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What’s in a Hook?

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This is my very first crochet hook.  It’s old – so old I can’t find anything like it in the stores.  It’s a Susan Bates 3.75mm hook, made from a solid steel (or what feels like a more solid steel than my new hooks). It’s been passed down to me from my grandmother (I would swear to you it was my grandmother. My mother swears it was my great-grandmother. She’s probably right, but my memory is somehow connected with my grandmother).

I love this hook. I love the way it feels in my hand. I love the lightness of it.  I love the sharpness on the point of the hook which makes it easy to do intricate work.

I love that this hook has been passed down from one crocheter to another.  I love that when I use it, I’m adding to its repertoire of amazing projects. Maybe with each project or blanket I use it to complete, I strengthen a tie between me and generations of my family.

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It’s not just my grandmother (or great-grandmother) who I feel tied to.  On my mother’s side, there are generations of crocheters too. Every time I pick up this hook, I’m reminded of that fact. My family has always been spread out all over the place, hours away from me.  It’s hard to feel connected to people so far away. But this connects us.  The same need to create with my hands, to pick up a hook and bring something to life, flowed through them too.

But it’s not just about how this all connects us. This hook also reminds me of my first projects.  It’s how I started, making one long chain after another.  I made my first blanket with it back in college.  Not only does this hook hold the memories of my grandmother’s past projects, now it holds mine too.

I love this hook.

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To the Start of Something New

To the Start of Something New | Color Me Reckless

I like new. I like when something finishes and something new can begin.  I like new notebooks, new books, new yarn stashes, new projects.  I even look forward to finishing a bottle of shampoo so I can start the new bottle.  My new notebook for 2015 | Color Me Reckless

It’s not the fact that it’s new that I like. It’s not the fresh scent or the crisp pages that I like.  I like that it means a new start.  I like imagining how I’ll fill the new notebook, or what the new yarn will become.

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It’s like a new year. The whole year is filled with possibilities.  This year could be anything! Something amazing could happen, and this year could be the start of something great.  I’m not one for New Year’s Resolutions, but I just love the promise and hope that something new brings.

So here’s to new projects, new adventures, and new friendships this year.  And new life to old projects, old friendships, and steady adventures.

What’s your hope for this new year?

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Apple Picking and Canning

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Color Me Lately: What’s on the Camera

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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:

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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.

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This was on top of a battlement constructed during World War II in Puerto Rico.  It was a good climb to the top!

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Beautiful flowers in my grandparent’s backyard.  Husband was lizard hunting while I snapped photos of the the flowers.

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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.

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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!

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Summer Traveling? Take Color Me Reckless With You!

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve got all my summer travel planned for the second half of the summer –  a short trip to see family in Puerto Rico and then a short anniversary trip to Charles Town, West Virginia. I’m super excited for both!

But I’m also excited about this new summer item I worked up. Meet The Shower Scrubby.

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I make a super sweet soap saver bag that I absolutely love. But not everyone uses soap! So I originally worked this up for people that wanted a smaller washcloth for shower gel. And then I realized how great for traveling it would be! A small, scrubby washcloth that fits neatly in your toiletries bag? Perfect!

I’m thinking about adding a little handle on a version of it so that it says on your hand in the shower. What do you think?

If you’re looking for great travel items you can check out my Etsy shop – these new Shower Scurbbies are there (more coming soon!) and my Face Scrubbers are also great for travel. Pack just one or two face scrubbers for your vacation rather than worrying about taking cotton balls or buying cotton balls when you get there!

From now until the end of summer (August 31, 2014), use code TRAVEL14 at checkout for 20% off your total purchase.

AND share a picture of you with Color Me Reckless item on your travels on Facebook or Instagram, and you’ll be entered to win a gift certificate for the shop! Just snap a photo of the item, tag Color Me Reckless and post! Please only post your photo once on Facebook OR Instagram – not both. Posting twice or on multiple sites will disqualify you from the drawing.