I’m here, I swear

I formally promise to post more after the holidays. I’ve never been stretched so thin but blogging is my me time and I miss it! I will return in January.  Promise.


Pardon my dorky expression!


Monday’s Makes: Episode 1


Mondays suck. It’s a simple fact of life. So let’s make Mondays a little less mundane with a blog series! Monday’s Makes. I considered calling it Wednesday’s WIPs but I figured Monday could use a little more love then Wednesday.


Furthest down on my ‘to do’ list of crochet projects is this luscious lovely. It’s a Puff Stitch slouch beany. I made the band a little differently. I did horizontal fpdc and bpdc rather then vertical back loop only like it says in the pattern. I prefer this technique because it gives it a little more stretch and spring.
It was coming along beautifully until I realized I would run out of yarn before I was finished. Drat! So now it’s on the back burner until I can order more. I just love working on it though.


Of only slightly more importance then the hat, we have a gift bag. I doubt I’ll enclose all my crochet gifts in equally time consuming gift bags but I thought I’d have at least one or two for the extra special family members. I plan on making them drawstring and tying them with a crocheted poinsettia. I’m not using a pattern for it. Just wingin’ it.


On to something delicious! This began as a side project/mindless scarf for myself. However, feeling the crunch of Christmas gifts looming I have turned it into a soon-to-be colorful cowl for a close relative. Her colorful personality fits perfectly! This lovely pattern is the Mindless Scarf on Ravelry.


Hmm what to do with this

Not quite a ‘make’ just something I need your help with. I ordered 3 balls of this lovely ‘Autumn’ colored yarn. It’s a thick worsted weight green yarn with rainbow color flecks. I can’t figure out what to do with it! Any ideas? I’m looking for gift ideas for non crafters. I’m open to anything!

What’s on your hooks this week? Did you just finish something? Do you have anything that seems to be perpetually in the WIP stage? I’d love to hear about it!

Thick and Quick 2

Last weekend I wrote about Lion Brand’s ‘Hometown USA’ yarn in my Thick and Quick post. Well, I have exciting news:

The Man’s yarn arrived! Or, I should say, arrived a week ago. After only 3 more rows were added and the hat was cinched, it was done! An awesome, quick, warm, new hat. Made especially for his noggin.

Cozy and Warm

He was so funny, he watched the mail as eagerly as I did for the arrival of his second skein of yarn. He knew the completion of his hat was imminent and it was only a matter of materials.

Up close and cozy

This yarn was tons of fun to work with. Even with Baby L ‘helping’ me unravel the skein (an essential job of course). The hat worked up in about an hour total work time after all my materials arrived. A win win!


In other news, the rains have arrived and the season is making me feel positively festive. I’m not generally a fan of rolling out the holidays early, however, as a crafter, it’s completely necessary! I’m already feeling the pinch of time trying to get gifts done while balancing family time, work, and the itch to go hog wild decorating.

She loves to swing

Seriously, I’m ready to skip Halloween. I did my pumpkin run, I got my fall photos. Over it, lets decorate for Christmas! Is that crazy? I’ve had Christmas on the brain for a month already and it’s not even November yet. Anyone else feeling the holidays early? I need an extra month in between November and December!

After Work Ramblings

So it’s 11:30 pm as I write this and I’ve been off work for an hour but my mind is still going a million miles a minute.  I had an epiphany while feeling blue about my lack of blog posting time. I have very little time on a daily basis for blogging (I consider it my ‘me’ time). However, I have a bit more time on Sundays. 
My epiphany was realizing that I could write, or at the very least, outline, several posts on Sundays.

Like make ahead freezer meals (isn’t Ree the best!) my posts could be done ahead and then published daily. 



Now I won’t seem as though I’ve dropped off the grid during the week! I promise a post tomorrow with hopefully many more to follow!

(I’m not ignoring my Liebster Award nominations! )

Pardon My Silence

Sometimes,  if I blink, the hours melt into days and suddenly it’s Thursday while I’m still contemplating the first of a series of posts that I wanted to call ‘Monday Makes’. I suppose that will have to be started next week.


So I beg of you, dear readers, forgive my silence.  It’s certainly not intentional. A real post is imminent as I have many fun things to share. For now Baby L is trying to eat my phone charger and I must run. Here are some fun crochet related things I’ve been mulling over in the past days;

Attic24’s Bauble decoration
This amazing square by Pukado
The Mindless Crochet Scarf on Ravelry

A T-Rex Adventure: Day on the Farm

So we took the T-Rex (Baby L) out for her first visit to a farm to pick out a pumpkin. Oi!

(Yes, and to publically debut her Halloween hat. Mama couldn’t resist.)

T-Rex Model

I’m SO glad that project is done. Those spikes man…

After hitting traffic just as we got in, dealing with a poo-splosion in the car, and quickly nursing her while Dad got drinks, we finally got Baby L to the pumpkin patch.

There. Were. So. Many. People!

There. Were. So. Many. People!

We quickly grabbed noms for Mom and Dad and jumped on the back of a tractor for a hay ride down to the pumpkin field. Once there we found the perfect little circle of pumpkins to set the baby dino down in. She romped and rawred a bit before a pumpkin was placed on front of her.

Well, Hello!

Well, Hello!

Then it was all smiles as she explored every bit of the gourd.

Wait, what are you?

(The hat held up like a dream. It draped perfectly down to her bum and the spikes stood at attention just so!)

Fun on the Farm

She licked it, she smacked it, she rubbed it, and she even used it as a stand to pull herself up.

Up I go

Before long her selection had clearly been made!

I choose you little pumpkin.

I choose you little pumpkin.

We wrapped up our photo shoot just as the tractor arrived to take all the happy pumpkin pickers back to the main part of the farm to have their prizes weighed.

On the tractor back.

On the tractor back.

We jumped on, grabbing our pumpkin on the way out. She had, of course, torn her hat off at this point so it was replaced with her sun hat.

The traffic leaving the farm was so bad that it took us an hour just to get back on the main road, out of the parking lot! That enraged the T-Rex who decided to display her dissatisfaction by squealing. Constantly.The squealing, thankfully, only lasted 5 miles. (I know, i know, it could have been worse!)

trex hat

Two hours and four sore ear drums later, we made it home. Baby L had finally succumbed to the sleep she’d been fighting the whole way and all was peaceful within the car. Traffic notwithstanding, it was a beautiful day. A perfect day to put you in the mood for Fall and make you crave pie!

Spikes Pattern

Mmm…. Pie

Crochet train

Wow! I’ve seen the crochet trees and bike racks but this is a whole train!!



当地时间2013年8月14日,波兰罗兹,波兰艺术家和毛线大师Olek(原名Agata Oleksiak)带领其团队“攻占”了一辆火车,用五彩的毛线将火车包裹起来,成了一道靓丽的风景线。

Agata Oleksiak, an crocheted artist use colorful wool to cover a train at 2013/08/14

this work is very big and interesting, Olek is a very famouse crocheted artist 。 Her work is usually very colorful。

Because she put real thing under the crochet piece,her work can shape itself。

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