Crafting Lately

I have a lot of complaints with winter, but looking on the bright side, it’s a great time for crafting.  I’ve been bitten by the craft bug lately, and working on all kinds of projects here and there when I get a chance.  (Speaking of which — Happy MLK Jr Day!  I get the day off and it’s a snow day make-up day for my son’s school, so I have a free crafting day at home!)

KnittingParaphernalia socks.  I love this pattern, I love the gentle color changes of the yarn, and I love wearing handknit wool socks when it’s freezing outside.  I haven’t knit socks in years, but these socks + Friends on Netflix = my happy place.

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Sewing – I joined the Scrappy Log Cabin quilt-along on Instagram (#scrappylogcabinqal)and stole a bunch of fabric scraps from my sister.  I’m loving the colors and I’m really excited about all the different layout options with this quilt block pattern.  My goal is to make one square each weekend day, although I can actually make them faster in batches, so I am probably going to shot for 4 blocks every two weeks.  I’d love to have it ready to send out for quilting by my birthday in March, but that might be a little ambitious.

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Scrapbooking – I finished my 2014 Project Life album, except for a few photos I need to get from other people, and a page to remember my grandpa, who passed away on Thanksgiving Day.

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Do your hobbies change based on the season?  

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In all of my free time… (ha!)

… I’ve been doing a little crafting! Yes, that exclamation point is totally justified (even though I am a serial over-exclamation-er, I admit.)

I love to knit, stitch, and sew, and I think I’m actually pretty good at it, but I almost never make the time to do it these days. Back in my pre-kid days, I was churning out hand-knit socks, baby quilts for all my friends’ kids, even sweaters! (At one point my husband claimed I “owed” him a birthday sweater every year.  Do you know how long it takes to knit a man-sized sweater?! He wisely hasn’t mentioned that lately!)

Anyway, all of that just gives you a little background about me since you probably weren’t reading my blog back in the dark ages when this was almost exclusively a knitting blog.

I am working on two projects that I hope to finish by Christmas. One is a cross-stitch piece that I’m going to give as a gift, so I’ll just give a little sneak-peek here.

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My other project is a knitted Christmas stocking for baby Sam, to match the ones I made a few years ago for my husband, Josiah & I. I know it will look really great when it’s done, but now I’m wishing I hadn’t been quite so ambitious back in the day — this thing is HUGE and the knitting is fairly complicated.

Pattern: Ancestral Christmas Stocking from Mason-Dixon Knitting

Pattern: Ancestral Christmas Stocking from Mason-Dixon Knitting

I conquered the intarsia section during a long car trip a few weeks ago, and now I just have the stranded section to deal with. The rest is easy.  The only question is what pattern I should put in the intarsia section.  I only followed the snowflake pattern on the first one I knit, and I invented new patterns for the other two.

Snowflakes & Christmas trees!  This one is Josiah's, I think.

Snowflakes & Christmas trees! This one is Josiah’s, I think.  

So what do you think?  Should I come up with a fun pattern, or should I just make life a little easier and follow the snowflake pattern as written?

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Baby crafting!

Now that we know we’re having a boy, it’s time to start working on a few crafty things for him! Inspired by a very early baby gift from my friend Kelli, I’m going with a farm theme for the baby quilt.

I’m not really sure when I’ll have time to make it, but the fabric is super cute!

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Winter stitching

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Cross stitch is pretty great, except when the threads are tangled or knotted, or you’re trying to figure out exactly where to start the next stitch. Details, details!

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Stitching

What is it about winter that makes me want to knit, sew, and stitch?  I don’t know about you, but I experience a serious craving for crafty projects in January.  Usually these end up being Christmas decorations or presents.  It’s not that I’m SO organized to be planning things 12 months ahead, it’s just that I so much prefer to knit or stitch without a deadline.  And since I already have more hats and scarves than any one person really needs, I usually stash away completed projects for future gifting opportunities.

I haven’t been embroidering long, but I really enjoy it.  I’ve pretty much taught myself from the excellent instructions included in the embroidery kits from Rosy Little Things.  (If you want to try it, I’d recommend a kit with a pre-printed pattern.  I absolutely hate trying to transfer a pattern onto a piece of fabric or felt.)

My latest stitching endeavor has been some felt Christmas ornaments.  What do you think?

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Remember that little knitting post that snuck onto the blog last week?  Well, apparently I am on a crafting roll.

Now if I could just stop screwing up the lace pattern on that dang shawl!

Pattern available here.  I know, I know – you probably have a million little purse patterns.  But this one is really well written and has tons of pictures to explain everything.  It’s worth it.

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Resolutions 2012: Create stuff

All things in this picture were made by me!

So, if you ever read this blog before my baby-induced hiatus, you might already know… I kinda like to make stuff.  Peruse my archives, you’ll find 6 1/2 years of knitting content.  That is some hard-core, committed craftiness.  But ever since I’ve had Baby J in my life, I’ve been a bit busier.  Which is totally to be expected, I’m sure, but I miss it.

This resolution is to create something at least once a week. Knitting, sewing, major cooking/baking project, gardening, setting up my worm farm* — I say anything goes as long as I’m creating something with my hands, it counts.  Of course, this includes the sew-along that I’m undertaking along with Africankelli, Finny Knits, Sue Walsh, and many others!  (Click here for more info about how to join us… there are prizes!)

In a way, this isn’t really a resolution.  I love making stuff.  It’s not a challenge in itself – it’s a challenge to make the time.  I also need to plan ahead a little bit to make sure I have all the supplies I need so I don’t have that frustration when I actually have the time to do something.

*  Worm farm, eh?  Yes, it was my Christmas gift from my husband.  You have to know a girl pretty well to buy her a worm farm for Christmas, but for me it’s perfect.  I’ve been calling around to local bait shops trying to track down a 1/2 pound of red wigglers to get my vermicomposting operation started.

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Quilts!

Josiah has received so many gorgeous quilts, I just had to write a
blog post to show them off.



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It doesn’t show up very well in the picture, but this one has really beautiful machine-quilting.  The non-picture squares have pictures quilted onto them that match the theme of the quilt – trains, motorcycles, etc.



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Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see?  My Aunt Bev made this one.  I love the colors.



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My friend Tiffany made this one.  I believe it’s Heather Ross fabrics – it reminds me of the little rhyme, “snips and snails and puppy dog tails, that’s what little boys are made of.”



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Here’s the quilt I made for him.  It’s from a Moda (I think?) Happy Campers jelly roll.  We’re using this for a backdrop for a photo shoot for each month – I think the squares will really show off how much he’s grown!



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Last but not least, here is the embroidered wall hanging my mom made for Josiah’s room.  Cute, huh?

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Crafty Kitchen Remodel?



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And I do mean crafty in both senses of the word!

Some people in my house are beginning to suspect the kitchen layout design was really just a ruse to acquire an extra-large space for basting quilts. I choose to exercise my right to remain silent when such accusations are made.

Regardless, I am making excellent progress on the quilt for baby Kerner. I’ve got the quilt top and back basted together by hand and I may even start quilting tonight. (That depends on how long I procrastinate taking the dog to get her nails trimmed. We shall see.)

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Baby-tested, baby-approved.



Olyvia’s Quilt – before & after

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Momma reports that one-month-old Olyvia likes her quilt.

I hope this photo is not a sign of things to come (as far as sticking out her tongue for pictures)!

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