Tuesday, February 26, 2013

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Sometimes, when the stars align just right, and the children are in a (mostly) sustained good mood, and I'm caught up on all the housework, I can spend lots of time doing what I really love to do. It doesn't happen often; I'm usually doing these things in small snatches here and there, but the past few days have been productive and I felt the creative juices flowing!

Today will break the cycle, I think. I'm headed to Walmart in a little while after I've taken the GB to school. That place will kill anyone's buzz but I enjoyed it while it lasted.

There has been kitchen fun, baking a batch of blondie bars on Sunday afternoon.


Full disclosure: they were from a packaged mix, I only had to add egg and melted butter, but they were delicious. I used salted butter, because that's what I had, but I think it only enhanced them. They almost had a salted-caramel kind of taste because of all the brown sugar in them. I went with the directions for "crisp" bars and that worked great; they were like thick chocolate-chip cookies with soft centers.

I finished the third quadrant of my Scrappy Trip-Along project. Oh, yes. I think I like it. They can be moved around interchangeably until just the right look is achieved so I have been playing with them a lot, trying to decide what I like. The look will change yet again when I finish the final quadrant.


The pattern is beginning to emerge, which makes me both happy and relieved. I'd never tried this quilt design before and I wasn't sure that the look I was going for was the one I would get. But I think it's working. I've decided on a backing for this piece; I'm going to re-purpose an old bedsheet that I've been saving. It's not vintage-old, more like Y2K-old, but it's soft and very durable. And huge, and free, because I already own it.

The granny afghan is progressing too. I'm plugging away at it most evenings after the small Bears are in bed. I can make two or three squares in an evening, while I watch something mindless on Netflix.

I've had to make a change of plans with this blanket. Most of the yarn I'm using is Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn worsted acrylic. I picked the perfect time to use that yarn, it turns out; weeks after I bought it, Hobby Lobby decided to discontinue the yarn they've been selling under that name. I hear that they plan to bring it back under a new manufacturer, to improve it. The local stores, as well as the website, have very few skeins of the old yarn left.

Lucky me, the main color for my afghan happens to be one of the colors they don't seem to stock at all anymore. So I've changed gears and I have a new plan for it. It involves fewer squares and a different way of putting it all together. We shall see. I'm still enjoying making the squares themselves. They are easy and definitely have a soothing rhythm to them.


I have 50 squares made now, and I need 80 for my new plan. I'm getting there. I'm actually very eager to see what Hobby Lobby decides to do about the yarn. I don't Love This Yarn much myself. As I've said before, it's cheap and makes a sturdy blanket, so it's worth it to me. But I'm starting to move into the I Can Barely Tolerate This Yarn camp at this point. I'm hoping for a significant improvement when they bring in the new line.

The crocheting itself is wonderful, though. I really do love to work on my yarny projects, even if the yarn isn't great. I like knowing that I'm making an item that will be well-used by my family and will decorate my home. And I'm doing it inexpensively, which is satisfying. 

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We had more snow yesterday. We woke up to about an inch. The small Bears played in the snow in the afternoon. The wind was bitterly cold all day, unfortunately. It wasn't good snow-playing weather. But it was pretty to look at and we again enjoyed cozy time at home. Sometimes I appreciate the way winter keeps reminding you of home and hearth even when you just want springtime to appear in full force. Sometimes being driven back indoors, to your tea and soup and blankets, is exactly what you need.

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I've been mother to a little girl for four years now. I still haven't tired of the clothes. I received a shipment of spring clothing for the GB the other day, all brightly-colored tunics and capri pants, and experienced pure glee as I unwrapped them and laid them away in her dresser for the next few weeks until the weather begins to cooperate. I ordered them from Carter's; nothing fancy, just affordable, durable play clothes. It's just so much fun to dress her.

11 comments:

  1. I love blondies. They are one of my favorites. I prefer them much more than brownies. Yours look great. The quilt project is really looking good. That is a cool pattern. That is a shame about that yarn. I think the colors wrok really well together. I am interested to see how you put it together with your new plan. I hope the weather comes round soon so GB can wear her new clothes. :)

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    1. Thanks, Softie. I'm happy with my crafting lately, for the most part. We'll see about the blanket...I think I can make it work. I'm looking forward to the warm-clothing weather, it's been a long winter!

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  2. I love days like that. Sometimes, when John is working over the weekend and the kids are happily occupied, I can have a day of pleasing myself and it's bliss. The afghan is coming along nicely, although how very annoying about the yarn not being available.

    I made a quilt a while ago and backed it with a big king-size sheet - it was so much cheaper than fabric, and big enough too. My quilt was a bit of a mess though - yours looks much neater!

    Have a great week. Gillian x

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    1. Thank you, Gillian. I'm so irritated about that yarn...I keep having to talk myself out of wishing I'd splurged on something much nicer from a more reliable source. Sigh...I'll just finish it out with my new plan and it will be fine but I'm still annoyed. I've done quilt backings with sheets before and I think it's a great approach. You don't have piece smaller cuts of fabric together and you can't beat the price.

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  3. Your work is beautiful and your hooky squares I love ... Such a shame about the yarn. S for the blondes I would love one right now. I have really enjoyed a little peek into your world. So Thank you
    Kindest regards linda

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    1. Hi Linda! Welcome! Thank you so much. I am so glad you stopped by. :)

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  4. Your quilting is turning out so beautifully - I just love all the colors/fabrics you chose.

    Little girls clothes really are sooo fun. Although my girls were always so opinionated about their clothes when they were little (they both were sensitive to things that "felt weird" or "pinched" or "felt stiff") and my oldest hated having her hair pulled up - so frustrating!

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    1. Thanks, Jenny! I'm happy with the quilt so far. I really do adore the little girl clothes. She's a pretty girly one, which can be a pain sometimes but it's fun too. She's just starting to get opinionated about certain things; she doesn't like jeans, she wants to wear soft pants like leggings. My son is the same way, though. I'm taking her tomorrow for a haircut because her hair is just too long. She's only had a few so far. Bu she's starting to look like she lives in the woods. I hope she doesn't react negatively to the haircut; we'll see how she does.

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  5. Yum, the blondies look delicious!

    The quilt is so pretty - I love the colours and the pattern.

    The granny sqaure blanket is lovely too, it's so annoying when companies stop making a certain yarn or colour but it will be interesting to see how you finish it in the end :)

    Have a lovely day!

    Elisabeth x

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    1. Hi Elisabeth! Thanks for visiting my blog. Thank you for the lovely compliments. :)

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  6. Not sure how you get all of that done...but I'm impressed! :)

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