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!!

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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 part..lol. 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 season..lol. 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 lately..lol.
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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Monday, June 27, 2016

Year of Projects Week 52


What! it can't be year end for the Year of Projects, I've barely scratched the surface of my list! 
And I've fallen a bit behind on the blogging too. I'm not ready to create a new list for the new year but I will show off a couple of finishes and maybe give an update or two while I contemplate the new year!

It seems to be the summer of babies around here.While this wasn't on the list it is a finish and I'll run with that! It was delivered this past weekend and I think it was received well. I love the pattern and I think it will be added to the to do list for Year 6, in a couple of colors for stand bys.  
For Baby #2 I'm working on a requested Owl Cocoon and a gift of a star shaped blanket in matching colors. These colors aren't really true but you can get the idea
I'm really  liking the dragonfly patterns for one and maybe a granny stripe for the other. Two years ago I made a granny stripe for big brother of baby 4 and mom loved it so I'm thinking that would be the way to go once I hear something about colors.

I did have a finish on an outstanding UFO,  This had been lurking in the pile for a couple of years and I finally decided it had to go. Well it was a bit more than that, the pattern and I weren't coming to a complete understand but the left side of my brain finally gave up to the right side and it all came together just in time for mothers day. This was the awkward  last minute blocking that I did on the freezer. It actually worked out well since it was so huge. I  then totally forgot to get a good picture but I should be able to remedy that in the future.


The cardigan is still in process, the CAL is coming along but I'm way behind, no one said there would be ripples. Ripples dislike me for some reason..
The flower garden aka weekender blanket is progressing slow but progressing.

I do have one thing that I'm adding to the list as a Christmas present. This Whale Shark, the kiddo is a huge fan of whale sharks and I always try to make something fun for the holidays.

That's about it for an update but I will be back next week with new ideas, until then check out these other great blogs or Join in Year 6 of The Year of Projects.


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Year of Projects Week 32


Here I was thinking I was doing better about getting the posts up and I fall off the wagon again. In my defense the weather was pretty nice that week and a book I had on hold at the library came in so there wasn't much progress on craft front.

However this week ended up being a bit better, not totally where I had wanted to be but it's headway.
So I'll start with my update on the Groovyghan CAL. Week three will be out Wednesday so there is still time if you'd like to join us!
The pattern went from granny squares to hot buttered popcorn, of the puffy texture kind, not the greasy I want to eat the whole bowl by myself so you better back off kind. Check it out..

I decided that I would join all the of the pieces once this entire top section was complete. 

The work on the Cardigan is coming along too. The back is completed and I have started on the front panel. It's definitely a work in progress

I did take advantage of a nice day last Saturday and went to New Bern to visit Tryon Palace. It was a bit of a two birds one stone thing, they had a "free day" and a quilt show all at the same time.
I'll give you a quick shot of one of my favorite quilts and I'll admit to stopping in at a LYS but I came home empty handed, so the cold sheep promise is still holding on.
The hand applique detail on this quilt put it into a category of it's own. I'm working on a post with more pictures so this was just a tease..

And I walked away from this!! But I'll be back, I'm working on a post for this too. But if you can't wait here is their website.. Weaver's Web New Bern NC.

We've got a cold forecast coming up so you'll be able to find me huddled up under the blankets waiting for Walking Dead to return and working on a few projects!