The Tansey Sweater Dilemma

If you remember from last week, I ran out of my tansy dyed yarn, just after dividing for the sleeves of the Luna Sweater.  Man, garter stitch sucks up a ton on yarn.  So I frogged.  I also decided to heavily modify my original pattern.  This is bulky weight yarn, so I cast on much fewer stitches on a much larger needle.  Instead of doing raglan sleeves, I worked increased as you would for a rounded yoke. There's only one button hole at the top, instead of three. I added stripes in natural brown and cream as filler and instead of finishing the sleeves, I just bound them off right away.  I really like the way the sleeves turned out.  They're much less fussy this way and I may write up a new pattern with this in mind.  

Then came the hard part.  Which button to choose?  

I posted about it on Instagram yesterday, and it seems the consensus is for the pinecone, with the bottom button a close second.  I think the bottom one is going to be the winner, though.  I'm afraid that the pinecone doesn't stand out enough with the garter stitch and most importantly, it may be too difficult for little hands to manipulate.  

After a good hearty blocking, the finished sweater will be available in the shop tomorrow evening now.

Joining Ginny.  {Better late than never, right?!}

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Three Little {Felt} Birds

Rise up this mornin'
Smiled with the risin' sun
Three little birds
Pitch by my doorstep
Singin' sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true
Sayin' this is my message to you

~ Bob Marley

This song kept going through my head this morning as I put the finishing touches on the felt birds.  It feels appropriate as the blue birds and robins have returned with gusto in the last few days.  The robins have been coming in behind the chickens, picking through their scratchings, pulling out worms and the blue birds seem to be contemplating which of our bird houses to build their nests in.

These sweet little felt birds need a new home, too.  They're made from hand dyed wool felt {I use only low impact, eco friendly dyes}, vintage fabrics, cotton embroidery thread and wool stuffing. They would be a beautiful addition to a nature table or as I discovered when I accidentally tangled them together, a wall hanging!  They would even be sweet as a mobile in a nursery.

You can find them in our MamaCollaborative shop here.

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Knitting, Crochet, and Sewing

This week has been filled with all sorts of knitting, crochet and sewing...

The little sweater I was knitting last week has been frogged.  I ran out of yarn {sadness}, so I'm going to have to come up with something else.  Maybe stripes or a little color work pattern.  

I cast on my Tales from the Isle of Purbeck shawl.  It's been really difficult for me and I've ripped back at least three times, or I quit counting at three anyway.  Non repetitive lace knitting {aka chart reading} is something I'm not comfortable with, but wanted desperately to try and step out of my comfort zone.  I've been hiding out in the loft so that I can concentrate without any distractions.  It seems to be working as I've finally moved on past the first clue.  I'm told it gets easier from here. Good grief.  Let's hope so.  

For our Spring Equinox celebration, I made the boys each a Pokemon ball or Pokeball, as I was corrected.  They're are wild about the card game and absolutely loved their gifts.  Cole asked me to show him crochet this morning and I suspect his intentions are to make a whole arsenal of them.  

I can't seem to focus on one craft right now.  It must be the seasonal change or my work with MamaCollaborative, but I've been finding inspiration from all corners of crafting.  I especially love this little felt bird that Taryn posted about on her blog.  I'm making mine out of scraps of wool felt that I dyed last winter.  I can't wait to see these finished, and just in time for the return of the blue birds and robins.

Tell me, what have you been crafting this week?

Joining Ginny

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Snow Day Adventure

The snow came down fast and heavy the night before, giving us a six inch cover over our small part of the world.  We had planned to go to the post office in the morning and almost decided not to, but I'm so glad we did.  We make the forty mile drive every few weeks to pick up mail at a quaint little post office in the mountain.  We could have the mail delivered closer, but the little mountain town has the best coffee and pulled pork sandwiches, and makes for a fun date for the two of us.  Mike and I get to have lunch along with a few hours of uninterrupted time to talk.

I always forget my good camera and alway regret it, so all the photos above are taken with our old cell phone.  Seed order picked up.  Sheep farms.  Snow covered trees. A log cabin tucked into the woods.  Coffee and time spent with my love.  Not a bad morning at all.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend with your loves.
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How To Avoid Doing All The Chores

I can sum it up in one word.  Knitting.  Especially with Peace Fleece yarn I dyed using last year's tick weed.  It's going to be just the perfect color for a little Luna Sweater.

What are you knitting this week?

p.s.  Joining Ginny for Yarn Along

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