Thursday, August 21, 2014

Slacking

Yup, I'm slacking off on blog posts again.  What can I say?  Life just gets in my way.

What's been going on since my last post?  Same old stuff basically.  You know, cooking, cleaning, caring for Chris and William, the dogs, and the bunny.  I've done some knitting and some spinning.  I've got a spinning demonstration at Horse Cave Heritage Festival in September.  Then I've decided to participate in SpinZilla this year.  Other than that, there's not really much going on here.  I'll keep you posted if something exciting happens!

God Bless,

Lacey

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Crocheting away

Well, it's been a while since I last posted and several things have occurred since then.  For starters we went on a mini vacation to Dauphin Island, Alabama.  If you've never been, then I highly recommend it.  Dauphin Island is such a laid back quaint little place.  I'm pretty convinced I could live there.  This was William's first trip to the beach, and I have to say it was a huge success! I took some pictures, but haven't gotten them loaded onto the computer yet.  When I do, I will be sure to post a few.

I've also managed to somehow wrangle 3 orders for crocheted/knitted items.  It has never really been my intention to sell my items, but it seems like I may have to change my mind.  The first order is for an afghan done in green and yellow for a John Deere fan.  The guy that ordered the afghan is making me 2 hand turned wooden bowls instead of paying cash.  I consider this a good trade since the afghan is a simple ripple.  My second order is for a knitted hat for a friend of mine.  The third order is for another ripple afghan in a rainbow color scheme.  I plan on posting pictures of these as I complete them.  I'm hoping to have the first afghan finished by the end of the week.  This may be a bit ambitious, but that's the goal.

So, now I guess I need to get off here and do some crocheting!  Have a great day and God bless.

Lacey

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Short and sweet

I'm afraid today's post is going to be rather short and sweet.  I have a bit of a headache and really don't feel much like doing anything.  Guess I'll continue to work on my Hermione's Everyday Socks.  Or maybe I won't.  Maybe I'll just sit here and contemplate all the things I need to be doing while doing none of them!  Have a great day everyone!!

God Bless,

Lacey

Friday, June 6, 2014

Bag lady

I channeled my inner "bag lady" yesterday and spent some time sewing some cute little drawstring bags.  I made 3.  One of them will eventually find it's way to my dear friend in Texas.  Not sure about the other two.  They are made with 2 fat quarters each and are super quick.  I found a "class" on Craftsy that has a video and written patterns to do the drawstring bags as well as what the call a bucket bag.  You can find the class here on Craftsy.  Best of all.....it's free!!!!

So, here's a quick peek at my bags.


Sorry the color is so washed out, but it's the best I could get today.  Not sure why.  So, from left to right is light pink and orange with orange lining, bright pink and bright green with bright green lining, and purple and yellow with a yellow lining.  

I think these will be awesome little bags to carry around some tatting supplies or maybe a small knitting or crochet project.  Maybe I'll hang one on the front of my spinning wheel to help keep up with my orifice hook and other spinning related items.  I'm sure I'll find something to do with them!!

If you decide to check out the Craftsy class and make some of these yourself, I'd love to see pictures.  That's all I've got for now.

Be Blessed,

Lacey

Thursday, June 5, 2014

It's been a while...again.

After yet another long absence I find myself back here at my blog.  I know I'm not sticking to my hope of trying to post every day.  Oh well, life happens and we move on.  As William gets older I find myself having a little extra time so maybe (and I'm making no promises) I'll be able to post a bit more often.

As I believe I talked about in a much earlier post, I have taken up the art (yes it's an art) of spinning yarn.  I love it and find I must spin at least a little every day.  I think I told you about my Lola (my quill wheel) that my father-in-law helped me build.  She's still here and still gets used for larger projects.  I do have a new "fancy" wheel though.  Her name is Mabel.  Mabel is a single treadle single drive Ashford Traveller.  I only paid $75 for her.  She was my Mother's Day present!!  I recently just finished re-finishing her so I thought I'd share a couple pictures.  So, I present to you, Mabel.

Here she is in the original color that I purchased her in.


And here she is in a pretty Mahogany and gloss black after re-finishing.  I think she's beautiful.  Don't you?



Well, I guess that's all I have for today.  Have a safe happy day.  God bless!!

Lacey

Thursday, December 12, 2013

This is only a test......

A test spin of some fiber!!  I recently purchased (at an awesome price) some alpaca fiber.  I bought a gray (with a bit of a pink hue) and black spotted blanket, a white blanket, and 2 brown and white spotted blankets.  I've been cleaning and combing a bit of the gray and spun up a bit to see how well it was going to spin.  I must say that it spins beautifully and takes dye like a dream.  Here's my first spin and dye project:

This is a mini-skein of about 64ish yards.  Not sure of the WPI (forgot to measure it before I skeined it up) but if I had to hazard a guess I'd say maybe 15 to 17 WPI.  I'll have to check it before I knit up the sample and let you know for sure.

Well, that's all I've got for now!!

God Bless,

Lacey

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Here it is....Isaac's Scarf

Okay, so before we get to the good stuff I have a confession to make.  I am still not finished knitting this scarf.  However, I promised that I would get the pattern posted for ya'll this morning whether I was finished or not, so I am.  First off a picture of the scarf still on my needles:



Very nice and masculine.  This scarf is being knitted in Waverly for Bernat in the color Stone Brown.  I will use the whole skein I believe.  I highly recommend lightly blocking this scarf no matter what yarn you use as the cables tend to make it want to draw in on itself a bit.  Without further ado, the pattern:

Isaac’s Scarf**

Recommended yarn:    Worsted Weight
Recommended needles:     4.5 or 5 mm 
Gauge:   20 sts = 4 inches in stockinette (since this is a scarf pattern gauge isn’t really all that important though so don’t stress out if yours is off a bit)
Key:
                k : knit
                p : purl
                p2tog : purl 2 together
                k2tog : knit 2 together
                c2r : slip one stitch onto cable needle, leave at back, k1, k stitch from cable needle
                c2l : slip one stitch onto cable needle, leave at front, k1, k stitch from cable needle

Cast on 33 stitches
Rows 1 through 10: knit each row
Pattern Rows:
1: k5, p5, c2r, c2l, p5, c2r, c2l, p5, k5
2: k10, p4, k5, p4, k10
3: k5, p5, k4, p5, k4, p5, k5
4: k10, p4, k5, p4, k10
Repeat pattern rows until scarf is desired length.  Then do 10 more rows of knitting each row and cast off.


** This pattern was inspired by the Urban Zen Cabled Hat designed by Margaret MacInnis.  You can find that pattern here on Ravelry.  

All efforts have been made to ensure accuracy in this pattern, but I am after all human and am prone to mistakes.  If you find an error please let me know and I'll double check and get it fixed if need be.  So, go knit!!

God Bless,

Lacey