Friday, August 31, 2012

FO Fridays

Unfortunately I'm only a few hours away from finishing my Choose Your Own Adventure Dragon, a pattern created by Miss Stacey Trock and being used as a FreshStitches CAL, so I am unable to show you my dragon at this time. But I wanted to share with you at least one thing I've created this week!

Remember how I said that I would be making another dishcloth following this pattern, but this time for one of my coworkers? Well here it is! My notes on the pattern can be found in my project page for the first Lacy Mock Cable Dishcloth I made, and if you would like to see more pictures of the second dishcloth, you can click the caption under the picture. 

I'm sorry you guys didn't get to see my dragon this week. I'm super excited to share it with you next week though!

If you would like to see more finished objects, head over to Tami's Amis!


Friday, August 24, 2012

FO Friday

Hello again! Wow, it has been a hectic couple of weeks. I moved down to Athens two Sundays ago, and then I was in RA Orientation all week, which resulted in a lack of posting. It's move in weekend right now, and after having trouble with both my wireless and wire internet connection, I finally have time to post and tell you all that I'm working on. I'm super excited about it!

I joined this new group on Ravelry called Knit Dishcloth KAL, and twice a month this group does mystery knit-a-longs. I joined for the most recent one, and this is what it made. The dishcloth is super cute and worked up very quickly. If you would like to see more pictures and my notes for the pattern, you can click the caption to check out my Ravelry page. 

I also made these.

Following the tutorial linked to in the caption, I made Popsicle themed door decs for my residents. The Popsicles you see are for my staff, but I ended up making a little under 50 total. I made the bite marks with a special scrapbooking, flower shaped hole punch. 

If you would like to see more finished objects, check out Tami's Amis!


Friday, August 10, 2012

Chicago Summer Project 2012 is Officially Over

Wow. What a week! So much has happened in these last seven days; it's insane. I better start at the beginning.

Saturday it stormed. Like, insanely.

 The sky was green. It was insane! A big group of people came up to my apartment to watch the storm; it cleared up later though. And we played sardines that night. It was super fun.

Sunday was the usual with a small change. We had church in the morning, where 40 to 50 people got baptized. Then we met as a Prayer Team to pray together one last time, and our Impact Team only met to get our sharing stats for the week. Then Sunday night, for Project Fun we had a picnic together in Millennium Park.

 Katelyn even had a kite (although we weren't allowed to fly it). We ended up playing in the park that night, and we had a blast!

Monday was the usual. We had pizza and our Monday meeting. It was a fun night!

Tuesday we did an outreach to the Chicago homeless. We passed out pb&j sandwiches. Then Sydney, Alex and I went to the Lincoln Park Zoo.

 The lion was my favorite. And look how large their paws are compared to my hand. It's insane! And we rode the carousal. I know, I know, the 19, 20, and a 21 year old college students rode a carousal. But we did it, and it was great! 

 Tuesday night we treated the guys who took us on our Creative Date. We decorated mugs and cooked them appetizers and desserts, and then just chilled together afterward. They really appreciated the thank you, almost as much as we appreciated the date itself!

 Wednesday morning we woke up extra early (5:30am) for baptisms. 13(?) people on Project decided to get baptized on Wednesday morning in Lake Michigan, making a public proclamation that they were dedicating their lives to Jesus. It was so beautiful to watch, and was totally worth getting up really early!

 Wednesday night was the Farewell Banquet, and I have to say, the team planning it did a fantastic job. We had a great dinner, project personalities ("Most likely to knit you a poncho" right here! Katelyn got that as well), a section in the corner where we could write encouragement notes and memories, a photo booth with funny props we could use, and a dance.

 Me and a few of my friends. The "O-H-I-O" picture was interesting. Even though Katelyn and I go to Ohio University (because we are Ohio and they are State), we were all Ohio roommates, so we took it. We had a blast together, and I love them so much (which is why I can totally make fun of them for being State and not Ohio and they know I'm kidding and love them in their scarlet and grey anyway).
Afterward we went back to the Lofts for an after party! We changed into comfy clothes, watched a video of us that was recorded by the Banquet team of our greatest memories, project secrets, most embarrassing moments, encouragements, etc., and they gave us little gift bags.

The little card explains what is in the bags and what it represents. The objects inside correlate with our weekly themes (with our overarching themes of Magnificent for the first half of Project and I AM for the second). It was really thoughtful of them to put together, and we couldn't have asked for a better night.

Thursday morning we had our last meeting together as a Project, and then I proceeded to clean and pack up for the rest of the day (literally. Like, I was packing until almost 3am). We came together as a Project, or those of us who were left as people started leaving Thursday morning, and did a hug/goodbye line in the lobby so we could all get our goodbyes out at once. And do you want to hear something surprising? I haven't cried about leaving once. Yeah, I've missed home a lot and have wanted to be back on the farm like crazy, but after all we went through as a Project, these 68 other college students from all over the country have really become my family, and have given me a glimpse of what Heaven will be like. When I was first applying for Project and people told me that I would be spending the summer with almost 70 of my closest friends, I said yeah right. We'll be friends, but there is no way that we will be that close. I can honestly say that God proved that assumption incorrect. These men and women have become so dear to my heart, and I cannot wait for our Project Reunion in November. And the best part is,


Friday, August 3, 2012

Coming to a Close...

We had to say goodbye to one of our friends from ECU today. She is one of the bubbliest, and most beautiful people that I have ever met. I absolutely love that I will see her again some day though, either at a Project Reunion or in Heaven. She is leaving early for a wedding, and then RA Orientation. Two more people from ECU will be leaving soon for the same reason.

But I'm getting ahead of myself. We should start with Sunday.
Sunday was the usual: church, Prayer and Impact Team meetings, and Project Fun. But this Project Fun was structured a little differently. We split off into guys and girls and we had men's and women's time. The guys played touch football in the park (I only know this because it was on Facebook), and us ladies did something ultra special.
 It began by being told to bring a mug, and to dress comfy. When we got downstairs, we were told to pick out a bookmark, and then find our names at one of the blankets. Believe it or not, I just so happened to pick out the bookmark design that matched my place card. And they were cut from right next to each other too! We got cupcakes, and just chilled together for a while. We finished this section of the night by writing encouraging notes on the back of each other's place cards.

So cute right? After this, we made an encouragement web! I don't have any pictures of this, but it was basically like a spiderweb with multicolored yarn. We passed the ball to someone we wanted to encourage and then sat down. We did not have nearly enough yarn, but somehow Jesus made enough. It was a 5 loaves and 2 fish incident!
Our theme for the night was "Our Beauty in Christ", and it was just so great to be with other women who desperately want to follow the Lord.

Monday was a nice relaxing day. I spent the morning crafting, and then we had pizza as a Project and our Monday meeting. Our theme this week has been "I AM: love", and it has been really cool to look into how God is love more deeply without glazing over it as I sometimes do.

Tuesday was another campus day. Katelyn and I shared, and since it is exam week, we did not find many people who were willing to talk with us. It was still a successful week though because we initiated conversations. Our Action Group was a little different that night as well.

 We had a picnic! As you can see, our view of campus was super pretty, and I got to spend the evening with some super awesome women of God. I have come to love these girls insanely and will miss them like crazy. And look...

Roommate pictures! Katelyn and I are on the left, Jaz and Hannah are on the right.

 Wednesday was a little interesting. We did an outreach with Cru's Soularium on campus. We put pictures on a board and when people where interested in what we were doing we went through the survey with them. More people were on campus on Wednesday than Tuesday (as is usually the case, it was just amplified by finals week) and the outreach was very successful. We had a lot of interesting conversations. Our last Encouragement Meeting was at nine that night, but the Prayer Meeting was a little different. Due to several last minute complications, we could not have it on Tuesday or Wednesday night. Instead, we had it during our weekly Night with the Lord. We told people that they were free to come, stay, go, or just have their Quiet Time in the meeting room, and if they wanted prayer for something specific we would be available to pray with them. It worked out so well; we wish we'd been running it this way the whole time!
Wednesday night we planned an apartment "Block Party". People in our apartment complex don't care for us that much, so we threw them a party! Free pizza (I was in the group that went to get the pizza and everyone on the trains wanted to be our friends by the way), free snacks, free pop, and hang out. It was really well and a ton of people were there! Too bad we're leaving next week though.

Thursday was my last campus day. It's sad to think that my time sharing at the University of Illinois at Chicago is over, but God has lights there to continue His work. And who knows, maybe I'll come back some day! My only conversation the whole day was with Mayra (the girl with whom Katelyn and I had been continuously following up). We had a surprise when we saw her.

She made us chocolate roses! They are so cute; I can't even handle it. Katelyn didn't get to spend the whole time with her, but I did. We went through the Satisfied booklet (a tool Cru has that explains more clearly how to live a Spirit filled life) and then had a teary goodbye. I'm going to miss that girl.
Our dinner Thursday night was Polish food, and it was delicious. I had sweet cheese for the first time ever. It was interesting, but that is definitely not how sweet normal cheese is (you would think that I would have known that by the name "sweet cheese", but it still surprised me; it was that sweet). Our meeting was fun, and it's so hard to believe that it may be the last one that we have!

And that brings us to today.
We said goodbye to our dear friend Lindsay this morning, and then I had a knitting/crocheting party in my room. Only a few people came, but we had a blast either way! Tonight I am going out to dinner with some people from Project, and then will be crocheting with a girl who missed the party because she had to work. It was her idea and silly me scheduled it at the wrong time! Oh well; I'll see her tonight.

So that's all Project wise. Craft wise I finished this:

This penguin was created for my friend Courtney. I made her the Amigurumi Snowy Owl, but she cannot find it. Our theory is that one of the staff kids took it before they left (which is totally okay with both of us), so I asked her what she wanted and she asked if I could make her a penguin. He took me roughly three hours (I was timing it exactly, but them my computer decided that it needed to update, successfully restarting my stopwatch), and he turned out super cute! If you would like to see more pictures, you can check out my Ravelry page for him.

I also made this unicorn. There are many things I would change about this if I were to do it again, and quite frankly I do not enjoy that the neck is its own piece, but overall this pattern worked up nicely. How to attach the mane and tail is not clear, and how I attached them is most certainly not child proof, but I believe that to be okay since it was made for my friend Tommy on Project. Anyway. If you would like to see more pictures, or read my notes, you can check out my Ravelry page.

That's all for week nine! Until next time!