Friday, July 24, 2015

Forever and a day

It feels like it's been forever and a day since I last posted, and in some ways, it has been.  Since the last time I posted, I've packed up a house, quit my job, moved, unpacked some things, moved other things around, tried to settle into a routine, and started homeschooling my children.  I did start to go into withdrawal from knitting a bit, so I picked up a skein from a local shop with a set of needles, and got started on this pattern:

It's Monkey, by Cookie A.  Surprisingly, I have never knit them.  However, I'm in good company, from what I can see - the Yarn Harlot recently knit up a pair too.  So, it must be Monkey season.  Socks are great for the summer - small so it doesn't get hot while knitting them in your lap, portable in case you're traveling, and fast so you can take advantage of the daylight and getting stuff done.  I also stumbled across an old project, and since I still haven't set up everything yet and 90 percent of my crafting supplies are boxed up in various locations, I restarted it.  It's a lace project - another great summer project idea.  I started it 5 years ago or so...and it's just been sitting there, lonely.  Well, I busted it out, ripped it back since I had no idea where I was in the pattern, and started fresh.  I'm only 12 rows in, and it's about an inch.  Nothing really to brag about, but I do feel better now that I have 2 projects, instead of only one.  Also, I spent an obscene amount of time in a local store getting fabric tonight for a quilt.  I plan on doing this quilt truly in an old fashioned manner - completely by hand.  I'm going to do a simple pattern - as a matter of fact, it's just going to be large half-square triangles.  And I will cut the fabric, sew it, and quilt it all by hand.  I went to the local library yesterday and got our library cards (a necessity like a new driver's license and vehicle registration changes in my mind) and checked out this book:

I think I may have read it, or read part of it, before, but it's a fast read (I started it yesterday and am about halfway through) and enjoyable.  It's nothing heavy, no deep philosophy or intricate plot.  It's just a lovely little story with quilting as the main theme.  Silly to some, I'm sure, but it's a nice vacation type book, and being as it's summer, and I have 3 small children that demand my attention.  Sometimes simple is all I can handle.  So, how is your summer going?  Any new projects you've started, or old ones you've rediscovered?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Completely lost it

I have not knit in a few days.  I is crazy.  I carry it with me, in hopes that I will pick it up and knit just a bit.  I turned the heel on my second Charade, but I have not made much progress on the foot.  Maybe I need some wool fumes.  Maybe a trip to a yarn shop would help.  To be honest, I have been caught in a Netflix marathon of Gilmore Girls.  I did not watch it when it was on, so it is completely new to me.  I love the fast paced dialogue, as it reminds me of His Girl Friday.  That was a great movie - if you haven't seen it, I really do encourage it.  I did finish a dishcloth though.  I crocheted a simple one for myself, but ironically have not used it.  I have also been reading. I picked up A Game of Thrones the other day, and while I am not always a huge fantasy fan, this has been quite interesting.  I have just lost almost my will to knit.  I think it has to do with the packing.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

New things

Well, another month has flown by, and I did not do nearly as much as I hoped.  I started a washcloth for myself:

And I am working on the second Charade sock.

I have been busy with a tea party for the Princess, cleaning a bit here and there, and packing.  Yes, packing.  We are moving next month, and although I would love to hoard a bunch of supplies, I have to be judicious in not only what I purchase, but also what I make.  Hopefully after the move, more craft time will be present.  How is your summer looking?

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Busy as a bee

I have been busy, although not with a lot of crafting.  Here is my latest semi-finished objects:

I made a small flock of sheep.  I still have to embroider the faces on 4 of them, but they are otherwise complete.  I have not been idol; I have been trying to clean and pack.  We are moving soon, and preparations must be made.  I will link to the pattern that I based these on later.  I did not follow the pattern exactly, and when I link to it, I will tell you the modifications I made.  I am somewhat saving my crafting for the summer, after we move.  My job will change - I will no longer work full time outside the home.  I will be homeschooling my children and being their mom full time.  It will be a huge change, for me and them, but a good one I think.  I will try to post more often, even with small things.  There may be less knitting and crocheting, and more embroidery,  as I have at least one project that I would like to complete before we move.  Oh, and I got my sewing machine serviced, and returned to me!  This is very exciting, as I have several sewing projects lined up as well.  What are you working on?  Do you have big plans for the summer?

Wednesday, April 01, 2015


I have startitis, or at least that is what I am telling myself.  I picked up this magazine this morning.

And now, I have this...

And this.

Spring is in the air, and instead of cleaning things out, I am starting new things.  I still have not finished my second sock, or my sheep.  I think I am gathering projects for the financial drought that I know it coming.  Very soon, I will not be able to buy project supplies freely.  I know this, and something in me is trying to gather like a squirrel.   I have more than enough to keep me busy, yet I insist on buying more.  In my defense,  it has been a while since I have bought things just for me.  I have been buying things for presents and not much else for a couple of years.  Maybe this is just the result of that.   Or it is a cruel April Fool's joke.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Just different

I have been spending a lot of time on Pinterest lately, and I have been seeing all kinds of crafts.  Quite frankly,  it has turned my head a bit.  I took my sewing machine to be serviced, and I can't stop thinking about sewing.  I have been slowly working on my sheep.

I had to make him smaller as bobbles eat yarn.  I seem somewhat discontent, but not with any particular craft.  I am discontent with my lack of time, not only for crafts, but for family as well.  I am hoping this will change within the next couple of months.  We have an insane plan, that requires a lot of faith, trust, and work, but if it is right, it can also pay off well.  Hubby and I started our first video, and I think I can do better.  He still has some editing to do, mostly just for practice,  and I think we may shoot it again in another month or so.  It takes a lot of scheduling,  as 3 beautiful children like to be in the middle of everything.  I am very tired and having health issues, and I am afraid of them worsening before things get better.  I am one to normally downplay any problems I may have, but in this case, I really should not.  My initial instinct is to just let them be and ignore them, but these are not ones that should be ignored.  I vacillate between being worried and knowing everything will be fine.  I hope things change soon enough to avoid major issues.  What are you working on?  Any new plans for the second quarter of the year?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Knitting set aside

So, I honestly have not been knitting that much.  I have been working on this though.

I thought a sheep of my own would be fun.  And it will serve a dual purpose.  Are you ready?  Here is my announcement that I keep promising.  Hubby and I are starting a business.  It will be a yarn business.  We shot a video this past weekend and hubby is editing it.  I definitely need to work on my delivery, but in a month or so, we should have something.  I hope.  We have more major news coming, and as it does, I will keep you posted.  Want to see us so far?  Visit and then leave a comment here, to let me know what you think!  We still have some work to do, but we have started, and that is the first step.