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Rabbit Rattle

Hey everyone!

I just thought I would share my latest project. I made this sweet little wrist rattle for my great-nephew.

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Sleep knitting

Hello everyone!

Hey! Have you ever been excited to start a new project, whether it be knitting, crafting, sewing or writing? This just happened to me. I couldn’t wait to start my next project. It had been a full day and it was late. I was tired, but really wanted to knit anyway. I had just finished my boots and hat knitting project.20161113_161541-1.jpg

 

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I decided that I would knit a matching bunny rattle. I looked for my ball of gray yarn, but couldn’t find it in my knitting bag. I checked under and around the recliner. I glanced over at my cat Pumpkin. He looked up at me, his eyes full of innocence.  I scratched my head and thought Oh well, I’ll just use the blue yarn instead. I still had two strands of the gray yarn leftover for the eyes and nose.

I followed the pattern and kept track of my rows on a post it note pad. Things were going well, and I was cozy and warm with my throw across my lap. Before I knew it I was nodding off in between stitches. When I had finally decided it was time to head to bed, I looked down at my work and saw that I had purled where I shouldn’t in my knit rows!20161113_155525-1.jpg

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Well, it’s kind of funny so I thought I would share my mistakes.

How about you? Have you ever sleep knitted?

Today I’m starting over in the missing gray yarn. Yep, I found it in the bottom of my  knitting bag. It was there all along!

I’ll post pics of the baby blanket and rattle when I’m done.

Happy Crafting!

 

 

 

 

handmade · Knitting · Sewing

Gifts ideas for baby.

My niece is going to have her first baby!

She’s going to have a boy and she has decided on navy and gray instead of the traditional pastel blues or greens.

So I found these flannel prints at Jo-Ann fabrics, and I ‘ll make baby a cozy blanket. I’m also going to knit the hat and boots pictured in Erika Knight’s Natural Nursery Knits book. I’m using Wool-ease yarn.

I’ll post more photos when I finish them.

So how about you? What are you currently working on? I would love know!

Happy crafting !!

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As the bobbin turns…

Or doesn’t in my case!!

I want to learn to spin yarn, however I don’t want to spend money on a new spinning wheel yet. I have an old one that my DH ‘s granddad made years ago. The youtube videos I watched helped me to understand the basics of the wheel. 

After feeling a bit confident, I jumped in and gave it a “whorl” lol. Anyway, my bobbin won’t spin unless the wheel is going counter-clockwise. Hmmm. Not sure what that’s all about, but I may need to take it apart and clean it. It’s been sitting in a dusty old workshop for at least 35 years. ​

As you can see in the pictures, it’s weathered and could use some refurbishing. I tied some commercial yarn to the lead but the bobbin wouldn’t spin. Are there any seasoned spinners out there?  I sure would appreciate any comments or suggestions you could give. Thanks!  ​

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Fabric Stash Under Control

Hello again!

Well, I’ve finally got my fabric and yarn stash under control. Whew! I had accumulated so much over the years that I had several totes full. Yep. Not those pretty little clear totes either. Those big industrialized-looking gray totes! They were all stacked and lined up against my wall covered with a large tablecloth. (ugh!) I had to dig and hunt for my fabric or yarn whenever I wanted to do a project!

My yarn is now stored in smaller totes and neatly stacked in the area between my desk and the wall. (I’m holding a rolling tote filled with yarn to give to my sister on her next visit)

After I went through my fabric, I narrowed it down to keep three totes. I happily gave the rest to family and friends. I also gave a huge bag to donation. I sorted the remainder of my fabric and put it on mini-bolts, and finally into the book-case where I actually could see it. (yay!)

I rolled 1/2 yd or less fabrics into tight bundles and stored them in small clear plastic totes in my drawers. I also ended up with one medium tote size bag of scraps that I couldn’t part with.

Honestly, I thought it would be so hard to part with my fabrics, trims, and craft supplies. Instead, I felt a sense of relief in knowing my room is organized and that I’m able to work in an uncluttered space. I still have a few pieces of apparel fabric to organize as well as finding a spot for my  batting, wonder-under, trims, ribbons etc.

I’ll be back with more updates.

What ideas or tips do you have for storing your craft or sewing items?

I’d love to hear them!

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Hat and Boots

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Booties and Bonnet

I loved knitting Erika Knight’s baby boy boots and hat pattern. The baby  girl Booties and Bonnet pattern is a bit more advanced. Not to fear, because if you look on youtube.com you’ll find Erika’s helpful videos to get you through it. 

 Her book Natural Nursery Knits has patterns that are adorable and easy to follow.

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It’s that time…

Hello! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Today I’ve decided to discuss organization in the craft room. For weeks I’ve poured over ideas and pinned pages of tips and tricks.

  https://www.pinterest.com/Cre8tive_C/craft-and-sewing-room-ideas/

Organizing is not an easy task for me. I have too many interests that I try to shove into a 10’x 12’room!

Can anyone out there relate to this?

I set specific areas for each of my hobbies. A section of my room is for sewing, a section for knitting and one for painting. Trouble is, after one of my  creative marathons…well, ugh. Last year I made six quilts, knitted scarves and boot cuffs and paintings for Christmas gifts. When the whirlwind of December passed I was left looking at a mound of mess in January. In addition to that, those precious items that I  would buy here and there began to accumulate and before I knew it I was completely out of room.

So yeah, it’s time.

How do I purge? Very carefully! I’m cautious and take one drawer or shelf at a time. I make a decision as to whether or not I’ll use it or part with it. If I decide to part with it, I’ll think of my family or friends first. What doesn’t go to them, I’ll donate. For example, I’ve put together a large stash of yarn and crochet needles neatly in a rolling tote for my sister. She’s just learning to crochet. The fabric that no one else wanted, I’ve already donated. Senior centers, thrift stores, knitting or quilting groups are some great options.

Now I’m left with the things I do want, and it’s time to organize. My fabric was stored in totes ( many totes ) and so I’ve decided to wrap them on to mini bolts and store them in a book-case. The wrapping took quite a while, but was worth it. Now my fabric is visible to me. Same goes for my thread. I purchased a few spool holders for my wall.thumbnail_20140522_132220_resized

To control the clutter on my desk I purchased a spinning caddie. I still have more to do, but I’m making progress. I’ll keep you updated as I go. Do you have a storage idea? How do you keep your craft room organized?

I’d love to hear from you, so feel free to post your comments.

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I’ve framed these precious paintings done by my little artist granddaughter.

 

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Projects

Hello!

You’ve just stumbled on to my first post. I’m struggling to create because the truth is… it’s been so sticky hot the last few days. I’ve taken a little break from crafting the past two days. But, I guess that gives me time to show you all what I’m working on. 12548886_1544987362484003_4906689020289566029_n10584081_1544987379150668_5748473681278921754_n I hope to have this sweater done by Fall. Um, this Fall…lol.

I love the color and  I found my yarn at http://www.joann.com/

It’s Paton’s Classic Wool yarn in Natural Mix.

 

Also, I’m organizing my fabric on to small bolts, so I can store them in a book case instead of totes. I’m cutting panels out of the large sized Priority boxes. I can get 12 panels from each box! Plus, I have wrapped up to 5 yards on a bolt with no problem. For fat quarters and less I cut the panels in half.

 

Let’s see, I think the last art piece I completed was in May 2016. It’s a portrait of my granddaughter in charcoal. I made it as a gift for my son and daughter-in-law.20160513_163839_resized

My next portrait of will be of my youngest grandson. I’ll post when it’s complete.

I’d like to say thanks for stopping and viewing my site. See you next time!