Thursday, August 17, 2017

Stitching Progress

I've really had a good summer in the way of crafting this year. Lots of knitting and stitching going on:) I usually have a lull in my desire to create during the beginning of the summer, but didn't fall into that this year, which I'm really happy about:)

I'm currently working on two different projects. First is 'Tis the Season Sewing Bag' by Blackbird Designs...
Love the colors on this and that it will become a bag when I'm done!! Have I ever mentioned just how much I love bags?!?!? HA!! 

And I've been working on Spring Snapperland by Bent Creek...


I really love this one too. I have charts for the whole set and only have the Autumn one done. Can't wait until they are all done. 

Honestly, spring stitching is not what I'm in the mood for right now. Autumn stitching is just calling my name!! But I really don't need to start a new project, and really, really don't need another project for myself. I do have the 'Autumn' Wordplay from With Thy Needle and Thread that I need to get started for my mother-in-law. *Picture of Summer and Spring*  But that is going to take a bit of time SO... I planned an exchange project on a Facebook pg I'm on so that I can indulge in another Autumn project, and not feel guilty for starting something else.:) Hehehe!! I haven't done an exchange for a while, so I'm pretty excited about it. Not sure yet what I'm going to stitch but maybe something from the Autumn Splendor charts by Brenda Gervias (With Thy Needle and Thread), I haven't decided which one yet.

Tomorrow is the monthly 'Friday Night Sew In' with Wendy at Sugarlane Designs. I need to decide what I'm going to sew on. My sister-in-law wants a market bag like I made HERE, and I need to sew up the Summer Wordplay for my mother-in-law, so those are probably the projects I will focus on. I should have pictures up of my progress by Saturday:) 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Craft On - 1,2...3??

Linking with Nicole from Frontier Dreams

I didn't get around to posting last week. Daughter got her wisdom teeth out on Monday (all 5 of them!!!), and then I had a 4-H event on Tuesday afternoon into late evening. Most of the rest of the week was nice and quiet and I have gotten quite a bit of knitting done!!!

First off, here is where I am on the second sock...
Yes, I said SECOND, although it arguably could be called the third sock. RECAP: I originally made a sock using THIS pattern, but thought it too short on the leg, so I left it as is and made another sock, but made it longer. (And if I'm being totally honest here, I got about half way on that one twice before finally finishing it). And now I'm working on the match for what will be my first knitted pair of socks!!!
My daughter tried on the very first sock I made - the shorter one- and decided it was the perfect length to wear with her skates. 'Perfect!!!', you would say, 'just go and get one more ball of yarn and then you'd have another pair!!'  Well that would be perfect except for two things. My local Hobby Lobby no longer sells that colorway. That's not too big of a deal though, maybe they have it in the next town over, or I could probably order it if needed. The clincher? She hates pink!?!? So I took a picture of the yarn available at Hobby Lobby and this is what she chose...
Yes, of all the pretty colors she wanted black and white. Well, it does go with her white skates anyway. Now I am ready to start a new pair as soon as I finish the last sock, and truth-be-told, I probably would have already cast on except I only have one set of size 2 dpns. :)
I've also been working on my Cloud Wrap. This really is going to be the lightest/softest wrap ever. I'm loving working with this baby alpaca lace yarn!! It's going to be slow going from here on out as I'm just about to the widest part of it. It is going to be a bit smaller than the design as I'm using size 4 needles instead of size 5. I wanted the lace to be a bit tighter than it would have been. Super excited to see this one finished!!!

That's all for now. Hopefully I'll have a finished pair of socks by next week to show off!!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Puttering Around

Most of the time when I post to my blog it has to do with knitting, stitching or sewing. But I do other things as well. Today I'm going to show a few things I've been up to this summer:)
One of the things my daughter entered into the county fair was this Country Apple Fritter Bread. It filled the whole house with apple/cinnamon-y goodness. Since I'm (mostly) gluten free, we don't usually bake in this house. I know there are ways around it, however most often the results just aren't what I had in mind, and I'm not a baker, so we just usually skip the baking. But this smelled SOOO good, I just had to give it a try the day after. All I did different was to substitute Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 gf flour for the flour it called for and it turned out really good. It was a bit too moist, so if you try it as a gf recipe, maybe add a bit more flour or a little less milk. Another reason we avoid baking in this house??? It was gone the same day I baked it. I had to force myself not to finish it off before anyone else got home!! :)
In the past I volunteered as a community leader with 4-H (meaning I was the adult leader for our club for 4 years). Last year I handed that off to a couple families in our club, but I am still one of the adult leaders for the 4-H Jr. Leaders group. This is a group of 12 year olds and up that help with several of the county events. Every year they put on a dance at the fair. All ages of kids can come and dance the evening away, they provide a DJ and snacks. The Jr. Leaders do most of the dancing, but the little kids have lots of fun too. I get to be one of the chaperones, and it is so fun watching the kids dance and be silly:) Above is my daughter dancing with one of the little girls. This little girl is also in the MOPs class that my daughter volunteers with so they know each other pretty well:)
From the road looking into our property. The only place where water runs through - though it's all dried up now:)
From the road right in front of our property - my favorite tree:)
I've taken some pictures on my walks. We live in the wide open country with farm ground and a few pastures all around us. Beyond the few trees we have on our property (soon to be more as we are letting a small area grow without cutting them down), it's hard to find much other than wheat/corn/milo/bean fields to look at. Earlier this summer we got quite a bit of nice rain, so it was a least a pretty green. Now it's dried up a bit, but if you look hard you can still find the beauty in it:)
From my walk yesterday - the fields beyond are fallow right now, but there are some pretty wildflowers along the road.

Our little house.
 
Right now there's not much color outside, so I decided to take a couple of tea bottles that we have be drinking like crazy and make use of them. These are fake flowers, but they bring a bit of color into the house:)

It's time for my to run now, I'm meeting my sister-in-law at a small independent bookstore and cafe for some stitching time:) It'll be fun!!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Craft On - A New Start

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

After finishing my Tidal Sands Cowl last week, I went back and forth on whether I should start a new project or pull out an old one. Of course starting a new one won out!!

I went through and found the softest yarn I had and lo and behold, it was already packed away with the pattern I bought it to go with!!
I'm working on Cloud Wrap from Helen at Curious Handmade, knit with Knit Pick's Alpaca Cloud lace weight in colorway 'Anna'. This yarn is so very soft made from 100% baby alpaca. So far the wrap is a triangle of stockinette stitch with garter stitch edging, but I'm getting ready to start adding the star stitch.
I also played around with the sock I was making. If you remember I made one using THIS pattern. On the second sock I decided to make a couple changes. First I wanted the leg part longer, and I also added a few stitches to make it wider. Everything was going well until I got to the heel turn and I couldn't figure out how to make the extra stitches work. After quite a lot of time trying to figure things out, I tried on the first sock I made, decided that I still wanted the leg section longer but I really didn't need it to be bigger around, so I took it all apart and started over, again. I am happy with the change and excited to get this one done so I can make a matching sock and MAYBE actually have my first pair of knitted socks by the time the weather changes!?!? HAHAHA

Now I'm off to see what everyone else has been up to this week:)

Friday, July 28, 2017

County Fair

We survived another county fair. This year we were treated to temps as high as 107!! Thankfully, with our daughter fully driving on her own now, I didn't have to spend much time in that nasty weather, but one or the other of us was up at the fair every day of it this year. I do have to say that we are very spoiled in comparison to many during county fair time. Since we live in the county that hosts our state's fair, we get to use their facilities for our county fair:) The main building we use for everything other than animals is air conditioned and rather large. We host as many activities in there as possible. However, our county fair is mainly just 4-Her's and the general public rarely gets involved. Since our county hosts the state fair, they don't put money into the county fair, that all comes from 4-H and donations. So there are no rides, concerts (unless you count karaoke night!!), fair food vendors or any of the things you may associate with a fair.

That's okay though, it really stays focused on the kids' work throughout the year. This year our daughter took in foods, arts and crafts, photos and did a speech for the first time at the fair. She also helped her friend during the horse show since her friend took 2 horses and needed someone to hold one and to help with tack. That was the 107 degree day and I was VERY happy that I didn't need to be there:)

Our daughter's main focus each year is art and photography. This year she got a purple for...
Spray Paint Art. At our last State Fair she found a guy doing spray paint art and bought a picture from him. His was way more detailed, but she wanted to see what she could do as well. This one was maybe her 6th or 7th try with it. She'll take this one to state fair in the open class art category.
And a black and white photo. She's been wanting to play with black and white for a while now. This photo was a last min idea she had based off an art picture she saw online. I love the 'LOVE' with the laces:) She will take this to state fair in the 4-H division.

She is 18 this year, and most 4-Her's stop once they graduate high school but she won't age out until next year, so she can join for one more year if she likes. I think she's decided that if her friend does, she will too. So we may have one more year of county fair before us, we will see:)

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Craft On - It's Finally Finished!!!

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

It has been a dark and stormy morning folks, and I wished that meant that we were actually getting some of the rain that is surrounding us, or that it was going to cool off some, but no. It only means that it is a really crappy day for taking pictures!! :) So these aren't going to be real great, but I didn't want to wait any longer to post my latest knitty finish...
Tried the first photo in the camper since it has lots of windows.
This is Tidal Sands Cowl by Anne Hanson. I knit it in Knit Picks's Stroll Tweed (65% Merino, 25% Nylon, 10% Donegal Tweed) in the Oyster Heather colorway. This yarn was so nice to knit with. It is super soft and I'm really loving the tweed aspect of it:)
Showing off the texture
The only real problem I had with this is that my cast on edge is a lot looser than my bind off edge. No one will notice that when I'm wearing it, but it's something that I want to work on in the future.
I really hate selfies, and I'm not real good at figuring out how to wear scarves and such, but since it was a 'cool' 85 degrees out (and that was at 9:00 am, we are heading for 102 today :-0 !!) I thought I'd try it on.

Now I'm off to scramble through my stash. I was thinking of working on my socks, but now I'm thinking I need to start a new project. We will see what I come up with!!

Monday, July 24, 2017

FNSI - Running Behind

Linking up with at Sunshine Quilting and her Friday Night Sew In party.

And yes, It's Monday now, but I did sew on Friday this time:) I just haven't had a chance to sit down at the computer since then to blog about it. It's county fair week for us, and this year our daughter needed to be at the fairgrounds every day. She didn't even enter that many things, and she doesn't do any animals (except for helping her friend with the horse show), it just worked out that way this year. More about the fair later this week..

As for my sewing, I worked on a market bag (from the book - Sewing to Sell by Virginia Lindsay) that I started last month, but made a mistake on it and didn't get it fixed until now...
The mistake was that those flowers should be facing up. I cut the fabric as directed, but it was printed in such a way that the flowers would have been sideways on the bag once finished. The pattern calls for you to measure a rectangle of fabric, fold it several times and then all you need to cut out is the handles. That means less sewing, but I don't think they meant for you to use a direction-ally printed fabric. So I needed to cut it out a different way, which required sewing along the bottom seam instead of having a fold there, but after that it worked just fine.
The lighting in my kitchen is bad, so the coloring is a bit off, but can you see the heart shaped mess in the pattern directions? Yeah, this one stretched my sewing abilities a bit, but ended up not being so bad. I had one point that I didn't quite understand what they were talking about, but once I figured that out, it was pretty easy.
And I love how it turned out. I didn't quite get the bottom of the bag in the picture, but it has a flat bottom that should work really well for a farmer's market bag!! I'm super excited to use it this weekend:)

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!!!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Crafting On - We Have A Sock!!!

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

Well, after a couple weeks break, I'm back and I'm so super excited!! I made a sock!!
Hubby commented that if I were to sell a pair a knitted socks I'd have to sell them for $300 for all the time and effort this has taken me!! Then I reminded him that this is just the first sock, I have to start all over to make the next one:) And since I'm going to make a few changes, I actually have to make 2 more!! After trying this one on, I've decided that I need a couple more stitches around and to cast on a bit looser. Also I want the leg portion to be a bit longer, it's kind of an awkward length right now. So I'll make the changes to the next sock, see how it goes and will make third sock to match if all goes well.  

I'm really looking forward to seeing how the next one turns out!! Off to knit a bit more:)

Monday, May 15, 2017

What a Month!!

Actually this year has been crazy full. Lots of milestones too:) A few weeks ago our daughter turned 18...
Yes, the cake is half gone:) This was our second stop for her birthday celebrations. It was weird this year because her birthday fell on Easter, so we needed to go to both sides of the family instead of having them all together. She made the cake this year, and I don't know if you can tell, but that white and pink section is a bunny booty and feet. She also had a bird's nest with eggs and there is one 'carrot' still in the cake, planted in some 'dirt'. It was so cute:)

She participated in her last 'Formal' and 'Soiree' (prom alternatives)...


My hubby and I also celebrated our 20th anniversary by taking a short family trip to visit a museum a few hours away from home.

Our daughter participated in her graduation ceremony (sorry no pictures yet. We had a photographer, but I should have taken some pictures too, and I got caught up in all of it and forgot!!). It was a really nice, small ceremony as it was just Rylie and her friend that was graduating (homeschool if you didn't already know:). Rylie still needs to finish up a couple classes before she's officially done, but she's getting close and hopefully will have those classes finished by the end of summer.

And tomorrow is my 40th birthday!?!?! How did that happen??? My mother in law always takes us out to dinner for our birthday, and I'm planning on meeting with my sister in law and a friend to do a little gabbing and stitching (oh, and the friend just had a baby, SOOO, maybe a little snuggling too:).

So it's been a busy month with lots of fun and big milestones to celebrate!! Other than a graduation celebration for a friend's daughter, and a cousin's wedding, I think the craziness is going to settle down now:) It's good, I need a bit of a rest!!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Crafting On - And It's DONE!!!

Linking up with Nicole at Frontier Dreams and Crafting On.

I have been pretty quite over here on my blog. The past few months have been busy but the past 2 weeks have just been crazy. Most of all that is done for now and I'll blog later this week to tell of it. Needless to say, when life ends up that busy it sure does cut into how much crafting time I have:)
I did get some done here and there, even setting up a time to meet with my sister in law so I would have an excuse to do a little stitching. So I don't have a lot to show off this week, but I do have this...
The 'John Deere' inspired baby blanket is done!!! I'd like to say it got done before the baby made his way into the world, but that's okay. It finally warmed up in our area, so I'm sure the baby isn't hurting to stay warm:) I'm hoping to deliver it to the family this week.

And to those that follow my blog and may be wondering how my first sock is coming along.. Well, I realized that I completely ignored a step while knitting the heel flap/shaping. I could have tinked back 16 rows, but I ended up just pulling the whole thing out. Now I'm just about done with the leg and will be starting the heel flap again. Oh well, I will get some practice at it at any rate:)

Off to see what you all have been up to this week!!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Crafting On - Getting Close

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

I've been a bit quiet on the blog lately, but no worries, I've been keeping my hands busy behind the screen:)

I've mostly been working away at the John Deere baby blanket AND....
Yep, I've learned to turn the heal on my sock!!! The above picture captured the color of the blanket pretty well, but made the sock look purple. The picture below is almost dead on with coloring:)
 All that is left is the foot and toe, and after looking at the instructions for both, I don't think I'll have any problems with it. I'm so excited to have gotten past the heal turn, and after watching a video or two, it really wasn't all that hard!! I can't wait to get this one done and start all over again:)

Hopefully by next week I'll have cast on the next sock and have the baby blanket done and ready to go to the expectant parents!!  Then I'll have to see what I'll work on next;)