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My Favorite Vase

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May 1, 2015

Many years ago, I bought a hand painted vase, filled it with flowers and gave it to my mother for Mother’s day. I loved that vase and it was hard to part with it. I admired it every time I went to my parents’ house. After a while I didn’t see it any more and kind of forgot about it.  10 years ago my mother was diagnosed dementia and passed away this past January. It was one of the hardest journeys I have been on.  I have spent the last few months going through all of her things with my father deciding what to keep and what to give to charity. Imagine my surprise one week, when my father pulled my special vase out of the cabinet and asked me if I wanted it. I couldn’t believe it. There it was after all these years. I brought it home and put it on my table and have been waiting for the daffodils in my garden to bloom so that I could fill it. I haven’t been feeling well the last few weeks and haven’t had the energy to go out to the garden .IMG_1507 The other night my husband went out to the backyard, cut some daffodils and filled the vase with them and surprised me. What a keeper he is!  This will be my first Mother’s Day without my mother but every time I look at my special vase I will think of  all the memories my mother and I shared together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Also this week, I finished my latest Knitted Art piece for the bedroom and framed it.

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Spring is in the Air

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April 16, 2015

Spring has finally arrived here in Massachusetts. As recently as last weekend we were still getting sleet and cold weather. But this week it has  been in the 50s and 60s and sunny. I love this time of year when I can open all the windows and air the house out.

In the morning I wake up to the birds tweeting and they have already started birdhousebuilding nests in our birdhouses.

 

 

 

 

I noticed the first daffodils popping up in the garden today. A sure sign of Spring!

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And, I sat out on the deck and knit this afternoon. My current project is a mat for a shelf in our family room. I found the pattern on Pinterest. It’s kind of tedious and slow going as every 4 stitches is a cable.KnittingDeck Row 1 is front cables all the way across. Row 2 is Purled all the way across, Row 3 is back cables all the way across and Row 4 is purled all the way across. I love the woven fabric it produces. I am making it out of a linen cotton blend which is perfect for wam weather knitting. The yarn comes on a cone and it’s Valley Yarns Cotton 10/2 and I have doubled it up to make it thicker.

Speaking of cotton, we just introduced our new Organic cotton labels. It’s a fabulous lightweight cotton that is so soft, yet durable for all of your handmade garments. I love the natural look of these labels. They are the perfect finishing touch. They have really taken off and we have received a lot of positive feedback on them. Here are some of this week’s custom orders we’ve done.

Custom Clothing Labels

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Freeform knitting using my yarn stash

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March 18, 2015

I have been knitting for 40+ years so as you can imagine I have accumulated quite the yarn stash. When I first started knitting I used Ugh! Acrylic! And back then the acrylic was kind of like plastic…Acrylic has come a long way. The only other option was scratchy wool.  I didn’t start knitting seriously until I was in my 20s and that’s about the time all the “fun” yarns became available. With that said, I have a collection of 30 years of leftover yarn.  I organized all of my yarn into colors and put them in different baskets. My first stash project was a sweater. I took all of my shades of blue and just started knitting. I mixed, weights, textures and colors. I used a basic cardigan pattern to gauge how many stitches I should cast on and for measurements. It was a fun project because I had no idea how it would come out. I bought the glass buttons at a craft fair. Here is the final sweater.IMG_1305

 

 

 

 

 

 

My second de-stash project is a crocheted afghan. I did have to purchase the main color yarn but then I used up several small balls of leftover yarn, again using different weights and textures. What kind of projects have you made using your stash? I would love to hear about them and see pictures

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A Little Bit of Home Decor

It’s been too long since I have posted to my blog. One of my New Year’s resolutions was to keep up with regular posts. It’s not too late is it?  This is my second week of not working 2 jobs and although it’s a little bit of adjustment, I don’t think it will take long to get used to. I have been doing Etsy fulltime for almost a year but I was lucky enough to still work a few hours a week at my old job during the transition.  I am not used to having nights and weekends off. Now that I work at home during the day, I have time to look around my house and I have noticed a lot of little things I want to do. I have been painting, washing windows and my husband installed the closet organizer we bought over a year ago and haven’t had time to do. It’s fun being able to go for a bike ride in the middle of the day if I want to.  I also have time for my true passions: knitting and crocheting.  Since I no longer have to dress up for work I decided to make things for the house rather than sweaters, etc.  I love making pillows and I really like using cotton fabric for the back of the pillows rather than knitting or crocheting them.  I used cotton yarn and it  gives my newly painted bench a fresh look. You might remember this bench from an earlier post. I knit the bench cushion.  Here it is again with the pillows added.IMG_0091

 

 

 

 

 

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Next, I went on to crochet some placemats. Again, I used cotton and picked up the colors in my Tiled kitchen table. After I crocheted the entire placement. I crocheted the vertical stripes on top.

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Here is a sneak peak at my cotton new pillow design. I will be adding patterns for pillow covers to our Etsy store in the near future. The back of the pillow will be a coordinating fabric envelope back which will also be available for purchase. It will be a great way to collect all of my pillow designs. Once you purchase your own 15″ pillow form you can change the pillow covers every season or whenever you need a change.

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