Friday, August 1, 2014

Secret Project

Last month I was working on a "Secret Project" that I couldn't really share until it was gifted. The recipient has it in her little 2 month old hands and now I can share. I gave you a little glimpse in yesterday's post but here it is in its entirety


It wasn't anything super fancy. A log cabin blanket for my new niece. 


I matched the colors to the fabric they were using for her nursery. They were aiming for a McKenzie Child's theme so I knew what I wanted to do. 


It needed to be lined. In the black and white checked fabric. Now those of you who know me realize that I hate to sew. And here's where mom comes in. She's a master seamstress. She made my clothes growing up, she still sews her curtains - and I'm talking professional valances. So she sat at her machine and sewed the lining in for me. 


I consider it a group effort sorta thing. 

I think what I like best is that most of the yarn is leftover from items I knit for her brother and sister. 

Enjoy your weekend! 


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Creative Blog Hop

I was asked to participate in the Creative Blog Hop by the sweet Tracey.  So here goes!

1. What have been the doings/makings/scribbling's
at your desk/making table this week? 

My "desk" these days is the patio table.  This time of year I crave being outdoors in the light. You can find me most mornings knitting and taking photos. Some days you may find me next to my "desk" with my spinning wheel. I'm getting ready to warp my rigid heddle and start playing with that again.  Passing the shuttle back and forth is so meditative.  Especially outside. I occasionally draw although it's not one of my talents! This week has found me back at the dye pots.



2. Where are you currently finding 
your inspiration? 

I have to say I look forward to Wednesdays for Yarn Along. I love looking at the different blogs to see how others are creating. Another source of inspiration are knitting podcasts. Especially the video ones. Ravelry is another source of inspiration but I have to be careful. I can spend as much time browsing instead of knitting. There is Pinterest as well, but I tend to stay off of that because I know that can really be a time sucker.  




3. How important is being creative to you and
how do you blend this with your work- life-
family balance?


My tattoo says it all. It's real important to me to be able to express myself in whatever medium is making me happy at the time. I always wonder what people who don't have hobbies do with their time?  As far as balance I just make it a priority. I'm at the point in my life where my baby is grown up so I have more time to myself. I do work full time so I don't have as much time as I would like but I keep ME a priority. My house is sometimes chaotic and there might be dirty dishes in the sink but at the end of my life I want to be able to say that I did what made me happy. I don think anybody will give me an award for having an impeccable home. And I wouldn't want it that way. 

And now it's my turn to tag my friends.  So Carole and Lisa - you're on!  I can't wait to see what you have to say.  



Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Yarn Along





Tour de Fleece is done and I ended up with about 1200 yards of merino/tencel. While I had fun blending the colors and I will enjoy seeing how it will look knit up I am looking forward to spinning my grey Shetland - all one color!  

I'm still knitting on Viajante. It's a slow go but it's comfort knitting. 

I'm still reading Beach Street Knitting Club. I'm listening to Outlander and Summer on Blossom Street. 

What's going on in your fiber world?


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

10 on Tuesday

OK knitters - get ready!  Because this ToT will is sure to fill your creative mind with fiber-y ideas!  Carole's prompt for this week is 10 Patterns You Knit Again....  and Again and Again.


1.  Ingot.  I only knit it once but I am itching to cast on another one.  I wore this constantly last year. 



2.  Brickless.  I think I have knit 3 of these?  There will be more.

          

3.  Magic Cake Ruffle Shawl.  I will be casting on another one this winter.  I enjoyed watching how the              colors would blend together.

  

4.  Pleated Ballet Flats. I knit a bunch for Christmas last year.  And of course a pair for myself



5.  Elf shoes.  I knit lots of them for everyone last Christmas too but I need a pair for myself.



6.  Color Affection.  I can't say I loved knitting it but I loved the results!  


7.  Granny Square Blanket.  OK - this is crochet, not knitting.  And when I make it (and I have done       several) it's always one BIG square.  It's my "go to" baby blanket.


8.  Sugared Violets.   I am thinking of knitting this with some hand spun next time.


9.  Carole's Picot Edge Socks.  I can't even count the amount of times I have knit these.  


10.  Baby Sophisticate.  I have made both the baby size and the adult size.  Super fun sweater.


Well that was easy!  Please share your favorite ideas over at Carole's

Monday, July 28, 2014

Weekending







What a weekend!

-I knit, and knit, and knit on multiple projects
-I dyed some yarn but didn't like the results so I'll re-do it this week
-Hubby bought the grill he had been asking for
-That was followed by lots of grilled goodies for the rest of the weekend from ribs to s'mores
-There was a birthday party
-I got in some reading time
-Took a little trip to Twin River with the bestie for a girls night
-Experimented with the camera bit with different settings - it's such a work in process
-Picked the first ripe tomato from the garden
-Sat back and just enjoyed "being"

How was your weekend?

Link up with Karen to share your weekend festivities


Friday, July 25, 2014

Random on a Friday


I had a post all planned for yesterday but I woke up in the morning feeling like a truck hit me.  I pulled it together by 10 and got to the office but the day got a way and no post was written.  So here are some random thoughts in my head.

1.  I'm about one ounce away from completing my Tour de Fleece project.  It definitely took longer than I thought it would.  But I'm glad to have that just about done and am already mentally starting the next spin.
2.  My one fleece from Morrow Fleece Works is already processed.  In 2 weeks.  That is quick!  They say my white fleece will be done early September.  They go by color and I'm in no rush so that's just fine with me.
3.  I started looking at my calendar for August and it's another busy month.  I think we have something planned almost every weekend.  Yikes.  
4.  I had my tattoo touched up and added some letters.  She did a great job and I'm happy with how it looks. 
5.  I need to spend a good weekend cleaning the house.  It looks like a nice day tomorrow and we have plans for Sunday.  And the summer is so short.  Nah - cleaning is not gonna happen.  Maybe I can spin the dust bunnies into yarn.
6.  I need to order a book for my little Cape Cod getaway in a couple of weeks.  I hate to bring the iPad to the beach.
7.  I picked a bunch of Queen Ann's Lace that was growing in front of the office to dye with.  I'll hopefully get to that this weekend.
8.  I also ordered some yarn, fiber and some new dyes so I'm looking forward to playing with those.  Maybe you'll see some interesting colors here next week.

Have a great weekend!  

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Yarn Along

It's still spinning over here and not so much knitting.


I'm down to the last 2 oz. of fiber and I'm still not sure if I will have enough for the sweater I wanted to make.  


I may need to come up with a plan B.  And that's OK.  I was saving this knit for winter so I have time.

I have been listening to Outlander and am on chapter 7.  I'm really trying but I'm not in love with it yet.  I'm sticking with it though.

Check out Ginny's blog to be inspired by others.

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