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Not quite what I wanted, but it will work

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I started writing a wrap pattern at the beginning of October. It was beautiful in my head. Somewhere in the initial planning/math stages, something went awry. I think I tried to do too much. The pretty little picture was much more simple then what happened as I started writing.

Paula-Poncho-knit

So, in the end, I had something much more in the poncho department, then the wrap department. After the initial, “crap! this is so not what I wanted!” I decided I liked my poncho. So I will be putting the finishing touches on the pattern and start testing it, hopefully by the end of the week. If you want to test this pattern, drop me a note in my testing group on Ravelry, and you will be at the top of the line!

We have been told to stay home as much as possible during the Sandy clean up. At least those of us who still have a home, which, thankfully, is most of us in my town. Most of our damage is downed trees and branches, flying debris, and power issues. I took the time to catch up on house work, including washing a pile of blankets and afghans that sorely needed it. After washing, this old afghan of Doug’s was a little…damaged.

Fixing-Doug's-crochet-blanket

It took a bit of thinking and trial and error, but I was finally able to repair it to the point where you can barely see the fix. My tension was a bit tighter then the original  but I had to be sure I had enough yarn, as matching really old acrylic is kind of hard sometimes!

fallen-tree-at-the-park

I did take a trip to the grocery store in the middle of the week for some essentials. The street leading to the store was stop and go. I took a few snaps of the park across the street while waiting. Look at that tree, roots and all.

another-fallen-tree-at-the-park

And another all the way over. Still, we are so much luckier then most around here.

preparing-for-the-holiday-boutique

I also took some time to make up some little items for the girls’ school’s Holiday boutique.

bag-o'-pretties

They ask that all items sold during the school day are $5 or less, so I’ve been making little button flower accessories.

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I’m just about flowered out!

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I also started my next pattern. It’s one that has been rolling around in my head for a while.

fancy-knitting

I am making one for each of the girls for Christmas presents, so I needed to start before it was too late!

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I’m really happy with how it is turning out, and can’t wait to start testing. It’s a fairly simple pattern.

I think after I make these for the girls, I need to work on another crochet pattern. Knitting takes too long for me!

Hope you all have a safe and happy week. Remember to be nice to each other tomorrow. We all want what we think is best, even if we don’t agree on what that is!

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Pumpkins and Porch

| Crochet, Holidays, Organizing, Pattern, Woodworking

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I think I showed you the beginning of this horsey holder. It’s all done now. I really like it. Plus, free, always a bonus!!

Horsey-stand

There has been quite a bit of cleaning and organizing going on lately.

Helping-Daddy-sort-comics

Doug and the girls organized Doug’s comic books. It took a couple weeks, but it’s done now. He’s been wanting to do this for years, but never had a space to do it in before.

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Friday was the PTO sponsored pumpkin patch at the girls school. Doug and I volunteered. All the kids got to choose a pumpkin.

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Then they went on to the decorating tables with tons of stickers to make fun pumpkins!

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Kyla liked the foam stickers (she fell on the way to school on Thursday and scrapped up her face, if you’re wondering.)

Kyla's-pumpkin

Aren’t they both adorable? She asked Daddy to draw eyes, eyelashes and eyebrows on the pumpkin.

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Vada had a good time, as well.

Vada's-pumpkin-2012

She really liked the little green wart stickers!!

Kyla-Rapunzel-love

While cleaning and organizing the girl’s playroom, I found Rapunzel’s crown. So I fixed her hair and attached her crown. Kyla was quite pleased.

clean-porch

I finished the playroom!!!

new-storage-thingie

This is a hanging organizer that was in our last batch of hand~me~downs from my friend Jenn. We use it for the girls hats, scarves, gloves and such.

table-for-games-and-such

This is an old coffee table Doug found at the curb. It is great for all the girls’ games and blocks.

porch-orginazation

More toy storage. The white tower with the fabric baskets was a cheap garage sale find by Doug. He’s pretty good at this stuff!

porch-looking-pretty

So many toys, all with a home!

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Here are the shelves again, all filled up!

rack-for-random-hanging-things

I made some more hanging storage for the back of the playroom.

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More little wooden pegs, I think I can make them in my sleep by now!

toy-hamocks

I made a couple toy hammocks for the back corner. They crocheted up really quick and easy. I see more of these in my future. The girls picked out the yarn from the Red Heart yarn stash I got from my Grammy.

I have a few more yarnie projects in the works. I have a feeling I will have plenty of time to work on them in the next few days. I will do my best to keep you all updated, but I can’t guarantee I will have power, as Sandy has her sights firmly set on us. All the schools and businesses are closed. Everyone has battened down the hatches and are all tucked safely *we hope* inside our homes. It’s so odd to know that everyone is home, but when you look out the windows, it’s a ghost town. Wish us luck!

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Just Hanging Around, Part 1

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I started a new project on Sunday. Because what I need is a new project. I should be able to finish it tomorrow. In my defense, it is a project that will make an existing project easier.

collecting-parts

I started by collecting all the supplies I thought I would need. All stuff found in my garage. OK, the deck posts were laying in the pile of deck wood outside my garage, but the rest was in there.

don't-forget-the-finger-saver

I took a scrap of 1×8 and ripped it into square strips on the table saw. This requires a finger saver. Don’t try this without one. Please.

posts!

Next I used the radial arm saw to chop off a bit of both ends of both deck post pieces.

sanded-and-ready

Then I sanded the crap out of them. This took a while. And about 4 pads for the orbital sander. My hand was still vibrating half an hour later. But aren’t they pretty?

angles-are-good

Then I chopped some scrap 2x3s with opposite 45 degree angles on both ends. I cut some of those in half length wise. Again, finger saver.

golf-ball-is-doomed

Clamp a golf ball in a vise. This is the fun part.

golf-ball-torture

Position the drill and wonder if the previous home owner who lied about O’ so much to sell this dilapidated house is missing his golf balls.

holy-golf-ball

Drill hole all the way through, giggling maniacally, and relieving stress.

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Attach angled pieces to posts, wonder if there is a prettier way to do this, and decide it is getting a little to dark to finish. Probably best to finish up on Tuesday (Monday is a little to busy.)

let's-give-it-a-try

So inside I went, to finally get around to making this pie from a mix I had bought a while back.

that's-not-right

While I was rolling out the pie dough, the girls wanted a snack, so I grabbed them some strawberry Nutra Grain bars. Looks like I will be giving Kellogg a call tomorrow. This is how the bar looked when I pulled it out of the package. I’m pretty sure this is not what the store meant when they said the bars were half off.

shoofly-pie

Here is the pie, all done. Turns out, none of us like shoofly pie. At least not the “from the box” kind. Oh well, it’s not exactly healthy, anyway. Luckily I had made some yummy whole wheat cranberry and white chocolate cookies on Saturday, so all was not lost.

red-and-black-tunisian

I did get some yarnie bits done, as well. Here is a peak at my latest endeavor.

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I have a knit project I need to finish, but I needed a bit of a break from it for a while, so I worked on a quickie project over the weekend.

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Pretty colors on this one! I’ll share more about these two little guys with you soon!

Oh, I promise, there was more then stress relief to those golf balls. I hope to finish up the project tomorrow, and I will share the rest of it with you then.

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Chaos

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Yup, chaos. Kind of explains a lot going on right now. I seem to have a decent routine on school mornings up unit I get home from taking the girls to school. Then it’s just a bit, well, chaotic. I’m working on getting into a routine during the school days. It seems like there is just more to do then time in the day. Market some days, laundry others, cleaning (always cleaning), organizing all the stuff in the basement, garage, spare room (which will one day be Kyla’s room), working on my designs/patterns, and, of course, spending time with you, my blogland friends. I know I can.

I know I can. I know I can. *I hope*

So here we are, at the beginning of the week. Let’s see how it goes. So far this morning I have gone to the market and done a bit of cleaning/organizing in the basement. Much to my dismay, I think I will need to change out the shut off valve for the outside water. It seems even when it is off, it still drips a bit. I’m giving it a day to see if the dripping stops (maybe it’s just taking a while to empty out), otherwise I will have to stop at Home Depot tomorrow to get a new shut off valve. When my dad was here he put one in that didn’t require any sweating/soldering pipes. You just cut and opening, and slip it in. It’s working great, so I’ll see about getting one of those. Way cheaper then the plumber ($75 just for the house call, then whatever the charge is for parts and labor.) If I do it, I’ll post step by step photos for you all.

So…I’m testing a few patterns. I opened the tests a couple of weeks ago, but I could still use a few more testers, if anyone is interested, and can meet the deadline.

Fanny-crochet-skirt-pattern-close

I’m retesting the Fanny skirt, I only had one tester last time around, and would just feel better to have a few other sizes tested. Here is the testing info.

Fanny-crochet-skirt-pattern

I really love this skirt.

Freya-Lacey-Vest-Crochet-Pattern

I’m also retesting the Freya vest. My sizing was off. It was too tight the first time around. I have fixed the sizing, and would like a few sizes tested to be sure it is all good now. Here is the testing info for Freya.

Angela-Knit-Shrug-Pattern

Another new love of mine. This is a fun lace/rib knit shrug named Angela.

Angela-Shrug-Knit-Pattern

As with most of my patterns, sizes range from XS to 5X. If you want to test this one, the details can be found here. Well, that’s it for now, my friends. Have a lovely week, and I hope to chat with you again soon!

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Done!

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Finally finished this and wanted to share it with you.

I plan on starting the pattern testing for it on Monday. (more…)

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