Cassie’s First Big Blanket

A few weeks ago Cassie was digging though my yarn and asked me how much it would take to make a blanket. I told her that that depends on the blanket and how shes going to make it. She said she was thinking about doing crocheted squares, like the ones people send me to put into baby blankets. So we talked about how many square she would need to cover her twin size bed, and how if you put an edging on it you can up size it a little, so she decided to do 24 big-ish squares instead of loads of seven inch ones. She chose her colors (blues of course), and then when she got the first big boodles of squares done I knew she was dead serious about doing this, and had her lay it all out to make sure we had the right amounts of the right colors. And here’s what it looked like at that point! Now she has the rest of the dark blue squares finished, and she decided she wanted to do some designs on the squares. (yes, I groaned because I just don’t want no horrible melt downs. BUT…)


Here’s what she’s done so far!Β  Team Fortress 2 logos mostly for Medic because that’s the class she loves to play. So we are both very happy campers so far. She’s done most of the work and I’ve been helping a little with weaving in ends. We all know how much we all hate those dreaded ends. Not me so terribly much. I guess I just love tedious work. πŸ˜›


So in the next week or so I hope to have her well on the way to stitching this thing together, and yes, we will get more pictures then. I’m pretty sure shes going to put some kind of a border on it also. I just have to say how mighty impressed I am. I don’t think I even attempted my first full size afghan until I was around 25 years old, and it was all one piece, not some put together squares type thing.Β  I don’t think I tried one of those until I was around 35 or so! The girl is miles ahead of me!!! πŸ™‚



Youngest Daughters Craftiness

So a few weeks ago I was watching a Youtuber called Dirt Patch Heaven and she was showing how her young daughters were doing stitch work, and pot holder loom squares to sell to pay for their ponys feed and upkeep. Very industrious young children. πŸ™‚ So, as I’m watching my youngest dd comes up behind me and asks what they’re doing, and mentioned that she had one of those sewing hoops also. And of course she ran right to her desk and got it out. So we went through the closets and got out some fabric, and I cut her up some squares to stitch on with scrappy yarns out of my pretzel buckets.

Here are her first efforts.Β  First she wanted to do exactly as the Dirt Patch children were doing. Stitch around the edging, and then make a heart with her initial in the middle.


Then it was, “Could you draw me something mom? Noah (their new friend) likes penguins. Can you make a penguin?” So I began looking through coloring books for inspiration, and then did what I thought was a poor job of making two little penguins standing on ice, with a sunshine.Β  Turned out gorgeous when the stitching was done!!!


Then it was, “how about a turtle, mom? Can you make a turtle?”


Then we just went groovy. Everyone looooves this one, so shes made three of them so far in all different colors. There’s this one, and then one with blue and purple spirals, and then one with green and blue spirals.


Then she wanted to do “a bird like Buzzy”, our cockatiel.Β  I found a dove in a coloring book and did the best I could, and then she added the yellow head and red cheeks. Turned out pretty good!


And then she wanted to do flowers, but didn’t get it finished in time for picture taking. But that’s ok, because she’s already finished this one, the other two spiral hearts, and another flower one with bigger flowers and leaves, and now we have moved on to making pictures on black fabric with white crayon, and shes using neon yarns so they show up under black light! So plenty more pictures soon.


So, this stitching thing has really caught on around here! I can see us buying a few more hoops of different sizes in June or so, and especially some better needles, because the ones we are threading are just Not made to thread yarn through. But we’re dealing with what we’ve got, and if I keep at least one extra one loaded and ready to stitch with it doesn’t get too tedious. Now I feel like I need to work an iron into the budget too! When we were in FL I couldn’t find mine. Dh had gotten one when we purchased the sewing machine also, but we couldn’t find that either. Then when I was packing the house up for the move here, I found both of them!!! And now we’re here I can’t find either of them again. :sigh: They must be in the box with my electric hand mixer, because I haven’t found that yet either. :-/

So that’s what little Emily is working on at the moment. Oh so very crafty! Now shes starting to stitch better than even me!!! Next up… Cassies Big project!!!


You Dyed What With Easter Egg Dyes!!!!

So we didn’t actually get to Easter Egg dying til the Wednesday after Easter, because we were too busy Easter Sunday, and then Monday was a day of recovery, and Tuesday was just… another day of rest (besides work and school that is). LOL So here is what happened on the Wednesday after Easter. There was much egg dying…


OOooohh, prettttty Rainbow egg! I had to get this one down, because every year the kiddo’s forget how to make it, and then every year dh reminds them. Yellow first, then one end dip in orange, and then the dark red, and the other end dip in blue, then purple. In this close up pic it little a little like a wobbly planet picture taken by the Hubble.Β  πŸ˜›


THEN… this happened! Dye cups full of fiber!

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The hands that squished even more fiber into the cups…


The finished product drying overnight. I didn’t get pictures the next morning when we moved it all to hangers to finish drying.


Then two days later we bagged it all up. Emily gets the orange, and I added a little white fiber to hers so she would have more, and told her if she spins them together it’ll look like a creamsicle. Cassie gets the bag with the blue in it. She promises not to spin all the green so I can have a little.Β  Yes, that white looking stuff in her baggie is a very very light shade of green also. Don’t know what happened in that cup but the dye just didn’t take up. And then I get all that pink, and hot pink, and the broken purples/blues. When the girls saw how the colors broke across the fibers they ooooohed and ahhhhed! Should make for lots of pretty fingerless mitts after we get it all spun up!!!


Took a couple of scrubbings for my kitchen table not to look like this. πŸ˜›


And that is about all for our dying adventures is past month. Now that the girls know we can dye with Kool Aide, and food colorings, and Easter Egg dyes, I’m hiding my last pound and a half of white fiber! πŸ˜€ More pictures shortly!


Baby Stuff

I am working on so many projects lately! I cannot wait for the end of May when most all of these are going to be done and over with!!! Wootness, for new patterns, and knitting for babies though! But the time crunch always gets me! I guess it’s good for me though. Keeps me on a schedule!

So here are a few photos of things that went out today.

Baby hats for my old home town hospital…


Hat’s and booties for Salem Hospital in MA



And last but not least hats for the NICU preemies in KY.


Most of the yarn used in all of these hats is from one of my good knitting buddies Barbara. She just asked for postage so she could downsize her stash a little, and it gives me different kinds of yarns that I haven’t seen before.

Then I’ve been working on baby blankets for both friends and family that are having babies in the next few months.Β  Here’s a sneak peek at one of them…


There will be a full reveal after the mama and daddy have it in their hands!

Besides that there has been much bike riding, and I’ve been working hard on my Etsy shop stuff. I’ve joined a couple of really good Teams on there, and I am making sure I participate as much as I can. Sundays and Thursdays I am spending a half hour in the morning creating a Treasury of sixteen items, and even though I don’t include my own shop, somehow it brings a lot of traffic to my shop. I have also started adding things to my Pinterest (SpinnerMomof5 if you wanna add me), and I’m working really hard to build that up also. Seems like the way to get people to know you have a crafty shop is to go where the crafty people are.

I am also super happy that I have two confirmed craft shows to be a part of in the Fall now. I’m going to be busting my butt all summer getting ready for those, and then the big Christmas rush at Etsy! Whatever doesn’t sell is going to be donated to shelters and soup kitchens, because there ain’t no use having so much inventory sitting around here keeping no one warm! πŸ˜›

More pics in a bit.


Other Projects

Some things I’ve been working on here and there. Up until today of course, because today dh talked me into buying the most coolest pattern ever, and I am loving it. More about that later though.

So here is what I am doing to my bike basket. Just pulling scraps out of my pretzel buckets of yarn and weaving it in and out of the mesh. I was thinking of doing a grass, sky, tree kind of thing, but then saw the yellow and orange scrappy yarns, and went with the sunset/sunrise thing. We’re mostly riding at either sunrise or sunset, so it’s appropriate. I still have some purples and darker blues set aside to weave into the top half of the basket. I also have some super chunky rainbow yarn that I’m going to use along the top of the basket, and some on the handle you can carry it by.


And then here’s the self promoting part of the basket. The flower hair clips, and then little flowers I’m putting on bobby pins, and I’m going to stick them all over the basket and then when someone stops to chat about the basket I’ll let them pick a flower, or a stuffed heart (I always have four or five of those on me also), and give them one of my business cards.Β  For our weekend riding we’ve been hitting the bike trails around Pueblo, and we always run into people and chat for a bit.Β  Last trip out I chatted with a wonderful old senior man who was just so perky. He had a little motor on his bike and he said if he ever runs out of energy he can just flip a switch, and get back to wherever he needs to get to. πŸ˜€


Here are some things that I’ve put on the shop in the past week or so. Once again using up pretzel barrel scrappy yarn. This one Cassie is in love with, because it’s bluuuuuuue! So I have to make her another one kind of similar for her to hang on her wall.


This one Emily is in love with, because it is orange, yellow, red, and the black really makes it pop! So I have to make another similar one for her to put on her wall. I also have to make two more of these for gifties, because people are wanting them that I would feel bad if they spent $$$ on my scrappy projects, so I wanna just have some for handing out. πŸ˜›


And this one has only gotten hits from my Etsy shop, no one I know has really said anything about it one way or another, but it’s got like three likes now from strangers. If they all sell my cats will be good on food and litter for another month and a half. Woot, for no complaints from dh about them costing us a fortune! πŸ˜›


And now on the needles… something dh approved of, but I feel like I spent a small fortune! I was buggering over a honeycomb pattern because I saw a pattern for leg warmers, so I immediately went to look up the honeycomb pattern on a dishcloth site, but then I have to convert it to being knit in the round, and figuring out the stitch counts and such, and after I had been researching and swatch knitting for about two hours, dh comes up and says, “just buy it!” I’m such a tightwad, but I gave in and went ahead and just spent the $16. It comes with a video after all, and unlimited downloads, so I can put it on my androids (plural. don’t ask. me and electronicz don’t mix, but dh keeps gifting them to me. meh), and the girls can watch it to learn to knit the pattern too. It’s really not hard at all, and I can adjust the pattern to make hats, and totes, and pouches, and scarves knit in the round so there’s no bad side. Here’s the link. And then after some searching, here’s the link to the pattern designers Etsy where you can get just the pattern for $4. But I do have to say, I think if I didn’t have the video, I would not have tried the pattern right away!!! Plus having both of my daughters being able to knit from watching the video makes it worth the exta $$$.

So today, there is black with a variegated baby blue yarn on the needles, and everyone is ooooh-ing and aaaaahhh-ing over the leg warmers and the little bitty stained glass effect.Β  Next I want to start some violet ones with bright orange. Kind of Halloween-y-ish. Youngest dd will loooooooove them (note the love for the orange Ojo De Dios up above πŸ˜› ) And then I want to do white and red, and then white and green for holiday leg warmers, and then go with more traditional colors like browns and greens, and and blues and purples. So many ideas!!!

Anyway, off to knit a little before bed.


So much to do so Little Time!

It’s been a busy couple of weeks around here so I’ve been all sporadic about the blogging again. But I promised Hazel some pictures of what I’ve been up to with the looms, and I promised some other people pictures of other things. I’ve got lots and lots of projects going on, so I’m trying to dig myself out of those.

Remember the leg warmers that I started when I first got to Colorado?Β  What was that, a year and a half ago. Well, with the moving around of much furniture and my stuff coming out here to the living room, the leg warmers were uprooted again, and I cameΒ  ~thiiiiiiiis >< close~ to ripping them out. But then I went and tried it on! It only needed one more scrappy bit of color, and then the ten rows of black (“it doesn’t even Match Mom!!!!” Yes, it does!Β  It has black at the top and bottom, and the next one will have black at the top and bottom, and that makes them Match! πŸ˜€ “Mooooooooom! That’s just weird.”) and wah-lah…


Then they were immediately ninja-ed by a child that claims they are not a match “but I liiiike them!” πŸ˜€ So about 20 more rows, and today that second one will be done. Looks like I have more scrappy leg warmers in my future because they are already fighting over this (Myyyyy) pair!


So then a couple of months ago I got my rectangle Hazel Rose loom in the mail, and I’ve been putting it off, and putting it off, but once again with the move of my desk all of my things are just still scattered. My looms being some of those things. (I can actually hang them on the wall now, because I have ~~space~~! Wheeeee!) So here’s what I’ve been doing. Isn’t it pretty??? I have enough of the big and little squares, but I need to make about a dozen more of the green rectangles!


Then there’s this, because I got tired of doing all one color, and broke it up with making some pink rectangles. See what I mean by too many projects? But there it is, started up.


My square stash. Hazel warns this will happen, and yep, yep, it does.Β  I counted them… 177 seven inch squares, 74 tiny squares, 2 diamonds, and 2 seven inch triangles.Β  Emily spotted the triangles and wanted to make a bunny out of them, and then she went and got the tri loom and made enough triangles to make two more bunnies besides that first yellow one.


We’re gonna be up to our necks in bunnies soon. Do we mind?Β  No, no, not at all! LOL Here’s one I made that’s on my shop.


And yeah, there’s even more stuff than that. If you’re friends with me on facebook I put a few of them there. I’ll get them here in a couple of days. Right now I’ve gotta go check school work, and then get lunch going. It’s a never ending circus of fun! πŸ˜›


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