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Jan 12, 2017

Charity Hat I

The first hat was done before the first week ended! I feel triumphant! If I keep up this pace I'll definitely be able to knit ten hats!

Charity Hat I

This hat was a very quick knit and really easy to remember. The pattern is Sea Folk by Jennifer Lysen  and I used a partial skein of Red Heart Soft Solids to knit this up. I did knit an extra decrease row before binding off to use up a little more of the yarn; getting rid of as much yarn as possible.

Charity Hat I

Jan 10, 2017

Plant Light

I decided my naked light bulbs needed some sprucing up and made a cute cover for one of my plant lights.

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washi tape covered lampshade

This little lamp shade was picked up from a charity shop and looked pretty horrible before I removed the weird fake rawhide cover. After picking off the massive amount of glue I decided to wrap the frame with some washi tape.

It was a super easy project, but there was a minor mishap when hanging up the light:

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As I was putting the cord up in the hook I dropped it, the light bulb made a direct hit with the edge of the orchid planter. The orchid may be getting replanted because I'm afraid I didn't get all the glass out and I don't want to accidentally cut myself weeks or months in the future. Somehow it also chopped off a leaf from a pothos. 

Jan 5, 2017

Through the Back Loop

I haven't worked on the leopard hat at all since I last posted about it and have decided to put that project on hold for a bit and work on the charity hats from my New Year's resolutions. Ten hats is a lot and I'm going to try and get as close to it as I can over the next five months. Here is the first bit of the first one I am knitting:

Charity Hat I WIP

This hat is a pretty simple pattern with a lot of stitching through the back loop. The first row was especially difficult for me to remember where to put my needle, but I think they were all stitched correctly. The pattern is Sea Folk by Jennifer Lysen and I'm definitely a fan so far.

A few things about these hats: I will be using only yarn from my stash, most of this will be leftover yarn from previous projects. During the black Friday sales when all of the chain craft stores had yarn on sale I wanted to buy, buy, buy, but decided to figure out what I had on hand that I could use for these hats and found out I had a lot of yarn and I didn't need to buy any more.

The other thing is I have been following this AWESOME Ravlry group thread, Lovin the Freebies for some time now and have saved more patterns than I will probably ever knit/crochet. This specific thread has links to patterns that are free for a limited time so snatch them up while you can. I'm quite certain that this first hat was listed on this thread and many (maybe all) of the other hats I knit will likely have been on this thread too.

I'm feeling way more motivated than I did just three days ago and I'm hoping I will stay that way!

Jan 3, 2017

2017 Resolutions

It's a new year! 2016 is over and I ended up raising my crafting intentions "grade" from an F to a C. I didn't do as well as I had hoped; the hippo slippers, pistachio succulents, and fabric stash evaluation is done, the but I haven't finished the leopard hat yet. 

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This year I'm repeating a 2015 goal, knitting hats for charity! A month ago when I was thinking up my resolutions I didn't realize I would currently be so unmotivated to pick up my knitting needles (see above note about the unfinished leopard hat) so I set a lofty goal of ten hats. Last time I knit six hats for charity and one for myself by my coworker's charity event so I'm going to do at least that well and need to get stitching!

I've only chosen two craft goals this year; my other resolution for the year is to start embroidering again. It's been way too long since I've done any embroidery or cross stitch and I have at least one cross stitch portrait to make this year. As I am writing this I am realizing "more embroidery" isn't a very specific goal so in addition to the one cross stitch portrait I currently have planned, I will do two other projects. 

Let me know in the comments if you made any craft goals for this year or if you have embroidery/cross stitch suggestions. 

Dec 29, 2016

The Cold Frame

I thought I'd share an update on the tiny carrots (not spinach) that I have been growing in my cold frame. Over the weekend we had another several inches of snowfall, I got back home after dark on Tuesday so headed into the backyard Wednesday to uncover the cold frame and see if my seedlings have survived the last two weeks of below freezing temperatures.

Even though I get a bit grumpy because I have to shovel the snow and the roads have been awful here lately, it is pretty great to see all the animal tracks. The newer and closer tracks are from some of the neighborhood kitties who I've not been able to make friends with and still accidentally frighten. Under my deck is now a kitty igloo; it's both warm and probably the perfect place to hide from unsuspecting birds since I have several feeders right above it.

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The snow was nearly deeper than my boots! And made a nice blanket over the cold frame. Since I only have seedlings in the left side now I don't bother brushing off the right side. I should probably reconsider this strategy so more sunlight can get inside and warm up the soil and the weight of the snow doesn't break my plastic window.

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After opening up the cold frame the tiny carrot seedlings don't look much different than they did the last time I looked and the soil seemed frozen which makes me wonder if these little guys will survive. I don't think they look dead and they are colder weather plants so I may get a few carrots in a few months if it warms up and they start growing again.

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When I closed the cold frame I noticed the frost patterns on the window and needed to take a picture (another little nice thing about the cold). I hope you are enjoying the weather where you live and you have a very happy New Year!