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Three Weeks, no problem

I have less than three weeks before the big sale in Bentley, Alberta.  While everyone including my bf tells me that I am going to be fine, I am still freaking out.  I have enough Christmas cards that my plastic bin for Christmas cards is completely full.  I can’t put anymore in.  I still have to make a few birthday cards and some bird cards.  But I am still worried that I don’t have enough or no one is going to buy anything.

I know, I know, breath.

I am still planning to do the draw, but I can only do one prize.  I didn’t get the shawl done in time, but the album is almost done.  And if I do say so myself, it looks damn good.  I am hoping to get it done this week and try to figure out of what to say.

I want to hand out tickets for customers when they make a purchase, but I do not want to give someone three tickets if they buy three dishcloths.  It has to be purchased price.  As well I am still trying to figure out of how to document the drawing and posting it on here.  I am not technical person.

The big problem is that life got in the way again.  My mom’s computer got hacked into so I had to help her out.  Did I mentioned that I am NOT a technical person?  Then I thought that I could move a table to get to plug in my charger.  Notice the word, “thought”, you guess it, I was wrong.  I ended up throwing my back out so that was just peachy.

So I missed a few days of working.  I am hoping today to finish 5 cards, and a bear.  No problem. . . . I hope.

In other news, I cannot remember if I mentioned this, but one of my hairdresser’s clients saw my cards and bears and offered to put them in her sales during the summer if I want.  Of courses, I said yes.  The sales went really good and  I sold out of little bears.  The only part that bugs me that she removed all of the care instructions of my knitted and crochet works.

Why would she do that?  If I brought a scarf, I would like to know of how to wash it without the fear of wrecking it.

The good news is the money I made from the sales, I was able to treat myself to a color and purple highlights.  I thought it would be nice to treat myself that didn’t involved chocolate, or yarn.  I thought of getting a manicure, but I am so stressed out that I have been chewing my nails.  So that is not a good idea.

Back to work.


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To Be or Not To Be . . . Complete

You may recall that I did a post about this ball of yarn and that I had no idea of what to do with it.  And that I have a yarn addiction that I do go shopping to get a fix.  But mainly, what should I do with this ball.  What should I make?

20160613_143525-1[1]Well after a few days of surfing, I found a pattern that I had on Pinterest.  The pattern is Quick & Easy Knitted Infinity Scarf from this link.  http://www.oursouthernhomesc.com/2013/11/quick-easy-knitted-infinity-scarf.html

I do not know why this link will not work.   So you have to copy and paste it yourself.  Good grief.

But nevertheless, here is the scarf.  I ended up making it into a cowl.  Something simple and easy.


In other news, I finished a step in the prize album for the Christmas Sale in Bentley.  I am currently waiting on supplies, but I thought I would give everyone a sneak peek.  I am really proud of myself that I might have to make myself one.


Anyway I hope everyone had a good weekend.

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To Be or Not To Be

Usually when I buy yarn, it is for one of five reasons.

  1. I have a project in mind.
  2. I have an order to fill.
  3. It was on sale.
  4. The colors were gorgeous.
  5. I needed a fix.


So this yarn does not fit into any of my categories.  Earlier this year, my hair dresser gave me 2 big boxes of yarn which her neighbour gave her.  This was one of the balls that came out of the box.

Even though, I really like the color, but I have no idea of what to make.  Obviously, I can’t make a sweater or an afghan from it.

A hat?

A scarf, I really don’t think it will be 6 feet long though.

I am toying of an idea of a cowl, a simple one because of the size of the ball.  But now, I need an idea for a pattern.  I am leaning toward a cable design, but we will see.

So the question still remains.

To be or not to be?

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I am a Hoarder

Have you seen those tv shows where you meet hoarders and seen their houses.  How their stuff is piled to the ceiling and you have to climb over stuff to get to the door or even to the bathroom?  Well today, I admit that I am a hoarder.

Relax; my stuff is not piled to the ceiling.  I am a hoarder of yarn and it is in 7 plastic bins, a ziplock storage bag, my trunk, and several baskets.  Someone asked me if I toss out any yarns.  Believe it or not, I do.  If the yarn is too tangled that I know it is going to take me a couple of days to de-tangled and migrane, that goes into the garbage.  Some of my friends surprised that I saved all of my scraps.


The small balls, I used them for my Scrap-ghan blanket, or my scrappy bear and bunny.


Or if they are bigger, I make squares for my cozy and idiot squares blanket.

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The little scraps of yarn, if they are longer than 12 inches, I keep them.  Now I am know everyone who is reading this is going to be questioning my sanity . . . . again.


But there is a method to my madness.  The squares have to be sewn together.  And what do you sew them together with???  Yarn.


As well as anyone who had sold things, they would all agreed with me that you need price tags.  So again, with strings, I used them to attach the price tags or care instructions to my products


In other news, I have surgery scheduled at the end of June to removed my gall bladder removed.  Hopefully afterward, my life can back to normal and I can start participating craft sales.

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A Christmas Surprise

One of these days, I am going to get my life organize and start posting regularly, but not at this moment.

Last Christmas, I decided to knit my 2 nieces and 2 nephews hats as their Christmas presents.  Which I should have realized that I should have started last July.  I didn’t get them done until after the holiday.  Fortunately, they understood and they were ok with it.

I made this ladybug hat for their youngest, J.

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The other three, I basically made the same hat, using different colors of course.

The pattern I used in that was Chunky Mochi Dragon Ribs Hat from Crystal Palace.  They were all very easy.

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SAM_1998     SAM_1993


They all loved their hats which I was very pleased and relieved.

However I decided that next Christmas, I am going to the store and buy their Christmas present.

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Knit One, Break One

I’m almost done with my first order out of twelve orders.  The sad part is that I can only post a picture of that one when it is complete.  The other eleven orders are for Christmas presents.  I won’t beable to post then until January.  Bummer, eh.

However, I am really concern about my arm.  I’m worried that I might be putting a strain on it.  I really want to get these orders done in early December.  So I’ve been wearing one of those disposable heating pads bandaged on my arms.

As well, I’ve been forcing myself breaks, more breaks.

So like Knit for 1-1 1/2 hour and take a break for a hour.  Except these “breaks” involves cleaning and organizing.  I do however manage for find some time to work on my art journals.  I miss the painting.

I’m going to apologized in advance.  I might have to take a leave of absence here on this blog.  There are going to be some BIG changes happening right now in my life.  And none of them are written in stone, they are all up in the air.  Which is why I can’t tell you of what they are until I know for sure.  And that is what is stressing me out now.

The Unknown.

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Lights . . . Camera . . . Action!!

And crossing my fingers that the batteries don’t die on me.

Lady L shown me an advertisement of an upcoming craft fair which it is in town and indoors.  But they are asking for photos of things that I’m selling. Which it is fair.  Except I do not have photos of things that I’m currently selling.  Believe it or not, things that I complete, they get sold before I have a chance to take a photo.  I do have photos of them for my portiflico.

Now saying that, I had thought of showing photos of things that I had previously made, like this shawl.



This happens to be one of my best pieces.  But it is already gone.  I am wondering if I can whip up another shawl in less than 2 months.  Oh boy.  Except I need more hats and scarves (like cables and fufu).  I wish that chain link scarf was done, but that is my scarf.  T will kill me if I sold that one.

I’m only allow to send 10 pictures max, which is only fair.  I can’t imagine the judges wanting to look at over 100 photos from one person.

This is what I have come up with.

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And I just realized that I have 12 pictures.  Pickles. Maybe it is a good thing that I have insomnia.