Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Leaping After the Snow

Last night the snow fell, covering the dark winter landscape. We went for a walk today under a sunny, blue sky to see the creek and all the beauty. It was refreshing on this Leap Year day.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Day 28 - Simplicity

Day 28 of A Month of Craft Photos: Simplicity

This pullover hoodie was my second sweater off the needles. It is the Neck Down Hooded Tunic by Diane Soucy, better know as Knitting Pure and Simple. I absolutely love her patterns. They are all seamless, often neck down and just as simple as can be. I have quite a few of her patterns that I'd like to work on, especially the Neck Down Wrap Cardigan.

The corn snake was a buddy of mine while I was working at a nature center in Alexandria, Virginia back in 2007. My Ravelry Link

Monday, February 27, 2012

Day 27 - The Wrong Side

Day 27 of A Month of Craft Photos: The Wrong Side

I love this Drops Jacket, especially the front with the double moss stitch. I love it when a stitch pattern looks great on both sides. The wrong side is in the foreground.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Day 26 - Organization

Day 26 of A Month of Craft Photos: Organization

I have almost everything I need other than needles and yarn in this little Altoids tin. It goes with my knitting everywhere and is the best little organizer I know of.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Day 25 - When I Craft

Day 25 of A Month of Craft Photos: When I Craft

During naptime, but I am finding that two little ones don't often nap at the same time. I will be much happier when I can start squeezing in some knitting time again.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Ash Wednesday

The seasons come and go so quickly. As I enter into the season of Lent, I am pondering how living with less often brings deep contentment. The Celtic hermits lived the entire year in simplicity, truly a life of renunciation. This poem is a colloquy between two brothers, a warrior king and a hermit.

Why, hermit Marvan, sleepest thou not upon a feather quilt?

Beautiful are the pines which make music for me unhindered: through Christ I am no worse off at any time than you.

Though you relish that which you enjoy exceeding all wealth, I am content with that which is given me by my gentle Christ.

With no moment of strife, no din of combat such as disturbs you, thankful to the Prince who gives every good to me in my hut.

De Waal, E. (1997). 
New York, NY: Doubleday.

Day 22 - Contrasts

Day 22 of A Month of Craft Photos: Contrasts

When ever I look at Anna Maria Horner's fabric, I am always amazed that all the designs and colors somehow work together, despite the contrasting colors and crazy designs. This is a stack of Folksy Flannel that I found on sale in Anna Maria's store a while back. I've been pondering what to do with this warm and playful fabric. So far my favorite inspiration is a quilt with the warm colors on one side and the cool colors on the other.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

New Ride!

While it might be winter here, we are still trying to enjoy the outdoors. I was given a bike last week from a friend and am so excited to zoom around town with it! This is especially nice because I have been without a bike since 2008 when my bike was stolen from Harvard Yard while I was in class. Ben and Pieter took it out for a spin and pronounced it perfect. Now I just need to find a trailer to tow two muchkins in. 

Day 21 - Crafting Accompaniments

Day 21 of A Month of Craft Photos: Crafting Accompaniments

Nothing accompanies knitting like tea does... 

Monday, February 20, 2012

Day 20 - Finishing

Day 20 of A Month of Craft Photos: Finishing

What finishes quilts like a label? This fabric panel is called "Name That Quilt" by one of my favorite designers, Sandy Gervais. It is full of labels that could be used for quilts, clothing bags, cards, organizing... so many possibilities. 

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Day 18 - Craft Books

Day 18 of A Month of Craft Photos: Craft Books

It has been a while since I bought a new knitting book. This one I couldn't resist. Contemporary Irish Knits by Carol Feller. I'm so looking forward to working on some of the projects in it. Here is a nice review by Kelly at Celtic Cast On

Friday, February 17, 2012

Day 17 - Last FO Used

Day 17 of A Month of Craft Photos: Last FO Used

The Kicking Bag for Babies is an easy knit that I pulled out from my knits for Pieter. It has been keeping Juliana nice and toasty. I love the yarn - Mountain Colors Bearfoot in Lodgegrass. Ravelry Link.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Day 16 - Texture

Day 16 of A Month of Craft Photos: Texture

I do love green... from moss to mittens. This beautifully textured mitten is the Druid Mittens by Jared Flood. All those cables and bobbles are great, but for some reason this has been waiting for a companion for about... three years. Wow, I am actually very surprised to see that it has been that long. I'd better get the project out of hibernation sometime soon. Unfortunately, all knitting as come to a screeching halt with the business of having a babe in the house. 

Today we went out for a walk along the river under the bright sun and blue sky. We saw lots of wildlife - a bald eagle soaring along the river, ducks walking on the ice, and foraging turkeys. I was sad I left the camera at home. As both kids fell asleep, I thought about my lack of knitting and wished for a moment that I could push a stroller and knit at the same time!  

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

All tuckered out

This is what happens when you wake up at 3:30am and are so wide awake, Mama says, go play in your room and leave me alone. Off he went and played for hours. We found him like this at 6:30am. Nothing like getting tuckered out with a favorite book.

Day 15 - A New Skill

Day 15 of A Month of Craft Photos: A New Skill

Pattern: Thermis, by Kris Knits & Cosy Thermal Knits by Karen Everitt
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted
Needles: US 6

I worked on this set at the end of December and have really enjoyed using it. This is my first fingerless mitts that I've made and worn. Great for driving, but not very good for walking and pushing a stroller, which is what I do most of the time. So, these are relegated to an occasional wear. I also worked on a plain hat to match, but I'm not happy with it and plan on frogging it for a better one (perhaps this one). The yarn is too nice to waste!

Now, for my new skill, I learned a new buttonhole I found online for the neck warmer. The Tulip Buttonhole is sturdy and relatively easy to make if you follow along with the video. I liked that it came out symmetrical and very tight all around the hole. Can you imagine knitting now without the internet? So many new things to learn are within reach now.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Day 14 - Where You Craft

Day 14 of A Month of Craft Photos: Where You Craft

When I saw this day coming up, I thought to myself, "this is what I need - the motivation to get my office and craft space in order." Well, it never happened. My hope is to finish organizing my office and to find a table to add to the space for my sewing machine. Currently, my machine sits in the family room in our basement, with in reach of a toddler. Definitely not a good set up. In the meantime, all my knitting time usually ends up on the couch in the living room. 

PS: An Old FO? Check out the dinosaur. I made it in my 8th grade sewing class.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Day 13 - Inspiration Indoors

Day 13 of A Month of Craft Photos: Inspiration Indoors

We have some beautiful Mayan pottery from Ben's childhood home on the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. I've been thinking that I would really like to make a quilt for the living room that would match these colors. So, they are my indoor inspiration for some sewing. Here are a few photos of the Mayan ruin, Palenque, in Chiapas, Mexico.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Day 12 - A Crafty Gift

Day 12 of A Month of Craft Photos: A Crafty Gift

I found this fabric book panel last fall at the Bakery Fabrics and snatched it up as soon as I saw it (Woodsy Wonders by J. Wecker-Frisch, South Sea Imports). What could be better than a book about insects, plants and mushrooms with a turtle and frog leading you through it? The last page held me up - I've never done any hand embroidery and don't have a sewing machine that will embroider. Oma came to the rescue in January and did it for me. I just love it!

Now, as far as a crafty gift. Well, when I saw this, I knew my friend Chris would love one for her little boy, Jacob, so I made one for her at the same time and it is winging it's way across the continent to Massachusetts as I type. Here are the pages. Click on the photo for a larger one.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Day 11 - A WIP

Day 11 of A Month of Craft Photos: A Work In Progress (WIP)

I have only made a few rows of progress on my most recent Habitat. Hard to believe the last one took me only two days. Instead, these two WIPs appear to be taking up all my time:

Friday, February 10, 2012

Papa's Mischief

They were so cute in their matching clothes, we had to take some pictures before heading to church last weekend. Mama left the room for a while and later found a little something on the memory card from the camera. Hmm... Papa loves those animals!

Day 10 - Your Craft Bag

Day 10 of A Month of Craft Photos: Your Craft Bag

This is my small knitting project/on the go bag. It was my first felting project, almost six years ago, and is still my favorite.  It is the Vintage Bubble Bag by Eva Wiechmann. I've made quite a few of these and am amazed at how beautiful they always are. Below is a pre-felting picture. Ravelry Link.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Day 9 - Your Hands

Day 9 of A Month of Craft Photos: Your Hands

Mama & Juliana's Hands

This lovely Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmermann was made for Pieter by our great friend Gen. While I love this wonderful Koigu yarn, my favorite part of the sweater are those beautiful wooden buttons. It is so much fun to get out these beautiful knits again!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Day 8 - Challenging

Day 7 of A Month of Craft Photos: Challenging

When I was learning how to knit more than the basics, I was working at a yarn store. I decided to do a cabling project while I had people around me to ask questions. So, I dove right in and started the Montera Cable Jacket. It was definitely challenging, but more in persisting with the project than the actual crossing of cables. I haven't done another adult size cable sweater since this was finished, but I might now be ready for one.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

GIVEAWAY ~ The Bakery Fabrics ~

In celebration of A Month of Craft Photos,  I bring you a giveaway from The Bakery Fabrics.

The Bakery Fabrics is one of my favorite local businesses. It is in Belle Fourche, South Dakota and holds court in the old Tri State Bakery. Owner, Annie Albright, has customers from all corners of the crafting world: "traditional to artistic quilters, adventuresome moms, fashion forward students and lots of creative spirits." I love browsing the fabric that is held in the old baker's racks and seeing the bread oven in the wall. Here are some pictures of my recent visit, a short interview with Annie and a special giveaway.

Along with the shop in Belle Fourche, South Dakota, 
Annie has a shop on ebay and you can find her on Facebook.

Missy: How long have you been in business?

Annie: I have been selling fabric since 1998. I started out by making and selling children's clothing on eBay. With two little ones it was hard to find enough time to sew so I started selling the extra fabric I was accumulating/hoarding.

Missy: What's the product or offering you are most excited about right now?

Annie: The children's lines that are coming in this spring just bring a smile to my face. Celebrating childhood... what can be better.

Missy: Tell us about your background. What path led you to the work you do today?
Annie: I studied clothing design and manufacturing in Seattle. After school, I started doing alterations which morphed into designing special occasion dresses.

Missy: Do you have a favorite inspirational quote?

Annie: Favorite quote to live by is "Do unto others."

Annie takes the Bakery theme throughout the store - here are some of her fun signs.

My favorite part of the store - toys! Pieter loves coming and plays the entire time without any fuss - stress free shopping! If only the other stores in the area would figure this out. They certainly would get more business from moms.

For today's giveaway The Bakery Fabrics is generously offering the following:

~ Moda Sherbet Pips Charm Pack ~
42 5-inch squares 

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Thank you to The Bakery Fabrics!

To enter, please leave a comment in today's post. Comments will close Friday at 5pm, MST. The winner will be chosen by a random number generator and announced here in this post Friday evening.

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What a fun store to explore! Enjoy!
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