My youngest got pretty sick over the weekend, hence the late post. Inevitably, I’m sick today. It’s not so bad, but since my job involves mucho driving, I called in. That’s rare.

Anyway, little guy is doing much better and I’m camped out in his room with him. We have snacks! Bananas and banana bread. Yum.

I finished my Soft Mitts last week. I’ll post those on Finished Friday.

Today we’re taking it easy and I’m crocheting a swatch. Easy. Keeps my hands doing something.

Size G/4mm Knit Pick hook, Circulo Yarns-Anne
Size G/4mm Knit Pick hook, Circulo Yarns-Anne

This is for Rio Sleeveless Hoodie. I don’t know if I’ll make it anytime soon but the swatch is fun. I love the pattern and I keep hoping to find the right yarn for it.

Achoos! Snifflesnork. Have a good Monday!

P.S. I’ve been mostly working on some more fingerless mitts but the pattern isn’t published yet. I’m really pleased with them and the pattern is super clever! Once I get the designer’s permission I can’t wait to share it.

Here’s the view from my favorite coffee shop:

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And a cute WIP pic:

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It snowed a lot the next week, more than usual by far, keep in mind we usually get a dusting, then it melts.

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I’m not complaining, nor comparing,  the snow amounts. NM needs all the moisture it can get and the snow was a lot of fun for everyone. :-)

But now, in Week 12, it is full on spring! The flowering trees are starting to bloom and the weather is top notch. I’m talking 60s and 70s all the way, with chilly mornings. You know, scarf weather! ;-) I started a new one with some pink and black Zauberball that I’ve been thinking about. I bought more patterns from Strickmich; the new one I cast on is Sleeves.

Lemme try and post this and I’ll get another going! More soon! Cross you fingers!

I haven’t been able to load the last three posts…it will freeze halfway and then I lose the content. Gonna use this as a test post, then try and update WordPress on my tablet. Wish me luck!

My friend Beth started a new group on Ravelry called Finish A Thing 2015, where we are challenged to finish something this year! Here’s her description:

I’m excited about this because it means I’ll be able to get through all my WIPs in a better way, more organized and less chaotic. I’m hoping to renew my excitement for these projects as well as resist buying more craft supplies. I organized all the yarns last week and I have a LOT I could be using, I really do not need anything new right now. It should be a good experiment in self control, as well as appreciating what I already have. I…love to shop online. Not like I-need-to-go-to-a-meeting or anything but I could be a lot better at it. I love getting mail, is part of it. ;-)
Anyway, kind of along those lines, I started Graze today. I placed my first order and should get it next week! Graze is a snack box service. I’ll get a box a week/biweekly of healthy, portioned snacks. I did the math, and it is affordable, as long as I stop buying junk when I want a snack. These cute lil boxes can replace the garbage I buy at the gas station/wherever when I’m out working or driving around with the kiddos. One box has four servings, and one serving of gas station snacks for us cost about the same as one box of Graze. Don’t even consider how much fast food costs for three people, even if two of them are small. This should be fun to get boxes in the mail, and discover yummy new snacks to munch when I’m working, reading, whatever. I’ve done well the last month or so with eating less. It’s tough, but the healthy snacking is helping! I portioned out a bunch of almonds&cheese, almonds&chocolate chips, and almonds&raisins the other day and actually had fun doing it! Now I can grab one of the little boxes when I’m hungry. I used to scoff at that idea, like, cha, why would anyone, like portion out into a million little boxes and where do you even get the boxes and why not just, like, eat better. D’oh. Good thing I grew up, huh? Another good thing is that we DO have about a thousand jillion little perfect portion sized boxes laying around. ;-)
I got off topic. Food does that to me. mmmm. Snaaacks…
Projects! I chose two for this month. Yup. Two. Not four or five or too many, just two. AND if I don’t finish one or both I can carry it over to next month. No pressure. The group is, of course, full of people who are cheering each other on to finish something, anything, so it’s been pretty easy to just work on those two things when I have a minute here or there. I have to say it is a lot more relaxing, too. Now I don’t think about the 50 WIPs looming in the closet, I only think of the two I picked. (well, and the cardigan I’m knitting but that’s plain fun. I’m also waiting for some safety eyes to arrive this week so I can finish working on another fun knitty thing-more on that another day! I’m mostly using the group for non-knitting stuff first. So. Many. Cross stitch projects…)
I picked Bruce’s Tatted Doily from www.be-stitched.com and the über-talented Nancy Tracy. Her husband designed this one and I love it. I think I’ll put it under a yarn bowl I put next to my bed for bedtime knitting/reading.

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I finished another row since this was taken. I'm more than halfway finished now!

And Dreaming In Tuscany for my aunt and uncle’s 50th anniversary in may this year. It will be a huge weight off my shoulders to finish up these to-be-gifted cross stitches.

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I have some chores to do today, but after those I hope to get to this. For now, I’m off to build a napping place for my 3yo. ;-)

No pics today, just some updates. I tried the grid on Man’s Best Friend, and wow! I got one whole column done in less than an hour. I’m really excited about how much faster this method will be for that project. I promised I would be able to start a super sweet Dr Who sampler when I finished it, so that;s some powerful motivation still.
I’m so close to finishing the stitching on Tuscany for my aunt and uncle. I only have a tiny bit of wall left, plus the background half stitches of the vineyard. Backstitching will be last, and is always the most satisfying.
I started a stamped cross stitch for my brother, and that is going very quickly. It would go faster if I didn’t make myself work on MBF, but meh, there’s no due date on that one. I’ve only owned it for a couple months. :-) Not a few years like MBF!
I also tatted another bookmark in blues and purple. Very cute. Kinda looks like a caterpillar to me because of all the picots. If I lied in a Wonderland, all the caterpillars would be tatted.
I’m mostly knitting lately. I am chugging along happily on a cabled cardigan, (it really only has one cabled section, and that means I can easily knit while watching movies), and some gloves. I figured out how to read the gloves pattern (duh) so now I’m getting far on them in a short time. I did 12+ rows tonight alone, during my son’s practice. woot! Soon I’ll get to the color work. Before that I have to put the thumb stitches on a holder. I could use scrap yarn, but I live for gadgets. I had a small stitch holder (imagine a large, dull safety pin) in my purse for years. Literally. I never used it, switched purses, then put it “away” because I didn’t seem to ever need it. I have no blooming idea where it is now, naturally, because I finally need it. lol. No fear, I had another one, I think even the right size, in another little knit kit I have. Whew! The gloves will be my first with all 10 fingers knitted up, and then conductive thread added to a couple fingertips for using touch devices in this 21st century Wonderland. :-)
That’s all the crafties on my mind lately, I won’t even get into all the books that are currently floating around in there too.
Fall is here, with warm afternoons. But I know winter is close after Halloween, so I’m looking forward to wearing sweaters again. Sweaters agree with me. Maybe I’ll have a cardigan to cuddle into before spring? At least I know I’ll have one next fall! :-)
Here’s to crisp mornings and spooky evenings!