Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Yarn Along

Joining Ginny for the first time in a while.
I have been in a bit of a funk, knitting-wise, lately.
Which is unfortunate, since it's my job...
It feels like I can't get anything finished, and like I can't knit anything fast enough.
This week I was somewhat cured of that.
Size 17 needles will do that for one.
I cast on for this scarf on Sunday, and finished it up just now.
It's from Men's Knits, and has the inspiring name "Cable Scarf."
The Yarn is Cascade Eco Wool, doubled, and it's left over from another project for this customer.
I hope this means I have got my mojo back, because I have 2 sweaters, a hat and other miscellaneous things for customers, as well as things for my family.
I'd like to get an Easter dress or two squeezed out before they're needed on Sunday.
Have you ever lost your mojo? How did you get your groove back?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Crafting On

This past weekend I taught my favorite sewing class - Fun Stuff with Felt.
I have a certain number of things that I bring to every class to show as inspiration: treasure bags, a crown, a needle book and barrettes, but every season I like to spice things up with some seasonal items.
The Purl Bee is the best place I have found for great tutorials and patterns, and this year they had a completely adorable Lamb Finger Puppet.
The Youngest likes it, she keeps going around saying "Lamby! Lamby!"

As I was cruising through the considerable number of felty projects I was reminded that I had been wanting to make one of Mimi Kirchner's dolls. About 5 years ago Mimi graciously offered a free pattern for one of her dolls on The Purl Bee.
 So I sat down and cut out most of the pieces that I need for the doll. This project will be a labor of love, there is a lot of little stitching to do, but I think that if I take it one piece at a time it should be finished by Christmas.
 What's on your creative to-do list today?
Joining Nicole for KCCO

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Two Years Old


This tiny, wee babe got her official two-year-old credentials today.


As a special present to The Youngest the weather has made a complete change and it's spectacular outside. We spent the whole birthday party (just us and the grandparents) at the playground.




The Elder and I decorated the cake, I couldn't quite get the consistency right on the pink frosting, but it tasted delicious!
The pink frosting is flavored with strawberry sauce made from frozen berries from last summer's harvest.
The green was just food coloring, though after it was finished I remembered an episode of Good Eats where Alton Brown suggested making buttercream frosting from avocados. It was just about the same color as above, and it would have been perfect since the avocado is still almost the only food that The Youngest will reliably eat that's not french fries...
I hope you are having a delightful day out there in internetland.
We sure are.

Friday, April 4, 2014

A Cozy Corner

The resident 10-year-old has been asking for some time to have her own room, and last week we did the deed (sort of).
This small house of ours has two bedrooms upstairs and one down. We have all been living on the upper floor since we moved in and the downstairs room has fluctuated between an office and a craft space.
The Elder has moved downstairs (a big move for her and for me) and for now is sharing with the desk and computer.
It was a pretty seamless transition, though The Younger has been a little lonely.
More on that later...

Along with removing the computer and desk, the remaining chore is some decorating.
The walls are pretty bare, and the bed was awfully plain.
Though, for the cost of about $12.00 I was able to rectify the bed problem this evening.
Since it was the base of a bunk bed, there were posts on each corner that were begging to receive supports.
So I bought four 10-foot 1/2" PVC pipes, and hardware for corners, and constructed this canopy in about 15 minutes.
She's thrilled, and the room is looking a little more like a bedroom than an office.
Add a couple of yards of curtain fabric that I found at IKEA about 5 years ago, and you have a pretty princess bed. And, it'll double as a chuppah someday, should the need arise.
More updates to come on our game of whole house Tetris.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

First Day of Spring

I am going to pretend that there is not a horrifying weather forecast today.
On the first day of Spring we had mostly clear skies,
Buds are coming out on the trees.
 We could walk without hats.
 Signs of Spring are all around.
 I'll forgive this little lapse, nature, because for a short time, I saw the Spring.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Springy Knitting part 2

So, clearly, I should have taken a photo of this before I put it on the toddler.




I got in a brief knitting session with my lovely neighbor, and was able to finish this little top last night.
I'm pretty happy with the way the crocus in the snow looks, though I should have added 3 inches or so to the length and we could have had a dress.
Next time.
Joining Ginny for Yarn Along
Happy knitting, y'all!