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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

December Wrap Up

made for me from my friend Debra
Today is December the 30th. Wow that is a crazy sentence to write. The end of the year is always bitter sweet to me. Sad to see it go but excited to see what the new year brings. I finished two big fingering weight shawls this year. I knitted and crocheted over 10,000 yards of yarn. I meet new friends through fiber arts and I have learned some things about myself. I have been very busy girl this year and have so much more planned in the future. This blog has grown since last year. I am even planning new things for the future. I am changing how I record the video-cast. I will be having segments and it will slowly become more of a regular podcast. I will be getting my from Debra to join in and hopefully get to film on location at my local yarn store. So without further ado on with the show:


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FO's:

Chunky Owl Mitts
Pattern: Pattern Chunky Owl Mitts by Naturegirlknits1
Needle Us 11 and 13
Yarn Lion Brand Wool Ease in Oatmeal
~I am not a chunky mitt kind of gal but I do love the look of them
~mine were a little big despite getting gauge
~I added buttons, not part of the pattern

Pint Sized Pines smaller one / larger one 
Patterns: Pint Sized Pines by Julie Tarsha
Needle Us 2
Yarn Madeline Tosh Unicorn Tails Jade
~I followed the fingering weight pattern for the first one but mine would not fit on the cork so I put it on a branch
~the 2nd one I doubled the cast on and pattern and it fit on the cork.
~I glued felt around the cork then sewed the tree to it with sewing thread.

Winter Swatch Cloth
Pattern: Winter Swatch cloth by Lorna Miser published in Love of Knitting Winter 2015
Needle US 7
Yarn Peach and Cream cotton in Yuletide this was deep dark stash lol
~I did not do the applied edge I ran out of time, so I just did a sc border.



Wee Sweater  short sleeve / long sleeve
Pattern: Wee Sweater by Sara from www.imaginedlandscapes.com
Needle US 2
Yarn: Short Sleeve Plymouth Yarn Happy Feet Splash 100 in the Lipstick / Long Sleeve On Your Toes Bamboo in the 130 color.
~Fast Fun super cute.
~Highly recommend

Terauley Shawl
Pattern: Terauley by Laura Chau
Needle: US 5 3.75
Yarn: some 100% superwash Merino I bought from ebay.
~~This is a paid for pattern
~~This shawl is so squishy I love it.. need to finish it. I have about 15 ish rows then bind off

Storm Trooper
Pattern: Star Wars Crochet by Lucy Collin only sold in kit (book, yarn, hook)
Hook G
Yarn Scraps
~OMG I LOVE THESE
~will make them all
~easy to follow
~love the how to pictures in the book

The Walking Dead Mystery KAL
Pattern: The Walking Dead MKAL from Jimmy Beans and Kristen  Ashbaugh- Helmreich
Yarn: lorna Laces Shepherd Sock in the October 2015 Walking Dead Colorway
Needle: US 3 Hiya Hiya Sharps 3.25mm
~~Loving this knit and the season of the Walking Dead
~~ this is a paid for Pattern
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WIPS

Cozy Memories Blanket. You can see all my notes here. This is a long term project so I ordered a set of Signature Needles to use on it.

Spark Story Socks
Pattern none just a toe up and Fish Lips Kiss Heel
Needle US 1 KArbonz DPN
Yarn Spark Story Toughie Sock in the Spectra Color 
~ Had to completely rip these back because I had increased to 64 stitches but they were to big.


Tortuga Shawl
Pattern: Tortuga Shawl by Ela Torrente 
Needle US 7 Karbonz
Yarn King Cole Yarns in the Drifter Base in the Nevada
~Love this yarn and how it is striping
~this yarn is so soft.
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Upcoming:
Shawl KAL with Bookishstitcher Undead Yarn
I will be doing the :
Summer Flies Again Shawl
Pattern: Summer Flies Again by Donna Griffin
Needle :
Yarn: Interlacements Woolee in the Blues

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New To The Stash

Little Skein In the Big Wool Clara's Nutcracker Ornament Kit only 13 left (when I checked)
Gumdrop Wonderland Kit (No longer available)
Up in Yarns Yarn Club 



 Happy New Year!

Santa had just left

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Ravelry 101 Adding Stash to Ravelry

On the last little video I went over the basic how to's of adding a adding a project to Ravelry now lets look at adding yarn to your Ravelry stash. 


Thank you for watching ;) Happy Yarning


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Ravelry 101 Adding a Project

Hello fellow crafting people. I thought I would do a little video series about #Raverly showing you some basic how to's and get you on the road of Ravelry Love... Today we are looking at adding a project. So go grad a project, drink and enjoy the show.



If there is anything you want to know how to do in Ravelry just let me know. Next video is adding yarn to your Ravelry stash.

See my other 101 videos here http://yarning4asmile.blogspot.com/p/ravelry-101-how-to-videos.html

Monday, November 30, 2015

Black Friday Maddness



Hello can you believe November is gone ?!? I have a quick Vlog with unboxing/packing of the Gumdrop Wonderland kit from #MustStashYarns / #VintageRose / #SuburbanStitcher and my first Yarn Club shipment from #UpinYarns .. Show notes will go up tomorrow because hey its Monday and its been CRAZY! Happy Yarning :) 

Shop I Talk about 
 


The Shawl Pattern I bought on Black Friday Lustrare 

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Wips:
The Walking Dead Mystery KAL
Pattern: The Walking Dead MKAL from Jimmy Beans and Kristen  Ashbaugh- Helmreich
Yarn: lorna Laces Shepherd Sock in the October 2015 Walking Dead Colorway
Needle: US 3 Hiya Hiya Sharps 3.25mm
~~Loving this knit and the season of the Walking Dead
~~ this is a paid for Pattern

Terauley Shawl
Pattern: Terauley by Laura Chau
Needle: US 5 3.75
Yarn: some 100% superwash Merino I bought from ebay.
~~This is a paid for pattern
~~This shawl is so squishy I love it.. need to finish it. I have about 15 ish rows then bind off

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FO's :

Knitted Knockers
Pattern: Knitted Knockers from http://www.knittedknockers.org/
Yarn: Cascade Ultra Pima Cotton
Needle: Us 5 and 4 Kollage Square needles
~~Love Kollage Needles for sending our Library Knitting group needles so we can make these for our local Steel Magnolias group! 
~~Find Kollage Website HERE 

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!


I just want to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. I hope your day is truly Blessed.

Don't Forget there are Black Friday Deals going on now in the Crafting world. You can see Marly' round up here on her www.MarlyBird.com site. I found another list of deals here today as well www.juneebdesigns.com . You can Click the pictures bellow to be taken to the list!



#BlackFriday #Sales #indie #knittersofinstagram #Crochetersofinstagram #yarn

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Crafting Black Friday Deals!! Want to know More??


Its that time of year again when the all power and all knowing Marly Bird does her Black Friday Sales Round up. I posted about this last year and this year will be even better... Do not miss the deal of the year from you favorite yarn industry vendors.  Click the Picture to be taken to Marly's Website and keep and eye on all the deals as she post them. The post with deals will be updated on that link and will go live on Tuesday during or after her podcast. Never listened to her show? Then you need to check out her LIVE podcast Tuesdays for even more info and plenty of laughs. Can't listen live onTuesday?? That is OK you can always listen to her shows from her website...   www.MarlyBird.com or ob her Blog Talk Radio Channel http://www.blogtalkradio.com/yarnthing

Marly also can be found on Facebook here and Her Ravelry Group here. You can see her patterns here and watch her very education videos here.
#MarlyEmpire #MarlyBird #BlackFriday

Happy Yarning my Friends

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Less Time For Chores more Time for Knitting

So I am not sure if you are like me but I would much rather spend my time crafting than doing chores. However, I can not do that. I do however stream line my day to day activities so I can craft more. You can ask any of my friends and I am very OCD and very organized but am so so I can relax more. It works for me and my family. So of the things I do is push myself to get up and get things done. I get all the cleaning and errand chores by 1 pm every day. That means I do not sit down sometimes from 6 am to 1 pm some days. I live by the server code I learned when I was in college... full arms in and full arms out. Meaning if I leave one room and see something that goes is room B I take it and then when I leave room B and see something that goes in room C I will take it real fast (this happens every time I go from room to room). I dust once a week and clean bathrooms, spot vacuum daily and deep vacuum once a week. We do not wear shoes in the house only in the foyer. I shampoo carpets once a month. Laundry is done usually on Saturday and Wednesday. I plan out or meals by what is on sale and what is in my pantry and I 100% believe in the power of the crock pot in the fall and winter.

I know I have shared some of my favorite recipes in the past but think I will try to do that more often. This week I want to share a crock pot meal both of my kids will eat.... yep both the 8 year old who thinks he is a teenager and the red headed stubborn 4 year old.
This Recipe comes from an old Gooseberry Patch cookbook. They used to have a catalog and man do I love their stuff. Its for Beef Stroganoff. It is super easy. You will need crock pot, 1 lb of round steak, 1 can of cream of mushroom soup, 1 can of cream of celery,1 package of egg noodles, 1 packet of Beefy Onion dry soup mix (come two in the box) and this is totally optional but I love the slow cooker liners because they make clean up a breeze. (See Photo Below) My Tip: My local Winn Dixie has this on sale from time to time so does our local meat store. When it is on sale I buy it and split it up in 1 lb packs. I wrap in nonstick foil then in a freezer Ziploc bag. I write on the outside what it is and date it... always date it. Usually I can get 2.5 lbs for about $8 which makes two meals! The beefy onion dry soup I can usually find for $1.50 for two meals, cans of soup about $1 each and noodles about $1... bring meal total under $8
You cube the round steak and put in the crock pot, then add the two cans of soup, sprinkle the beefy onion soup on top with a little salt and pepper per taste, stir a little and then turn it on low for 6-8 hours. About 15 mins before its done make the noodles. Serve the mixture on the noodles and we like ours by itself but you can add some veggie sides or a slaw would be good. and enjoy. This is a very fulling and prefect for a fall or winter day! Not to mention it takes minutes to prepare and leaves you plenty of time for crafting....


Happy Yarning my friends

Shawl in photo is La La's Simple Shawl in Mushishi by Plymouth Yarn.
Other Recipe Post one is here and one is here

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

November 2015


Hey guys I made a little videocast of current wips, Fo's and some new to the stash... pull up a chair and enjoy. Happy Yarning!

FO's :

Garden Full of Steam and Brass (I Forgot to Show... Will show next time.) 
Pattern: Age of Brass and Steam by Orange Flower Yarn
Yarn: The Verdant Gryphon Traveller
Used: 299. yards and 120 grams (almost every bitty bit of it)
Needle: Knitters Pride Marblz US 7
~Did this as  KAL with my local Knit Group ~~This is a Free Pattern~~

Wips:

The Walking Dead Mystery KAL
Pattern: The Walking Dead MKAL from Jimmy Beans and Kristen  Ashbaugh- Helmreich
Yarn: lorna Laces Shepherd Sock in the October 2015 Walking Dead Colorway
Needle: US 3 Hiya Hiya Sharps 3.25mm
~~Loving this knit and the season of the Walking Dead
~~ this is a paid for Pattern




Socks Basic Toe UP
Pattern my own
Needle: US 1
Yarn: Spark Story in the Spectra colorway (bought this yarn last year for my birthday)

Terauley Shawl
Pattern: Terauley by Laura Chau
Needle: US 5 3.75
Yarn: some 100% superwash Merino I bought from ebay.
~~This is a paid for pattern
~~This shawl is so squishy I love it.. need to finish it. I have about 15 ish rows then bind off

Knitted Knockers
Pattern: Knitted Knockers from http://www.knittedknockers.org/
Yarn: Cascade Ultra Pima Cotton
Needle: Us 5 and 4 Kollage Square needles
~~Love Kollage Needles for sending our Library Knitting group needles so we can make these for our local Steel Magnolias group! 
~~Find Kollage Website HERE 


New To the Queue
Sparkle KAL from BookishStitcher. Find her podcast on youtube by clicking here and telling her hello ;) She also has a Ravelry Group which can be found here








In the Stash 
Undead Yarns  she has a podcast as well that I love that can be found here..

Fall in Alabama






Saturday, November 7, 2015

Knitter Knockers and a Craftsy Sale!


Want to make some Knitted Knockers with my to support those affected by Breast Cancer?? Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima is the prefect pairing with this pattern and the yarn is on sale right now at Craftsy! ‪#‎KnittersofInstagram‬ ‪#‎Knit..

You can find out more about Knitted Knockers here at www.knittedknockers.org. You can get the pattern here.





Wednesday, October 28, 2015

A few Santas to Brighten the Holidays. The Lost Post..

This post was supposed to go up the first week of October. I am not sure what I did lol.  So here it is..

Hey Guys and Happy Fall! It is October and my Birthday is a few days away. I have been knitting when I can but lately life has been in full swing. We have recently become a #cubscout family and I have become a Den Leader. In my last post I shared a little of my Knit Santa's. I thought I would do a little post about them and other "Holiday" knits I have planned.


The Santa pattern can be found in an old Leisure Arts Magazine from December 1988. I found my copy on ebay for under $3 shipped. The pattern is called St Nick to Knit. It is written using yarn that is no longer in production. The pattern is also written flat which is not something I am interested in so I modified it to be knit in the round. So for the body I just added to stitches for the cast on, same with the legs and arms. The sweaters I used the pattern from Tin Can Knits in the newborn size on two of them and then followed the patterns instructions for the hood and sewed it on. I did make the first sweater by following the pattern and seaming it. My beards I used fun fur on two of them and on the last one I used some fake doll hair I found a long time ago at hobby lobby

As for Holiday knits I really don't have that much planned besides some hats for gifts. You can see the pattern info bellow.
1. Jason's Tweed Hat by Melissa Thomson
Yarn: Berroco Vintage Chunky in 6106 Grey Color
I will be making one for Aiden and Gabe.

2. Quick Cable Slouch Hat by Azure Knits
Yarn: Berroco Vintage Chunky in 6180 purple
I will be making this for a lady that works at my Doctors office.