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crafterly things

Knitting Kit-Jimin

Knitting Kit-Jimin (Photo credit: nist6ss)

Tomdeads sewing machineLong-armed cross stitch

I am a crafter, and I always have been. Though there have been seasons in my life where I haven’t crafted as much.  My parents would buy me paint-by-number sets, and markers, and eventually I started to cross-stitch. I thought I was pretty hot stuff then. In high school I would cross-stitch once in a while. Hardly ever. Like, I don’t think I even finished a project.  In college, I didn’t work on it either. But, right before I graduated, I went out and bought a HUGE cross stitch project. Well, big for me. It was like 9 x 11.  And, I started it. Then I put it away.

In grad school, I picked up a couple more cross-stitch projects. Then I started to sew. Because I had to. We had to do costume shop hours. So, one summer I spent 4 hours a day in the costume shop. I learned to sew. I learned to surge. I learned a lot!  I loved it!  I felt creative again!

After grad school I got my first sewing machine. It was pretty basic, but it totally worked for me.  I did some cross stitching, some embroidery, and then I started to learn to knit.  I was busy! And, it really kept up from there. My one craft I love is knitting. I love to sew. I am lucky enough to have a little one that loves to do all those things as well. We totally love crafting together. It’s been a joy for us.

I try to do something crafty every day. Mostly knitting, but not all the time. Sometimes I have to forego my projects so I can help her with her little projects. It’s a lot of fun.

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Truckin’ along

Yesterday was a great success (you need to say like Borat in order for it to be effective).  Anyway, I conquered my list. My uber long, lengthy list! And, the wee one conquered her little list.  Much happiness all around.

The biggest news of all – the wee one finished a dress:

She is wearing it to school today, and she couldn’t be more proud!  It’s a bit wonky, but she doesn’t care. All she sees is beauty – pure beauty. And it’s with those eyes that I desire to see the world. So, when she came to me asking if she could wear it to school today – the day of school pictures – I said “YES”. She will feel so beautiful in her dress, and I can’t wait for that happiness to shine through. Now, is the dress perfect? No.  Does she care? No. It’s the little things guys – it’s HER loving a dress that makes me keep things in perspective.  That’s why she is in my life!

quilting

I started off the summer by going through her closet and drawers. I saved all of her old T-shirts and cut them up. For the past few nights, I’ve spent some time sewing pieces together. This afternoon I finished it!

She is so happy! So am I!

So, to celebrate, I had some French Vanilla ice cream with some donut peaches.

It was delish!

no KAL

I made a decision last night.  I am NOT going to do the Knitting Daily KAL for the Pan-Am Jacket.  Here is why.

I had been reading the forums.  I still hadn’t received my yarn, but I was totally catching up on the forum and taking notes. Anyway, there are many frustrated people on these forums. Many. They are stressing about the pattern. So, I continued to take notes and hope that I would be able to conquer the pattern.

I had bid on the perfect yarn via ebay.  Well, I won the bid. Then the seller contacted me to say she didn’t actually have the correct amount of yarn. She made a mistake. She offered to cancel the sale.  So, I had her cancel the sale. Then I made a decision.  Maybe I’m not supposed to do this darn thing. Maybe I’m supposed to just work on my current project and call it good.

So, I unsubscribed from the forum and guess what? I felt relief! Relief! I had no idea I was even stressed about doing this.  But, the relief tells me that I was indeed stressed. So, I am happy with my choice.

 

So, it’s summer around here.  The pool is open. I am enjoying my afternoons. I am happy!

What am I crafting?

Well, I am currently knitting the Belinda shawl from Mason-Dixon:  Knitting Outside the Lines

I am using Elann Peruvian Baby Lace Merino in the colorway Ruby.  So far, so good.

I also signed up for the Pan Am Jacket KAL at Knitting Daily.  I am anxiously awaiting my yarn in the mail. I ordered some Cascade 220 in the colorway River Rock.  I need to get it and start swatching!

I am reading the first book of Game of Thrones. I have watched the first season and am waiting to watch the second season until I finish the last 100 pages of the book.

I am still keeping up with new recipes every week.  I am keeping the house extra tidy.  I am on top of things and it feels great!

pinterest challenge #11, #12, and #13

Here is #11, #12, and #13 for my pinterest challenge

First off, #11. Late last night I finished this hat.

Here is my model wearing it:

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I used Lion Brand Homespun for the hat. Then for the edging I used Knit Picks Wool of the Andes

I like it. It was an easy pattern and knit up quickly!

Then for #12. Mark grilled out and I made this salad to go along with our chicken.

Here it is:

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We LOVED it. The basil was from our garden, so that made it super great. We finished it up, and we will have it again.

And #13. After dinner I made these cookies.

Here they are:
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I made some changes. I did not want to roll them out and put them into logs. So, I just froze them in the bowl and scooped them on to a cookie sheet. The difference – they were not super thin. But that’s ok. The hubby likes them a lot. I think they’re ok. The wee one won’t even try them. Oh well, two good pins and one not so good – not bad.

pinterest challenge #9 & #10

This is my pinterest challenge #9 and #10

For #9 I made this hat for Mark for Father’s Day.  It’s coming up!

Here is a pic of him modeling the hat. I know it’s not Father’s Day, but I told him to act surprised when he opens the gift bag.

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I used Store brands Pure Wool in gray. I started it on the 19th and finished on the 21st. Very simple pattern. I fell in love with the yarn. But, alas, it’s discontinued.

So, with the rest of the yarn, I made these cabled mitts

Here is the lovely Atlantis modeling them ont he way to the lake this weekend. It was my car knitting for our trip to the lake.

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Same yarn – and same happiness level. I started these on the 21st, and I finished them on the 27th.

I totally love both of these projects!