Monday, September 26, 2016

Preparing for Christmas

What in September? Yes, September. Christmas sneaks up on me way to fast.

It's time to organize my craft bucket, AGAIN. Since I make my Christmas cards I need to inventory my supplies. This will probably mean I will spend a day at Hobby Lobby.

On  Pinterest or Esty I find most of my inspiration. Here are some examples of my cards.

Most of the time I use flat pictures and try to embellish them a bit after I print the on card stock at Office Max. 

This year I hope to make my kids and grand kids something simple.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Learning New Knitting Stitches

Cables are fairly simple. I have decided to make place mats using the honeycomb cable on each side with an edge and stockinette stitch in the middle. It is going to take some concentration. I am using 3 knitted stitches for the edging.

Here is a Honeycomb Cable headband. This cable will be on the side. Nothing as fancy as this one.
Wish me luck.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Projects Projects Projects

You know how it is....I should do this and that and it never gets done.
I bought a planner and hopefully this will help me. The challenge is to open it up daily.

First I organized my folders on my desk top of sites I liked. Example: Herb Tinctures, Herbal remedies, crafts, recipes, my some-day-farm ideas, and so on.

I need to force myself to complete my finger-less gloves and wash all my knitted/crochet projects and lay them out to dry. Some go to children and some for my HOPE CHEST. (hoping we will have a house to move to this year instead of our tin can)

Research soap making. I would really like to make goat milk soap with natural fragrances. I know I need a few items and a special pot for the off to the thrift store for that. This will take time to read several blogs who specialize in soap making. 

Wish me luck.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Yarn 101

This next Christmas I intend on making most of the gifts for my children and their families. 

I never was much of a knitter or crocheter, but knew the basics. Usually I bought the cheapest yarn for items I made.

Lately I have been knitting and crocheting cotton yarn. It has a different feel and if I use it in the Texas humidity it sticks to the needles.

Today I picked up a book at the library called THE KNITTER'S BOOK OF YARN.
I need to expand my horizons with yarn. Today I am learning about fibers. Amazing information.

It is a pretty thick book so wish me well. Books have a tendency to put me to sleep. lol 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Christmas in July

For this procrastinator I better start now on my Christmas gifts.
Three grand children, two children, and one adult. I can't say what I am making because they can read this post.
I have been practicing on slippers. I have a pattern for a one piece slipper. I am going to try this out and them adjust it. It is pretty simple.

Here is the pic.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Cotton wash cloths

I have been making several different patterns in this cotton yarn.
I made several for a niece who just got married. I am hoping she will send me pics. I forgot to get them.

Here are the montage I made. 

 I haven't washed them yet. That's why you see the curling edges.
Now I am on to place mats with larger needles and double thread. I know you can go faster if you crochet, but knitting gives you the ability to make so many different designs. 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Latest Craft

We have a new grand baby, our first girl. Yes, pink is her color with all that dark hair.
I made the other boys afghans when they were born years ago. I made her a pink fleece blanket that I jazzed up a bit and personalized it for her.
I don't post family pictures on the internet so all you get is these pics.

I am now jazzed about knitting and have been practicing my skills making a simple scarf. I intend on putting crocheted edging around it. Oh well, we will see how that goes.