Crochet, Knitting, Life, Stash Blasting

Stash Blasting

I struggle with buying more and more supplies for projects on my to do list… sometimes far, far, far down my to do list. Last year I made an effort to do more with what I already had on hand. I think I maybe made progress, but switched up my storage solutions so it isn’t as easy to compare.

In order to keep myself accountable, I decided to share, regularly with you, my progress in projects using my stash!

276g of Sea Creatures for Island Play Sets using “scrap” yarn from other projects

So far, this year, I have been working on animals for my Island Play Mats I made last year. They were a big hit as a set, as well as just selling individual animals.

Current stash… “regular-ish” size yarn. (I have a picnic basket of Bukjy and super bulky 😳)

What supplies do you have a plethora of? How do you plan on using them?

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WIP Wednesday- Feeling a little ADHD

I have a fair amount of projects going on around here!

A month ago, I spent a week painting our mudroom and basement steps, kitchen and dining room, and living room and hallway. I still have all of the supplies in my Crap er Craft room since I need to do the second coat on one wall in the living room and the whole hallway.

I am finishing up a second (maybe fourth, but this will be my second on hand) Island Play Mat.

I have the Wonder Woman Shawl in progress… but am worried I will run out of yarn and not be able to match dye lots. I also decided this one will be a birthday gift for A. With those two things in mind, I think I’m going to rip back and restart in the slightly smaller size.

I also have all of my fabric washed and supplies on hand for a Weighted Blanket I’ve been commissioned to make as a birthday gift for one of N’s gymnastics friends. I don’t think this will take me long, I just need to finish some other stuff and find my room back!

What projects do you have lingering?

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Cheer them on

It’s been quite some time since my last post. Much happened since then, most has been unimportant and everyday, but fills up the time nonetheless.

One factor to the long break was a rant from the hubby as to how “EVERYONE HAS A BLOG THESE DAYS” and it somehow makes them an expert.  I have to admit right here, that I haven’t told him about this little page, and it has forced me to sit and figure out my why. REALLY figure it out! I write to help figure things out, and to let my customers and followers have a better idea of who I am, and maybe, what makes me tick.

Someday, I would love to have so many orders, things that people think of, then think of me, and say- “Hey, could you make this for me?” and I’d jump in and save the day and figure it out! All of these orders have to come from people trusting my work, and me enjoying what I am making. These are reasons why there is a smattering of different items in my Etsy Shop and why i sometimes feel like I am jumping around from thing to thing.  Just sewing stuffed animals, or knitting scarves, or crocheting afghans, and only doing one thing, would squish my creativity in a quick hurry.

Currently, many of my orders and products available, come because friends or friends of friend, mention something they would like, or share a pattern with me. These ideas spur me like nothing else. Projects like that include First Communion dresses from mom’s wedding dress (it is scary to cut apart another woman’s wedding dress!!!), weighted blankets (next in line), washcloths, Swiffer covers, stuffed giraffe, shawls, giant donuts…

My why is also that I’m not just a #mommymaker, I’m a runner, I love to cook, I also love to read, and camp, and chat with my friends. I keep lots of little people alive day in and day out, getting to play (and clean up poop), while moms and dads have to go to work. Many of my creations are for, tested or inspired by these little people. They help me pick out colors, and yarns. The older ones are asking to learn how to make things like me-It melts my heart every time.

Am I an expert? No! If I keep working, maybe someday I will be!
Do I expect to end up on the Today Show, teaching people how to make it big? No! If this ever happens, will have exceeded my wildest dreams, but I hope to embrace it and everything that brought me to that point.
Do I hope to inspire others to do what makes their hearts soar? YES! If you like to run, do it! If you like to create, do it! If you prefer to buy things other people make, do it! If you love to cook or bake, do it! Just remember, we are all different, and we can all offer support to those around us!

As I look at this, long and rambling, post and see I wrote “I am a runner” I am amazed! Two years ago, I was sitting on the couch, gaining inches, hating my body and needing a change. October 29, 2016 I started a Couch To program and haven’t turned back. Since that day, I ran my first half marathon, full marathon, marathon relay, Ragnar relay. This year, I still have a 5k and a road and a trail Ragnar scheduled. When I ask people to join me, they tell me they can’t. I let them know that they can, but I will never force them. I let them know that I will run with them, at any pace, and I will be there to listen to them. A friend was there for me as I progressed-Cheered me off the couch and onto the road. If you don’t want to run, or lift weights, or crochet a bear- be the person to cheer on your friend who does, but might be afraid to, or is struggling to remain motivated.

 

 

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WIP Wednesday – Donut you want some more?

I’m a little obsessed with crochet donuts right now! They are so fun to make! My kids might be almost as obsessed as I am… they each want a few! Last week I finished up my first pillow sized one. Yesterday I finished my 6 pack of “regular” ones and now I’m working on another pillow.I had so much fun with these, I decided to order a book on food patterns. Honestly, some of them are adorable, some not so much so.I also finished my Karma Chameleon yesterday!What is your favorite project right now?

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In the Works Wednesday

Ugh- I really wish I would be better about posting every day, or even every other day. I am blaming it on the weather. Snow, cold, and clouds most days is making me “meh” I just can’t seem to get motivated for some things. I’ll keep working on turning it all around!

It’s been a while since I’ve updated my 18 in 2018 so I figured I’d do that today.

  1. Chuck Chick – Lalylala
  2. Buddy Bunny – Lalylala
  3. Rufus Lamb – Lalylala
  4. Funny Bunny – Lilleliis
  5. Campfire Blanket Scarf – Two Of Wands
  6. Nice and Knit Beanie – Nice & Knit
  7. Crochet Island Play Set – Squirrel Picnic
  8. Karma Chameleon- Let’s Knit
  9. Doughnut Pillow-

#5 is the only one made out of all purchased yarn. #9 I bought yarn for the doughnut color. All of the rest I’ve been plugging away with yarn I have on hand! Yay!

I still have to attach the eyes of my Chameleon, they come today.

I also started a scarf with my Alpaca yarn I bought last fall.

And I’m making more doughnuts- they are super fun! I might even try some regular size ones 🙂

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What to do?

I finished up most of my projects this week! That meant I needed to find something new to work on for the weekend. Before heading to my parents house, I was digging through my yarn, trying to find inspiration and direction. I decided on my beautiful alpaca skein. This is the first “splurge” yarn I’ve ever purchased- therefore I put huge expectations on this yarn.

I picked out a beautiful broomstick lace pattern, rolled my ball o’ yarn, started, and realized it was not the right yarn for the pattern.

I am now away from home, with a lovely yarn, and no clue what to make!

What would you make with 200 yards of 3 ply worsted alpaca yarn? What is your favorite yarn?

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Where I’m at Wednesday

Yesterday was a snow-day and I only had my niece for daycare kids. As lay awake before 5am, wondering if there was going to be school, I started to think about all of the things I could finish and check off my list.

Turns out my kids all played wonderfully, but my niece was a handful (18 months old, who would have guessed she’d be a handful?). When there is a house full of other kids, she is distracted and I can SOMETIMES get something accomplished. Not yesterday!

To top it off, I spent nap time blowing off a layer of snow before more heavy stuff came down and he winds picked up. All in all, the weather was not as bad as expected.

I did manage to make a little progress on a few different projects though!

I took apart the seams on my moms poncho so I can close up the neck a bit.

I finished the last couple pieces of Chameleon. Now to see him together!

Edged 1 of 3 receiving blankets.

Finally- I cut out all of he letters for the banner I was asked to make for A’s school music program. Maybe today the glue gun will make an appearance!

Ok- I guess I really did get a fair amount done (even if I did all of that over 16hours)

What projects are you trying to finish? Did you get snow yesterday too? How many of you are ready for spring?