Some odd weeks ago, I was texting my good friend Nikki who now lives in Washington and I showed her a blanket pattern I was considering making. She commented that she loved it and the next thing I knew, I was crocheting it for her without telling her. It was a baby blanket pattern that I worked to a larger size, and it was so easy to make once I found a video explaining the instructions a bit better. I didn’t get any good photos of it really as I worked on it, but I do have this close up of it that shows the colors really well. I worked it up in Red Heart Super Saver yarns in Black, and Blacklight, and I used one entire Jumbo skein of black plus 3 regular sized skeins of Blacklight. The colors in Blacklight are truly neon and super bright.   Nikki shared this photo she took of the blanket after she received it (which is another story!) and posted it to Facebook where it got lots of compliments, which made me super happy! One of the points was a little odd center due to me not properly counting my stitches atRead the rest…

I finally finished my knit blanket yesterday that I started in January. It took forever, mostly because I put it away and ignored i for weeks at a time, but it’s finally finished now and I’m glad. Its not as flashy and colorful as my crocheted blanket but its super warm, cozy, and very plush, and it’s going to be great in winter. I just wish now I had made it a little wider as its really only twin sized.   The brown bits in the teal yarn pooled in interesting ways and the places were it didn’t pool at all are neat too due to the garter stitch. The whole thing turned out well and I feel good for having completed such a large and time consuming project- I especially feel good because I finished it! Mattie was teasing me the other day about starting and not finishing things, which was what got me motivated to complete my two blankets quickly. Yesterday I also started a small snuggle blanket for Jami’s daughter and finished it this morning. I’ll be meeting her today to get some other yarn and make up one for her little boy as well in differentRead the rest…

I’ve been trying to dedicate an hour a day to crafting the last few days and I feel like I am making progress. It should be easy to do something I love but sometimes it feels like work, you know? Anyway, in the last few days, I’ve completed several new quilt squares towards my quilt I may or may not ever finish, made some bracelets, crocheted a scarf, and added a bunch of new items to my shop. Not all of the items I added to the shop were created by me- there are two pairs of earrings that were created by another artist, and some yarn I won’t be using and would like to sell. I’m hoping to add more crafting supplies as time goes on and start to clear out my stash- as of right now I’ve got sewing patterns, some yarns, and some fabrics I’m not going to use any time soon. I figure if its been in my stash for years and its still untouched, I probably don’t need it. So, click on through to my shop, look around, and find something that strikes your fancy! I’ve got a big variety of products to chose from!Read the rest…

Butterick 5169 View B is the long sleeved top at left. I had tried to sew this pattern once years ago and having no idea how so sew, or how to follow directions, it was a complete and total failure. I can’t remember what happened to the top in question- I probably threw it out and said good riddance. I do remember there were horribly placed button holes that ruined it completely. Anyway, in my attempt to clean up and use up some fabrics, I realized a girl can never have too many tops and started going through my shirt patterns. I came across this one and figured why not? It’s been years since I tried it and I actually kind of know how to sew now. I checked the fabric requirement, saw it was a small 2 yards, and selected a 2 yard cut of charcoal Kona cotton from the pile on my beading table. One less cut of fabric to put away, right? The top is someone fitted, with a lot of darts (6 I think it was), and buttons down the front. I have button holes, but figured there are only four so why not give itRead the rest…