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Spring Breaks 2015

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That’s right. Spring breakS. Pural. Last week the girls were on spring break, and the week before it was Doug. It’s such a bummer that they do not have the same spring break. But we make the most of it. Doug took 3 days during his spring break off of his second job (tutor for Huntington Learning Center) so he would have more time with the girls. They loved when he would pick them up from school and then be home the rest of the day.

While they were at school, he managed to clean Vada’s walls, caulk the trim, and base paint her room. She is going to have a fairy forest room. However, we do not have the time or finances to do that all right now, so it just got a good start. We had to replace the ceiling in the fall, so that was done already. Now the room is painted a light blue (walls and ceiling) and the trim around the windows and doors are a medium blue. This summer we will add some bookshelves that are tree~like (how that works is yet to be determined, though we have a few ideas), we will sponge paint a few clouds on the ceiling, paint the baseboards green, and paint a few trees on the walls, grass coming up from the baseboards, and flowers. Plus fairies. Lots of fairies. Oh, and lay down a new floor. We must be crazy.

Vada-and-Kyla-Reading

Anyway…here is a cute snap of the girls reading together. If you want to see more adorableness as it happens, you should follow me on Instagram. I post yarnie stuff there, and I post some of our crazy life as it happens over there as well! (more…)

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Big things in the works! (yarn and home)

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Wow, I have a lot of things in the works right now!!

First I have some big news that will make a lot of you happy.

I have started the CROCHET versions of the Kat/Katherine coats!!!

First I will be making the child’s pattern, sizes 3 to 12, same as the knit version. I am using Lion Brand Heartland for this one. It is soft, shiny, and oh, so pretty. Plus it is washable and made in the USA. It will most likely be fall before the child version is ready to send to the testers, and then 3 or 4 months with the testers before the pattern is ready for the public.

Kat-Coat-Child-Knit-Pattern

Once the child version is with the testers, I will start on the adult version. Sizes XS to 5X, just like the knit version. I am thinking of using Heartland Thick & Quick, but I’m really not sure on that one. I am very excited about this! Fairy coats for EVERYONE!!!

Fairy-Coat-Knit-Pattern-Katherine-Coat-Cover-Photo

Have I told you my parents were transferred? Mom is now teaching on a base in Sicily (I think it’s in Sicily). I’m not sure if it is an Army or Navy base, but my guess would be Navy.

Yarn-From-Mom

I received a package in the mail from my mom today. This fun yarn was in it. It is called Balocco, and it is from Tropical Lane. I have no idea what I am going to make with it, but considering I have about a million WiPs, maybe I should just think on it for a while…

Jack's-Scarf

Speaking of Mom, a while back she told me about a gentleman she worked with who had a great scarf that his grandfather had made for him. I had her take some photos and send me an email with a bit about it.

Jack-and-his-scarf

Here is the email she sent with the photos:

This is Jack. His grandfather made him the scarf when he was 12. His grandfather was a carpenter and made the scarfs to supplement his income. Jack didn’t see him make it but was told that his grandfather took a board, pounded nails in it, and somehow wove the scarf. I thought of you as soon as I saw it.

Love,
Mom

I wonder if it was something like the knitting looms that are so popular now. Or maybe it is something else entirely. If you have any idea, let me know. I would love to figure this out!

 

Back to my home, I have way more knit and crochet WiPs then I would like to admit. So what is there to do, but start another?

Kyla-reno-start-of-rug

This is going to be a rug for Kyla’s Pink Princess Room. I am using 4 strands of Red Heart Super Saver at a time with size 35 knitting needles. As you can see, I am knitting it in panels, and using a join~as~you~go method to add on to it. This way it fits on my needles, and I can easily make color stripes.

Yes, I am writing down the pattern as I go, and I will share it when I am done. The cable pattern is one that has been floating about in my head for a while. I am thinking of making a smaller version for a pillow as well.

Kyla-reno-Ready-to-reno

As for the Pink Princess Room…

We went to Home Depot on Friday and bought most of what we would need to fix up the room. Those floor boards are as wide as the box. They really look like something you would imagine in a castle, and it was still less than $100 for enough for the whole room!

Kyla-reno-almost-done-drywall

We ended up pulling down all the plaster from the ceiling. It just was not going to look good if we patched it. And really, it only took 3 sheets of drywall to do the whole ceiling.

Most of my renovation knowledge comes from my father, and I have to thank him for that! I don’t even want to know what would have happened if he hadn’t taught me so much. Not to mention the vast amount of awesome tools in my garage. Doug’s friends come over, drool over the tools, and then are shocked to learn they are MINE!! Anyway, there is one thing I have to thank the DIY network for: teaching me about the drywall lift! For less then $30 we rented that thing for 4 hours and got the ceiling up without any injury or even much strain.

Kyla-reno-drywell-is-up

There were a few little hiccups, but considering neither of us had ever put up a ceiling before or even watched someone put up a ceiling (other than on the DIY network), I think it is pretty good!

Kyla-reno-tape-and-mud

Ready for some paint. Did you know there is special ceiling paint. I had never really thought about it before, but ceiling paint is a bit thicker so it doesn’t drip. You know, gravity and all.

Kyla-reno-this-needs-another-coat

One coat wasn’t cutting it. The green from the mold and mildew resistant drywall was showing through.

Kyla-reno-Kyla-helps

Kyla helped Doug with the second coat. Do you like my paint roller extender? That would be one of those nifty tools. Thanks Dad!! The silver part spins back into the rest, making the length adjustable, and the storage size just about 2 feet tall.

Doug laughed at me when I got so excited about that thing when Dad gave it too me a few years ago. Guess who isn’t laughing anymore?

Kyla-reno-lots-of-white

With the last of the ceiling paint, I had Doug go over the nicotine stained walls. They were so gross. (No, we do not smoke, this room was an office before, and the previous owners smoked in there.)

We bought a can of eggshell paint and a can of dark pink paint, with the intent of making 3 colors in between the eggshell and the dark pink, so 5 colors all together. The plan was then to paint the panels of the wood paneled walls in the 5 colors, and put the polka dots of the 4 pink on the ceiling.

Kyla-reno-white-on-white

Well, once I started painting one of the eggshell stripes, it became quite apparent the the eggshell was actually grey in comparison to the ceiling white. So, that meant I had to paint that little valley between all the panels in the eggshell in order to give the whole room a unified look. Don’t worry if that didn’t make since, as the project goes on, you will see…

Kyla-reno-more-stripes

Here we have the start of the first pink. I am going light to dark. After finishing the eggshell, I poured some off into an old Rubbermaid container for trim and touch ups; and then added some of the dark pink to get the lightest shade. We actually have a color card we are using to to determine the shades.

Kyla-reno-2-colors-done

Once I finished the light pink, I stored some of that in another container, and tomorrow I will repeat the process twice more for the 2nd and 3rd pink. The last pink will be the dark pink from the can, so I won’t have to mix that one.

OK, I have to get to my yarn, I have been neglecting it for paint, and it is sad.

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WiP Wednesday 8/21/13

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This seems like a good Wednesday for a WiP update, so here you go!

I have done most of the math for the Katherine coat re-write that I told you about the other day. I am ready to make a few videos for extra help with some of the more tricky parts. Then I will be ready to start making my coat.

need-to-frog-Katherine

But first, I have to frog the first go. Lots of unraveling ahead for me!

Backyard-bubble-time

Yesterday was such a nice day. The girls and I decided we needed some outdoor time. So they grabbed some duckie bubbles, I grabbed some yarn, my laptop and my friend’s camera, and out we went.

So…my friend’s camera…you read that right. I was about to start a free pattern tutorial for you yesterday, and I couldn’t find my camera. There was a full family search for about an hour, and no one could find it. I mentioned my plight on my Facebook page, and a friend of mine who recently moved to the same town as me said she had one I could borrow.

I still can’t find my camera. I may have to buy a new one. I’m bummed. I do want to buy a much better camera once I can afford it, but the old one still worked, so I was going to keep it as our “every day” camera. I can’t afford a nicer one at this time, so I guess I will just get basically the same one as I lost. As I said, bummer.

brightness-for-the-coming-winter

While the girls were having bubbly~fun, I worked on some brightness for the coming winter, and that new free pattern I mentioned a moment ago.

coming-soon-and-free

Here is a peek at the hats for that free pattern! I should have the pattern up by this time next week.

First, I have a few other things to get to. Such as…

almost-ready-for-release

The Rachel skirt!!! This pattern will be released by Friday evening. I will let you all know here when it is out, and I will have a sale all weekend long to celebrate.

Another work in progress is this blog. I have finished all the tech edits with all the old posts, but I still have some things to work out with the side bars and the menu up above.

I have several other fun things happening as well. It looks like I will be part of a give away with The Crochet Lounge this weekend. It will run Friday ~ Monday. As soon as I have the details, I will share them with all of you! You can also stay up to date on any sales and give always by liking my Facebook page.

Another bit of BIG and FUN news: I will be going to the CGOA (Crochet Guild Of America) Fall Conference! The conference is Oct 2~6 in Concord, NC. I will not be going alone, I will be running around like a kid in a candy shop along with Lorene of Cre8tion Crochet!

In less then a year, Lorene and I have discovered that we are kindred spirits. Not only are we both crafty bloggers, but we have so much else in common. She is from NJ, but has moved to NC, I am from…well…everywhere, but have come to settle down here in NJ. We both have similar views on our work ethics and morality. We take pride that all of our work is our own work. We both feel strongly about running our businesses in a way that is a good example to our children. Plus, we are both pretty darn cool gals!

Lorene will be my first cyber friend that I get to meet in person. I can not wait to give her a big hug!

Be warned: Lorene and I have some plans for the future. Expect to be hearing a lot more from us.

I really LOVE teaming up with other artists and bloggers. Life is just more fun when you play nicely with others, rather then compete against them.

my-life-is-not-dull

With everything on my plate right now, there is one thing I can say: My life is not dull!

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Chugga, chugga, chugga, chugga

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That’s me, just chugging along. I try to do one thing at a time, but sometimes that doesn’t seem feasible. Oh well, I just make the best of it and do what I can.

Custom-Max-hat

I received a special order for a Max hat. A couple saw them at InsaniTea, and fell in love, but didn’t see one in the size and color they wanted. So above is a picture of the cute colors they picked out for their 6~12 month Max hat.

Now, I do have a bit of a yarn problem, and my children seem to be enablers. So when we went to the craft store on Wednesday, we saw this fuzzy and bulky yarn in crazy 80’s colors, and couldn’t resist!

the-80s-are-back

The fuzzy yarn (Premier Lash Max) is destined to become scarves for all of us, and the super bulky yarn (Read Heart Vivid) will become hats. Kyla has the pinks, Vada has the greens, and the blues are mine. We are going to be hard to miss this winter!

yummy-layers

On the way back from the craft store we stopped at the market. We got a little happy in the dried fruit and nut section.

fruit-and-nut-mix

I think this is my favorite snack mix so far! Mmmm…

Oh, big news for you now.

My next pattern will be out by the end of the month.

my-next-pattern

It is a skirt! It is sized from child small to adult 5X. All my testers have finished theirs and turned in some beautiful photos. I just have to get some good pictures of myself wearing my skirt, and format the pattern so that the page breaks are in good places, and give it one last look over.

her-name-is-Rachel

The dress form is too small for this skirt, hence the need for some good pictures of my skirt. This one has a draw string, but the pattern is written with my uber-cool and very unique waistband. It is less bulky the other crochet waistbands, and there is no fold over at the top to make it look messy. It is a great way to make an elastic waistband!

bunting-in-the-works

Here is a peak at a free pattern I am working on for you. It may be a while still. I need to futz with it a bit still, and make many more!

Katherine-swatch

OK…Let’s chat a bit about the adult version of the Kat coat. First off, rather then continuing to call it “the adult version of the Kat coat,” I have finally giving it a name ~ Katherine. It makes sense to me!

I started this pattern a while ago, but I was just not happy with the look. I decided I needed a bit of a refresher on the best way to get the look I wanted, so I took this fabulous class from Craftsy:

Handknit Garment Design with Shirley Paden

It was just what I needed. I really knew most of it already, but sometimes we need a little reminder. Plus, she did have a few things to teach that were new to me, and better then what I had been doing. Craftsy  has some GREAT classes. Some are free, some you buy, but all that I have taken are really worth it!

Anyway. I have started over with the pattern. I want to be sure it has the finished look I want. As always, I am using the Craft Yarn Council standards for my measurements. This is what the knit and crochet guilds of America approve, and therefor what I use.

I have finished most of the math at this point, so now it is time to re~write the pattern and test it out myself before sending it on to my testers. Plus I will need to take process photos, and maybe add in a few helpful videos as well, for those of you who like videos in your patterns.

Well, I have much to do, so I will share more news with you another day. Have a wonderful weekend, my friends.

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WiP Wednesday 5/22/2013

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I am trying to get my next pattern released by the end of the month. It’s the Angela Shrug! I am making one (or maybe two) for myself, so I can take some new photos for the pattern. I wasn’t happy with the photos I had in the pattern I gave to my testers.

Angela-Swatch-LB-1878

I made two swatches to show how the lace works up in different yarns. This first one is in Lion Brand LB 1878. It seems that at the moment I am writing this, Amazon is low on colors (like only one), but they usually have several colors. I got the one above from them several months ago.

Angela-Swatch-Ty-Dy-Superkid

This one is Ty~Dy Superkid. This is the yarn I am using for my shrug. It’s all fuzzy and fun!

Angela-Shrug-beginning-of-back

I have the back section all done now. I really love the colors! This is my first knit pattern with lace work. I see more in my future!

Start-of-Cre8tion-Crochet-Lounge- May-Mystery-CAL

Two of my awesome on~line crochet friends have teamed up for a short CAL. It started today and is only 4 days long. Hop on over and join in the fun! Then take some snaps and share them in one of the groups listed in the CAL. You can also chat about your mystery adventures over in my virtual knit and crochet group.

Putting-Natalie-Patterns-and-Kits-Together

I’ve also been putting together my printed patterns and kits for the Natalie Shawl and Wrap to sell at InsaniTea and Street Fairs.

Natalie-Kit-Photo

The Natalie Shawl and Wrap pattern has been getting great attention! Don’t forget to share some photos if you make one of your own.

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WiP Wednesday ~ 4/24/13

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Um…I can’t find my camera. I think it is in the garage. There are no lights in there. It’s not connected to the house. It’s dark out.

Really, I would go look with a flashlight, but it’s not the picture of neatness in there, and I am sure to stumble over something.

Oh, and the dog ate my homework…

I went out earlier to take some snaps of the set up in there. I have been planning out my booth in the garage, and I wanted to show you.

Of course, all my pictures I wanted to share with you today are on the camera. So, well this little sneak peak of what I was working on earlier will have to do.

Net-yarn-patterns-to-come

I have been having many creative moments with the piles of net yarn in my stash. I have a couple free patterns to share with you over the next week or two. I also have one or two patterns that will be for sale with the net yarn. I hope to have those out in a couple of weeks. I just want to have them tested first. They are relativity quick, one skein projects, so I should be able to have them tested quickly.

Well, it’s late and Doug is trying to talk to me, so I guess this will be a short one.

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WiP Wednesday ~ 3/20/13

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Well, there is not a lot to report this week. With all the germs running around this week, I wasn’t as productive as I would have liked to have been. Thursday through Saturday I was unable to knit or crochet or do anything other then lay on the couch. Whenever I tried to focus on anything I got very dizzy and nauseous. So, not much done… Oh well.

Glittery-WiP

I did start playing with my new yarn and tulle. Just a sneak peek of what’s to come.

Putting-on-lables

I have finally finished making my spa sets (for now at least.)

Lot-o-spa-goodies

I am out of cotton yarn, so it is time to label, price, and pack them up for selling!

Face-cloths-for-sale!

The face cloths are all packaged up and ready. My first sale is 3 weeks from Friday. I really need to focus on getting everything ready. This one is a vendor night at an elementary school, so it is inside, which will be nice.

I’m getting back to packing up, now.

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