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So much being done,

And yet so little to show for it so far.

I haven’t mentioned it yet, but I’m going to be participating in the Vista Fiber Arts Fiesta Oct 12-13!  I’m super excited since this will be my first fiber oriented fair!  I’ve been dying up yarn as fast as I can manage, and then, a weird thing happened.  I had a rush on the stock I had in my Etsy store!  I’ve nearly sold out!  While this is great, it means MORE DYING!  All this dying has meant less knitting and a lot less blogging.  I’m currently waiting on another shipment of blank yarn, so it’s time to catch up on the other stuff!

I started my Summer Blooms Shawl not to long ago.  It’s plugging along at about 2 rows a day.  This isn’t so bad considering each row is 417 stitches.

SAM_1151I’m a little over half way through the lace portion and have started decreases.  I’m loving this pattern so bad!  It’s the first time I’ve worked with beads in my knitting, and it’s way easier that you would think.  The best part is that I get to use that sweet little antique crochet hook.  It belonged to my husband’s great-grandmother!  It’s the tiniest hook I’ve ever seen, and I can’t believe she could actually crochet with it!  I’ve seen some of the lace she made with them (I have several of her old hooks) and someday I’ll have to post pictures of them.

There’s also been some Christmas knitting going on (102 days left!).  I started a nice chevron blanket.

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Still not sure exactly who will receive it come the holiday season, but at least I’m making progress on some gifts.  I’ve stash busted some Caron Simply Soft for it, but knitting to much is somehow rubbing my fingers a little raw.  Anyone else have that problem with acrylic?  It’s never bothered me before.

I’ve also started a scarf for my aunt.

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I’m not sure if I like it though.  I had wanted to do this pattern out of something with mohair in it, but I didn’t have any in white, and my aunt keeps saying how hard it is to find a white scarf.  This is some more acrylic from the stash.  It has a sort of pearled strand running through it, and the yarn itself is kind of bumpy.  Any of you have a better pattern you’d suggest?

It looks like my blanks have arrived!  So back to the kitchen with me.  I’ll have more fun shop updates soon 😉

 

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Preparation

I’m trying to organise my knitting (and thoughts in general) for our upcoming road trip.  I have my Sea Bands to hopefully ward off any potential motion sickness, and several patterns.

I’ve decided that hats would be something fairly easy to work on while in the car.  I also decided to knit said hats for Knots of Love (we don’t really go through a ton of hats around here).  Per their required yarn list, I will be stash busting A TON of Carron Simply Soft that I came across while trying to organize all my craftiness.

For these hats I’m taking along two patterns:

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Then, just to shake things up a bit I’m going to use the Tardis chart from Bigger on the Inside by Kate Atherley to make a nice scarf for a friend 🙂

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(I love that as soon as I had printed up the pattern and put it with my stuff to be packed, my friend actually requested this as a Christmas gift haha!)

I may yet also pack up a pair of socks as I’m trying to teach myself to knit them two at a time with the magic loop.  That sounds like a lot of knitting haha.  (…oooo maybe I’ll bring the spindle too…)  What are your go to travel knitting patterns?

Wow…

Okay, so nearly a month with no post.  I guess things have been a little nuts around here.  Lots of traveling for the hubby means not a lot of blogging time for me.  I swear Little is the busiest kid I’ve ever met!  Even at only 7 months, she pretty much requires constant entertaining/corralling.  Not sure if that’s going to get worse or better.

On that note, Happy Mother’s Day to all the mamas out there!  I hope you all had great ones!  In honor of that, I’m going to share the gift that I gave to the mamas in my life, and how to make them yourself!  (Cue terrarium how-to I was supposed to post months ago…)

 

You can see my big terrarium in the background.

You can see my big terrarium in the background.


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Okay, they aren’t terrariums in the traditional sense (covered), but you can use this method for those too!

Step 1:  Find yourself a suitable container.  It can be pretty much anything, pot, vase, maison jar, old candy dish, anything that strikes your fancy.  (Tip:  If you have cats, or any other critters that like to eat your plants, I’d go with something that has high sides, like a wide mouth flower vase.  That way you can put the plants deep in the container where said critters can’t reach them.)

Step 2:  Put in a good handful of gravel.  Succulents (and most other plants for that matter) are going to need good drainage.  This will give the excess water someplace to go if your container doesn’t have its own drainage.

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Step 3:  Add dirt.  Easy enough.  Just a thin layer to start.

The ever helpful Leah, and the "garden" in the background.

The ever helpful Leah, and the “garden” in the background.

Step 4:  Add plants!  Succulents work best, in my experience (black thumb, right here!), but you can get pretty creative.  Just make sure they are plants that will do well in the environment you want to keep them in.  I arranged my plants in the dish, then filled in  around them with extra dirt to keep them secure.  (Tip:  If you’re getting your plants from a nursery or big box store, double-check how many plants are actually in each pot.  You usually end up with multiple stems that should be separated for the health of the plants, and hey, bonus plants!!!)

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Step…: Water your plants, and place them in an appropriately sunny area.  You can stop here, or move on to the bonus round 😀

BOUNUS ROUND!!!  If you’re feeling creative, once the dirt has dried a little, brush off any extra dirt from the plants leaves.  I like to use an old paint brush for this.  Then, gather up some colored sand, pretty rocks, moss, or anything else you think would be fun and let the decorating begin!

I LOVED the glass chunks I found at Pigment!

I LOVED the glass chunks I found at Pigment!

I’m lucky in San Diego to have a really cute shop at my disposal with TONS of terrarium supplies.  You can order most of their stuff on-line too!  www.shoppigment.com  I got most of my plants, all the sand, moss, and decorative glass bits from there.  They also carry air plants, which I’m slowly getting obsessed over.  Those will definitely make an appearance in my next terrarium!

So, make one, give one, cover your house with them!  Just have fun!!!

What kind of do it yo-self gifts made the rounds in your family this Mother’s Day?

 

 

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Beagle Helper

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Linus is helping me with the wedding blanket while it’s cool enough to work on it. 🙂