March 2, 2016

socks for my boy

After learning to knit with double pointed needles last year, and taking classes to knit socks (which were with worsted weight and larger needles), I upped my game and ventured into the world of sock yarn and itty bitty needles.

I learnt that a) sock yarn and little needles require a lot more time and a lot more stitches and b) I still love making socks, regardless if I'm using fingering weight or worsted!  I'm thinking that hand knit socks are totally where it's at. 

And so, I made it my goal that before the year was out, each member of my family should have a pair of mama-made socks.

First up, socks for the boy.

These were started last summer, sometime in July I think.  In October, we ventured out of town for the weekend for a hockey tournament for the girls, but left my boy with friends so he wouldn't miss his hockey. (Our hockey family is our greatest gift, I don't know how we'd make it through the season without them!)

I decided, that since my boy didn't get to go on this road trip, it was only fitting that those socks became the knitting mission of the weekend.  Seemed only fair that he should have his mama-made socks when his mama came back from a weekend away.

On the way there::

And on the way home ::

Phase Two of Operation Sock Drawer complete!

February 21, 2016

A Touch of Handmade

It's really no secret that we crafty types like to incorporate a little handmade with anything we give.

Such was the case over the holidays, when my office held a small gift exchange for our Women's Network.  We had to give 5 gifts, over 5 weeks with a $50 overall budget.  I found this cute little Christmas plant, as the lady I had to give to indicated that she liked plants and flowers, but the ugly white plastic pot was horrible on it's own!

I found some Christmas cotton in the crap craft room and in no time we were set for the giving!

It made me laugh as this didn't even give away who her Secret Santa was, I think she thought it was just part of the pot.  And that surprised me!

What have you added your crafty touch to lately?

February 16, 2016

like she needs another hobby...

You know how sometimes you put things off for so long that you don't even know how to begin?  That's how I've been feeling with the blog... there's been so much happening, so much crafting and so much life, yet I've been procrastinating.  Thinking "I should post about that", and then I don't and can't even give a reason as to why.

So here I am ~ hoping to be jumping in with both feet again!

Last summer, I attended a Paint Nite with a girlfriend.  They're really popular right now, and selling out super fast!  We actually booked this last April, and went last July.  I was so stressed, as I'm someone who cannot draw a straight line!

"How are you doing that?" I'd say to her...  "OMG, I can't believe you think this is fun, I'm so stressed!"... and she'd reply with "Relax, it's fun! Your painting looks great."

And, in the end, I chose to listen to her, to relax and have fun.  We had a great girls night out.

And guess what?  We did it again.  And again.  And maybe even again (and a time or two more than that!).

August 4, 2015


"Gramma, can we do our yarning now?"
That's what me and my boy do when he comes to Gramma's house.  We play trains, garden, watch movies and do our yarning.
And what's on the needles?  For me it's a sock (I'm on a mission!), and usually a dishcloth too (because, well, you know)... and for Chance?  Well, this week it was monkey's in a tree.  Last week, he made me a thundercloud.  Next week?  Maybe he'll make me a pizza, or a rainbow, or...  the possibilities are endless!

August 1, 2015

Wool + Needles = SOCKS!

One of my dreams has always been to be able to knit a pair of socks. It feels silly really, as I absolutely hate wearing them! I love to be barefoot and only wear socks when I have to. And by have to, I mean it's usually February and -25 degrees outside!

But since I now consider myself a knitter (a novice one yes, but still a knitter) I figured it was time to fulfill that dream. And so two Saturdays were recently spent at my LYS enrolled in Sock Boot Camp and lo and behold, I found myself knitting socks. 


Well, once that was figured out I couldn't just stop with one pair.  

Operation Sock Drawer has begun!

April 25, 2015

SFS2015A ~ March/April

Wow, hello Internet.  It appears that I've been more delinquent than normal and have skipped away from the blog for not my usual one month, but for two of them.  Honestly, I don't know where the time goes.
We're reporting for April with Stitch From Stash, but I'll update quickly with my two months:
Month: March
Spent: $0
Earned: $0
Month: April
Spent: $0
Earned: $0
Easy reporting - as all I have been doing this month has been working, there hasn't been any stitching or any shopping for stitching.  There also hasn't been any crocheting or knitting and I'm itching to get through these next 5 days until our tax filing deadline so my life can resume as normal.  Thankfully  I've got a yarn date booked with a girlfriend for next Friday.  I think it may have to involve a patio.
But no blog post is complete without pictures, so here are some pics of a duct tape bag my girl and I made for her niece for Easter.  We saw this pretty peacock print and both of us squealed.  Literally.  It's just so pretty! 

So, like I said, only 5 more days until my normal life resumes.  Back to family life, cooking & chauferring, daylight, 8 hour work days and just in time for the baseball field.  I cannot wait :)

February 24, 2015

SFS2015A ~ February

Boy, oh boy, these Stitch from Stash updates have been easy peasy for me, and there's good news and bad news because of that...

Month: February
Spent: $0 ~ the good news!
Earned: $0 ~ the bad news :(

Again this month, I haven't stitched at all... not one little x.  I've been looking at it, and thinking about it a lot.  Especially since I was gifted some amazing stitching stash from an aging friend of the family who can no longer do the craft she loves.  I will have to do a post to share exactly how amazing this gift was.  And how she made me cry when she gave it all to me.

But this month has been busy in so many other ways... and besides spending so many of my waking hours at work since tax season and filing deadlines are approaching, there's been some fun stuff around here too.

In the past month we've...

Celebrated my baby's 12th Birthday ::

Was surprised at the office with a treat ::

Knitted up some Valentine's for my little people ::
 Participated in Ethan's 4th Hair Massacure with a month of pink hair and a head shave (fundraising over $1,100!) ::

Visited too many hockey arenas to count ::

Hopefully the next month will be filled with so much more of the same. Oh, and maybe a little stitching too ;o)

February 8, 2015

An Overdue Birthday Exchange Post

Last year I joined in Cath's Birthday Threads Exchange.  My birthday fell at the end of the year, and here's a roundup of the cards and threads I received.

From Mary Jane (no blog), some lovely greens & purples and some of the now famous Peoria Purple WDW floss she sent out for each birthday!

From Lonneke, these gorgeous metallic and variegated purples and blues:

From Valerie, these bright and cheerful flosses:

From Donna, some fun variegated colors (and a beautiful handmade card too!):

And lastly, from Cath, these lovely colors that are looking to be put to use in an Easter piece I think:

All lovely threads for sure, I love, love, love them!  And I don't have a large selection of variegated flosses in my stash, so these are all a treat indeed.

I should have had this post up a month ago, but I was hoping that the rest were going to make their way here shortly and got hung up in the Christmas mail.  But maybe I'll receive a treat on a gloomy day when it's needed most :)

Thank you Cath for organizing this exchange, I had a lot of fun with it throughout the year!

January 28, 2015

SFS2015A ~ January

And here we are at the end of January already, and down to the wire to submit my Stitch from Stash update!

Spent: $0
Finishes: none $0 credit

January hasn't been a stitchy month for me... I'm taking the next level of knitting classes, so all of my "me time" had been occupied with working on all of the new things I've learned to I can retain them!  I just finished my homework for this week and now need to get myself off to the land of slumber, morning just comes too quickly!

Good night friends, hopefully I'll have a more exciting report next month!

January 14, 2015

Knitting ~ The Next Step

I am so in love with learning this new craft!  Last week I started the next phase of my knitting ventures, Knitting 201 at my LYS.  Double Pointed Needles!
I worked on my homework assignment from our last class, documenting my progress in pictures of course.

We are doing three projects in this month long class, and after finishing the first one I promptly casted on for the second and finished my homework, the ribbing for a wristwarmer.  I am anxiously biding my time until tomorrow's class, where we will be learning CABLES!  I don't know if you can tell exactly how excited I am?
Aside from feeling all thumbs, I am truly enjoying it so much. The possibilities now are endless... hats! socks! mittens!  We will defeat winter now, we will be so warm!
Have you started any new crafty ventures lately?