My voice too rough with cigarettes
7 little granny squares of happiness.
7 squares done. I’m really enjoying the project, it’s in these perfect little bits that are so easy to fit into my life right now.
It is the birthplace of your dreams - Daft Punk – Beyond
180 Project Square #6
Madeline Tosh Sock in color Rose
The more I grow, the less I know. Nelly Furtado – Try
180 Project Square #3
Madeline Tosh sock in color Molly Ringwald. Squares are a standard 3 round granny square with a round of single crochet. Each is turning out to be roughly 3 inches side-to-side and about 4 inches from corner-to-corner.
..Americans in their patriotic jumpsuits. Cake – Wheels
Square 2, Madeline Tosh sock in the color Espadrilles, made July 4th 2013
Crochet madness, my friends, and I’m not fighting it. This has got to be one of the most happy and productive times in my life. I’m going to make a concerted effort to be here at least once a week going forward. Facebook and Twitter are great but limited, though you can follow me there as well.
Riparia is a quick and easy one-skein cowl that’s not too heavy for Spring.
Frost Lattice is a romantic little bag with serious vintage appeal.
And I even did some knitting! Random Plaids is a great way to play with color.
You can check out all my designs on Ravelry, I’ve been busy!, I have a few more in the pipeline and lots more news in the near future.
I’ll be leading a CAL, Crochet-a-long, over on the WEBS blog starting on March 28th so keep an eye out for that and join in if you can.
Dusting the old girl off.
Making plans to visit regularly.
I’ve been super busy, 35 designs in just over a year and I’ve got 5 or 6 more to give you before the end of 2012, but I’m finally feeling a bit settled and finding time for things that have been neglected.
As promised, a garden update and a freebie!
Garden first, well lets call it the Micro-farm cuz that’s kinda what were trying to do here. The apple trees are bearing up well and we discovered a surprise on the new pear tree, an actual PEAR!
I am so planning on doing this in a few years
The beans are climbing all over the fence, the peas are beginning to flower and the tomatoes are really beginning to take off. Over in the main garden we are almost done with the first bed of radishes, a few more coleslaws and salads and we’ll be ready for a second planting.
We also have a bunch of little berry patches that we hope to consolidate for next year. Black raspberries, I feel a pie coming on!
The cockerels and pullets have been separated. The male Steves are living in the new “dude-coop” and the lady Steves have moved down with the hens.
We also picked up 5 Leghorn chicks, from Mr. Lipman’s 2nd grade again, whicj brings us to a grand total of 35 chickens. I know, but really, we’re pretty sure that 2 of the leghorns are male so that means that by the end of the summer we’ll be down to 21 hens. Holy shit, did I just say 21 hens?
Who needs eggs? You do, right? Right!
And how do we corral all these chickens? a Liberal use of chicken wire and other fencing which brings me to the freebie!
My hair is kind of a crazy thing to begin with and the summer humidity does terrible things to it. I often wear my hair in a ponytail but sometimes I just want it out of my face. So what’s a girl to do?
This is a simple mesh kerchief that ties at the back neck to help corral your frizzy summer locks (it also doubles as a great neckerchief!)
New Summer patterns are up at Webs!
This sweater went through SO many changes from idea to garment but I am thrilled with how she came out.
Rav links are all here.
I’m also really happy to finally show you my current favorite sweater. Kirsten was designing this as I was getting my feet wet with spinning. I decided to spin my own yarn so I could make one. I spun up 8 oz of Kangaroo Dyer Merino and 8oz of Louet Merino and Silk and plied them together. I love the color!
I knit and knit until all that was left was scraps of yarn for seaming and sewing on the buttons.
I am over the moon for this sweater and I wear it all the time, I’m wearing it now.
Alright, I’ve got a pattern to get typed up and a class to finish packing up supplies for. Next time I’ll have a garden update and a free pattern for you
Here I sit filling in my June schedule on the calendar and updating my projects whiteboard and I realized just how much I already have planned for this summer. Then I realized how much of what I did this past Winter and Spring that I never told you about!
Here is the Shawl blocking.
I’ve also been working on a series of small, round, animal, amigurumi with Webs Design Coordinator Kirsten Hipsky. She does the knit version and I work up the crochet. This project has been, at times, frustrating and hysterically awesome. Wait till you see what we come up with next!
I guess I should tell you a bit about this summer so you can get in on some of it if you’re local. I’m teaching another great series of classes at Webs.
We’re starting out with a Design your own crochet cowl class that runs for 4 weeks and really gives the students insight into what it takes to design something as simple as a tube! Yarn choice, hook/gauge choice, choosing a stitch pattern or several and deciding on the type of construction: flat and seamed or in the round.
Then we have 3, two week workshops for specialty crochet techniques.
As always, if crochet interests you but you’ve never picked up a hook or its been years since you have, I’ll be running the Intensive version of our Crochet 1 class the second week in August.
Today I’m finishing up with some editing of patterns that will be released in the Webs Summer catalog (soon my pretties!) and working out details for some fall classes up at Metaphor Yarns.
What have you been up to? Anything you like to see? Let me know!