The twist and turns in life

I have not had a bunch of time to craft, but am starting to get back in the groove again. I recently started a new shawl. Will have to see how far I get. This pattern is only a chart without any other instructions, so it is a little bit of a learning process for me. Picture is not the best, but I am enjoying the process.cimg1863

Socks rock

Finished Practice Socks

I finally finished my first pair of socks. They are not perfect, but I did enjoy making them and would like to make more. I want to go buy bunches of yarn for socks. I have worn the socks a few times and have an idea on what I would do differently next time. These are worsted weight in an acrylic yarn that I inherited quite a few years ago. I believe I would be happier with a lighter weight wool or at least have the sole of the sock worked in stockinette instead of a pattern. The bottoms of my feet seem to be sensitive to all the bumps. It might be awhile until I try again. There is a whole room full of boxes of unfinished projects and my goal is to finish some of those. Now to go find the next UFO and all the supplies I need to finish it.

Just a pretty little distraction

 

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I had planned on trying to work on one thing at a time, but I got distracted. I still plan to finish the pair of socks I was knitting, it just might take awhile to get back to them. In the meantime I started and finished a crochet shawl. This is a pattern from Ravelry called the Miya Shawl. I ran out of yarn, so it’s not as large as I would have liked. It still is very pretty and sits nicely on the shoulders.

Things never go as planned

Working on my first pair of socks

Working on my first pair of socks

I had started this blog to kick start my creative life, but then real life got in the way and I haven’t kept up with things. Recently, I started listening to and watching crafting podcasts on my mp3 player on my commutes to and from work. I have really been enjoying them. Some of my favorites are Heartland Knits, Knit me Happy, and SkeinAfterSkein.

SkeinAfterSkein is hosting a virtual Epic Kintalong and Crochetalong for the year on Ravelry. It sounded like fun and it inspired me to get started. So, I am working on knitting my first pair of socks. The pattern is called Hiker Socks. It looked fairly easy and I had some leftover yarn that looked like it would work well enough for me to practice with and see if making socks was something that I would enjoy. I haven’t got that far, but I did take a picture of the beginning. Now to keep working on them and not get distracted.

Sewing Excitement

I was a bad girl over the Thanksgiving Holiday and ordered myself a sewing machine that was on sale. It’s a low end Brother machine, but I have not had a working sewing machine for about 6 years so almost anything will do. It was delivered yesterday and I am so excited. Can’t wait for the weekend so I can play with my new toy. Still need to dig through my UFO’s and pick something to break in the machine with.

Hello World!

Once again I have big plans. After reading so many other crafting blogs, I thought I would start one of my own. I enjoy all types of crafting and I find new inspirations all the time, but time gets away from me and I don’t seem to finish many things. Here’s hoping by documenting my goals and organizing my thoughts that I might accomplish more.