Saturday, November 5, 2016

Time for a New Hobby

For a few years now I have thought it would be fun to learn how to spin my own yarn. At the moment though I do not have room for another large piece of textile equipment. To be honest I have no idea if I will be any good at spinning, or even enjoy doing it. So buying another fairly expensive piece of equipment is also not the best idea. A drop spindle on the other hand is a very small, inexpensive and portable way to test out this new skill.

At the same time that I purchased the drop spindle I found a fiber that was completely prepped for spinning. It will allow me to get use to how it feels to spin the fiber without also having to worry about how consistent I am keeping the thickness of the yarn. I figure baby steps are a nice way to learn a new skill. Then once I feel comfortable and confident spinning at this weight I will find fiber that I will actually have to work at keeping the thickness even.

I am actually really excited to learn how to spin my own yarn and eventually dye my own colors too.  I do really love the vibrant colors of the Noro fibers though so for now I will be having a lot of fun making my own yarn and deciding what projects to create with what I spin.
Wish me luck.

Many blessings to you on this cozy, fiber filled autumn day.-Kate

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween

Home made Halloween costumes again this year. We have a Bat Man, a witch and her little toad. Once again the finishing touches on the costumes was down to the wire. Finally finished all three looked great. I got some fun individual photos of the kids in their costumes but the group photos are hilarious (and tearful.)

We have wonderful neighbors and live in an area where trick or treating is a big deal, so after only a few houses the kids had some full buckets.
Once again it was a pretty fabulous Halloween.

Many blessings this All Hallows Eve-Kate

Sunday, October 23, 2016

A Tangled Web we Crochet

It is finished. It is fun!
This was a great little project and my oldest boy could not be happier. The pattern was one of the freebies at the local Jo-Ann store. "spiderweb crochet blanket", worked up in the Bernat Blanket Brights.

This really did come together quickly, but a long road trip midweek did help speed it along.

Now my boy has a cozy blanket all his own.

Next up: Halloween costumes, and I had better get busy since the big day is fast approaching.

Many blessings to you this fine autumn night-Kate

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Birthday Joy

Today has been a fabulous birthday filled with family, food and fun. My mom joined the kids and I and took us all out to lunch. Then we did a little shopping.

She brought these delicious little individual bundt cakes for my birthday treat, from this great little shop called "Nothing bundt Cakes."
 It was also a gorgeous sunny autumn day. So all in all absolutely perfect.

Many blessings to you on this fantastic day-Kate

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Next Project

So I will have this crochet project done before the end of the week. It is a special project for my first born boy.

 Any guesses for what it will be?

It is crochet with an extra bulky, very soft chenille in vibrant colors. It works up super fast. I just began it on Sunday.

Stay tuned for the completed product.

Many blessings to you on this autumn night-Kate

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Sweet Sleep

I thought you all might enjoy a sweet sleeping face on this day of rest.
and check out those eye lashes. Incredible right? 

Many blessings to you on this sleepy Sabbath afternoon. -Kate

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Getting back to work.

It has been a long while once again. Lately I have been working on a number of yarn projects and finally felt the push to share this one with all of you. Mom and girl matching fingerless mitts.

I have a massive yarn stash that has needed some attention for a while. In using some of the stashed yarn I thought it would be a great opportunity to learn some new stitches too. I needed the project to be a practical one though. One that I would either keep and use or be proud to gift to someone else. I found this wonderful pattern on my favorite fiber site Ravelry. It is "Cabled Fingerless Mitts", by Hannah Cuviello. It has a fun and simple cable pattern done in a beautiful variegated washable wool.

They are done (well almost) just in time to keep our hands warm during this beautiful chilly wet autumn.

I have had so much fun with this project I have been inspired to dig into my stash again. So be on the lookout for more yarn projects posted here.

In the meanwhile on my quest to find new stitches I have come across two fun projects for my oldest two. One will be my girl's first crochet project and the other will be some superhero fun. So stay tuned for these.

Finally there will also be some Halloween costumes to come at the end of this month. They will be adorably spooky.

Of course this little one will be sure to have his sneaky fingers in on all the adventures. 

Many blessings to you on this soggy autumn night-Kate

Friday, January 1, 2016

First Day Back

A Happy New Year's greeting to you. It has been a very long time but here is my very good reason why.

It is my hope to write more often, (but not everyday as I had been,) when I have a new project to share or a fun event to write about.

Many blessings to you this first night of the year-Kate.