Thursday, July 20, 2017

Officially Summer

Late last week I was sleeping in a bit and I still had a few min to stay in bed when a noise woke me. It was muffled as we have a window a/c unit in our bedroom, but it came again and again. At first I thought the wind must have picked up and we were getting gusts, but that didn't seem right after a few min, so I got up. I heard it a bit more clearly once I wasn't in my room and knew instantly what was going on...
This little guy got out of his pasture:) Actually it was him and a full grown bull, but the older bull got scared as soon as he saw me and ran around the other side of the pasture. This guy was really spooked too and his momma was all kinds of upset, so I decided to wake my daughter up and call the farmer that owns this little guy.
We thought we might be able to get the little one in before the farmer came, but his momma was following him close on the other side of the fencing and as they got closer to the open gate, we decided to wait fearing the momma would get out instead. We really didn't need more cows out and about.
Momma was staying close
We did help Mr. Yoder get the young one in and then he called a couple of his farm hands out to help with the older bull and to fix the fence (the breach was on the other side of his pasture - not sure how they found their way to our yard:).
Baby back with momma, he was hungry!! 
Mr. Yoder apologized, but I'm not sure a summer has gone by without us needing to get a hold of some farmer in the area letting them know about escaped cows, so I just told him it wouldn't be summer without cows in our yard!! :) Just part of living in the country.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Weekend Stitching

I have been using some of these super hot days (100+ degrees out there!!!), to do a little stitching. First of all I finished stitching 'Summer' Wordplay from Brenda Gervias - With Thy Needle and Thread...
No, I didn't leave myself a whole lot of extra room on the fabric, I only have so much of this fabric left and I want to use it on the Autumn and Winter designs too. Not to worry though as I'm not framing these, they will be sewn into a flat fold with tabs so it can be hung on a wall. Like THIS ONE (last project on that blog post) and this will also be for my mother-in-law. Technically this is the 'August' Wordplay chart, but my mother-in-law wanted them seasonal rather than monthly so I made a minor change.

I've also been working on Tis the Season Sewing bag by Blackbird Designs....
This was a Ladies Prim Society chart from last year. It doesn't show in the chart picture above, but the border continues onto the back side of the bag with an alphabet and 'Merry Christmas, Happy New Year' written sideways. I'm thinking of making a bigger bag, having the words on the front as well, and probably changing the wording as I don't want this to be just a Christmas bag. The design looks a bit seasonal, but I don't think it screams 'CHRISTMAS', so I'm pretty sure I can make that work.

I also pulled out Spring Snapperland as it is so close to being done and I had wanted to finish is this past spring, but I still haven't put another stitch in it. I may have to force myself to work on it a bit. The only 'Snapperland' chart I've every finished is the Autumn one, and I love it. I would really like to get all of them done and framed soon!!

Well, I'm off to knit. I'm thinking there may be a knitted finish in my near future and I'm eager to see what it will look like off the needles!!

Hope you are having a very crafty weekend!!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Gracie

We met Gracie in the fall of 2001 when she came to be a part of our family. Our daughter was 2 1/2 years old and didn't have any siblings so we thought she would be a great addition to our family.
Our daughter at around 4 (Gracie would have been around 2)
She was bred to be a service dog and most of her siblings did get chosen to be just that, but Gracie had just a bit too much energy and loved to jump up on people. Otherwise though,
she was a really good and smart dog. She learned fast and was super protective of her human child.
This was taken a few weeks ago
She also got along with just about every other animal she had ever met. We added a puppy when she was around 4 and she became his 'momma'. She would even get curious with the cows and goats that we've had and bump noses with them. The cat in the above photo followed her around everywhere.

This was her last day, daughter wanted as many photos as possible
We thought we were going to have to put her down in December, but the vet did some acupuncture and chiropractic adjustments along with some pain meds that she stayed on until her last day, and that gave us several more months with us. It even allowed her to see her through her 16th birthday in March:)  

She went quietly and very quickly and we are very thankful for that. She just needed a little nudge to fall into her forever sleep.

And while my family is already trying to talk me into a new puppy (I'm not quite ready yet), our other dog, who usually only occasionally comes in to eat and rest if it's really windy outside, has been making himself at home inside a little more and a little more...
Spades was dumped out here and found us 2 1/2 years ago
He'll never completely be an indoor dog, but I'm secretly hoping he'll become enough of one to satisfy the family:) He doesn't need trained and is already a part of the family. Although some of the puppy pictures my hubby keeps showing me makes getting a puppy seem a bit tempting. We will see how I'm feeling about it in a few more weeks/months. I'll make sure to post pictures if we do get a new family member:) 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Craft On - Something Different

Linking with Nicole @ Frontier Dreams and Crafting On:)

We had such a nice family week last week with my hubby home. We mostly drove around truck shopping (not fun, but necessary), but we also went to a really nice fireworks display, used our new outdoor projector - that was a lot of fun, and the cows in the pasture behind us joined in too, and our daughter and I played lots of games.

But what I didn't do much of is knit. I worked on my Tidal Sands Cowl a little here and there, and I stitched a tiny bit, but that's about all...until yesterday. My sister-in-law (Marianne) sent me a link to a free crochet pattern to make kitchen scrubbies. They are meant to replace those sponges with one side sponge and one side that is scratchy. I only use those sponges occasionally, most often opting for dish cloths that I can wash and change out daily. But these are cute, looked easy to make and are washable, so I thought I'd give them a try....
Scrubby Side
Soft Side
And they were easy, though I made a couple small changes as I went. On the first one I used 'I Love Cotton' yarn with Yarn Bee 'Scrub-ology'. The pattern calls for Sugar and Cream cotton (which is coarser then what I used) and Red Heart Scrubby yarn (it was only available in 'sparkle' which I didn't like - but was scratchier than what I bought). The instructions said to make a rectangle 3 times as long as the 'sponge' was to be with the last 1/3 being a combination of the cotton and scrubby yarn. I started doing that, but I didn't feel like the scrubby section was rough enough, so I switched to just the scrubby yarn and did single crochet to make it tighter. That worked pretty good, though I think the 'I Love Cotton' yarn is too soft to wash dishes with (but it makes really nice bath wash clothes!!). So I made another one using the called for cotton which isn't scratchy, but it isn't as soft either, and I did the same thing with the scrubby yarn and I think it turned out perfect. I haven't used them yet, but I have a sink full of dishes to try them out on in a bit:) I'll let you know how it goes.

In all I probably spent close to 3 hours total making both of them and tweaking a bit here and there, and I'm pretty slow at these things. It was a really quick and easy project to make even if I don't end up liking them as well as wash cloths:)

Not I'm off to see what everyone else has been up to.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Craft On - 1 Step at a Time

Linking with Nicole at Frontier Dreams and her Crafting On blog hop.

I'm still working away on my Tidal Sands Cowl. When I last posted, I was tinking back, and after that I knitted away for a while and realized that I still had a mistake back near the first one, so I tinked back some more (@#$$@#)!! I did finally remember what I HAVE to do every time I knit a lace pattern - COUNT!!! I have my project set up with a stitch marker every 40 stitches to make that easier, I had it set up that way from the beginning, but I was being bold wreak-less, and not counting as I have the pattern memorized at this point. Hmm, obviously it doesn't matter.

Anyhow, I'm back to making forward progress on it...
When I pulled this back out a couple weeks ago I was just starting on the 4th repeat and after knitting, tinking, knitting, tinking and knitting some more I am halfway through the 5th of 7 repeats. My daughter said if I liked knitting it so much I should make another one instead of re-knitting the same one over and over. Yeah, she's pretty funny:)

I also decided to pull out the curtains that I knitted quite a while back. I still needed to weave in the ends, wash and block it and then sew the top into a tab to put the curtain rod through....
This window is over my kitchen sink and would have originally looked outside to the back of the house. At some point a porch was build and then turned into an extra room. My guess is that this was used as a wash house as this house was built in 1920 in the heart of Kansas, where there wasn't electricity until around the mid to late 1940's (the house still has some of the original wiring). As there was no electricity, there was no bathroom. A small room was made by way of cutting off one of the 2 bedrooms and a toilet and sink fits in it, but our shower is actually located in this room off the back of the kitchen, you guessed it, in direct view of this window:) This has been a problem for several years now as our daughter isn't allowed in the kitchen when her father is in the shower, and vise-versa - somehow it doesn't matter one bit if I walk through or if I'm in the shower. :/ So I promised to make these curtains years ago, and now they are finally done!! :) Daughter will probably decide to move out any day now,  HAHAHA!!!! I used THIS free pattern and I really love how they turned out:)

Okay, now off to see what you have been up to.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Stitching Update

The biggest problem with being a person who really loves to knit and really loves to stitch is deciding which one to work on. When I'm knitting I'm usually thinking of what I'd like to be stitching and when I'm stitching I'm thinking of what I'd like to be knitting. What a 'horrible' problem I have!! :)

I have been able to get in time on both my knitting and stitching lately (summers are so nice!!). Here are a few thinks I've been stitching on.

First off is...
This is Tis the Season by Blackbird Designs. It was an offering with the Ladies Prim Society Club last year so it should be released for purchase sometime this year. I love the design on the front of what will become a drawstring bag. However the back side - not shown in the picture - is of an alphabet with 'Merry Christmas/Happy New Year' on it. I'm not sure I want this to just be a holiday bag, so I'm thinking of changing what it says, but not sure what to yet. I still have a bit of the boarder to do on the front and that boarder wraps around to the back as well, so I have a ways to go before I need to make a decision.
This was a new purchase for my birthday last month. I REALLY don't need new stitching projects, but I had seen this one done up a few years ago and the stitcher did the alphabet super light as to just barely show in the background, and I loved the effect it had. So when I saw the chart, I decided it was time to make this as well. I am stitching it over one on 32 ct Toasted Almond linen with a few color modifications.
And finally, this is 'August Wordplay' by Brenda Gervais (With Thy Needle and Thread). I'm making this for my mother-in-law as a seasonal piece that she can change out. This one will be changed to 'Summer' instead of 'August'. Getting close to done with it and then I'll have to start playing around with the next one:) I really like these as seasonal charts (instead of monthly, because I'm not as fond of the ones that mostly depict holidays for the month) and keep thinking that I'll have to make a set for myself. If you are wondering I am using January for Winter, May for Spring, August for Summer and then I'll have to really play with October/November and another chart of hers that I have to make a suitable Autumn. October is heavily 'Halloween' and November is mostly 'Thanksgiving', but there are parts of both that I can use. That one will probably take a while to figure out:)

Well, unless another project screams out to me in the meantime (which is altogether likely), I hope to have the Wordplay and the Blackbird projects done by the end of this month, Silent Sampler will likely be put away and brought out again several times before it gets finished.

Have a lovely, stitchy day!!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Crafting On - Keep on Knitting

Linking up with Nicole at Frontier Dreams and her Craft On Blog Hop.

I am still mostly knitting on my sock. I got down to the heel flap on what will be the first usable sock...
But then I decided I needed another project to work on as well. I really want to start something new, but I also really want to get a couple things completed first. So I pulled out my Tidal Sands Cowl...
This project is just not wanting to cooperate with me!!! I pulled it out to knit on it, and after two rows around (over 600 stitches) I realized that there was a mistake a couple rows before where I started. :/ Hmm, maybe that was why I put it away in the first place? But not this time, I'm tinking away on it, going to fix that mistake (and the few others I made while tinking back lace) and then go from there.

I just joined The Knit Girllls Stash Dash on Ravelry so that is a little more incentive to finish up some WIP projects instead of starting something new:) I would really like to be able to complete the 3K finish line, but if I'm being really honest, I'll be doing good to finish the 1K!!

Now I'm off to see what you've all been working on!!!