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Craft On — John Deere Green

Linking up with Nicole at Frontier Dreams and her Craft On blog hop.It took me a couple weeks, but I did finally make a decision on the colors for the ‘John Deere’ baby blanket that I’m making for a friend of my husband. I have to say I’m not a fan as …

Craft On — Half Way Mark

Linking up with of Nicole of Frontier Dreams and her ‘Keep Calm (Craft On)’.After finishing up the pink baby blanket last week I was at a cross roads as to if I would work on existing projects (like a good girl:), or start a new project — or two or thr…

Yarn Along — And It’s Done!!!

Linking with Ginny of ‘Small Things’ on her Yarn Along/Read Along blog hop. I finished the Baby Shawl (aka blanket — why Debbie Bliss calls it a shawl, I’m not sure?) All that’s left to do is wash it and block it. I wouldn’t normally blo…

Yarn Along — It’s All About the Pink

Linking with Ginny of ‘Small Things’ on her Yarn Along/Read Along blog hop and with Nicole of Frontier Dreams and her ‘Keep Calm and Craft On’ blog hop. I have very little to show off this week as I’ve only been focused on one …

Yarn Along — Various Projects

Linking with Ginny of ‘Small Things’ on her Yarn Along/Read Along blog hop and with Nicole of Frontier Dreams and her ‘Keep Calm and Craft On’ blog hop. Getting back on track after having hubby home for a few days working on th…

Yarn Along — A Finish and a New Start

A quick post this morning as I am getting ready to head out the door. I really was enjoying my daughter being able to drive herself to work and her volunteer jobs, but her car needs some work, so I’m back to being ‘taxi mom’ once again:)Linking with&nb…

Yarn Along: Done and ???

Linking with Ginny of ‘Small Things’ on her Yarn Along/Read Along blog hop and with Nicole of Frontier Dreams and her ‘Keep Calm and Craft On’ blog hop. I was one busy knitter this week!! It resulted in a finish, and well, it w…

Yarn Along — Making Hats

Linking with Ginny of ‘Small Things’ on her Yarn Along/Read Along blog hop and with Nicole of Frontier Dreams and her ‘Keep Calm and Craft On’ blog hop. I stayed calm and tried not think of all the things I want to cast on!!! I…

I Need More Needles!!!

Like I need another hole in my head!! My resolve to finish up projects and only start new ones as I get others done has flown out the window, so to speak. I wanted something different to show off this week that was small and quick because I have been w…

Yarn Along — Just Plugging Along

Linking up with Ginny at Small Things on her Yarn Along. This is where we share what yarn-y goodness we are up to along with discussing what we are reading. I’m afraid my posts here lately have been a bit of a repeat, but I am really trying t…

Yarn Along — With a Finish!!!

Linking back up with Ginny at Small Things on her Yarn Along. I do have a finish, but otherwise it’s going to look a bit like a repeat from last week. Here’s what I’ve been working on…Reading- I’m still working on Rent Collector by Camron W…

Yarn Along

After a couple week’s break, I’m going to join in again with Ginny at Small Things on her Yarn Along. Here’s what I’ve been up to..Reading — You *might* have a hard time telling what the book I’m listening to is:) I couldn’t get the picture to show up …

12 Projects of Christmas

On Tuesday I posted the results of my Autumn Bucket List. I think I did pretty well considering that I knew I put way too much on that list:) Today I have another list that will bring me into the Christmas/Holiday season.

1. Crochet Stars: I started these stars several years ago and I still love them, just haven’t found the time to get more finished. I really like the colors of this yarn and it is sooo soft. If you haven’t noticed already, I use this particular yarn quite a bit. I haven’t decided if these will become ornaments or a garland.

2. Project Peace: This is a KAL hosted by Christina Campbell of The Healthy Knitter. This is a free cowl KAL designed to promote peace around the world. Lots of fun, the Ravelry Group can be found HERE. Also, Christina will be blogging daily tips for making your life just a little more peaceful.

The very beginnings of my Project Peace cowl

3. Make a hat for me: I started this one a couple weeks ago. I’m not a hat wearing person, mostly because I have a LOT of hair and always have it pulled back in a ponytail or messy bun. Since this is a slouchy hat, I’m thinking that my messy bun might fit in it so I don’t have to wear my hair down. We will see. It is the Sockhead Slouch hat.


4. Spruce up wreath: I made this wreath maybe 15 years ago or so. It’s made by shaping 3 wire hangers in circles, each just a bit smaller than the next and then my hubby took short pieces of the wire and soldered them together. Then take short strips of any color fabric and tie in knots. In years past I have just left the berries on it and called it good, but I think I want to add to it this year and make it a bit more festive. This will hang on my front door. 

5. Make a cowl for me: This one I also started a couple weeks ago. I’m really loving the yarn and the pattern is just started to show for me. It is the Tidal Sands cowl. 
6. Crochet Lap Blanket: I started this one a few weeks ago as well. There is no way I could get all this done if I hadn’t started a bit early. As it is, I’m going to be lucky to get half of it done:) This one doesn’t really have a pattern. Just a basic bobble stitch, going in groups of 3 stitches. I didn’t even count how many stitches I ‘cast on’, I just counted by 3’s. This one is going to take some time to finish!!
7. Christmas Decor ‘JOY’: I don’t have a picture for this one. Basically this will be taking the paper/cardboard letters you can find at craft stores and painting and/or decoupaging with decorative papers and setting them up. I found this idea in an old magazine.

8. Stitch/Finish Ornaments: Also no picture for this one either. I haven’t picked out what I want to stitch yet, but will be going through stitching stash soon to get it started:) FUN!! I also want to ‘finish’ off a couple of stitched pieces I already have done into ornaments. I will need to be selective with this as we down-sized our Christmas tree this year and so only favorite ornaments are allowed on it now:)

9. Make knitted hat for daughter: I found this ‘cat’ hat a couple weeks ago and just knew my daughter would love it — yes, she’s 17. yes, she is a bit silly!! 🙂 She just loves cats and she has a kitten right now that is black, so the hat will match the kitty. It’s is a super simple — and FREE, pattern. I’ve only worked on it for a couple days and it is just about done already. This will be a Christmas gift for her.

10. Make a crochet hat for daughter: Above I spoke of how I am not a hat person. Well, my daughter on the other hand, is. This is In Bloom Beret and I have already made her one in another colorway. I will make this one just a little bigger as the last one needed just a bit more body to it to hide all her hair:) This will also be a Christmas gift for her.

11. Finish stitching ‘She Feeds Them Well’ by The Scarlette House and ‘finish’ into a wall hanging: This is the piece I’ve been working on FOREVER now that will be a Christmas present for my mother in law. She is a crazy bird lady — well, not really crazy, but she sure loves her birds, and flowers too:) This is the most recent photo I have of this…

12. Wall Decor to be changed out with the seasons: Not sure how to explain this one. Really it’s just a concept in my head for now. It started out as wanting a way to hang our stockings — our 2 stockings as we lost one years ago;) I had thought a box that I could paint and decorate with hangers on it. Something like THIS. But we really don’t have a good place to put it. SO I thought maybe a wall hanging of some sort. Then I remembered a project my daughter did for 4-H fair this summer. It was a rustic board that she attached a wire basket and hangers to. PERFECT. Except it is all the wrong colors for Christmas and it is a little too ‘rustic’ for my hubby’s taste. ***Note: my hubby works in tooling and has worked in the wood shop for years and years. Their wood tooling has to be exact to within 3/100ths of an inch, so he is REALLY picky when it comes to wood projects:)

So then I decided that yes, I want something very similar to what dd had made, but I want to be able to also hang a stitched piece to the top of it so it can be changed out with each season. I really do have a pretty good idea of what I want it to look like and have shared these ideas with hubby since he will likely be the one to build a good part of it. Of all the projects on this list that I personally want, this one is a favorite, but it will depend on if hubby has time/patience to work on it:)

That is it for the 12 Projects of Christmas. There are a few that I’m pretty sure won’t get completely done by the end of the month, but even if I can just get the Christmas gift items done and make a good dent in the rest, I will be happy.

On a side note… My daughter was looking over the things I didn’t get done for my Autumn Bucket list and she remembered that I *promised* to watch a scary movie. UGG!!! She says I’m not going to get away with not watching one with her. 😖 I should have hid the list from her!!! 🙂 

Yarn Along

I’m joining in on this week’s Yarn Along hosted by Ginny from Small Things. For this KAL we post what knitting/crocheting projects we are working on as well as what books we are currently reading. Here is an over-view picture of what I’ve been up …

Yarn Along — with a FINISH!!

Not just a ‘I got all the knitting done’ finish, but a ‘I actually wove in all the ends and sewed up all the seams’ FINISH!!! Wow, that really feels good:)It’s time for another Yarn Along post (after a couple weeks of laying low), hosted by Ginny …

Yarn Along

Yarn Along is hosted by Ginny from Small Things. For this KAL we post what knitting/crochet projects we are working on as well as what books we are currently reading. Here is an over-view picture of what I’ve been up to this week…Reading: Truth …

Yarn Along

Yeah!! Another Yarn Along Day!! Yarn Along is hosted by Ginny from Small Things. For this KAL we post what knitting projects we are working on as well as what books we are currently reading. Here is an over-view picture of what I’ve been up t…

Yarn Along

I’m joining in on this week’s Yarn Along hosted by Ginny from Small Things. For this KAL we post what knitting projects we are working on as well as what books we are currently reading. Here is an over-view picture of what I’ve been up to this wee…

Yarn Along

I’m joining in on this week’s Yarn Along hosted by Ginny from Small Things. For this KAL we post what knitting projects we are working on as well as what books we are currently reading. Here is an over-view picture of what I’ve been up to this wee…

Yarn Along

I’m joining in on this week’s Yarn Along hosted by Ginny from Small Things. For this KAL we post what knitting projects we are working on as well as what books we are currently reading. Here is an over-view picture of what I’ve been up to this wee…

Yarn Along

I’m joining in on this week’s Yarn Along hosted by Ginny from Small Things. For this KAL we post what knitting projects we are working on as well as what books we are currently reading. Here is an over-view picture of what I’ve been up to… …

Yarn Along

I’m joining in on this week’s Yarn Along hosted by Ginny from Small Things. For this KAL we post what knitting projects we are working on as well as what books we are currently reading. Here is an over-view picture of what I’ve been up to… What …

Yarn Along

Ginny over at Small Things started a Yarn Along, probably at the beginning of this year, but since I wasn’t blogging, reading blogs, or knitting for that matter at the beginning of this year, I missed out on this. I’ve decided that I’d like to join in …

Finally Some Relief!!

We’ve been having a super hot summer this year. Temps that normally don’t hit until August have been with us through most of July. We’ve had 100+ degree days more than I’d like to remember with other days very close to that (though we did have a few nice days here and there:). Yesterday and today have been very nice however, and it has prompted me to get out for a couple walks and get some pictures of our place and some of the critters running around here:)

Yesterday the kitties were out playing…
The gray one above is Mouser, the calico is Lily and the torte below is Tulip. They are all sisters. 
Whacha doing? 
And the horse was not out!! If there is even just a sprinkle this horse wants to be in the barn!!
And then there are the gardens…
Growing a new variety of ‘tomato’ 😂
Today I ventured down the driveway and took a very squishy walk down the road as we got a little over an inch of much needed rain. Maybe a bit too much all at once…
This little guy might look miserable, but he really loves running around in the rain and mud:)

Towards ‘town’…
A peak towards our pasture…
And a pretty little spot on the other side of a bridge…

I’ve been getting a little knitting done as well…

This is Celes by Jared Flood. I really love working this pattern and the fingering weight baby llama yarn is really nice to knit with:)
Along with the walking about and knitting, I’ve also been doing a little yoga this week. I am loving the Yoga Studio app!! 
What have you been up to this week? 

A knitting update

As I said yesterday, an update on my knitting… I’ve managed to carve out some time this summer, between the barn chores and gardening to do a bit of knitting, even starting a couple projects even though I had decided I would wait;) But what is the fu…

Crochet Madness!!

I put the finishing touches on the last of 3 crochet projects I had going and I am so excited to have some finished things to show off!! I’ve been more into knitting at the moment, but find it takes me so much more time to knit a project than to c…

Update and New Starts

Last month ended up being pretty quite on the blogging front for me. I tend to get that way this time of the year. All the busy-ness of the end of the school year/beginning of Spring, makes me what to hide away and be quite when I get the chance. But now all that busy-ness is done and we have Summer ahead of us I feel like I can come out of my shell and start having fun with the blog again. This year I will actually be spending a bit of the Summer on my own. Dd has a few activities that will have her gone for a few days here and a few days there, so there will be much less running around and (hopefully) much more stitching/knitting time for me!! That sounds like a very enjoyable Summer:)

I have manage to keep my hands busy though, so lets see what I’ve been up to and what will be new on the needles for this month…

Stitching…

Stitching has been taking a bit of a back seat to knitting/crocheting and I don’t see that changing in the near future, but I did get a bit done. First is the progress I made on my May 1st start…

Not much, but I have loved stitching this. The colors are great and the pattern is easy and fun:)

I also made some progress on my YOTA project, but didn’t update it last month. I’ve finished the big tree, both birds, a little of the alphabet and all the inside boarder for the Birds of a Feather Mystery SAL (With Thy Needle and Thread). I will be putting this away for a little while so I can work on ‘Horses in the Night’ for my dd. It’s been a long time since I’ve worked on it — and I think I only have around 100 stitches in it, because I really dislike this pattern…

This pattern is going to be so time consuming and I really hate that the background has so little definition in it, even the black horse gets a bit lost in the pattern. Dd spent a lot of time looking at horse patterns though, and this is the one she liked best and I have been putting it off for a long time, so I need to get back to it, like it or not!! 🙂

I even have a finish for May. This is A Tisket, ATasket, from Black Bird Designs…

BBD was my stitching group’s designer of the month for our exchange block project. I don’t do many of the exchanges, but this one was easy as I have lots of BBD charts:)

And for my new June project…

Heaven and Nature Sing by With Thy Needle and Thread. I love the deer and bird in this piece, but I’m not so happy with the angle, a bit too prim for my taste. So I’m going to leave her out and bring the deer/bird over a bit. Mine will turn out smaller and I think work as an Ornie pretty well.

I also have a patriotic exchange I am signed up to do, but I haven’t decided on what to stitch yet. I really need to dig through my stash and get it figured out!!

Knitting…

The last knitting update I gave I was halfway done with this bag…

and I really haven’t gotten a whole lot further. I feel like I’ve been knitting a lot, but most of my projects are in the stage where it doesn’t look much different from the last updates, so I won’t post them right now.

I do have a couple new projects though. I started this next one just because I couldn’t stop myself;) and it will work with a KAL I joined (*side note… On a previous post I noted that I’d never joined a KAL, I should have kept it that way since I’ve now joined 5!!! I did make sure that most of the projects I currently have going will work for at least a couple of them so that I don’t have to start too many new projects!!*) …

I’m having a little issue with the Strangling Vine Scarf. It should be a lacey scarf and so far you can’t see the lacey pattern in mine. I’m liking how the yarn is showing off the wavy-ness of the pattern, though I was hoping that there would be more purple in it, and so far it has only shown up on the bottom rows. I can’t decide if I should change needle sizes (do I go up a size?) or keep going and hope that when I block it things will be better.

And then there is my new June start, except that I started it a few days before June because I was really excited about it!!



This is Anne’s Imagination Cowl by The Sampler Girl. For the stitchers that read my blog, you may recognize The Sampler Girl as a cross-stitch designer, and she IS!! I didn’t know that she also designed knitting patterns too!! What a great find:) And I love this cowl, and the yarn — it is soooo soft!! This is really proving to be a quick, easy and very fun pattern, so I’m hoping it’ll knit up in no time.

Crochet…

I actually got the most done with crochet this past month. I had several projects that were so close to being done and once I get buttons on a hat I was making, I will have finished off 3 projects!! I’ll post an update on those later this week so I can show them all off at once.

For a new project I actually took apart a knitted bag I was going to make and am going to crochet it instead. I had a comment on the last post that suggested crocheting would be much faster and easier and I am sure she is right. The knitting is fun, but takes so much time and I really want some project bags done, so I will do crochet and see if I can’t get a few done. Here are the colors of the first…

I’m kind of doing my own thing with this bag. I want to do a star (or daisy) stitch with the blue yarn, so I wanted to the pattern with the gray yarn not to stand out too much. I’ve chosen to do a new stitch for me…the wattle stitch (found directions HERE) for the gray yarn. I think this will go together well, but we will see:)

That’s it for now, hoping to be back in a couples days to show of my crochet projects. Have a great day!!

Some Birthday Shopping

Last Saturday was my birthday (May 16th) and I had a day of shopping planned with my sister-in-law. We were going to go to our (semi) local needlework store and then to a couple of yarn stores as well as go out to lunch together. Unfortunately my …

One Side Down, One to Go

I have been working hard to get things off my needles and hooks this past week. Now if I can just stop casting on new projects I would feel like I’m getting somewhere!!

I have been mostly focusing on making bags lately, to hold all my projects. I have been using plastic Walmart and Hobby Lobby bags to hold everything, but I want something prettier than this…

The first bag I’m working on is my new knitting project for May. Here is a pic from the beginning…


Project from ‘The Knitter’s Year’ by Debbie Bliss

I just finished the first side (with some changes on how the handle will be) and have one side left to go…

Umm, and lots and lots of ends to tuck in!!! That part might take longer than the knitting!! I also plan to line this bag so that any knitting needles or crochet hooks I store inside won’t poke through. 

I’m super excited about the next couple of bags I have planned as well…

Some are already cast on and a couple need to wait their turn. So far all the bags I’ve started or am ready to start have been knitted, but I would like to try to crochet and maybe sew up a few others as well. Goodness knows I have enough projects going to fill them all!! 

May’s Monthly Starts

And a bit of April’s Wrap-Up too!! First for the new monthly starts…Stitching…Love Thy Neighbor from Plum Street Samplers. I bought this one quite a while back and thought I just LOVED it. Then it came in the mail and I couldn’t make myself start i…

Samples of knitting

For those of you who are experience knitters doing sample swatches of work before you start a project may not be new to you. However this is the first time I’ve done swatches and I ended up doing 3!! I am working on some lace curtains for my kitchen wi…

April’s New Projects!!!

It’s a new month, so it’s time for new projects!! Here is what I plan to work on..Stitching…This is Handprint on My Heart from Heartstring Samplery and is the first project in this year’s Prim Stitcher’s Society club. I love this chart, but will have…

End of Month Wrap Up

Just getting my monthly wrap-up in at the last few min of this month! It has been a weird month with the surprise surgery and a bit more busy than normal for March. It was nothing like April will be, that is our ‘Super Duper Busy, Yes, Please EVERYONE,…

March New Starts

I didn’t post a monthly wrap up for February this weekend. Mostly because of my desire to stay off the computer and just have some quiet time, but also because I didn’t feel like I really got much done last month. I’m hoping for a more productive March — at least in the creative realm. 🙂

Here are some of my new starts for March…

Stitching:

The last Ladies Prim Society  piece from last year. This is Noel from Black Bird Designs. I changed one of the colors because the ‘red’ looked too pink to me. I’m going to use the hand dyed floss that I got in last year’s 12 Days of Christmas Swap.

Embroidery:

I got a bit of a start on the next Gail Pan project I’m going to work on. This is from her book ‘Patchwork Loves Embroidery’ and will be one of the four boarders to a table top quilt.
 
Crochet:

 I’m super excited to get started on this baby blanket for a friend of my hubs. I’m doing a ripple blanket in these three colors. I’ve gotten the first 3 rows done already and started on the fourth by changing to the gray yarn, but it’s not going to work. As you may be able to tell, the gray is a different brand because Hushabye Baby Bee doesn’t have a gray, and even though they are both worsted weight, the gray is much lighter of a yarn. So I’ve googled this problem and have come up with a probable solution, another brand is a 95% match to the Hushabye. I’m hoping we have it local, but if not I’ll get it ordered soon. I have until end of May for this one, but I really want to work on it:)

Knitting:

I’m still working away at the Guernsey Wrap, but it is starting to get boring, so I decided to start something new, but small. I’m just going to work on some dish clothes for myself. And yes, I had one about 1/3 of the way done in that coral/blue/brown/white yarn, but had a mistake and ended up ripping it all out:( So this will be considered a new start since I have to start over. :0)
 
I’m also participating in a Blog Hop this month. At the right side of my blog you will see a button to the Tree Bird Blog Hop hosted by Madam Samm at Sew We Quilt (or Sew We Stitch). It’s going to be lots of fun with a bit of stitching and sewing involved!!
And I’ll have a small piece for the Smalls Sal later this month — this time I it’ll be for a block exchange with some stitchy friends!!
 
So many creative projects going on this month. And lots of activities for dd too, so I better get moving if I want to get anything done!! 🙂 


WIP Wednesday — Lots of Yarn!!

I’m going to join in a time or two each month with Lee at Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesdays. Most of the bloggers post their quilt WIPs, and I will too if I ever get that bug again, but for now I’m thinking mine will mostly be yarn related:) I st…

Give Away Project: Done!!

A few weeks ago I posted my the Grow Your Blog Hop post and mentioned a give away at the end of it, but I didn’t have the give away projects done yet!! 🙁 Now they are all done and are ready to be sent out to the lucky winner!! 🙂 This o…

New February Starts!!!

I had a lot of fun starting new projects in January, so I decided that I want to keep that fun going and see if I can make new starts each month of the year!! For stitching I chose… Snowflake Serenade by Country Cottage Needleworks and… A…

January 2015 Wrap Up

I know I say this all the time, but I can’t believe how fast time goes by!! A month into 2015 already!! It just doesn’t seem possible.I thought since I can’t make time slow down any, that I would try to take a bit of time at the end of each month and d…