new craft photo challenge

A Month of Craft Photos -- You In Action

I’m taking part in a February craft photo challenge called A Month of Craft Photos, which is described on Untangling-Knots’ blog or via the Flickr group, where I will be posting my entries. This one seems very doable for me as I generally craft in some form or another each day.

The first theme is ‘you in action’.

Both photos are of the ric rac that I am obsessively crocheting. I am at a point of unknown yardage.

(Edited to add: Links to pattern and other info HERE.)

multicolor crocheted ric rac

more like sog days of summer

crochet + iced coffee

I have been going through my summer humid-weather lifestyle shift, which is mostly a combination of adjusting food and activity, as dictated by my body. There might also be a bit of griping about the humidity although I have promised myself that I will try not to waste any time on complaining. It does me no good, or anyone else. But, I might have said at five o’clock this morning, “This is the coolest that it’s going to be all day, and I’m miserable right now.”

Oddly enough, I don’t do well with air conditioning. I think that it’s a very personal thing. Some people can go from frigid rooms to steamy outdoors and their body doesn’t mind at all. In my case, I think that I’m best off to avoid unnatural air cooling, except in the most dire of circumstances. (Thirty years of juvenile diabetes and other autoimmune stuff, like arthritis, sometimes sends my body into a tizzy, and it can’t handle the heat extremes safely.)

First and foremost, I work hard to keep my blood sugar in check and to stay well-hydrated. I limit, sadly, all gardening activities to the early morning and early evening hours. I ditch my AM cup of caffeine and instead prepare the base for an iced coffee or two later in the day. (I essentially use THIS RECIPE, but add a dash of vanilla extract, use WAY LESS sweetened condensed milk, and make frozen coffee for the ice cubes. Special thanks to my friend, Jac, for giving me the idea of making my own concoction. Plus, I think this tastes better than any cold coffee drink that I’ve ever bought. It couldn’t possibly have anything to do with happiness in a can sweetened condensed milk.)

This also marks the beginning of my crochet season. I don’t ever really stop, yet I do slow down during April, May, and June, when my days in the garden are long and hard (in a good way). I believe that a lot of people consider fiber work to be a cold-weather activity. For me, though, it slows life down, forces me to sit still, maybe in front of the fan or in a chair outside catching some backyard breezes.

I have been considering that I might sleep outside on occasion. When thinking about easy ways to keep cool, I look to the past for inspiration. During the summer 100 or even 50 years ago, a lot of people slept by the lake, on the beach, in the yard, or within a screened-in porch. Grandma Anderson and her 10 sibling slept in the yard, waking up with snakes in their blankets. My mum slept on a daybed on the porch. The maternal German-Irish side of my family always had a kitchen in the basement, which made cooking a lot more tolerable. I don’t know about other parts of the country, but summer kitchens were also very common here in Wisconsin. Our house originally had one. We can still see the foundation through the lawn on the south side of the house. Oh, how much more productive I would be with that summer kitchen!

Today’s agenda: Iced coffee, the hose set to ‘mist’, putzing around with crochet ideas, trying not to scare anyone with my high-humidity hair.


lazy day birthday tent

lazy day birthday tent

My mister and I decided to make a quick tent for our daughter’s 19th birthday (on June 20).

He picked up the necessary wood stuff this morning, and I pulled out an old full-size sheet, one that has been a drop cloth for painting actually, to use as the canvas material. We had seen a few similar tents online, but each of us implemented our own ideas for our individual parts in the project. The tent folds up flat (to four inches). Rob put a pin in each end of the tent, under the dowel, to secure it, fearing that the dowel would eventually loosen. For my part, I made it no-sew. I cut hem bond into manageable-sized pieces and fused the ends of the sheet around the kick board to secure it. (Photos: one, two, three)

It took less than an hour from start to finish.

birthday tent


constants - sorting yarn + crocheting

sorting yarn

crocheting granny squares

I have started a background crochet project, something to work on when I need to busy my hands, which is pretty much any moment that I sit down without food or a keyboard. This is my second time doing Solveig Grimstad’s Flowers in the Snow. The first version that I made was just a sampler (aka kitty blanket), and I called it Dreams of Spring. This time, I am making a big blanket for my husband. It is a true stash buster. Then again, I will end up purchasing yarn to finish it off, so… hrm. Anyhow, this one is called Mister Winter and the details are HERE.

(All links are to Ravelry, and I *think* that you need an account to view the details.)

under the rainbow

under the rainbow

Whew. I am finally done with the rainbow granny stripe afghan.

Before doing the border, it was 51″ x 54″. It is the perfect size for a nap. I used about 4,700 yards of DK wool from Knit Picks. You can find more details HERE on Ravelry. (I believe that you need an account to view the projects.)

I gave it to Paige.

x under the rainbow

under the rainbow

crocheted apron

crocheted aprong

At some point, I picked up this tiny crocheted apron. It’s the perfect size for my 18-year-old daughter, not that she wears it other than to politely pose for her mum.

[This year, I’m going to log 365 of my family heirlooms and thrifted finds. All items will be considered vintage by the 20-year standard.  You can find all of the entries under the category ‘something old‘.]

embroidered silk pillow cover

embroidered silk pillow cover

Although there is one in the photograph, I have two of these pillow covers. The other doesn’t have a pillow in it.

I looked inside this one and it is filled with a Barbie pillow that my daughter had when she was three years’ old. (She was done with Barbies by four.)

[This year, I’m going to log 365 of my family heirlooms and thrifted finds. All items will be considered vintage by the 20-year standard.  You can find all of the entries under the category ‘something old‘.]

not-so-extreme home makeover

yarn for rainbow afghan

I have known that this would be the year that I would finally begin to change the way that my home looks. The most difficult part for me is knowing where to draw the line. For instance, the first area that I am working on is the entryway/dining room, which will overlap doing the kitchen. Essentially, I want to change all of the trim and doors in the house to white, and I want a fresh coat of paint on all of the walls and ceilings. (They are white, save for the sunny yellow laundry room.) Along with that, I’ll be adding new fixtures, switch plate covers, etc. Some furniture will be painted or swapped out for other pieces.

The pickle is THE FLOORS. For now, I’m leaving in all of the horrible flooring. (This summer, I hope to start tearing the carpeting out of the rooms upstairs and be able to work with the boards that are already there.) The kitchen, laundry, and dining room have terrible linoleum. The kitchen counters will have to stay as well. When I think of the lovely, fresh and white house, I have an image of ugly counters and floors screaming LOOK AT ME! LOOK AT ME!

I have spent approximately 6,398,402 hours thinking about this.

I decided to not let it bother me. Sure, it will draw my eye, but I shall be so hopelessly in love with the freshness of everything that I won’t care. Much.

chenille blanket

chenille blanket

This two-sided blanket (the other side is solid pink as seen HERE) appears to have been made from a larger piece, perhaps a bedspread, as it is an odd size and has handstitching on some parts of it.

I like to shove it under the covers on cold nights to keep my feet warm.

[This year, I’m going to log 365 of my family heirlooms and thrifted finds. All items will be considered vintage by the 20-year standard.  You can find all of the entries under the category ‘something old‘.]

sofa doily

sofa doily

My mom had this sofa doily when I was growing up, and I don’t know if she bought it at a tag sale or if it was my great-grandmother’s.  Either way, it’s one of the most intricate and lovely doilies that I own.

I think that it looks nicer on the wall.

[This year, I’m going to log 365 of my family heirlooms and thrifted finds. All items will be considered vintage by the 20-year standard.  You can find all of the entries under the category ‘something old‘.]