Here is the ta dah of the Ruby red afghan. I have had it finished for ages but it lacked photos for the ta dah. It is a very easy afghan and the pattern will be released on Etsy and Craftsy soon! I can’t wait to show you how beautiful it is.
It is lovely straight stripes of beautiful wool. Lovely Ruby Red!
It looks like I crocheted different stripes of color all across the afghan.
The true beauty of this blanket is impossible to photograph. It just glows in deep reds, teals and browns. The border is this fun bobbly border.
I finished Ruby Red off with a lovely Chocolate Dog Studio tag. I have been working on these blankets for months and it feels to good to finally have them in the shop. I am working on opening a Handmade at Amazon shop as well. I will let you know when it is up and running!
I have been working hard on various items for the shop and I am slowly getting them posted. It was a difficult summer between surgery, recovery and moving nearly every stick of furniture in the house. I am also working on some photos of the studio so that I can show off my new sewing space. The Fall buying season is almost upon us and I feel snowed under. The best thing I can do is keep putting one foot in front of the other.
Chocolate Dog Studio and Chocolate’s Baby Shop will be at the Affair of the Heart in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Nov. 20-22! You can check out their website here for more information. I can’t wait to see you all in person! I’m sewing and crocheting a ton of new items for it from both shops and trying hard to keep them a secret. IF you follow me on Instagram you can have a sneak peek!
Talk to you later,
I have been watching the Influence & Impact senimar series by Michael Hyatt. There are some big name bloggers, speakers and business people speaking in this series. If you watch it this week you can watch it for free. I was reminded a bunch of being in college. Except that my classmates were the family. They all popped in and out from time to time. My husband and I while we were in college together never had a class together. Engineering and Interior Design just never have classes together, or at least then we didn’t.
I have been learning so much and while it is good. I am in information overload. I did take copious notes and sketched while I was listening. It keeps me seated and engaged. After watching the first three speakers, Dale and I had some discussion. There was a ton of conversation about WHY are you blogging and creating. WHY do you do what you do? It is the building block of all businesses. Here is a list of what I like to do and it might help me figure out a more specific WHY. I have felt like I am blogging into a vacuum for years now. I need all the help I can get.
- I like creating things.
- I like creating a wide variety of things.
- I dislike creating the exact same thing over and over, forever.
- I am really good at working with color and design.
- I enjoy being creative with little bits of leftover supplies (like our Grandmothers and great Grandmothers).
- I enjoy repurposing or reusing items for a completely different purpose.
These hearts are made from selvages and most people throw the edges of the fabric in the trash.
These bibs are made from my scrap boxes. I sewed coordinating fabrics together to make them. So, I enjoy making things out of nothing… for the most part. There are times when it is nice to get new skeins of yarn or fabric and make something totally matching, like this quilt.
I learned so much last night watching that it is hard to narrow it down to bullet points, but recapping what I learned last night here are the bullet points for me:
- You have a gift
- It is different from anyone else’s
- You have something to say that is unique
- You need to have people help you. Then they are using their gift and you are using yours and everyone is happier.
- Persevere throughout the whole process.
- Frankly… work is just that WORK, but it is rewarding in its own way. To succeed at anything you put in a lot of work, but it is rewarding if you love what you do.
- Life is challenging anyway you do it so you might as well do what you have a passion for.
- Listen when criticism is good and it helps you grow and don’t listen when it isn’t.
- Everyone is afraid and has fears…get over it.
There you go.
Three hours in a nutshell. That is what I remember today from what I watched last night. I hope to get a chance to watch more today.
Talk to you later,
P.S. Here is the link to the Influence and Impact Seminar.
I originally wrote about life and moving furniture a couple of months ago; post surgery. I let it sit awhile so that I could grammar check it. I tend to write more stream of consciousness and I was worried about writing that way while on pain medications. It could set the stage for some weird postings.
We have had lots of new in our house this past week. Our oldest daughter headed back to college. Our oldest son and his wife bought their first home. Our youngest daughter started back to her homeschool classes. We got rid of a bunch of furniture that we have had for years,. I originally bought it at a garage sale when we were desperate for new to us furniture but shopping with a garage sale budget. IT was wonderful and we truly enjoyed every bit of life out of them. My post surgery body began to notice that it wasn’t as cushy as it was during the earlier years. We also had a couch from my Mom’s that she didn’t need in her apartment. So, some college age friends are borrowing the couch. It all left the house between Thursday night and Saturday morning. Wow, it all moved out pretty quickly. We were left with this lovely wide spot of nothing.
Please pay no attention to the stack of stuff on the hearth and the little table in the window. It is crochet and yarny stuff, which all needs to find a better home for awhile. The doll house is our daughter’s and needs to go to attic storage for awhile. Furniture moving is in our future and I hope that it goes well.
It did go well and we are very happy with everything.
Talk to you later,
This squared circles afghan started like this. Beautiful shades of color in lovely wooly circles. These lovely bright shades of color just made my week. I
spent wasted spent a lot of time just enjoying these colors. This was near Christmas time last year (as you can tell from the ornament topper that landed in the middle of this photo).
then I added the lovely borders in darker colors and squared the circle. They were curling up on the edges and seemed all different sizes and shapes. So I blocked them and truly enjoyed the rich colors again. It was about this time that I thought about a cardigan or poncho crocheted out of these lovely colors.
I didn’t know what to do so I put them away for 5 months!
I guess the hatching time was just right as it turned into this beauty!It is incredibly beautiful with all the colors of the rainbow in it.
My favorite is the ruffled border. It is just perfect! the oatmeal wool granny bordering each square is just perfect. The squares are join as you go and the long color change yarn is wonderful to work with. This squared circle blanket is 90 % wool and 10% nylon which means that cleaning it will require dry cleaning or gentle hand washing. As you can see from the top photo the yarn is quite fuzzy and the fibers wanted to mat together. It was difficult to frog any of this blanket.
Talk to you later,