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Where have all the FOs gone?

A testament to how busy things are; I started this post a few days ago, and here it is, just now getting published!  Better late than never.... here we go!  :)

Its been awhile since I've had a bonafide FO to post here; yet I've been stitching like a mad woman!  I thought I'd post a bit about the WIPs I've got going, since I am really excited about all of them.... and I don't want to wait until they are FOs to talk about them!  :)

First up are four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle hats.  Yes, FOUR.  I have four kids, and there are four ninja turtles, so its a no-brainer!  And thankfully each kid identifies with a different turtle, so that keeps me from having to crochet four of the EXACT same hat.  At least there is some difference in the color!  Well, to be fair, my youngest is hardly old enough to have a ninja turtle preference (or any preference, for that matter), so she got Donatello by default!  Ha.

The pattern is by BriAbby Designs, which I am pretty obsessed with!  She has a lot of cute stuff, and I have purchased several of her patterns.  This is actually the first one I'm making, but I really like her pattern-writing style.  The instructions are SUPER clear, excellently written, and I love that she provides so many sizing options.  You could feasibly make this hat for ANYONE, as she includes instructions ranging from a newborn size to a large adult!  And since my four kids are all different sizes, I got to experience making this hat in four different categories.

The pieces of the hat are super simple to construct.  I had all of the hat bases and the other parts crocheted up in just a few days (for all four hats).  The part that takes the most time is the finishing work, which is true for many projects.  I've been keeping all the pieces of each hat in their own separate bag, and going through one by one, attaching all the little pieces and pinning everything in place for sewing.  Three of them are complete as of today (FO post hopefully this weekend!), which means I've only got ONE more to go!  YIPPEE!

Also in progress right now are my  March 2015 socks.  They are Outlander inspired and part of a sock kit I got from Pandia's Jewels (one of my fave indie dyers).  The pattern is Lady of Lallybroch by JavaPurl Designs.  I LOVE her sock patterns!  I did the Doctor Who Companion sock club last year, and loved the pairing of PJ yarn with JavaPurl's beautiful sock designs.  Her patterns are extremely well-written, also... something I always appreciate!  I love the design elements she comes up with; they are so creative.  The Lallybroch socks are no exception.  They have the most gorgeous cablework up the front of the sock; as soon as I saw it, I knew I was a goner!  I had to knit these socks.  HAD to! 

Anyway, I am on the last chart repeat of the second sock, which means just the cuff and a bit of finishing work to go.  And then I am going to wear them every day.  EVERY DAY!  Okay, not really, but I love them so much I will probably admire them frequently.  And they will definitely be worn when Outlander comes back on the air!

I also started a cute little bunny from Susan Claudino Designs.  This is another designer whom I absolutely adore; her patterns are SO cute!  This is my first one, but I am excited to make her voodoo dollies as well.  My kids are going to love them!

I had to set aside the mystery afghan I'm doing (with the Crochet Crowd on Ravelry and Facebook) because of the turtle hats.  However, I took some time this week and did get caught up with clue #4.  Clue #5 just came out on Tuesday, so hopefully this weekend I will have some time to do that and get caught up again!

I'm also behind on my Moogly squares.  #5 came out a week ago and I have yet to do it.... EEK!  I think I have given up the idea of doing two of the moogly afghans, which was my original thought.  I've just got too much going on.  So I'm going to do one full afghan, plus a few extra squares which will all be donated to charity. 

And the Ron Weasley blanket squares... I haven't done a single one in weeks.  I'll get back to those later this month.

So that is what I've been working on!  I have so many projects planned, but will save those for another post or I'll make myself crazy. 

Now.... back to stitching!!!

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  1. Your FOs are always so amazing, Jill!!!!!!! I love those turtle hats!!! Way to go, Mama!! :D

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