Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

May 2013 be filled with everything you love & treasure. :)  For me, that's lots of knitting & quality time with family & friends (especially my lovely Husband).  :)

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Christmas Mittens

I have dubbed this year's Christmas as "Mitten Christmas" because the majority of the knitted gifts this year have been mittens.

Shayne's mittens

Shane (my youngest model)'s mittens

Nolettes mittens (x2) - pictures to come

& out-grown mittens (now hung with love on recipient's family tree).

I'm nearly mitten-ed out!  I guess it's time I started working on next year's "theme."

Did anyone else notice a "theme" in their gift-giving this year?

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Baby Fever?

Not quite.  More like baby clothes and crafting fever.

Patterns at the top of my queue (aka, after all my Christmas-crafting is complete): basic baby socksbaby sweater (or this one) & maybe these for something fun to try.

Plus a Treasury to collect "Cute Boy" ideas:

So if you know anyone pregnant or who has a new addition in their family, send them my way. :)

P.S. dishcloths make great washcloths & hand towels (coming soon) as burp cloths!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas Crafting

Here are a few knitted gifts I can share:
Mittens - I made an extra pair for this little model to keep.

This was a host gift to a very close friend of my husband's; made the weekend we stayed.

One of many custom orders for co-worker gifts.  :)

one of six pairs in progress (will be a post-Christmas gift).
The latest gift: little mittens for my cousin's daughter.  Made on Christmas Eve.
More to come as we celebrate with other family members.  :)

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

I promise I'll be back soon with pictures of all those knitted gifts I've been hinting at.  I hope everyone had a very fun & heart-warming holiday with new memories to reflect on.  :)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

A Few *Cough* Lazy *Cough* Days Off...

= lots of finished projects! :)  (with pictures to come)

I finished two set of mittens!  One in gold & one in navy blue.

My first-ever child's soaker "longies" are now finished and awaiting their drawstring.

I have a surprise started that has been making beautiful progress thanks to my newest show: Call the Midwife.

Watch Preview on PBS.

Has anyone else seen it?  I caught the first episode as a re-run on PBS during the week a while back and finally came across it online.  The second episode sure is heavy on the emotions.  I think I may have to take breaks between each one if they continue to get so deep.  

What are your thoughts on the show?  

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Baby "Longies"

A peer of mine from high school asked me to make a couple pairs for her baby.  I have to start off with admitting I had no idea what these were by their name until I did a google image search

Tad-da!  They are just knit sweatpants! (+100% wool to be absorbent as soakers).

So for my first pair & experiment, I'm using Patons Classic Wool in Aran with US size 2 circular needles, 104 stitches.  I'll keep you posted on a developed pattern once I have a better idea of what I'm doing. :)

I'll be fitting these to the children I babysit since I don't have any of my own & my friend is in North Carolina, so I can't use her child, either.

Finally got passed the short rows in the bum (for bulky diapers)
& am experimenting with a kitchener-stitched crotch.

So if you have any advise, suggestions or wisdom on this kind of pattern, please leave it in the comments.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Sandy & More Mittens

I found frost in the garden bed & on my car this morning!

I hope everyone is fairing well during this hurricane.  I count myself among one of the lucky ones; we only had high winds (up to 40 mph I believe) and are forecasted to have rain through Wednesday (starting last night).  Anyone else ready to hunker down and start living off-grid? ;)

>>Which reminds me of my husband: while we were watching the second season of The Walking Dead, he said he wasn't worried about us (if a zombie apocalypse happened) because we'd have the big farmhouse with a dairy animal, chickens, hunt meat (maybe keep a few pigs/rabbits), can from our veggie garden and make all that we need (aka, what we're working towards now!).

But today's hurricane gets you thinking about what you would do if the apocalypse happened NOW, rather than later when you're all prepared...  Anyone else?

At least our hands will be warm...

1 medium child's pair, 2 smaller child's pair,
& 1 adult pair.

Now that I've started to commit this 3-year-old's mitten pattern to memory, I've started my first color set.

"Seafoam Green"... great, bright color for kids, right?

Thanks for all the well-reception.  They will be in the shop later this week!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Would anyone be interested in seeing mittens (knit or crochet) in the shop

Feel free to leave color suggestions and/or style variations in the comment section.

What is everyone else working on?

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Finally More Magnets

Here's a little peak at last night's progress:

Magnet Photoshoot

Today's project: get them all organized and start listing (hopefully tonight!).  Anyone else gearing up for the holidays yet?

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Liesl, You Made My Night :]

While unwinding last night (and discovering that Liesl has a new web address), I discovered this little surprise:

Look!  That's me!  Middle-left.   (Source)

I feel so special to be included with such a great group of blogs; and on one of my favorite reads, too!  Thanks Liesl :)

Monday, October 1, 2012

International Shipping

I'm so excited to announce that International Shipping is coming to the shop!

So far it is available for earwarmers, hats, wristwarmerscoastersdishcloths & magnets.  I hope to add blankets & scarves very soon.

If you have any suggestions or advice, I'd love to hear it!  Please leave a comment below. :)

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Some Great Finds

While getting back on the blogging "horse," I've found quite a few great finds!

First, my header's image was missing (?!??) so I re-uploaded it only to dispair that I couldn't get it to center (really??  how hard can that be??).  About an hour or two later, I stumbled across this article with a quick copy & paste CSS that worked like magic.  Yippee!

Then I came across a Pickles cardigan, an etsy seller feature (Yay Kim!), & this beautiful starburst throw pillow while catching up on my blog reading.

And thanks to Liesl, I now have two more books [Almost Amish & A Householder's Guide to the Universe] in my library's request queue....

What are you discovering?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Adirondacks

Labor day weekend my husband and I traveled with another couple to New York for some hiking.

We stayed overnight in Akron & had dinner with my husband's best man and his girlfriend.  Then we continued our drive to meet up with our hiking friends.

I worked with some new yarn on the drive. It came from one 0f the boxes Dan's grandmother won at a "Chinese Auction."

We hiked Mt Marcy the first day.  It was my first mountain!

First Trail marker.

View from the Summit.

But us girls were too sore & stiff to do any more hiking the next day, so we dropped the boys off to hike the Gothics and we hung around the cabin, recuperating. 

Before we left, I sold one earwarmer right off my needles to the co-owner of our accommodations, Mountain Brook Lodge!

Then he asked about a hat for himself, which I gladly made as a compliment to his wife's earwarmer.  (see the matching yarn in his stripes?)

They were probably the best hosts I have ever stayed with [commercially].  They held bonfires every night in the courtyard to get to know their guests & really created a sense of community.  We felt like we were staying in a friend's home!  (ex. I forgot to bring milk for my coffee so Al brought me a glad of milk to keep in our fridge!)

All four of us can't wait to return. :)

Monday, August 13, 2012

Afghan update

This has been a surprisingly addictive pattern.

Even the cat was enjoying it!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

New Discovery: Ifttt

Has anyone else discovered or use ifttt?  I just came across it in an article last night and I've been hooked since.

The amount of automation ("if this then that") is a wonderful way to increase efficiency across social media, which is something I've been wishing for, for a while now.

*so excited!*

What would/will you automate?

Monday, August 6, 2012

Favorite Finds [cleaning out my email]: Design*Sponge & a Movie Trailer

Who knew cleaning out your bursting email could be so fun & inspiring?  I have to admit, it feels good to watch those numbers go DOWN instead of up.  [Remember when the inverse was true?  Back when you were in Jr. High perhaps?]

Anyway, my favorite way to clean out my etsy-devoted email is to pick a sender and go through all emails from that entity ONLY.  For some reason I find it helps the purging flow easier, not to mention I can still glean some creative & inspiring snippets.  Including:

*Vest* - source

How nifty would this be?  Might have to start that Christmas list early...


Applique Placemats

My husband and I made our first batch of dill pickles over the weekend (post coming soon).  With our first batch under our belts, I might have to try this one next, when more cucumbers are ready for picking...

Vegan pickle recipe?!?

What curious wallpaper!

Even though we don't have cable, I love Genevieve's show and can't wait to listen to this interview.

The subtitle alone caught my attention:

And an article on Apps for Organization.  I definitely need some of these.

[Edit: Just finished watching Ingredients tonight while relaxing after a full day editing video (yay for freelance jobs) and I was surprised to find a few *new* ideas about/ for the local food movement.  If you've seen it, I'd love to hear your thoughts on it.]

What are you finding lately?  Are you as backlogged as I am?  Check out more new pins here from other interesting, email finds.  

Friday, July 27, 2012

Lake Michigan

Taking a little vacation time to regroup, clean out email inboxes (I have 3, each over stuffed), and find inspiration.

I'm excited to say inspiration has already started whispering in my ear once more and I can't wait to get started on fall items for the shop.  (Not to mention a giveaway is planned for September on a friend's blog!)  I'm so excited to get things kicked off for cooler weather.  What are you looking forward to in the near future?

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Continuing to Harvest...

Man, 'them plants are taking over the world!

With a second crop on the way!

Homemade Ice Cream!
Ok, this didn't come from the garden.  But it's from-scratch & lots of friends helped crank & enjoy it.

The watermelons are taking over the patch behind the garage and the broccoli are all about bolted.  The tomatoes are weighing down with more tomatoes than I've ever seen (and make me nervous for future processing) and the cucumbers [started from seed] have their first handful of flowers!  I just wish the green & wax beans were doing as well.  They have too many holes to count all over the whole crop so I'm researching how to handle pest-management without chemicals.

What does everyone else's garden(s) look like?