Weekend Coffee Share: A Fruitful Week

weekend coffee share logo hosted at parttimemonsterblog.comIf we were having coffee, I would welcome you in from the wind. We have had lovely weather during the past two days – it has almost been Spring-like. The wind, however, is picking up and I can hear it howling outside of my window. I am sure that the wind will bring with it lower temperatures.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that on Monday to Thursday we had indoor recess at school. The children could not go out to play because the fields were layered with ice. Keeping children inside for four days in a row is not a fun experience! They need the time to go outside, run around, and breathe in fresh air. As I passed the school this morning, I noticed that the ice had melted. Yipee! The fields may be muddy but at least the children can go out to play.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that Friday was a PA day: the children did not go to school; and the teachers had the opportunity to begin working on the report cards. I entered the school at 8:30am and closed the door to my classroom at 4:30pm. The long day was worth it.

Assessing student work. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

The lack of interruptions enabled me to finish my assessment of my students’ work; and to complete 85% of the report cards. I felt a sense of satisfaction as I walked home. Because I completed so much of the work on Friday, my stress level to the approaching deadline is not too high. I know that if a do a little everyday, my work will soon be done.

If we were having coffee I would tell you that on Saturday morning I made my way to Michaels, a craft store that stocks a wide range of yarn (wool). I was armed with a list of names and searched for crochet hooks and yarn to make scarves.

Yarn shopping. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

I am to start a crochet club at school next Friday. I have 12 children who have signed up so far, and others who have shown interest. The first project is a scarf which the children will wear with pride when they are done. I am hoping that I can get them to love crochet as much as I do. I am pleased to say that there are some boys who have joined. 🙂

On the way back from Michaels, I stopped off at the library to hand in my books… and I could not resist going in to browse for reading matter. I decided to pick up a few titles of some authors whose books I have previously enjoyed.

This week’s reading selection. 

If we were having coffee, I would tell you to have a good week. And remember to do something for yourself.

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

(This post is linked to the Weekend Coffee Share hosted by Diane, The Part-Time Monster)

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Grateful for Long Weekend

The last weekend was a long weekend for me and comprised of four days of rest. I slept late and feel less tired (as my daughters say, we should have more long weekends!).

Downton Abbey season 1.jpgI spent some of my time watching a series that I have grown to love: Downton Abbey. I enjoy the drama and the day to day happenings of the characters in an England that no longer exists. I delight in the intrigue, and love to hate some of the characters. I managed to finish watching all the episodes until the end of season 4 – and now wait impatiently until the next season is broadcast on Netflix. While watching Downton Abbey, I worked on the afghan that I am crocheting for my daughter. She chose the colour combination and I think she chose well.

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Crochet Ripple Afghan. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

The Violin Man's Legacy

I spent some time reading on the sofa with a cup of tea in my hand in the early morning hours while the rest of the household was still asleep. With my feet up, I entered the world of Jack Calder in The Violin Man’s Legacy  by Seamus Gallacher with no interruptions. I am happy to say that I completed this novel and was able to begin another – Crash & Burn by Lisa Gardner.

Most of the weekend was spent at home. With the temperatures way below zero (at -36C), we decided to spent family time indoors. I was grateful, however, that I was able to rest completely and that I could spend long lunches and dinners eating and chatting with my family.

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Last week:

Laura was grateful for friendship

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Completed Mystery Afghan

kitimage-crochetAt the beginning of Summer, I completed the Mystery Afghan that I had begun with Michael Sellick and The Crochet Crowd. I had fallen behind as I wanted to make a larger blanket (when the required twenty squares were joined, the resulting size was for a crib or a lap afghan). In addition, when the warmer days came along, there were times when I had to set my work aside.

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The border. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

Once I had completed and joined the forty squares, I decided that I needed to increase the width of the border to give the blanket a little more width. I also had quite a bit of the yarn left over which I wanted to use for the project. I used the pattern suggested and increased the number of rows in the middle section. My colour choices were determined by the amount of yarn that I had left over.

 

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Completed CAL. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

The project is now complete and I am pleased with the choices that I hadmade: the colours, the increased size, and the wider border. The blanket is now folded and waiting to be used on colder evenings.

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Completed CAL Afghan. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

I enjoyed crocheting this afghan. I am not sure, though, whether I would do this pattern again as it is very time-consuming. I will, however, use the braided joining technique as well as the pattern for the border.

If you wish to crochet a similar afghan, head on over to the Yarnspirations website where all the clues are detailed. In addition to the pattern, you will find the videos that were created by Michael Sellick.

Do you enjoy using crocheted afghans?

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Mystery Afghan 2015 – Clue 5

As I expected, the next clue (clue 5) in the Mystery Afghan was adding a centerpiece to the granny square.

For this clue I could not rely on the diagram to help me understand the stitches – I watched Mikey’s video (from The Crochet Crowd) to understand how to create the flower. Once I understood, however, the clue finished up very quickly and I waited for the following week to continue with the afghan.

When I read the next clue, I saw that we were expected to join the squares. Placing my squares on the bed, I realised that this afghan would be too small to use – the size suggested was suitable for a crib or a small child. I decided to double the size of my afghan and thus began making twenty more squares.

I have now completed forty squares and have begun joining them. Working on enlarging my afghan has made me fall behind the rest of the crocheters who have worked on this afghan (in fact, most of them have completed the challenge). I am okay with that, though, as my result will give me an afhgan that can be used by myself and my family.

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Forty Squares laid out. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

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Yarn Choice

Clue 1

Clue 2

Clue 3

Clue 4

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Mystery Afghan 2015 – Clue 4

I was enjoying the creation of my Mystery Afghan and decided to continue with it. The following clue was to make the square bigger (Clue 4 can be found here) by adding two rounds to the square.

I found this clue to be quick and simple to do and was thus easily able to keep up with all those who were doing the crochet along.

The square now looked more complete to me with the white edging. I felt that something had to be created in the middle to complete the layering work.

kitimage-crochetPrevious posts on the Mystery Afghan 2015

Yarn Choice

Clue 1

Clue 2

clue 3

What do you think the next step will be?

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Mystery Afghan 2015 – Clue 3

While on my blogging break, I continued crocheting the 2015 Mystery Afghan hosted by Mikey at The Crochet Crowd. For the third week, the challenge was to crochet layers onto the granny square – something I had not done before. (You can download the third clue on the Yarspirations website). Even though I had not done layering before, the stitches in the pattern were all familiar to me.

I completed the first square and liked the colour combination I had chosen. I was a bit curious as to what would become of the lilac corners.

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A completed square for clue 3. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

I decided to work on one colour at a time which made it easier for me to learn the pattern.

At this time of the crochet along, I was still working in tandem with other crocheters – and waiting eagerly for Tuesdays and the unveiling of the next clue.

kitimage-crochetPrevious posts on the Mystery Afghan 2015

Yarn Choice

Clue 1

Clue 2

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Mystery Afghan 2015 – Clue 2

This weekend I worked on the Mystery Afghan in order to complete the second clue before the next step is emailed out. The challenge this past week was to crochet a cross onto the granny square. (You can download the second clue here). Working on this clue, I learnt a new stitch: the front post single crochet. I watched Mikey’s video a few times in order to understand what I had to do – and I even crocheted along with him:

The first square took me a while to do as I stopped and started the video often.

I eventually understood the pattern and, after doing a few squares, I no longer needed to refer to the drawing I had printed out.

This clue was quick to do and I am curious to see what the next step is. When I get home this afternoon, I will be checking my email to see what it is!

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Previous posts on the Mystery Afghan 2015

Yarn Choice

Clue 1

What do you think the next step will be?

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Mystery Afghan 2015 – Clue 1

During the past week I worked on the first clue for the Mystery Afghan 2015. (If you want to join in, you can get the first clue here). The clue is to make 20 basic granny squares of 4 rows in the main contrast colour (contrast A).

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Working on clue #1 © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

I was pleased to see that the clue contained a drawing for me to follow (the written instructions are on the first page) as I find it easier to read and understand the drawings as opposed to the written instructions. My main contrast colour is white and so I began my squares with this basic colour.

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Clue #1 completed. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

If you wish to participate in the Crochet Along but are unsure of how to create a granny square, Michael Sellick’s video is helpful:

 

This week I completed clue #1 and am now ready to begin on the second clue. I am a little behind schedule but that is to be expected as I am doing my crocheting in between my work for the course I am following.

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Previous posts on the Mystery Afghan 2015

Yarn Choice

If you are doing this crochet along, feel free to post your work in the comments below. 

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Mystery Afghan 2015

Late last year I discovered The Crochet Crowd on Facebook. I have grown to love the community for the projects that everyone shares, the positive comments and feedback, and the advice that the host, Michael Sellick (Mikey), shares. During the month of January, I watched as people posted photos of their attempts at the January challenge. It was interesting to see the different colour combinations as well as how people extended the challenge.

kitimage-crochetThis month the people at The Crochet Crowd are crocheting a Mystery Afghan – and I have decided to join in. The Afghan was created by the designers of Yarnspirations and Mikey is leading the way. After I signed up (in order to receive the clues), I had to go shopping for yarn. I looked at the suggested colours but the colour combinations did not suit my tastes. I decided instead to choose my own and hope that the colours will be suitable for the final result.

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Colour combination for the Mystery Afghan 2015. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

I decided to use the recommended yarn: Caron Simply Soft, 170 g / 6 oz Balls, 288 meters / 315 yards. This yarn can be washed and dried in the machine. I bought the following:

  • Contrast A – 4 Balls (white).
  • Contrast B – 2 Balls (purple)
  • Contrast C – 2 Balls (cerise)
  • Contrast D – 2 Balls (lilac)

Contrast A is the main colour of the afghan and will be the dominant colour. In addition to the yarn, I need a size 5.0mm or H/8 Crochet Hook which I already have in my drawer. I look forward to unravelling the mystery as I crochet along with many people around the world.

Have you made a Mystery Afghan?

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Completing the Ripple

As you all know, about six weeks ago I decided to learn the ripple stitch in crochet. Once I had done about 12 rows, I understood the pattern and was able to continue without looking at the instructions.

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Time to work the edges. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

I reached the required size for the baby blanket and began to work the edges once I had sewn in all the loose threads. I had to think a bit on how to finish the work as the pattern I had worked from did not suggest an edging. After a few attempts, I managed to create a result that I was happy with using the double crochet stitch.

I decided to follow the “simple is best policy” as I did not want to detract from the beauty of the ripple stitch.

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Completing the edge. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

As I laid the blanket out to view and photograph, I was pleased with the result. I hope that when I give the mother-to-be the blanket in March, she will be happy with it and that it will be used for many years to come.

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Baby blanket made with the ripple stitch. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

I enjoyed using this stitch and I am sure that I will make another blanket like this. At least next time I will not spend too much time working out the pattern 🙂

Inspire-Me-Monday-Button-1502Do you agree with using a simple edging?

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(This post is linked to Inspire Me Monday)