Eight

I now have an 8 year old, WOW, where did time go?!

Lorelai has many interests, but she is really enjoying her time in her ballet class, while she is enjoying her time, she is also put holes in her tights.

So an idea came to me the other week, why continue to throw money away on tights, when I can make her some leg warmers. I searched for ballet leg warmers and didn’t really find a pattern that caught my eye. Then I started searching for ballet knitting charts, leg warmers seem easy enough, if it is the basic knit stitch.

I came across this chart on Pinterest

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I have no idea who created this chart, but you are awesome.

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It started off slowly, as I got a touch of the flu while working on the first leg warmer, I knew I was truly sick when the sight of yarn made my nauseous :-/

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But after I started to feel better, the leg warmer really took off!

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The first leg warmer was completed Friday night, I posted it to the Fiber Artists and Yarn Spinners Facebook page, and as it currently has 235 likes, I figured I had to share the patterns with you all here.

I used five 5.0 mm double pointed needles.

Cast on 40 stitches on four needles (10 per needle)
Knit one, purl one for ten rows
That is when I started the chart, however I cropped the chart a little

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When working with the two different pinks, I used the Fair Isle technique, doing the woven stitch on every other stitch.

I switched up the chart when it got to the neck, it seemed to thin, so instead of one light pink stitch for the neck I did three, which of course changed the rest of the chart, adding extra dark pink on each side of the head.

I am hoping to have the second leg warmer finished by Tuesday.

Have a great day folks!!

And a Happy New Year

Happy New Year Folks!! I hope you all had fantastic holiday season! We had a great Christmas, a wonderful new year, followed by a 30th birthday celebration!!

That’s right folks, Toph is now 30!!! For the next six months, I will no longer be teased about how I am an older woman! We had a small party at home with family, presents, and homemade gf raspberry cheesecake!!

I was able to finish some items in time for Christmas, I have a few I still need to put the finishing touches on, and I am now starting presents for Lorelai’s 8th birthday!! Last year she received Isabelle, the doll of the year from American Girl. She has mentioned often that she is in need of food for her doll. So I have been searching around and found several pages of patterns on ravelry!! Very excited to start working on them.

Here are a few items I made before, during, and after the holiday season!

This year for Christmas Toph told me not to get him anything, he instead bought a fat bike to ride around on during the winter days. In the summer and fall he would bike up to 100 miles a week. This bike insured that he could continue his biking activity all year round.
I had already planned on making him a warm hat, and he now has one to wear while out biking!

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At first the hat turned out to be a tad small, but I added a crocheted border around it, and it fits rather nicely!

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Fun fact: the hat on my head was the very first hat I ever made, Toph told me “if you knit a hat without a loom, you can have a porch, we have now lived in two houses with porches!

My mother in law really liked Toph’s hat and asked that I make her one as well.

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I used this really lovely purple cotton yarn that she had, fun to work with!

I still have a few items that aren’t ready to be posted here, not until they are received by the people they are for, however as my nephew does not know how I use the Internet, I can give a small peek at one of his gifts.

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With all the needlework I have been doing, my hands have started to hurt, so I decided I needed to try other things to exercise them…
Yesterday, tried my hand at carving wood

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In no time I had a lovely crochet hook almost ready to use, just needs a bit of sandpaper.

I also spun up 109 yards of lovely seasilk!

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How were your holidays?

Have a nice night folks!!

Tis the season

Well folks, The Nutcracker has come and gone in a flash. It was a very exciting time and I very much enjoyed meeting new people, and being on stage, and waltzing!! I love waltzing!! I am so glad I got to be a part of such a great show!!

In between rehearsals we got a tree, that was…slightly larger than excepted

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When we found this tree in the woods, it looked as if it were only a foot taller then Toph, looks are deceiving, however it looks very beauty will the decorations on it.

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Now that The Nutcracker is over, I have finished a few projects and trying to finish up a few more (the ones I am finishing up, I will post after Christmas).

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These are the three alpaca scarves that I crocheted from the alpaca I spun up. I enjoyed making them (says the woman who proclaims weekly that she does not like to crochet).

Well folks, I hope you have a Merry/Happy whatever it is you celebrate, and if you don’t celebrate anything, well I hope you have fantastic day!!

If I don’t update again before Christmas, Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

Put on your dancing shoes

Hello *waves*, I am back from my unplanned sabbatical. We’ve had a few weeks of craziness going on here, and as a result I am still trying to catch up on sleep, so I can catch up on knitting & crochet projects.

First I just want to take a quick moment to talk about domestic abuse. I’m not going to go into full details, but I have a friend who over the past year has been a victim of domestic abuse, first with words, then with control, towards the end she wasn’t allowed to talk to anyone, including her child, and after came the physical abuse.

I am happy to say that, she has made it out of that relationship and will hopefully be getting help. I am hoping her boyfriend will be getting some professional help as well. If you know of someone who is being abused, as scary as it is, please speak up. You could be saving someone’s life.
I’ve never been more afraid, then when my friend banged on my window at 2:00 in the morning, I’ve never shaken so much sitting in my house with the doors locked and the lights off, waiting for the cops to arrive. My friend was crying and terrified, she is safe now, and will hopefully never have to go through something like that again.

If you are in an abusive relationship, there are ways out. Shelters, safe houses, or maybe even a family member or friend. No matter what, don’t take the blame for their actions, don’t make excuses for them. There is no excuse to verbally, mentally, or physically harm someone. Break the cycle.

Now on to something a little more uplifting and positive, and fluffy

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I finally have 95% of my wool, silk, bamboo, seasilk, and tencel ready for either carding or spinning (either way it’s all washed, save for pound of Lincoln long wool).

I am ready for all of that to be yarn when we move next summer. I actually just finished spinning a pound of alpaca, yeah you read that right a POUND

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I spun it up bulky and had a few mistakes, but that is all trial and error right?!

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I am in the process of crocheting three scarves for a friend, with the yarn above. That too did not happen without a little trial and error, so I broke the rules. Yeah that’s right, I’m a crochet rebel. 6″ wide and 60″ down?! Heck no, 60″ wide and 6″ down is how I role, and the first scarf looks really good if I say so myself.

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I’ll post a better picture when I am finished with all three.

I was hoping to have them done tonight, but guess what?! I have kids. They like to sit on my lap when they see me working with yarn, they like to get out of bed twenty five times a night and when I set my alarm to go off at 5:15 in the morning with the thought of knitting, guess who is up half an hour before that alarm goes off?! You know what though?! I wouldn’t trade them for all the yarn in the world, now that’s love.

I probably won’t write again until sometime next week, this week I have rehearsals and three performances of The Nutcracker!! I am super excited! If you happen to live in the North Western part of NH, you may or may not have seen fliers for it, and if you have, well what are you waiting for?! Go buy yourself some tickets! Friday, Saturday, and Sunday,

I have two finished items to share with you this week, and then I will leave you with a picture of Aileys latest obsession

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Here is a batman hat I made, I think I’m going to sew the yellow circle on with black yarn and redo the bat, so I lied…semi finished project.

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My bosom friend had an open house today, she sells party green products and she ordered something lights to put natural lip balm in.

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Crafty

Meet Kevin

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Sure, he is in need of clothes, and more hair, and the more hair he needs will need to be trimmed, but he’s finished and the procrastination was what made making him take so long.

Unfortunately, Leif has been too under the weather to play with Kevin, but he had provided some comfort

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Sadly Leif picked up a bug at preschool which caused us to have to cancel his birthday celebration. He is quickly mending and has only a runny nose and a cough left!

Lorelai has has been working on a couple of her own craft projects.

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Here is a scarf/headband creation she made this morning.

We are co-knitting a gingerbread house together! Im very excited for the turn out!

Have a great day folks!

Over the river and through the woods!

I love November! The leaves, the good yummy food at Thanksgiving, sitting by a warm fire! Also, my second child, my wee little baby, will be five years old this week. What a way to start off the month!!

While I did finish the Elsa hat in time for Halloween

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I did not finish the Mickey Mouse hat, however that turned out to be just fine, my friends little boy arrived as a pumpkin instead phew.

Last week my beautiful mulberry silk from Silk and Shine arrived! This is my second purchase from this etsy shop and I love this silk just as much, if not more than the last!!

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Last night I arrived home to this beautiful seasilk (seaweed & silk) from Dyeing For Colour waiting for me in my mailbox!

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So many ideas have popped into my head for the use of these lovely silks! I can’t wait to start spinning!!

As stated earlier, Leif turns five this week, I am currently finishing up his birthday present. ” I want you to make me a doll Momma”, he told me awhile back, so a homemade doll he shall get! I am just working on the last leg of the doll so I can sew it all together. I need to make some shorts and a shirt and add on the rest of the hair and it should be good to go and ready for him to open on his birthday party!

Have a great day folks!!!