Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Granny Square Day 2017

It's finally here and I'm already behind on my day thanks to all of the time I've spent on Instagram this morning checking out the different varieties of Granny Squares.

A big thanks goes out to @suregal27 on instagram for hosting this awesome event.

I thought I would share my contributions here too. There's plenty of time to get on board and become part of the virtual granny square blanket!

Be sure to use the tags #grannysquareday2017 and #grannysquare, then sit back and be wowed by all of the great granny ideas out there!

Happy Granny Square Day Ya'll !

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Year of Projects Year 7 Week 7

There hasn't been a noticeable amount of crochet doing the last two weeks thanks to the change in weather around here. It had been horribly hot but we had a very nice break with some cooler weather. So we've taken advantage of that by playing catch up with yard work. The yard looks better but it hasn't done much for my yardage count!

I did start the Nya Mosaic blanket but a lot of it was done in the car on the interstate and I'm not as happy with the colors as I thought I would be. I'm fairly sure a bit of it will be frogged, since it is a bit more Fall themed that I had originally thought. I was about to start the pattern process but I decided to step back and decide on colors before I went much farther.

I feel like it's an over ripe banana..lol I'm planning on adding blue and other colors but I think it's time to start over..

When I did have a  bit of time to crochet I was working on an order than came in but that need a quick turn around time. The one on the left is the work in progress, only a border left to go and it will be on it's way to Canada. It's so fun to think how far this blanket will have traveled before it's gifted!
The one on the right is in my Etsy shop and was the right pattern but the wrong colors. I'm enjoying the pattern and how different the same stitched look with just a couple of different colors. That's why I'll never get tired of crochet, there is always something new to make!

I have one more small project that is on a deadline, a granny square for #grannysquareday2017. 
Wanna get on board? Post a granny square on instagram on August 15th and use the hash tags #grannysquareday2017 and #grannysquare. @Suregal27  is heading up the challenge and we're hoping to blanket instagram with tons of squares. A virtual blanket will be created from the squares submitted and all you have to do is take a full screen shot of a granny square and post to your account, how easy is that! 

As for my Cold Sheep here's this two weeks update:
Prior count: 1506 yards
Yardage in: 170 yards ( I was short one yard for the baby blanket order)
Yardage out: 885 yards
Accumulated Total: 2221 yards not too bad..

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to hop over to Ravelry and check out all of the great blogs in A year of Projects and join the yarny adventure!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Year of Projects Week 4

This week I had two finishes and two starts..

The first was a couple of sets of baby sandals that had been ordered, they have been sent and received. They'll be presents in a baby shower this coming week. Always nice to have repeat customers!

The second was a ripple blanket that started off as a lunch time project and it moved along quite quickly. So quickly that it soon became a bit big to stuff into my bag for travel.

It doesn't look like much a a ripple here but the are slight waves. Once I decided on the pattern and repeats it ended up being kid size, not baby, which is what I had in mind originally, but I'm happy with the results. I wanted a simple border so it wouldn't distract from the pattern and I ended up doing a single row around and then a crab stitch, also know as a crab stitch in the light denim blue, which is also the ending colors. I think the result was better than I had expected. I need to get some pictures taken and it will be available soon in my Etsy Shop.

My first start was not a crochet project but a sewing project. I have a couple of sewing machines but I haven't sewn in forever. I haven't got any sewing done this week but I did get the pieces cut out  and ready for some stitching. 

It is crochet related,being that it should end up as a project bag, and I can't wait to start using it. I have to move a couple of things around so I can move my machine back into the craftroom and find an orange zipper, then I'll be wrapping this project up.

I had a couple of free minutes so I checked out the top 20 Patterns on Ravelry the other day and saw this, the Nya Mosaic Blanket.  No crazy stitches to make this awesome blanket so I jumped right on board and bought the pattern. I've picked a few colors and added a few repeats to make it just a bit bigger, I hope to have a bit of the pattern done to show next week.

I decided on a jeweled theme, I'm using shades of blue, teal, rust, mustard and a pale yellow. As it progresses it could totally change, But I had all of those available in my stash and I'm seriously trying to make some reductions to it.

We did add another Chicken to our flock this week. If only all our chickens were this well behaved and this productive we'd all be happy!
This is the normal state of affairs around here, refusing to go up at night and giving me the stinkeye when I suggest they would be happier in the coop after dark!

So on to my starting count for cold sheep 2017-2008. Since this is my first entry for the year I'm including  yarn for a few projects that have recently been completed, following entries will be just for the week. 

Yarn in - Zero in for the last couple of months so far so good.
Yarn out - 1506 yards 

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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..

If you also have an overflowing craftroom and queue and you're looking for some inspiration come check out the Year of Project group on Ravelry!

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 too..lol.

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 shape..lol 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!!

Hope you are having a very productive week, even if it's not with yarn. Need some encouragement? Click over to Ravelry and check out the Year of projects,with lots of great blogs to inspire you too!