Friday, October 10, 2014

I Love Yarn Day

Happy Friday! Even more monumental...Happy I LOVE YARN DAY!!! 

Today I am riddled with messy allergies (ragweed *glare*) but I pushed through and after helping out the teacher at my little guys school I went yarn shopping. Michaels and then Hobby Lobby.

Haul time!!! I figure I will divide them up by store in case anyone wants to go get something that they see.

First Michaels!

And now Hobby Lobby!

The driving force behind my shopping was threefold.

Firstly, I have been serial watching "Once Upon a Time" on Netflix this week. I am really enjoying the show. I believe I am on episode 14 now. There is some amazing yarn smut on this show. But, I had to push pause and search Ravelry when I saw this picture:


Its amazing and I need it. So I grabbed some grey bulky yarn today and downloaded a free pattern for it. 

This one is next: 


Here is the free pattern for it. Thank you, movieknitters!

And I will need Ruby's hat, too. (Pattern) I grabbed the red sport weight yarn today. 



Secondly, I am sending three swaps. My main items are all ready to ship but I like to send fun little extras...candy and tiny crafted items. So I got some materials and fun stuff to throw in there.

Lastly, I have a project...moon jars! They are magical and amazing and I MUST make some. (I tried to get everything at Michaels and Hobby Lobby but had to go to Walmart for the solar lights). I will take pics and we will walk down the road of moon jars together.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Chevron Cowl

Its Fall!!!!

Wow...you know I love fall. I have done posts just on the different flavors I like to hunt out in the fall. This year I have been digging my heals into a brand new goal: debt killing. So I will there will be less "what I like to buy" and more "favorite recipes" this season.

Saving is really amazing. It is amazing how little things really do add up. I am guilty of thinking that penny pinching is thankless. But no. Its so freeing to find more than you expect in the bank at the end of the month. It also appeals to the puzzle player in me. Hunting deals and seeing how little I can spend in a certain amount of time is just fun.

I think the trick to all things in life is to see it as a lesson and keep it positive. Life is too short to not keep your heart and mind in the moment and count your blessings.

Oh...and I crochet!



So this little chevron cowl is on its way to keep a good friend warm and add some color to her winter. I think I need to make one for myself with some yarny fringe. What do you think?

Here is an action shot:




Its abotu 24" long. I think I would make mine just a little longer so I can loop it. She loves tangerine and turquoise but I would probably opt for some purple. I used I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby/ You can buy it online if you dont have a local Hobby Lobby. It feels alot like Red Hearts "With Love" yarn...except this doesn't pill like theirs does. So "I Love This Yarn" is great for smooshy items like cowls and baby blankets. It washes great, too!

This is the pattern I used from Crochet In Color. Its for a scarf but I just crocheted for 24" of the pattern. Then I used a metal yarn needle and sewed it up the side with a whip stitch.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Booties!

Today has been a day of booties. Just full of yarn and tiny, pretty buttons and flowers. It was so nice.

I have crocheted many booties and today I mixed and mingled all my favorite parts to make some booties for baby girl that is on her way soon.

This is how they turned out:


I have had my babies and I am happy to be past that point in my life. Still things like this just make my ovaries do a cartwheel.

I wrote up a pattern in case you would like to make some yourself. But, if not I will be happy to make something for you over at my Etsy shop in a custom order.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Winter Is Coming!!!

Winter Is Coming!!!



My girlfriend and her family are stationed in Alaska this year. The kids are going to have recess outside even when its SUPER cold. I made this for her little guy to stay at the school and keep him warm.

Balaclava is an old fashioned name for helmet liner. It stems from long ago during the Crimean War. The British soldiers were not getting their warm clothing quickly enough while they were fighting in Russia. These were handmade from wool yarn.

This balaclava was crocheted from a paid pattern from Ravelry but I can definitely see writing a few balaclava patterns of my own. Such a convenient item for the little ones. I never would have expected my five year old to be this comfortable in something like this. It is usually such a struggle to get hats and scarves on him. It was super soft. I used "I Love This Yarn" from Hobby Lobby. A nice, easy care acrylic. The hook was a Clover I hook which made this work up really quickly.

The pattern works up in one piece and then you sew it on the side of the head and below the chin to form the shape. This is actually the toddler size on him.

My husband liked it so much that he asked me to make him one for when he is working in the cold this season. His will be two strands of Patons Classic Wool and a Clover J Hook.

Here are some more pics of my little guy in the balaclava!




Thursday, June 26, 2014

Trader Joe's

I have been in Texas for nearly a year and one thing has been desperately missing from my life. Trader Joe's. We have one relatively close but I have not had inclination to get over there. Then yesterday morning I decided that enough is enough and I made the voyage. Part of me was scared that it would be different here. Like Inn-N-Out. *pout*

But, I turned the corner and there it was!



 I heard heavenly music over the kids complaining. (There is a makeup store two doors down...it scared them. Ulta is never the quick trip I tell them it will be.)

I didn't get a haul picture and I really wish I had. But some of the massively exciting (for me!) parts were:


The Blueberry & Pomegranate Unsweetened Green Tea tastes refreshing and earthy. It feels so good...hydrating and energizing. So portable in the pretty green bottle. I can keep one in my bag all the time to keep me off the crack (Diet Coke and Starbucks). 

I also love the containers of fruit...peaches and nectarines...and apples...and bananas. I could go on. But I hit the veggies pretty hard, too. Huge portabello mushsrooms and asparagus. My husband was thrilled. I grabbed a head of cauliflour, sliced it thick and made two cauliflour steaks by coating them with a little coconut oil, salt and chili pepper...then I baked them along with the extra florettes that didn't make it into steak form...for about half an hour. I flipped it a few times. Really hearty. 


These Green Tea Mints are soooo yummy. I wouldn't have thought that the flavors would meld well. But, they really do. Its a nice smooth mint in a super cute little leaf shape. 


Tonight we are sauteing the asparagus and having it with their meatballs. They have two kinds...turkey and italian-style beef (and a "party style" that I have never tried. But I am curious). Both with no preservatives or artificial coloring. They cook up super fast and they can go in anything! Sandwiches, spaghetti, soups...you can eat them alone. They are delicious and have lots of protein to keep me from getting cranky.

But, I think my favorite part of the Trader Joe's experience is the flowers. They have the best flower display when you walk in and the prices are just so low...I can't say no. If $3.00 is going to keep fresh flowers on my counter for me to look at while I am doing dishes then I am a much happier girl. This time I got sunflowers. They are my husbands favorite. They really brightened him up. He came home early from work yesterday feeling sick (since Saturday). The Texas weather is crazy right now. The humidity and rainstorms...you would hardly think we were in late June and a drought. Every time we have a storm I wonder what on earth our area is doing with the rain water...how are we still in this drought? So odd!

So, I will end with this awesome picture of the Trader Joe's floral display...low prices, tin buckets and all. I love it!




P.S. I don't work for Trader Joe's...but you would think I did. I wonder if they get a good discount...now back to my yarn. 

Monday, February 3, 2014

Cowl Weather

I'm sick. :( Sore throat, cough...just a mess.

We have been stuck inside the house since the ice storm in early December. I was not made for the cold.

My little one has been full of four year old fears lately. Mostly water and darkness. Teaching him how to empower himself and that he is safe is note easy while he is down with the flu.

But I have been a little productive!! Lots of knitting and I made myself a cowl. Its black with hot pink (both I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby) and a thread of sequined metallic for fun.



Its birthmonth and I plan to fill it with fun!!



Here is Mooglys Link for the free pattern. Thanks Moogly!!!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Procrastination

Its been a good long time since I have suffered with the procrastination that I am pushing through at this moment. There are many things that cause procrastination. Perfectionism. Lack of Focus. Fear of Failure. But, for me right now it is task anxiety. I just do not feel like taking the plunge into anything new right now.

In the fall I like to settle into warm, friendly, easy  stuff. Right now my to-do is full of stressful, decision-filled tasks that I don't really have any idea how they will turn out. Intimidating for me.

I need to design two new hats and sew an apron. By tomorrow. I have pushed it off for so long that the moment is here.

So, how do we get past the urge to procrastinate?

Visualization and Discipline!

I just visualize it already done. When something diverts my attention I tell myself no...not until this is finished! And then I remember how good it feels to finish something.

So on with the yarn!! *waves hook*

PS...I am so excited. I finished painting my kitchen. It took forever to choose a green. :)