundup of the photos I shot for Project 365 (the theme for 2017 is “words”), plus some snapshots I posted on Instagram during the previous week.

πŸ“· = taken with my Canon DSLR
πŸ“± = taken with my Samsung phone

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

Saturday

365 πŸ“·: 2017 77/365 – Mandalas to Crochet – It’s Saturday, and I have a bunch of things I could be doing (including a few crochet projects already in progress) but I just can’t shake this urge to make mandalas. I think I need to go with it.

Instagram πŸ“±: Saturday night: black cherry soda and girl scout cookies πŸ’“ (Neil thinks my nightstand has too many little crochet doo-dads on it. I say, no such thing! πŸ˜‰)

Sunday

365 πŸ“·: 2017 78/365 – Cold Press Elixir – Neil (aka the "coffee smell hater") is gone for the day, and this means I can *finally* organize my coffee. I know that sounds weird, but my little coffee corner has had bags of unopened Christmas gifts, and a few different varieties that were almost gone and taking up space in big containers. This is the first time I’ve been alone here long enough to open all of the containers and deal with them. I took all of the odds and ends, put them into one small jar, and opened up one of my new bags to put in one big jar. The rest of the big jars got washed and removed from the counter. It’s finally nice and neat. And while Neil is away, I can actually *drink* some of this stuff, too πŸ˜‰

Instagram πŸ“±: This weekend I’ve been crocheting mandalas and coasters and other frivolous objects I don’t need. I’m pretty sure I’m not done yet, either.

Monday

Instagram πŸ“±: I call this “How I Spent my Weekend” 😊 How did you spend yours?

365 πŸ“±: 2017 79/365 – matchy-matchy – Post-It is totally enabling me and my matchy-matchy tendencies. I found this set of notes that coordinates perfectly with all of the decorations in my cubicle ☺ [Taken at work.]

Tuesday

365 πŸ“·: 2017 80/365 – Decaf Cold-Brewed Coffee – It’s been over two months since I last replenished our supply of cold-brewed coffee. Now I hope we remember that we have this batch before it has a chance to go bad…

Wednesday

365 πŸ“·: 2017 81/365 – yasso – I may or may not have had a frozen yogurt bar for supper…

Instagram πŸ“±: Tonight: strong coffee in the pot, ripple blanket on the hook, and Rufus Sewell on TV. There are worse ways to spend an evening. πŸ˜‰

Thursday

Instagram πŸ“±: I went for a walk around the 3 floors of my office building on my lunch hour (for exercise and exploration) and then ducked into the ladies room for a little bathroom selfie. Hi 😊. Ok, time to get back to work now. [Taken at work.]

365 πŸ“·: 2017 82/365 – QWEASDZXC – I know, it’s not technically a word, but I’m stretching the rules for my photogenic typewriter ☺

Friday

Instagram πŸ“±: A rare Friday morning indulgence: coffee in bed, catching up on favorite podcasts, and contemplating the next color in my new mandala. I took the day off so I could hang out by myself. #introvert bliss πŸ’Ÿ

365 πŸ“·: 2017 83/365 – Handmade Family Ornaments – I’m really picky about how our heirloom ornaments are boxed up and put away every year, so when Neil was taking down the tree in January, I asked him to leave all of our family portraits and the ornaments I made for the kids out for me to handle. And here I am, more than 2 months later, finally handling them πŸ˜‰

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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6 thoughts on “TWiP: Coffee and Crochet

  1. Thanks for the peek at your week and the link to the mandala pattern. You made me a set of crochet hooks last year around Christmas and as I’ve said before, I love them. If I have one in the size required, that’s what I choose over any other hooks. I know you’re busy with your new job but am happy to see you are still taking the time to craft and blog.

  2. Coffee and crochet says it all!! Thanks for free pattern that I hope to try soon. I am on last round of border of CAL blanket. Ready for something to crochet and have the mandala finished sooner. I made one of yours for my daughter-in-law. She asked for baby blue, mint, and white for our new grandson’s nursery! That made me HAPPY : )

    1. That sounds like such a sweet color combination! Congratulations on your new grandson 😊

  3. Love all the mandalas. I have always wanted to make one but never have. I may just have to take the plunge and get started on one sooner rather than later.

  4. These mandalas are so pretty! They look very nice and tasteful in your work area! πŸ™‚
    Thank you for the free pattern. I am looking to making it! Have a lovely day!

    1. Thanks 😊 Enjoy the pattern!

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