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HOTH – Poncho and Blankie repair

I made this blankie for a little boy. it was my first “squares” , I loved doing the squares but sewing them is a whole other story.

Almost immediately it started coming apart and it was brought back to me to fix. Sadly, it took me forever to get back to it. Everyone started having babies and I was way out in the weeds. But I finally got to it.

I have to say, I still really like everything about it and I learned a thing or two about joining squares.

@lionbrandyarn #lionbrandcupcake

Now this little project will get delivered this weekend and I can’t wait! A toddler poncho and a Newsboy hat 💘🧶

From the Lady Cave: Just Do It!

I am speaking from my own personal experience and hindsight.

I’ve often said “Be like Nike; Just Do It!”

(No this is NOT an endorsement)

What is your first thought when you hear this statement? I am willing to bet it starts with “But…”and then you list all the reasons why you can’t.

I get that there are financial constraints, so please don’t use that excuse.

What I am getting at is “How do you know unless you try?” Believe me, I know something about this; I haven’t lived this long without figuring out that I am the only person standing in my own way.

If you read my last post you’ll know that procrastination is not good.

Take that step, one little step! Nothing easy is worth doing, but I’ll guarantee that once you “try” you’ll realize it’s never as hard as you thought it would be. Sometimes doing stuff outside your comfort zone is Scary as Hell! But holy moly can it be an amazing experience; like driving my own motorcycle.

Aengus

What’s the worst can happen? You find out it doesn’t work out? So what! Now you have a better idea of what will work, so you back up and try again.

Recently for me I’ve discovered that in crochet, I really can do most of the things I thought were way to complicated.

Did I do it all on my own? Nope, sure didn’t. I used video tutorials, asked experts and I leaned heavily on what I already knew and BAM I FREAKING DID IT!

Poncho and baby Newsboy hat for one of my granddaughters.

HOTH – Yarn Love leads to Donation

Do you love yarn? Do you by chance follow Crystal from Bag O’Day Crochet?

Crystal is one of the kindest souls I’ve ever heard about. She is not only a big YouTube personality; she has a very big heart for people and especially animals. She donates yearly to a charity of her picking.

Here is a link to this years donation: Bag O’Day Crochet Animal Shelter Donation

Bag O’Day crochet just reached 500k followers and I highly recommend her channel. I check the channel everyday because she is always putting up videos. She has well over 600 videos that range from yarn unboxings, shopping for yarn, yarn giveaways and crochet tutorials.

I Highly recommend you take a look at her channel and her tutorials .

Let me know what you think!

From the Lady Cave: Empty Nest

I saw this topic on a fellow bloggers page: debbiehipster which gave me this idea of the “From the Lady Cave” topic.

So this is the first of several posts that I’d like to share. I also think this will help bring my blog together and may warrant a blog name change. I’d love to hear your thoughts…

My personal picture taken at a local nature Preserve

My blogger friend is new empty nester and we have been empty nesters for about 5 years.

We are loving it! It has been a huge adjustment. When your universe develops a void, like the sun is missing, your orbit gets wonky, you have to learn to adjust and that takes time.

It’s like being newlyweds again! But we are “Older and Wiser and have better insurance ” (that’s a movie reference, want to guess?) So we can watch whatever we want, go out to dinner, walk naked through the house and “Do” whatever else wherever we feel like it! 😁

Don’t get me wrong, We Love hanging out and talking on the phone with our kids, we miss them immensely. But, it’s time for them to be grownups and make their own decisions; good bad or otherwise.

Boy am I enjoying watching them. They are both married with children now. Yep, we have 2 granddaughters and a boy on the way! Gosh, grandkids are the best. But you know what the really best part is? When our adult children ask for our help or advice in general.

I have often referred to my life experiences as a Wife and Mother to that of a Combat Veteran! There are occasions that a smell or a tone of voice will make me have a flashback that invokes all kinds of emotions; good and not so great. But man, what a journey its been.

So being an empty nester is the opening of a new chapter in your book of life. So enjoy it, make it count! Do all those things you set aside for various reasons: money, time, for the good of the family.

I’ve done alot of thinking about that young teenager who had the world by the balls and didn’t know it, who wanted to do and go and experience all kinds of things. Some of those ideas were dumb as hell, some weren’t. But life steers you in directions you never even considered. My favorite saying to my kids has been “Go where the road takes you, you just never know where you’ll end up”

In our experience, Life is too damn short, LIVE IT!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this post and by all means if you’d like to chat anytime please reach out❣

HOTH – it’s in the Details – A lesson in paying attention!

Have you heard the saying “it’s in the details”? You’d think as old as I am and my experience buying yarn all this time, I’d be better at paying attention!

So I saw an “All Call” to apply to be a pattern tester but they wanted you to use a specific yarn. So I rush to buy some, and because it was “on sale”, I made the order. Well, I got sucked into “buy $60 worth for free shipping ” gimmick…my order just arrived…

What, is this sorcery? LOL Surely 30 skeins of yarn cannot fit in this cute little package? Maybe, the shipment was split up, and only 1 made it today?

Nope…

I spent $63 on 30 skeins. They were on sale for 5 skeins for $10, making them $2 a piece. Not a terrible deal but for me not the best deal.

So now I am nursing a bruised ego because I should have paid attention to the “Size or Weight” of the skein. In this case is 1.7oz. 🤔

Ok so let’s turn this in to a positive because that’s what we do, right?

This is Paint Box Cotton yarn and I have not worked with it before. I have worked with another kind, let’s see how they compare.

First, the Paint Box colors are way more vivid than the others I have.

Second, the Paint Box yarn is a thinner 4 weight than the other brands. And Finally, it Definitely feels better or softer than the others.

I haven’t had a chance to work a swatch but in my experience, I’d say this is going to be Great to work with.

So have you worked with this brand before? Have you worked with this cotton yarn in particular? Please tell me about your experiences.

HOTH – Crochet Society Subscription box

Hey Everyone! Sorry I’ve been absent from the page, it’s been crazy busy around here!

*note: This is my personal review, I have NOT been asked to do this and am NOT getting any compensation.

I AM SO EXCITED!!!

I have wanted one of these boxes since The Crochet Society was launched by Bella Coco.

They are gorgeous ❣

Here are my 3 – IG videos on Box 1, I had to stop and start so many times because I was SO EXCITED!!!

1

https://www.instagram.com/p/B3IU1WYHf85/?igshid=10bu39ycpufdx

2

https://www.instagram.com/p/B3IVKfiHKIX/?igshid=2xnqzt1ssn3d

3

https://www.instagram.com/p/B3IXlKgHwCa/?igshid=r842im4oabnb

Have you subscribed? I have not, but wwith some luck, they will release box 2 and I’ll be able to get it then.

HOTH – August 2019

Hi There My Yarn Buddies 🧶🧶🧶

Man what a busy Summer its been! Here is what I’ve been working on and/or finished:

15 baby beanies and counting…
Basket weave adult hat & scarf
Book: Noggins and Necks Pattern by Bonnie Barker
Misc yarn, nervous crocheting, small drawstring bag.

Study of Texture – need to get a finished project picture
Ran out of the variegated color, so had to improvise…
Picots are pretty but dang are they time consuming.

Camera Clicks – Rome, Ga

So we went on a short trip to Rome, Georgia…I love this place.

We always try to go downtown and WHAT do we see? CROCHET!

I actually had an opportunity to do a 10 minute photoshoot lol at the Famous Clock Tower.

Shot of the VERY steep hill the Clock Tower sits atop.
Wisdom in the walkway.
Dedications to amazing volunteers.

Historical Locations in Downtown

The story of this Masonic Temple is Civil War era, SO interesting!

The Opera House is pre – Civil War, What, a history!

The Opera house is now a brewery/pub, look at these floors, they really tell a story.
Ode to times gone by…

Next time we go, I’ll be going to the Myrtle Hill Cemetery…did I mention, I Love this place?! #familyroots