Tuesday, December 29, 2009


I was gifted this amazing alpaca fleece! I can't even stand how soft it is and how amazing the colors are. Now, I don't know anything about carding, drafting, spinning, etc. to go from fleece to yarn. I only know those words from watching a few You Tube videos. I can't wait to figure it all out! (FYI: I'm looking for some cotton hand carders to borrow or buy used if you know of any laying around)

This book was part of my Christmas present from my husband (sometimes he does listen :) ). Can't wait to dive in. Read it once already, have shopping list on iphone, projects multiplying in head.

Here is where the patience comes in. I have a long laundry list of started projects to finish. Started loosely defined here. So, the goal is to spend January finishing these projects so I can start these new fabulous ones without old projects hanging over my head.

Here is the list ( I need to write it down now, because the longer I think about it, the longer it gets!)

- A 'silky' for my friend's son (cut out, seem to be missing a piece, must dig deeper)
- 'Little Bo Peep' skirt for me from 'Seams to Me' (have fabric)
- Knit socks (one sock on needles 1/3 finished)
- Double knit hat for mom (see previous post for this sad tale)
- Knit Sweater (the one new project as it is a 'how to knit a sweater class' I received for Christmas and starts next week!)
- Hot Pads (just the idea, mine are gross and not cute, must change that)
- Crazy quilt (half way pieced, started when I didn't have any on going projects and wanted to use up scraps- when does that ever happen - guess it did)
- Pajamas for me (have fabric, no pattern)
- Mending basket (will it ever be empty?)

There you have it, in print and on the internet, that's a good start I hope! Here's to clearing out the old as we approach the new year!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Crafty mom

Look at this super easy (toddler friendly) Christmas tree decoration. Make them now and have them tucked away for next year.

-1 yard each color of star used (5 colors will make enough for one tree)
-1 yard batting each color used
-star stencils (cookie cutters work great).
-matching thread

Draw stars on 1/2 yard of felt with erasable fabric pen, spaced atleast 2" apart.

Layer the materials. Felt, batting, felt with stars drawn.

Sew with a small stitch width along the star outlines through all layers.

Cut out the stars from the felt. Being careful to not cut the batting.

Pull batting apart in between the stars.

Hang on tree. The batting sticks to the needles so no hangers are needed.

Thanks for the tutorial mom!

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Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

Hope your day was filled with suprise, wonder and a cozy spot to relax.

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve

Nothing better than family Christmas eve crafting!

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Sewing with mom

I'm home for christmas. Which means sewing with mom. The supreme sewing goddess!

I brought two of my favorite sweaters that had been attacked by moths with me. We created two of these 'scarflets' for Christmas gifts.

Being allergic to wool, my model was a little hesitant. Thanks mom!

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Good things to come in 2010

Look at this amazing bag of stamps!

My husband collected them when he was a child (how cute and nerdy is that!). His mother is visiting and brought them.

I have soooooo many ideas already. Can you think of possible uses?

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Toddler Christmas

It's much more fun to craft together, so when Wendy asked to make rocket ships I jumped at the chance. I even had time to finish a new 'silky' for keenans stocking too.

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Double Knit Update

oh it's bad, very very bad. Three inches and hours into the hat. I decided to try a little color work, although I don't know how to do color work (you can see it coming can't you). It did not turn out that well, so I decided to undo it (this is where is goes very very wrong). Came off the needles, couldn't get it back on and finally I un-did every last stitch. I almost cried!

I'm waiting a couple of days to try again (maybe this time with a pattern and some instruction) just need a few days to regain my wits.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Winter freeze

-6 in Denver this morning. Amazing how beautiful something so miserable can be.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Double knit here I come!

Someone ( they occasionally read this blog) I love is in desperate need of a new hat. Being allergic to wool, I found some silk/bamboo yarn. The problem arose of how to make it warm. So I jumped onto ravelry.com, knittinghelp.com and YouTube. Seems like double knit is the answer, so here we go. I'll keep you posted.

Trying out posting from my phone. Let me know how you think it's working.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

camping christmas

A picture snapped just before the snow hit! We now have 3" on the ground, hello December!

This pup tent (ala 'Weekend Sewing') is for my oldest nephew. I think that opening, basically a big piece of fabric, would be kind of disappointing for a six year old, so I decided to include a photo of us trying it out.

I thread sketched the spider web and spider with my sewing machine (ala: http://clutterpunk.blogspot.com/2009/10/thread-sketching-on-fabric-techniques.html). Easy project which I know will be used.