Friday, April 19, 2013

Garden 2013 Begins

Last Friday I finally started some seeds (pictured) and planted one of our raised beds with beets, kohlrabi, kale and spinach.  Although it was a chilly 45* degrees and I'm sure I was a sight planting seeds in my winter coat, all four seed packets insisted I can plant "as soon as the ground can be worked."  So that's what I did. 

Here's hoping they grow and no bunnies or deer or robins get to them before me.  :)

Pictured is a hand-me-down from my father.  But this is what I'll get next year:
Quick Start Germination Tray with 2" Dome

Seeds started: 4 rhubarb, 4 butternut squash, 4 bell peppers, 4 yellow crook-neck squash, 8 broccoli.

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Christening Set

While in Gatlinburg, TN with my husband's extended family on his father's side, I continued on my baby sock marathon with a few variances.

1.) I made a pair of socks in white

2.) And, to break up the sock monotony plus to go along with the Christening theme, I tried out a bonnet pattern that's been on my list well over a year.

I was surprised how quickly it whipped up and may have to try it again with the proper hook size (I was using one size smaller than the pattern called for) for baby gifts.

Now I guess I have to find a dress pattern to go with this set.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Sock Marathon


Baby socks are my latest obsession because they knit up so quick.  I've made about 5 or 6 pairs in the pastel yellow; four pairs in the blue; two in the green, and I've picked up more yarn to start a few more pairs as gifts for this summer's baby showers.  

Anyone else have a new obsession?

Monday, April 1, 2013

Teaching Knit & Crochet


Starting Thursday, April 4th I will be teaching knit and crochet classes at the craft store where I used to work.  In April, we are starting off with the basic stitches (Knit & Purl stitches for the knitters; and single, double, half-double, and treble for the crocheters) and I hope to add more classes like double-point needles (knit) and chevron shell stitches (crochet) to the class list for May.

I'm thinking knit wrist warmers & baby hats would be great starting projects for double-point needles and crochet baby blankets in the chevron shell pattern.  What do you think?

As for the basic classes, I think crocheted phone cozies and knit dishcloths will be the quick & easy projects to wet one's appetite for useful and fun projects.  Thoughts?  Pattern suggestions?


Please let me know if anyone here is interested in taking a class as I am trying to get a feel for dates/times that work best for everyone as well as what stitches/ patterns spark interest.  Any suggestions or advice when it comes to teaching?  This will be my first time formally teaching a class that isn't at a high school club meeting among peers so any advice is welcome! :)