Monday, July 17, 2017

It's been a baby project week

Having just finished up or almost finished a couple of projects, I need something new to work on for a bit, Not that I don't have a few works in progress awaiting my attention, but it was time for something small and easy.
 So I started a diamond baby blanket in a soft lilac that I found in my stash, that checked off two boxes, simple and stash busting. Got about 8 rows in and then a got a couple of orders back to back.

One of course needs to be done in a week, and the other has a couple of weeks till it needs to be ready to deliver.

Thankfully the emergency is for baby sandals, I had done a pair a couple of years ago for the new aunt as a shower gift and she was in need of another pair for another new baby in the same family.
Those are fairly fun so I thought I would do a few more since the season is right for sandals and add them to a local store and some for my Etsy shop.

I still had the skein from before where I did the soles but she needed a different color for the tops. So drove into the stash and came up with a couple of colors, I love this coral and I think it's the one we're going with, but the purple and mint are great too. But more of the mint in just a bit. So I'm on to find the perfect itty bitty button for these now..

The second order is for a first baby, and they wanted something a bit frilly. We decided on the Fluffy Meringue blanket, in mint. It took a a bit to get it started but it's  moving along well.

All in all the week started out slow but quickly picked up speed. The cold sheep is going well nothing coming in and I'll have a bit going out soon. Not sure about any totals right now but I'm hoping to have a very positive decline in the stash by year end.  I need to make room for my wheel and sewing machine and fabric and other items, with Crafts, it's never ending. I was under the misconception that if I had a craft room it be organized and inspiring, and it has come a long way but it's not quite there yet..

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Year of Projects -Week 1 2017-2018

I admit I've fallen down a bit on the posting and on the creating but I've been trying to get back on the ball and finish up a few of those things that have been patiently waiting for me to pick them back up and finish them. As I look back I can't believe that it's been  almost 10 months since my last post. I feel like I have to get back on track since the year is already starting over again.

It was a  short busy summer and a horribly cold winter and I think it sapped my will to do anything but the heat has brought me out of my shell and I have a few finishes to start my year off with.

This is my first one that was hanging around since last May, I connected the squares and started the granny rounds and ran out of yarn and it took me about 6 months to pick it up again, then it was deciding on the small squares.
and it took me about 6 months to pick it up again, then it was deciding on the small squares. 

Once that was done it worked out quickly and will be going up for sale on my Etsy site Farm2ewe soon. All of the loose ends about drove me crazy! A bit of blocking a a camel stitch border did wonders for this blanket.

This was a variation of a dish cloth design from Drops. 

Beyond thrilled to see this monster finished!

And a Cross Stitch Finish for my Craft Room,

I need to get busy and update my Project list and start keeping myself on the cold sheep track, check back in the next few weeks for new projects, an updated craft room and reuse/recycle and vintage ideas.

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Year of Projects Week 7

The heat is keeping me from doing too much of anything outside so I've made a bit of headway on a few projects, only one that's worth showing but I do have a small finish that was made possible by a great tool that's been laying around forever. There is something to be said about going cold sheep it makes you dig into those crates and drawers for ideas!

First here's an update on one of the blankets I'm working on. All of the squares have at least two rounds completed and I'm working on the third color.

I hate the ends but I it's going along so well I might have to dig deep and come up another variation,

Here's my finish, it will be heading out in the mail this week. It was a quicky and I enjoyed both parts of the project. I was originally going to just do the hat but I happened to run across the fleece and it was on sale and I knew that I had a skip stitch blade I bought a few years ago but never used. Dug around and found it and I can say that I'm sorry I didn't use it back when I bought it!
Blanket with edging, the skip stitch made the whole process so easy.

Completed project and just in time for the season to start, not to mention the baby!

Pears are on too, so I'll have to make a bit of time for pear butter, Spiced pear slices and pear jams.

I've took a bit of time this weekend to hunt down a couple of patterns this weekend, I have a request for something a bit old fashioned but I wanted something with a twist, found this, Mystical Lanterns and I think it will be an upcoming project for the fall. It's just too hot to even think about large blankets right now.

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Year of Projects Week 6

I've had a few projects keeping me busy the last couple of weeks and I wish I could say it was all crochet or at least yarn related. One at least still falls into the crafty category at least. Our daughter is doing Lapidary work full time and will be traveling a bunch in the near future. So as a family project we decided to build her a "Tiny House" on our land. She says it's not so Tiny being 16x24 with a 10 foot loft but from my perspective, it wouldn't hold all of my craft items and us

To keep the cost down and to keep true to the thought of repurposing items the loft walls are being done with reclaimed pallets. We are doing the reclaiming (cutting and sanding too) as well as the installation. It's been a bit of a challenge but well worth it. In two weekends we were able to cut the pallets down, and get all three walls done, with no major issues other than the heat! As you can tell we are not organized or clean workers but that part is done and we can move on to the next job! We've been asked Why in the world would we go to this level of expense and time, she could just stay with us, and that's very true. But we want to support her and her talent and if she decides to move on after a bit I'll have a great pottery/wool studio on our property! Hey two birds one stone and all that right?!

On to the yarn, I've got one small finish and one new project both of which I mentioned in my last post but here's the updates.
The Carolina Panther's inspired baby hat is complete and is just waiting for me to put some edging on the fleece blanket I picked up to match it. I think it something that they'll use and enjoy.

It's a bit silly and wonky in the picture Abbey (our chocolate lab) was wanting to stand on it before I could get the picture and it got a bit out of i guess that is what I get for using her perch as my photo area.

I was looking around for an interesting square and I found the one below from Drops Design. They had it as a hot pad or dish cloth and I thought it would make a very pretty blanket. I did a few to decide on colors, still working out of stash over here, and theses were my two favorites.

I think I'll end up with both but started with the Purple variation first. I have it mapped out as toddler size with 30 squares and a border, I spent my Sunday morning in the car so I made some headway and I hope to have made real progress by next weekend. 
The assembly line has started, this way I'm hoping not to get bored and want to start another project!

And one more of the progress on this blanket this is for a baby due in October, trying to stay on top of it too. But I keep finding new patterns and ideas and yarn and geez I want to do it all!!

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Owl update and Year of Projects Week 4

So the owl was delivered today!! Super excited on my part and crying on the mom's She loved it and I'm glad she's glad and then I'm also glad because I can move on to a new project.

Thankfully it came out better than my picture taking abilities! 

I'm in for a quick project for my next start and I have to work on a few that I've got in progress. 
Couple of more baby projects in the works, a black cat hat for friends of our daughter who are expecting  boy and are HUGE Carolina Panther fans. Dad has a running bet/fear that the baby will be born on the first home game of the So I thought a cat hat in panther colors would go over great as well as be a bit of fun. Mom is 26 and due in September, really active still, in fact she ran a 5k a week ago, while I'm lucky to get the yard mowed and trimmed in one weekend. I'm afraid my age is showing! It's strange to think these kids that bickered on the swings and made mud pies will be swinging with their own babies soon,,,time certainly flies.

In that black hole that is pintrest I found this super cute square that I'll have to work into the next baby blanket.
How to Crochet Pretty Granny Square BlanketI think I'd use it like my pink and green squares in progress. I haven't made much progress on those but I'm working on granny stitches around the connected center squares and then once it reaches a certain size I'll add another round of squares and then a boarder. Kinda like a simple Wendy blanket. Which of course is on my wish list!

As far as what's taking up all of my time this week it's still figs, this weekend was Fig Strawberry and Fig Marmalade.

 I need to start some plants for the fall garden but it's way too hot to start anything outside, so I'm digging into the stash for the next project!

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Year of Projects Year 6 week3

Just as Short note this week to show the progress on the owl cocoon. It's finally coming together. lots of lose ends and a couple more crocodile rows to go and it will ready to send off. I'm also working on a blanket and a hat for the baby but I might just go ahead and gift the cocoon since it was a request. 
Owl Cocoon 

I think it's turned out quite well! I've made a few revisions to sizing and learned a new stitch but I'll be happy to see it off to it's new home. I'm working on a blanket and then an owl hat for the same baby, as well as a blanket for another. Hoping to have one more started after this, then one more baby gift and then it's back other non baby items.

AS for the Crocodile stitch, I had made it much worse than it really was. I'll be looking for another project to use it in. Any suggestions? Tell me do you love it, can you do with out it or like me and just hadn't tried it..

Figs are on and that's taking time away from crafting and soon fall bazaars and shows will start so I need to fit it all in. I could use another four or five hours to my day
These are what took up so much of my normal crafting time this weekend! 

As for my yearly list, I think I'll be carrying over the majority of the items. I am glad to say that some of it can be cleared off and a few things will be added. But one thing I can say is that I have kept my promise to myself to go cold sheep and only buy what I had to have for a project, like the owl. The stash has taken over and it needs to work it's way down a container or two, so that I can make room for other projects, like a quilt rack and the spinning wheel!

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Update: Year of Project Year 6 week 2

I missed week one already! But not for trying, the canning got a bit in the way over the Holiday weekend!

I might have been a bit over zealous when I went to the farmers market, since I picked up about 100 lbs in peaches.  The late frost took out of early peach blooms and I didn't want to miss out on peach jam this year. We can Jams for sale so the amount isn't really that crazy but all at once put me a bit behind. Of course the cucumbers are on too as well as blueberries so I was stuck in the kitchen the majority of my time off.
Here are just a few fruits of my labor;

SO now on to Crochet!
I did manage to work on a couple of items over the last couple of weeks, I haven't gotten the list updated but I'm hoping to have that done this week. And I'm hoping to be able to stick to it this year!

This is the one picture that I took last week when I was planning on getting a post out and a bit of an update it on it also.

This is last week
Today! Squares are joined and it's well on it's way to being the center of a new baby blanket

Progress on the Owl Cocoon, Cocoon parts completed, on to Owl parts next. It has a breast piece that is crocodile stitches, wings and eyes to go. It will be my first go round with the crocodile stitch so wish me luck!

Here's my cardigan, I had hoped it would be a Spring Cardigan but I think it's going to end up as a fall accessory. But that works too. The back and one side are complete. Work has started on the second side and that leaves sleeves. First garment for adults and depending on how it goes will determine if there are more in the future.

No progress on other items but I made a deal with myself, no new starts until one of these are finished. Just a bit of incentive to get a finish..

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