These lists are such a breath of air for me. When everything seems too much, too hard, a little overwhelming, just the simple act of writing down the everyday things that bring a smile to my face calms me, centers me, and fuels me to go on. We only have today...let's appreciate it for what it is and let it fill us with happiness.
The last time I chatted with you about crochet I was deep in stash-busting mode...and I am happy to report today that I am still there. It is a happy place to be...I really enjoy the challenge of making things from all my "leftovers"....
I've got two stash-busting projects on-the-go at the moment. The first I work on when I can do so uninterrupted: an amiguirmi elephant. With all the counting needed to create amiguirmi, I need to do this in a quiet place, free from any interruptions, otherwise I lose my place and need to rip everything out...
I've got the trunk done and part of one ear; it's slow going, yes, but this is a pattern that I have wanted to make for years so I am excited about finally getting to it. I have to keep telling the girls that this toy elephant is for me, and they are very perplexed as to why their Mommy needs a stuffy....
My other project is a wreath. Heavily inspired by the wreaths made by Lucy at Attic24, and by finding a wreath form in my craft cupboard, I have begun making my own. I am currently working up a long piece of single crochet in the prettiest blue color to cover the wreath form and then the plan is to add some flowers, maybe some pompoms, and other bits and bobs.
Two crochet projects on-the-go (and several more ideas waiting their turn) makes me very happy....I find so much joy in making, I can honestly not imagine my life without it...
My Gerber Daisy - I have one every year, it is a tradition
New succulents to replace the ones that did not survive the winter
The hole the bunnies use to get under the deck; at least they are considerate enough to leave the plant in peace
My gnome, standing guard
Dill for summer salads
Delicate purple blooms
This afternoon I took a little walk through my garden. The sun was peeking in and out from behind the clouds as I wandered, snapping pictures and noticing the plants waking up to spring. I love my garden, it is my peaceful place...
"A portrait of my girls, once a week, every week, in 2016."
It is all about skipping right now: before school, after school, after dinner...you are taking each and every opportunity to practice. I love how dedicated you are to improving, and I love that you are so happy doing something as simple as skipping.
Way back in February I began crocheting some colorful granny squares. At the time I was in need of a simple and portable project to work on here and there, something that could be easily picked up and then put down, and little granny squares fit the bill perfectly, as they always do.
Granny squares have to be the best crochet pattern of all time, don't you think? They are what I learned to do when I first took up crocheting, and I have come back to them so many times over the years. They are calming to create, super simple, and great for trying out different color combinations. Long live the granny square!!!
When I began crocheting my granny squares this time around (and stacking them in neat little piles - so fun) I was planning on joining them into a small blanket, something of a lap blanket you could say. It was not long before I realized that I did not have near enough yarn on hand to make a blanket of any useful size, and being deep in stash-busting mode like I am, I did not want to buy any more yarn for this project. So I switched gears and made a pillow. Not that I need another pillow, but whatever...
Colorful granny squares on the front:
Colorful stripes on the back:
All in all, a colorful pillow:
Oh I just love having crochet in my house. It is just so cozy and homespun and I can truly not imagine my home without it.
P.S. My cotton stash is significantly smaller after completing this project.