Sunday, November 22, 2015

Happy Days!!!!

I had a talk with my daughter and asked her not to read my blog until after Christmas as I couldn't blog about anything!  Every time I wanted to share something I couldn't because it had something to do with Christmas or so it seemed.  So, I am now at liberty to share everything!  Well, almost everything....LOL!
Remember this yarn...Lion Brand Homespun...the yarn from hell as I once described it?  3rd time is charm!  I finally found the perfect pattern for it and we are now working well together (although I still will never buy it again....nothing with those little squiggly fibers!).  The Corner-to-Corner blanket pattern is perfect!
It still won't be ready by Christmas but it will  get done eventually!  It's almost as wide as I want it to be and then I am going to follow Mickey's instructions (Crochet Crowd on You Tube) on how to make it a rectangle and I will probably make it the size of the top of my bed.  It is for my daughter and her family for their couch and her husband is a big guy!  6' 4" so a "throw" size just wouldn't make it.  
I can practically do this in my sleep and it has been great for t.v. watching...no problem!
 My daughter picked out the yarn and the pattern several years ago and they're still waiting! LOL!
Miss Peeps is a professional "photo bomber"!  She's slowly....very slowly learning to leave my yarn alone.  Grace never bothers it but Miss Peeps cannot be left alone in the room with yarn or any WIPs.
 As you can see this hat is almost done but it will get ear flaps and braids still.  There is a blue one that is finished that is for Sam and this one is for Grayson.  Uriah got his last year in tan.
 There's another project but I couldn't find it...imagine that! LOL!  I'll find it before next week.
Here's another Christmas present....a baker's dozen of plant markers for my son and daughter who are both gardeners.  They need another coat of paint but I ran out.  I used my wine corks that I've saved for years (no, I'm not a lush..one glass a day is all).  These are rubber but they worked fine and then they can write on them what the plant is with a permanent marker.  I used skewers you use for shish-kabobs.  A big package is really inexpensive and I already had all the supplies except now I need another can of spray paint.  I'm not sure if they'll last more than one season.  We'll find out!

The girls and I picked these up on one of our hikes this week and I'll show you what I'm going to do with them next week.  It's not your usual pine cone craft so stay tuned!  First I have to "bake" the bugs out of them.
Oatmeal cookies were baked last night as I was needing something for my sweet tooth.  I used this recipe

 from King Arthur Flour's website.  Another fun website to visit this time of year is Williams Sonoma
They both have lots of great recipes and baking goodies for the holidays.
I feel so free now that I don't have to keep things a secret! LOL! Whew!  
Oh, I almost forgot..........I sent for a free (postage paid) ThredUp  bag that I will be filling with some items I hope to get paid for.  I'm not expecting much but anything is better than nothing so I am sending them my very best....some of which has only been worn once for special occasions and then I gained weight so adios to those sizes!  I'l let you know how I fare and I will take photos and post of exactly what I send them and what I get in return....cash wise.  Have any of you used this site before to buy or sell?  They have free shipping from now until Christmas Eve and I have a 40% off coupon for first time user.  


I hope you  had a good week and enjoyed your weekend.  The Iowa Hawkeyes won again!  10-0 record so far!!!!  The Bears lost...per usual when I get to watch them....and to a backup quarterback on the Denver Broncos!  Geez....Bears!  Oh well, at least one of my teams is doing well! LOL!
I'll be by this week to check on everyone.  I'm still busy packing and cleaning and tossing!
Happy Trails!


21 comments:

  1. Thank goodness you can show your work. And I love them all. So many clever things you have comeup with. Cant wait to see the pine cone craft. Have you listed your house yet? Where are ypu going to move to? Am anxious to hear how the Thredsup goes.

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    1. No listing yet....probably not until after Christmas or even Spring but I'm clearing out so I can just leave! I'm moving to Northwestern, Illinois where I grew up. I'll for sure let you know about Thred Up and the pine cone craft. I also have some yarn coming this week....just for me! LOL!

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  2. I have some of that wonky yarn, I want to make a hat crochet of course! I am interested in the pine cone craft too...you are busy as a beaver. I am listening to the Music Awards...who are these people?:(

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    1. Ha! Ha! I didn't watch the awards...but I don't know them and I don't know many movie stars anymore either. I'm so "out of it" and I don't even own a cell phone. I have a busy week ahead and I'm not even having company (thank goodness).

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  3. Glad to see you've found a project you're happy to use the Homespun yarn on. I own a few skeins and I'm scared to death to use it after reading so many bad reviews of it. I really should just rehome it. Your Corner-to- Corner blanket looks great with that yarn.

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    1. That's the pattern to use for it for sure! I tried 3 other patterns but this one is made for that yarn! It could be just me but I tried knitting and crocheting and really found it "difficult" to work with but some people just love it.

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  4. That C2C looks good in the homespun and isn't it great to finally have a project it likes! So glad you found a way to show off all your projects because they are all wonderful and I'm sure will be loved!

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    1. I know....I searched high and wide and finally it worked out. Yes, my daughter was fine with not reading my blog as she knows it's stuff for her and her family! LOL!

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  5. Someone just gifts me with about 8 or so skeins of that homespun yarn. It was in her mothers stash sho has passed away. Every few weeks they seem to bring me a few skeins they found hidden in her house. You've got lots of fun projects going on. I just have one more scarf to make as a gift...but I have made 10 pair of mittens for the school since Momday night! Progress!
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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    1. I wish you were here and you could help me as I have "miles to go before I sleep" but if it doesn't get done they'll get it someday! LOL! 10 pair of mittens? You are Super Woman! I have several to make and some finger-less mitts too. I love it but it has been a busy and expensive Fall so I have no choice but to make gifts. I like it that way though as I refuse to go into debt for Christmas....I don't think that is what was meant by "the spirit of giving". It's funny though, when you retire you have more people to buy/make for than when you were working. LOL!

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  6. Looks like you have been busy. I use wine corks and skewers to make my garden stakes too.

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    1. Oh, great! Do they work well? Do they last more than 1 season?

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  7. I'm looking forward to seeing the pine cone craft, and the markers are brilliant. I love the corner to corner blanket and I'm glad you found a great use for that yarn.

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    1. Thanks, Lucy! I'll be sure and post the pine cones next week!

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  8. I love making blankets while watching TV -- my favorite evening activity!

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    1. Me too! And as the temperatures drop the blanket gets bigger to keep you warmer! LOL!

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  9. You've got some great projects there. Everyone will just love your gifts!!

    I love William Sonoma and their recipes, as well as KAF recipes!

    Haven't heard about the clothing buy program....

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving.
    ~K.

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    1. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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  10. Hmmm, yes .... baking the bugs out of pinecones... ugh. Reminds me I need to find some to butter up with peanut butter and suet for the birds!

    The corner to corner pattern looks awesome with that yarn. I'm relieved to hear that the yarn will be behind you soon!

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  11. Oh yes, I need to do that for the birds too. I have a suet thingy but haven't put it out yet....I am SO behind in life! LOL! Yes, that pattern and that yarn is a match made in heaven as opposed to the other ones. The crochet/knitting angels are always looking after me....thank goodness! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

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  12. Okay, I'm gonna PM you my address so you can hook me up with some of them oatmeal cookies! Yummy! My girls and husband love oatmeal more than chocolate chip. The shawl looks cozy. I LOL'd at you telling your daughter to postpone reading your blog til after the 25th. My mum is always supportive and is now following my blog. I can't blog about her gift much now.

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