Category Archives: Fiber Arts

New Pattern Added

A new pattern has been added : Melinda Cloth

I will be updating the picture in the next few weeks. Please enjoy using and making it.

New Pattern

I have added a new Free Pattern  Page for a Table Mat.  A fellow Raveler saw one of my projects made from the pattern and asked  me to write it up a couple of days ago. Please take a look and use it if you like it.

Busy Knitting

I have not posted much in the past month because I have been buy knitting. One of the the young ladies at work, who is also the mother of a toddler, had a new baby a couple of months ago. Another younger lady is expecting a child sometime within the next month. I have been busy knitting them some washcloths. In addition to cloths for the babies, I am making some for the toddler, using favorite colors.

Here are some group pictures of the cloths:

Light Colored Cloths

Here is a picture of the darker cloths:

 

Dark Colored Cloths

 

The patterns I used are: Basket Rib Cloth and Hills and Valleys

If you want more details about them, my Ravelry ID is scrunchyy.  The pictures there are a lot easier to see and show the colors a lot better.

 

Vacation Ending

Today is the last day of my vacation. It has been busy and restful.

My husband returned to work this past Monday. Most of my time this week has been doing Mom jobs such as catching up with laundry, cleaning the kitchen and other odd jobs that help keep life in order.

One of my projects this week was to work on a batch of baby wash cloths for a co-worker who is expecting a child in a couple of months.  They are finished except for having loose ends woven in and being photographed. My original plan was to do it today, but I decided it would wait. today is my last day off  and I need some time just for me.  Instead, I allowed myself the luxury of curling up with a good book and reading for a few hours. It felt wonderful to do this. That part of the project won’t be done until one day next week.

Still On Vacation

Last week flew by in a hurry! My original plan was to write here at least 2-3 times. Life and my family had other ideas. We were busy everyday last week with one or two exceptions.

Here are pictures of a couple projects I found last week and am currently working on;

Scrap Blanket

The yarn is Peaches and Creme Worsted Wt. Cotton.  I am using a combination of yarn on cones and some from grab bags. It is little over half way finished at this time. The pattern is a ripple that was originally designed for a scarf exchange about a year and a half ago.Please excuse the loose ends. They will get woven in later.

Diagonal Baby Blanket

This is made from Peaches and Creme Lilac Ombre.

 

Basket Rib Towel

This is was started last weekend on the first day of vacation. It is the Basket Rib Towel by Traci. I am using Baby Blue Peaches and Creme worsted Wt. Yarn. This is for my kitchen.

I will post later about some of our adventures.

First Day of Vacation

Today is the first day of vacation for my husband and I. We have not had more than a three day weekend  off together in several years. I am super excited about this.

We have chosen to not go out of town. Instead, we have several activities planned to do locally. We are also doing some things around home that have been put off until these two weeks.

Today was a work day for us. On the surface that does not sound exciting or like much fun. It was a bit of both, combined with hard work for both of us.  Both of us had different jobs to do.

My job was to look for a couple of projects that I accidentally hid on myself when I was in a de-clutter mood a few months ago. I was so excited about getting started that I woke up early.  I began my search my going through the craft closet in our spare bedroom. I pulled out everything from the bottom of the closet. This included several bins of yarn, a plastic cabinet on wheels that has drawers in it,  and a few other odds and ends. The bins were searched with no success. DH looked on the shelf for me when he got up. ( I have a hard time climbing on chairs to see the back fo the shelf. )  I finally found the projects in a plastic bag in the basement. I will post pictures of them later this week.

The second item on my list to do today was to go through my stash with the goal of sorting as much as felt comfortable to be given away.  A friend has accepted my offer of some of it. Since we are meeting later this weeks for her to receive it, I wanted to allow myself as much time as possible to get it ready for her. This was a fun task! There are now several bags for her to take and also some to give to a local charity.

While I was doing all of this, my husband was sorting  some of the books we have accumulated over the years. Some of them are going to a local library and others are being routed to homeschoolers in our area. There are now several boxes ready to be given away next week.

The best part will be next week when we deliver the results of our de-cluttering to the appropriate people and places. Not only will others get items they want, but our home will be minus a lot of things we are no longer using.

 

 

Welcome

Welcome to the new home of Stitching and Living.

You will find all of my patterns here. The design of this site will be changing as time allows in the upcoming weeks.  I will also be posting more frequently.

 

Promises to Myself

I have thought a lot about making New Year's Resolutions again this year. Because the truth for me is that they normally get broken very quickly, I have decided against making any. Instead, my choice is to make some promises to myself. On the surface, it might not seem like there is much difference in the two. For me there is a huge one. A promise is a firm decision that must be kept. A resolution is not nearly as strong.

Here are a couple of promises I have made to myself, listed in no particular order:

  • I will work on losing weight and improving my over all fitness on a daily basis. I do not  want to  end this decade of my life  overweight and out of shape. One of my Grandmothers died a miserable death of heart failure and and I am going to do everything in power to avoid the same fate. 
  • I will use the contents of at least one of the four 19 quart containers of yarn in my stash. These containers and others have  yarn from Grab Bags purchased from Pisgah Yarn and Dyeing Co. in the past couple of years. There are already some specific plans for it.
  • I will try some of the patterns from a variety of sources that I have been saying for years that I will try. This is the year to do so.
  • I will finish the partially completed baby blanket that has been waiting to be done for months.
  • The gift for the grand daughter of a friend of mine will be finished and delivered.
  • My dishcloth blog: Dish and Wash Cloth Mania will have much more time devoted to it than it has had for a very long item. It has been ignored all too often in the past two years. From now on things will be different.
  • I am going to try very hard to blog here at least once a week. One of my goals is to be more creative in how this is done. This is a work in progress.

There are lots of things I want to do and write about this year. I am not making any promises about them. We will have to see how life works out.

May each of you have a Blessed New Year!

Summer On It’s Way

All of a sudden it is the first week of June. The question that is looms on my mind is : Where did Spring go? The answer to that for me is a bit long. It was spent finding and settling in to a new job. That took an enormous amount of energy.

Some of the time was spent learning a new spin on an old hobby. I have learned to crochet food and dishes, ranging from bacon and eggs to a complete turkey dinner, with lots of trimmings. I have tried my hand at crocheting a variety of fruits and vegetables; glasses and cups of beverages. In the middle of this,my sewing skills have improved.

In order to do all of these things,some internet searches have been necessary. New techniques have been studied. Patterns new to me have been found, some free and some not free. Places like ArtFire and Etsy have been discovered. I have learned to use tags with my bookmarks on my browser. I have learned to use a size E or F hook with worsted wt. yarn. 

My Dish and Wash Cloth Mania blog has taken considerable amount of time. Most of the pages have been checked and dead links removed. Many new links have been added. It is a wonderful labor of love. My amazement at the number and marvelous quality of designers. Working on this blog is always an adventure.

It is no wonder i have gone to sleep and waken with thoughts of fibers on my mind.

Vacation-Yes!

Following the proper procedure set forth by my employer, I requested vacation time two weeks in advance. My request was for two whole weeks, including weekends, one of which is my regularly scheduled one to work.  The  new schedule came out today and it shows I am on vacation after Friday of this week!!

I am so excited! We have been planning this time off for the past month and a half.There is lots of family time planned for fun and household projects. A lot of my free time will be spent completing some UFO’s; starting some new projects  and working on both of my active blogs.  There is so much to do and only two weeks to do it.