Lately I’ve been big on making pillows out of my pile of scrap yarns. It’s ended up with some beautiful pillows with lots of gorgeous colors, which I love. But I wanted to start making something that was simpler, that would be more of an accent rather than a focal piece. (Ok, I had two skeins of this beautiful purple yarn and it was the perfect amount for an accent pillow – you caught me!)
But I love them. I love how simple they are, how quick they work up, and how soft to the touch they are. I’m already planning to make a few more to go on my guest bed. They’ll match the blanket that is currently a work in progress and buried somewhere in my closet. It will be great.
For now, these sweet pillows are up in the shop!
A few weekends ago, Justin and I took advantage of the fall-like weather (ok, it was fall time of year, but it was 82 degrees, so not so much fall like temps) and went apple picking. I failed at bringing along the camera for this adventure, but it was tons of fun! This was the best apple orchard we’ve been to – Hartland Orchand in Markham VA. We had a lot of fun picking the best apples, and ended up with a bushel of apples, a gallon of cider, a pumpkin, and a jar of honey. Not a bad haul if I do say so myself!
Back home, I got started on the applesauce making. This is one of my favorite things to make – it’s delicious and fairly easy to make. Last year I made a small batch just in time for getting my wisdom teeth out and it was heavenly to eat. This year, I decided to try canning it.
Since it was my first time canning, I had to guestimate how many apples would make a batch. This is the part where Justin got bored and went off to play Destiny. This batch took 4 hours to cook because I did not cut up the pieces small enough.
I loved the canning part though! So cool to dunk them in the hot water bath and then hear the lids popping as they cool. The house smelled so good as we went to bed – it was like fall had seeped into each corner of our bedroom.
The final product! So proud of this first batch. We made a second batch with cinnamon, which is my favorite. I still have a ton of apples to use, so there will be more applesauce to come!
I’ve had a few projects on the hook lately. Some were frogged and discarded, other have made it on to WIP status. Here’s peek at what I’ve been working on:
I’m in love with this blanket. I have tried three or four different variations, frogging it each time. Now it’s about half way done and I really like it! I’m hoping the rest goes quickly because I have a great idea for the border to work up.
This is such a sweet blanket. The hearts make it perfect for a little newborn – wrapped in love. You can find the pattern here and here. The second link is the original pattern, and the first is a re-write of the pattern that I found easier to follow. I can’t wait for this one to be wrapped around a little one!
New Soap Savers
I’ve been hard at work designing new products for the holidays! These are the first off the hook. A bit smaller, more compact, and with tighter stitches. I found that the old soap saver bags stretched a bit, so I’m hoping these won’t as much. So far my tester is working beautifully! Once I have these all made and I’m satisfied with them, I’ll be putting the other ones on sale, so watch my Etsy shop for those!
I’ve been making these sweet little 12″ pillows to sell. They are the perfect accent pillow, and I’ve been making them with chunky yarn so they work up quickly. This one will be another 12″ one made with the scraps from the other three. You can find the other pillows in my Etsy shop!
On our anniversary trip out to West Virginia, we stopped at a local yarn store and I took the plunge into spinning! I’ve been thinking about it for a long time now, and talking to the woman at the store (who was spinning alpaca wool right there in the shop) made it seem like the right time to leap. She even gave me an impromptu lesson!
Here’s the beautiful wool I bought to spin with. The brown is wool, and the white is Alpaca. The woman at the store was spinning the white alpaca, and tore off a piece for me to try my hand at it.
I should point out that I’m not spinning on a spinning wheel – I’m learning to spin using a drop spindle. It’s the same idea as a spinning wheel, but instead of powering it with your feet, you get the spinning motion for dropping the spindle.
It’s tricky. It took me a few hours just to figure out how to do it right, and I’m still not sure I am. But my yarn did get better and more controlled toward the end of my wool.
You can see that it’s still kind of choppy and un-even. But I figured out how to make different weight yarns and learned how to control it better. So I call it progress.
And I’m hooked! I can’t wait to buy some more wool roving to keep trying and learning more. A whole new world is open!
So I took August off from blogging. It was great to get away, have some opportunity to relax and not worry about the blog. But now I’m back to work! I’ll be doing this series a bit in the future. My goal is to work on my photography skills a bit and get used to taking the camera with me everywhere. Here’s a bit of what I’ve been doing in August:
We went to visit my grandparents in Puerto Rico. This was taken on the shore at a nature preserve near Humacao. I love the color of the water and the rawness of the beaches.
This was on top of a battlement constructed during World War II in Puerto Rico. It was a good climb to the top!
Beautiful flowers in my grandparent’s backyard. Husband was lizard hunting while I snapped photos of the the flowers.
On our way to our anniversary trip, we stopped at a yarn store! Beautiful store, and a wonderful owner. We chatted for a while, she taught me how to spin a bit (more on that soon!), and then we visited with her alpacas! So fun.
Final anniversary location: Harper’s Ferry, WV. I loved this little town. It’s well preserved and each shop has some interesting facts about the town.
Overall it was a great month! Lots of good travels and time spent with friends. Definitely worth taking some time off the internet!