Sunday, January 1, 2017

YOP Week #27

Happy New Year everyone!!!!  I even have a finish to share (although those that follow me all week will have seen this already....sorry).  Bob Ross is finally done and winging his way to Iowa.
Since all the New Year "goodies" got mailed I've had a bit of time to ponder and peruse the internet to see what I will be doing this next year.  I did get some knitting and crocheting done though.......
This is the dog blanket....it's the Corner-to-corner pattern by Red Heart and there are tutorials by Crochet Crowd on You Tube.  It's such an enjoyable project I was happy to tell her I would make it.  I ran out of the lighter purple and grabbed some darker purple I had.  It's Red Heart acrylic and will be good and tough for a little puppy!  I'm ready to start squaring it off now and decreasing.  It looks longer on one side but it must have been the camera angle as it should come  out square.
On Christmas Eve I joined the multitudes who participate in Little Bobbins Christmas Eve Sock Cast On.  This is West Yorkshire Spinners yarn which I am loving and my Karbonz 2.75 mm dpns that I'm using. I must knit tight as I have to use 2.75 not the usual 2.25 that most people use.  I haven't gotten too far as I still have other projects to work on.
Not much on my Peace Cowl either...like round 17 of 84?  But I'll get there....eventually.
1 leg of 4 on 1 of 2 giraffes to be made.......and I am out of yellow yarn, I think.....we'll see how it goes.........
it's all because I have 2 birthday presents to make and I am making Simple House Slippers
I am almost done with one but still waiting for foot measurements from recipients...........they better hurry up! LOL!  Jaclyn of Brooklyn Knitfolk podcast made these for Christmas gifts and they knit up pretty fast....even for me....the slowest knitter in the world! LOL!
P.S. Those are NOT empty Corona bottles in the background....they are salt and pepper shakers.  They're always in my pictures and you must think I'm always imbibing so I thought I would explain just in case.  I do imbibe but not that much or that often or that early! LOL!  That is coffee in that mug!
 Now for my future plans for 2017........besides getting my house ready to put on the market this Spring...........I am doing Wardrobe Architect; a little course found at Collette's sewing blog
This link times out but it is Ravelry, so here is the address to get there:   https://blog.collettehq.com
This course helps you to define your style based on your likes and lifestyle and also to help you be more mindful of purchases of fabric and yarn etc; so you can create clothing items that will work well together.
  I am also joining my first KALs and CALs and so far it is: 1) a year long but monthly items and prizes for a Harry Potter KAL by Inside Number 23  2) Yarngasm's Box of Socks KAL and maybe 3) the BAMCAL (block of the month crochet along) that Becki mentioned or 4) a washcloth CAL...we shall see.
I've also gathered my supplies together for starting my Yarn Journal for all my projects with labels, yarn samples and notes about each project.  I am basing it on Katie's (Inside Number 23) yarn journal she started which is so pretty with fancy lettering, yarn samples, washi tape and pictures of the item etc.    
My daughter just recommended that I get some Prisma colored markers as they don't bleed through like the Sharpies will.....thank you, Amy!
These past few weeks I have watched VLOGMAS's with some of my favorite podcaster's...Homespun House, Inside Number 23 and Brooklyn Knitfolk.  I can't tell you how much I enjoyed taking a peek into their lead ups to Christmas.  They were wonderful!
Also, did you know that Susan B. Anderson and family have  started their own yarn company?  There is a drawing right now for a little sheep kit and it is called Barrett Wool Company and it is all 100% American Wool!  It looks lovely and she has some free patterns too so check it out!
I'm also planning on having a garage sale this Spring and selling some stuff on Ebay plus I signed up for a yarn dyeing course on Craftsy and we shall see where that leads me.  All in all, I am excited about 2017 and I hope you are too!  Happy New Year!!!!!!
Happy Trails too!



23 comments:

  1. whew! Glad you explained about the corona bottles - lol. The Bob Ross needlepoint is perfect.
    You seem very organized. I foresee a very successful 2017 of crafting - and I am going to check out that architect blog post.

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    1. If you saw my house you wouldn't think so! LOL! One room is immaculate and the next room looks like a tornado hit it!

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  2. Happy New Year.
    Bob Ross stitching is great. I love how your West Yorkshire Spinners yarn is knitting up.
    Artline pigment pens are also great for journals, and I also use Tombrow colours which blend nicely.
    I'm in the BAMCAL too, and look forward to following your progress on your blocks too.

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    1. Thanks Cyra, I will check out those pens too.

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  3. What a fun and busy year planned for you.

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    1. I love the planning....it's the follow through I'm not as good at! LOL!

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  4. Here I thought you just like Corona! With lime! I got a set of 24 Prismacolor Colored Pencils...they are to die for...now I want the set of 150 pencils...so I should save up! They are so good I thought should I use them...silly me. Your sock is coming along! Happy Ne Year! :)

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    1. I do like Corona with lime but in the Summer after I mow the yard. It's too cold to drink in the Winter! Brrr! Winter is hot toddy time! LOL!

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  5. You are one busy lady! I was thinking of the box of socks KAL too and the Harry Potter KAL but I'm not sure. I make so many mittens that I just try to fit other projects in between those. I finished my Christmas Eve cast-on socks and mailed them off to Brad on Friday. Since we had no visitors for Christmas, I had lots of time to knit and finish them. Your knit journal also sounds ambitious to me. I can barely remember to put my projects on Ravelry. In fact, I forget to catalog at least half of what I do. Oh well. I hope. Your new year is a wonderful one my friend. My God bless you in all you endeavor to accomplish. I know it will be more than I get done! :-)
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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    1. I doubt it....I say it and plan it while you just get down to business! LOL! Happy New Year to you and your family.

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  6. You seem very organized and focused on what you'd like to accomplish creatively in the new year. Good luck with it all, but most of all, have fun! :)

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    1. Exactly! I love planning and that is fun for me...whther I get it all done is another story but no guilt or shame here...lol!

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  7. You are one busy lady!! I really enjoy your posts. I cannot always comment due to my ipad and phone, but once in a while I still get on the laptop. So fun to see all your projects.

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    1. Thank you for commenting when you can...I appreciate it! Happy New Year!

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  8. You have the best plans for this year. Your CALs sound fun as does your wardrobe architect classes. Those little corona bottles are so cute. Our Mexican restaurants have them on tables here. I love your knitting/crocheting journal. Will enjoy watching that progress and may have to do one myself. When you sell your home will you be moving north to be be closer to your family?

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    1. Yes, the plan is to move North to the little town where I grew up about 1 1/2 hours away from the kids but lots closer than 10-12 hours! It's in Illinois in the NW corner of the state.

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  9. So many fun projects you have going on! I always love looking at all of your handi-work!
    Good luck with the house sale this upcoming spring!
    Happy New Years!

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    1. Thank you, Liz! I will need it as real estate is slow here. Happy New Year! Are you going to do your flowers and baking again this next year with the Farmer's Market? It looked like you did really well last summer. TTYL!

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  10. Your finished cross stitch of Bob Ross looks so cute! And I've got to say... while your WIPs look great, I love seeing your Giant Granny Square blanket again (used as a backdrop to some pictures). I do love that thing. I checked out Collette's site and the Wardrobe Architect series sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing that. I've yet to find Katie's yarn journal on her videos, so I think I'm just going to wait and see how yours takes form. I love the idea. Happy New year, Sam. I look forward to seeing how you inspire me and make me think this year.

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    1. Thank you but it is a mutual admiration for sure! You inspired me more than anyone this year. I gathered my supplies for the yarn journal and I am going to go see if I can find the podcast and I will let you know which one and about where on the podcast. I hope I can find it now! LOL!

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  11. Happy new year! Your dog blanket is gorgeous and I so love the wys yarn - is that the holly berry? I love it whatever it is!

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    1. Actually, I'm not sure but I think it is....I too love it and even more now that I am working with it. I want to order more and especially their bird colors. I'll find the label and let you know next week for sure what it is.

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  12. Happy new year! Your dog blanket is gorgeous and I so love the wys yarn - is that the holly berry? I love it whatever it is!

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