Tuesday, October 23, 2018

A Lovely Weekend

The third weekend of October is always a long one, set aside for Minnesota Educators to do some professional development, and for families to do some relational development. 
This year we took a couple of quick road trips to some nearby natural wonders, and a couple of unnatural wonders, too.
First there was a visit to Willow River State Park in Wisconsin, only a quick drive from home despite crossing state lines.

I'm constantly on the lookout for their album cover, just in case they ever form a band together...

Then on Sunday we took a drive to Minneopa Falls, just outside Mankato MN.

 I'm a sucker for sandstone graffiti.
 Mama, I'm that statue! I'm thinking, I'm thinking, I'm thinking.
 Family photo
 Album cover, number two.
After all that naturing we decided to try something else, and we visited Minnesota's Largest Candy Store.

 That blur in the bottom is the Youngest trying to step on the Hulk's feet. Such a rebel...
It was a lovely weekend, and I am so happy that I got to share it with my favorite people. 

Saturday, February 24, 2018


It's been a long while since I had the mental capacity to blog, and I have missed it!
Back in August I started my first full-time job since The Eldest was born, and while it's pretty awesome I am exhausted when I get home.

I haven't had much time or energy for much crafting time either, but I did manage to sneak in a minute or two here and there to start a silly project for The Youngest.
We have a history in our family with the book Annie and the Wild Animals by Jan Brett.
When The Eldest was about 5, I made her a matching sweater to the titular Annie.

When I pulled out the sweater for The Youngest to try, it had been ravaged by time and wasn't really functional anymore. 

So, I asked The Youngest if she'd like a new one, and she asked me if I would make her the entire outfit. 
So far I have finished the Sweater and most of the boots.

 The overalls are cut out, and I think I will have time tomorrow to get those sewn up.
Since The Elder and The Younger are super grown-up now they no longer ask for knitted items from their old mama, but as long as The Youngest still asks I will do my best to comply.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Road Trip Knitting

With the goal of visiting a place where we could see the totality of the eclipse this week, my family took our first road trip. 
We went all in: 5 national parks, 2 national monuments, 5 states, 16 days and 4000 miles traveled.
We began in North Dakota at Theodore Roosevelt Park.
Since we were in the car so much, I had tons of time for knitting. 
I was able to start and finish a vest, inspired by the fluffy clouds in the big sky
The other knitting project I brought along didn't get quite finished, but I made some serious headway on it. 
I had the book Yokes by Kate Davies, and it was hard to choose one pattern. I love everything in the book, and I will probably knit more as the years pass. 
I settled on Cockatoo Brae, which is the cover pattern. (photo from the book)

I dug through my stash and found some colors I liked. 
 As we traveled around, I realized that I was seeing all the colors of my yarn in the gorgeous landscape around us.

The lichen, the fauna, the water, the woods, it was all represented in my palate. 
We had a marvelous time, despite the odd 35 degree night, or swarms of flies in the outhouses. 
I can't wait to finish up this sweater, and be reminded of our travels.
Joining in with Crafting On.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Flurry of Back to School Sewing

So, this little peanut will be starting Kindergarten in about a month, and what's a crafty girl to do, but go into major dress production? 
I was flipping through the top children's fashion sites and saw this adorable dress from Mini Boden 
and thought to myself "Self, you can make that!'
So I grabbed a pattern for a basic jumper and added a face and ears. 
The mouse came out so cute, I let her pick out fabric for a cat.
 I had this knit dress cut out for about a year, so I finished that one up.
The original jumper pattern had a version with this faux Peter Pan collar, so I did one in this amazing Space Baby fabric. When I saw it in the shop I audibly gasped. I had made an outfit for The Elder when she was 6 months old (that particular lady is 13 now!)
Also on the Mini Boden site there were a lot of applique dresses and so I tried that too.

I still have a few more things up my sleeves, we'll see how many I finish up.
The Youngest is also my Last, so I feel a little extra pressure to get these made before she decides that she doesn't want homemade clothes anymore.
Joining Nicole for KCCO this morning

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A Glorious Day

This sweet lady and I went to the beachy woods (or is it the woodsy beach?) on Monday. 
We had a picnic, built a sandcastle,

we let our (OK, my) pasty hobbit feet see some sun, which after a long winter and a week of steady rain felt pretty terrific.

 There was also some tree climbing, but only fallen trees, because I am not that brave.

She, however, is very brave and climbed to the very end. 

I can't wait for school to end so we can do this with the Elder and Younger as well. 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Blanket from the Ashes of a Dyelot Disaster

I was going through my stash and found some pretty multi-color blue yarn that had been discontinued while I was working at the Yarn Shop in town.
The colors were beautiful and I knew that what I wanted was this sweater right here-
From a 2009 issue of Interweave Magazine.
So sweet!
So I got cooking, and after I was 10 inches into the second ball I remembered why the yarn was discontinued.
The dyelots were ridiculously out of whack from themselves.
These two yarns are the SAME DYELOT.

I was pretty bummed out, but I thought to myself "Self, just weave with it. The crazy variation won't show as much and you will still get to use that beautiful yarn."
So I loaded up my rigid heddle, which is only 20 inches wide so I had to make three panels to make a blanket, and in a week or so I had this lovely throw.
It came out just how I thought, and I love it.
Joining Nicole for KCCO

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Mostly Finished

I cast off my handspun sweater on Monday.
It could use a little tweaking, like it totally needs blocking, and I need another pocket, and the sleeves are a little closer to three quarter than I like.
However, it's wearable, and super cozy and I spun the yarn! And before I spun the white yarn I washed an entire fleece! And I dyed the bright green! And I designed it!
I am a little in love with this guy.
What's on your needles?