Hello and may your Saint Patrick's Day be filled with joy, laughter, family and many blessings. Hubby is going to smoke a corned beef brisket today and I am making Irish soda bread (with raisins) to celebrate the day. I do know, corned beef is not a traditional Irish meal on this day, but here in the US, it is customary to have it. Plus, it was on sale and super cheap LOL!
But we are here to talk about the week of crafting. I had a blast this week. My sewing machine was used and I made a teenager happy.
A bag for the local Grand. She has dreams of going to Paris someday. Her entire bedroom and bathroom are done with French decor.
Another 'French" bag for her. I found these materials at WalMart of all places. This bag has a little something extra added.
These little charms. They were so darn cute and I knew she would fall in love with a little 'bling' on the bag.
I bought a yard of each of these fabrics so had plenty to also make these:
A couple of throw pillows for her to use in her reading nook. I had never done pillow covers before. There was a wonderful You Tube video I found that explained it perfectly. Of course, I can not find that particular video now to link it for you. Anyway, it was so much fun to make these items. The pillow covers are removable as they have an overlapping part in the back where the pillow form can be put in or taken out. Sewing was my jam all day Thursday.
There was crocheting this week as well.
A new To The Point shawl has been started. There are still about 10 rows left to complete it. This is my 'relaxing' project. Since I have made so many of them, I barely need the instructions anymore.
Hubby's socks got some love this week as well.
The progress keepers show where I was last week with them. The Hermione's Everyday Sock pattern is perfect for this yarn. It does not detract from the stripes and yet adds just a little interest in an otherwise plain sock.
The Summer Flies shawl also got a bit of love.
Once again the progress keeper shows where I was 2 weeks ago. This is one item I can not do while watching TV. The count is super important. There are MANY mistakes in this shawl, yet, the patterns on this shawl are so busy, no one will ever notice them. I have 7 rows left in this section. There is one more section after this. I am a bit worried I will be playing yarn chicken with the last section. Fingers crossed I have enough. I bought this yarn in California 5 or 6 years ago. There is no way I could get a proper dye lot match now. Not to mention this was a very expensive yarn!
Other than all those things, my week consisted of taking care of my son's fish and cat while he and his family went to California for spring break. They have friends with a condo on the beach in Encininas. So they went to relax and I got to do this:
Meet Howie the cat. He is 16 years old and still going strong. He was so happy to have me there to rub on. I gave him lots of love everyday with plenty of rubbings and chin scratches. His other favorite thing to do to me is this:
He rubs all over my hair and then just before he stops, he will lick it and try and eat it. He has done this since he was a kitten. We all just tolerate it.
Last night, after Mass, hubby and I were watching movies on TV. I looked over and was so happy to see this:
Yup, he loves his homemade socks best. He keeps a watchful eye out every time I start a new pair of socks. The above socks are almost a year old and he wears them weekly. I machine wash and dry them and they still look brand new. Diversity Yarn by Plymouth Yarn Company is the bomb for socks!!!!!
Question time.............have any of you ever gone on a knitting/crocheting retreat? I am contemplating going to one this year and was wondering what your take on them is. Please respond in the comment section.
That is all for me this week
Until Next Time.................Happy Crafting!!!!!!
I have not been on a "retreat" but have done weekends with friends at yarn festivals. I planned on going on one this year, but I just can't justify the money right now...ReplyDelete
They are not cheap, that is for sure. I have been saving for this for some time now.Delete
LOL about Howie, especially that pic of him against your head. Great job on the drawstring bag for your granddaughter. The charms are also very cute.ReplyDelete
Thank you, but the bag is snapped not draw string. What you see i the 'handle".Delete
I have not been on a knitting retreat but I would love to one day.ReplyDelete
Your bags are gorgeous - you granddaughter is a lucky one! Those socks are gorgeous - no wonder your hubby wants you to make more for him!
I haven’t been on a knitting retreat, but went on a yoga one and would have had plenty of time for knitting if I’d been doing it then.ReplyDelete
LeftycrafterMarch 19, 2019 at 7:17 PMDelete
Hubby and I found a tour for the two of us in your neck of the woods. Although, we will not be going on even though it would have been fun. You can find out about it here.
Your sewing projects are brilliant, I bet she loves them. The socks look like they are coming along nicely - I bet hubby is waiting with baited breath! I have never been on a knitting retreat - I would love to though - maybe when I retire.ReplyDelete
Thank you. Being retired has the advantage of being to go places without having to ask for time off.Delete
Everything is terrific, Marsha. Your granddaughter and her friend are lucky young ladies. Those bags and pillows are beautiful. Lol at your son's kitty. You are one tolerant woman. :) How fun that you took a picture of your husband wearing socks you knitted. I imagining he's eagerly eyeing the current pair you're knitting. Never been to a knitting or any kind of crafting retreat, but it sounds like it could be fun. I imagine something like that would so depend on who all was there. And how comfortable the sleeping spaces are...ReplyDelete
LOL.....The sleeping arrangements are one of the first things I check out. There are some where you have a 'dormitory' type arrangement. Nope, give me a hotel with my own bathroom.Delete
Marsha the Paris/French themed items for your granddaughter are just gorgeous and I'm sure she loves the all, how could she not!ReplyDelete
Great progress on all the projects this week. I've not been on a knitting retreat and would definitely consider going on one. I think they could be fun and relaxing.
Thank you, Ruth.Delete
What a cutie Howie is and he sure loves you! Your projects for your grand daughter turned out great and you got a lot of sewing done....very nice. I always love your To The Point shawls and I hope you have enough yarn for the other one....it's gorgeous too. Your husbands's socks are really coming along!ReplyDelete
No, I have never been to a retreat.
Thank You, Sam. Howie is 16 years old but no one has told him he's 'old'. Funny, I do notReplyDelete