On my needles & hook this week…

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Hi Everyone! Sorry for missing WIP Wednesday AND FO Friday last week… things got a little hectic and my week got away from me really quickly! Especially with the blizzard that hit us over the weekend in New England, which gave me lots of good time to knit 🙂 We ended up getting about 2 feet of new snow in about 24 hours, and all of the snow made me feel like I was a kid in Michigan again. Growing up near Lake Michigan we used to get tons of lake effect snow all the time. Here’s a little glimpse at my weekend.

The 'calm' before the storm

The ‘calm’ before the storm

That's my poor car buried under all of that snow.

That’s my poor car buried under all of that snow.

Needless to say, all of that snow gave me a great chance to get some knitting done. If you remember my Fiddlehead Mittens from the last WIP Wednesday, you’ll know that I only had one completed. Not the case any more! I was able to get the entire second mitten finished and even get started on the lining. I know it’s hard to tell in the picture, but all of this alpaca is so amazingly soft! I have a feeling these mittens will feel like I’m wearing a cloud!
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As part of one of my favorite facebook groups full of knitters and crocheters, I’ve recently joined a ‘littles’ swap. 12 people all across the US and UK have signed up to make knit or crochet motifs no larger than 1.5 inches to send to each other. Mine have started coming in and they are so cool! I’m thinking about putting them in a pretty bowl on my desk at work so I have something pretty when I need to fidget. I finally have gotten around to making mine in hopes of getting them in the mail on Friday — I’ve decided to go with a theme of upcoming holidays making shamrocks from Sarahndipities, and easter eggs from Fiber Flux. If you’re looking for cute little crochet projects be sure to check out both blogs, I’m thinking I’m going to make extra for me and make bunting, since anyone who knows me knows I’m a big fan of country kitch decor. Here’s what I’ve got so far on my littles, 5 down, 17 to go!

My collection of littles so far

My collection of littles so far


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Thanks for checking by to see what’s on my needles & hook this week. Be sure to click on the WIP Wednesday and Yarn Along links the top to see what others are knitting and crocheting this week. Happy Knitting!
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Welcome to fall… aka time to get crafty!

Wow, it’s really incredible just how fast time can fly by. Living on the beach was awesome this summer, lots of time in the sun and sand forgetting all about technology. The after school program I run started a few weeks ago and wow, what a year it’s going to be. In 4 program sessions we’ve seen 276 different students! Last school year it took us 5 months to see that many kids! Lots of exciting things happening there and our website/blog will be live soon for you to learn about what exactly it is I do when I’m not knitting. Now that it’s no longer beach weather I’ve been spending my weekends getting crafty, learning new skills like fair isle knitting and getting started on Christmas gifts for the family. Here’s a peek at what I’ve been working on… enjoy!

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Confessions of a Craftaholic

Hi everyone. I’m back stateside and finally getting caught up on life after my 6 week adventure in Deutschland. For a while I thought about shutting down the page, but I realized that I do have a lot of fun writing from time to time (it’s nice to write for pleasure instead of all grants all the time!) and my blog is a good way for me to share what I love with those who may not be on my facebook or twitter. So as many of you know, I LOVE to craft. I learned how to sew when I little and have been knitting and crocheting TONS the last few years. So I’m thinking this blog might be a good way for me to keep up with my writing for fun while sharing my crafty adventures. What do you think?

So to kick things off, I’m going to be working on a Granny Christmas tree skirt. That’s right, I’m crocheting a tree skirt in August! My fellow crafters would agree that it’s never too early to start on holiday projects! It’s a pretty awesome pattern from that looks easy enough for my intermediate crochet skills. Not to mention that I’m hooked on granny squares, and it’s just simply beautiful! Anyone out there want to craft along with me? I’m planning on picking up my yarn tonight, so be on the look out for picture soon!

Here’s a new favorite song of mine that I discovered on my trip to Germany, happy almost weekend!

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Well, I can not begin to try and explain my long absence from my blog other than the fact that life has been super super busy the past year.  As a matter-of-fact, I’m not even writing this from the US, I’m in Germany!  I am here as a part of a program called . This is a program of the Rotary Foundation that allows folks young in their careers to travel to another country and learn about their profession there. Pretty incredible, if you ask me! We arrived in Germany Sunday around noon, and so far everything has been really amazing! Granted, with this being my first time outside of the United States besides driving through Canada to visit with mom and dad in Michigan I kind of expected everything to make me excited:). Before you ask, nein, meine Deutsch ist nicht serh gut (aka my German is not very good… I can ask for the bathroom and beer, though, so what more does a girl need?).

So far each day truly has been an adventure in its own right. Sunday was a very peaceful and relaxing day, considering the very long flight we had the day before. For someone not used to flying, like myself, the travel from Manchester to Philly to Munich to Bremen was quite the trek. I’m traveling with 4 others from the USA, so that was nice to not make such a long flight alone. We arrived to a rather regal reception (in a good and special way), with our host families and several other key Rotarians from the district meeting us and taking us for kaffee in the airport. Then it was off to our host homes to get to know the families and become oriented with the city. Both lunch and supper consisted of asparagus, which for me was fun because that is a staple food for this time of year in Oceana County, where I was born and raised. Although, here the asparagus is white and at home it is green (white is grown without any sunlight). Nevertheless, my first German meals were delicious 🙂 After lunch I went for a bicycle ride with my host family, which was so very incredible. Here in Oldenberg everyone, and I mean EVERYONE rides bikes. I’ve never dreamed of a more eco-friendly community, people even stop their cars when the gate for the train is down! Something no one in the US I think would ever abide to! But I digress. The first stop on our bikes was I think my favorite, we saw the sheep on the dyke.

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These were even Suffolk sheep like I used to raise growing up in Michigan! I also got to see my first public display of which to me was so very cool! I’ve loved to knit and crochet for a very long time and started to become interested in this idea of knitting as street art. Check it out! My first spotting of yarn bombing! The artist's 'tag'

Needless to say, I’ve been having an incredible time and am now off to visit an after school program! Right up my alley! Tschüss for now, and more of our adventure to come soon! 🙂