Sunday, March 19, 2017

YOP Week #38

 Well, on the plus side I have an FO but on the minus side I have found more projects!!!!  Oh yes, I have gone down so many rabbit holes this week it's not funny but I am happy to say there is progress on all fronts even cleaning, clearing and moving!  So, without further ado.....here is my YOP update!
Let's start with the FO which took me longer than I thought but I am pleased with the result and so glad to get back in the sewing saddle.....my first project bag!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I even made the little tab on the side and attached an angel wing for a zipper pull.  This was made from old pajama fabric and I only had to buy a zipper which I had to buy one 2  inches too big as they didn't have the size I needed but I made it work!  It has interfacing which gives it body and it has a flat bottom so it can stand on it's own.  It is a perfect project bag for socks so I will be making more!
 The Honey Bunny project is coming along but I doubt if 3 will be made by Easter.....me and my grandiose ideas!  It is a small hook (D), sport weight wool yarn and it is tedious and I have to count every row...but I enjoy it without the deadline..........did I mention I hate deadlines?  I just changed colors which is actually the beginning of the striped body.  I have a cushion on my crochet hook but it is my left hand that gets cramped from holding the project and yarn not my hooking hand.  I can only work on it so long before my left hand starts cramping up.  The fabric in the background is my new Anne of Green Gables fabric which I will be washing right after this post.  I realized as a liner for my basket it should be washed and 'shrunk' which is not something I do with my quilting fabrics.  For quilting I like the shrinkage to take place after the quilt is done so I get that wonderful quilty puckering that I love!
 Therefore these luscious fabrics will not be prewashed and I can get right to cutting them this afternoon!  These are for my QAL (quilt along) with Jaclyn over at the Brooklyn Knitfolk podcast (on You Tube) and group over on Ravelry.  Feel free to join in!  It's actually for people who have never quilted before.
The Beatrix Potter blanket from Alicia Paulson blog (on my side bar as Posie Gets Cozy) is coming along wonderfully  and is such a comfort to pick up in the evening and just mindlessly crochet and watch whatever..........I have an order for more Stylecraft yarn at Deramores but they are coming out with 3 new vintage muted colors on April 7th so I want to wait until then to order and hopefully get the new colors along with some I need for finishing my Maybelle blanket....remember that one?
Plus, yarns for this...........yes, a crocheted sweater!  Isn't it darling?  It's a granny sweater.....now what could be more perfect for me?  You could make it striped or solid or with some variegated yarns...I am SO excited!!!!  This inspiration and enabling came from My Rose Valley who is on my sidebar  under Crochet Blogs.  The pattern is from Simply Crochet magazine but you can purchase just the sweater pattern on Ravelry.  I will make mine longer and with 3/4 sleeves.....oh yeah...I've never made a sweater but I'm going to customize it.....this oughta be good! LOL!


 Also..........I saw this cross stitch sampler (and yes there are 3 more for Spring, Summer, and Autumn and they are not small) quite a while ago and just have not been able to get it out of my mind........I love them all and they are all in the same style as this one.  I'm not sure I will live long enough to get them all done but I'll never know unless I try! LOL!  What I like is that the site that sells these sells the fabric used and lists the DMC colors needed so I can check it against what I already have and just order the ones I don't have...brilliant!  It's from Everything Cross Stitch  just search for Winter Sampler or Summer, Spring, Autumn and you should find them all.

As for acquisitions this week...there was the following.........all books..........I showed this one earlier this week but for those of you who only stop by on Sunday's for YOP I thought I would show it again.  Doilies were on my list for this year so I had better get a move on!  These are great patterns and all different sizes and yarns or threads.  Maybe I'll have something to show you next week?
I also got this reference book from Thrift Books for about $3.00 when it was originally about $25.00!  Like with cars, it doesn't pay to buy new! LOL!  I have always loved the Reader's Digest books.
As for new websites, blogs, or podcasts.....I have been watching Debbie Shore You Tube sewing videos, Cherry Heart and Betsy Makes podcasts along with my regulars which are Inside #23, Brooklyn Knitfolk, Stitching the High Notes and Hue Loco.  I also found some new blogs you might be interested in:
Little Conkers
Michele Made Me
My Sister's Knitter
Second and Edgemont
The Craft Sessions
Well, I better get going and enjoy the rest of my crafty 'making' Sunday!
Happy Trails!







21 comments:

  1. Well I have been having a crafty swoon at all your crafty endevours :) Your project bag is smashing and great how you have recycled PJ's.

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    1. Where have you been? I put you on my sidebar so that means you have to start posting! LOL! Where am I supposed to get my inspiration from? Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. The doilies book looks fun. I love your project bag. That is on my list for this year to get my sew on.

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    1. The Doily book is from Leisure Arts and the project bag was from a tutorial by Hue Loco on You Tube. Next up....a drawstring bag, I think! Join the fun! Once I finally started sewing I was so glad I did....finally...projects that don't take months! LOL!

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  3. Loving that project bag. You do wonderful work. Ppl are buying bags like that on etsy for big $. I am so glad you blog regularly. Inam a followerer of you blog and this past month it has kept me smiling when things were tough here.

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    1. Thank you, Marsha! The same goes here....if I didn't have my blogging friends....I wouldn't have any and that's the truth! You guys are such a great support for me too. I hope this week is gentler to you and I pray you and your husband will be healed and uplifted. Hugs ~ Sam

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  4. I love your new project bag. What a beautiful job you did with it. And I noticed the pretty angel wing zipper pull before you mentioned it. It's those little touches that make a project special, I think. I may have to check out the QAL. I've never been overly tempted to quilt, but you have way of interesting me in things that weren't previously on my radar. ;^) And thanks for the heads up about new Stylecraft colors. I'm not in the know about this sort of thing, but I will hold off ordering, too now. Not that I need any more yarn at the moment. But now I don't need to feel like I'm depriving myself when I say no to more yarn. I can indulge myself with notions of being among the first to acquire some new colors. ;) I can't wait to see the Granny Sweater! That looks like such a fun project. Okay... going to check out the new links you've provided. I'm amazed at all you do, Sam. I get sucked into rabbit holes checking out all sorts of fun crafts. You actually set to making them. Embroidery is on my list to do, as it's been years. I recently ordered a pillowcase kit. I WILL do this. I will.

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    1. It's called "enabling" my friend and it goes both ways! LOL! I always look forward to see what you're up to because I just know I will want to try it too! :) If you want to see the new colors check out Attic 24 on my sidebar.....that's how I found out about them...she's "special" so she got her hands on some....lol! I started the sweater last night and I used black instead of the gray/blue and already have 3 rows done...just using the Stylecraft DK I have...I went with the largest size as I like things too big better than too small and I didn't do a gauge so I am living dangerously! Oh, I love embroidered pillowcases and dresser scarves. I can't wait to see yours. I still have some that my Aunt's made for me when I was young and I would love to replicate those old patterns. I have so much motivation this week...I think it's just happiness as my son is on the mend....SEW grateful! LOL! I'll be posting about the sweater this week some time. I sure wish you lived next door but then we probably wouldn't even get meals cooked! LOL! But just think of all that enabling we could do in person!

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  5. All your projects look so cheerful. I love your project bag. Well done. Thanks for the new blogs. I love your crochet sweater - it makes me think I should get more serious about crocheting. That is a very cute pattern.

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    1. I had to put my knitting in "timeout" for awhile but my confidence muscle got some workout this week so I know it won't be long before I pick it back up again but not for gifts and no deadlines! LOL! I did start the sweater last night and once the l o n g chain is done and that first row it's a breeze so far, I even watched t.v.!

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  6. I LUV the vtg looking fabric (in 4th photo)... oh how cute! and can hardly wait to see the finished quilt... I thought I was in uber crafty mode,,, but,,, YOU WIN! lol!

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    1. I wish I would get in 'uber cleaning mode'! LOL! Although I must admit, I have done some of that too....it's just not as fun or interesting to blog about. You got me going with the sewing with all your darling projects! I got that fabric on Cratsy and it was very reasonable.....much more so than other fabric places and it's nice....it was their Boundless brand so check it out. I think it was on sale when I got it but just keep an eye out as there is always a sale of some type over there. I love Craftsy....they have it all...supplies, classes, fabric,yarn and lots of sales! So what are you 'crafting' this week?

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  7. My Goodness! I can't believe lol of the things you have on the go. I absolutely love your project bag. I collect angels, so so noticed the wings right away. The sweater will be so sweet. And bunnies, and cross stitch and quilting. Etc. I'm dizzy with all you do. Hubby me I actually went to the lake no wandered around a bit. It was snowy and icy so we didn't stay long. All I need is to fall again! Have a great week!
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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    1. Glad you got your 'lake' fix! Want to buy my house? The lake is right across the street and you could walk there! I also have a lot that if you built a 2 story you would have a lake view as the house across the street is a ranch. I am getting ready to sell here and the weather is definitely up your alley....rarely snows.....just once this winter. I'm hoping to move back to my hometown soon! I'm not getting any younger but need a buyer for this house. No ice to fall on here and you could walk year round! Plus, taxes are low!

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  8. Hi dear
    You got many projects up our sleeve. I was tempted to start a Beatrix Potter blanket, but decided not to as I'm desperately trying to make the cute Granny Cardigan. I have so many UFO's lying around so I really shouldn't start on new things yet. Have a lovely week.
    xx
    Annette
    MY ROSE VALLEY

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    1. Oh Annette! I am so honored that you would visit me....it's like meeting a movie star! I can't get over it....you are such a famous blogger! Granted....bloggers, podcasters and Etsy shop makers/creatives ARE my 'movie stars'.....I couldn't name real movie stars but I could certainly list my favorite 'stars' in blogland and you are one of them!!!! I started the sweater last night and I'm using black in place of the gray/blue....we shall see. I got the first 3 rows done so if there are any 'gotchas' please give me a heads up as I'm sure you are way ahead of me! I am trying to use yarn I have. I was sorry to see you aren't selling Tilda yarn any more as I was just going to start buying it from you....I am always late to the party! LOL! I have decided that UFO's are a way of life in my world.....I love having a bunch of projects to chose from depending on my mood or whether I want to watch t.v. etc. Have a great week also and thank you for stopping by...you made my day....what a great way to start the week!

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  9. Doilies are on my list too. I think I have a sewing book similar to that one too. Love the bag by the way.

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    1. I love doilies and I am hoping to be able to make them out of yarns too. Thank you, the bag was a free pattern from Hue Loco on You Tube....her Holiday Bag.

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  10. Hi Sam! :) I love all of your projects! You do so much...I don't think I have the attention span to even start some crochet yet! My mind is on food ALL THE TIME lol...I think that'll pass once the snow melts, then my mind is on the outdoors and it's usually autumn where I feel more crafty :) I love that cross-stitch pattern. I used to do needlepoint a long time ago and have always wanted to try something new. Congrats on having a great, productive weekend! Happy first day of spring!!!

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  11. Wow! Your project bag is adorable! I always think of you crocheting and quilting but you make cute bags too. I have a project bag I made awhile back and took it with me to the doctor's appt hubby had today. I loaded it up with lots of things to keep me busy but the appt went fast...not complaining though! Thank you so much for your prayers my friend. They mean the world to me. And...Happy Spring! Hugs, Diane

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  12. So fun to see your projects! I used to cross stitch a long time ago, I still have many patterns and three containers of floss. I used to copy my patterns off and color them in as I went along so I wouldn't lose track of where I was:)

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