Weekend WIP Wrap-up

It is Sunday afternoon, an overcast day in February, and it is nap time at my house. I used to blog on Sundays. I’m not sure quite how or when I got out of that habit. It seems like it was a good one, though, so perhaps I will get back into that routine…since I obviously have not yet fulfilled my 2014 goal of blogging more! (I have done better with some of my other goals, but I decided I wanted to talk about other things in this post.)

Anyway, I’m calling this the Weekend WIP Wrap-up, and maybe it will become a go-to theme for these future Sunday afternoon blogging sessions if I can’t think of anything else to write about. There are, after all, always Works in Progress where a crafter lives! It has been a long, long time since I did a tally of all the projects I have on the hooks and needles, so this may be enlightening for me! So, let’s get started on my list, shall we?

Crochet Projects:

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First off, I have a pair of these custom faux fur baby booties in Charcoal on the hook right now in the 0-6 month size. My goal is to have them finished and out the door by Tuesday at the latest. I have the body of both boots almost done, and once that part is finished, I will just have the trim, buttons, and tags to put on, besides weaving in all the ends. Totally doable! I have mentioned this designer’s shop before, but for new readers, you can find the pattern at http://www.etsy.com/shop/patternma, not to mention lots of other fun patterns to crochet!

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I guess this isn’t so much of a WIP since I haven’t started on them yet, but I also have a pair of these newborn baby loafers to crochet in sepia brown organic cotton, once I get done with the faux fur boots. The pattern is from https://www.etsy.com/shop/TwoGirlsPatterns where you can find a bunch of really cute crochet patterns. I totally recommend you check out their shop if you like to crochet!

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I also have a pair of wee baby rain boots on my hooks right now. I am in the process of creating a pattern for these, but it is slow going because I am going to create various sizes…and because other things keep getting in the way, putting this project on the back burner. But I hope that over the next month I will be able to get the pattern written, tested and finalized in time for spring so lots of other people can make their own sweet little baby galoshes!

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I guess that is just about all for crochet projects that I’m actively working on at the moment. There is still this huge afghan that is sleeping in the closet right now…and it is so close to being finished, but I never seem to have both the time and the desire to work on it at the same time. I just need to attach about half the squares and do the edging, so there is a light at the end of the tunnel. It is just a very, very long tunnel!

Knitting Projects:

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On the needles right now, I have several different personal projects, either for myself or for gifting. I started knitting a pair of house slippers for myself a few days ago because my store-bought slippers are so old and hole-y and worn out. The pattern is called “Non-Felted Slippers,” and it is a free download on Ravelry. I am making these in handspun yarn given to me by my sister in law for Christmas! Both yarns are from Moondance Springs Farm, which is located in Buffalo Gap, South Dakota. The soles are a 100% llama fiber in the “Sage” colorway, which may actually be the llama’s name, for all I know, since the yarn appears to be a natural color. The uppers of the slippers are 100% merino wool in a super hot pink color. I will never lose my feet when I have these things on, that much is certain! (It also happens to be close to the same shade of my favorite yoga pants, so it’s all good!) I have one slipper completed, and it is a wee bit small, but I am guessing it will stretch with wear, so no biggie.

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All my other knitting is more of the gift-giving sort. I have a Meret scarf in the works for one family member, although it hasn’t seen the light of day for some time. When I do get it out, I really have to think hard to figure out where I left off in the pattern since I am still quite a novice when it comes to lace knitting. (Let’s admit it, although I’m very adventurous, I’m pretty much a novice at all knitting, period.) I’m using Caron Simply Soft in Blue Mint for this scarf.

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I also have another lace scarf in the works, although I am a bit dubious as to whether I will have enough yarn to complete this one. It is another Moondance Springs Farm creation, 100% wool, hand dyed in beautifully vibrant green tones. It is a pretty light weight yarn, but I don’t know how many yards there are, only that it is 1.8 ounces…and I don’t know if it will be enough for a scarf of decent length. The pattern I chose is the One Row Lace Scarf, so I can stop it at any point. I may need to frog it and make it narrower, though, in order to get a nice length for it. I’m not sure yet.

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Little J often wants to play with yarn when I am knitting or crocheting, and he has asked me several times to teach him how to knit. He doesn’t have the fine motor skills or attention span to really do much right now (he is only three, after all!), but I decided I can at least let him sit on my lap and hold the needles with me. He wants to make a bunny rabbit, so we are just knitting a basic rectangle of garter stitch right now, and I will sew it up, stuff it, and make ears and a tale for it. And when it is done, he can say that he helped make his very own toy bunny!

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Another project that is almost in hibernation right now is a baby cardigan I started around Thanksgiving 2013. It is my first ever attempt at knitting a garment, so it is something of a challenge. I am using this beautiful, luscious, squishy organic wool sock yarn from Gynx Yarns in a colorway called “Wolf.” This yarn has been discontinued, and I got it at a deep discount. It is a lovely combinations of cream, grey and tan. The pattern is simply titled “Garter Yoke Baby Cardi.” If I ever get back to working on this cardigan, it will make a great gift for any baby, boy or girl!

And, that, folks, is a wrap-up of all the WIPs I have at the moment. Looks like I’ve got some work to do, huh? That being said, I think I will wrap up this blog post and go stitch! Have a great week, everyone!

Springy Soaker for Knit and Crochet Blog Week

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I just found out about the fourth annual Knitting and Crochet Blog Week hosted at Eskimimi Makes, and I thought it would be a good challenge for me to join in. I don’t know if I will be able to blog every single day, but at least I will try! Besides, it was good reminder (or excuse) to take some time and show off my current knitting endeavor. The blog week has this fun “house” theme representing different crafting styles. I think I mostly fit into the “Busy Bee” house because I am always working on several projects and can never wait until one is finished before starting something new.

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I wanted to make a knit wool soaker for Little J since he is not ready for potty training yet. We never really loved our crocheted soakers, although they were very absorbent, or bullet-proof as I have heard some cloth diapering mamas put it. They just don’t stretch well, and therefore didn’t seem very comfortable or well-fitting. The Curly Purly soaker pattern came highly recommended, so I downloaded it and waited patiently until I could get some wool to use. I recently have been wanting to try my hand at dying yarn, so I snagged a good deal on some LionBrand Fisherman’s Wool using a coupon at Joann’s and got to work!

Having read some about using Easter egg dyes to hand paint yarn, I first dyed this using some teal, denim, green and yellow Easter egg tablets. I won’t go into details of how to do that because I am still learning. But there are some nice tutorials online if you just google it! 😉 Anyway, the initial colors were paler than I wanted, so I over dyed the whole thing with some blue food coloring, and it came out just perfect! Very springy, I think!

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Here was my first photo as I got started on the soaker…

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And here is what I have finished so far! I’m starting to pick up stitches for the legs now, which is rather intimidating as I don’t know how many I really need to have for them to fit nicely.

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It has been so much fun to work with this hand dyed yarn and watch the colors shift. I definitely am going to have to dye more! It is sort of addictive! :p

For more posts from other bloggers on Knitting and Crochet Week Day 1, simply type 4KCBWDAY1 in your favorite search engine! You are sure to come up with all sorts of crafty blog fun!

While Waiting for Baby

Just a quick little post, since I’ve been so bad about blogging lately! I’m doing a good bit of crocheting these days to keep my hands busy even when I’m too tired to do anything else. 🙂 Here are my current projects, one for me and one for baby!

Denim Lacy Cardigan: This is a very nice Doris Chan design (loving her stuff when I can get my hands on it!) that is currently available for free via Ravelry–Lacy Top Cardigan. I’m using a K hook and Ella Rae Amity yarn in “Denim.” This yarn is an acrylic wool blend, and apparently has won Maggie’s approval. She tried to jump into my project bag every time I get this out! It’s a nice, soft yarn and isn’t “splitty” or shiny like so many less expensive soft yarns. The cardigan pattern is written up a little differently than most, and it was tricky to figure out what was going on at first glance. But once you get into it, it’s not so hard.

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Pastel Swirls Baby Blanket: My sister-in-law sent me this OLD Red Heart wintuk 4-ply yarn in baby pastels, and I decided it would be great for another hexagon blanket to go in the bottom of our uniquely shaped playpen! I ran out of yarn for the Autumn Hexagon Blanket and haven’t had a chance to go to Hobby Lobby for more, so I’m working on this one in the mean time. The yarn is super rough (blech!), even worse than I remember Red Heart Super Saver being! I think once it get a good beating in the washing machine along with a vinegar rinse and some fluffing in the dryer, it should soften up enough. I’m using this pattern by Vicki Mikulak, another free Ravelry download! I’m using worsted weight yarn instead of the DK/baby weight called for, so I’m also using an I hook instead of G or H. I want it a little larger than 40 inches across anyway, as the playpen is a little wider than that.

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So, there you have it! Hopefully I get all this done before the baby arrives, but if not….I’ll have something to do when I can’t get back to sleep after late night feedings and diaper changes! :p

Did you guess right?

Yesterday’s post was just a tease, I know. 🙂 But I’m sure most anyone who read it figured out my little secret… we’re having a baby! And not just any baby…a little boy, to boot! So my mind has been very much occupied with all things baby-related for the past several months, which is my only real excuse for not blogging at all. But I figured that I should probably post something now, rather than suddenly start having all these cutesy little baby pics to share and leave you wondering how that happened so fast! It has seemed to go by more quickly than I expected, and I can hardly believe that I’m in my third trimester already. Our little “pumpkin” is due to arrive around the first week in November, and that is not so very far away. Some days I feel very ready, and others I feel as if I still have so much to do. But I am enjoying pregnancy, even with all its strange side effects…which haven’t been very bad so far. And it is fun to get to make things for my very own baby for once!

I took the time this afternoon to snap a few more pics of things I’ve made or am in the process of making, so I’ll share those today! First  are these tiny little booties and hat, which I crocheted using a bit of Bernat Baby Sport left over from a gifted baby blanket. The hat was made using Bev’s Easy Round Baby Hat pattern, and the booties were from the SLK Baby Booties pattern. I made these some time ago, and now I can’t remember what hook size I used for certain…but I believe I used a G for both as I wanted them to be “take me home” sized. Oh, and I left off the edging from the booties, just felt it was a little too feminine for my tastes.

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My sweet sister-in-law has been going to lots of garage sales lately and sending me some great baby stuff. She found a gently used Boppy pillow, but it needed a cover. I know they don’t cost much in the store, but I wanted to try my hand a sewing one myself. Well, the part I was most nervous about was getting the zipper in, and that worked out great. But the inner curve of  the pillow cover was also tricky, and it seems I didn’t leave quite enough fabric for the needed ease. It may still work, but it appears to be rather tight in that spot. Maybe I shouldn’t have trimmed the seams before trying the cover on the pillow because now I don’t think I will even be able to rip the seams and restitch further in. Oops! Oh well…it still looks cute anyway!

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Now I’ve started making an afghan, which is something I wasn’t really planning to do at first. I always make them for other people, but I wasn’t feeling inspired to do so for my own little pumpkin…until I received a unique hexagon shaped playpen, that is! It is quite a neat contraption, but the only drawback is that the bottom sits direcly on the floor with no real padding. That didn’t seem very comfy for  baby, especially on wood floors in the cold winter months. So I decided I needed a hexagon shaped blanket to go in the bottom!  I found this lovely pattern from Coats and Clark, some yummy autumn colored “I Love This Yarn”, and started right to work. It’s really a fun and easy pattern that is working up quickly. The only part I’m not looking forward to is weaving in ends after all the color changes. (I know, I should do that as I go, but really, who am I kidding?!)

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So, there you have it…a secret no longer! And perhaps you’ll understand if I don’t get around to the blog very often. I’m still here, still crafting and gardening (sort of…it’s hot out there!) and loving on my cats and collie…but I’ve got Other Things on my mind as well! 🙂

The Giant Sampler Afghan Project

As I promised not long ago, I finally got around to taking pictures of all the squares I’ve finished for the sampler afghan I’m making for our bed. I’ve finished 29 of 49 squares, so I’m over halfway there! I’m a little tired of working on it right now, so I was hoping that posting some pictures of my progress would help encourage me to keep going. Here the squares are, along with links to the patterns I’ve been using.

Cat Tracks by Drew Emborsky
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Chained Compass by Jennifer Ofenstein
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Cross and Diamond by Julee Reeves

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Popcorn and Trebles by Marlo D. Cairns

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Winter Dream by April Moreland

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Mandala by Chris Simon

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Wheel Lattice by Dayna Audirsch

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Cygnus by Chris Simon

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Winter Rose by Julee Reeves

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So, there you have it! A crochet-related post at last. 🙂 I will definitely update with new photos later as I add more squares to the pile….oh, and speaking of the pile, Maggie wanted to help me keep all the squares in one spot while I was taking photos. Silly girl!

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In which I apologize for my long absence

Okay, yes, I know I have been a very bad blogger of late. And I am sorry. You would think that with the holiday shopping season in full swing I would have been on here more, if only for the sake of my Etsy shop. But I have been taking a step back from the online world during the holidays instead. In fact, I’ve been trying very hard to slow everything down this year and enjoy time at home with my husband and our furbabies. It’s been nice to just rest and relax and enjoy the season for what it is, rather than feeling pressure to go here and there and do all sort of busy things just to be like everyone else these days.

That is not to say that I have not been busy around the house, however. I have accomplished alot, actually. The house looks lovely and cozy with all the Christmas decorations up everywhere. I finally stitched up a pretty little valance for one of the spare bedrooms (aka, the cats’ room) as well as a functional and attractive piano bench pad that matches the valances in the family room. I have been spending a great deal more time in the kitchen lately as part of my new commitment to cook and eat more healthy, whole foods. We’re eating alot less food containing preservatives, alot more whole grains and vegetables, less red meat and pork, and more beans and poultry. I eventually want to phase out processed sugar as well, but that change is going to be a little harder to get used to…I do have a terrible sweet tooth! 🙂

Since the weather has finally turned cold, hubby and I are enjoying warm and cozy evening in the family room, snuggled up with some popcorn or hot cocoa and a good movie, with the lights of the Christmas tree twinkling in the background. And of course, I couldn’t settle down without a good crochet project to keep my hands busy also! So, here enters “My Altogether Huge and Daunting Sampler Afghan Project!” Hubby mentioned a couple of months ago that he really wished we had large, heavy afghan for our bed, wondering how long I thought it would take me to make one…and how much yarn it would require. Well, I pushed the idea to the back of my mind because I’m not a big fan of projects that take a long time to finish, such as a queen-size crocheted afghan would! But as I was packing for Thanksgiving vacation, I needed a project that was very portable and didn’t involved alot of creativity on my part. The afghan idea quickly resurfaced, and I quickly searched the internet for interesting and attractive 12 inch afghan square patterns. Since then, I have managed to complete 9 squares, with a tenth one half finished and still on my hook. See?

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I calculated that I will have to make 49 12-inch squares total to make a queen size afghan, and so far, I used one pound of worsted weight yarn for the dusty rose sqares. The cream-colored yarn is also a pounder, so I hope to be able to get about 8 squares out of it as well. The plan is to make the afghan mostly in cream, but I may get crazy and add in some darker rosey color or maybe even some green, brown or blue…I really haven’t decided yet. Our bedroom has no set color scheme as it is the only room we have never really been able to decide on. (I like too many different bedroom decor styles that I like, but none that I just LOVE.)

Anyway, here are the square patterns I have used so far, starting top to bottom, left to right:

Mandala by Chris Simon
Popcorns and Trebles by Marlo D. Cairns
Winter Rose by Julee Reeves
Cross and Diamond by Julee Reeves
Wheel Lattice by Dayna Audirsch
Cygnus by Chris Simon
Cat Tracks by Drew Emborsky
Winter Dream by April Moreland
Chained Compass by Jennifer Ofenstein

So, there you have it! I am going to be busy with this project for a while, as you can guess…although I’m sure I’ll have to take some creative breaks to make other things every now and then. I have some pattern ideas of my own swirling around in my brain, but they haven’t taken form in real life yet. Hopefully they will become something one day soon! And of course, I will certainly tell all about it here when they do!

Well, if I continue to be a very bad blogger and don’t get on here again for a while, I want to take this moment to wish all my sweet readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I pray that you and your family will take some time this year to find the real meaning of Christmas in the birth of the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ the Lord! He is my Hope, my Joy, my Light, my Life! May He be the answer to your life as well.

Bits and Pieces

Today I haven’t done alot of things around the house, although I should have. But I did accomplish one thing I have been wanting to do for a long time. I made business cards! Yay! I found these nice templates over at Business Card Land. They have a number of free templates to customize and save as .pdf’s to print later. I think they came out looking very classy and professional! And now I’ll have something to hand out to new contacts and friends and to include when I ship items to my customers!

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I also was able to take a quick photo of my progress so far on my “Chanson Hibernal” (Winter Song) capelet. I am enjoying the pattern. It certainly isn’t boring as each row has a new stitch sequence. I am really looking forward to completing this and being able to wear it this winter as a little shoulder-warmer at church. When this one is finished, I’m planning to make a white shawl for next spring and summer, possibly using Doris Chan’s All-Shawl design. I have alot of other crochet projects in my head as well, mostly things I should make for my shop, but I’m not sure when I’ll get around to it all!

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Revisiting the subject of pie baking, I had mixed results with my attempts at pear pie yesterday. I did find a great tasting recipe for crust, via AllRecipes.com, the French Pastry Pie Crust. Reni suggested I use lard, which I would if I had any. My mother always uses lard, but she also uses a similare recipe to the one I used. The vinegar, egg and sugar lends just the flavor I was wanting! However, the pears I used were just much too hard and refused to cook down before the crust was browned. It was disapointing to cut open the pie and realize it was inedible, but I’m over that now. I look forward to trying this crust again, but I think I’ll stick to some fruit that is not hard as rocks when I do!

Oh, and about that little idea I hinted about in my last post…I was thinking about starting to sell some spiced tea and cookie mixes in my Etsy shop, but then I found out that the government even has rules and regulations about that sort of thing! I’m having a hard enough time sorting out the tax laws right now, so I certainly don’t need to extra red tape that being a food vendor involves! I guess I’ll stick to using mixes as gifts and only sell non-edible items in my shop!

Thanks bunches!

Well, since Molly somehow sneaked in and posted here on my blog, now everybody wants in on the action! Max really, really wanted to write today’s update, but I just couldn’t let him because I have so many important links to share this week. I didn’t want him to forget one and have to come back to and fix it all later. But just so he wouldn’t feel left out I promised to post a nice photo of him and tell you all what a handsome boy he is becoming. At 12-13 weeks, the 3M’s are really growing fast, and getting into absolutely everything! Thank goodness they still can’t jump up on the counters. Oh, how I rue the day… Anyway, here’s a sweet pic I took of Max and Molly the other day while they were lounging in the sun on top of some of our instrument cases. He really is getting so big and so handsome. I can hardly believe that he is the scraggly, squirrelly little boy we brought home two months ago. He has changed so much!
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Now, let’s see, on to the updates…First off, a couple of big “thank-you’s” are in order. I want to thank Lynn so much for giving me the “Brillante Weblog” award. This is the first time someone has been so sweet as to pass a blogging award my way, and I really appreciate it! Pop on over to her blog to check it out!
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My second “thank you” goes to Andrea of Knits and Knots, who was kind enough to do a review of my blog as well as a little email interview with me! This was another first for me, and I thoroughly enjoyed participating. She asked great questions about crocheting and designing, as well as life in general, all of which made me think about why I love doing what I do! She has done lots of other great reviews as well, so visit her blog to read them all! Thank you, Andrea!

Molly mentioned last week that we had family coming in, and we did. Hubby’s parents and brother came to visit us at our new house, which was very nice. They only were able to stay overnight, but we’re hoping that we’ll get to see them more often now that we are only 5 hours apart instead of 15! The 3M’s were a little shy at first, just because of all the new voices and extra pairs of feet in the house. But they warmed up to everyone pretty quickly and seemed to enjoy all the extra shoelaces to chew! My MIL and BIL wanted to pick some blackberries, so Monday night we went out and got about four cups or so. We could have gotten more, but I didn’t want to take them too deep in the woods because Mom forgot her tennis shoes! But I went far enough in myself to get my first case of poison ivy. Ugh! From now on, when I come in from the woods I must remember to scrub myself down and get all that yucky oil off because I really don’t enjoy being itchy!

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And look what came in the mail last week! Well, actually, the light brown yarn on top was in my stash, but the cream and rose colored ones found their way to my mailbox all the way from a nice lady in Texas who was moving and wanted to get rid of some yarn. I had been commenting on the Haekelbeutel Bag CAL over at Crochetville, saying how much wanted to join in but just couldn’t buy any yarn just now. Well, now I can! Thanks again, Judy! So now I’ve been making my squares for that, and I’m really enjoying it! I can’t wait to see what this bag will look like when it’s finished. I’ve really been impressed with some of the designs other people have done using Inga’s pattern as a basis. I’m not using the basic square in her pattern, though. Here are my squares:
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I’m crocheting these using the first 5 rows of the Spinner block from my 200 Crochet Blocks book by Jan Eaton. I haven’t gotten to use this book nearly enough, so any excuse I can get, I take! I only wish there weren’t so many typos in it. I downloaded the errata from Interweave Press, so I guess one night I just need to sit down and pencil it all into the book itself. I was really confused on the first Spinner square I did for this very reason…there was a major error in round 3 that had me making the wrong number of stitches. Good thing I caught on before I cut my yarn!

Anyway, that’s the stuff that’s been keeping me busy over the past week. Now I’m off to begin testing a square for someone over at the ‘Ville. This is my first time testing a pattern, and I’m excited. It’s just one 12 square, so I figured that would be a good place to start!

Have a very happy week! Back with more soon, I hope!

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A daisy a day…

I actually tried to post this yesterday, but flickr was having issues with uploading my photos…so this is a day late, but I guess that’s okay.

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I’ve been catching up on all my favorite blogs, and it’s making me wish I had more time and inspiration to get crafty. But the whole moving process sort of sapped my creative energies, what with all the packing, cleaning, unpacking, more cleaning…and then beginning to remodel. I think alot of my crocheting and sewing in the coming year is going to be more functional and practical than just for fun. For example, the project I have on my hook now….

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This is a mini rag rug, and it’s about half finished. This is not going to be a rug for the house, however. It is meant to be a cat mat, actually! DH and I are about to adopt 3 kittens from our pastor’s family, and I’m getting their beds, litter boxes and toys all ready for them before they come. I was trying to find a way to avoid spending a bundle of money on beds and such, when I found an old mini rug I’d made and used as a chair pad along with an unfinished rag rug. They were both just the right size for cat beds! But since there will be three kitties, I needed another one. So, I’m working up one more mini rug.

Other crafting projects that will be on the agenda this year: curtains, curtains, and more curtains! The valances that came with the house are just UGLY (IMHO), so as we finish remodeling each room I’ll either have to make new ones or go purchase some. It all depends on cost, though. Material is so expensive these days that it is becoming more economical just to buy stuff…and I hate that.

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Oh, by the way, this is my craft table. Doesn’t it look just pitifully boring? I haven’t decided on a color for this room yet…whatever it is will have to be color DH and I both can live with, since this room doubles as our office. But I need something light and happy, something that will spark my creativity! I also am thinking of putting up a large cork board on the wall over my table. That way I can hang photos, magazine clippings, patterns, swatches…anything that will inspire me or help with current projects. What do you think I need to help make this area more inspiring? Have any ideas for me? (Cheap ones…I’m on a tight budget here!)

Thanks for stopping by today! Here’s a daisy for you, just because….

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MIA no more!

It has seemed like an eternity since I last posted, maybe because it has been! Well, I’m back now, though I will say that the next few weeks will probably be much like the last few…”postless”. But I have a very good reason which I am finally free to share. :o)

You see, since my dear hubby’s graduation from seminary, we have been looking for a new position and a new church in which he can serve the Lord. Finally, just two weeks ago, he was voted in as music and media pastor at a church in Illinois! So, after 3 1/2 years here in Texas, we will be moving back north, closer to family and all four seasons! Needless to say, our apartment is filled with boxes and packing materials, everything strewn about in chaotic piles. We have only 3 Sundays left at our current church (which is sad, indeed) before we move. You can imagine all that has to be done in this small amount of time! So you will have to excuse me for not blogging much over the next month or so. Although I’m sure the computer will be one of the last things packed (and one of the first unpacked), I don’t think I will have much time to sit and write during the moving process. But I will be back soon, I promise!

I do have one small project to share quickly…a baby round ripple for a friend at church. Her baby girl is not due until August, but since we are about to leave I knew I’d have to get it to her early. So I quickly dug through my stash, before packing it all up, and found two and a half skeins of this old Kolor Match yarn that used to belong to DH’s grandmother. If anybody knows what decade this stuff is from, I’d be interested to know. It was made by Caron, but obviously isn’t carried in stores anymore. The yarn is 100% acrylic and feels just like Red Heart Super Saver. I’m counting on it softening up once I wash the blanket! Anyway, here’s my progress as of last night:

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Well, I must get going and do some more packing/cleaning/organizing. Have a great couple of weeks! I’ll be back soon!