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Do you have projects in time out?

Tomorrow is Friday and man do I love me some  Fridays. I love that the weekend slows down and lends its way to crafting and a time to rejuvenate my soul. I usually are am not one to start a new project on the weekend. I like to work on wips (work in progress) during the weekend. Today I want to talk about on of the biggest things a knitter or crocheter can encounter... At what point do you frog it or finish it? Do you let it go to Area 51 that in the back of a dark closet and leave it for years? Are you someone that lets it go to time got for about a year and the reuses the yarn? Comment bellow or in the Facebook Group (to join click here) and tell us about a project you have in "Time out" and why its got in trouble.

I have a project in Time out... Its been there for a while. I want to finish it because I think it will be pretty but honestly I am just not motivated. It the Labor Day Shawl by Deby Lake. My local knit group made it before I was even in the group. The majority of them used the Stonehedge Fiber Mill Crazy yarn. Crazy Yarn is so much fun to work with. Its made by all the leftovers from their mill and spun into crazy color combinations... hence its name. The problem with mine is I wanted a solid base color but my LYS only had lace in stock which is fine so I held two strand together to do the base. Lace work with two strands is not my idea of a good time. I am sure I could do it because I am a firm believer in not letting something defeat you. I believe we learn from our mistakes and as hard as it may be mistakes can be our best teacher. So its been in time out. Also lets be honest Instagram can be a real pain for us monogamous crafters. Inspiration is in every photo and the bight and shinny new yarns and patterns can be a bit of a distraction. The yarn is one of those you just need to get some to play with yarns. It is so soft and the has more of a barber poleing effect. So what is barber poleing? It is the term used to describe two different solid color yarns that are spun together to create a yarn with a "Barber Pole" effect. Often the term gets confused with the term marled. Marled yarn is very similar to barber poleing but instead of the two solid colors it is spun with a solid and a variegated yarn. So that is why my Labor Day show has been in hibernation. It started was started August 2016 and this month I will decided to love it or leave it.

I want to give a thank you to the amazing Benjamin Krudwig for helping me get clarification on the two. If you have never heard of Benjamin please check him out on the following links. He is a designer, a teacher, blogger, weaver, spinner and crocheter and wears a few more hats as well . He has been on Yarnthing with Marly Bird which is where I learned about him. You can listen to that show by clicking here. I will be making one of his hats this fall and will talk about him more then. I also plan on hosting a giveaway of the hat patern I will be making!! You can can find him in the links bellow.

Here are some examples of some yarn that is barber and marled. The Crazy Yarn on the left is more Barber Pole style to me. You can clearly see two distinct solids spun together to create the effect of a Barber Pole. The yarn on the right is some of my own handspun it is marled yarn. It is more of a mixture of colors or "Variegated" strands that when spun together give it a more muted tone and looks more "blended". 

Rambleings on My Anniversary.

On July 29th 2006 I married Lee. We did not always see eye to eye, in the beginning he was my boss! Our journey began at a magical retail store called Circuit City. CC as we called it was a wonderland of electronics. For all you youngsters Circuit City was very similar to Best Buy but way cooler. The company set in place operations that Best Buy and other stores use. Circuity City really came to be in 1984 when it got is new name Circuit City. It was in the time of Radio Shack and where I went with my dad often in my childhood. I came to CC in 2000 in my college years looking for a part time job. Unknown to me a childhood friend who had moved off not only worked at the one I walked into but was a department manager there as well. He told me to go talk to the store manager and insisted even though I was in some PJ pants and looked like I a hot mess. I was a college kid lol what can I say. The GM Jerry hired me and so begun my CC journey. Lee was an department manager at that time too. I started out as a product specialist over Cd's. Long story short Lee became the store manager and I became the operations manager in a very short time. We never even though about each other in a relationship type of way. However apparently that was not the plan that was set forth for us. It was a dare that got us on a date... a date that would alter our lives forever. We dated for two years and then he proposed... I can not even believe its been 12 years, 5 houses (CC moved us a lot to open stores), 2 kids, tons of video games being played together, many funny laughs over each others craziness and a love and support you only wish for.

Lee is my number one fan and I wan his. He supports my love of crafts, video games, books and whatever else finds its way into my life and I do the same for him. Today we are celebrating by staying at home with out two amazing sons and fur kids. Currently he is adding a plug into a wall that I have been requesting and I am drink hot tea in hopes to soothe a horrible sinus head/earache. I am using this time to celebrate my love with others. I am am crochet some more hats to donate to the local Sav-A-Life Beanies for Babies drive. I had wrote a post regarding it that you can see here. 

The pattern I am using on these little hats can be found here. They are a quick and easy way to use up scraps and to create something to share love. I am using James Brett Marble Chunky. This yarn is leftovers from my mother in law. She uses that yarn to make blankets to give and now I am using the leftovers from her sharing of love to spread love to new little ones.

I hope you are enjoying you July 29th and doing some you love and with ones you love as well. Have a lovely weekend and Happy Yarning!

How do you morning??

I love an easy project to work on while I eat my breakfast and wake up. I always have one mindless knitting project and one mindless crochet one going all the time. I find its easier for me to knit in the movies but a mindless crochet gets me thinking more in the morning. I am currently working on another Rainbow Ripple Baby Blanket. Its a free pattern on Ravelry and can be found here. 

The yarn I am using is the Lion Brand Mandala Baby in the Pixie Hollow color. I wanted to try this out and see which I like more Mandala regular or the Baby. Well its the regular version hands down. The difference between the two is the way they are plied. The Baby version is 3 ply tight twist spun yarn. The Regular is more of a single ply which makes if softer. The Baby feels more acrylic despite them both being acrylic. To me the Baby comes in more brighter colors and the Regular is more muted tones. I think they are both great yarns and for the price consider it a wonderful deal. You can check out my project page for this project here. 

Now lets talk about my smoothie! Its so good and very simple to make. 
Ingredients needed:
1 cup of fresh and washed blueberries (from my garden)
1/2 cup of fresh washed strawberries (They have been on sale at Sams for a few weeks now)
1/2 soy milk (I used the unflavored) 
2 small containers of Activia light blueberry can be seen here.

Its so easy, so good for you, and so fast to make. To make it even faster go ahead and wash and cut some strawberries up and keep them in an air tight container in the fridge. I also keep my blueberries wash and in a container. I just grab how many I need throw them in and then add the yogurt and milk. 

I hope you had a wonderful 4th and I wish you the best Friday and weekend. You can see a bit of our fireworks show here as well as the other photos on my Instagram.