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A Month of Stitching

I’ve spent a great deal of time this month working on crafts – counted cross stitch, knitting, etc.  Why? Because when we moved last summer to our new home, I came across a box of craft items that my mom and I had collected – it hadn’t been opened since before we moved to south Jersey in 1989.

The box contained 2 large floss organizers full of embroirdery thread, 2 small ones of various notions, pattern books and charts, aida cloth, hoops, a clock kit that is designed to be covered with a cross stitch motif, gold bookmarks, oraments and keychains ready to embroider – you get the idea.  In addition to that I knew that I already had a large tablecloth that I started to embroider when I was in high school – back in the 1960’s – which still needs to be finished!

Now of course add to all that all the knitting projects and yarn that I have stockpiled and you know why I started to really work on these projects, trying to finish them up. So far, I have completed 3 Christmas tea towels, a small motif to use as an insert in a greeting card, plus a set of fingerless gloves and earwarmers for a friend.  I am determined to get all these various projects done and out of the house in 2018! Can you say Christmas and birthday gifting sorted?

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One very clever idea!

Some interesting storage ideas and re-purpose too. These are from Earth 911 and upcyclethat This is a really cool idea but if you are interesting in seeing more go to the link above.

via Re-purpose storage ideas — homemade naturally

I’m not much into some of the ideas you see around for re-using and repurposing, but I like this one!

Blogging 101 -Day 10

I imagine some of my readers are wondering why you are suddenly seeing posts from me so often.  Let me explain.  Two weeks ago, I received an email from WordPress about an online course called Blogging 101.  The course sounded interesting and challenging.  So I signed up.  And it has been both!  Yay!  Today’s assignment is to work on our blogrolls. You know, those little lists at the side, bottom, middle (hopefully not) of the screen which tell you what the writer of the blog reads.  I have been reading so many lately, and the little automated blogroll was looking like “Heinz 57.” (Clarification for non-USA speak:  Heinz 57-a mix of a LOT of things, such as “That dog is sure a Heinz 57!)  So, to the blogroll!

I have been trying to edit and organize my blogroll so that my readers can get a better idea of who I am through what I read and like.  I’ve had some success in changing the Blogroll widget to a Links widget, which I think I like better, because I will be able to feature different blogs as I explore more. But I find it time consuming, since I need to find the web address for each blog, copy, and paste.  I could  have stayed at work and worked on next Sunday’s bulletin!  🙂

But it also allows me to share some non-WordPress blogs that my friends have created, especially my artist friend at Meller Design Studios. I know that a lot of the artists whose blogs I have been reading would enjoy JoAnne’s work. Another of my friends, Maxine, has written a book, so do check out her website at Once Upon A Fable! (Since she is currently working on another book, her blog is not as up to date as usual, but it’s still fun.)

So, gentle readers and fellow Blogging 101 neighbors, I would appreciate your input as to whether this is effective, or distracting, too much or too little!  I plan to experiment more this weekend, except Saturday- it’s @TrentonThunder time!

Knitting pattern wanted!

Hello, my fellow knitters in blog-land!  I am looking for a pattern for a shawl and hope someone can help me find what I want.  I have 4-5 balls of Red Heart Shimmer, in Peacock.  (Worsted Weight 4, 240 yards per ball)  I want to knit something in a rectangular shape shawl, that I can then partially seam under the arms to make sleeves.  I think I want to knit this on a larger needle in a simple lace pattern, so that it looks light and airy.  Any suggestions?  If not, I may just pull out a nice stitch pattern and guess.  As usual!  LOL.