Monday, June 11, 2018

There are no dorks here!

Like I said in my last post, I am working on cleaning my craft room.  I would love to be able to really move around in there and have my desk space back!  I am almost done.  I got the desk wiped down at least now....  It is really sad, there are some basics that I really miss about having a normal room.  Don't get me wrong, I love my craft room, it is just that it is hard to work around not having vertical space to use for my storage solutions.

I have an idea of where I want to go with my space once I have worked my stash down.  I just will have to go through some growing pains until I get my stash worked that far down...  I am just glad to be able to work in there again right now!  I am taking the victory!

While I was organizing the top of my "personal use" yarn space, I found three random balls of bulky yarn.  I have no idea where the blue one came from.  The pink was actually a ball I had gotten my grandmother when she said she wanted to try and crochet again.  The purple has been hanging around for about 10 years now.  I had some turquoise that I bought at the same time but that has all been used for different projects.

Of course, I am a dork...I couldn't just have random balls hanging around... So I brought them down to the study and found patterns for them!  I am sure that is what any rational adult would do...  Right?  No, just me then...

First I found, Rainbow Twist by Thao Nguyen.  This was an interesting scarf to knit.  It went super fast, but the addition of the large scale cable was a lot of fun!  The first twist gave me fits because I was so sleepy- I was knitting to stay awake at that point Monday night- I wasn't paying attention to where my working yarn was laying.  Once I got a good night sleep though, the next two cable pattern rows were a breeze.  If you are looking for a simple gift, accessory or have a random ball of super bulk yarn...  Make this scarf!  I used Wool-Ease Thick and Quick in Blossom.

Second I found She's a Betty Bonnet by Gretchen Tracy.  Holy Mackerel!  I am in love with this pattern!  I love the texture of this pattern.  I really wish that the pictures of my hat showed off the texture or the yarn showed off the texture.  When I started, it didn't look that bad, but by the time I was decreasing the crown, I realized that the texture popped on the back but not the front.  That is okay, I will remake the hat I am sure!  This hat was knit in Premier Serenity Chunky in Stormy.  I got Nilla Wafer to stop for 5 seconds to show off the split neck detail.

I know many of you guys don't know me at all, I also haven't been blogging for years, so you would have never had a chance to learn this Carrie fact...  I adore split neck hats!  I really wish there were more designs out there for these!  The bun hats took over the last two winters, but I will be honest, the split neck is better!  You can wear a low pony tail, scarf and collar at the same time you head stays warm and dry!  There isn't bulk on this style of hat, no fixing your hair to wear this style hat and it stays put on your head!  I know, I am still a dork...  This isn't helping my bid out of dorkdom...  I have made a few over the years, but She's a Betty and Lomond Hat by Littletheorem may be my favorites!  Go get some bulky yarn and needles!  RUN!  KNIT!

So for the third yarn I went with Zombie Killer Slouch by Luciana Young.  The name was eye catching enough!  I couldn't resist this hat after that!  My biggest issue with this hat is that this style doesn't look great on me.  I think I have made one that looked okay on me...years ago...super thin yarn... extra long slouch...AKA, too much work!  This hat however was simple, fun and easy.  It was great for a lone ball and not wanting to over think while working!  This took no time to work up!  I am sure I can find it a good home!


I then took the pink left overs and made a heart applique...  I have no idea what I am going to do with that!  It will hang out until I have a use for it.  <shrug>  Who knows, I might just throw it on a blanket or hat down the road.  I don't make a whole lot of yarn embellishments normally, but I like having them to use when I want one.  It is one of those odd things, you just don't think to make them until you need them normally-well, me at least...

I still had some scraps of all three left over.  Guess who has two thumbs and started another scrapghan!?  Yep, this time a C2C blanket.  It will take me years to finish this blanket!  I haven't worked that much with bulky yarns for the last year or two or 5...  But, I have no random bits going back into the craftroom! I actually pulled 4 random bits balls and added them to this blanket!

One of the things I have been working on is using my scraps as I go.  I know you have seen my hexies and the gray/blue blocks, but it has gone deeper than that.  The Dr. Who Scarf was mostly made from the Harry Potter scraps.  A lot of the donation hats from Lent were made with scraps that were going to just clutter up or were already cluttering up my craft space.  It is perfectly good yarn that I love to work with, but because it isn't a whole ball, I don't think to go and work with it!  Until I have my yarn stash more under control, I won't see these balls in my room.  So, I am trying to work through them now while I see them!

I had this post mostly ready to go up Friday, but I couldn't find time to finish...  In my pictures of my mostly sorted craftroom, you will notice a blue bin on the top of the big yarn wall.  The one on the left hand side...  Yeah, so I didn't go through it while cleaning.  I thought it just had my leftover cakes from a crocheted cocoon sweater, some old straight knitting needles, bits and bobs that were yarn related but not sorted...  NAH!  I found a whole group of Vanna's Choice (stray balls are in the blue bin on the right) including GRAY, 1.5 balls of GRAY!  I was over the moon!  I can go back to my 12 inch granny square blanket!

I also found 2 more balls of Bernat Softee Chunky (vintage) that will become a crochet cable "book bag", another ancient WIP- lace fingerless gloves and some bits that have homes!  So even as I am posting this post, my craftroom is already changing for the cleaner!

I have some plans for the extra large One Pound skeins, so as those get used, I will pull another extra large bin in and sort my large group things into that on top and use my cubbies for smaller quantities and some of my paper supplies that need help in staying organized (boxes only go so far...).

On to paper crafting.  I had to move my paper crafting back upstairs (that is what is on my desk under the window) because Nilla Wafer is older and wants to play with Grandma's stuff A LOT more!  Tater Tot likes to watch, Nilla Wafer wants to take supplies and do her own thing...  So, not a lot got done aside from moving things up to my craftroom.

I did get my second page mostly done for my first scrapbook ever...  I am having a problem making the second page's pictures pop and lift off the page more.  I wish the picture did them more justice, but I haven't stuck them down yet.  I have embellishments planned, but I need to get the pictures fixed.  I am in search through my stash of a navy blue floral...  That should get finished tonight though.  Then onto scrapping our morning at the Jean-Talon Market.  I already have produce papers pulled for those!

Last week was super productive and some how I did manage to actually make things to show you!  This week is packed full already.  I don't know how much time I will end up having, but I am excited to see!

Take care you guys!




Monday, June 4, 2018

PHEW!

So, for the last week, I have spent every free moment trying to get my craftroom cleaned.  It has been destroyed over the last few months of not working in there.  Tater Tot has been here 4-5 days a week and I can't just leave him downstairs on his own, so I have been working down stairs.  For the Summer Tater Tot and his big sister, Nilla Wafer, will only be here two days a week.  This will buy me the ability to work upstairs again, but I still won't get too much done during the week with paper. 

I won't take pictures until I am ready to move my stuff back up from the card project.  Just know that there are a lot of pictures of my craft room coming later this month.  It doesn't look that different, but it is at least CLEAN.  Guys, let's be real, there has been so much on the floor it had been months since I could vacuum in there.  I am also trying to get the desk cleared enough to sew on the near side desk.  Pray for me please!

I am not sure what I showed you in my last update of "The Great Craftdown of 2018", but I have started a new Summer shawl in Paton's Venus.  I can't wait to start wearing this shawl to cover my shoulders at mass!  It has some AMAZING drape!  I am not really using a pattern for this, it is a basic bias knit pattern.  I am a little over half way done at this point. 

I am very broad (yes, fat as well) so I am enjoying the fact that this might actually work as a full on wrap for me!  I am easily excited...I know!  I know I will need it about 5.5 feet if not a bit bigger.  For me with pashminas/stoles, the larger the better.  I really like to be able to throw the end over my shoulder and keep it out of my way.

I did finish my Caron Cake "over an hour" shawl/scarf.  I might come back to this pattern with leftover Venus.  I think the step pattern would be very pretty and effective with the drape of the Venus!  Curzon decided that he needed to be a part of this moment.  I really like the pattern especially for a one skein pattern.  My leftover ball was smaller than a bouncy ball.  I just kept  going until I was out of yarn.

I haven't given anyone an update on my bias baby blanket (AKA the travel project) in a long while.  I told you guys that it takes me forever on those projects.  I only work on them when I am in car or waiting in an office or something.  Just as a reminder, this is being worked with a Lion Brand One Pound in Pastel Green.  I am just glad to be working through some of those larger balls from the top of the cubes.  Those are all over the place.  I swear they are multiplying in my craftroom.  Every so often I walk in and find an new ball has shown up...

It is about 1.5 feet up the side now.  I am going to take it to between 35 and 40 inches before I start working my way back down.  So I have a VERY long way to go before I can even get excited about finishing this blanket.

Oh guys!  So I haven't really mentioned it here as of yet, but I have been playing around with the idea of scrapbooking.  I have enough paper to be getting on with!  Let's be real!  I am taking the plunge.  I am going to try both pocket journaling and old school 12x12 scrapbooking.  I want to do pocket journaling for my craft things and standard fancy pants scrapbooking for our "real life".


I am starting the fancy pants journaling with our trip to Montreal a few years ago.  Page one is actually done.  Page two is giving me fits.  I want it to be a two page layout called "Saturday in the Park".  The second picture is just where I was playing with things on the page...  That isn't anywhere near done at this point nothing is stuck down.  I really like where I have the coordinating washi tape, but I can't seem to figure out the mats or the arrangement... 

I spent a sick day last week chopping some card down for pocket cards.  I don't have any pictures, but I got some 3x4s and 4x6s cut up and ready for journaling my crafts tangibly and keeping pattern notes as I go.  It will be different than my blog and have more personal information about the year of crafting.  I am pretty excited.  It will help me to use more and more of my supplies!

I hope that you guys had a great weekend!  I look forward to getting back with you guys at the end of the week hopefully.


PS: Sorry for the scattered nature of this post.  Tater Tot and Nilla Wafer are here today and I have had to stop every 15 seconds because they are talking to me non stop...  For a frame of reference, I have been watching the same 15 minute video for the last hour...  Yep...  Kinder in the house!




Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Took me two weeks again!

I know, this is pretty common...  The thing is, as I said with "Getting it all done", sometimes, nothing gets done.  Last week was nonstop.  Thursday and Friday were taking care of a sick husband and when Tater Tot wasn't here, I was trying to get caught up on what I have missed the last few weeks.  I really didn't have time to craft at all until Friday at the doctor's office.  I got about half and hour of knitting done on my car project.  Even this past weekend was pretty busy!

Almost everything in our house is built in and original to the house back in 1977-1979.  Lucky us, our microwave went out finally.  Look at this beauty!  It was on sale in 1979 for something like $450!  Mr. Penny found the ad for it, so I don't have it at hand to share as well.  Saturday was spent going out shopping for something that would fit into the built in area.  Guess what...  We found two. One isn't made anymore and we couldn't find it in black anywhere that delivered.  Number two was on Amazon...  Just continues to show, when it doubt Amazon will save you!

Sunday I did manage to spend some time just resting, getting caught up on personal stuff and crafting!  My chevron blanket got finished!  I used up 1.5 balls of the Red Heart Jumbo and 7 balls of the Wintuk (.5 ball went to granny blanket project basket).  This got super heavy towards the end especially since I have been working at the computer not on the sofa.

I forgot to get a final picture of it before I took it up to await its blocking.

<Man!  My blocking pile is really getting stacked up.  Harry Potter baby blanket is in that pile too!>

As I told you when I pulled the yarn for the chevron blanket.  I have an empty spot on one of my shelves!  LOOK!  LOOK!  I will pull down the bin of Sweet Rolls and then my craftroom will look 1/500 neater!  I still have so much yarn just in my "Donation" shelf!   I am starting to think that "The Great Craftdown of 2018" might become "The Great Craftdown of 2019" too!

Yes, I said "Donation" shelf.  Everything, aside from the Craftsy boxes, are yarns I have set aside/bought for prayer shawls, donation baby blankets, lapghans...  I have actually donated a few softies in the past.  This is the yarn I know is the right amount for these projects.  I have had some friends that have given me yarn for that purpose as well.

I have a book case in my workout room that has the yarn for two projects sitting on it.  I can't remember why I left them in there.  It might have been the idea I would do those projects in bed...  I don't know...  But I pulled the yarn for this shawl from there.  I used 6 balls of Lion Brand Hometown USA in Napa Valley Pinot.  The pattern is a basic triangular shawl pattern.  All four increases are done in one row and the next row is knitting across.  I normally use an M1 down the center, but this time I used a YO.  I did decide to do that after coming across Dovetail Wrap by Purl Soho.

The other yarn that is on that shelf was bought to make Tater Tot a blanket, but it has been re-purposed to another project.  I haven't started it yet, but half of it will be a bed "I am doing a facial" project and half will be done down stairs like most my other projects.  The final blanket may still go to Tater Tot since I still haven't given him his own blanket from me after 3.5 years...  His sister Cookie got hers for her first birthday.

I want to take a minute right now to share this with you guys.  So, I am a very manual person.  I write better when I put pen to paper, not just typing (yeah, sorry, that is why my blog is kinda like how I talk to a friend when I am super excited) and that has found its way into my crafting as well.  This is how I keep track of my rows.  I have tried abacus bracelets, push button row counters, old school row counters, digital row counters...  Pen and paper work best for me.  This time I changed my pen color as I changed yarn balls.  I was just curious as to what percent of the rows each ball made in this style.  I wanted to just take a second to share with you guys how I work and what my process is.

Monday I finished my garnet shawl, so I wanted to prep what to start next...  Well... This got kinda funny because I am a little snot...

I have a lot of Paton's Venus yarn.  It was discontinued and I paid about $.50 a ball through a discount site.  I wanted to make a sweater with one color I got and I got enough for a few shawls for Summer in two more.  I wanted to go ahead and make a Summer stole so I went to Ravelry to find a super basic framework pattern.  Kind of how Dovetail is a shawl that I use all the time, but never had a pattern for (well until recently).  I wanted to just find maybe a basic stitch pattern to use or maybe an interesting increase....  Well, I came across Step it Up Knit Shawl by Caron Design Team while looking.

If you look at the time on the website it says that this pattern takes "More than an Hour".  Well, duh!  But I got curious as to how much longer than an hour it would take.  I had a left over ball of Caron Cake from a stole I crocheted last year.  Why not!  So yesterday I started this shawl.  I am back to the first color of green.  So far it has been about 6 hours long...  I think Michael's needs to extend their time of project to maybe "Over an Hour" and "Over a Day".  I only have two other colors left in my cake.  I should finish this up today.  If you are looking for an interesting simple pattern, this one is great!  I love the drape of it with the Caron Cake as well!

I did go ahead and bring down my Venus yarn.  I am still not sure what kind of shape I want with it.  The yarn is so open when worked, the sweater pattern from Paton's that inspired me to buy it when I found it is just so light and I want that kind of texture but the shape is still a mystery.  It will come to me though.  I also want to say that this color is so beautiful it doesn't need a special pattern stitch.  If you guys have a suggestion, I will be casting something on tomorrow most likely!  I would love to hear what you guys think!

I am also thinking about making a Step it Up Shawl with any left overs should I have enough...  What else I am I realistically going to do with left overs of this kind of yarn.

Anywho!  For everything I lost last week, I do seem to be getting it back this week so far.  I haven't gotten behind on chores nor have I run out of time to craft.  Oh and the last two days I got some cardio in!

I hope that you guys are having a wonderful week so far!  I look forward to hearing from anyone who is following along for "The Great Craftdown of 2018"!  I am going to dive back into my Step it Up Shawl!

Take care and blessings to you all!


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

What happened to my leftover yarn?

I know that many of you who stop by are also knitters or crocheters.  I know that many of you also have a horde of half balls languishing in your stashes.  Have any of you ever looked at what colors you have sitting in there?  I have taken a good look into mine this last week.  Where did all my gray yarn go?  I see a lot of black which I don't destash or use up because it is great for; a band on a hat, face on softies or just to round something.  I see a few little balls of colors that are darker than I prefer.  There are very few whites as it isn't my preferred neutral.   What I can't seem to find is gray yarn though!  I use a lot of gray!  I should have tons of scrap balls!

No, you might not understand this...  I use A LOT of gray yarn!  I use it in hats, scarves, sweaters, ponchos, softies, blankets....  Seriously!  I use so much gray it didn't surprise me that I only had two the over-sized skeins in my stash.  Somehow though, I had very little left in my leftovers bin.  My leftovers have some how gotten used up too!  I am so confused!  Maybe I just didn't have that many because I come back to it so quickly.  Maybe I still have a box of scrap I haven't found.  I don't know, the world may never know...


I didn't go looking for no reason.  While I was working on my Lenten hats for donation, I started making some granny squares from my blue and gray scraps.  After the finishing of the Dr Who scarf, I thought I would come back and just work mindlessly for a little while.  I have now used up 100% of my gray scrap yarn.  No, my blocks are on hold right now because I have no gray sitting in my stash or in the donations my Prayer Shawl Ministry has gotten of the years.  This granny blanket will be donated so I didn't have a problem pulling from the group stash either for this.  Nada.  Nothing.  Nix.









I did get a lot of blocks done.  The final size blocked these will be 12x12.  I think total I will need 20-24.  I have 3 smaller balls of blue sitting around waiting for their date to show up.  BTW, as a total side note, those three balls of blue appear to be all of my blue scrap.  I was very surprised by my shortage of blue too!

Now, I didn't decided to jump in on a gray project because I couldn't possibly do something the predictable.  I started a wide chevron blanket with some old Caron Wintuk (Dk Colonial Blue) and Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo in white.  I did grab the stitch pattern from the Red Heart site, it is called Chic Chevron Throw.  I liked the curve to the ripple and the length between zigs and zags.  This is another donation project.  I have a whole section of my personal stash in the craft room that I have set aside for donation projects.  The Wintuk has been hanging out in there for about 3 years now.  I already did a blanket out of it once.  So, this should bring up the end to that set of yarn. 


Right now I almost sort of kind of have a hole in that cube set from pulling the Wintuk out.  I have things that I will go into it next time I am cleaning up.  There are balls of yarn stacked up all over the place in there still.  This is why I haven't bothered taking a picture of my craft room to "show progress".  There isn't any visual progress because I keep moving things more into the open as space clears up.



Finally, I got some more card tops done this week.  These go with the set from last week.  I still have plenty of card stock waiting for another set.  I think this time I will start by making "embellishment clusters" and then building cards around those.  That should in theory help me to use more of what I have.  I also have some scraps that I want to cut down and keep for bases like I did with my strip scraps from Easter. 

My small makeshift craft table is very small (not that I have a lot of table space in my craft room) so I can't spread out as much as usual.  I haven't been finishing the embellishments as I go like I normally would.  I will come back and do more on all of the cards once I am done with them.  That way I can clear everything back upstairs and just work with gems, enamel dots, bows and pearls.

It doesn't seem like too much got done, but I also have been fighting indoor pollen (yes, I keep opening my windows to air out out house) and allergies non-stop for the last week.  I am just glad that I am getting a blog post up.

If you guys have any ideas of things for me to make with my stash or want to share what you guys are working on right now; I would love to hear from you.  Feel free to comment down below.  I still have many, many, many months left in the Great Craftdown of 2018!

Love and blessings to you all!




Wednesday, May 2, 2018

As promised-- What else have I been working on?

So, as I promised, I am back with the rest of what I have been working on!  This will be a very short compared to my previous post.  My pictures are pretty bad because I have had some issues with remembering to get some light in my pictures...  Yeah, I never said I took good pictures...  I never said I was good a remembering to at least take pictures before dusk...

Okay, not to hit you super hard with Halloween again, but...  I took my scraps from making my journal and cut them into card tops for A2 cards.  I will use these to build my Halloween cards either this year or next.  I also wanted to make a little container to hold them.  I made one of these for some Christmas card tops and really like having them all cute and decorated. 




 OOOH!  I need to show you guys my sad attempts at being organized one day with my card parts!

I got the tutorial from MayMay again...  I know surprise!  I warned you guys the first post this year...  My paper crafting is her fault!  The video tutorial is A2 Card Holder Magazine Style over on the Youtubes.  She walks you through very easily and listening to her commentary on who, what, when, where and how is just GREAT!

Once I got my temp table cleared from the album, I decided to work on some cards.  These are from the Spring releases from Michaels.  I got everything at 68% off or more.  This is all from the Backyard Picnic I believe.  I also have some journal cards from Hobby Lobby that I threw in.  I have had those forever in my stash and they are another clearance item I WAY over bought.



I do have another 16 cards planned but I haven't had time to finish them.  I have a lot of mats to cut out.  I really like the honey bee card, I think that is my favorite so far!

On to the fiber crafts! 

It finally happened you guys!  My Dr Who scarf is finally done!  Forgive my horrid late night selfie, but...  I was so super exited!  I will take some better pictures with the scarf actually on people.  I am only 5'5, so this scarf is HUGE on me!  The finished scarf is around 10 1/2 feet long, but as the pattern stated, it is very stretchy.  It will be about 12 feet long in no time!


















I started working on my scraps from the scarf and made this super cute little hat!  The pattern is Textured Turban by Janaya Chouinard.  I love the way it turned out.  I still might come back with a little button in the flower.



And that is where my projects are this week!

I did want to share where I am on the year for spending.  Remember, this doesn't include things needed because I run out mid project, staples like adhesives/thread/snaps or any product that isn't a stash item.

Year to date total spent is 45.25

Not too bad for what I am getting done and I have been walking away from a lot of sales and deals!

I hope you guys like my posts.  I know I haven't been perfect at getting things up once a week, but I am trying to post more regularly and hoping by the end of the year, I can get at least 2 a week.

Let me know if you want to see anything in particular!

Love and blessings to you all!




Monday, April 30, 2018

Some one has too much Halloween in her house...

Sorry about last week.  We were fighting our internet provider and had them out here in person for a total of 24 hours plus many calls to figure out what was going on.  It is kind of hard to sit down and write about crafts when you want to throttle half the people you are talking to.

So, this week, I am going to make two posts about what I did last week.  Mostly because my first album ever will take so many pictures to get through.  I am very excited about how this turned out and it really was super easy using the "Brenda" method of album making!  I even used some basic Scotch tape in there!  If you are curious, go and watch MayMay's video.   For some reason they took down part 3 (I think it was because it was blurry) but you get all of the techniques and ideas.

The first part I wanted to share is the small album I made to go into one of the pages.  This is so stinkin' cute, I just want to make it over and over again!


 I was so excited, I even inked the edges where I tore them!  This collection had a few matching washi sets, sticker book and die cuts.  I went super stupid, I bought all of it!
 You can kind of see the page it slides into above this picture.  I was trying to show what the inside really looked like.  I added the "bookmark" cut-a-part so you would have a little tab to pull it in and out of the page band more easily.  The cover circle and the pumpkin circle were fussy cut out of one of the 12x12 pages.







 I wanted to show more of the sizes of the pages and how I alternated the print sides.  The orange spider is also another sticker from the book.










The coffin cut-a-part was just too cute to not use here! 










The back of my mini album.  Washi and stickers!  I know, I just can't contain how happy I am about this little guy!





I just can't believe that turned out at all!  Having never done anything like this before, I am just so surprised that it turned out so well!  Since this is a gypsy journal kind of thing, I had to try really hard to make sure I was adding in things that were kind of rough in texture.

On to the journal flip through.  So I took pictures to show you what it looks like when you turn the page and what the "action" for each page is.  There are so many hidden embellishments in this album, I wanted to share some of them.  This is part of the reason that this post is so picture heavy  and why I am splitting my post for last week into two posts this week!

First up we have the front cover.  This is pretty basic.  We have some cut-a-parts in a pocket.






The first page flip brings us here to a waterfall and "belly band" with pull outs.  I tried to mat everything that was a pull out or a "photo spot".  Some are matted with pattern paper and others with black or orange (had to keep with the colors) cardstock.

Page flip two brings you to another pocket with pull outs and also a waterfall with four matted pages.  You can kind of see the mat that is also under the waterfall.  The waterfall page was my first journal/album page ever made.  I am super excited about it still!

Flip three brings up my mini book and a side pocket.  I really wish I had put the pocket facing the other way, but...  Still works and it still super cute!













Our last flip three brings us to a double pocket with journal/photo spots and a flip out spot.  There are three directional flips and a final photo spot on the bottom.













Our back cover!  Okay, not overly exciting, but here it is!



Thank you guys for staying with me as I went through this.  I won't post such detailed pictures for a journal again.  I am just so excited with how this turned out. 

I hope you guys enjoyed my album and I will be back later this week to update you on the rest of what has been going on here!

Hugs and kisses!







There are no dorks here!

Like I said in my last post, I am working on cleaning my craft room.  I would love to be able to really move around in there and have my des...