Monday, February 16, 2015

trying to keep warm...

The temperature outside, when we woke up this morning, was -10F...and we were on the warm side as some of the Southtowns were closer to -30F.  Add in a little wind, and well, it's a bit colder than what we usually have to deal with around here.  Of course it would have to be record cold, right?, since this is the first year in 20+ that we've not had the warmth of a woodstove to enjoy...but now I've found a way to keep myself cozy ~ the cable comfort throw. I used Wool-Ease Thick and Quick yarn in Oatmeal and am very pleased with it--it's cuddly-soft and warm.  More details may be found on my Ravelry page here.

Monday, February 09, 2015

cabin fever & a shop update

The world is cold and white here.  Out the sunroom windows a row of icicles dangle from the edge of the roof, and outdoors the snow has been getting deeper and deeper.  The sun rarely peeks out, but when it does it's cause for celebration...a glimpse of blue sky is instantly cheering.  Everyone, even the dogs, have begun to have cabin fever.  
I've been perusing the seed catalogs and have ordered some mara des bois strawberry plants and a few Heritage raspberry plants to plant on the new property.  There is no garden area as yet, so I will have to get some raised beds ready before they arrive sometime in April.
The house plan has been changed due to cost factors; disappointing, but we have come up with a new plan and will be sitting down with the architect tomorrow to finalize the details and changes.  This plan will have a walk-through pantry, which I am really excited about.  Everything should still be ready in time to break ground come Spring.
For now I'm concentrating on sewing, knitting, and finishing up projects. Some totes and pouches have been added to the shop, and I still have some more items I need to list.  I'm hoping that if I keep really busy, maybe Spring will come that much faster...

Friday, January 30, 2015

a slouchy, daisy stitch hat

After Christmas I decided to knit myself a hat--it's one of the hand knits that I don't have many of, and this being an extremely cold winter of daily dog-walking, a really warm hat is most welcome.  I had taken advantage of the Knit Picks sale and bought some Andean Treasure Baby Alpaca in several colors.  The hat is the Hinagiku Hat by 87cafe, and it is done in a daisy stitch which I love.  The yarn is wonderfully soft...more details can be found on my Ravelry page here.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

a rush seat for the rocking chair

After over a year and a half in limbo, I finally dragged this rocker downstairs last weekend determined to get the rush seat finished.
I used up the first roll of fiber rush and had to start on another roll I had on hand--wouldn't you know they were not quite the same, so if you look closely you can see the difference.  I decided not to worry about it and to just enjoy the fact that the rocker now has a sturdy seat on which I can sit and rock, and that I can cross this off my long list of projects in progress. 

Besides, I already have a wonderful punch needle pattern I've started for a seat cushion...there's no end to my starting of projects, I'm afraid.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


I love working in this room which, when the sun does peek out, is so filled with sunshine...I'm positive it causes me to be much more productive :)
More bags finished yesterday, on to the next...

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

sewing galore...

All sorts of projects going on in the workroom today.  January seems the perfect month for sewing, and I have lots to catch up on.  I have a couple new bags in the works in a new style, and I'm squeezing in a little time with the Liesl + Co cappuccino/tunic.  A neckline modification I'm trying had me quite stumped, but the answer, which is hopefully quite simple,  just came to me--hurray!...hope it works.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Have a happy New Year!

Hope you are enjoying the Christmas Season. This year we hosted a simple Christmas Day brunch and dinner.  For brunch I tried out these bacon, egg & toast muffins, fresh fruit, and homemade panettone and cinnamon rolls.  The kids voted for lasagna, so a lasagna dinner it was, with meatballs, sausage, salad, and homemade bread. 

The only handmade gifts I managed were the French cross hat and a cowl; the details can be found on my Ravelry page here.  This last week I've started knitting a hat and scarf, and crocheting an infinity scarf.  Though we had a warm, green Christmas, the weather has turned very cold and snowy here--perfect knitting weather.

If the light cooperates I will be getting pictures of several new totes, drawstring pouches, and zipper pouches to add to the shop.  My goal is to also complete some recycled book cover journals.

Thank you to all of you who visit, encourage, and share...I hope your New Year is a happy and healthy one!  


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A knitted cowl

Recently many of you commented on homemade gifts which you are making for Christmas. There were many great ideas-- jars of homemade cocoa, boot cuffs, cowls, dishcloths, gloves, an afghan, potholders,  hats, and scarves. 
Since I finished up with the hat I was knitting, except for the pom pom on top, I decided to knit a cowl to go along with it. I picked up some Bernat Roving wool with one of my 40 percent off coupons, and one skein worked perfectly for the Grace Jones cowl pattern that I used.  I'll be sure to get some pictures of both finished, if the sun ever decides to pop out again.
I would often agree with Kathleen Grace who said,  "I think handmade gifts are the best."

Thursday, December 11, 2014

a quick-to-knit capelet

Since the winter weather has begun, I've really missed the cozy warmth of a woodstove. The thermostat here at the parsonage is being kept at a conservative level--fine when I'm busy and moving around, but a bit chilly when sitting and working on something.  The solution...Magnum Capelet No.2, a cozy shrug which is easily slipped on when needed.  A bulky yarn and large needles allow this to be knit up very quickly, which would make it a great last minute gift idea as well.  It's almost as good as snuggling up close to the fire...almost.
If interested, details can be found on my Ravelry page.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Morning knitting

Enjoying a few moments with tea and some Christmas gift knitting as the sun finally peeks out after several cold, gray days. 

Are you working on any handmade gifts for giving?


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