Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Words and Wool

I did finish the Ginger Leaves Shawlette last week and finally got it blocked this week! I was so surprised at how fast it knitted up! I even added an extra round of the ending lace pattern to make mine a bit bigger. 

I've had a flower bunting in progress for many weeks and made it a goal to get it finished on Monday. I used Attic24's flower pattern and some Cotton Classic yarn I had left over from other projects.

Then I just crocheted a long chain and as I came to the right place would crochet into the back of the next flower. It's really beautiful up close. It's just a tad too small for my hutch but I'm okay with it for now. If I get some time maybe I will make a few more flowers to take the flowers all the way to either end. But it updates the hutch from Valentine's Day to Spring.

 James and I have decided to try our hands at needle felting. So far he is getting the technic down very well! And we are having a lot of fun together!

Last night a few of us got together to make handles for our crochet hooks. Aren't they so cute!!!!

They are really so easy!!! Here is a little guide on how to make them. Actually, you can find lots of helpful videos and tutorials if you just google "how to cover crochet hooks with polymer clay." We also covered ours with polymer shellac when we were finished.

As for books, here is what I'm reading:

The Family from One End Street (Puffin Modern Classics) by Eve Garnett. A thoughtful friend caused this book to arrive in my mailbox over the weekend and the kids and I started it right away! I love it! We are only one chapter into the book but the descriptions of the Ruggles family and their seven children promise that the rest of the book and their adventures will be priceless!

Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe by Sally Clarkson and Sarah Mae was finished this week. If only I had this book ten years ago when my children were tiny! I highly recommend this book to all moms who are looking for Christian encouragement and wise advice on how to make it through the long haul of parenting.

Letters from Skye: A Novel by Jessica Brockmole is set during both the First and Second World Wars and tells its story through letters. The book is set in Scotland, as well as in America, so it goes along with my Scotland-themed reading for this year. I'm not finished with it yet and will let you know what I think when I'm done!

Striving Against Satan by Joel Beeke is a concise, helpful book on spiritual warfare and keeping the balance in an area that people can take to extremes (either avoiding the subject or making too much of it). I'm in the middle of discussing it with someone and am therefore getting more out of it than if I was just reading through it on my own.

And if you want more ideas on knitting or reading, you can hop over to Ginny's Yarn A Long.

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Everydaythings said...

I am SO envious of your crocheted garland of gorgeous flowers, but i made one too and am alowly getting the hang of crochet too!

Jessica said...

Love that shawl! I don't get blocking at all but I think it would be a good thing to learn. A shawl is on my list of things to make but I keep finding adorable baby knits, heh.

harknessangels said...

Love your shawl and flower garland! Yay for needle felting. Those crochet hooks like amazing!

Anonymous said...

Gosh you are so very creative! I love your garland, the beautiful shawl, and how clever those crochet hook handles are!

I'll be very interested to read what you think of both Letters from Skye and - sorry forgot the title - the last book you mentioned.

HeatherMavis said...

I finished a bunch of Attic24 daffs. the other day !