Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Monday, August 8, 2016

Glimpse of My Life Early August

I am knitting the Ms. Marple Scarf, it is a fun piece and I can't wait to finish it. It is going to be a Christmas present.

My girls started back to school. Both of them are in high school now and I have to admit it is very hard. They are growing up way too fast. 

I was excited about gas being so low that I just had to snap a picture. 

On the first day of school to keep me occupied I did a little retail therapy at a local yarn shop. I am sorry to say that they are closing and Saturday was their last day.

I picked up some beautiful yarns from their sale and I have already cast on the milk chocolate skein. 

On Saturday I still needed a yarn fix so I took a trip to Revival Yarns. I love their little shop. The staff is super friendly and I love how bright the shop is. Their selection was wonderful. 

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Summer is winding down.

Monticello, GA
This summer has really seemed to fly by. Tomorrow both of my girls will be high school students. One in 10th and one in 9th. I really can't believe that this is happening. It seems like just yesterday they were babies.

Sunset on our farm.
I think that this summer has flew by because I have been filling in for someone on sick leave and my days have more of a routine. So for the month of July and for this month too I am working 3 days a week. I have really been trying to do things with the girls on my days off. We have spend time at the local library and going on little day trips to surrounding towns.

Madison, Ga
 We moved to a very small town last year and we have to drive about 30 min in any direction to get to a larger town, so we have been visiting a few of them when we can. I really love that we live in a small town but that it really doesn't take too long to get somewhere bigger.

view of the Sky Wheel from AmericasMart, Atlanta
We also made a trip to Atlanta for the day to visit the AmericasMart to look for new clients for my art licensing portfolio. I was able to come back with some new leads.

I just have to share this one. I walked out side the other morning and this is what I saw. The kitten Moe is the last of the litter and his mom has disappeared so Red has decided that he has to be the parent and take care of him. This happens a lot but I normally can't get a picture.

The Hitchhiker Scarf made with yarn I have had for a long time.
I also have been knitting like crazy. I am finding that it is helping me to get out of the creative rut that I have been in with my art. I have not felt like creating art at all over the past few weeks, but I really wanted to do something. So I picked up my needles and yarn and have been knitting everyday since. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Year of Projects week 2

I decided to join the A Year of Projects Blog-A-Long this year over on I think this is a great way for me to keep a running list of projects that I want to complete and be able to share something new each week here on the blog.

This is week 2 for me , so here is my update.

I have completed 5 of the 8 triangles and have started the 6th one. It has been too hot to work on it much over the last week so I try to add a row or two to it though. Here is a link to my project page. 

This project is The Hitchhiker scarf/shawl, I have been wanting to make one of these for years and I finally broke down and bought the pattern, and now I am hooked. I love how easy this pattern is. It looks hard but once you get going it is easy to memorize the rows and so this is a great project to take and knit when you might get distracted. I am now searching my stash for yarns that I can make more of them. I have completed 18 of the 42 repeats in just one day. I took the time while I was waiting at different appointments to work on it and while I was watching a documentary last night.  
You can find the details for this project over on my Raverly project page called the Key West Hitchhiker Shawl .

I started another project The School Spirit Scarf/shawl  but I made a couple of mistakes and tried to frog back to fix them and made an even worse mess out of it so I frogged it all the way back and now I think I might use the yarn for my second Hitchhiker scarf. 

There hasn't been any progress on the short row shell shawl. It is called Spring Shells.  

Here is my updated list of projects to complete. 
Finished Projects so far

Thursday, July 21, 2016

A Year of Projects Blog-A-Long

I decided to join the A Year of Projects Blog-A-Long this year over on I think this is a great way for me to keep a running list of projects that I want to complete and be able to share something new each week here on the blog.

I have been knitting a lot again since the first of July so I want to share some of the projects that I am working on.

These skeins of yarn were purchased to be an Elizabeth Zimmerman Mitered Blanket

This is finished project # 1 for the month. It is a one ball scarf. it was knit on US#7 needles in garter stitch with Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable yarn . I cast on 30 stitches and just knit until I was almost out of yarn. You need about 2 yards left to bind off and weave in the ends. I love this yarn and I have used it before in one of my most popular projects the Faux Broomstick Lace Infinity Scarf

This project is a short row shell shawl. It is called Spring Shells.  It is a free pattern on and I love how it is working up. I started out to only use one colorway for the whole shawl but after a couple of shells and seeing the the yarn colorway repeat is complete on one shell I knew I needed more colors to make it pop. So I picked up my go to yarn for self striping Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable yarn and choose 3 different colorways to use. I am working 36 shells for the completed shawl so I will make 12 shells in each color so that they will blend well. 

Here is a list of projects that I hope to finish over the next year. This is not work related projects just projects that I feel I want to create for myself or for gifts. 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Free Coloring Page For You Today

I love creating art and I have published three coloring books so far this year and they are available on Amazon. So today I wanted to share a free coloring page with you my readers. You can find the full list of my coloring books here. I also teach a class on Skillshare called You Can Self Publish A Coloring Book. You can take my class and many, many more for just $0.99 for the first three months by clicking here.

You can download the file here.
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