meta content=' knitting, crochet, spinning crafts, storage, yarning4asmile ' name='description'/> Yarning4ASmile: April 2013

Sunday, April 28, 2013

4KCBWDAY7 What does the Future hold.

If you have been reading you know that I have been participating in the 4 annual Crochet blog Week. I missed yesterdays topic which was blogging in a way that is different than the normal way you do things.  I am going to do today's post though since the pure thought about it makes me smile. See today I am suppose to describe

"Day Seven (Sunday April 28th): Looking Forward One year from now, when the 5th Knitting & Crochet Blog Week rolls around, where do you hope your crafting will have taken you to? What new skills, projects and experiences do you hope you might have conquered or tried?"

I see my house filled with color homemade goodies by next year. I am hoping to reach more than 200 people on my Facebook page and maybe even have 10 more followers on this blog. I am hoping I have master even more stitches from crochet and knitting and it would be really cool to have sold some things. I am hoping the my need to learn and be creative helps me reach my goals. I am hoping to master the cables so I can make those Owl gloves that I talked about on day 2. :)


I also wanted to share some books I got this weekend. You can find these on Amazon just look on the Left side of the screen labeled as my Amazon Loves. I got the first two from Amazon. The Afghans & throws was a Books-A-Million find esp at $5.97. I found the Simple Stitches Knitting and Crochet at Barnes and Noble on sale for $4.90 each. I love them all and have looked through them several times already. I am a very visual learner so I know these will be some of the things that help me reach my goals by next year.

4KCBWDAY5 Whats my favorite tool...

Today's post is a little late but hey better late than never.
The subject of the day is our favorite tools of the trade. I have several things that I consider my tools of the trade. They are probably some that others are sharing and some are different. The first is my comfortable chair. I shared it a while back but you can see it and all its glory here. It is stationed facing the TV and beside it is my end table. I keep pattern books and lotion, some yarn and other little "needed" things.  I love my chair! Its large enough that one of the boys can sit with me or my little Yorkie Bailey. It also has higher arm rest. They are perfect for resting your elbows/arms when crocheting and give great support.
 
The next is my hooks, I use all of them but tend to use H the most. The picture is all my hooks all the metals are grouped together except for the one Bates... which is all alone. I am a Boye Girl what can I say :) The metal N is my favorite one that I decorated. You can see it better  here. The Owl cup is what I keep my hooks in, because I love owls. I have a few plastic hooks but have not really used all of them yet.
My last Favorite things are patterns. I keep some in a binder which also has notes and sketches I have made. Some things have been made but not shared since I want to remake them and write a pattern for them. I also have a shelf in the craft/school room that houses other pattern books and magazines.The picture on the left is where all my knitting hooks live. As you can see there is not a lot yet since I am just learning. I also have milk glass jars to hold needles, stitch markers and little balls of yarn that I plan on making a magic ball with. Hey do you see my cute Boyds Bear Lamb on my book shelf.... I love him!






Thursday, April 25, 2013

What color say about you? 4KCBWDAY4

picture from Bing
I love color and it just so happens that is the topic for today's blog challenge. I have made a little board on pinterest regarding color change and colors I Love. However you can also look at my Fiber Love  board to see more color and all its wonder.

My color love has changed over the years which is funny when you look at the meanings of the colors. In the past I was a green/blue girl. If you look at the chart you will see Greens/Blues represent with calmness, peace, balance.... I guess that's how I felt before kids.. Now that I have two little men running around I am more into pinks/reds/purples... which is funny since they are energy, imagination etc... things I need to keep those boys active and learning. Looking at my yarn stash you will see more skeins of these colors than in the others. If you look at my Blog the background is a pair of gloves that I made notice the main color is pinks. I have made a lot of things in my 4 months of crocheting and all are bright cherry and colorful. It makes me happy and smile so why not. Even my house is colorful my Dinning Room is in a color close to Country Red and my kitchen is a lovely burnt Mustard! I think it is my favorite room...my boys rooms are Blue and the other green. Our home school room/craft room has blues, reds, greens and even purples. You can see pictures from its redo here.

I think I am drawn to these colors because they are part of my Bee-self. Bees love color and look for the colorful flowers. They are drawn to them like myself.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

4KCBWDAY3 Its all about the Infographics Baby



Day Three (Wednesday April 24th): Infographic
"There are many ways of conveying information on a blog; text and images being the two most widely used. Many infographics combine both these elements to provide a visual way of presenting text information. Make your own infogaphic"

There there it is in all of it glory. The Pie chart represents my "free time" and how I spend it. Now this is time I get to do what I want to do.....it is not always uninterrupted. Usually I get this time after 1:30pm every day when the boys are napping. Some times I get "me" time at night after we eat dinner and the hubby and I are relaxing. It has changed over the years As you can tell, but it can tell you a lot about me. Most of my time this year has been crochet. That is because since I picked up a hook for the first time there has not been one no more than inches away from me.
 Looking at my chart you can see last year I spent most of my time reading. I think that was because I joined a church where I truly felt the spirit of God come over me I was reading my Bible more than ever and doing Bible studies for the first time on my own. I also have always been a big reader. The hubby and I read the whole Hunger Games trilogy. I was also given a Kindle for Christmas in 2011, which lead to many nights of getting free books and reading them within days.

Speaking of 2011 that when my little red head was born. He came at 2 weeks early and weight 10lbs! No I did not have Gestational Diabetes, he was also 23 inches long....the hubby and I are 5'11. I was a big reader then as well. See my first pregnancy was one of those people dream of.. I never got sick! Red however, was a different story. I was sick from sun up to sun down from the beginning till the end. I couldn't even cook dinner unless I have a fan blowing the smells away. Most of my days were spent sleeping or reading "at home remedies" on keeping my food down.

Oh the joys of 2010 lol. See there was only one little boy in the house then. He was potty trained, could feed himself, took naps like a pro and loved to help around the house. My how things change as they grow. I love my oldest though he is my strong willed child. We used to scrapbook together all the time. He loves looking at his life in pictures with cool stickers and embellishments. I still have all my scrap booking things nicely organized waiting to be made into something special. I just know with a 2 year old that would be a disaster having it spread out on the dinning room table. I still keep things for their scrapbooks each month in manila folders. I figure organize now and I can do the fun part when things slow down.

I hope you enjoyed your little presentation I had planned for you :)  Blessings and Goodnight

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Duties of The Bee 4KCBWDAY2

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Day 2
"4KCBWDAY2 A Mascot Project.
(http://www.eskimimimakes.com/2013/04/4kcbwday2-mascot-project.html)
Your task today is to either think of or research a project that embodies that house/animal. It could be a knitting or crochet pattern – either of the animal itself or something that makes you think of the qualities of that house.

Alternatively it could be a type or colour of yarn, or a single button. Whatever you choose, decide upon a project and blog about how and why it relates to your house/creature."
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Like many this was somewhat a hard one. I was skimming the web looking for something to spark an idea in my mind so I could write this post. I then heard my youngest moving around in his room waking from his nap. When I went in there to get him up and change his diaper I looked at his shirt. See the boys spent all most all morning with their grandparents while this little busy bee ran some errands. While at the grandparents they got extremely dirty playing outside like all little boys do. My mom decided to give them a bath before I got there and put some clothes on them she had at her house. She like me is a lover of the thrift stores and all their wonders things they have at dirt cheap prices. She often buys clothes for the boys to keep at her house for days like today. I mean there is nothing wrong with clothes that are used esp for outside play just give them a good scrubbing. :)
So as I looked down at my little red head I noticed a shirt mom had bought him at the thrift store. Can you read it? Let me read it to you. BEE-attitude : Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy. Matthew 5:7. How perfect is that for us little Bees. I found this on Bible.org  http://bible.org/seriespage/beatitudes-matthew-51-12:

5. “Blessed are the Merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”

The Meaning. One thing that is common to the poor in spirit, the meek, and those who hunger for righteousness is that their life is not self sufficient but looks outward for help. They understand mercy for they know their own inadequacies, dependence, weaknesses and incompleteness. And, when they receive gracious and merciful bounty from the King, they in turn know to show mercy to others. Showing mercy to others includes both the forgiveness of the sinner and compassion for the suffering and the needy.
They are called blessed because they place showing mercy above their own rights; they take no hostile stand against people in need, but try to show kindness to others and heal wounds. It is not that they are merciful by nature, but because they have been shown mercy and live in constant dependence on the Lord.
And because they understand mercy and show mercy to others, the word from God is that they shall obtain mercy. Ultimately this looks forward to the coming of the king and the day of judgment when by his mercy they will be welcomed through the judgment and into the kingdom. They will receive mercy, not because they did enough good deeds, but because they understood how important mercy is in their own spiritual pilgrimage and having entered into that state of grace were eager to share it with others. They learned to forgive others because they were constantly being forgiven; they learned to show mercy to others because they were being shown mercy every day.
The Application. Here to the act of showing mercy comes from the genuine spiritual experience. People who know more of God’s mercy will be merciful. It is important, then, that people have a good understanding of the grace of God in their own lives. This will come from the experience of confession of sin and thanksgiving for forgiveness--two aspects of the believers walk that often get neglected. Christians some times get to the point of thinking that they deserved the grace they have received, and they become then intolerant of others, even judgmental. The reality of our own spiritual condition and God’s provision must never be forgotten.

Now on to the project that comes to mind. When I was thinking of the habit of the bee was my 2nd week of crochet. I wanted to make some arm/wrist warmers and searched. I then came across a lovely free pattern from Erika Ward. They were stinkin cute with the little owl on them.. I was not put off by the cables or terms I had never even heard of. I remember I got to row 5 or so and new I was in trouble. After many and I mean M*A*N*Y attempts I frogged the whole thing and came up with a plain pair of DC then did some rows of TRC at the end so they would fit over my fitted long sleeve shirts. You can see them here. I was a little bee going from making a chain to jumping into a project that was way more advanced than my skills. I have learned to be a calmer bee and fly from project to project a little slower being mindful of the fly swatters that will try to take me down.

Little Ole Me The Busy little Bee! 4KCBWDAY1


Well Good morning. This post was actually supposed to be done yesterday... however this busy little bee had so much to do that I just didn't get around to it.
I have been making flowers for my CAL (crochet along) scarf and then decided to make a fast little project that I actually dreamed about the other day.. Yes I dream of yarn. I have really strange dreams in general but since I started crochet and this Yarnie lifestyle I often dream about it. One night I woke my hubby because he said I was "yarning" (winding up yarn- as he calls it) not soon after that he got me a ball winder. :) Last week I dreamed that he had brought me home jelly beans that looked like little yarn balls... Two nights ago I dreamed about a camera case to go along with my Vera Bradley lanyard that holds my small camera. I plan on finishing the case today after running some errands then I will post pictures and how I did it. I thought about writing a pattern but its not that important to me I would just rather share my love of the art of crochet.

I also want to say a big thank you for the new crochet group I have found on Facebook. Its a group of Yarnies like myself that Blog!! Yes I am happy at my new little group home. They have a Blog challenge yesterday and this post was supposed to be part of it but again I was too buzzzzzy to get it done. So here is the answer to the question: the question asked was which house do you fall into..

(This is borrowed from Niccupp Crochet)

What are you? Where do you fit in?

Here is a round-up of the houses you can choose:
  • Bee: Busy & industrious and slightly distracted by shiny things
  • Manatee: Gentle & relaxed representing the comfort and soft side of your craft
  • Monkey: Intelligent & fun-loving who likes to be challenged with something new in every project
  • Peacock: Flashy & amazing people who take something good and make it brilliant
I am a little Bee because I never slow down and I like it that way. I hate sitting still, even while watching TV I am blogging or crochet or even attempting to teach myself knitting. I fly around from one thing (craft, game, book, hobby___________ fill in the blank)"  to the next. My DH likes to say that I am obsessive about things... My love for yarn will be the one constant I think. I have a file "HUGE" of ideas and patterns for me to make. My yarn stash has tripled in the last month and my knowledge of the craft has grown to a level that surprise my MIL and she has been crocheting for over 50 years. I constantly learning and reading new ways... new styles. I can only imagine the amount of crochet goodies that will cover my house in the years to come. I love color and can even be drawn to it as it was a food for my soul. I love being outside and letting the gentle breeze go through my hair. I love the beauty of Gods world, the flowers that decorate it and the animals that roam it. I love taking my camera out when I walk my little yorkie and snapping photos and decided to share some of them with you from yesterday.
The Roaster was a HL find last year. I love roasters! The vine wreath around it I made from a muscadine bush we have here on the property.  The Iris plants are very dear to my heart. In 08 my grandmother passed. She was a busy Bee like myself. She taught me to can and quilt. She shared my love for the outdoors. Every year she will spend all day outside working on her gardens. All her hard work paid off because she always had huge beds full of color. The Iris are from her house. When she passed I dug a lot of them up along with some other plants. Each Time we moved over the years (3x) I dug the up and brought them with me. They are huge at this point larger than any I have seen before. They are planted all around my house and every time I see them I think of her.



I wanted to share a little wrist exercise from a blog I love Freshstitches!
http://www.freshstitches.com/wrist-exercises-knitters-crocheters-easy/








Friday, April 19, 2013

Thanks Mom!




Do you see that picture above well that huge lot of yarn was bought for me by my mother! she scored it all at a local thrift store for about $5. There were 2 full 100% wool is a pretty red and some other mixed yarns. I love the color combo of these three. The green is a chunky and the other two are ww. I do not know what I am going to make from them but it will be something for me. I actually have a list of things I want to make but because I am a perfectionist I am constantly redoing things I make. An example is I am working on a RTS (ready to sale) hat and finished it today but the frogged it because of the seam. So after countless research I think I have better seams now. The kitty in the picture to the left is my Olie again. He loves it when I get things from the thrift store because he knows I will get the ball winder out. He likes to watch the yarn crawl across the floor and form the glorious ball.

I also wanted to share the lovely blankets my mother in law made for my boys. The boy one was made for the oldest and is now 5 years old. The green one was made for the youngest.. :)



Monday, April 15, 2013

Butterfly beanies and breakfast dreams....

What a week, we have a few pretty days here followed by some pretty wet days. Sunday was one of those wet rainy days. I did not mind though, I loved relaxing in my chair with my family watching TV and being snuggled to my queen sized heat blanket...yes my hubby hates it but I love it and all it's hotness.. Maybe one day I will share a picture of it in all of its hideous glory but for now I will keep it a secret.

This week I am still working on making some flowers for my scarf . I am also making a cute baby hat. I love babies and love making something for them which is on reason I wanted to learn to crochet. I just love handmade items and the time and thoughts that was put into them. I was given a cute bib and burp cloth set from a dear friend when my youngest was born and my mother-in law also made both of my boys a crochet blanket. My sweet mommy started knitting one for the oldest, but has only got a 12x12 square done. I really hope she finishes it for him one day. Their gifts will always be treasured by me and the boys. I will keep them till the boys get older and when they have kids of their own and they can pass them down. I am hoping that is how people will see the things I make for them and their children. I want them to know the whole time I am making it I am thinking about them and their baby. I am praying for them and their future wither I know them or not. The yarn I am using on this hat was bought at Big Lots of all places. The threads look like little butterflies. I am hoping to have enough to make two..one to sell and one to donate...



Are you the cooker in your family... well I am during the evenings and I hardly ever cook breakfast, however when I do I go all out. I made a breakfast casserole the other day and man was it good. I got up at 6:20 to prep everything. I thought I would share my little creation..

1/2 package of frozen spinach
1  green bell pepper chopped
1 tomato ( I am a southern so in the spring/summer its all about the maters..hehehe)
4 pieces of bread toasted and cubed
1/2 onion chopped
salt/pepper to taste
basil/parsley/thyme to taste
9 eggs beaten
1 cup mixed cheese

I toasted the bread and cubed it. I laid out the bread in the bottom of a 13 x 9 Pam sprayed baking dish. Keeping out some cheese to top the casserole with mix the other items together, spread it over the bread and then sprinkle the remaining cheese on top. Cook it in the oven on 350 for about 40 mins...Its even better warmed up on the next day.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Bittersweet

Bittersweet is defined as : something that is bittersweet; especially : pleasure alloyed with pain. There are things all around us that are "bittersweet". Today they just seem to be appearing more than often. One of the bitter things in our life today is the passing of the sweet dog from yesterdays post. Molly had to be put down yesterday. She was defeated by cancer and a tumor. It breaks my heart that the big pretty pink nosed lab will no longer be relaxing on my porch or sleeping in the field in the sun. She will no longer be there to lay next to the boys when we go outside. She however is in dogie heaven and without pain. She will be deeply missed but I am grateful God put that four legged, huge lady in our life. 
 
It is also bitter that the EVERYTHING is covered in a blanket of yellow powder. The pollen levels right now are crazy. We blew off our porch yesterday only to have it covered in yellow this morning. Tomorrow brings rain and Storm's. They are to bring strong winds that could cause damage but relief to all of us burdened by this pollen. I love the spring the singing birds and the little squirrel's running around but I do not like the pollen.. It makes me feels miserable when I step outside and gross.


This is my latest project. Here is the link if you want to try. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYKl-eFiJ-w
I am really liking these..they are working up pretty fast and fairly easy. I am making a scarf that is 8inches wide by 8ft long.. I am 5'11 so I wanted a longer one. I need to make about 115 flowers to do this and am working with about 6 colors. I will add a picture when it is completed.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Furry Friends and Wooly Blends

The picture below is of Molly.

She is my mother-in-laws dog. Molly Has pretty much claimed our house as hers too. We live on about 35 acres with our in-laws and our houses are separated by a huge field.  We have a huge front porch and Molly likes to come sleep on it when its stormy. She has 2 big dog houses but always comes to our porch when there is a storm. I think its because I go out there and pet her and gave her a treat to let her know it will be ok. She is so good with the boys and the most loving and loyal dog you will ever find. When we do school outside she is always sitting with us. Molly has had a hard life though. when she was a puppy she was ran over by accident by my mother-in-law. It did not break anything but now she has arthritis in her legs. Despite here barley getting around Molly waddles across the field to come visit. Molly is getting to be about 9 years old and lately has been sickly.  She started losing a lot of weight and seeing how we are on a lot of land and there are a lot of bugs and flies/ticks etc they wormed her and she passed a lot of the worms...but Saturday we noticed a huge growth on her chest. My hubby took her to the vet this morning and they think it could be cancer.. We are all hear broken but the vet said he would run test and see if it can be removed...so pray for that sweet dog...

I am feeling better, I hardly picked up my hook yesterday. I have had germs...as my oldest calls colds. I coughed and coughed all night Saturday night. Sunday I woke up and felt horrible I was queasy and felt like I had been ran over. I really wanted to go to church I have the best Small group (Sunday school class). I have missed a few Sundays here and there from either being sick or the boys being sick. I actually went last week but our teacher was out. They even sent me a card..




The last picture I have to show you is some yarn I picked up this week. Both are wools blends. I love natural yarns..The brownish one is was on sale and the greenish one was on sale at hobby lobby .. so I grabbed the only one they had. I only spent $9 dollars for both so I consider it a win!

Monday, April 8, 2013

April Showers ....

I Love Spring...I mean what's not to love. I like the days that begin to get longer. I love how the sun seems to warm the air and my mood at the same time. I love watching the baby squirrels that peek out from the whole in the big tree in front of our house. They are so fun to watch scurry around and playing chase. I love the days of rain and gloom. I love how it washes away all the pollen that tries to keep me inside.
The past weekend it was lovely here in Alabama. I am not sure how it is where you are but here in Alabama... pretty sunny weekends mean outside adventures. Last Saturday we planned a little trip to a local trade day. I LOVE trade days, meeting interesting people looking at all the cool things. I was unhappy about this trip though. I expected to find some handspun yarn or crocheted items but did not see any. I did find these cool buttons and pin. I got those for $1.50. The yarn was from wally world, we had to stop and get some Milos tea :) hey we are in Alabama...

We also sat outside a little bit Sunday afternoon. I shouldn't have been out there though everything is covered in a yellow snow like pollen layer. I am anti-pollen by the way. The boys and myself have been sick all last week from the stuff. We have had bronchitis, sinus infections and fevers. This is Bailey as you can see he is enjoying the sun. He is my little 5lb yorkie. He was a mother's day gift from my hubby and daddy years ago. He is one of my furbabies. Oliver is my other and I am sure I will post a picture of him at some point.

I will share a cool video of Oliver with you though. This is one of old houses (we moved a lot when we worked for Circuit City) anyways.. this is in AC's room when he was just learning to crawl. AC is now 5 so this is pretty old but Oliver still does this all the time..

On the subject of crochet I am doing a crochet along with a group on Facebook. We are making scarves. There is a video if you would like to see how to do it and that video can be seen here. These are the colors I have chosen to make my flowers from. As you can see I have a few done already. I am liking my color combo. I actually have done more since I took this picture though currently though I have 36 done but I have to make about 115.