On my needles

I’m going to turn $2 of thrift store yarn into a neutral winter scarf…if the toddler will stop messing with it. He has already pulled my yarn off the needle once, and I am not a skilled knitter so that was a nightmare for me to fix. ;P

I probably shouldn’t be drinking coffee while I knit with such light yarn either…especially with a 3 year old and 1 year old running around. πŸ˜‰

I am making some progress. It’s not perfect… I’ve made more than a few mistakes but I’m pretty happy with it.

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Been knittingπŸ˜€

I mentioned in an earlier post that I’ve been knitting dish cloths. I really enjoy working with this yarn, and having an item finished so quickly is quite satisfying. ☺When you have 2 children under 3, an item that knits up quickly is important if you ever want to see a finished product. πŸ˜‰

You can see that the green one shrunk quite a bit in the wash. It’s not a big deal since I’m using these to wipe up the baby and his high chair at meal times. They don’t have to be huge.πŸ˜‰

I just LOVE the colors I’m working with now.

What’s on my needles

Right now I have a blanket for the baby currently growing in my womb. He is due to arrive in about 9-10 weeks, so I need to get busy. It’s just going to be a small one to cover his carseat, or to eventually be carried around by him. My toddler has one that I made for him, and he likes to cover his head with it to hide. I love seeing him enjoy something that I made especially for him.

9-10 weeks is way more time than anyone should need to complete such a small project, but with a less than 2 year old, an 11 year old, a full time job and a ton of animals to care for I am concerned.

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I am not much of a knitter, but I try. I am just doing a simple stitch, no pattern, no frills. I am sure he will appreciate it no matter how simple it is.

 

Knitting, Gaming, and Blogging

The scene here was just as my title suggests until moments ago, when it became blogging, gaming and blogging. πŸ˜‰

My husband has been doing some research and started a blog that I will no doubt be sharing with you when he finishes, my son has been building a musical video game level on his favorite game, and I have been working on some knitting. I have been working on a new blanket for my baby boy, He really likes the one he has, so I decided to make him another one in a different color, and bigger to fit his growing body. He is now 14 months old, which is still so crazy to me.

Here is a picture of what I have been working on. This is my first “real” knitting project I have attempted. I have made some hats with my round looms, but this is my first time using actual knitting needles. I guess that’s not true, I did attempt to make a dishcloth a while back. It didn’t turn out quite right…so therefore it doesn’t count. LOL!

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I have just run out of this yarn, so I am going to continue with a solid dark blue. I hope it doesn’t look too weird when it’s finished. I know the baby won’t care. Β I have made some mistakes, but I think it will still serve its purpose when it’s done. I find knitting so much easier than crochet. I think that this blanket will look a lot neater than the ones I have crocheted in the past. I have never been good about counting stitches, or following patterns, so my crocheted items have always looked a bit funky. I think knitting will give me a blanket with a better shape…as long as I don’t drop too many stitches along the way.

I just wanted to share my progress, and let you know that another good read from my husband should be on the way.

Crafty Deals

This isn’t a spiritual post, just a post to share some deals that my husband and I found.

I came home from work the other day to find that my husband picked out some pretty yarn for me at the thrift store. He found 3 skeins of brand new yarn. 2 still had the paper sleeves. He spent $6. Not a steal, but still a very good price for the type of yarn.

Lion Brand Homespun Yarn

Lion Brand Homespun Yarn

There was a yard sale advertised right down the street from me. The house is very large, and was recently sold, so I assumed it was the family moving out getting rid of stuff they didn’t want to haul away. I was wrong. It was actually the new owners having the sale. I am still not sure if it was stuff they had, or stuff that was left behind, but that doesn’t really matter. I was able to find some crafting supplies pretty cheap. I hate to spend money, but I didn’t want to pass up the deals.

I found 2 large tins of buttons that were $5 each. I know buttons can be pricey, so I snatched them both up. I figured that finding even a few that I loved would be worth the $10. I also found a small box labeled Friendly Plastic for $3. I opened it to take a peek, and saw a ton of plastic strips. I knew they were old, but I figured the box was well worth the $3. I paid for my items, while my son was still browsing. He found himself a brand new plastic boomerang for 50 cents. While he was still looking around the woman selling asked if I knew what Friendly Plastic was, and I said I thought it was for jewelry making, and she said it was and told me a bit about how they had used it, and the water method to heat it. Then she asked if I had seen the Shrinky Dink package she had for sale. I hadn’t seen it, but since I have been trying to find some to use with my son I took that too. It was a pack she had found at a yard sale for $2, with 1 sheet used out of the original 12. She sold me the pack for $1.

Button Tins, Friendly Plastic, Shrinky Dinks etc

Button Tins, Friendly Plastic, Shrinky Dinks etc

As soon as we got home I sat right on my porch digging through the button tins while my son tried his new boomerang. He had some luck with it, and enjoyed using it. I found a bunch of buttons that I really like, and some that I think would be perfect to add to scarves or other yarn projects that I make. I also discovered a crochet hook in one of the tins, and a couple of other non-button items that will be useful for crafting.

My son and I then got right into the Friendly Plastic. I looked up some videos on how to use it. I soon discovered that what I had purchased was very old, and had become “snappers”. The fresh Friendly Plastic is flexible, and can be molded easily after warmed in water, or by using a dry heat such as a griddle, or heat gun. The stuff I bought snapped when bent, and could not be cut with scissors, or it would basically shatter into tiny bits. This did not stop my son and I from trying to have some fun with it though. We heated bits of it up on a foil lined griddle and just had fun making collages out of the different patterns of plastic. πŸ™‚ I also used mini cookie cutters to cut shapes out of the masterpieces we had made. I could see these little shapes being glued onto other craft projects like frames, or even used for jewelry. They might be more fragile than if they had been made with fresh Friendly Plastic, but since the company has stopped making it recently there won’t be much of that left to purchase anyway. πŸ˜‰

My next finds were at a thrift store, where I was rummaging through the craft supplies. I was looking for some knitting needles, and I was able to find some.:) I don’t know how to knit yet, but I figured getting the needles cheap would be the best way to get started. I found a small pair of circular needles(size 8, 29 inch), and a 4 pack of small double pointΒ needles(size 8, 7 inch). I saw 2 other needles that were longer, but I couldn’t find the match for either of them in the bins. 😦 I did find a crochet hook, a flower loom, and a Loopdedoo spinning loom with thread. I paid $3 for all of it! The flower loom ended up being a vintage one from the 1970’s I think. I was looking it up online to see if there were instructions or videos on how to use it. I hadn’t seen a flower loom with 2 rows of pegs before. The loom was marked as a Studio Twelve Flower Loom, which is how I was able to find it was vintage. πŸ™‚ I am excited to start using these items, even though it has taken me a week to get this blog finished. Finding time to do it might be difficult.

Loopdedoo, knitting needles, loom and crochet hook

Loopdedoo, knitting needles, loom and crochet hook

We have also had some new arrivals here that have been getting some attention. We have ducklings! Out of the original clutch of 22 eggs we have had 12 hatch, and 1 is probably going to finish hatching today. That will leave just one more egg in the nest to watch. The other eggs were either not fertile when we candled them, or they had stopped developing. 😦 We did lose one duckling last weekend. It was fine the first day, but then it just became weak, and was separated from the other ducklings that were healthy. It just laid on its back with its eyes closed and it was barely breathing. It’s very sad to see them dying, when you know you can’t do anything to help. We are selling them, so I am trying not to get too attached. They are absolutely adorable though. πŸ™‚

Ducklings. Hard to get a picture while they are moving. ;)

Ducklings. Hard to get a picture while they are moving. πŸ˜‰

I am on a vacation from work right now until August 12th when I will have to go back. 😦

Hopefully I will find time to do some crafting, but more importantly I want to get into my Bible, and work on learning more about God’s plan for me and my family. I have prayed that I will have an opportunity during this vacation to be a light for God and draw people to Him through my interactions with the people I meet on our travels this week. This should be an every day prayer, but I admit that I still get caught up in just trying to get through my day for me and my needs. 😦 I am a work in progress.

A New Hobby

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Stash

Stash

Loom hats

Loom hats

I have had a yarn addiction for several years, and I have attempted to crochet, but I have never been very good at reading patterns. I have wanted to make beautiful yarn projects, but have failed most of the time. My husband recently bought me a round loom set, and I am in love! I haven’t made much with it yet, but I am intrigued by the videos I have seen online showing the variety of objects that can be made using these looms.

I have carpal tunnel syndrome, and holding my crochet hook and yarn would make my hand go numb rather quickly, so any projects I did start would take longer than they should have. I have been able to whip up a few hats pretty quickly on my new looms. I did practice a few different stitches on the last hat I made…the pink/purple one, so I am not actually happy with the result. It was good practice though. As you can see from my photos, I think I could afford to waste a bit of my stash on it. πŸ˜‰

I know I have written in the past that I don’t have time to get into crafting, but these looms make a project go quickly and I can do it while relaxing on the couch after work which I was already doing anyway. I will also report that my time with my Bible has increased too, but I still need to do better in that area. I have found that I am able to read a bit even on my early work days when I first get up. At 2am the house is usually very quiet. πŸ˜‰

I will post some pictures of past projects that I have made with crochet. I have several more “hidden” around the house, but this is what was easy to find. πŸ™‚

Blankets

Blankets

Scarves

Scarves

Bags and hats

Bags and hats

There are also several works in progress stored throughout my house. Many of them have been sitting for years and will most likely be taken apart rather than finished. I hate to take apart hours of my work, but I would rather use the yarn for a new project than have it sit undone.