Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Big Chill Ends

Good Morning, it is sunny and only -4 this morning. That means we have made it through the worst and can now talk about it.  No frozen pipes, kids off school 5 days in a row and we are all still civil.
     We ventured out into the cold yesterday when I needed crochet thread for a christening gown I am working on. An emergency?  In my book YES. I only bought one ball, not knowing if I would like working with #3 thread , rather than baby yarn. I love how it looks and now can't wait to finish it. I am then going to try and make a slip for this delicate vintage pattern Christening gown. I bought the pattern from an Etsy shop ,  

 As I stitch away I can see my Gram smiling from ear to ear. She crocheted almost her whole life. We grew up in things she made and our babies all came home in her sweater sets, got Christened in her gowns and off to school in her hooded sweaters. She could look at something and just figure it out, I wish I was that talented.
  I do have a few new things up my sleeve and if I finish my blanket squares and a few orders I can start on three new puppy hats, a chow, bassett hound and yorkie.  I have to make myself finish before I can start more. I also have a lamb and baby bird drawn out and waiting to be hooked.  I may have to forget cleaning house, have leftovers and just stay up later to get this all done.

  I am off to sit in the sunshine and work on projects, stay warm and safe and have a wonderful productive day!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Baby It's Cold Outside

I don't know about you, but I have seen the snow, have been cold and am ready for spring. We are into a three day stretch of sub zero days and enough is enough. On my face book page I am running a giveaway for a cute pug or sock monkey hat to make the cold weather a little more fun. Please enter and share for chances to win a hat for a little one in your life.
    The kids have had school cancelled, we are all in and if you just look out the window it is sunny, but looks can be deceiving. The wind chill is around -25 Brrrrrrrr.
     So to keep warm and busy I am baking bread, working on a few new projects and finishing up orders. Hubby will brave the cold to make a run to the Post Office and Walmart for odds and ends.
    Now, I know it cold be worse, we could be getting huge amounts of heavy, wet snow, or there could be an ice storm, so I will try not to complain but take this time to snuggle up with my yarn and enjoy the sunlight.
     Later I will put on a big pot of soup and the bread in the oven and the house will smell wonderful.
     I am trying my hand at writing out a pattern I came up with.  I can make them up and crochet them, but can I write them out so someone else can understand and follow them, that is the question. I hope so. This is my new hat, the pug, now there are pug hats out there but I did not like the faces, so I came up with my own.  How, much like when I used to paint on rocks and wood. I drew it out and then stitched it .

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My husband calls this craziness, I love it!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Chilly Willy

That about describes the weather here in Wisconsin.  School has been called off because of the extreme cold and will be closed again tomorrow. That means , " can I have a snack will be said about fifty times and constant chatter by two little girls. I on the other hand am busy finishing up some orders and working on my square a day for Crochet Mood Blanket 2014, on Facebook. I have also joined  square a week crochet along. I am using up all my odds and ends and will use the blankets for raffle prizes at our family Christmas next December.
Orders seem to come in spirts, the minions were hot around Halloween, just before Christmas I was busy with fox hats and now, Boston Terrier hats. One of my customers was nice enough to share this photo with me.
I am trying to work up a few new items for Valentines Day and then onto bunnies and such for spring and Easter. Luckily I can sit in front of a sunny window and try to not think just how cold it is outdoors.
To warm the kitchen this morning I treated everyone to these Donut Muffins.  The kitchen was warm and smelled wonderful. Now to get a pot of soup simmering and a loaf of bread in the oven and we should be good.

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy New Year

The New Year rang in on a quiet note here. I had 5 little ones waiting up to see the ball drop and 2 made it . LOL  New Years Day breakfast found some grumpy faces as well as hearty appetites for chocolate chip pancakes and a special order of eggs and sausage from our masked man.

I also added a new project for the year , Crochet Mood Blanket 2014  every day depending on my mood or stash color I will be making not one but two squares. These squares will be put together into a blanket next winter. I have decided to use mine as a grab bag gift for our next family Christmas. Depending on the size I could get three out of the 730 squares I will have.
soft yellow was day 1

this is called pistachio green and looks nothing like this photo LOL
I have not decided yet how I will join them or if I will back them with something. I have lots of time. The pattern for the squares I found on, it is an African flower square.