TWiP: Rain, rain, go away

This Week in Pictures (TWiP) at Polka Dot Cottage
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but over the course of the last few weeks, I’ve been tweaking the formatting of these TWiP posts.

I want to make it more obvious which images are for my daily photo project and which images are from Instagram. And I also want to be clear about which were taken with my phone and which were taken with the fancy camera.

I don’t know if anyone really even cares about differentiating these things, but it makes me happy. I like categorizing and organizing, and tweaking with my blog’s format.

Besides, how else am I supposed to spend these soul-sucking rainy days?

I really have felt completely uninspired to do anything on my to-do list all week. Is it really the rain’s fault? I have no idea, but it makes a handy scapegoat.

This morning I am getting out of the house for a little nature adventure with my sister, so hopefully that will snap me out of whatever it is that’s making me so sloth-like!

So, what is This Week in Pictures?

Itโ€™s a roundup of the photos I shot for Project 365 (one image each day for all of 2016), plus some snapshots I posted on Instagram during the previous week.

๐Ÿ“ท = taken with my Canon DSLR
๐Ÿ“ฑ = taken with my Samsung phone

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

Saturday

Instagram (๐Ÿ“ฑ): Cherry cupcakes on a Saturday morning… Why not? ๐Ÿ’โค

Instagram (๐Ÿ“ฑ): Brought my cupcakes to Mom and Dad’s house ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ˜Š [Taken at my parents’ house.]

365 (๐Ÿ“ท): 2016 121/366 – This cat was a surprisingly willing participant in my little photo shoot. He used to run and hide when we’d visit, but lately he sticks around, and this time he even posed for me. [Taken at my parents’ house.]

Sunday

Instagram (๐Ÿ“ฑ): It’s a chilly, rainy Sunday. It seems like a good morning for digging deeper into this #artofeverydayphotography book I got for Christmas. It’s already inspired me to learn something new about my phone’s camera. Apparently it has a low light setting – a fact that is handy to know on overcast #morningslikethese ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ“ฑโ˜• ๐Ÿ“–

Instagram (๐Ÿ“ฑ): Today is the last day to enter to win some of these goodies… #pdc

365 (๐Ÿ“ฑ): 2016 122/366 – The dandelion situation might possibly be kinda out of control…

Monday

365 (๐Ÿ“ท): 2016 123/366 – Iced coffee, pretzels, chocolate, a lit candle, crochet, and Grantchester on the PBS Android TV app. Just a typical Monday night in my room ๐Ÿ˜€

Tuesday

365 (๐Ÿ“ท): 2016 124/366 – The front steps are wet with rain. I should probably get used to it. Rain is in the forecast for the whole week.

Instagram (๐Ÿ“ฑ): Ooh, I just love seeing my patterns in print ๐Ÿ˜Š A bunch of samples just arrived, including the new #pdcmodfloralmandala pattern. Also? I am in love with this crochet hook. If someone doesn’t buy it soon, I’m just going to slip it into my own collection ๐Ÿ˜‰

Instagram (๐Ÿ“ฑ): Do you remember last fall when I designed the #pdcportholecardigan? I knit 3 of those little sweaters and then never published the pattern. Well, tonight I cast on number 4. This time I’m going to get that pattern written ๐Ÿ˜Š

Wednesday

365 (๐Ÿ“ท): 2016 125/366 – I’m not sure why, but whenever I’m wandering aimlessly around someplace new, I always have an impulse to check out their food stores. I’m easily amused by seeing the same old products in exotic new layouts, apparently…

Instagram (๐Ÿ“ฑ): This is the part where I separate the sleeves. It’s all easy stockinette from here. Baby sweaters are so nice and fast to knit!

Thursday

365 (๐Ÿ“ท): 2016 126/366 – That moment when all of your mis-matched breakfast dishes are in the same aesthetically-pleasing color family.

Instagram (๐Ÿ“ฑ): It’s not all artsy-craftsy all the time around here, you know. Sometimes I fold laundry, too ๐Ÿ˜œ

Friday

Instagram (๐Ÿ“ฑ): All I have wanted to do all week is sip coffee and nerd out on one electronic device or other. I blame the rain. I need a push. And some sunshine. ๐Ÿ˜ž โ˜”

Instagram (๐Ÿ“ฑ): I’m giving in to the #rainyday vibe for 10 minutes and doing a little #knitting at Starbucks before I have to pick up the kids. [Taken at Starbucks.]

Instagram (๐Ÿ“ฑ): I should have stayed at Starbucks. The Bicker Brothers are in full force today. #notrelaxing ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

365 (๐Ÿ“ท): 2016 127/366 – I feel like maybe there’s been an excessive amount of rain and chilly temperatures this week. At least the plants seem happy about it. Personally, I’m ready for a little bit of sunshine and to take off my sweater.

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 Flickrย 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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Soon to be finished

Here are a few things that I have been working on lately. Both of them have the potential to be finished in the next day or two, but that’s only if I don’t get distracted by something else during my regular evening me-time.

Light and Lacy Top

This is Doris Chan’s Light and Lacy Top, a free crochet pattern that I envision wearing over a black tank to the beach in a few weeks. I see it as being loose and swingy, and just a perfectly carefree garment to wear on a perfectly carefree weekend away.

The reality is that it hugs me in some places and protrudes unflatteringly in others. And while it’s not exactly “stiff as a board,” it is most definitely lacking in the “loose and swingy” department.

Both of these problems I hope to rectify with some serious blocking. You’ll also notice I need to weave in the ends. They’re just hanging all over the place right now.

Once I address these issues, I’ll try it on. After that, I will either come back here and triumphantly show-and-tell the happy results, or I will ball it up and stuff it in the giveaway bag. I’m rooting for the first scenario, but not ruling out the second.

Porthole Cardigan

This is a Porthole Cardigan in progress, a baby sweater of my own design. I’ve knit three of these before, but I never got around to publishing the pattern as intended. And then I lost my notes and forgot a lot of what I had learned during the knitting process.

Luckily, a new opportunity for baby giftingย has presented itself, and I am resurrecting this pattern. This time, I really will publish it. I’ve written my intentionย here, so it has to be true, right?

This little sample is a size 3-6 months. It still needs a few inches of knitting in the body, and some sleeves. I’m hoping it will come out being unisex enough, since I’m not sure whether it’s for a boy or a girl. I’m tempted to make some little sheep buttons for it, too. Wouldn’t that just be adorable?

TWiP: Spring Green

This Week in Pictures (TWiP) at Polka Dot Cottage

I noticed nature more than usual this week. That’s probably because everything is my favorite green right now. I love it!

I feel like I’ve packed a lot into this week, much of it undocumented here. For example, I haven’t shown you the upheaval in my dining room as I re-arrange a bunch of knicknacks. There’s nothing photogenic about that, believe me.

I’ve been working on a new crochet project which is actually finished, aside from weaving in ends and blocking. I will save the show-and-tell for next week. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that blocking does it a world of good because, frankly, it looks pretty terrible on me right now. It’s not at all the carefree beach tank I had in mind. Yet. There’s still hope.

I know I just put the polymer clay away less than a month ago, but I’ve been thinking of things I want (stud earrings, a new size G crochet hook…) and wishing I had my work table set up so I could crank them out. I do love having my dining room free from the art supplies, but at the same time, it’s hard to ignore the calling of the clay. Not sure what I’m going to do about that.

In terms of this week’s photos, you’ll probably notice I opted for convenience over fancy equipment several times this week. I consider my 365 project to be something I do with my DSLR, but I ended up just using my phone a lot instead.

So, what is This Week in Pictures?

Itโ€™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.

*unless otherwise noted

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

Saturday

Instagram: I just love Spring Saturday mornings, breakfast in bed with the window open, quiet music playing, project on the hook… The only thing that could make this better would be to replace my breakfast bar with a crumb bun or a chocolate glazed donut 🍩;)

365: 2016 114/366 – It’s so nice to see everything greening up around here. I love the yellowish green of new leaves, especially when it’s up against a bright blue sky.

Sunday

365: 2016 115/366 – Some weekends I have to work, and on those particular weekends, it is sometimes impossible to concentrate without leaving the house for a little while. Today my mobile office was powered by an iced coffee with soy milk. [Taken at Starbucks with my phone]

Instagram: So, this @angrytearoom maple tea is everything I hoped it would be when I bought it. Delicious! 🍵

Monday

Instagram: Good morning! I’m giving away this mandala and 2 coasters โค Click here. Also at the same link, I show you how to make one of these mandalas yourself. Happy Monday ๐Ÿ™‚

365: 2016 116/366 – That’s a lot of dandelions… [Taken with my phone]

Instagram: Hello again 💟. I neglected to mention the alternate prize in my giveaway: a printed copy of the new #pdcmodfloralmandala pattern and your choice of any #handcrafted #crochethook in my shop. This means there’s a prize for the crocheters and a prize for the non-crocheters alike. Winners’ choice! Click here to enter ๐Ÿ™‚

Tuesday

Instagram: I have a job interview today – my first one since I was a senior in college. I’m wearing all store bought jewelry and clothes, because there will be plenty of time for my artistic side to peek through *after* my credentials land me a stable gig 😄 Wish me luck!

365: 2016 117/366 – I’m here a few minutes early for my interview. [Taken with my phone]

Wednesday

365: 2016 118/366 – I may have jumped the gun with the beach quilt. It’s been chilly at night. Luckily, I have a nice lap quilt that I can put on top to help trap some warmth. [Taken with my phone]

Instagram: I think I can probably finish this #lightandlacytop tonight, assuming I don’t waste a lot of time sipping iced coffee and instagramming ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for your encouragement yesterday. I think the interview went well, but I can’t really tell. I’ll find out soon enough!

Thursday

Instagram: I usually do a load of laundry right after lunch, but I don’t feel like it today. Maybe I’ll sit on the floor and work on a couple of #pdcfamilyroomsquircleghan squares instead ๐Ÿ˜‰

365: 2016 119/366 – Starbucks accidentally made us an extra cotton candy frappuccino this afternoon, so I stuck it in the freezer. At supper time, I divided it between two little mason jars and gave one to each of the boys with their chicken and corn bread. Naturally, I paused supper prep for a photo shoot, because really, how cute are these??

Friday

365: 2016 120/366 – There’s been an exciting development on my favorite peony plant: I see three flowers forming. Three! The most I’ve seen in past years is two, and *usually* there’s only one. But this year we have three! Yay!

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 Flickrย 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!

SAME WEEK PREVIOUS YEARS (2015)

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