The knitting and crochet slump has finally ended! A slipper that had been on my needles for the past few months came off this past Saturday. Another pair has been started using yarn from my stash.
I will get some pictures taken and posted in the next couple of days. They would be taken today but it is a cloudy overcast day that makes photography difficult.
This gallery contains 12 photos.
These are pictures of some of my favorite projects I have done over the years.
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.
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;
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.
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!
I suddenly realized that it has been more than six weeks since I have written anything here. The time has flown by quickly!
I have been lost in stitching. The moderators of one of the groups to which I belong on Ravelry announced a contest which consisted of making Amigurumi Food. Up until that time I had been a very practical knitter and crocheter that would not indulge in making things for the fun of it. One must be practical. I thought about taking part in the contest for a couple of days. After doing some research on the topic and with a lot of encouragement from my husband, downloaded a simple pattern. My first project was Little Fried Egg by Ana Paula. I still recall my sheer joy and delight at completing it. I had never made anything like that before. Not only was it three dimensional, but it was fun!! I laughed and giggled with glee!!! Listening to me that day you would have gotten the impression that I had accomplished a great feat. For me, I had. that was the first time in my life I had ever made something just for the fun of it. I was hooked. This was the start of a new aspect of fiber arts for me.
Much of my free time that weekend was spent looking for; downloading and printing free patterns from the Internet. I also looked for books about amigurumi on line and went on successful searches for them at some local bookstores and one nearby LYS. My fascination with making food was growing.
I discovered Easter Eggs by Nikki Anders on Ravelry. Not only are they quick and easy, but they are gorgeous and use so little time and yarn. In very little time, i was making one of these every few days. I found other patterns on her blog as well as on the blogs of others. Pattern searches on Ravelry and Google and led me to more patterns, a lot of free ones and some for purchase. How awesome! There are patterns available for almost every food imaginable.
I began spending time every day making some food item. This soon became more than an addiction, it became an obsession. I stayed up late at night and got up early in the morning to play with yarn and food. There were days when all that meant only 10-15 minutes, but that was all right. At least it was a bit of time to play with my newly found interest.
As time went by, I discovered ETSY. It was there that I discovered Crafty Anna and KTB Designs.
Wow! They sell patterns in sets and cute ones at that in my opinion.
Not only that, but based on price per pattern, they are not expensive. Now, several weeks later, I have a collection of patterns from
ETSY. There are other wonderful designers there as well. These two
happen to be my favorites.
At some point, I began to look at food in terms of color. For example:
is the inside of an apple Ivory or ecru? Is the inside of a banana
yellow or a different color? What is the best shade of red for the outside of an apple or carrot? This has been gloriously mind stretching. What a great way to learn to look at the world differently! I will never be the same.
Thank You Maile and Flo! Once again you have enriched my life and those around me forever.
The past couple of weeks have been busy, especially on the knitting front. I have been involved in making Ballband Cloths as part of a contest for a Ravelry group to which I belong. This has been taking as much time as I could spare. I did not get as many cloths made as I wanted to,but still had a lot of fun. One of my goals, which I met, was to play around with color combinations and to try out shades of yarn I might not normally use. That was fun. There are still some color combinations I want to try, but they are on hold for now. It is time to turn my attention to other projects.
One of the things needing my attention is a baby blanket as a gift for an acquaintance. The blanket is found here . It is being made with Shades of Spring. I have not decided if it going to have the crocheted border or not. It is an easy knit which is progressing fairly quickly. I started off using a 32 inch circular needle but have moved up to a 60 inch one to allow enough space for the growing number of stitches. This was a wise decision. I will post pictures once it is completed.
I finally got around to posting pictures of a Comfortghan I made for a friend who lost her son more than a year ago. The afghan is made from Red Heartv yarn in Paddy Dreen and Aran. The square is of my own design. It was a very special gift for a very special lady.
Have a fantastic week!
In the scope of life this is a minor thing, but at the moment it is a big issue. My Flickr Photo Album is working. I had to install Java in order to access a Chat Room for a knitting group to which I belong. After doing that, it dawned on me to check to see if that action made a difference on this blog. It did. the one Photo Album I still have up is now functioning properly! I learned something I did not know before today. The next time there is a problem on this order I will double check to see if Java has been installed.
There are new Ballband cloths posted as of today. Take a look at them if you want. The ones I make are fairly small to meet my own needs and wants. The pattern is pretty simple once you get the hang of it. The possibilities are endless, in terms of size and color combinations.
Have a fantastic Day!!
This has been a gloriously busy and relaxing week all in one. We chose to stay at home on in order to get some projects finished around the house. Those are coming along a lot more slowly than planned. They will be finished before the week is out. My vehicle developed engine trouble and spent a day at the mechanic's shop being repaired.
Most importantly, there has been lots of time for us just to be together as a family. When left to our own schedule, we tend to eat several small meals a day. Our family talks a lot and meal or snack times are the perfect time to indulge in this activity. We have been enjoying the freedom to do this.
I have added a new page to this blog with some free patterns on the right side bar. It is titled Rose Trellis Ensemble. The set includes patterns for a cloth and towel. I have also added more Flickr widgets on the left side bar.
We are into Day two of our vacation. I am having so much fun. My craft/computer room got de-cluttered and dusted. I know that in the scope of life this is an ordinary activity, but to me it was important. The room got cluttered with a lot of things that did not belong in it over the past couple of weeks. There were papers that required filing and yarn that needed to be put away. off It looks and feels so much neater and cleaner.
On the knitting fromt, I finished knitting the current cloth for the Cloth of the Week group to which I belong. It is a pretty cloth that was worth the time spent on it. I did have a couple of problems because of not paying attention to what I was doing. I mis-judged the size and started making the small cloth. It was too small and I decided to frog it. My second attempt at this little beauty should have been super easy. It was not. The problem was my own failure to read the directions and cast on the right number of stitches. I got so far as to almost complete Row 1 of the pattern before realizing it was one stitch short. It was also frogged. My third attempt was successful and was well worth it. The pattern worked up quiuckly and easily. I used Peaches and Creme Worsted Wt. I will post a picture of it later this week.