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Crafting On — Getting Close

Linking up with Nicole at Frontier Dreams and her Crafting On blog hop!!I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog lately, but no worries, I’ve been keeping my hands busy behind the screen:)I’ve mostly been working away at the John Deere baby blanket AND….Yep…

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 …

Зима… продолжаем утепляться)

Всем доброго времени суток!
Совсем скоро уже Рождество и Новый год. В городе давно уже пахнет глинтвейном и различными сладостями, а сегодня уже второй Адвент. Как быстро летит время…
А мы продолжаем утепляться.

Сегодня покажу комплект, который вязала в рамках тестирования с Татьяной Мулокас (на площадке ИГ ее ник knitterra )  c тегом Meow_meow_hat и Meow_meow_cowl.

Шапки было связано 2, первая из мериноса , но я там не попала в размер (а это было тестирование, так что шапка будет на вырост) , 
вторая из мягкой и теплой Cosy LALA Berlin от  Lana Grossa, спицы 3,5 и 4,5.
Снуд выглядит вот так: 

Я считаю у него очень удачная форма и посадка, как раз закрывает все, что можно, и не продует уже нигде, а это малявкам очень важно)))) 
Так снуд выглядит на малявочке (фотать маленьких ну очень сложно, уже потому что они находятся постоянно с движении (броуновском) , свою модель мне так и не удалось поймать, поэтому фото знакомой ))))

Опыт первого в моей жизни тестирования бесценен , несмотря на то, что приходится и распускать и перевязывать много, а в результате получаются отличные вещи! 
Тане спасибо огромное за возможность участия в ее тесте. Очень бы хотелось еще что-нибудь протестировать, но а там как получится)))) 
И еще покажу, связала себе митенки, из 100% кашемира, довольна очень, правда есть один минус, надо было вязать перчатки , в них все таки теплее))))

На сегодня все, поздравляю со вторым Адвентом, вот что я про него сегодня нашла.
В этот день зажигают свечу пророчества и вторую свечу в венке Адвента — Вифлеемскую. Вифлеемская света представляет пришествие на землю Иисуса , сына Божьего, рожденного от Девы Марии. Это светлый символ приготовления к встрече Младенца Христа. 
Всем хороших выходных, отличного настроения и вдохновения!
Спасибо, что заглядываете! 

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…

Вязальное….

Всем доброго времени суток. Иногда у меня бывает вязальное настроение и я вяжу.
Вот сегодня хочу показать два кардигана для дочи.
Первый из них это был большой льняной проект на раве от Натальи Пелых 
Я покупала нитки и описание и вязала определенный размер.
Нитки 100% лен. Видимо они не для меня. Вязать их мне не очень понравилось, и как потом они повели себя в процессе блокировки меня тоже не устроило. И да, доча до последнего времени отказывалась его одевать категорически, и вот только недавно сама принесла и попросила одеть.
Вот что получилось:

Очень сложно фотографировать маленьких детей, все фотки получаются размытыми и чтобы поймать ребенка в кадр , это вообще практически не удается, поэтому фотки в стиле «вид сзади»

Ну и второй кардиган это модель Елены Нодель My Honey. 
Связана из 100 % хлопка, купленого в Швейцарии. В вязании очень понравился, но вот в процессе носки как наверное и весь хлопок, вытягивается.

Описание Елены очень понравилось, все очень компактно и по полочкам написано, как для меня!
На сегодня все, спасибо, что читаете и еще большее спасибо, что комментируете!!
Отличной недлели и ровных петелек! 

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 …

Шаль Роза прерий / Prairie Rose Lace Shawl

Всем доброго времени суток! Сегодня у меня опять вязальное. Надеюсь, что много вязальных постов не отпугнет моих ПЧ! Обещаю исправиться))))
Очень долго эта шаль была у меня в «хотелках». И ниточки лежали специально для нее, но вот как то времени все не было. А тут видимо пришло время)))
Связала я ее очень быстро, если учесть, что вяжу я только пару-тройку часов по вечерам, когда ребенок спит. Буквально два вечера и шаль была готова.

Вот она, моя красавица! 
Вязала из 100 % шелка, 100 гр / 800 м.
Спицы взяла поменьше № 2,5 (рекомендовали 3-3,5)
Цвет называется Серебряная луна. Очень красивый цвет и на фото его передать не удалось(

Получилась очень нежная и красивая. Результатом довольна очень! Никому не продам))))
На сегодня все! Спасибо, что заглядываете! 
Думаю, что очень скоро проведу розыгрыш еще одной конфетки. 
Всем отличного настроения и творческих удач!

И снова вязальное…

Всем доброго времени суток! Ну вот пока не отпускает меня вязание. Видимо соскучились мои ручки) 
Сегодня хочу показать из зимнего. Хотя наша погода еще позволяет носить шапки, так как вроде и весна на пороге, но ветер такой холодный, что я только своей шапшой и спасаюсь)))
Шапка барашки в облаках. Есть бесплатный проект на Раверли Baa-ble Hat by Donna Smith 
Долго эти барашки не давали мне покоя. И вот я решилась их связать. Это мой первый опыт вязания жаккарда. Конечно не все гладко получилось, как хотелось бы, но результатом я довольна и шапочку ношу с большим удовольствием!

 Шапочку вязала из пряжи Ализе, спицы № 3,5
Изнанка получилась вот такая:

 Фото шапки на мне, к сожалению, нет.

Спасибо, что заглядываете и читаете и отдельное спасибо за комментарии, ценю каждый !!!

Всего хорошего, отличного настроения и творческого вдохновения!

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…

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…

GYB Give-Away Update!!!

I want to thank Vicki of 2 Bags Full once more for hosting the Grow Your Blog Hop each year!! It is a lot of fun to meet new bloggers from all over:) Vicki will keep the Grow Your Blog post up all year, so it’s not too late to visit a whole lot of new …

Knitting Needle Organizer

Today, although Valentines, is my normal shopping day. Told DH there was no way I was going to the grocery store. It is also Presidents Day Weekend and the beginning of Parade of homes. We did do a few small errands together and then he left me to my o…

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…