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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Too much yarn too move??? Nah.....

So for those out there who are not aware, my hubby serves in the US Air Force and we have been given orders to move this summer. Today officially starts the whole process when the representative from the moving company comes to do the initial walk through and assessment of what it will take to pack us up and haul our stuff from point A to point B.

Up until this point I could easily hide my yarn addiction and growing stash and no one would even be aware it exists (except my family who lives here and can find it, LOL). It hides (as much as several boxes of yarn can hide) nice and neatly up in my bedroom closet. It's a huge walk in, so I've even organized it neatly by color to make it easier to find the perfect yarn for the perfect project when needed. It's a nice huge space and I don't often have people walking through the master bedroom closet so my yarn stash's existence hasn't needed to be revealed until today.

 Today begins the utter humiliation of being "found out". That cartoon picture above is me later today blocking my closet door so the moving representative won't enter and I can avoid him passing huge judgment over something I am certain he will not understand. I am quite proud of my yarn stash....privately....without telling others about it. I'm just happy to have it I guess is a better way to say it. I love it being there. I love having a stash to go to when I want to start a new project and don't have time to run to the store. It just makes me happy that it's there....until I have to let other people who do not know me know that it's there. Not that I really care what other people think of me, because I really don't, honestly. But it is hard to explain to others who are looking at you so oddly why you have hundreds of skeins of yarn just sitting around. :0)

 I don't know how I've accumulated so much because I honestly don't buy nearly as much yarn as I would like to. Most of it has actually been given to me by others who no longer want/need it. I love free yarn and am always willing to take it off people's hands because I know the day will come when the perfect project for that yarn will come and I'll have it ready and waiting. I think this brings me back to a previous post of my "SABLE" condition....stash acquisition beyond life expectancy. LOL I have so many projects and ideas and yarn and probably not nearly enough days in life to do them all. I guess I need to learn to knit and crochet faster so that maybe, just maybe, I might get my endless project list stitched up with all the beautiful yarn in my closet.  Until then I guess I'll have to unblock the closet door, show the movers what's behind door #1 and let the skeins of yarn fall where they may. :0)

How about any of you readers out there?? Do you have a large yarn stash and do other people know about it? Are you proud enough to shout it from the roof tops or are you a private accumulator like me? I'd love to hear what other stitchers feel about their stashes! :0)

Happy Stitching!! :0)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle- Donatello

 
 
 
It has come to my attention that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back. I wasn't one to follow them the first time they were around, but my sister was a HUGE fan! It inspired me to stitch up a newsboy hat sporting the green character. I plan to stitch up the other 3 TMNT as time allows. I'd love your thought and feedback on this Donatello Hat. :0)
 
 
 






Tuesday, April 8, 2014

I have SABLE!! :0)

 
 
I had the kindest person walk up to me at preschool the other day and hand me a trash bag full of yarn that she couldn't/wouldn't use! Now who can turn THAT down?!! Sooooooo....my stash has grown some more. LOL And it keeps growing and growing and growing.....
 
I have such great aspirations to use each skein for some incredible project or for charitable donations or for something spectacular I haven't even thought of yet. It will all be used, I'm sure of it....now if only I will live to be 500 years old so that can be accomplished. And that's only if I don't buy another skein of yarn ever....LOL....yeah like that's going to happen. :0)
 
So, it's my "addiction" I guess. Crazy thing is I haven't bought most of the yarn in my yarn stash. The majority of it really has been from other people just deciding they didn't want it anymore and passing it along to me. And I won't EVER turn down free yarn...it's my favorite kind! :0) And then of course I have the usual acquisitions to the yarn stash:
*That extra skein that I bought to make sure I had enough for my project and wouldn't run out and now I have left over.
*That yarn I have purchased to go with the greatest pattern ever found that I have every intention of making and have the yarn to prove it. :0)
*That yarn I saw when walking and browsing in the yarn aisle and fell in love with and am just waiting for the perfect project to use it for.
And the list goes on and on....
 
Sound familiar? :0) Anyone else admit to having SABLE with me? Who can also admit to having SABLE and knowing that the gap between your yarn amount and your life expectancy is just going to continue to grow because you have no plans to stop buying yarn. LOL :0) I'd love to know I'm not alone in my "SABLE" condition.  Leave a comment and share with me and tell me what your favorite stashed yarn is (I may just need to buy a skein for myself to try it out sometime). :0)
 
Happy Stitching!! (and lessoning that SABLE gap!!)
:0)
 
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Monday, March 31, 2014

Baseball Baby Cocoon and Hat Set


Here's a little twist on the very popular football baby cocoon and hat set that I've seen all over the place. I recently made the football set and then had someone ask me if I made a baseball set just like it. I thought, why not?!! So, I whipped this one up. Very simple, but very cute. I love it when customers ask me if I can make something because it keeps my creative juices flowing. It stretches my skills and my mind to be able to think of how to make all kinds of projects in many different ways. How about you? What are you working on? What keeps your creative juices flowing? What do you think of the baby baseball cocoon set?
 
Happy Stitching!!  :0)

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Meet the Chubby Puppy






Here's a custom order stitched up for the Chubby Puppy Pattern by Michele Wilcox. Super cute little guy and pretty easy pattern to follow. I'm not a fan of sewing all the parts together, it never seems to come out exactly like I want it to, but he is still super cute none the less.....even if his legs are a little uneven. :0) I love the tongue hanging out of his face....a very cute creative touch by the designer of the pattern. Try this one out if you get a chance.....it's sure to make some child in your life SUPER happy. :0)
 
Happy Stitching!! :0)
 
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Friday, March 7, 2014

3 Layer Flower Pattern in up to 4 Colors

My 3 Layer Flower Pattern

 
*This Flower can be made in up to 4 Colors*
 
 
 
Tools: I Hook (5.5 mm)
Yarn (you can use any yarn you want for this, it will just alter the size of the flower depending on what you use)
Yarn needle
 
Instructions:
 
Rnd 1: First Color:  Magic Ring, Ch 1, 6 sc into ring, join with sl st, tighten and fasten off (if changing colors).
 
Rnd 2: Second Color: Join new color with sl st into any st. (sl st, hdc, 3 dc, hdc, sl st) into each of the 6 sc. Join with sl st to first petal (in first sl st). Fasten off (if changing colors).
 
Rnd 3: Third Color: Join next color with sl st between any 2 petals in the backs of Rnd 2. Ch 4. sl st in next sp between next 2 petals. Repeat around - 6 ch 4 spaces made.
 
Rnd 4:  In each ch 4 space (sl st, hdc, dc, tc, dc, hdc, sl st). Join with sl st to first petal of this rnd and fasten off (if changing colors).
 
Rnd 5: Fourth Color:  Join next color with sl st to center post of previous color between any 2 petals. Ch 5, sl st in center post between the next 2 petals. Do this 6 times around making 6 ch 5 spaces.
 
Rnd 6:  In each ch 5 space (sl st, hdc, 2 dc, 3 tc, 2dc, hdc, sl st) around making your final 6 petals. Join with sl st to first petal and fasten off leaving long tail for sewing onto your project.
 
Use all the ends you have from each color to nicely sew and secure your petals in place. This way they do not fold up and get messy looking. Instead of just weaving in your ends, it's nice to have them have a purpose in giving your flower just the right finishing touch.
 
Happy Stitching! :0) Feel free to ask me any questions on this pattern. I have made this flower a bazillion times so this is a pattern that I do more from memory than from being written down. I'd love feedback if you try it and something doesn't quite make sense. It will help me tweak it for others to use it in the future. Thanks so much! Please "Like" my Stay@Home Stitchings Facebook page too.
 
~Mindy~
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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Knotty Stitch Cowl - in sizes S, M and L

 
Here is my latest pattern release. This cowl can be stitched up in a small (child), medium or large (adult) size.
 
A Stay@Home Stitchings Original Design. :o)

This is a beautifully textured cowl pattern that includes instructions for just about any size you would like to make it. It is not gender specific, so stitch one up for each person in your family, from the smallest to the biggest. :0)

This is a one skein (less than one full skein) project. It is also extremely quick and easy to stitch up. You can have even the largest size worked up in about 5 hours or less depending on how quickly you knit.

This pattern is worked on US size 9 (5.5 mm) 24” (61 cm) circular needles.

This pattern is for knit skill levels of an advanced beginner. If you are just starting out, it might challenge you a little, but there are photos to help with any of the special stitches that you might be intimidated by. You are also free to email me with any questions you have and I can try to assist you that way as well. There is no reason to shy away from making this beautiful cowl yourself. :0)

This pattern requires 180-190 yards of worsted weight yarn.

If you're looking for the finished item, please check my shop: http://www.stayathomestitchings.etsy.com If none are currently listed for sale, contact the shop for a custom order and we will be happy to make them for you in the colors of your choice.

Finished cowl measurements are:
Large/Adult: 7 1/2 " x 26"
Medium: 5" or 7 1/4 " (depending on which part of the pattern you choose to follow) x 21 1/2 "
Small/Child: 5" x 17"

You may sell any items you make from my pattern, but please provide a link to the pattern in my etsy store: http://www.stayathomestitchings.etsy.com in your item listing if you sell the item on Etsy or wherever else you may post it. Please do not sell the pattern!

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