Friday, January 23, 2015

Grow Your Blog + Updates and Things


Hi!! How is everyone!? I feel like it's been ages since I wrote a post here (though it really hasn't been THAT long) 

This post will serve two purposes. First, my Grow your Blog post (which is a blog party hosted by Vikki from 2 Bags Full) and secondly to help update my active readers with all the details on my life and crafting of late! 

If this is your first time visiting; Welcome! I'm glad you stopped by and I hope you like my blog enough to stay for a bit. 

Crafty things first!!

 Up first for our lineup today is my Viking Helmet!


My friend, Ken, is a viking nut, he likes all things historical but he has a fondness for viking things. So when I found a pattern that I liked, I knew I HAD to make it for him. It was a little difficult at first, but once I figured out how it was all supposed to go together I managed to pull it off.  And as you can see Ken just loved it.

A sidenote: Ken, his wife and I have been friends for eight years now on the web, and two weeks ago I was finally able to meet him as he was heading to Texas for a job opportunity. That was AMAZING. For me there is always a worry that I won't get along with someone as well off a computer as I do through one. But my worry was unfounded. And, he gives the best hugs, and I needed one badly that day.  So yay!!!

Next up is a KNITTED Infinity scarf (that I'm super proud of by the way)


 I had a lot of time on my hands the week before last, and I had this yarn from Yarn Bee that's 70% wool and 30% acrylic and I wasn't sure what to do with it, so I finally decided on a scarf. I tried to crochet it at first but I didn't like the way it was working up, so I knitted instead! It took two skeins of Melody bulky in Fairy tale to complete it on 13mm needles in just a simple knit stitch. It's 20 stitches wide, and I'm not sure how many rows long. It's really soft too! I've never worked with wool before so it was a rather interesting texture for me. I can't decide if I like it yet or not xD I do however like the scarf.

Up next is my most recent project (this past week infact); A tablet cover.

 One of the things I recieved for Christmas was a tablet for school, and while I like the cover that it came with it, I don't use the attached keyboard as much as I thought I would. And so I went on a search for an open faced tablet cover. I could not find one single pattern for that type of cover. There were plenty of pouch type covers but none like what I wanted. So...for the first time I ever I improvised and created my own cover with my own pattern I'm quite proud of it to be honest. And I already have plans to make another refining a few details. I do have plans on documenting (or at least trying) The next one a bit better so I can make a post with the pattern soon!

And now some Amigurumi!



 The warrior bunny is my favorite by far, she was so much fun to make! She was also a gift for a friend who is not a girly girl and is into games like Skyrim and such. So I decided to make a warrior bunny! The sword and shield were fun to play around with and I was happy they turned out so well.
The peacock I made for my mom on her birthday, since she collects them. The original pattern (which I've seemed to have lost >.< ) Was for a thanksgiving turkey, but I felt it would make a perfect peacock with the colors changed. And it did!
The pink wip in the corner is sadly still unfinished and the pieces miles and miles away back home. But I thought I'd share the poor thing anyway so it would feel the love too ;) 

This one is just some random bits and bobs that you might enjoy looking at  ^.^ 

And finally a collage relating to school!


Hello to all of the people visiting from the Blog hop! Here's a little info about me! :D 

My name is Bliss and I'm 24 years old. I live in Alabama (when I'm not in uni) And I go to school in Dallas Texas at a Bible college. I love to crochet, and I've been teaching myself to knit. I'm also a radical child of God. In the past my blog has been all about crochet and craft things but I will probably be regaling all of you with stories that I find amusing or touching from my days at college. Sometimes I will review a book or music, depending on my mood. 

I love purple, and yarn. I have more yarn in my tiny little dorm than I probably should have lol. Anyway, I hope you stay for awhile and follow me! I love interacting with you guys! 


(and now for the update part of the post...so feel free to switch over to another post or blog for more photos. :) ) 


January 5th I left home for Dallas Texas, to return to college after more than a year off. It's been an interesting month to be sure, and now it's almost over. 

I've officially survived my first week of classes (I think lol) And I'm already a little ahead in my reading. When I started my first semester in August '13 I never thought I'd make it through the first day let alone the first week and the next four months, but I did. And now I'm finally back and this time has been much easier for me than the last. I'm not as homesick, and already God is teaching me so much. 

For those curious; I'm attending Christ for the Nations institute in Dallas Texas, it's a ministry college that I've dreamed about going to since I was nine years old. I'm 24 now, so that's a long time to hold onto a dream, but I am SO glad I did. 

I'm taking eight classes in total and have a load of class work already, fun stuff!! And if you guys are interested in hearing more about my classes and such I'd be happy to share, but I don't want to turn my readers off by over sharing if there isn't any interest for it. ^^

Anyway! Yeah. I'm at school now! It's great and fun, my roommates are awesome so far, and I'm glad that I get to sleep in tomorrow lol. 

I hope you guys have had a good January and for those of you who are new to my blog I hope to see you around again! :D 

Sola Fide 
Bliss

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Afghans


I've started a new one! I'm using Redheart unforgettable boutique yarn, double stranded to make this one. I had three skeins hanging around so I thought I'd do some mindless crocheting with it.



 I liked it SO much that I went ahead and bought a TON (18) Skeins from Joann's when I caught them on sale. Hopefully that will be enough, but if it's not...then I will buy more!


And do you remember this stack of squares?



I finally put them all together in November to create this afghan:



I'm like, crazy proud of this one too. It took ages! I ended up giving it to my mom's sister for her birthday. She needed a handmade hug. I can't wait to work on another one...I kind of want to make one for my best friend for Christmas next year, but we'll see. 

I managed to start and complete, 5 (FIVE!?) Afghan's in 2014...I think that's quiet a feat...don't you? 

Let's rehash!

In February
http://crochet-bliss.blogspot.com/2014/02/finished-blanket.html
I finished an afghan for my yet-to-be-born grand-neice

In May
http://crochet-bliss.blogspot.com/2014/05/mothers-day.html

I made my Mom a lapghan for mother's day. (Gosh that one made my arms HURT for days)

I can't remember the exact date that I finished this next one...because I just realized I never posted it on my blog!?  (But I think it was in August)

It's a corner to corner afghan, I used Lion Brand homespun yarn that I found on sale for 75% off at wal-mart. I used 6 skeins total and an H hook.


And then in July I made this one

http://crochet-bliss.blogspot.com/2014/08/birthday-afghan-and-my-alien.html
For my Dad's birthday. 


So five afghans in a year is NOT shabby at all...I never thought I would complete one afghan, ever, let alone five in a single year (and now six total) Who knows what I might accomplish this year!


Monday, January 5, 2015

War Eagle!


My sister asked me to help her out and make her a glove and scarf set for a coworker of hers, in the Auburn college football team colors and of course I had no problem doing that since I had the extra time! (even though I am not a very big fan of orange) 

I made the gloves first and I think they turned out pretty well. 

Made with Redheart Love yarn

Then I moved onto the scarf....First I attempted to Knit it.....

 But I didn't like the way it looked at all...the doubled stranded mixed look isn't one that I'm a fan of. So I frogged it and started over in crochet.

It's still worked with double strands, but I used the same colors, and I think it turned out much better. it's a nice length and it's very thick and warm. :D

Friday, January 2, 2015

Grow Your Blog 2015

http://vicki-2bagsfull.blogspot.com/2014/11/grow-your-blog-2015-party-this-is.html
Vikki over at 2 Bags Full is once again hosting the Grow Your Blog Party. I participated (And met most of you guys) through that event last year, and I plan on joining in again this year! If you haven't heard of this, you should totally go check it out! It's an awesome event and you not only get a chance to grow your blog, but you also get to meet some pretty amazing people! The Deadline to sign up is on January 17th, so don't forget!!

Grow Your Blog Official Sign Up Post

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Christmas!

I hope that everyone had as great of a Christmas Holiday as I did! I'm going to share a bit of it with you, in photo's...enjoy!

Loots from my stocking! So much star wars awesomeness!!


My neice's and nephew's many gifts, ready to unwrap :D

Playing battleship with my dad with my new tablet....he was winning -_- lol

My brother did SO good this year, he gave me this set of R2-D2 Measuring cups, they are so awesome!

My brother also gave me these stacking mugs. Aren't they just so awesome? 

Two notebooks with one of my favorite themes...

Pez! Star wars! What's not to love? 

I have to say, this is one of the best things that was in my stocking this year. A death star infuser! I've used it so much already :D 


Jazmine being extra sassy for the camera at our family get together this year

The tree at my Grandparent's house...I think someone broke some lights xD

Little elf house stuck in the christmas tree at the mall

Gotta love HUGE designer trees. 

And the best Christmas gift was that my Daddy was home with us. I would have been happy if that's all we'd gotten.

New Year; New Look



So while I watched Stardust  on netflix with a friend tonight, I decided I needed a new look for my blog for the new year. And I love it :D It's so sparkly and shiny! I hope you guys like it too!

Stay tuned for a (late) Christmas post and other things. ^.^