The de-stash continues

This project has been fun to work on, not all hats are getting finished but that’s what snowstorms and power outages are for right? To lounge around after chores are done. We have certainly have had our far share of snow storms and power outages over the last several months and we still have a few months of winter left.

I’ve been experimenting with dying more

Very much looking forward to finishing my current order so I can sit behind my spinning wheel again and spin up some luscious yarn to dye. Yarn stores are nice, but it is nice to be able to make your own unique color-way.

Speaking of orders

I am on a roll, five more to go!

Stay warm folks!

Hats and squares

Here are days 3,4, & 5

I have also managed to finish another lovey blanket

I sure hope everyone is doing okay after the big storm that just happened. I’m seeing a lot of damage on the news and a friend’s Facebook feeds and I’m grateful that we only had snow and wind to deal with at our house. Hopefully everyone recovers quickly, my heart goes out to those who lost their lives in the storm.

Hopefully winter will be uneventful from here on out.

Have a great weekend folks!

The de-stashing

Happy new year to all you folks out there! I spent the first part of my New Year’s Eve cleaning my always messy craft room, so far it has stayed clean.

The other side of course is still messy, it’s a never ending work in progress.

It’s been nice to work in there with the wood stove roaring during these cold days (-15 anyone?), the wind has been blowing non stop, but is sure does look pretty outside

I have several projects going on ( Don’t I always?), I am still working on the usual things, however those have been out on a back-burner while I finish up an order for 8 moose loveys.

I am really loving the plaid stitch, this is the first time I have ever attempted it and it turned out to be easier than I expected.

As you can see in the first picture, I have a rather large amount of yarn…..I’ve been called a hoarder, while I wouldn’t say that I’m at that level (I can see my floor and move around), I may have a slight…fiber addiction… however I am resolved to use a little bit up each day.

I was inspired by Nadia over at Yarnutopia with her 365 days of granny squares, so I thought “what a great way to use up some yarn” and you know I’ll be able to make that granny square Christmas tree that has been going around.

Not only am I doing squares but I am doing basic crochet hats as well, Are they pretty? Not all of them but why not.

Day one

Day two

Have a nice night folks! Stay warm!!

🎶 It’s the final count down

Here we are, the last few days before Christmas and I’ve managed to finish one blanket (almost, it needs to be blocked)

And the second blanket, believe it or not is working up fast.

I have 39 rows left to go, after I will make the eyes, ears, and nose. I’m not panicking at all *eye twitch*.

Yesterday morning folks, I was panicking. Christmas presents that had been ordered in November had been lost in transition some, then reordered and sent free of charge (thank you amazon), and arrived safely around 1 pm yesterday.

The real gift that has been happening here is the gift of snow

Half of us think so anyway, the rest of the household wants to pack up and move south. I will take snow over any other types of whether thank you very much, I’ve done the tornado bit and I’m not interested in returning to any place where it’s a common occurrence. Beautiful as the South was, I’m a northern girl and in the north where the snow flys is where I shall remain.

Have a nice day folks!

Playing hooky

Monday has been put on the back burner, I am taking the day off from life to work on Christmas presents during the daylight hours.

After my post about trying to find the perfect present for my Minecraft loving 8 year old boy, I came across these pistachio fudge Caron cakes (naturally) and alas, a blanket was born

It is about 47″ tall and after I finish my C2C decreases, I will be adding a boarder. I want this present to last a long time and while a 8 year old who is almost taller than is soon to be 11 year old sister, that is going to be hard.

I am also trying to finish this order today

Fringe is not my friend folks, it takes longer than crocheting the actual project itself.

While I sit and work on these things however my mind is elsewhere, you see we have had just a tease of snow here and it melted as quickly as it came. I am sitting here on my couch, but my mind is sitting in front of a fire on a snowy day, with my spinning wheel, spinning up all kinds of creations.

A few months ago I went to a sheep workshop and met many wonderful and knowledgeable people. Two people I met were a father and daughter, they raise Shetland sheep and I was extremely surprised to come home one early fall day to a box full of Shetland wool!

I haven’t had a chance to play with it yet, but it looks and feels amazing ❤️

If you are interested in purchasing some lovely Shetland wool, you can find this fabulous folks here Abdali Farms Langdon, you won’t be disappointed!

Have a great week folks!

The house of many projects

The yard has been cleaned up, the greenhouse prepared, and the animals are currently freaking out about the blanket of snow falling softly to the ground. It is as if they have never before seen snow…ok to be fair not all of them have, be it is still a sight to see.

Now that the snow has arrived, I have more time to work on projects and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. Here and there during the summer I had the chance to work on one or two items that were not wedding related, but only a little bit at a time.

I have certainly missed the moments of getting to sit and get lost in my work, which sometimes makes me consider Toph’s idea of selling the farm and traveling around the country in an old school bus…. I kid, I shall keep my feet planted firmly on the farm thank you.

I broke out all the projects that I am hoping to finish for Christmas (or the three birthdays that follow in January)

The first project I’ve made time for snow or not is the chemo blanket for a very beloved family member, this will have fleece sewn on the back when finished. This take priority over the other projects.

This is made with the new Caron cake colors: Blueberry Shortcake & Banana Bread. Sadly I had to take half of it out after trying a mix of two patterns that did not turn out as well as the lady who posted the tutorial.

Up next is an order I am in the process of finishing up

This is the Ulyne Unicorn Hood by the Velvet Acorn. I wont lie, I wish I had knit it, instead of crocheting. I made it child size per request and it did not even fit my child who is the same measurements as the intended. So here it is as the adult size, ready to be put together.

The first Christmas project of the year is from yarn I spun up myself. A blend of merino, silk, and yak

Fingerless mitts to help keep hands warm when gloves are not practical

#2

The bulky and quick cat blanket from MJ’s Off the Hook Designs, though this might be turned into a wolf, we will see.

#3

The never ending granny square style blanket, almost ready for the 4th cake.

#4

The start of the Lost In Time shawl, this is a shawl that I need complete silence for. I will be doing this after children are tucked into bed for the night and while my husband works on his new app.

I am still trying to find the perfect item for my now EIGHT year old little boy, he is into so many things. Minecraft, Super Mario, and now books. Time will tell.

Have a great week folks!

In good times and bad

For the good times

fabric carefully chosen

the search for the perfect pattern

hours of cutting

And piecing together (almost finished)

To be gifted to a friend on her big day

And the bad

Moments of sadness, the heartbreaking rush to finish a blanket that will have fleece sewn on the inside, to keep the receiver warm during treatments of chemo

Silence isn’t always golden.