Friday, July 21, 2017

Stitch Markers Coming to WildflowerLilyCo.

There's going to be stitch markers in the shop.  Be sure to hop on over and order some for your next project when they arrive.

Thanks for stopping by.



Monday, July 17, 2017

The Antler Lab

I saw this book in the book store window in my neighborhood.  I was going to go inside and have a look, but I knew that if I wanted it I wouldn't be able to afford it.  I looked it up on goodreads in order to find out if the content was something that I would be interested in.  It definitely is.  It's a memoir as well as lots of information about plants.  I'm pretty sure I'm going to enjoy this because plants and memoirs are two of my favorite subjects.  Especially memoirs about women.  I'm biased, what can I say?  I ordered it from the library and it came today.  As I suspected it packs a hefty punch at $26.95.

The other exciting thing that I've done is start an antler cardigan for the baby.  I've wanted to make this for so long and I even purchased the pattern back in January or February.  I don't know about you guys, but for some reason when I want to knit something I have a specific color in mind and I can't start knitting until I find it.  I knew that I wanted it to be in the deep red or maroon family.  When I saw this burgundy color at Walmart I knew this was it.  I couldn't resist casting on any longer and I'm happy that I did.

The body is already finished.  Of course it was pretty easy.  Just stockinette and ribbing.  I prefer an Elizabeth Zimmerman approach to knitting where you just use the pattern for a guideline and use the freedom to do what you want whenever the need arises.  This has made knitting extremely enjoyable and a lot easier.  Now when I come to a place in knitting that is far too complicated I just find an easier way to do it.  Or if it's something that isn't going to be noticeable I'll just skip it altogether.  As long as I love the finished garment I've decided that's okay.  It's made me brave as well.  There are some knitted items that I really think are pretty, but I would have a fear of technique.  This has taken that fear away.  It also has allowed me to learn other techniques so when I look at a garment I pretty much can have in my head a method that they used.  So when I get to that point it's not a surprise and I either use the method that I want or the one the pattern calls for.  I'm not sure if the ribbing is the exact measurement that the pattern calls for because I just stopped when I thought it looked good and I didn't measure it.  I did the same for the sleeve ribbing.

I started the first sleeve and it's super easy as well.  I'm working on the increases.  I've found a sort of "no brainer" method of going faster when making increases.  I used to mark on a piece of paper every single row knit and increase made.  I have no idea why this didn't come to me sooner.  Well now, if the pattern says something like "increase this way every 12 rows and continue until you have this many stitches" I just mark my row number 1 with a stitch marker for each increase section.  I don't mark anything on paper.  I just continue to move my stitch marker up and continue increasing.  When it looks like I have the appropriate number of stitches I count them. I continue until I have the right amount of stitches.  This way I don't have to stare at a pattern and I don't have to be slowed down by stopping and continuously marking on a sticky note.  I'm sure I'm extremely late in this realization, but it's knitting revelation for me and is another thing that has made knitting even more enjoyable.  It also goes a lot faster which I love.

I'm sure that I'm going to make several more of these in various sizes for myself and other family members.

P.S.  I forgot to mention that I'm knitting this in Red Heart Super Savor in the Burgandy colorway on a size 8 needle.  My Ravelry page is here.

P.P.S. I know that in a previous post I said I have no time to read books for myself, but there are too many books out there that I want to read so I'm going to have to make time.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.



Friday, May 26, 2017

I Love Geraniums

I finished the Geranium dresses for the girls.  They are so incredibly cute and I'm itching to buy more fabric to make more of them.

I made the baby two of them because I couldn't resist both fabric prints.  Well, I saw several prints that I wanted, but I've made a vow to only buy per project unless something is extremely inexpensive or special.

Oh this fabric!!!  And it's flannel so it makes it nice and cozy.  I had planned to only get the white fabric, but when I saw the llamas I just couldn't resist.  Although my husband could have, but I must admit after so many years of marriage he has found ways to enjoy himself on all of my adventures to the fabric store.....yarn shop......sheep farm......plant nursery.....thrift store.....rummage sales.  Yes, these are my ideas of extreme fun. 

These are so adorable and I made the exact size so I probably should make more soon.

I just love how you can put a contrasting lining inside of the bodice.  It's pretty and just makes it feel more durable.  And don't mind my button holes.  My machine is very basic and it was acting extremely fiddly.  I do not like fiddly work at all.  After using my seam ripper more times than I would have liked (and don't get me wrong, I absolutely cannot live without a seam ripper) I decided just to do my way.  I'll figure out the whole button hole issue later.  All in all I do love my machine.  I had a Simple Singer for about 7 years and it died on me.  I was sort of happy because I always looked at the Brother machine with the flowers on it.  So happy I had a reason to buy it.  I got it for $20 less because it was refurbished.  I like it much better than my Singer.

She loves cats and bunnies.

The older girls Geraniums were made into tunics and I just love them.  They love them as well.

This sweet girl loves dogs and horses.

I love when my children are delighted with what I make them.  They were so happy to have these and that made me very happy as well.

I see lots more of these in our future. 

Happy Crafting!



Thursday, May 25, 2017

"New" Space

I keep forgetting to show my sewing space.  I won't say new, because it's been this way for about 3 months now.  I originally had my space set up downstairs in the living room, but decided to move into our bedroom.  I love the lighting that our bedroom gets so it just makes the perfect space to work in.

I just absolutely love it.  All of the yarn that's on the shelf isn't there anymore save for a few precious skeins.  I cannot peacefully work on projects that I have while staring at skein after skein of yarn.  This also goes for fabric.  It literally causes me stress.  So I think this has happened 4 times.  This is the fourth time I have bagged it all, kept what I specifically have for projects, and sent it to a crocheting friend.  I instantly could breath and I've decided to buy per project.  It's what I do for sewing projects and I'm happy I've decided to do it for knitting projects as well. 

My 6 year old made the fox on the wall and my 7 year old made the needle felted tree.  I just love how my children have a love for arts and crafts.  Well, I sort of put a huge emphasis on it so they kind of have no choice.  In a good way.

What's your favorite space for crafting?

Have a great day.



Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Whale Pants #1

I'm really happy to have finished the first pair of these little whale pants.  I've wanted to use this pattern book for a very long time.  I've had the book for a while, but this is my first time making something from the book.  I love this book because not only are the patterns lovely, they are also extremely easy and simple to follow.  These are the Corduroy pants which are meant to be a little bit shorter than normal length pants. 

I love double sided pants for children, but I think when I actually roll these up they might be either exact length or a little too short.  I think it will actually be cute with a pair of sandals, but next time I'm going to make sure to add extra length.  The pattern does tell you to add more if you want longer pants.  I did do this, but I should have added even more considering the fact that I wanted to turn the cuffs to reveal the other fabric.

I love simple patterns when sewing.  I'm not the best at it, but I'm getting better.  It helps that I use really simple patterns.  I have another pair of whale pants cut out.  My 3 year old suddenly had a fascination with whales and I saw this fabric thinking they would be perfect.  When he saw the first pair he had no reaction.....and then requested shark pants.  My children crack me up, but hey, that only means more sewing for mommy.

Have a great day.



Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Introducing WildflowerLilyCo

There is exciting news!!  My shop is open for business.  I still have items to add, but my hubby said, "What are you waiting for?  Just opening it."  I literally only had one button to push.  So...deep it is.  WildflowerLilyCo!!!!!!  I'm so excited!!  No one has bought anything yet, but must say that I'm so proud of myself that actually did it.  And I'm so anxious to stock the shop with more items.  I thought I liked posting here.  I'm sure I'm going to love stocking the shop.  When I figure out how to put a link on the homepage I will.  Right now it's not showing up.  Until then, go and click the look and take a look.

Ahh!  I'm so excited.

I hope you all go and take a look.



Thursday, May 4, 2017

An Announcement of Sorts

I have been so incredibly afraid to say this but, my blog next week for an announcement.  Right now I am filling my etsy store with lavender sachets like you see above and other beautiful useful items.   I wasn't sure if I was ready to announce this today, but I wanted to post an entry today and I prefer to post finished objects.  For the most part anyway.  The lavender sachets are the only finished objects that I have right now.  What can I say?  I needed a push and that was the push that I needed.

Also, I began reading The Children of The New Forest again yesterday.  I am absolutely enjoying it and I'm sure I will definitely continue.  I've given myself a maximum of a week to finish a book.  I already have another title in mind.  I'm not sure if it will suit me or not.  It's called Hag-Seed.  Has anyone read this?  Is it violent?  If so, that would definitely not be my cup of tea.  Let me know if you've read this one.  Or any suggestions for me?  New and old.  Who knows I may just read Little Women.  That's one I started before and never completed either.  My parents didn't read to me or take me to the library and my school was less than ideal so books are something that I've fallen in love with as an adult.  Many old titles are very new to me. 

Wish me luck both with books and my store.



Monday, May 1, 2017

Sunset Cardigan

I finally put buttons on the Sunset Cardigan.  This was extremely fun to knit.  It's a little big on purpose so that she can wear it a long time.  I just used acrylic that I found at the thrift store.  The pink is a JoAnne Fabric exclusive yarn that I really love.  It comes in very soft, muted colors and is very soft to touch and very inexpensive.  I'm pretty sure I'll be making this for my other children.

I have been really bored and disappointed with my book choices lately.  I had planned on reading the book above because I started it last year and never finished it.   We'll see what happens.

Now, back to life and making.

Have a great day!



Working Little Hands

I have always told my children that it is very important to have an interest that does not involve the use of electricity or having to leave the house.  There is always going to be a time when your at home and gadgets, for whatever reason, are not available.  Of course I have some children that naturally love working with their hands. 

Big Sis around here is one of them.  She's a natural crafter and goes nuts if she doesn't have several different things to get her hands involved in.  I introduced her to needle felting through YouTube and she fell in love. We ordered her a kit from Etsy for Christmas.

The store is SuesCountryCreations on Etsy.  We ordered her a kit like this one.  It was an awesome deal when I shopped around.  Her first creation was this little bunny.  I helped her put the eyes in and felt on the ears.

I think she would do better with a needle felting pin that had more than one needle at a time.  I plan to get her one of those.  I'm going to order several because some of the other children really like it.

Middle Sis has been working on her scarf from time to time.  I showed a few of the children knitting, but she's the only one that seems to like it.

It's so cute to watch her saying, "In, around, through, off." to herself while working.  She's making a wool scarf.  I plan to start her on some small animal projects in the near future.  I really am happy that she likes this because she loves gymnastics and sometimes it's not practical.  My husband surprised her by making her a balance beam for her birthday in October. She also love to dye yarn.  We've done that before and she just loves it. We plan to do more of that in the near future.

I never force them to do one thing or another.  My style is to show them everything and then whatever they take a liking to I supply them with all the tools and help that they need. 

It's so nice to see them in their own little world enjoying what they create with their own hands.  I love to see how proud they are of themselves.

What are your little ones - and big ones - making these days?  I would love to see.



Monday, March 6, 2017

Hoodie No. 2

I started hoodie number two for my 8 year old son.  I have to say that every time I take a photo the color of the yarn changes.  The actual color is, per his request, a very bright purple.  It's Red Heart yarn in the Amethyst colorway if anyone is interested in the true color.  The pattern is the Meora pattern just like the red hoodie.  Again, I'm not a fan of bottom up  raglan increases, but I wanted something easy in multiple sizes with a zipper front.  This patter definately fits the bill and it's incredibly simple to knit.  I'll be starting my 2 year old's hoodie this week.  I've finished the body and the increases on the first sleeve.  It's coming along nicely.

I am enjoying The Incorrigible Children Of Aston Place immensely!  If you haven't noticed, I enjoy reading young adult chapter books.  The stories are simple, interesting, and clean.  No inappropriate surprises.  Well, my definition of them anyway.  Everyone has a preference and I just prefer to not read about characters in my books making out or having sex.  My husband and I have 8 children.  Clearly, I know what that's all about.  I have no desire to read about someone elses encounter or adventures in that area.  That's just my personal opinion.  Also, I think that reading should be enjoyable and relaxing so I prefer to keep it light.  I don't enjoy reading about things that make me sad, think to hard, or want to throw down my book and start a protest in front of white house.  Again, that's just me and I'm happy that I've finally found books that I can enjoy.  I realize I'm a grown woman that reads juvenile fiction, but so be it. 

The book is about a young woman that is hired as a governess for three children.  She wasn't told that the three children were found in the forest by the man of house while on a hunting expedition.  It's clear that they had been raised by wolves.  This book is so good I'm flying through it and can't seem to put it down once I pick it up.  I also like it because I'm sure that my children wouldn't enjoy me reading it to them as a read aloud, but they really like when I tell him parts of it in my own words.  It has 4 books in the series so far.  It's so good that if I can't find book 2 at the library I'm going to purchase it from Barnes and Noble.  I highly recommend it.

Thank you to all who stop by this little space of mine.  I think it's very obvious that it's the craft blog of a mother raising 8 children while homeschooling.  I intend to have more posts on a regular basis, but I want this space to stay enjoyable.  If it gets stressful it sort of defeats the purpose of me writing here.  In any case, I hope you bare with me.  I really appreciate all of the lovely comments.

Please share what you've been making and reading lately.



Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Colorwork Conquered.....Well, sort of

I absolutely love color work.  This is my first time successfully completed color work.  I'm am so very proud of myself.  It's an accomplishment for me in the knitting skills department.  I tried color work before and it just didn't seem to work out.  Which baffled me because it seems that it should be the most simplest of tasks.  Your looking at a chart in color and then you just knit with the color that you see right?  So I thought.  I don't know about anyone else, but I don't "get" things right away, and this has always been the case with knitting.  I need to have that "click" in my brain for certain things, if that makes any sense. 

While knitting the yoke it was very obvious to me that my color work didn't match the picture.   Being the perfectionist crafter that I am - I ripped it out and started again.  I had to rip it out a second time because it wasn't right.   Third time's a charm I guess because while knitting the yoke the third time something "clicked".  I figured out that the last few stitches are ending on an incomplete pattern repeat.  Therefore, when I turn my work to start the next row I was suppose to begin on the stitch number that I stopped on in the previous row of the chart.  I was starting at the beginning of the chart instead.  When I discovered this it was pure bliss knitting after that.  I was actually sad that the color work was so short.   Now that I understand how to execute a color work chart, and there may be more to it I'm sure I'll find out, there is another part that I am determined to conquer.  (I'm pretty sure I'm the only person that uses worse like Execute and Conquer when only speaking of knitting. HA!)

I think you call them wraps or floats.  I'm not sure.  They don't look terrible, but I'm sure that there is a method to this that I don't understand yet.  I'll show you why.

If you look closely there is a slight puckering going on.  I'm almost positive that it has to do with my tension control with multiple yarns.  I found that tricky.  First, I tried the left hand and right hand method.  It was extremely awkward and I couldn't seem to get a rhythm.  Rhythm is very important in my knitting process.  Then, I figured out a way to do it while holding all of the yarn in my right hand.  It was comfortable and I had a nice rhythm, but I think that I would prefer to master the left hand, right hand method.  Please bare with me.  I'm going to learn all of the technical terms for color work soon.  Right now you just have to suffer with my elementary definitions for them. 

When I pull my knitting in certain areas of the color work the puckering stops and flattens out.  I'm sure it's because of my technique.

Overall, I'm having a really nice time knitting this little cardi for the baby.  It's the Sunset Cardigan.  I wanted to have an easy, unisex, color work cardigan that came in multiple sizes that I could make for all of the little ones.  My teenagers wouldn't wear this if you paid them a million bucks.  I'm sure my 8 year old might protest too.  It's is going to be too big for her right now, but I like to do that sometimes if I want them to get lots of wear out of it.  I plan to make her an Antler Cardigan that is true to size.  Yes, I'm planning on conquering cables next.  I just don't see life being complete without color work and cables. HA!

Thank you so much for stopping by and reading about my little adventure.  Yes, I'm that boring.  Certain knitting accomplishments are labeled as adventures in my life.

What craft technique have you learned lately?  I would love to hear about it.



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