Wednesday, January 30, 2013

"Mixed Berry" Crochet Throw

I started working on this throw blanket

©  Coats & Clark
whose pattern I found on Ravelry (yes you have to be a member, but it's free and more than worth it) towards the beginning of January as part of an attempt to work through my stash of yarn (rather than constantly adding to it). Obviously I did not go with their recommended yarn colors, which I honestly thought were kinda ugly, but used the six skeins of Red Heart Super Saver I had lying around from a project I lost interest in (it was a crochet rug if you were curious). These colors are Buff,Spa Blue,and Frosty Green.

It's actually working up rather quickly. I'm just barely over half-way through the squares, which is impressive given I have a 2-month-old, a 2-year-old (almost, his birthday is Friday!) and I'm working on a cross stitch project, tatting a bookmark, and knitting myself a sweater at the same time. Maybe I need to cut back a bit...  nah!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Shopping and Projects Past

Today I went shopping to more than one store for the first time with both of my kids. Everyone got up at 7:30 and by 9 I had them fed, dressed, and in the van! The only thing that got skipped was my coffee, but that's what Dunkin' Donuts lattes are for.

The shopping went really well. I parked in front of Kmart and we walked, well Alice rode in my Ergo Baby Carrier of course, but Finn and I walked all the way to the Dollar Tree at the other end of the plaza without incident. I scored some really great home school supplies. I'm planning on trying to make Finn's day a little bit more structured. Then we went to Kmart and picked up a few essentials and some more home school stuff. Finn was excellent the whole time.

So, what I bought:
Easy grip triangle crayons, drawing pad, hair ties (Finn steals all of mine for bracelets), foam boards I plan on cutting into shapes, alphabet window clings, pom poms, fruit puzzles, a workbook, a 10 pack of tiny tupperware and a handy carrying basket (Finn chose the color). Yay for activities. Finn is currently stuffing pom poms into the tupperware and emptying them back out. 

Now, on to crafty things. I took a few photos of my favorite projects I did over December/early January.
These two were my favorites. The top is a little sewing kit that holds a spool of thread, needles, pins, a thimble, scissors, and a tape measure. The original pattern called for it to be reinforced with plastic canvas. I didn't have any, so I used some super thick fusible interfacing. I think I would love it even more if I had stuck with the pattern since it's a little less structured that I would like.

The bottom is my knitting roll; although it's currently also housing my crochet hooks. I made this pattern for my mom for Christmas so that she could retire the Ziploc bag she had been keeping her knitting needles in and I loved hers so much I made one of my own. It's super simple to make and can be made using four fat quarters, fleece interfacing, binding, and a bit of ribbon. I made mine with three fat quarters from Walmart ($2.98), scrap fabric I had lying around (which I used for the blue pocket and bias tape), and ribbon I already had. This is the type of cheap, super useful project that I really love. I just wish I knew more people who knitted so I could gift more of these.

The sewing projects I have on deck are maybe someday hopefully finishing the PJ top I'm making for my friend Marcus, a bobbin roll (for my lace bobbins), and a little bag to hold Finn's jingle bells that he has so much fun counting. I also want to start working on embroidering a piece of fabric to make this hussif. I'd like mine to be a little more modern, but this pattern looks like a great starting point.

By the way, my favorite place for finding great craft ideas is Tipnut!

Monday, January 28, 2013

New Start

Let me start off by saying that I'm not the most reliable person when it comes to keeping up with a journal or a blog. Hopefully this attempt will be different with the help of this awesome planning calendar I found courtesy of Mama Jenn. I'm also counting on the broad scope of this blog to help prevent lapses due to lack of content. Rare is the day that goes by that I'm not working on some project, cooking something tasty, or at least have an interesting story to tell about my two beautiful kids.

This blog will be log of my various crafts and other accomplishments. I tend to bounce from one activity to another so this will include recipes, various crafting projects, farm work, and activities I do with my children. I will provide links to any patterns/recipes I found online or in a book and I will post directions for any patterns I develop myself. I currently mostly work from other people's patterns, but I'm hoping to change that.

In my next post I will include all of the projects I'm currently working on (assuming I haven't lost/forgotten about any) and maybe even show off a couple that I've completed recently. I did go on a bit of a crazy crafting spree right before/through/after Christmas making presents for everyone. What a wonderful way to give people gifts they like without spending an arm and a leg. Needless to say, I was pretty proud of almost everything I made (my brother's coasters were too easy to be interesting).

I hope you enjoy my blog and I'll keep up my end by posting. I swear.