Monday, November 9, 2015

Checking the Stashes

All summer long I kept an eye out for free crochet patterns and sewing projects online. We had a chilly, rainy day last week so I pulled out the yarn and fabric stashes to see what would work with the patterns I've saved. It was a perfect way to get my mood lifted about the upcoming "dark" months! I made a list of things I still need to find and I've started a folder on my computer to help me check off projects and (hopefully) keep from getting as disorganized. The hardest part of the day came when it was time to pack all the yarn back up. The hook and needle bug has bit and now I'm ready for some stitching!

My first project is going to be some soap holders to place in some spa baskets I'm making for Christmas. I'll be using 100% cotton yarn to make the little pouches and I was thrilled to find some red and green yarn in my stash. I plan to purchase some local goat milk soap and mix up some homemade bath salts and lotions to finish out the baskets.

Then I'm going to work on some sewing. I didn't get the coffee cup cozies finished last year so I am making them a priority. I refuse to buy any material until I've got those done. Hopefully I will be able to sell some and make some seed money for next Spring!

What hobbies and projects are you looking forward to this winter?


4 comments:

  1. I refuse to buy gifts and having 13 grandchildren theres a lot of making to do, I made a start a while ago, I was making some chocolate gifts today for grown ups, I hate all the commercialism of christmas and gift giving and my rule is if my family and friends dont like home made gifts let me know and I will strike them off the list, I refuse to be swayed. :-)

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    1. I agree! I love homemade gifts, you can send whatever is refused to me! :-)

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  2. One hobby that keeps me busy is amateur radio. I run the Amateur Radio Emergency Service in my county so I do the 'work' part of the job from spring through fall. It's hard to justify spending play-time in the 'shack' when there are things to be done outside, so when the garden is put to bed, the birds are all cozy in the coop, and it's dark about the time I'm getting home from the day job, I can pretty much get on the radio to play guilt free. We're about there!

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    1. That's awesome! I've always wanted to learn how to use one. I used to love talking on the CB radio when I was younger-meeting people from far away and on the road. Neat!

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