Long Few Days

The next couple of days are going to be pretty long. I am not going to get to much done around the house.

Yesterday I did manage to start a new vinegar though, and I am pretty excited! I hope it does not take too long to brew. It is a vegetable vinegar. The idea behind it was vinegar to use in cooking. It is pretty much like a vegetable stock. I have onion, carrot, celery, cabbage and a few other odds and ends I found in my crisper.

I am also planing to start playing around with crochet clothing. I have done this in the past, but never got too far with it. I am experimenting by playing around with some motifs to make a tank top. I intend on lining it with fabric, so it can be a stand alone top in the summer. It may make a decent layering top for the winter.

I have never done anything like this before so I am not sure how it will turn out. My goal is to work on it as much as I can over the next few days and then hit it hard my next day off. If it comes out nice I will post pictures. I have never done this before so I admit to being a little uneasy.

On a more interesting note:

My oldest son has had dreams of being a chef his whole life. This is something I encourage. For Christmas he inherited a 94-114 year old cast iron pan.

He has restored it, and has been practicing his cooking skills in it.

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Book Review: Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs

Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs:

144 circles, hexagons, triangles, squares, and other unexpected shapes

Book By:  Edie Eckman

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5 cupcakes out of 5

Review by Amanda McMillen

Over the holidays I was at a family member’s house and she had a copy of this book. She let me borrow it for a few days and I fell in love with it. After returning it I managed to get myself a copy for the Kindle.

The author Edie Eckman has written several books but so far I have only read the one! When it comes to the world of fiber arts she has done it all. After working in a yarn store she started writing patterns, and teaching. She is also an editor for yarn companies and independent publishers.

I have not read a lot of crochet books because I find that I tend to prefer blog posts. Many of the books I have read in the past end up making me feel overwhelmed. This book is far from intimidating. The patterns are easy to understand and she clearly explains everything about them. Noobs to the most experienced crocheter can gain something from this book.

One of my favorite parts of this book is that she explains how to use graph patterns. This is something that has alluded me for years. There is even recommendations on which patterns to to use, to help teach yourself how to read them. Each motif has a written pattern and a chart pattern. Like so many other craft books, this one is filled with amazing images. They are clear without taking over the content.

Although the only patterns in the book are the motifs themselves she offers creative ideas to use them. There is even a recipe on how to create your own designs.

Pros:

  • Easy to read patterns and technique tutorials
  • Beautiful images
  • Good tips and tricks
  • Easy to use and well organized

Cons:

No major cons. This books was better than expected! Although there are great ideas for uses of the motif, they are all drawings. I do kind of wish there were some photos of finished products using them.

You know I had to make some of these the first night I had it!

I have made a few motifs so far, but one really stands out as a favorite!

Motif 112

I like a traditional granny square but sometimes they get a little boring. This is a different take on it. I am planning on making an afghan for my daughter using this motif with a regular granny square done in two colors.

This book has so much to offer, so in between making squares I will be making a scarf from some of the more open round motifs, I just have not decided how I want to join them yet. Thankfully the book offers tips on how to join pieces!

Have you read this book?

What is your favorite motif? I am thinking about trying to host a crochet along this year and using this book for the projects.

Disclaimer: I am not being paid to do this review. I have not
received any compensation from the author or publisher.
I am a member of the Amazon Affiliate program, so if you buy this book through the links in this post you will be helping this blog, and my family.

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Organizing yarn today…

So today I realize just how bad my “yarn mess” is. The “yarn mess” is a big pile spilling out of a bag that needs to be wrapped. Some of it is recycled yarn and unfinished projects that I have given up on.

Everything is tangled and to be honest, I try to ignore it until I want something from it.

This morning I go to charge my phone. Thanks to my “yarn mess” I can not get to my phone charger. I had forgotten that just before my vacation I started using my travel charger because the other one got tangled into the mess.

Today I shall organize this mess, and get my charger back! I wonder what else I will find?

A while back I shared how to make a center pull yarn ball using a paper towel roll. So I know I can wrap everything easy-peasy.

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My Real Problem

How do I organize all of this? I use a hanging shoe organizer for my yarn. For the full skeins from the store this is fine, but the balls do not store well in it. I am thinking of getting one that hangs on the door. I think that would be better for the smaller bits.

How do you store your yarn?

Back from Vacation

I am so very happy to be home!

My family enjoyed the holidays all over Texas enjoying time with people we do not see nearly enough.

I hope you all had a great holiday season!!!

After work today I get to help my son restore an antique cast iron pan that has been in our family so long we are not sure just how old it is.

Later this week I will also be starting a new sourdough starter. My last one exploded and since I was going to be gone for almost 2 weeks I thought it was better not to make a new one.

I got a mini Crockpot for Christmas, so it is my new yogurt Crockpot!!!! I can not wait to use it!!!!

Cheapskate scarf – free pattern

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This is a scarf I might even be able to make!

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A couple of years ago I made this plaited scarf. It’s based on a very pretty scarf I saw in a shop. I liked the scarf  but it was both acrylic and expensive so I decided to embrace all things recession and take apart a scarf I’d made (but didn’t really like) and fashion it into a bit of a copy. I imagine I looked very suspect as I keep going in to the shop to look at the same scarf and counting the stitches…….

Should you want to make one yourself the pattern is below.

Materials
3 balls Rowan Little Big Wool
9mm needles

Pattern
The scarf is made up of 3 knitted strips platted together and it’s really simple!

Strip 1
Cast on 7 stiches (whichever cast on method you prefer- it doesn’t matter)
R1: [K1,P1]x3, K1
R2: [P1, K1]x3P1
Repeat these 2 rows until the knitted strip is…

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Friday the 13th a Christmas Nightmare… Krampus

Happy Friday the 13th!

Being this close to Christmas I thought I would introduce you to Krampus

Here in America we all know the story of Santa Clause who brings gifts for all the good little boys and girls. Have you ever wondered what happens to the bad little boys and girls?

Krampus comes for them and punishes them.

Here we tell children to be good or Santa will not come. In some places children are warned to be good or Krampus WILL come! He leaves coal or bundles of sticks to beat children with. Sometimes he will even steal children who are really bad and eat them or drown them in the river.

It was even popular to exchange cards featuring Krampus called Krampuskarten.  Did you know you can still get Krampuskarten? 

If you are creative you can make your own Krampuskarten!

I found this amusing Krampus rubber stamp on Amazon! I may have to get one, so that I can make some cards next year! Personally I love the Krampus Wrapping Papper! (Maybe I should stop browsing Amazon when I should be doing research?)

I want to Knit a Krampus Sweater Someday

I saw some while browsing Amazon, but I seem to be having issues finding patterns. I am not good at knitting but I want to do this…

I can not find patterns. I have only found one pattern for a doll on Ravelry. Do you have any Krampus Patterns to share? I would love that!!!

I may just have to make my own. I am not good enough do a knit one yet, but I may make a crochet Krampus pattern. I am still busy getting stuff ready Christmas, so that may have to wait until next year!

Enjoy the Last Friday the 13th of the year! Happy Holidays!!

Did you know that if you buy on amazon through the links I have provided you are helping support this blog. I am a member of the Amazon affiliates. The Ravelry pattern is not mine, but I did want to share the pattern I found. I wish I found some free ones.

overhaul coming

Over the last week I have been planning on some pretty big changes to my blog. I am hopping this will be for the better!

This includes a real logo! I am hoping to have that ready as early as tonight. I may also be re coloring the whole site, and reworking it to be more user friendly.

It is my dream to make this my job. I want a successful blog, that is also entertaining and informative. I am hoping to start on that road tonight.

This may even include a blog name change…

Honestly any feedback is welcome. I am trying to put together a blog that I would enjoy to read, but I want you to enjoy it too!

Road Trip coming up!

So I get to go back to my home town for just over a week soon. 

We have not seen a lot of this side of the family for the last two years so we are really excited!

I have all of the gifts that I am buy bought, I am finishing up the handmade gifts, and now I have to make the important decisions…

What books do I load on my kindle and how much yarn do I pack? 

How much time will I really have to work on my knitting and crochet? How much room can I afford to take up when we will have 5 people in a car? I guess I can not fill up the trunk with yarn, because the kids need like clothing and stuff…

It is still over a week until we leave so I plenty of time.

Also,

My Birthday is in 5 days.

Not that I am counting or anything….

Quick Note

Since I am iced in again today I decided to try to get some work on the blog. I am still unable to do many of the changes that I want to make, but I am getting some other stuff done.

On a side note I am working on a contest! Still working on the details, but I do hope to have something soon!