My life is either exciting or crazy or a little of both but I'm not complaining because the good outweighs the bad for sure! For one thing...I had to ask my daughter not to read my blog at all. I felt bad but if you notice I have not been blogging except on Sundays and I realized it was because that was the only time she didn't read it. The rest of the time I felt 'hemmed' in and would go to blog about something and realize I couldn't because it was 'gift' related or something I wanted to surprise her with. So, now that she won't be reading it I feel freer to share without having to think twice. Also, the things that I love to share are my crafting adventures.
I am also realizing that I can't 'have it all' so if I want to attain my goals and the ones I enjoy the most right now, I am going to have to make my life easier. I am hiring a gentleman to mow and weed my yard so I can be free to do a little gardening/landscaping plus not to have to go out in the heat if I don't want to which I don't.
I was sick this past week but didn't realize it....I thought I had food poisoning and then I thought I had a chronic problem but I never 'rested' because I never get sick. Sick to me is when you take to your bed so I figure if I'm not in bed I'm not sick. I had terrible headaches and spent way too much time in my bathroom but I kept going! By the time I realized I had the flu I was over it. Meanwhile I got the porch back in shape after the roof and cleaned my bedroom and bathroom. I am getting my house ready to sell and that is the #1 priority right now. Well, that and the grand boys coming. So, not a lot of crafting was done but enough to make me happy and to get excited about some new 'ventures'......so here I go!
FO's - (Finished Objects) - None
WIP's (Works in Progress) -
1) My felted slippers - I 'felted' them. I had to take them to the laundromat as they have the old agitators which 'felt' much better and I put in some towels and a few cotton rugs with them. They felted nicely but when I tried them on they were too big! What is up with that? I did a gauge swatch and also I usually knit 'tightly'. I chose the 9-10 women's size and I wear a 9 1/2 or a 10 sometimes.....too big? I was so disappointed as I already bought the yarn to make them for the family for Christmas. Not sure what to do now. Should I try felting them some more? I guess it can't hurt except time and money to take them to the laundromat. Knitting and I are not getting along! I mean...I did a gauge swatch! Hello? I could take in a good 2 inches at the heel...that's how big they are.
On the bright side..........the Falling Leaves class on Creative Bug is excellent! I have already learned a new cast on and how to read a chart. At least this one anyway! LOL! I am loving it and maybe taking classes will help me as I can already see I should have been using markers in my Land of Sweets cowl but the designer never told me too. I would lose my place so now I can see why markers are important! I did have more to show but I frogged and started over. The only size 9 needles I had were circulars but I did not like using them for this scarf so I changed to straight needles. I only have a size 10 so we shall see!
What's in the Queue -
#1 - Some Valentine's Day socks -
#2 - Something for St. Patrick's Day...socks or cowl...not sure. I think I found a cowl pattern with a Celtic design but I would like socks too!
#3 - Still more washcloths as I have plenty of Dishie and Peaches and Creme worsted cotton
#4 - Some leaf book markers
There won't be anything more added to the queue now since it is getting so close to YOP Year 2018-19 that any new projects will go for next year.
What I'm "wishing upon a star" for - These will also be going on the YOP 2018-19 list if they 'make the cut'! This is way more exciting then the NFL Draft!
#1 - My Valentine and St. Patrick's Day yarns for socks or cowls and mini's for cowl and Granny Stripe Blanket.
#2 - Susan B. Anderson has her 2 kits back in stock..........The Loopy Sheep
and her Spring Chicken kits just in time for Spring but where do I get the dough for all these great items?
#3 - my new over the top obsession I discovered from Little Bobbin's mother who does the most beautiful stitchery from Jesse Chorley
I'd like to do her Friendship Quilt if I live long enough! LOL! I may try just a little sampler on my own but check out her website for lots of other wonderful and unique items and projects.
#4 - Knitting at the Library Cowl - a pay for pattern on Ravelry. I'm thinking this may be the year of cowls or slippers....we'll see who wins out! The cowl looks like different shelves of books! So cool!
#5 - A crochet square blocker either a DIY or to buy.......anyone have any experience with these or recommendations? I saw this Crochet blocker with instructions to make and it looks pretty simple
You just need wooden shish-kabob skewers and a gardening knee pads
YOP Goals from last week:
1) finish sewing top for I Spy quilt #2
***DONE*** 2) sew tops on my slippers and felt them
3) work on Land of Sweets cowl as permitted
4) sew first project for Sewing School
5) frog Christmas Eve socks and cast on a new pair
***DONE*** 6) start Falling Leaves scarf and class
YOP Goals for this week:
1) finish sewing top for I Spy quilt #2
2) felt slippers........again
3) sew first project for Sewing School
4) frog Christmas Eve socks and cast on a new pair
5) continue on with Falling Leaves scarf and class
6) who knows as there are treasures coming!!!
1) Only 2 really....the yarn for the Falling Leaves class and another type of sock ruler. All I need now are blockers and more sock needles. I am still going to frog my Christmas Eve socks and take Sockmatician's (podcast on You Tube) tutorial for toe up socks. Joanna of Stitching the High Notes took it and loved it. She said it was so easy and understandable once you do the math. Toe up will work as I have evenly divided the skein into 2 and when you do toe-up you can just stop when you are running out of yarn! Brilliant!
Podcasts: I watched THE ROYAL WEDDING...over and over and over again.....it was so beautiful! Finally something uplifting to focus on in the world! I will never forget it. I watched Diana get married and watched those 2 boys grow up into wonderful young men. Their mother would be very proud of who they have become. I also admired Megan's mother for raising such a wonderful young woman with so much self-confidence. A great role model....both of them! Congratulations to all involved! God Save The Queen!
To get back to my Make Mania at the beginning of this post. It refers to Stitch Mania which is going on in You Tube under the label Floss Tube but I cannot stick to just one craft so I am calling my version Make Mania as Joanna did in Stitching the High Notes. It is similar to Year of Projects except that they pick out their cross stitch projects in May for the whole year and actually "kit them all up" so they can just grab and go throughout the year. This could be pricey but I like the idea and most of them plan for it throughout the year before. So, I have chosen projects with pictures in each area of my crafts (still working on it) and it will help me not get 'confused' and stay focused on my YOP goals during the year....in theory anyway!
What have you been working on and planning for?
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