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Hello! I am without Internet today so this entry is coming off my iPhone and onto the blog! I’m not sure how it’ll look but we’ll try.
I visited Boston last week to see Boston college and my sisters! There’s so much to do in Boston. It’s such a fun city. 3 days was definitely not long enough to visit! While in Boston I was able to do some crocheting and I bought a few books too! I’ll post them another day when I have pictures. :)
I started a new blanket!! It’s a granny stripe blanket and I got the pattern from Attic24. I think her crochet items are so beautiful because she uses such cheery and pretty colors! I followed her pattern and examined her photos to figure out how to do it. It’s so fun and I just love it! I’ve been taking pictures of my progress like crazy! Here are a few pictures.

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I had the blue and white colors already but then I decided that I needed to make this blanket in all different colors so I went to Michael’s and bought tons of this snuggly wuggly yarn. And I shoved them all in one bag to carry around. :)

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And right now I’m relaxing chomping on some haribo gummy bears and crocheting away.

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It’s a pretty good day despite the Internet being down. Until next time! ☆彡

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College applications are done and sent. Today’s the last day of Winter Vacation. It’s regrettable, but I think once I go back to school it won’t be so bad. My puppy is coming on Wednesday this week! :) I’ve been looking forward to this so much. His name’s Godzilla. Anyway, I haven’t been doing much studying, and I haven’t done ANY of my homework which is really bad since school starts tomorrow. ;A; I’ll have to work hard today.

I’ve been working a lot on my granny-octagon blanket and now it’s significantly larger than it was previously!! Seeing it spread out on the floor in my room makes me really happy. Here’s a picture of what it looks like now.

and here‘s what it looked like last time I showed an update. I ran out of red yarn, so I didn’t work on it for quite a while. But then I took a trip to Michael’s and went yarn crazy!! I don’t buy a lot of matching yarn, so the weight of the yarns are all kind of different, but I don’t really mind. I think it makes it feel more home made. :) A lot of the yarn was on sale, so I bought quite a bit.

The biggest red yarn package

I’m not sure what i’m going to use all this yarn for since they don’t really match the colors of my blanket, but I’ll figure something out. :) I also ran out of pink and yellow yarn for my blanket, but then I found little bits in different shades. This blanket is so crazy colored!!! But that’s okay! :) It’s become yarn mania in my room, but it’s not that bad haha. In other news, I opened a new skein of my orange yarn but I couldn’t find the inside string, so I just unraveled the whole skein and wound it into a ball. :( One of these days I’ll catalog all of the yarn I have. Coming soon!! :D

I finally finished reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen! It took quite a few months since reading on my iphone is a little hard, but once I borrowed my sister’s copy of the book, I read it like the speed of lightning! The book is a little hard to get into, but once you get about halfway through, it starts getting really interesting and you can’t stop. The ending of the book was so happy, I was so glad for all of the Bennet girls! Except maybe Lydia haha.

I also read Keeping the Moon, a book by Sarah Dessen that I bought a while ago second hand, but never got around to reading. I have to admit, it’s not as good as the other Sarah Dessen books I’ve read. It was a very quick read though. I read the whole thing in one day. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t what I was expecting from Sarah Dessen to say the least.

Since it’s a new year, there’s also a new Reading Challenge!! :) Last year I started my challenge of 15 books, then when I finished, changed it to 18 and finally ended up reading 20 books. :) I was never much of a reading until recently, so having goodreads and keeping track of my progress makes me really excited. My goal for this year is to read 30 books. I think I can do it easily. I’ve already finished two books and I’m working on another two right now. and the ebooks available for free help motivate me to actually read some of the classics.

Well, I’ve got to get on with the day, so I’ll just post some more pictures of my blanket. :)

this is my favorite octagon in the blanket.

Hello! I hope you had a frightening Halloween! This year definitely wasn’t my best Halloween candy-wise, but it was fun.
As I mentioned in my last post, I made a starburst wrapper wallet. I found a video on YouTube that explained it in a super simple way, but I probably could have made it without the video. ;P

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I used yellow wrappers on the outside and pink on the inside. I didn’t put any pockets on it yet, but I haven’t actually decided if I want to.


In other news, my 6 month late birthday present finally came! I got my iPhone! I’m so happy with it. It’s very exciting.

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I’m writing this post from the iPhone app. It’s a little hard, so I don’t know if I will use this often, but it is definitely convenient to be able to post the pictures straight off my phone.
I’ve been listening to some trance music. It’s kind of relaxing yet at the same time catchy. I can’t quite figure out how to embed a video right now, so I’ll try to write about it later.
Does anyone have any iPhone apps that they recommend?

This week has been so busy. I wanted to post, but I didn’t have anything to post about!

But I have come and with progress! I’ve been working on putting my blanket together the right way! I messed up a few times and had to undo the stitches, but at the moment, it is mistake free!

Not all of the edges are sewn together yet, but I’m getting there! I only have two more octagons to attach, so I have to start making more again. :P If you look, the closest octagon in the middle row is the same octagon as the one in the middle of the farthest row. Oops! It’s okay though. The blanket is pretty big so far. It’s big enough to cover my entire lap, although it’s a little awkward since there are some splits between the shapes. And here’s the crochet hook that I’ve been using for this project!

My best friend gave it to me with some nice yarn when we were in middle school. ♥ I never used it until I started this project because it looked so impractical, but it proved to be exactly perfect! It’s pretty fat, not sure about the exact size it’d be though.

I’m also collecting starburst wrappers because I want to try to make something with them! I’m not quite sure what though… Maybe something like a starburst bracelet. But I’m not sure how comfortable or practical that’d be… Here’s what I have so far. Not very much, and they’re all orange for some reason!

6 orange, 2 pink, and 1 red. My favorite flavor is red. What’s yours? Do you know any other crafts to make with these wrappers? Maybe I can make some kind of wallet or something. But I’d worry that the wrappers would tear… Well, I’ll keep thinking.

Tonight I’m having a Halloween party! I’m excited for it, even though the planning isn’t going exactly how I had imagined it would… =/ Well, got to make the best of it!

Yesterday I turned in my senior quote too:

Well, there it is.

hee hee. Not exactly cheerful, but it’s from the movie Amadeus which was pretty funny. I think it’s something to keep in mind. Whatever happens, happens. That’s the way it is. “Well, there it is.” It was either this quote, or “Too many notes/words” but that isn’t as easy to understand, and the quote I picked sounds kind of funny anyway. :P

Happy Weekend! :)

So as I was adding another octagon to my blanket, and I realized that there was no way that my blanket would ever lie flat! Mortified, I knew I was doing the pattern wrong and took to the internet to confirm my theory. Sure enough, you’re supposed to make small squares and fit them in between the octagons so that they’ll actually fit together…

Anyway, now my new task is to make as many of the squares as possible and make them the same size to fit with the rest of the blanket. It shouldn’t be TOO hard. I’ll bring some yarn to school and work during lunch or something, since I’m not supposed to be crocheting now. oops!

In other news, I finished my essays for the Common Application! I’ve been working with my parents especially hard this weekend and today, and we finally finished! It was really hard to cut down my personal essay down from 780 words to 500 words. But even still, There’s still a lot of applying left to do. :(

I still have 4 more supplements to send, and I haven’t quite decided what I’m doing with the UCs yet.

I had so much running around to do today! I forgot my physics homework at home, so I had to run home at lunch to get it. But since I had time, I just ate my bento at home which was pretty convenient. And I still got back to school with lots of time to spare! After school I had to go to CVS to buy a battery for my smoke detector which died yesterday. While there I picked up a bunch of tissue boxes because somehow we totally ran out.. And a lot of candy! Very yummy. I’m so prepared for Saturday.

Well, since I’m tired and it’s already this late, so I’ll just leave this and go to sleep. ♥

Justin Bieber’s sounding better lately, but this song is still a little too early in the year. :P

Hello again!

So something pretty funny happened the other day. There was a spider above my bed, so my dad went and killed it. After he was done, he jumped on my bed and sat down. BUT he broke the wood board under my mattress. So when I was changing the sheets today, I saw it. Here are some pictures.

It runs the whole width of the bed

A closer view

So hopefully today we’ll be able to go buy a new board and replace this one. But until then, my room is a mess of blankets and stuffed animals!

Yesterday I worked on my granny octagon blanket a lot and it’s finally starting to look like a blanket a little bit! I want to make a few more octagons today and sew them in, but I have a lot of other work I need to do like work on my college apps, do all of my homework, and fix my bed. XD

In other news, I’m thinking about being Panda Hero for Halloween, but no one would understand it and I would get a lot of strange looks. I tried out the makeup a little bit, but I didn’t like the picture, so I took it off :P

And since most people don’t know what Panda Hero is, I’ll post the video! Basically it’s a Vocaloid song by GUMI, my favorite Vocaloid. ♥

lol I’m totally not sure what I’m doing with the tags, but whatever! :D Time to start the pile of homework…

haha there was some crazy formatting going on here, but I fixed it :)

I just finished setting up my first wordpress blog! it seems very nice to use and professional.

I plan to use this blog to track my crafting (hence the blog title), but I might use it for some everyday blogging if I like it a lot.

It’d be nice if I had some readers/followers, but I’m not sure how that really works with this blog. I might just end up going back to tumblr or making a new tumblr. :)

In terms of crafting, today I’m working on weaving in the ends on all of the granny octagons I have made so far. There are about 13 right now, and I already finished 5 of them. I’m excited to make more. Its really fun.


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