Yesterday morning we woke up to no electricity. It’s one of those things that you take for granted until it’s no longer there. Now days it is almost impossible to get ANYTHING done without it, no showers, no morning coffee (which is a nightmare scenario for me), no heat, no nothing, even the cordless phone won’t work so you better hope you remembered to charge up your cell phone the day before.
We went without power the entire morning as it didn’t get fixed until almost noon. So what’s a girl to do when you can’t do anything? You pull out your crochet hook and/or knitting needles of course! It is awesome how you can get quite far on a project when you don’t have the distractions of all the electronic toys and gadgets our homes are crammed full of. And if the heat isn’t working, make sure you have an afghan going, it will keep you warm while you work on it 🙂
Current WIP 🙂
So now the power is back and all is well again. The distractions are back, but I have to admit… I did kind of miss them, even if it was only for a few hours.
So I have taken a couple of months to gather my thoughts and rearrange my life a bit. I have cleaned out some closets, reorganized my office/studio, de-cluttered my computer and gotten rid of almost all of the inventory I had left over from my previous direct sales job. I have also reorganized my craft show displays and replaced some of my display shelves and props. I guess I am the type of person who likes to try and get as organized as possible before I move on to something new and while there are a few things that need to be done yet, I feel I am ready to take on my new and improved life. One thing that is big plus to all of this is that I have gotten rid of a lot of stress. I am clearing out the most stressful things (at least the ones I have control over) and I can’t believe the difference it is starting to make. It actually helps with the things I don’t have control over and I am starting to feel a little less stressed about those things too.
I have been working on projects (of course) through all this and here are a couple of things I have worked on.
Baby sweater and hat set
Some cute baby items for some of my friends. Two of my girlfriends are becoming grandmas for the first time this spring. (I’m way ahead of them both with 5 grandbabies so far… hehe) So I am in kind of a baby items kick. I should have a few more to show with the next post.
I hope you all have a great spring and I hope winter is done for good! Some fresh air to go with my fresh life would be most welcome 🙂
The last two weeks have been filled with a lot of personal business that needed attention. And I am happy to say that it is mostly taken care of and I feel a great weight has been lifted from my shoulders. I am now ready to start the next chapter of this crazy life I live!
One of my goals was to let go of my other J-O-B so I could concentrate on Fromm Me To You full time and I am now in the process of doing that YAY!! I am so excited and so scared all at the same time. I mean what if I fall flat on my face? What if I fail? What if I make a complete a** of myself? I am TOTALLY willing to risk it! This has been (in my mind at least) my dream job for the last 28 years and I don’t want to wait until I’m on my deathbed to say “gee maybe now I should try my dream job”. So there it is… out there… in the open… for all to see… totally exposed. I am going to give this crochet and knitting for a living thing a try.
I looking forward to having the time to keep this blog updated a little better than I have these past few weeks and put more effort into my Facebook page, Ravelry and Craftsy accounts and most of all getting some of these ideas in my head down on paper in the form of some fun patterns.
So say a little prayer for me and wish me luck. I am ready to start Life in the Craft Lane!!
As I look around my office / studio today I realize I am queen of the halvsies. I have in my project bag 2 half done hats, 1 half done baby blanket, 1 half done afghan, and 1 half done baby sweater. I also have 4 half done patterns on my computer waiting to be finished. Does anyone else have this problem? I just get started on a project and then I see another pattern I just HAVE to try and start a new project and so on and so on.
I am beginning to wonder if there is such a thing as a crochet/knit version of ADHD. If there is I am definitely showing symptoms. Just two days ago I went shopping and found some great yarn that will work for a couple of other patterns I have sitting on my “gotta make these” pile, so it looks like before the weekend is over I will be starting 2 or 3 new projects to add to my halvsies bag.
One of these days I will amaze all of you with a plethora of finished projects in a VERY large blog post HAHA!
Well I made it through my first double pointed knitting needles project. I have to say it sounds a lot scarier than it actually is. Once I got into it I was having fun, I like the way the hat turned out, so I will have to make a few more for the upcoming vendor shows I will be attending. This hat is a custom order for my youngest son’s girlfriend. I hope she loves it (and shares with her friends where they can get one – haha)
The vendor fair went well last Friday and I met some great people. I also have a few leads on some possible custom orders… FUN! I have two more coming up in September and am looking forward to those as well. Time to speed up and get some holiday projects done for the upcoming shows. I also have some patterns in the works that I have been meaning to get done and posted. I seem to keep running out of hours in the day. Looks like it’s time to put the coffee on (the STRONG coffee that is)
I’m always open to learning new stitches and techniques and new crafts altogether. This last week I have been trying to learn Tunisian Crochet. Not a big leap from crochet or from knitting either, but still a craft unto it’s own. I’m working on a simple washcloth right now which is one of the projects for the class I’m taking through Craftsy. I will let you know how it’s going a future post,
I have mentioned before that I also knit, but I admit that I am much more proficient at crochet. I have a custom order for a knit slouchy hat and it is worked on double pointed needles, which I have not tried up to this point. Looks like the next week or two I will be studying up on the finer points of DPNs 🙂 I will keep you posted to how that’s going as well. If any knitters out there have some helpful advice… I’m open to some helpful hints and tips!
Welcome to my new blog! My goal is for everyone to have a good time, learn some new things but most of all be a support for one another in our love of the fiber arts. Whether you are a crafter yourself or just like to admire others and their handiwork. This is all pretty new to me so be patient and stop back often as I learn and improve.
I taught myself to crochet and knit over 27 years ago when I was pregnant with my first child. I really wanted one of those beautiful crocheted baby blankets and I didn’t know ANYONE who could make me one. None of my friends or family had a clue. So I bought a few books, my first crochet hook and some yarn and set out for what would become a lifelong love of crochet. I made that first blanket and it looked pretty good, but I had a friend who was pregnant at the same time as me, so I gave it to her as a gift and started another one. As life would have it, it seemed that I was entering a time when all of my friends and a few family members were getting married and starting families and so I kept making blankets and giving them as baby gifts.
Baby Sweater I knitted.
When my oldest child was about 7 and my third and youngest child was about 2 I finally got to keep one for me! I had made close to 25 baby blankets and had taught myself to knit a couple of baby sweaters as well in that time.
Over the years I learned as many new techniques and stitches as I could. I made gifts for people and a few items for myself. Some were awesome and some were not so awesome (haha) In 2003 I lost my younger brother to cancer and in 2012 my mom died from cancer.
One of the cotton hats I made for my mom.
While Mom was going through radiation and chemo treatments her hair fell out and the skin of her head was very sensitive. The only material she could wear on her head was cotton… other fibers were irritating to her. So I stocked up on cotton yarn in every color and started crocheting her a complete wardrobe of hats and caps. A lot of people loved them and told me I should start selling them, that’s when I decided to open my own Etsy shop called Fromm Me To You. I have a section in my shop just for my 100% cotton caps and hats and $3 from the sale of each one goes to The American Cancer Society in memory of both my brother and my mom.
So that is a short (okay, so maybe not so short) version of my lifelong love of yarn.