Eight years have gone by. So much has happened during these past eight years, but this day still stings. I know it always will and I think that I am finally coming to terms with that. This is the first year that I have not had panic and anxiety leading up to today. I know that is a good thing, but part of me feels guilty for it. My greatest fear is to forget, to no longer feel, to have them fall away from my mind and heart.
‘Perhaps they are not stars, but rather opening in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy’ -author unknown
Tonight, I will look up into the stars and know that you are both shining down on us. Happy 8th Birthday, Mary and Christopher. I love you, always.
I made the decision this year to be more mindful with my crafting. This ranges from being more deliberate in planning what projects I take on and organizing my yarn stash and art supplies so that I know exactly what I have and will use to being more aware of wear my “craft dollars” are being spent. I’ll be going more in depth in lots of these areas, but for now, I wanted to share something I’m really excited about.
I’ve become a virtual shepherd or shepherdess (VS) by supporting the “Follow My Fleece” project on Patreon for Prado De Lana Sheep Farm. Each VS subscriber receives monthly updates through videos, live chats, personalized emails, and snail mail about your chosen sheep. Contributions help Prado de Lana run their small farm, keep their flock healthy, and continue to educate about wool and rare breeds. Also as a VS, I’ll be sent yarn from my sheep once she has been fleeced and the wool is spun into yarn.
The idea that if I forgo one or two lattes A MONTH I could support a small family-run farm that believes in sustainable agriculture practices, know where my yarn is sources, and get lots of sheepy-goodness in the bargain was a no brainer. So without further ado, meet Debbie!
Log Cabin Mitts
Trusty Water Hat
Pointy Elf Hat
Shakerag Top #2
Port Oneida Socks
Yellow Submarine Socks
Shakerag Top #1
Mikey’s Striped Socks
Slip Stitch Hat & Mitts
I finished over 20 knitting projects this year, including three pullovers, two tops and five pairs of socks! Most are shown above, however there were a few gifted items that I forgot to photograph before I gave them away. Stripes were definitely a theme (one that I’m sure will continue) as was many of shades of blue. That’s over 12,000 yards of yarn and I can’t even imagine how many individual stitches!
After a lot of thought, I’ve finally decided on my “Make Nine” for 2019. Some patterns have been in my Ravelry queue for a while others are recent pattern releases. Cardigans, color work, and geometric shapes are all capturing my eye and making my fingers eager to knit. I usually have 2-3 projects going at the same time, so I feel that I have a pretty good mix to choose from. Now I just need to go through my stash to make my yarn choices and decide which one will be my first cast-on for the year!
Here’s the Ravelry links to the patterns:
- The Owen Hat
- Summer Bursts in June
- Bradford Road
- Carbeth Cardigan
I finished this rectangular shawl back at the end of August. I loved the construction, which was knit from the center out, but it was a bit of a tangle at first. The yarn is Plucky Primo Fingering from The Plucky Knitter. Super soft with a nice drape and the colors are so saturated, I love it.
Bitty Front Range Cardigan
This cute little cardigan was made for a friend’s sweet baby girl. The pattern was easy and fun to knit. I forgot how fast it is to knit baby clothes! The yarn is CoopKnits Socks Yeah DK is this pretty coral color. I also made the buttons with some leftover calico and a button kit I’ve had from Joann’s.
This hat pattern by Thea Colman was great for practicing cables, a skill I’d like to get better at before attempting a larger project. I finished this in less than a week in mid-September. The yarn is Trusty from The Plucky Knitter is a gorgeous cerulean blue. I also used it for my Dog Walker sweater. The proceeds of the pattern sales were donated to The Flint Water Project to provide bottled water and school supplies to children in Flint, MI. In addition, I’m send this to be included with other hand-knitted hats that are being collected as holiday gifts for the children.
Yellow Submarine Socks
Knit with Must Stash Yarns self-striping yarn in Land of Submarines, that was part of her series inspired by The Beatles. I love the gradient of blues with the pops of bright yellow. These were worked on intermittently though most of the summer and were completed at the end of September.