Saturday, February 21

It's finished!

here it is all painted and pretty!

and the room view:

Look I'm already putting it to use!

Chloe helped me pick a new colorway for my next batch of rolags! She named them "Sunny Day".

and i had a custom order for some batts in my shop.

so i made a few extra for myself... or i may list them... time will tell.

Monday, February 16

DIY craft table!

Thank you Pinterest.

It all started because i finally rearranged my fiber area in the formal living room... This looks a lot better than it did but I wanted to put some sort of curtains under the table (the one in the middle under the window) so that it would hide most of my stuff...

 and here's the other side of the living room:

Well as i was searching i came across a bunch of DIY craft tables that used cubicals from Target (or the like) and i totally wanted one! I even made up a little diagram of the room and cut out the furniture to see how it'd look...

I then showed Joe and convinced him that this would be awesome. Plus i already had one of the cubicals and only needed to buy one more plus the table top and a few bits of other wood...

So on Valentine's Day Joe started making it for me, I helped too of course!

and then i shoved all my stuff under and in it....

I still need to paint the wood but i'm in love with it! I love that everything is hidden, the curtains ::swoon::....  and i now have a spot to sew in and not have to clear everything out of the way in the dining room. Love it!

check out the before and after... I really should have taken a pic before the before. It was bad. trust me.

Next up, I want to make valences for the windows...

Monday, February 9

hello blog.

I actually forgot about this blog... Ever since Ravelry took over my online life i kinda put my blog on hiatus.

anywho- here's an update.

Gabe, he's 11, almost 12. Leah is 9, almost 10. Chloe just turned 8 and Truban is 5... They were celebrating the New Year, wow can it really be 2015 already?

Actually I'm all about Instagram... it's kinda like my snapshot blog so if you want to follow me over there you can!  I usually post pictures daily, mainly about my crafting but my kiddos sneak in too!

My sister and I host a video podcast called The Weasley Sisters Podcast... it's a weeekly/bi-weekly thing and we talk about our knitting, spinning, crochet, weaving, sewing.... and life. It ties into the Ravelry group we play in, HPKCHC. Its a huge group where you knit for points, lots of fun.

Knitting... i'm working on a couple of sweaters. One is for my bestie Katie and the other is for a good friend Helga...


Pumpkin Ale:

I'm slowly working on some socks:

Spinning! I'm doing a challenge this year that's hosted on instagram- #spin15in15 Basically you spin 15 min a day, every day in 2015. Anyone can join at any time... all you need to do is use the hashtag when you post to IG. Here are a few spins i've done so far:

And then there's the weaving... I made a few scarves using some handspun.

Well, hopefully i'll be back, if not come find me in other places!

Saturday, July 2

Day 1: Tour de Fleece


I'm involved in....

the annual Tour de Fleece spin-along during the Tour de France. The concept is simple, They spin, we spin. A real spinning themed spin-along.

Guidelines (NOT RULES):

  1. Spin every day the Tour rides, if possible. Saturday July 2nd through Sunday July 24th. Days of rest: Monday July 11th, Monday July 18st. (Just like the actual tour)

  2. Spin something challenging Friday July 22nd. (The Tour’s toughest mountain stage over the Col du Galibier for the second time, and finishing up on Alpe d’Huez.)

  3. Take a button if you want one. Then we can use the button on our blogs in show of solidarity. Take it from here or grab a clean one from the flickr pool. Come join the flickr pool!

  4. Wear yellow on Sunday July 24th to announce victory. Why not wear yellow on any day you feel particularly successful? (Yellow is the color of the race leader in the Tour - but here we are all ‘race leaders’)

  5. Other colors if desired: Green (sprinter - think FAST), Polka-dot (climber - as in uphill), and white (rookie)

I grabbed this info off of the Ravelry group Tour de Fleece.... It's lots of fun so go check it out if you are a spinner!

Today i took the kids to a park and brought along my spindle... We packed a lunch and they played for hours while i spun standing on top of a picnic table. good times :) But it was so dang hot out... the kids were red(not from sunburn, they are just like me and don't take heat well) and sweaty....

When we got home i put Trubie down for a nap and got out the kiddie pool in the back yard. They got cooled off and i brought my wheel out for some more.... spinning. This time i spun on some Corriedale/silk blend that I'm spinning at a laceweight. It will be a 2ply eventually. Well really i hope to finish it by the end of the month. I probably have about 4 more ounces to spin and then ply it all. 8 ounces total. I'm hoping for at least 800 yards... if not more.(This is the correidale a few weeks ago, i'll update with a more recent pic another day)

The kids are in bed and I'm about to start back up but my fingers are itching to pull out some other roving and try it out.... maybe tomorrow. I need to get this laceweight done...
This is the majority of my haul that i got at the Midwest Fiber and Folk Art festival.... The top left is particularly calling to me.... I've never spun a gradient dyed roving before. I have plans to make a pretty shawlette out of it...

Maybe I'll have pictures of it as singles tomorrow.... but for now i must go and SPIN!

Friday, July 1

I am a bad bad blogger.... it's been forever since i've done this. I am almost at a loss as to what to do, what to write... But fear not I have pictures! We went to the beach the other day.... The kids love it and so dose the dog....

Draco, remember the tiny puppy?! Well he's a big 97lb dog now....

here are some of the crafty things i've been up to.... knitting, spinning.... and recently i've gotten into sewing! I also have an etys shop now.... it's slow going but fun.


And here is of my handspun sock yarn.

This is a shawlette that i test crocheted for a friend....

here i am spinning at the beach!

my drop spindle.... it's my new go to project at the parks this summer.... so easy to pull this out and just spin the day away.

My handspun socks.... and some handspun that i sent to a friend.....

These are some box bags that i have up in my etys shop!

And this little guy is crocheted! I'm getting a bit better at crochet :D

Friday, February 26

::sneaks in and looks around::

Umm... hi?! Anyone still out there? Has it really been 7 months since i've blogged. wow. sorry.

So lets see, my name is Jessica and i have 4 kids and a puppy..... here is a picture of the latest two... Truban is almost 8 months, Draco is 4 months.

Life with 4 kids has been kinda crazy... and i'm loving it. Adding a puppy to the mix was just the next step, right?! Who can let their kids grow up without a dog... That is the line that convinced Joe to go and meet the puppy... once we saw him we were hooked ;D

He is a good boy... I only find myself taking things out of his mouth every 15 mins. lol. But we love him and are glad we got him. I just can't wait till the weather is a little nicer and we can all be outside for longer periods of time.

I'm on Ravelry way too much... Mainly the HPKCHC group.... it's like my second home. And to tell you the truth that is probably why i don't blog. oops.

I've been working on a wallaby sweater for Joe and some stranded mittens for me! I'm loving the mittens... I'm getting use to holding yarn in both hands, barely.

I've done tons of other things but i'm not going to bombard the blog with all those pics... you can go to my project page and check it out if you really want to.
I'm hoping to be back soon.... If not i'll see you in a few months!