Thursday, January 19, 2012

My first real crochet FO

In my stash I had some Red Heart green yarn. Decided I would use it to make a 'real' crocheted item. A friend found this pattern for me over on LionBrand. Paint the Town scarf, was a pretty easy pattern for me to figure out. Before I knew it, I had used up all my yarn. That was a bummer because the scarf is only long enough for a child.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

First FO of the year

I forgot to post the yellow socks.

Now that I look at them, the color really blends into my floor.

Yup, nothing fancy. They are pretty warm. Which is nice now that the weather finally changed and it's cold outside.

I don't really have anything on the needles right now. I am kind of working on a gift for my son's birthday by I hit a part in the pattern that I'm trying to figure out. So it's off to the side right now.

I've done a scant bit of spinning. Two nights ago I started navajo-plying a bobbin.

No real crochet. I'm still practicing the basic stitches with left over dishcloth yarn. A square was finally made from single crochet that I kept the same number of stitches and the sides are reasonable straight. I'm pretty pumped about that. Now I feel I can try my hand at the next stitch.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

We have deer

The week between Christmas and New Year's my DH made a deer feeder and we hauled it out to the land. These are a few images that were caught on the camera.

A momma and a bambi.

One of them spotted the camera and was checking it out.

We have noticed that there is a consistent group of three. The ones that are pictured above. I'm a bit impressed because it looks like it could be a dad, mom and baby. DH has been doing a bit of research and found out that the bucks are loners.

The weather has been very nice the last several days. It's been so warm that our area has actually broken some temperature records. I think yesterday hit 50, maybe even 60 degrees. For January this is some crazy, warm weather.

At this time last year there was no way we could have been out at the land. The snow was a couple feet deep at least.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

First granny square

The project I was working on as the new year was starting.

There are a few flubs. I worked this as I was following a stitch-along on the DVD. I still can't read a crochet pattern. I'm wondering if that will come with time.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

A heavenly week ...

This past week the whole family was on vacation. I greatly enjoyed it. I'm a homebody so I love just being at home. Having the whole family home was wonderful. We all slowed down, no looking at the clock, no rush to be anywhere ... That is one of my ideas of heaven.

Ideally I would have liked to do more knitting or spinning. ... but I didn't, and it's totally fine.

I did start spinning another braid of fiber that I've had sitting in my stash for a while.

Tinkerbell colorway for (photo from Forbidden Woolery)

It is a treat to spin. I predrafted it and it's spinning up pretty finely. I do believe it's BFL

On the knitting front, I'm still working on a vanilla sock. Nothing very remarkable there.

I did start teaching myself how to crochet. Wow, is about all I can say. Many years ago I tried teaching myself how to crochet out of a book. I was doing crochet very, very wrong.

I'm currently working on dishcloths to learn and get familiar with the single, double and treble crochet stitches.

Single crochet through the back of the chain. (Not sure if that bit is important to know)

Double Crochet (through the back of the chain)

I mentioned to someone that this was like potato chip knitting. It really was so quick to make up these dishclothes. Two hours tops. It's almost compulsive.

Now I just need to learn how to read a crochet pattern.

Because there was not much snow yet this winter we spent a decent amount of time out at the land this week. DS received a football for Christmas so him and DH have been tossing the ball.

DH also built a deer feeder. The property next to us was logged out this past summer. The critters made a move over to our property. We were a bit concerned about the critters since they lost a major food source. We are also hoping to keep some deer in the area for next hunting season.

Last night and part of this morning there was a snowfall so I don't think we will be spending too much more time out at the land. We do have a couple sets of snow shoes so we will be able to get in and keep filling the feeder the rest of the season. There is a trail cam set up and we hope to get some good shots of the critters that are coming to the feeder.

This is a shot of a baby Norway Pine (I think) that was growing along the side of the trail.

Happy New Year!

I made it to midnight!