Tuesday, September 16, 2014

More on 9 Inch Circulars - Videos

So, did you see my post about knitting socks on 9 inch circulars?  Do you want to learn more?  Here is a great series of 8 videos on You Tube from Springer's Yarn Nook to help you through it.
Here's the first video:

The second video:
The third video:
The fourth video:
The fifth video:
The sixth video:
The seventh video:
The eighth and final video:
I hope you find this series to be very helpful in your quest to knit socks on 9 inch circulars!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Sunday Swing Socks at Sunset

I've been on a sock knitting kick lately.  I figured if I was going to knit, let's make useful items for myself (or sometimes for hubby too).  This is my first attempt at a top down sock other than the sample socks I made several years ago.  Here they are:

These socks were also make using a new method to me, knitting them on 9" circular needles.  What???  9 inch???  Yes, you read it right.  They are the perfect length for knitting in the round and match the diameter of socks.  I first read about this from Stacey Trock from Freshstitches.  Want to read more about it, here are her blog posts #1 - Why a 9"? and #2 - Video: How to Knit Socks on 9" Circulars.
Here's a picture of my cast on:
Aren't they so cute!  To me, this is more efficient way of knitting socks over magic loop.  You do not have to keep adjusting your needles and turning your yarn bag.  I made these in a little over three weeks.  As you can see, I bought two sets of needles and I work them at the same time so I don't get second sock syndrome.
Where do you get these needles?  I got mine from an eBay store called Knit Bin.  They are HiyaHiya Sharps in size 1 (2.25 mm) for $9.25 each plus shipping.
If this has sparked some interest to you, please give it a try, you won't regret it!  If you do, please leave me a comment telling me about your experience and thoughts.  I love this method!

Pattern: Sunday Swing Socks by Kristel Nyberg
Yarn: S.R. Kertzer On Your Toes 4 Ply with Aloe Vera #3824 - Sunset Print
Needles: HiyaHiya Sharp 9" Circular - Size 1 (2.25 mm)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

My Hubby's Second Socks

A couple of weeks ago, I finally finished my hubby's second pair of socks that I started in September 2012.  Here they are:

He loves them and wear them all the time!  I'm just not a big fan of the invisible bind off, it looks messy to me.  I am going to make him a third pair soon but I am going to make them top down this time.  I think they just look neater!
Pattern: Beginner Toe Up Socks for Magic Loop by Liat Gat from Knit Freedom
Yarn: S.R. Kertzer On Your Toes 4 Ply with Aloe Vera #3809
Needles: Knit Picks 47" Fixed Circular - US 1 (2.25 mm)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Look What We Did!

I mentioned in my last blog post that I have a new job, well actually, my position was eliminated after 23 years.  Thankfully, I found my new job in just 4 days!  I did receive a severance package along with my unused vacation time for the rest of the year.
Here's what we did with it:

We have been wanting to add a porch to the front of our house for several years and now we had the money to do it without adding more debt.
Here is a side view of it:

It is 8 feet wide by 26 feet long, almost half the length of the house.  The flooring is made of Trex decking and the railing is all vinyl.  It is pretty much a maintenance free addition!  We even added recessed lighting and a ceiling fan.
Here are a couple more pictures with everything done around it:

Instead of putting lattice around the bottom, we used the most plentiful resource in Wales, ROCKS!  We feel that it gives a more rustic look to the porch.  I also moved my flag pole to the outside of the porch and put my new flag on it. If you can't read it, it say: "A Spoiled Rotten Dog Lives Here". It is quite fitting!

As requested by emerci, here's one with Hershey!  Hershey is doing very well and he loves the new porch too!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Easy Pattern for Self Striping Socks

Hey, remember me??!!  I know it has been a while but I am still here.
There has been some changes since my last blog post.  I have a great new job that I love so much!  I am now working as the Accounting Manager at Greater Springfield Credit Union.  It is such a relaxed work environment and it is a pleasant and welcomed change.  I have been here since May 19th but I have feel like I have been here forever already (in a good way).  I have been welcomed with open arm by everyone (all 20 employees) and I am looking forward to working here for a long time!
Now that life is more relaxed, I have time to get back into my hobbies.  Quilting has been put on hold for me for summer so I have gotten back into my knitting.  I wanted to make something productive, other than dishcloths, so I'm back to knitting socks.
Here is my latest project:

These socks were as part of the July challenge with the Sock Knitters Anonymous (SKA) group over on Ravelry.  These are my socks and I can't wait for them to dry so I can wear them.  I just finished them last night.  It only took me 3 weeks to make these too!
I am now working on some new socks for August's challenge with SKA for my hubby!
Yarn: Felici by Knit Picks in Afternoon
Needles: Addi Click Lace Size 1 (2.25mm) on 40" cables

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Crocheted Infinity Scarf

Here is an infinity scarf that I made this week:

It is 64" long lays nicely wrapped around my neck twice.  I wore it to work and I got 5 orders for more.  I'm off to buy some new colors of yarn to get crocheting!!!
Yarn: Impeccible Solds by Loops & Threads (Michael's brand) - Lavendar
Hook: US J

Monday, March 31, 2014

Baby Reo's Hat Collection

A friend of hubby's that he snowmobiles with is expecting their first child in February.  His wife, Barbara, asked me to make the baby fun hats to wear for fun baby pictures.  Reo was born on Super Bowl Sunday, February 2nd, at 9:30 am!

Here they are:
Plain Hats

Bear Hat

Chick Hat

Mickey Hat

Owl Hat

Newborn Long Tail Hat

Some are newborn size and others are 0-3 months.  She loved all of them!

Friday, March 28, 2014

My Kindle Covers

Last weekend I wanted to explore making myself some new kindle covers.  I found a pattern from Blissful Sewing's blog.  I loved this pattern!  Here are my results:
Floral Kindle Cover - Closed

Floral Kindle Cover - Opened

Aqua & Black Kindle Cover - Closed

Aqua & Black Kindle Cover - Opened

These covers fit my kindle keyboard perfectly!  It also includes measurements for Kindle Fire, Kindle Keyboard, Kindle 3G, Kindle Touch and Sony Pocket.  I will be making more of these.  My father actually requested one so I found some Star Trek fabric from Etsy to make it for him for Father's Day.

Friday, March 21, 2014

The Letters - Suzanne Woods Fisher

Rose Schrock is a plain woman with a simple plan. Determined to find a way to support her family and pay off her late husband's debts, she sets to work to convert the basement of her Amish farmhouse into an inn. While her family, especially her cranky mother-in-law, is unhappy with Rose's big idea, her friend and neighbor, Galen King, supports the decision and he helps with the conversion. As Rose finalizes preparations for visitors, she prays. She asks God to bless each guest who stays at the Inn at Eagle Hill. As the first guest arrives and settles in, Rose is surprised to discover that her entire family is the one who receives the blessings, in the most unexpected ways. And she's even more surprised when that guest decides to play matchmaker for Galen King.

With her signature plot twists combined with gentle Amish romance, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites readers back to Stoney Ridge for fresh stories of simple pleasures despite the complexity of life. Fisher's tale of God's providence and provision will delight her fans and create many new ones. Welcome to the Inn at Eagle Hill.

Rose Schrock's life has had so many bad things happen to her lately. Her husband's death, failure of his business, her step-son running away and also having to move in with her mother-in-law and returning to the the Old Order Amish traditions.  Rose is determined to pay back her husband's debt so to make money she turns her basement into an inn.  She learns a lot from her first guest and her guest learns from her about faith, love and forgiveness.  Will she be able to balance her life?  Will she be able to get over the guilt left behind by her late husband?  Will she be able to move on and love again?

I really enjoyed this book from Suzanne Woods Fisher.  I love that the characters fromt he Stoney Ridge series are in this series too!  But it is not necessary to have read that series in order to understand and enjoy this one.  I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series, The Calling, soon!  A special thanks to Net Galley and Revell for allowing me to review this book.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Zippers, Zippers Everywhere!

Lately I've been sewing lots of bags and pouches using zippers.  If you've been to Joann's lately, zippers can cost you about $2 each or more.  Let me share a little secret with you, I get my zippers from Zip It, an Etsy store!  She has the best deal around!  I buy 10" zippers for smaller pouches and 14" zippers for my box bags.  Here are my favorite deals from her store:

Look at the variety of colors!  There shipping is really quick too!  I would highly recommend this store to everyone!

Monday, March 17, 2014

My Favorite Zipper Pouch

I found another great pouch tutorial on Pinterest, I love that website!  It is called My Favorite Zipper Pouch by Jedi Craft Girl.
Here is my first pouch:

I made these using some layer cakes that I have acquired from Missouri Star Quilt Company.  This one is called Lost and Found 2 by Riley Blake.  These pouches also have the covered end for the zipper.  It is a nice size too, about 8-1/2" wide by 6" wide with a box bottom.

I will be making more of these soon too for my Etsy store!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Lil Cutie Pouches & Box Bag

I've been sewing again this past weekend!
Here are some smaller pouches, called Lil Cutie Pouches, which are perfect for keeping my hand sewing needles, scissors and smaller items for hand sewing.

I acutally made three of these but I kept one for myself to match this box bag:

I finally got this bag right.  I added tabs at both ends of the zipper and made the handle 8" long instead of 11" on the last one.  Much better!!!
This is my bag for my English Paper piecing.  Don't you think this fabric is so fitting??!!  I found it over at Uberstitch's Etsy Store.  She has an amazing selection of Riley Blake fabric at very reasonable prices.  I bought half a yard of the hexie fabric and made the box bag, 3 smaller pouches and one larger pouch with plenty of scraps to spare and use.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

An Amish Garden by Various Authors

“A Place of Healing” by Vannetta Chapman
Emma discovers a run-away teen in her barn, and the bishop asks her to provide a haven for a woman and her two children. Then her mother-in-law reveals a secret about her garden. Will Emma choose loneliness or learn to accept God’s gifts?

“Flowers for Rachael” Kathleen Fuller
Rachael’s garden is beautiful, but she is lonely. Gideon is in love with Rachael, but when Rachael finds her garden in shambles after a crisis, she rejects his help. Will she realize she doesn’t have to do everything on her own?

“Seeds of Love” Tricia Goyer
When a corporation shows interest in buying Sadie’s heirloom seeds, she panics. They are all she has left of her Dat and Mem. Eli believes he can help Sadie, but a misunderstanding leaves her heartbroken. Will she trust him again, and will the seeds of a new relationship take root?
“Planting a Future” Beth Wiseman
Rosemary is doing her best to run her family’s household. She excels at all her tasks except one: gardening. Saul has been interested in her for years, but Rosemary has turned him down repeatedly. Saul begins helping with her family’s garden, but someone is sabotaging his efforts—and keeping a secret that could change their lives.
In Planting a Future, it is a heartwarming story of true love.  Rosemary is running her household since her mother passed and should be married with her own family by now.  Saul has been her true love since they were 16.  Will they now be able to give love a chance?  Will Rosemary let Saul into her heart?
In Seeds of Love, Sadie moved to Montana with her aunt and uncle after her parents died in a buggy accident.  She decided to leave the area to avoid the daily memories of the pain she is feeling.  The only connection she has left from her parents are her Mem's heirloom tomato seeds.  She plants a wonderful garden but is meet with several challenges to help it thrive.  Eli is the recent Amish traveling bachelor who is taken in by her aunt.  Will Eli help Sadie save her family history?  Will love bloom with them?
In Flowers for Rachael, Rachael has a beautiful garden and loves flowers.  Gideon is her neighbor that has fallen in love with her.  Can Gideon win Rachael's love?
Finally, in a Place for Healing, Emma is grieving the recent loss of her husband.  She is living on a large farm with her eldery mother.  The highlight of their day is working in the large garden.  One day she discovers that a young Amish boy is living in her barn.  Will she take him in?  How will she deal with carrying for him and the future plans for her home?
I loved this book! These four authors are amazing! Each story touched my heart in a special way.  A special thanks to Net Galley for allowing me to review this book in advance for free in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Michelle's Bag Set

I've been on a bag kick lately.  My hubby liked them so much that he asked if I could make a set of them for his friend's friend's wife, Michelle.
Here they are:

Here is the cosmetic bag:

This time, I added a handle that was made with a piece of interfacing lined fabric which was 5" by 11".  I think the handle is a little too long so I will try a 5" by 8" piece next time.  I also want the handle to be on the closed zipper end and add a tab on the open zipper end.
Here is the lined zipper bag:

This zipper bag has covered end!  I like how these look better!  I also trimmed the zipper to 1/4" after adding the tabs to reduce some of the bulk in the corners.  It seemed to help!
I reaily like how these come out!  I think these are two of my favorite bags right now!  I will be making more of these sets soon for my Etsy store!  Keep your eyes open!

This blog post has been entered into Ellison Lane's The Crafty Traveler Giveaway!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Cosmetic Bag

Okay, here's another box bag.  I was attempting to make a larger one and this is the perfect size!
Here it is:
Don't you just love this fabric!  I found it on clearance at Meeting House Fabric in Wales, MA.
This pattern is called Cosmetic Bag Tutorial, which I found on Pinterest thanks to my neighbor's daughter Jackie.  This is the perfect size for my English Paper Piecing stuff!
There is just one little problem, I don't like the sound of the fusible vinyl on the inside of the bag, it crunches.  To fix this, I am going to make one using fusible interfacing and I will also add a carrying handle to one end.  Keep your eyes open for an updated version of this bag with full instructions and step-by-step pictures.

This blog post has been entered into Ellison Lane's The Crafty Traveler Giveaway!