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Not done? What?!

I really had thought I was done with gifts and started to sit back and relax. Play with my kids a little more than I had been when I realized I hand’t finished the White Elephant gifts. Oh boy! Down to the wire and three gifts to go. Not knowing where else to turn I opened my email in hopes of a miracle and found this one. Knits by Britt popped up in one of my All Free Knitting emails with a lovely polka dot cowl and a matching hat. I set out to do the cowl in black and orange for Harley Davidson colors but spotted the Day Glow sitting here in a bag next to me, begging to be used. I didn’t want the colors to overpower the hat so I used white as the backdrop and Day Glow as the dots. I think it’s turning out just beautifully. Now if only I can concentrate enough to get through the decreasing rounds. I’ve ripped it out about 3 or 4 times now and started over. Well, I better get back to it. As my pal over at Little Tea Cup said earlier, Merry Christmas Eve Eve.

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Pretty in Polka Dots pattern by Knits by Britt

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Socks! Finally.

Ribbed socks

Liz Sedmak’s Time Traveler Socks pattern

YES! They are finally done and I can work on other things without guilt. I had hoped to get them done sooner but between the mess up with the needles, my kiddos, and my need to find something more fun to do, I was distracted. I did try to get them out today but by the time the ends were all weaved in and trimmed the post office and local Pac N Mail were closed. That’s actually okay though because I have a few other projects I’d like to mail off too. The pattern can be found on Ravelry.

Winnie the Pooh baby hat

Pattern from Sarah of Repeat Crafter Me (polar bear)

One of which is this little guy. My second cousin (if we’re counting) has had her first baby and she’s just gorgeous! Being gorgeous has nothing to do with the hat though, her room does. My cousin and her husband decorated the baby’s room in Winnie the Pooh. Just in time, Sarah over at Repeat Crafter Me posted this adorable pattern for a polar bear that I instead saw a Pooh bear in. I contacted my cousin to see if she would be interested in a swap and she jumped on the opportunity. Hopefully this won’t be the last time we see this little guy.

With the holidays right around the corner and my oldest heading across country in a couple of days we’ve been trying to get gifts for the kids now. My husband is a miner, working over time right now so finding a moment away from the kids to shop for them is difficult. My family has all sent money for my kids so I took some of it and all three to the only shopping center we have here and let them pick out some toys and stuff. While browsing in the book section I found a magazine called Love of Crochet with a pattern in it I wanted to make for my sister. It looks like a cute, quick work up that I can add to the already growing group of cozies. Pics to come. 🙂

Much love to ewe!

HoHoDooDa and a sock

I grew up in Texas in a town so small it was often joked by the locals that if you blinked while driving down the interstate, you’d have missed it. It rarely ever snowed there. Ever. One year I recall getting roller skates for Christmas. I zoomed out the door and had to grab the post just outside the front door to keep from falling on my tail. I didn’t know how to skate yet but the thrill of being able to go faster than walking felt a lot like flying. As a kid anyway. Nowadays, I imagine if I were to strap a pair of skates or roller blades to these fat feet, I’d creak and jiggle before falling on my bottom. So here’s my hippopotamus trying not to land on her bottomus.

roller skating hippo

The house is actually modeled after my childhood home.


A brief update on where I am with the socks. The circular needle I ordered hasn’t made it in yet, but I’ve been doing what I can with the set of 4 and the needle that pulled out of the cheap circulars I bought earlier. I’m at the leg part of this one already. I hope with the circular, this will be much easier to do. And faster too because this feels like it’s taking ages to do. Much love to ewe where ever you are!
The first sock still in progress

The first sock still in progress

Busy with yarn

Sorry all. No sketch tonight. I’ve been working on orders. I’m just updating on what’s been going on. I suggested a few days ago that I’d share when the HG top was done and it, mostly is. You can at least see what it’s supposed to be now. I finished the top up a couple of days ago but have been working on some last minute orders.

Still needs a back but it's looking alright.

Still needs a back but it’s looking alright.

The orders I’m working on are for some men’s socks and some baby hats. For the baby hats, I made the following.

Some baby hats I worked on 12/3

Some baby hats I worked on 12/3

Trying something a bit different with the flower.

Trying something a bit different with the flower.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the socks, I had to order some new needles to work with. I tried out the gauge on the size 1 needles and was still off, so I’m working on bamboo needles size 0. I feel like I’m going to break them! They are thin as toothpicks! Also tried out a new-to-me cast on because the pattern is toe up. With the way the circular is attached to the bamboo, I had to try this out about four times to get the stitches to slide to start. Kudos though to Judy Becker for her incredible technique. I better get back to it. Much love to ewe all!

On the Hook

A few days ago I told ya I was up to no good. Wait, no. I told you that I had some new stuff I wanted to share. Yeah, that’s it. Well, I tried out some borrowed pom pom makers and loved them. The poms came out so much better than what I make on my own with jerry-rigged stuff so I went searching and found some. I also wanted to try cotton out for some real good kitchen and bath cloths. The ones I’ve made for the sink and body really don’t work well in acrylic so I’m going cotton. First time, so I looked around for a good sale. This time of year they are said to be everywhere. I found one that had some Lion Brand Kitchen Cotton for just over a dollar each, so I bought ten. I thought it was a good little haul. Here’s a shot of some of my goodies. The pom makers are Knitter’s Pride in four sizes. I also have some Knitter’s Pride interchangeable circular needles that I love. If you haven’t tried out the brand, give them a try.

This is going to be fun!

This is going to be fun!

Starting up a business is not easy, but making clothing accessories and not having models that are willing to have their photos taken or are too wiggly to get in a good shot makes for displaying the product a bit difficult. So, I looked into getting some new models. Sally’s Beauty Supply has reasonable prices and locally, for me, is the only way to go. I stopped in a couple of days ago and picked up a Styrofoam head. When I got it home and measured it, my guess on it being more of a child size was pretty much dead on. It looked pretty small to me. I showed it to my husband when he got home because I was pretty excited at buying my first model but also told him how they had heads with hair too. He said I could go back and get one since they were about half price. When we returned (took the munchkins with me) they had two on the shelf. This gal here and one like her but with worn eyes. (Meaning they looked faded.) Needing names, as all things do, I’m naming the Styrofoam one Pearl and the other head has a name on her suggesting Miss Jenny.

My new model heads

My new model heads

Pretty cool, right? The shot is terrible because it’s already night here, but you get the idea.

What’s on the hook? Well, I have a couple more farm animals I wanted to make for my son’s birthday tomorrow, but I’m also working on some pillows for a pal in Florida, yeah, same one, and I have an order for a pair of men’s socks. The socks are on hold because my largest set of double pointed needles are size 2. The pattern I’m working for has a gauge that my needles won’t match and I needed smaller anyway. I got on Etsy last night and found some bamboo needles for a great price and hope that they’ll be here by mid week. I’ll share a pic when they get in. I’m making up the pillows as I go, and all three are of different subjects, but here is the first one I’m working on. Recognize it? No spoilers, please. I haven’t read the books nor seen the movies yet.

The start of a project

The start of a project

Hope all is well with ewe. Till next time.

Whew! Glad that’s over!

All tuckered out from this nasty little bug.

All tuckered out from this nasty little bug.

After the past few days of whining, tiredness, whining, body aches, whining, headaches, and vomiting, we are back to the usual grumpiness and whining. Hmm. So, my sweet little angel was so wore out yesterday, he slept most of it off. He woke again around 4 AM with a fever but had a pretty good day today. I’m really glad that he did because tomorrow is his second birthday. I ordered what I thought would be this great cake for the family gathering that was supposed to feed 20 people, but it came back large enough for our family of 5. Well, we (being my husband) left it on the kitchen table and my little monkey feeling all better, climbed up on the table and started to dig in. I caught him and moved it to the stove top. He scooted a chair over to the stove and started to get into it again but I caught him before he got to it this time. (I wish I had my camera ready for that one. Hehe!) So, I had to tell Daddy to move it someplace else. Here’s a picture of the cake in all it’s glory before the monkey got to it.

HUGE cake to feed 20!

HUGE cake to feed 20! 
 
 


I made a couple of barnyard friends for Joe’s birthday tomorrow. I wanted the toys to be a farm theme this year since he’s showing more interest in the farm play and animals. I’ve already bought him a cow with a blanket and his sister got a pig with a blanket. Both sets needed stitching up when I bought them so the kids are already playing and sleeping with them. Dad’s out getting more items for Christmas and birthday that are not farm themed, so we’ll see how tomorrow will go. I’m starting to think that my fuzzy critters here just lost value. 😦
Footless barn animals for Joe.

Footless barn animals for Joe.

The critters are from patterns made by Sarah Horrocks. Mine are legless because we assume they will become puffy throwing objects in no time, so why would they need feet?

Woo Hoo! COLOR

What do you think it could be?

What do you think it could be?

I mentioned yesterday of wanting to add some color here but I didn’t really mean the yarn. My husband is very supportive of my creative attempts at making money for the family. He picked up some yarn for me yesterday, and today, but the yarn he brought back yesterday was colorful. There are three different colors and all are very vivid. We looked at them and tried to come up with something to make with them that people may like enough to want. I haven’t had many sales yet, so I don’t know if I’m so great at this part, but I had an idea and got started. The lighting isn’t great, so I had to adjust the contrast and stuff to help, but if you want to look it up it’s called Mexicana by Red Heart Yarn.