Tuesday, January 19, 2021

And just like that, it's over

 It was so hard to admit that the holidays were over this year. I left the tree up until the 7th. I usually have taken it down the day after Christmas! I just wanted to hold on to something pretty that reminded me of so many happy memories. 

I made several crocheted ornaments for our little tree this year. Some were from Hobbi.com's crochet challenges and some were from their free pattern library.

I made a panda sock that is only about 4" long. It's for my panda loving adult daughter.

This one is from the challenge.

This is from the challenge too. It's a Snow (man) cone. hahaha

This is an owl rug that I made from a ribbon yarn that reminds me of teeshirt yarn. I am going to give it to my oldest son for his apartment. I cannot imagine him actually walking on it though!

It was so peaceful around Christmas. One morning I captured this spectacular sunrise:

I have now made two pairs of fingerless gloves. My next challenge is one that has all the fingers. 

This is one of my favorite gifts. It is a yarn bowl. For those of you who don't crochet, you often have to count your stitches. Many times you will be interrupted by family and lose count. I like this idea, to count louder. 

I am getting better at sock making now. This pair is for my daughter. It actually fits her pretty well. There was a lot of un-crocheting but with each pair I am improving!

This is a public safety announcement: No matter how often you clean your lint trap in your dryer, you still MUST clean out the dryer vent hose every so often! We are lucky we didn't start a fire!

I have still not found my mojo for fabric. A friend sent me these blocks and I played with them a little, but my heart isn't in it.

I got as far as cutting some borders and sashing. This is all pinned on the design wall. It's been there for several weeks. Someday I will get back to the studio. 

In the meantime, I have been crocheting even more stuff. This is a panda hat. Guess who it's for?

I didn't want to slight the youngest son so I made him a fox hat to wear as he went back to college.

This shows how dangerous house cleaning is:
I was dusting our bookcase style headboard when suddenly I felt a stab. I couldn't see anything in my finger though. TWO days later it still hurt. I knew something had to be in my finger and it was hurting when I tried to crochet. It took some digging (ouch) but I finally got ahold of this sucker. Dang! No wonder it hurt so much!!!

Now I could crochet again! I used leftover yarn from the fox hat to make a matching scarf. I will send this to my son at college. My husband was thrilled to model it for me. 

I am still as sad as the little tree is now that the holidays are over and all the pretty trappings are gone.
For a little while the little tree will provide a perch for the birds. Our bird feeder is hanging above it. It seemed fitting to honor the little tree for a little while longer.

Till next time, happy sewing or crafting!

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Let the holidays begin!

This time of year is busy for everyone and is especially busy here. 
From October through to New Year's we have four birthdays, four holidays, 
and all the hustle and bustle that goes with such events! 
It all starts with my birthday. I got flowers and cards and had a lovely day with family.

 In the midst of all this our son moved back from college to finish the semester here at home. He and Roxy are good friends and when he leaves to run an errand or to drive back to campus for a test, she will lay on his bed and stare out towards the window, wishing those curtains would part and show him coming home.

I've spent time in the studio, getting projects done so I can put up the sewing machine for the holidays. I finally sewed the chevrons together for this quilt top:
It turned out alright but it doesn't thrill me. I wish I had staggered the rows. 
It's not bad, it just isn't in my favorites pile.

Roxy really likes the guys in the family the best. 
Here she is waiting for my husband to come home after work. She is very patient. 

This is the last of the quilt tops for this year. The pieces are leftover from the quilt above. For some reason, I really like this one! I'll be putting a border around it and I think it will end up on our bed.

"What's that you hear Roxy? Is that Daddy coming home?"

I best get supper started then. 
I wish you and yours a happy and safe holiday season! 
Till next time, happy crafting y'all!

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

A Yarn of a Story

I threatened my husband the other day. I said to him, "At least I don't buy yarn like this person just did." He wasn't very amused. 

Don't get me wrong. He really does let me loose to enjoy my yarn and fabric passions. I guess I shouldn't say "let" but he IS very supportive of my hobbies. He did say something like we'd have to talk though, if this photo was from our house. hahaha

I wasn't just 'yarning' around since I last posted. I actually got back into the studio! I keep putting up the herringbone quilt, just to have something on the design wall. I have not made any progress on it yet.

What did progress was this years Halloween themed quilt. Those blue squares to the left are mostly fussy cut drawings from a Ghastly fabric line that I have. It's not easy to use due to the size of the prints. I cut out some of the figures and framed them in blue batiks. I used a batik fabric 'cake' that had been laying around. I used the same method for the Quarantine quilt that I made a few months back. 

Dex is watching me:

"You did what???"

I said, I lined up the blocks and sashed them in a bright orange print. 
I used up some other Halloween prints on the back of this quilt.
It isn't my best work. The structure is fine but I am not thrilled with how the whole thing looks. I hope to find someone who doesn't care about my color choices and gets a kick out of the Ghastly prints.

I finished my Halloween socks:

I am quite pleased with the structure and fit of these. I'm excited about making more socks. My skills are improving with practice! Imagine that concept! Practice makes perfect, or in this case, at least better!

I dug out the Sweet16 quilting machine last week. It was buried under about six quilts that are waiting to be quilted. I made good use of my time and had this one quilted in two days! The prints are all kinds of scraps of cat fabrics. I am gifting this to my cousin who rescues cats. 

I had a little of the white print fabric leftover from making the binding and used it to make the cuff of this pillowcase. I will put the Crazy Cat Lady quilt inside it and ship it off soon. I hope she likes it as it is a surprise.

Oh my, I think I tired out the 'kids'. I am amused that they are all sleeping so close together without growling. Usually one of them is up closer to me too. Silly pups.

I think I'll take a cue from the dogs and go take a little nap. Till next time, happy crafting y'all!

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Sock it to me

 Fun times!

I started this sock a long time ago. This is from March of this year. I think I started this several times before even getting to this point!

I got quite a ways along with this sock. The heel was to be added afterwards, according to the pattern. Looks pretty good, don't ya think?

I added the heel and then tried to put it on.
Crocheted socks don't have the 'give' that knitted socks do. I had to pull and tug and worried I was going to break the yarn before I finally got it on. Then I had to roll the cuff down because it was sagging away from my leg so much.
This just wasn't going to do. For the eleventieth time, I ripped out the sock all the way to the foot part and started again.

I needed another project to work on, that was more successful. I started doing a pullover top. Sadly, I didn't have enough yarn to even think about being able to finish this one. Off to the stores that sell yarn, I go.
Too light, too dark, too thin, too thick, too shiny, wrong fiber, oh my, what to do?
This color was almost perfect but in person, this was just totally wrong in texture.

Finally, I found the perfect yarn and
all was right with the world again. hahaha
Arkansas River at sunrise, from atop Petit Jean Mountain

This is a huge skein of yarn and it would work for my project!!! 

When I need a break I have been working on embroidery projects. 
This is one of my current ones:

The pattern is an old old one. I'm hoping to give this as a 
Christmas gift to my Panda loving daughter!

"I'm bored and hungry Mom."
Hang on Roxy, I'm almost done.

We've been redoing our college son's room while he's away for the semester. We put the instruments on the wall and downsized his bed from a full size to an XL twin size. This will give him a lot more room.
The dragon wall hanging was one I made for him many years ago. He was born in the year of the dragon. The blue quilt was a baby quilt I made for him. It will be covering the headboard when we get one for him. 

I made it into the studio last week! I finished the blocks and auditioned the sashing. I think the orange wins out. The other is just too dark. This is somewhat of a Halloween themed quilt.

My college son sent me this photo of his dashboard. I DID notice the odometer reading of 222,222, but I also noticed he was driving on the freeway when he took the photo. I mentioned to him that I didn't think that was the best idea he's ever had.

I was playing around with my cotton scraps and made two kitchen washcloths for my middle son for his new apartment.

I got my yarn-of-the-month last week too. This one is a sock yarn from KnitCrate.com. It is so soft! I can hardly wait to try it out. OH, if you're interested, they have a fairly decent yarn of the month club. If you want to try it, let me know. I can give you a code for the first month at 50% off. They have two programs. One has two skeins and is $24.99 and one has one skein for $19.95. You'll get 50% off your first month and you can cancel at any time. Just let me know if you want ti give it a try...and yes, I get a free month for getting you to try it too!

With the sock yarn coming in the mail, I was inspired to go back to work on those socks. I made a different heel turn and shorter ribbed cuff. NOW they were easier to get on and off and they didn't gape around the leg either.
They look a lot more like socks and boy are they warm! I learned a lot from these and the other two pairs I've done recently. I hope my forth pair are even better! I'm working on Halloween ones, so I best quit writing on here and get back to work!

Come on Roxy, let's go! 

Oh Roxy, did you get tired of waiting for me?

Till next time, happy sewing or crocheting or creating y'all!