Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Life & Little Things...Spring has Sprung

The weather has sloooooowly been warming up FINALLY! 
Things are turning green and sprouting up all around the garden and this little baby came for a visit and let me hang out right next to her like it was just no biggie lol


I've been on a major shawl kick. I can't seem to stop casting on all of the shawls/wraps...light fingering weight yarns that will still add warm in the winter but are also airy enough for chilly spring and summer evenings...


Eric's Uncle who is an amazing wood worker/turner created this GORGEOUS yarn bowl for me and I just can't get enough of it. It's the perfect companion to pop my working yarn into in the evenings and just sit and get a few rows in while we watch tv...


My Zorzal Shawl by Maliha Designs is complete and blocked and I've been enjoying it so much! 


I used Malabrigo and let me tell ya, it was so soft and squishy and nice to work with. It's definitely at the top of my list of go to yarns...



I cast on and finished the Spindrift Shawl by Helen Stewart...


it felt good to stash dive and get to use this Lichen & Lace beauty and the pattern has some wonderful  eyelets and easy lace work it just went beautifully with these colors and is the perfect shawl to grab and go





 





and now I'm working on the Hogwarts Express shawl using Fiber for the People hand dyed yarn in Attic Treasures. I've had this saved in my stash for a few months and when I saw this pattern by Susan Ashcroft I immediately knew I wanted to use this yarn. 


It's living in my Luna Pie Designs project bag and guys, I LOVE this bag so much!! The size, the fabric and the open "mouth" design of it...it's perfection!





This pattern can be found on Ravelry, I snagged this image from the patter page to show you WHY I chose this pattern...OWLS!!!! seriously!!!! I cannot wait to get to the cables and watch the owls appear! I still have some time until I get to the cables but I'm excited and still deciding on the beads to use for the eyes...

photo cred: Hogwarts Express Pattern page on Ravelry

I always try to keep a pair of socks on the needles and I'm almost finished with another pair of socks so this sock blank by Amy from Stranded Dye Works just arrived a couple of weeks ago and I cannot wait to see how they knit up. It's going to be like color magic surprise lol! 



The school year is winding down! So I've been busy with school programs and projects and such like the little nuggets Monster Musical...


and the almost teenager (OMG!) has his living museum and then also received the Student of the Month award at school...So proud of these two for having such an awesome school year!




favorite character day: Harry Potter of course! lol


Student of the Month Medal ceremony!



Are you feeling the Spring weather where you live? What outdoor activities do you enjoy the most? 

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I'd love to see what you are up to!






Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Life & Little Things...ready for Spring

As much as I love boots and snow and wearing warm, knitty things, I'm kinda pretty much over Winter at this point.  I'm ready for Spring! I wanna get outside and play in the yard and plant veggies and flowers and lounge around in the hammock...


in the mean time I'm enjoying studio time with new gemstones and components that have been trickling in...



and keeping my sock mojo going with fun squishy yarns...



I've got two different shawls on the needles at the moment. I'm definitely not a monogamous knitter lol! I have #WIPS stashed everywhere and I tend to grab whatever catches my eye or mood at that moment...



My #fibershare buddy Carol sent me the most amazing giant box of fiber goodness which included 2 skeins of this squishy 100% wool Noro yarn...



I had the #Zorzalshawl saved in my #ravelry cue and decided with spring on the way its the perfect time to start it because it's a nice fingering weight shawl. So I ordered these two beauties to use...



I whipped up this precious little pink baby beanie for my niece who has a little one on the way set to arrive very soon! 




Other daily life did bits:

I'm obsessed with my llama mug from Anthropologie


The hubby has been working on some really cool new things. Swing over to his instagram to take a look! Right now he's finishing up customizing some new gun grips and a custom order for a very large and gorgeous Celtic cross... 



and this past weekend it was that time of year again where all us kids (and most of the grandkids) gather at my parents and whip up Cassateddi which are a traditional pastry type "cookie" but not really a cookie lol! I'm not totally sure how to describe them besides filled with goodness and deep-fried and rolled into a sugary cinnamon dumpling of diabetes lol! 







yup, we are starting to get antsy and ready for it to feel like Spring around here. 


Whats the weather like where you live? 

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 23, 2018

Life & Little Things...Year of Socks

I promise I'll have some jewelry content to blog about soon but the past few weeks in the studio seem to have revolved around knitting...Probably because we have a fireplace in the studio and its been so cold and my wall of yarn has been calling to me loudly lol! Cozy! Also because I've been obsessed with sock knitting. I'm declaring 2018 the year of socks! 


I figure if I keep at least 2 pairs of socks on the needles at all times I can rotate what I feel like working on and still get other projects complete along with at least 1-2 new pairs of socks per month... 



And even though I have 2 cardigans I'm working on I'm seriously itching to get this Wool and the Gang tunic sweater cast on lol! I have major castonitis...I've been casting on ALL OF THE THINGS! lol 



I thought I was getting ahead of myself and going to overwhelm myself but plain vanilla socks in fun colors and stripes are mindless, autopilot knits perfect for when watching TV or when the youngest is reading out loud to me for his reading logs or when I'm catching up on podcasts...



above is a Fiber for the People- Light Through the Trees dyed yarn with a Jade mini for the heels, toes and cuffs. I've already finished this one and am about to turn the heel on the second one so I'll have those done this week and on my feet! :) and below I have a Knitpicks Hawthorne handpainted yarn called Woodstock...not the greatest pic the colors are more vibrant and that its showing up but scroll up and you'll see a better pic of the colors in the first pic. I LOVE LOVE LOVE both of these yarns. They feel terrific and have knitted up quickly. I've got the heel already turned on the second sock and am halfway up the leg (Knitting them toe up) so that will be yet another pair that are hopefully on my feet this week. That'll put my sock count at 4 pairs of socks so far for 2018. I'm pretty proud of that!! lol!


Between Valentines day and 100th day of school day the littlest guy has been having fun working on school projects with me :) This is him presenting his 100th day of 2nd grade 100 pom pom t shirt he designed :) 



oh yea and did I mention I decided to participate in some #KALS (knit alongs) Fiber for the People is doing a year of hats KAL and I've completed 1 for January, 2 for February and this one I started won't count for anything but its a gift knit so it still makes me happy lol! Plus hats knit up lickety split anyways :) 




So as I mentioned, I am finishing up some jewelry pieces to add to the shop and blog but sometimes I just gotta follow my muse and whats inspiring me and lately my yarn stash has really been making me happy. As long as I'm making, creating and keeping my brain and hands busy I'm a happy maker. 
What makes your brain and muse happy these days? post a link to your blog or instagram or fb or whatever it may be so I can see what you're working on. I always love seeing what everyone is working on :)


Friday, February 02, 2018

Life & Little Things...Knitty Things




I've got new stitch markers/Progress keepers up in the shop. I actually put them up last week but because I've been such a blog slacker lol ...I've got more on the way! They're really fun and I've even made myself several to attach to my projects and project bags. 


These two sets both include one of my lampwork glass bead focals but still small and light enough that its not too heavy even for fingering weight projects...



Sooooooo...Here's the thing, I can't seem to stop casting on socks...or buying yarn...


This skein was called  Ravenclaw, so duh! obviously I had to have it...



Not entirely sure how I feel about the contrasting heel on these but we shall see. I almost wish I would have gone with a darker color...



This pair is knitting up quickly. The colors are soooooo yummy and the yarn feels soft but rustic and sturdy so I'm hoping they wear well





aaaaaaaand well because it's been a while...like a long many years, I decided it was time to cast on a new sweater. A cardigan actually. Actually I have another one I started before Christmas that I'm still working on and it's coming along pretty good. I think I have like 2 more balls of yearn to go through before I can bind off on that one and seam it where it needs it. THIS one is a mix of texture and pattern and I think it might take me a little while lol! But it'll be so pretty and totally my style and worth it once I'm finished. PLUS this yarn tho! holy moly it's so pretty and nice to knit with!



Socks! 2 pairs to be exact about 3 maybe 4 more on the needles lol! If you've followed my blog over the years you might remember seeing me talk about wanting to sock knit. I think I added it to my goals each year at the New Year. I would say it,  pick it up with DPN's and then give up before I even had anything resembling any type of sock. I just can't seem to handle DPN's. So thanks to Lorelei Eurto  and Youtube and Magic Loop method it finally clicked and made sense to me and now I can't stop knitting socks lol



I really had fun with these stripy colored socks. I'm not sure what happened from the first sock to the 2nd one but I got totally different striping (more like pooling) on the leg of the 2nd one but they're just socks and they're for me and I still love them and the colors and had so much fun with this Madeline Tosh yarn so I don't care :)




I also signed up for Fiber Share which I'm really excited about! I've done plenty of bead swaps so I figured a knitty, fiber swap has to be just as fun! I'll blog more about that next time and introduce my fiber share besties :)



Its still cold, snowy and did I mention COLD here in Michigan so I'm perfectly happy cozying up with my coffee and knitting and getting as much work from home time in as I can.




Today I got to hang up my fabulous new sign my hubby burned for me! I was super excited about that! He does AMAZING work! If you are curious about wood burning (pyrography) be sure to check out his instagram @elouis78 


Thanks for stopping by! Drop a comment below and let me know what crafty endeavors you're working on!