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Craft Update – June 29, 2016

Okay. It’s been a long time since I’ve updated crafty stuff. In my defense, there have been other things in life taking priority for me lately. 

If you’ve been keeping up here, you know I’ve written a few posts about T1D. Trying to advocate for change, and also trying to educate a few of the masses. 

But, this is a crafty post, so let me get to that.

For my local SC people, I am actually putting myself out there and going to a market on July 9th. It’s the first time I’ve done this, so I’m a little nervous, but there is a first time for everything, right?

I’ve been posting about it on my Etsy Facebook page, and have been teasing about pictures for a week or so, and since I am keeping up with school well at the moment, I took some time to snap some pictures. 

First, something that will not be for sale, this was a project I made for myself. There was a problem at first, I teased you all with a WIP picture a couple months ago. Well, I was about halfway through the first panel when I realized that my gauge was WAY off. Not just a little off, but it was about half the size it was supposed to be.  So, I ripped it all apart, made gauge swatches until five (yes FIVE) hook sizes later, it was there. But, in the end, this wrap turned out lovely, truly. 


I learned several things with it, including how complicated it can be to carry yarn up the side and how tangled it can get. 

Now, on to the preview for the market…

Scarves. Double knit on a loom in a lovely light weight yarn that stripes beautifully.


Another scarf, also loom knit, I found in a bag, presumably that I was going to list on Etsy that I never got around to.


Two grocery bag holders, a fun project I learned, they have elastic on both ends, and a tie at the top to hang.


Lastly, different styles of dishcloths. This is the main focus the past week or so, they are fairly quick and easy to make, and are made in cotton yarn. My favorite pattern is the top middle, it is a waffle stitch that feels very nubby so it will be good for scrubbing. 


Still more to do, and finishing touches to do (yes I have ends that need to be run under) but all in all I’m having fun prepping for this market.

Keep smiling everybody!!


Weekly Craft Update – February 22, 2016

Happy Monday my lovelies! 

Okay so I’m trying to be more cheery than normal. Because here we are, yet again, in South Carolina with cloudy skies and rain in the forecast for the next few days. Again. We have barely had a week without rain since September. It’s kinda getting old. 

It does leave time for crafting supposedly, but, I didn’t seem to have a ton of time for it this week. Saturday was a good crochet day since we were out of town for ballet again. I also didn’t have to drive thanks to the other male dancer momma so that was a very nice change. 

Updates!

A tiny bit of background done on and off this week. Never seemed to find the patience this week to sit and stitch though so not much. BUT every stitch is progress, so we will stay positive. 

  
Like I said last week. I wasn’t sure if I was happy with the gauge on the newest blanket, so I did frog it and start over. But, I wasn’t too upset since with this super bulky yarn, it works fast. The pattern is easy to keep track of since it’s pretty much all in threes. 

  
The other thing is… Well I may need advice. Michaels had mill ends on sale a couple weeks ago, but they weren’t balled or skeined. So of course I untwisted and started to ball it myself. Let me show you…

I started with this…

  
And now at the moment I have this disaster I’ve been working on off and on for a couple of weeks…

  
So, my question for all crafters out there. When I untwist I basically get a big loop/circle of yarn. Obviously I don’t want to work from this, and need to ball it first. What is the best way to go about this (without having to buy a bunch of stuff) so when I move onto the next “twists” of yarn I don’t have this problem. Should I be hanging it from something? Is this when I should have someone with their hands inside the loop for me to wind from? I’ve never had this before so I’m a little confused. I will keep working on my disaster and will eventually get it balled, but I don’t want to have to go through this every time. I have three more twists for this color and a couple more of another. Thanks in advance for any help!

Okay thanks for getting through my wordy post today folks. Happy crafting and keep smiling!


Weekly Craft Update – February 15, 2016

Totally dropped the ball last week. Sorry about that!

Good news is I have two projects going on now lol. Michaels sent me a lovely 30% off your total purchase coupons, and so I grabbed some yarn for some projects I’ve been drooling over. The first one I’ve started is with Bernat’s blanket yarn. Sooooo soft! Now I may end up frogging this one. Gauge has always been an issue for me. So normally I always go up a hook size to stay in gauge. Well, I’m 6 rows in and already though my first skein. If I’m reading the pattern right I should get close to 10 rows per skein so, I may have to frog it and go back to the original sized hook. It works up super duper fast though, so if I do, it won’t take long to get back to where I am. But here is what it looks like so far…

    
I have gotten a lot of background work done. Or at least it feels like a lot to me. 🙂 I won’t babble on about it. I’ll just give you a picture…


Have a great week everybody! Keep smiling!

 


Happy 2016!!

So here we are, new year has begun, the holidays are over and we are off and running.

2015 was an interesting year. It brought lots of changes. Some good, some bad. But, change in general is a good thing, even if you can’t see it right away. I am happy to report that we all survived another nutcracker season, and in the process I managed to loose 10 pounds or so. I am putting that to now being in a two story house, and the Fitbit that I got for my birthday back in October. 

So, here we are, the first Monday of 2016. I am going to try to get back into my weekly craft blogs as well as writing other things. I do have English comp this semester at school so I will do my best. 

Here is my (now annual) post holiday crafting roundup as well as update on the fairy. I have actually gotten some work done (started the year off right, with lots of butt in chair, Netflix watching day of stitching)

Gifts that were given that haven’t been posted are as follows. Two double knit wraps in my favorite yarn I found last year (see last January’s post holiday blog), and another ripple afghan in lion brands homespun. 

  
  
  
And last but not least. The fairy. Most exciting thing is, I found the top!! I was thinking I’d never get there. Only a couple of stitches, but it’s there!

  
I think that’s everything today. Keep smiling and craft on!


Weekly (ish) Craft Update – Monday October 26, 2015

Okay, I did promise that I would get back to this as soon as I could. And I’m trying.

I have also been trying to craft, to mis-quote the Starks, “Christmas is Coming!!” (but said with nearly as much panic)…

Now, I mentioned before, if you see something here and it shows up under your tree or in your mail, act surprised, please. *giggles*

First and foremost, the fairy really hasn’t been touch in months, which makes me rather sad, but now that we are getting more and more settled into our new living arrangements, and this semester is almost over *whew* I’m hoping that I might be able to get back into a routine of at least getting a few stitches in every day. I apologize for her wrinkles, she’s been folded into my bag thingy for a few months.

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I have been crocheting a lot more though, since that is a slightly more portable craft, and with ballet season in full swing, portability has been the name of the game.

I finished this ripple afghan a couple weeks ago, it’s my first ripple and the first few rows got FROG’d a few times (rip-it, rip-it) BUT I finally got the hang of it (and learned to carry a notepad to keep up with counts) and i’m happy with the results. It’s definitely a lap-ghan, it’s not quite big enough for much else.

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Then, thanks to my subscription service, I got a kit to make a yarn ball holder. I’ve seen them in stores, made of everything from fiber to ceramic, but I thought it would be a cute thing to try. This is the one that came with the kit, not completely finished (still needs decoration and a few finishing touches) but, you get the idea.

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So, of course, now inspired, I decided to try with some yarn from my stash, and trying to make it slightly larger, so far it’s working, I’m up to the decreases for the top, but this is how it’s coming along…

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Last but not least, the Bargello patterned bag front has been complete and had it’s edges finished, just need to sew it onto the bag. I know, I know, too many unfinished things, but that’s what happens when stuff gets packed up lol

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That is it for today, I think. lol

Keep smiling, keep crafting, keep supporting your small business crafters (my Etsy is here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ImpishCreations) and remember this (I found this meme the other day, and loved it…)

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Updates, Musings, and Random Ramblings…

So… yeah, it’s been a while. I know I kept saying how busy I was over the summer… well… it got about a million times worse.

Early August we went up to visit family in Michigan. Had an AMAZING time, ate too much, walked a LOT, spent some amazing time with friends and family.

The day after we got back DS started back into dance full time. Four classes a week, plus privates, and now, rehearsals.

A week after that, both DD and DS started back to school. DD with her senior year and DS with 7th (still at home with me online).

THEN, a week after that I started back to school. Only two classes this semester (I wasn’t completely crazy!) and both online.

*whew*

Okay. THEN, September kinda went somewhere. It’s mostly a blur of school and classes and driving.

Now here is October. Let’s just break it down into bullet points.

  • We moved. Not far, but still, we moved.
  • I fell down the last three steps of the attic stairs and sprained my ankle.
  • I’m not 100% sure where anything is at the moment.
  • Last but not least… we’ve had four days of sun in the last three weeks. Yes, we are in SC (for those of you that don’t remember) and very very very blessed and lucky to not have been troubled by any of the flooding. Okay. Let me rephrase. I’m popping Vitamin D like it’s candy, and I’m so sick of everything being damp, but house is fine, car is fine,we are fine.

Oh and did I mention it’s only the 10th? *facedesk*

Midterm for one class was supposed to be this past week, it’s this coming up week now. (The city has been well.. shut down for the past week).

Now. There are a zillion gofundme pages for different people, families, organizations going right now because of the flood. If you can’t do much but want to give money, I’m going to point out two things. One, the Red Cross is always taking money. They are a decent organization, and have been here since day one. The other, is more for personal reasons. The “other” ballet company in our city lost EVERYTHING. I mean… EVERYTHING. They had JUST renovated their studio, and by the second day of flooding they had water 8 feet up the wall. EIGHT. FEET. Costumes, music, posters, brand new flooring… everything gone. They have set up a gofundme page here: https://www.gofundme.com/CCBFlood if you can, and feel so inclined, please donate. They are trying to salvage what costumes and things that they can, but as a lot of you fellow crafty type people out there know, fabrics that have been soaked, especially the lighter, airy fabrics used for costumes, (and soaked in not very clean water…) are nearly impossible to salvage.

If dance isn’t your thing, by all means, I’m sure if you google “go fund me columbia sc flood” or “go fund me south carolina flood” you’ll find dozens of pages. Pick one and help some one out.

As for my crafting… yes, I am still doing some… well I have been. I will do my best in the next couple of weeks to get pictures and updates out to you. I have managed to squeeze in some Christmas crafting while doing everything else (and before you get any big ideas, I take the time I sit at studios to crochet, nothing fancy and I’m not super woman I promise). And I will get some pictures out of that, and just know, if you open a box and see something I’ve posted here, just pretend to be surprised lol.

Don’t forget I do still have my Etsy site up and running. I did make a sale the other day! lol Nothing big, but it made me happy. The link is in the “about” tab up top (you’ll have to click it to see it) and by all means, give me a favorite or even better buy something *giggles*.

Okies, I am exhausted and should prop up this ankle of mine (it’s better but still pretty swollen and LOTS of prettily colored bruises everywhere). Keep smiling, keep crafting, and pray for SUN! ❤


Weekly Craft Update – July 27, 2015

Busy! I know that has been my theme song this summer, but it’s so true! I do love it though. I don’t like being idle for long.

I thought I would take the time though to update you on not just the fairy this time. I’ve been hinting at other projects I’ve been working on. Smaller things that are more portable and quicker things that can be done in a sitting. So I am going to update on it all today.

First for you is the latest update on the fairy. She is coming along nicely, slowly, but surely lol. It’s usually at this point in a project like this that I start to get frustrated and am tempted to put it to the side. I am not letting myself do that, even if I only get a few stitches in here and there throughout the day, I am determined to get something done on it daily. So here she is…


Next thing I have been working on, is an amigarumi dragon for a friend’s grandson. He’s only a body so far, but I plan on trying to get the rest knocked out this week.    

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My more portable stitching project has been a stylized peacock pattern done in something called “bargello”. It’s actually fairly simple, and if it turns out like the picture, I will be happy with it. It will be the front pocket of a small bag, which I also love, because I just don’t think you can have too many bags lol.

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Last but not least is something I made for myself. A cute little bracelet from a pattern I modified. I am happy with how it came out.

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 There now that I got the pictures to upload properly… ish… lol I will close this out. 

Keep smiling, keep crafting, stay cool, stay hydrated and I’ll see you all next week! 😀


Weekly Craft Update – July 6, 2015

I hope everyone here in the U.S. had a safe and happy July Fourth. Other than the little dog not liking the fireworks nearby, things were great here. Cooked out with family, had a few sparklers and watched everybody nearby shooting off all kinds of pretty things. 

Progress on the cross stitch was good this week, but was slightly delayed because I was “commissioned” to do a quick amigurumi crochet project for a friend. That friend is giving it as a gift, so I can’t post pictures yet until I know the gift has been received. It has inspired me though to try my hand at it again and pull out the steel hooks and old embroidery floss to see what some minis would look like too. As for the fairy, what work I did get done was mostly in the wings. So. Many. Colors. Lol. At least now you can see the top wing’s shape and slowly starting to see the background taking shape. 

So, here is your picture for this week…

  
Keep smiling, keep crafting, stay cool out there! Don’t forget, my etsy shop link is in the “about” section above and you never know what I might be listing next!


Weekly Craft Update – April 20, 2015

Okay… So not so weekly the past few weeks… I’ve slacked off, I keep meaning to do this and I kept forgetting. 

I have been working some, not as much as I would like, but some. I do plan on trying to get back into it this week, and taking the time. No really good excuses, really, just distracted and other things going on. *giggles*

In other crafty notes, I am FROG’ing the afghan, and will start it over, again, sometime this week. The ripple was not lining up correctly so I either read the instructions wrong, or completely miscounted somewhere. I am determined to learn this skill though, so I will get back to it and figure it out. I know when I get it right in the first few rows, I will have it. 

The moment you’ve all really been waiting for, cross stitch update picture!

 

 

Have a great week everyone. Check out my etsy when you get a chance, it’s on my list to add more to it soon too. Keep smiling!


Weekly Craft Update – March 23, 2015

Hello everyone! So, my week was rather crazy as I expected. The final ballet of the season was this past week, and it was a success! Now it is back to something slightly normal, although still busy, until DD’s prom in April and recitals in May. So, I get a month to breathe lol.

Needless to say, I didn’t get nearly as much time to crochet as I thought I would, and I’m not 100% sure this isn’t going to end up being frogged and restarted. The ripple effect seems off, so I’m not sure if I missed a count somewhere or I’m just not far enough into it yet to see it. I’ll post pictures and updates on that hopefully next week.

Now, on top of the ballet, I managed to get myself a lovely case of the sniffles, with a clogged nose and all. But, that did mean I got a little more time to stitch than I expected, and although not a huge amount of work done, progress is progress. So, here is this week’s picture for the cross stitch…

 

  

That’s it for this week! Keep smiling and keep creating!


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