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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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

My Crazy Busy Life

I have been busy just living, I am trying to enjoy my girls this summer, as both of them will be in high school, wow how time flies. I'm also working on a lot of creative projects this summer and I have picked up knitting again so that I have something else to do when I need a break from the computer creating.

I am working on this pattern from Elizabeth Zimmerman. I decided that I need a new lap blanket for when we move into our house. I know knitting a blanket in the summer sounds a little bit crazy but when I am sitting in the cool air inside I need something to keep me warm, so this blanket fits the bill.
I have been doing a lot of volunteer work this summer as well. I have been working at the local chamber of commerce and helping out there when I am needed. I really like being out an about in the community.

I am also teaching classes a the local historical society building. This has been a fun experience. I have three classes this month so it has been busy with this too.

Here is an apron that I created using some of the techniques from my The Art of Doodling Class.

My garden this year only consists of tomatoes and it hasn't been producing that good but the ones that we have been getting taste just like candy. This little yellow cherries were great.

I had hoped to get some big tomatoes but it looks like the heat and lack of rain have worked together to keep me from getting much. I hope my fall garden will do better. The seed catalog is making me hungry for greens and turnips.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

July Classes

I have two more class this month at Thomas Persons' Hall in Monticello, GA . If you would like more information on these class please feel free to send an email .

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