Yeah, So, Um

Now I’m hanging by a thread – Everything Everything – Cough Cough

First 14 mini skeins

Starting a long term project today. One small crocheted granny square every other day for a year. I have 180 mini skeins to use up and I’ll see what I can make with them at the end.

7cm granny square in Madeline Tosh Sock, color: pop rocks

Square one. One hundred and seventy-nine to go.

Tell you what I’m gonna do now

Honey, Shakin’ is the greatest thing

It’s Spring and I’m ready to get back out to my 3-season studio but MAN that space was a mess after a winter of neglect!

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I spent all of last weekend rearranging the areas of my studio and cleaning out lots of bits and bobs that I don’t need anymore.

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I have my cozy yarn corner where I can sit at my desk when doing the tech work of design and pattern writing and settle down in my comfy chair when making samples. (Not all of the yarn had been put away yet when this one was snapped – it has doubled since!)

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And now I have a great sewing space with my sewing machine and serger on their own table, a bureau and cabinets full of fabric and a BIG table for laying out and cutting fabric (again, it hadn’t quite been assembled when this pic was snapped, it occupies that large open space to the left) which also doubles as a great space for blocking crochet and knit pieces.

I have a feeling I’ll be spending LOTS of time out there this year.

This could be one of those days

and I carry this, it’s heavy

I went on a sewing retreat this past weekend at the Stitch Lounge in Greenfield.

Spinning wheel cover in progress

(See that amazing circle and polka dot log cabin business happening on the table? That’s a pillow that Annie is making around a drawing her middle son made of their last vacation.)

It was so much fun! 2 days of sewing with no kids or husband, time with my bestest friend, Annie, and a bunch of other great women and I got a few projects done that I’ve really wanted to get to.

I made a travel bag for my spinning wheel, Mathilde – you can read about my love affair with my wheel here. The cover has a hidden pocket type opening so I can reach in and grab the front handle for easy travel.

finished spinning wheel cover

I finished that project the first day and had all of the second day to make myself a new bag. Amy Butler pattern and fabrics and LOTS of interfacing!

my amy butler bag

The Stitch Lounge puts on a great event, they have everything you need for a fabulous project experience  knowledgeable employees more than willing to help and demonstrate new techniques and offer advice and Lots of amazing food for us hungry sewists. Check out a class or one of their Social Sewing nights.

But some kind of madness is swallowing me whole

I have finally seen the light :)

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.

And what crochet madness have I been up to? 3 Spring designs for Valley Yarns as well as a few I’ve put out on my own.


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.

Are you kissing the starry birds in the sky

Will you come and visit us down below

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.

Also feeling slightly obsessed with the American west and Blue Grass.

Sneak peek!



Hey man slow down, slow down

;) – That’s when you see sparks

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?

Chicken Wire!












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!)

Grab the PDF of Chicken Wire here or over on <a href="download now“>Ravelry