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Here’s to productivity and a bit of planning finally.  What am I referring to?  That would be an idea that come from one of the Ravelry group I’m in.  Year Long Gift-a-Long in which you spend the whole year making gifts for those on you long list so you don’t spend the last minute rushing to complete those gifts.  So here’s my list for the remainder of the year as posted on Ravelry:

May~ Birthday Cowl, Lacie Lady Socks, at least 4 washclothes

June~ Lace Wrap for my Mother this will be my first serious lace project so it will have my undivided attention.

July~ Tudora hoping to make several of these in varying colors so hopefully I’ll get at least 3 made

August~ Wristers for my oldest DD and maybe Fetching for her also

September/October ~ Would like to make several Shrugs for my daughters to prepare for the cold weather which will be here by then.

November/December ~ more washclothes, scarves, hats to give to charities and my family

Now that I’ve put my list up for all of you to read along with my fellow Ravelry gift givers I have an obligation to get this done.

I had talked about my SWAP partners socks for the Sock It To Me 3 SWAP and I heard from her that they were the best socks that have been made for her.  That really makes me feel so good knowing that I had such anxiety about getting them right.  That also confirms the mentality of a crafter that every stitch, chain, thread and all have to be perfect.   So I know for sure from a fellow crafter that I managed to create a well made pair of socks.  Thanks Cary for the kind words and appreciation of those socks.


Just wanted to stop by as I take a break from life to share what I’ve been up to since my last post.  First I would like to share my completed SWAP socks for my partner Cary. I’ve discussed these socks on several previous posts and this was really good as a get your-feet-wet project

I still have a long way to go in my creativity but this is going pretty well for now.  Still would like to know how do better layouts and putting my ideas together.

Here’s the skinny on what’s been going on in my life over the past few weeks. First, I discovered and have become consumed with Scrapbooking and cardmaking.  So I got a Cricut Expression….Love It and a lot of scrapping materials.

Secondly, I’ve been sick with  gastroenteritis and I do have to say, this thing has knocked me for a loop.   Who knew working in a Pediatricians office would end up making me so sick.  What I didn’t realize when all this hit me, was I thought it had passed me over.  But around 8pm on Saturday night the flood gates opened and it brought me to my knees.  On Sunday morning I knew if I didn’t call the Dr.  my girls would have to call the ambulance to come and get me.  We made it to the ER and they took me right back and hooked me up to an IV and started introducing meds.   I’ve had two major illnesses since I started there back in August.   I’m hoping this is it.  I don’t think I could go through this again.

Thirdly, there’s been the socks I’m making for my Sock It to Me 3 SWAP partner and due to the late hours and illness they haven’t made much progress.  I did however make it to the heels on both today finally.  I also found another pattern that I think I can complete by April 5th hopefully.   Here’s a little pic to show the progress.

I love this short-row heel the best so far in my quest to make the perfect heels.

Still waiting to hear from my Podcast Review Interviewer.  Stay tuned.

Well I’ve been salivating over the wonderful colorways and projects I’ve seen from Malabrigo yarns and decided I couldn’t wait any longer so without further ado I present my newest Stash Enhancements This is Malabrigo Silky Merino in Amoroso 157. Next we have Malabrigo Silky Merino in Nocturnal 472

I also have Kettle Dyed Worsted wgt. Merino in Tiger Lily 152

I also got Artyarns Super Merino the colorway is really nice and I’m thinking some socks with this would be really nice. This was my first order from Eatsleepknit it was a very good experience with them and I love the little goodies they sent with my order. I won $5.00 off my next order and they sent a little card you carry in your wallet with the sizes of needles you already own and a little purple ruler for doing gauge swatches. Check them out as the pricing and quick service are worth the trip over to their site.

I was reading a post Cidell posted a while back discussing the importance of good notions and explaining what they’re benefits are and that prompted me to get these items

On the left is a Tailors ham and on the right is a Seam Roll. Both are used to aid in setting seams, press curves and open seams properly without compromising the integrity of the garment.

As I was typing this post there was a knock at the door and there standing before me was a man clad in Brown from head-to-toe holding a package just for me. This was my first order from Gorgeous Things and I ordered light wgt. knits one in pale yellow. Thinking of a cute little dress and the same for this printed knit in black and white

I am loving these fabrics and the drape just seems like it will hang so nicely. Now let me say this I WILL NOT be doing anything with these until my dressform arrives.

Now onto a project that has been a year in the making yes a whole year. I blogged about this project last month I think and it has been through many changes but I finally put the binding on my Girlfriends quilt that I have decided to name the Heart of the Matter. I chose this name because she’s a Delta, I quilted hearts and even found a tshirt I had that talked about friends and was in the shape of a heart so I thought that name really fit the quilt. I hope she likes the outcome. Here’s just a few finally snippets of the project.

This is all I have for this week and I think you’ll agree I’ve covered all of my hobbies except crocheting and I’ll touch on that next week.

Hello Everyone  here’s this weeks installment of FOF.  I will also be sharing my newest hobby and it’s HOTTTT.  My first offering is my second pair of Basic Toe-up socks for my youngest DD in Red Cascade Cloud 9 yarn knitted on size 2 Addi Turbo cir using the ML method.

My next offering is my first attempt at the very well known pattern Fetching from and I will have to say this is a very quick knit and I love the finish product.  The one thing I will have to say is this pattern has lessen the apprehension of making gloves in the future.  No, I’m not about to cast on for a pair but they are in the future.  These are being made for the College SWAP on Ravelry.  I made these using KnitPicks Merino Style in Dusk using size 5 DPN’s.

I thought I would have some sewing offerings this week but that wasn’t the case.  I hope to have at least 3 items ready for show on next week but I have to see what my class load will be like as the new semester starts on Monday.

Drumroll please………on to my new hobby, it involves these items:


Do you know what my new hobby is yet?  It’s fun, feminine, seductive, puts your body in tune with itself.  Do you know yet?  Okay, well here’s one more clue and I think you’ll know exactly what I’m up to.  Close your eyes……….NO PEAKING………..I see those fingers spreading………………….

You guessed it.  I’m belly dancing yall.  This is the most fun I’ve ever had with fitness.  That’s because the method gives twofold benefits.  First, it’s something that gets your heart pumping while allowing you to become one with your body.  Secondly, you get to shimmy and shake and feel feminine.  I would love to thank Lamira over on Ravelry for becoming my belly dance mentor.  This is a great new venture and I will keep you updated on my progress.  My goal is to perform one day.  When that happens I will share it with all of you.   Until next week as always Be blessed, be positive, be truthful, be at peace and be CREATIVE. 

Here are my WIP’s for the week.  First we have my newly reformed Ruffles Shrug in Serendipity Tweed from my Flair project.  I’m currently on the ribbed collar as this a top down raglan styled shrug.

Next is my youngest daughter’s Basic Toe-up socks using Cascade Cloud 9 in Red.  As you can see I’m making good progress on these using the ML (magic loop) method and my trusty Addi Turbo circs.  I cast these on 3/19 and hope to be done no later than Weds.  If only I was a faster knitter.

Here’s a new take on Oatmeal Cookies.  I call it my Oatmeal Cranberry Orange Bar w/Orange glaze.  I added orange flavored cranberries to the mix with some orange zest and it turned out pretty good.  Added the orange glaze and OMG sinfully rich now add a scoop of Vanilla Ice cream and OOOOPS there it is a nice twist to the average cookie recipe.  The girls and I loved it.

Now on to the confession.  I have been working on a quilt for the past year and I will through pictures let you take the journey and then I’ll give the present status of this project.



Photo 1.  Black backgroud to make the T-shirts pop.   2.  Switch to Red and pink backgroud per request of recipient.  3.  Trying to place the t-shirts so that the quilt is appealing  4. Ripped all that out and started from scratch and it’s working better.

Current status.  I tried to machine quilt this and even with my walking foot it was not going well.  So now I’m hand quilting this project and it’s long and tedious work but I see the light at the end of the tunnel and I know the recipient can’t wait to get it.  Now I do have to say in making quilts and have things not work while someone is expecting it puts the creative process in a totally different place.    I finally shared these truths of the Year Long Quilt as a way of making myself take the time to complete it and ship it off.  There have been some times of frustration and then some times of joy while working on this but the biggest thing I have come away with as I near the end of this quilt is that you can’t take things to seriously and to expect the unexpected.

I hope that you will take time to revisit and come to terms with some of the frustrations of creating a piece of work.  Rather it be knitting, sewing, quilting or whatever your crafting media is it’s a learning process and at the end you have grown in knowledge, gained a new perspective and will know what you can or can’t venture into.  It’s all a part of finding your niche.  Until Friday, I hope you all have a great week and as always Be blessed, be positive, be truthful, be joyful, be at peace and be CREATIVE.

I’m back for my second installment of FOF and to share some new findings or better new direction. The one thing I was looking forward to sharing in this post was 3 tops that are various stages of completion but that maybe in next weeks gallery. I do however, have 2 crocheted and 1 knitted objects to share.

First on the list is a Cap that was being made for my youngest DD from Afya Ibomu’s Get Your Crochet On! I’m fixated with Soldier and so is everyone around me so that’s what I’ve been making.

I had been making this cap for her and it was too big so I omitted the brim to have a different look. I like it and think you could embellish it with a flower in brown or white for some contrast.

Both of these caps where crocheted using Red Hearts Multi in brown, tan and white on size H hook for the body and top of hat and size G hook for the brim. One skien in 141g 244 yds can make 2 caps.

My next offering to my FO pile is my 5th pair of socks using the ML method of knitting socks. I used Cascade Cloud 9 yarn in Pink on size 2 Addi Turbo circs. The pattern is Cat Bordhi’s basic sock pattern. I love this method and look forward to meeting my goal of 12 pairs of socks by years end.

There are just a few things I need to tell you about new beginnings. In each day we have a rare opportunity to start anew and I’ve always been a crafter with that view. It’s not always the method but the course that makes the difference in the end. Have you learned something new? Did you take the time to really look and appreciate the art in your creation or does it have to look exactly like the pattern pic? I love the little quirks that are uniquely mine and keeps me grounded that God is perfect and I have yet to achieve perfection but I’m perfect in the scheme of who he made me to be with all the gifts and wonders that are now in my life. I brought this up to ask you to look at your approach to your crafts and although we want to be and do our best we are human and mistakes are allowed. Don’t beat yourself down because something doesn’t work for you just take another look at it, reevaluate your approach and keep at it or start anew. I shared this with you because I had this experience this week. I started Flair for the Ravelry group EbonyElite Sister Friends and as time went on I got frustrated with it for the lack of understanding in my mind’s eye. I let it sit for a week and begin to look for answers to the things that puzzled me. I found the answer and the light bulb went off but I just wasn’t excited about the pattern choice. The next day I was going through my paper pile and came across some old magazines and found a pattern more to what I had wanted to knit during our KAL and gingerly set about froggin’ Flair and casting on KnitSimple’s Ruffled Shrug from Holiday ’07. I’m a lot happier with the progress and because it fit what I had envisioned for a nice spring and summer cover up to go with some summer dresses. I have this Shrug on the needles along with a pair of Socks in the Cascade Cloud 9 in red for my youngest DD. Will show progress pics on Wednesday.

Have a safe and Happy Easter weekend

Be Blessed, Be positive, be truthful, be joyful, be at peace and be CREATIVE

I feel bad that I wasn’t able to post on my FOF but all I have are WIP’s on the sewing, quilting, crocheting, and knitting front. But I will include photos. First, I’ll talk about my sewing. I did cut out my second top made from McCalls 5401 and I also have my Burda Easy 7793 Shell cut and pieced just need to make the shell that goes underneath. So I’m really making some headway in my sewing endeavors. My youngest daughter and true fashionista in the house designed a skirt a month or so ago, bought her fabric and asked me to make it for her well last week we started it and here’s a few pics:


this is the front of the skirt                    this is the back w/markings for the darts and zipper

My next project that I thought would have to take a high dive into the Frog Pond is my Flair sweater that I’m knitting for the Ebony Elite Ravelry Group. The problem that I run into at times is second guessing myself when reading some patterns as I’m unsure still of certain techniques. So far I ran into the thing of casting on the additional stitches with the backward loop cast on as it is a loose cast on that caused me some panic until I thought about won’t be seen once the neckline is applied. The second area where I couldn’t get my mind to comprehend what I was reading was the making of the first button hole. I just couldn’t figure out the whole process while maintaining the seed st. pattern indicated on the pattern. Well with the help of googling and asking questions on Ravelry I finally got is figured out. Here’s my progress on my flair and thank you CrimsonPurl our EESistah Moderator for extending this KAL. I’m using Serendipity Tweed in Cherry Blossom from Brown Sheep Company

My next items are Library Enhancements for my Magic Loop Knitting I’m really getting into this method for sock knitting and glad that I’m adventurous in trying new techniques. First I purchased Antje Gillingham’s Knitting Circles around Socks

I found two patterns in this book that caught my attention right away and that’s Fixation and Lace the lime green ones on the cover and Diamonds and Lace (not pictured) both seem pretty straight forward at first glance of the patterns Her book focuses on using 2 cirs at a time which is fairly quick knitting for those of you are coming from the 4 DPN’s. I also purchased Melissa Morgan-Oakes’ 2-at-a-time Socks I’m not so drawn to the patterns as I am drawn to the technique that she gives. With that being said, I do like Belle Epoque and Spice(like the colorwork) First she has all patterns sized and coded in Women’s med., Womens’ Lg/Mens Sm, and Men’s Med.

Now although I like both of these books for they offer a wealth of knowledge they leave out two items that would complete the whole spectrum of sock knitting and one would be to include toe-up and secondly short row heels. No this is just my take on what I’m would like to see in a book of this nature that would make me feel that every option to socks was included.

My Next venture is Fetching……..yes, I’m the last knitter who hasn’t just started knitting to make a pair. I will be using Knit Picks Merino Style in Dusk these are for a SWAP partner on Ravelry.

Well it’s time that I run so that there will be something to show on Friday. Be blessed, be positive, be truthful, be joyful, be at peace, and be CREATIVE.

To continue with my last post I got my report back from the mammogram and everything looks good. Thank the Lord. I’m still awaiting my other results but I know that things will be fine. While awaiting the results, I kept myself occupied with all of my crafting and mid-term prep. I finished some UFO’s and used up some items from my stash and purchased some new yarns for hats.

I’ll include the pics and then give the details. So first up we have my 2nd skirt made from black and white cotton fabric from my stash.

Black & white skirt This is Simplicity 4881 2 hour skirt. I made this skirt before but this time it was alot easier as I made the View B. I used my pinking shears to cut the seam lines and then I sewed them and did a top stitch.

View 1 of Scarf This is the scarf that I had intended to go with my Mother’s Calorimetry I gave her for Christmas but 1/4th of the way I ran out of the yarn. I finally finished this last week and then decided to add a crochet edge to add a bit of whimsy. Here’s the close up of the edging.

Lastly, I’ve been trying to get these socks off my needles but that just wasn’t going as planned. I did managed to finally get the heels done on them both….so here’s that pic:

So here’s the things I’ve been working on this past week and as all crafters know it’s good to finish something and I feel a joy everytime something comes off the needles or my sewing machine has sewn it’s last stitch of a project.

In new fiber news and old loves, I have to say that I started my love for fiber as a crocheter and since there’s a very talented designer on the scene named Afya Ibomu of the famed Get your Crochet On! series I have decided to get my hooks out and get back into the groove of crocheting. I started the Soldier cap which I will post pics of this later this week. There has been much time to reflect and reorganize my creative priorities and I want to make sure this year that I include all of them. There are times as all of you well know there just aren’t enough hours in the day to accomplish everything but making an effort is half the battle.

Well I’m out of here for now but remember to be blessed, be positive, be truthful, be joyful, be at peace, and be creative

Here’s what’s been going on in my creative world in the last week  I have 3 UFO’s

Ribbed Scarf for part of a Christmas Present for my Mother

Ribbed scarf

Here’s my Green Gable 3 that’s been on the needles for 6 months now and I finally have the waist increase correct so further progress can be made.

Green Gable 3

 My oldest DD’s Basick Toe-Up Socks using Cascade Cloud 9 yarn in Pink on the Magic Loop I cast these on about 10 days ago but I’m finding that not as much knitting is getting done as I would like.  But progress is being made

Socks on ML

My newest venture has been getting my plans together for a wardrobe for myself and in looking around the blogging world and I found Erica B.,  Cidell, Toya, Carolyn, Adrienne, Lovely, Mimi, and the Sewing Divas who are putting the word out about sewing, swayback and full bust adjustments and made me want get it together and make a wardrobe that enhances me and my style which I’m still coming into.  With all this said,  I finally broke down and ordered the BWOF Plus magazine.  I went to my local art store and purchased the tracing paper of 20 yds. x 24″ for $9.70.   I look forward to having a wonderful experience sewing for myself.  I do have one thing to say about the BWOF patterns I’ve been reading the instructions to figure out the correct means to go about tracing out the right size.  At first glance, it just looks like a jumbled mess but upon 2 days of gazing I’m starting to get the layout.  Wish me luck.

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My best photo has to be the package that came in the mail today from my Secret Swap Partner  Saffista from the Ravelry Group EbonyElite Sista Friend my scarf is made using JJ’s Specialty Yarns from the Montage collection the colorway is PassionFruit which is so what a girl can use in the frigid cold of Ohio with a matching Calorimetry very delectable handmade Truffles, and sweater key ring to commerate the SWAP and the most special thing was her handwritten note.  This was a very wonderful experience and I look forward to participating in more SWAPs this year. 

SWAP package

That should be enough to hold everyone until at least next Tuesday when I plan to have another FO I just don’t know which one it will be.  Until my next post take time out to live, laugh and love this is a great mantra. 

 ~~Happy Crafting & Be Creative~~

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