Playing Catch Up

Hello my blogger friends,

It's been a while since a real post so I'll fill you in as quickly as I can. I have been spending a lot of time understanding Etsy and getting prepared as best I can before school opens in two weeks. I felt like the more I get done now (on the front end), the better off it will be for me when I have to concentrate more on work and less on crafting, etc.

I recently received my swap package from CT. She's so full of surprises. When I picked up the package from the post office, I told the post lady that I would open it there so I could show her. Her reply was, "Girl, you better!" So the two postal workers and I oohed and ahhed over each item in the box. Times like this is when it's great to live in a small city.

* Contents: a tee shirt, crochet magazine, mercerized cotton in fabulous colors, and a variety of chocolates. Actually the chocolates didn't melt completely. They stuck together. I've tasted one so far that had a fruit filling. Ummm, good. :-) Thanks, CT!

I also wanted to make a few things for Etsy. I've been contemplating matching sets, so I made a hat and scarf set.
I took a custom order for a hat, so I'll get started on that soon. The person ordering it is someone I know so they didn't need it right this moment, which is good because our family has experienced another death and so we must leave again today to go to Maryland. This time it's the mother of the cousin that passed away about three weeks ago. So, please pray for us.

You know I don't like having multiple WIPS, but this time it can't be helped. A girl at church had her first baby and I'm making the blanket this time. It has taken me forever to find the right baby blanket pattern that didn't bore me. (I took the other two out and changed yarns twice.) Then I had to get in a baby blanket making mood, so now her blanket is halfway done. I want to finish before I start work or at least before the kids come.
Here's the pattern up close. Isn't it the cutest?

The other project that will get started really soon is the present for my grandma's 77th birthday, which is next weekend. I decided on making a shawl, but not the same as my mom's. I ordered some sock yarn from BPyarns on Etsy and it is so fabulous! I have to roll these hanks into balls and it's no fun. I see why people buy swifts and yarn winders. At least the yarn winder is next on my "to purchase" list.
I'm planning on taking both the blanket and the shawl with me on the road, just in case I have a few spare minutes to work on them in the hotel or when I'm not driving.

And then, I've been working some on my photography.

Whew! I guess that's it for now. School starts for teachers on August 17th so next week I'll have to spend time really trying to unpack my room, get arranged and ready.

Ciao for now. And have a great weekend ahead.



  1. So sorry to hear of another loss in your family. Be safe traveling. :)

    On a lighter note, love the package from CT. How awesome!

    The baby blanket looks wonderful and I'm sure it will be loved alot. As far as the sock yarn, AWESOME!!! Love the colors! And yes, you must get a yarn winder when you buy hanks of yarn. They are a nightmare to work with otherwise. I don't have a swift yet, so I have Em hold the hank on her arms as I wind the yarn up. A little slower than a swift, but it works.

    Have fun dear! Crossing my fingers that you will have an awesome class again this year!


  2. Sorry about you loss, I hope you have a safe trip.

    All your newest creations are fantastic, so are your pictures with that blue background - you rock!

    You are great at choosing patterns, I have the tendency to make the same things over and over again, but I have now selected a how bunch of new scarf patterns that I want to make for Fall and Winter.

    I'll post a video of how to wind up a ball using your hands, and you can pull the yarna from the center!

  3. Glad to "catch up", sorry to hear about your loss. Have a safe trip. Your WIP's look have such a talented eye for patterns and colors! Talk soon. M

  4. Oh Libby, so sorry about the sad news, I will definitly keep your family in our prayers.

    Your current creations are wonderful (that baby blanket is so adorable!) and congratulations on opening your Etsy shop, I gonna take a peek in it now.

    Take care and many blessings,

  5. I'm so sorry for your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    I really like the baby blanket. What a neat stitch pattern!

    Safe travels!

  6. Siento mucho tu pérdida. Mis condolencias a ti y a tu familia.

    Que bueno que te gustó lo que te mandé! esos chocolates rellenos son mis favoritos! que bien que no se derritieron! jejeje! y felicidades por tu venta en Etsy tambien... Se me hace agua la boca con el hilo para calcetas, que hermoso esta!

  7. Sorry for your loss! the baby blanket looks amazing and I can't wait to see the shawl!


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