On the needles.

I was bogged down with sample knits recently. I had four right in a row and it seemed like every spare minute of knitting I had was all toward sample knits. Now that I have a couple of free minutes of knitting for myself I started a cardigan. I know it’s not the sweater I vowed to do in the resolutions post but I was cleaning out my closet and found a box full of worsted weight yarn. I forgot I even had this yarn but remember buying it from a Herrschners truck sale. It’s called Sundance Yarns Stonewash.  The yarn has a woven or chained I think it is called middle with acrylic yarn blended into the middle.

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I know I got a heck of a deal on it and it was sold per bag. I bought 2 bags or 20 skeins total of two different colors. One color was a very pretty teal and the other is a gray. The teal was definitely calling my name so I did a search of Ravelry using my yarn to find a pattern that would work for it. I ended up picking the Drops pattern 146-1 Nathalie   The original pattern called for a cotton linen blend and my yarn was a cotton acrylic blend so I knew mine wouldn’t have the drape that the original had but I was ok with that. I have been knitting on this cardigan since May 17th and I almost have it finished. I knit the XXL size for a 53.5-inch bust. Right now I am sewing in the sleeves and it will finally be done. The sewing up part is always the least fun so it takes me forever to get around to actually doing it. I am using my Knitters Pride DREAMZ needles. They are my absolute favorite knitting needles. I use circulars with every pattern I knit and I love how these needles have the size stamped on the size and that they are all different colors. I am asking for another set of these needles for my Christmas present this year.

I will post pictures when I do finally have it completely finished. Have some working pictures of it to share. The color of the yarn is so pretty. Little’s favorite thing to do was use the cardigan as a blanket and take a nap on my lap.

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New addition…

We recently went back to Michigan to help our family with my grandparent’s estate. It wasn’t as hard as the funeral but going into the house the first time was hard. Seeing everything disheveled and all of their belongings sorted into piles to keep and sell made my heart hurt. We spent most of the weekend helping with that, it was hard sweaty work, Michigan was experiencing a heat wave and it was blistering hot there. Having to work for hours in the heat was awful but with the heat comes warmer waters and so we decided to go swimming in the lake. My kids have never swum in a lake before so this was a whole new experience for them. The first day we went swimming the water was still a little too cold for comfort but the kids took to it like champs and they both loved it. A few days later when we went swimming again the water was noticeably warmer and so much nicer. I could have stayed in the water all day but that was the night before we were supposed to come back home. The trip was hard but fun, we made efforts to have it not be totally focused on the selling off of the kid’s great-grandparents stuff. We went out for ice cream almost every night and drove around and did fun things to help keep our minds off of all the sad parts.

Every time we go home we visit a local sporting goods store every Sunday. On Sundays at this particular store, they let people come and sell puppies in the parking lot. It’s always fun to snuggle a puppy for two. We always talk about buying a puppy but we already have two dogs so we usually come to our senses and leave puppy-less. That happens every time we go except for this last time…  We were just walking by this truck full of puppies and the guy happened to ask what kind they were. The man replied that they were a goldendoodle black lab mix. That, of course, got my husbands ears perked up because he has been wanting a duck dog for a long time now. We walked over and seen this big fluff of fur. He was adorable! He had long curly hair and this old man beard and I was in love with him as soon as I laid eyes on him. I asked the man selling them if I could hold that giant fluff of a dog and he scooped him out and handed him to me. I went to pet him and he sucked on my finger and it was just so cute I knew he was coming home with us. We asked the man not to sell him and ran into the store to purchase a collar and think of a name. Well, welcome Thor to the family. If you follow on Instagram you have seen lots of pictures of him lately he is too cute for words.

He handled the 12 hour trip home like a champ and has just melted seamlessly into the family. The boys love him to death and he loves them. He has a silly bark that sounds like he is underwater and he is super smart. He’s also a giant cuddle bug which I love!

M.I.A.

I’ve been gone and not posting for quite a while lately. Our family is going through the hardships of losing a loved one. I feel like this death rattled me more than the loss of my last grandparent because it was just so sudden. One minute she was fine and the next I am getting a phone call at 5am telling me she is gone. The whole thing has been a rough go for me and I am still trying to wrap my head around what makes this grandparent death so different from the others but it’s been a struggle. There is also the fact that she was my last paternal grandparent so the whole settling of her estate and having to take care of her house (which I spent heaps of my childhood at) and other things. The thought of her house, where everyone went to celebrate and have fun, might no longer be part of our family is a hard pill to swallow. Just thinking of my kids not being able to pick blackberries or apples there and not being able to go fishing, just breaks my heart. I cherish the memories of all my adventures there.  I will probably be absent for a while longer since I am going back home to help with the estate and to get things settled. It is at times like these that I hate the fact I live 12 hours for the rest of my family. I do have a lot of stuff to update and I will try to get that done. If anyone follows me on Instagram you will be able to see my latest project that I still have not posted about here. There will be more blog post, I promise. I swear I am still here and I will return.

Hopefully very soon!

Sewed a shirt for myself, finally!

I finally sewed up my Cashmerette Concord t-shirt. I used a cheap knit fabric that I bought for a couple of bucks from Wal-mart. I think I did a 22 bust graded out to a 28 waist but it been so long since I cut it out that I can’t remember and of course I didn’t write it down. I also remember making a biceps adjustment on it but it still wasn’t big enough because after I finished there was a definite pull on the fabric there. I am pretty happy with the rest of the fit so now I just need to make adjustments to my arm pattern pieces and try again. I was thinking of just cutting the arms off this practice one and sewing new ones on but haven’t decided yet. I can’t really wear it as is and I have extra fabric left over.

I need to buy a notebook to start keeping track of the sizes I cut out for different patterns. I keep saying I am going to do it but I always forget.

Here is a picture of me just finishing up. It’s a bathroom picture because it’s the only big mirror really in the house. I am also wearing my pajamas. The official outfit for sewing. The line down the front is also a washable marker. I use it to mark all my patterns.

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Spring break isn’t for the weak.

I usually like to post on Wednesdays which did not happen last week because Spring Break happened. It felt like the longest week ever because we went from nice spring weather to bitter cold so the kids couldn’t play outside at all for all the of the break. It was either raining or cold there was never a nice day, so awful. Two young boys trapped inside all day every day for a week is not ideal, let me tell ya.

I have also haven’t been working on anything for myself in the craft department because I was hired to do a sample knit. When I get hired for a sample knit I really try my hardest to get it done ASAP. Even though you usually get a month to knit up whatever you are supposed to I get twitchy if it’s not done after two weeks. So I spent all of the spring break knitting and knitting and knitting so more. It was a great little blanket that was easy to memorize so I got a lot of Netflix watching in also. I will post pictures of it as soon as I see it in the catalog or on the website. This weekend to make up for the crafting fast I am going to sew as much as I can. I am getting the strong itch to sew and I can’t wait to finish up those projects I cut out what seems like a million years ago.

Little things to keep busy.

I’ve been on a “knitting for the house” kick lately. I’ve made 3 washcloths and 3 duster covers. The washcloths are a quartet that I originally started back in 2015. I was in a big washcloth kick for a long time and then suddenly I was sick of them (we also had more washcloths than we knew what to do with). So finally I decided to do the rest of the washcloths in the set. I had tons of worsted cotton laying around that I bought a few years ago from Wal-Mart on clearance. The pattern is free if you are interested and can be found on Ravelry here.

I don’t have a picture on my computer of the first one but there is one on my Ravelry page if you want to take a look.

The duster covers are something that I’ve been interested in trying out since I first seen them. I use those store-bought dusters all the time and it would be nice to having something reusable since my kids like to “help” dust all the time and end up mangling the store bought ones. I have already used them and I really like them. They do curl around the prongs a little when you put it on and use it but I didn’t feel like that affected the way it worked at all. I used one with cleaner and one without and I think they worked just as well as those store bought dusters I have been using. It was also a great project to use up so of those half skeins of yarn of acrylic you have no clue what to do with or why you are hanging onto it. I made three so that I would hopefully always be able to find one when I needed it. This is another free pattern and can be found here.

Cloud mittens are done.

I finished them…finally! I started and finished so many little projects in the middle of knitting these it was crazy. For some reason, after the wool arrived I just didn’t have the energy to finish the project. They sat forever with only half a mitten and two thumbs that needed to be knit up on them. Of course, all my procrastination means I finally have a pair of lovely soft as a newborn kitten filled mittens with no snow or cold to actually use them. The story of my life. But hey I now have amazing cloud filled mittens for next winter. Also, I think they are super pretty and I might have enough left over roving to make myself another pair…which is exactly what I thought last time and I totally didn’t but this time will be different I am sure. Behold them in all their loveliness and ignore the mistake on the thumb, it just makes them extra unique.

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A link to the mitten pattern I used can be found here.