Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Yarn Along

My knitting has been severely curtailed recently with all of the preparations for the Greek Fest and working on the shop. Plus, Miss Moppet has been extra fussy lately and I can't knit and hold a cranky baby at the same time. (Maybe I should look into getting a third and fourth arm...)

Considering this is such a tiny project, I find it rather amusing (in a grim sort of way) that it is taking so long. I don't even have a Ravelry page for it yet and only one photo. Ah well...

It's going to be a turtleneck sweater. I haven't picked up the sleeve stitches with my dpns yet so they look like cap sleeves. It's 1:12 scale and will go into the shop with the other miniatures. I'm knitting it on size 0 steel dpns with size 5 crochet thread.

I really need to get some more full-size projects underway. Hopefully after the Greek Fest.

I've been reading my way through all of the Harry Potter books at night since I have been wanting something mindless that will cart me off to someone else's problem-filled world (and let me escape my own). Hardly illustrious reading, but just being honest here.


Baklava Lesson

Right now there are two pans of baklava cooling on the counter on cooling racks and one more in the oven. Thanks to my apprentice, Duchess, the first two pans went in at almost the same time. Interested in how to make it? I have a very detailed photo-tutorial here.

Ready to go in the oven...

And in the third pan... Could it be? Chocolate baklava?!?!

All for the Greek Fest at our parish on Saturday!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Well, I'm back.

As I explained over on A Creative Slice, I got homesick. So I came home. You're seeing 51 new posts over here because I imported all of the posts (plus comments) from the new site back over here to the old one, so no one will be missing anything. I do apologize for the inconvenience and annoyance!

Off to the races

This week is going to be BUSY. I'm going to try to post one or two items in the Etsy shop every day. The Greek Fest at our parish is on Saturday and I'm in charge of the baked goods (plus, I have a lot of things to bake!). I'm also helping with the decorating and will be working on that with the help of the girls and others.

Then we have the usual: homeschool, grocery shopping, cleaning, cooking, and taking care of a very-fussy baby (whom I think is teething again... poor timing).

But it's lovely weather and it's going to be like this all week! We've had windows open and there's a delightful chill in the air, at least in the mornings and evenings. We've done some cleaning out and I've taken yet another load to the thrift store this morning. I'm having a hard time keeping the children on-task enough to get their work done because everyone wants to be outside, understandably. Thank the Lord for nice weather! I've heard it said that fall is the Southerner's reward for surviving summer.

I hope everyone has a great week!

(Just for fun, here are some random pictures from the past several days:)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Introducing: Cozy House Curios

I can't believe it, but I FINALLY opened the Etsy Shop

I had this nice banner all worked out, then I found out that the banner had to be 760 pixels wide by a mere 100 pixels tall.  o.O  Gracious. So I redid the banner but kept this anyway. (c:

Let me know what you think! I'm really nervous and would welcome any suggestions. (Also, I'd welcome any publicity too!)

(I know there are only a handful of things in the shop right now, but I've been advised that it is better to open that way and then post something new every day. So keep checking back!)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Aaaaalllmost there...

The shop is almost ready! I made a light box today for photographing items. Then I finally got the first round of items photographed. I've got the shop more or less set up and I'm slowly getting the first items listed. I should be able to open it tomorrow. I'll save the details until then, but here are a few sneak peaks:

More tomorrow!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Stop the Hysteria

Please pass this along and share with others. I'm SO glad he had the guts to say all of this.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Yarn Along: Toasty Toesies

 I haven't done much in the way of knitting lately. I've been doing some sewing but since that doesn't come under the category of "yarn", it will have to wait for another post. :)

Miss Moppet needed some booties that fit and wouldn't come off her feet. I made these from superwash wool and added ties. They stay on! The pattern is very easy. If you want to knit some booties and don't want to use double-pointed needles, these are perfect. You just have an easy seam when you're done.

Ravelry link

Because I can't leave a pattern alone, I decided to try altering the pattern to do it in stockinette instead of garter stitch, and to do the cuff in 2x2 ribbing instead of garter stitch. I made the same size as the ones above (12 months) but out of thinner yarn so they're a bit smaller. That's why there's no modelling photo. I'll sell them in the shop (as soon as I make the other one). The designer of this pattern states that it is fine to sell items made from the pattern as long as they're credited. 

(no ravelry link yet)

Below is the book I got for my birthday from two of the children. They know me so well! I've watched every single episode of Air Crash Investigation on Yout*be while knitting. It's a great book. Very much textbooky. 


The next few books I picked up at the thrift store when I went on my birthday. The first is rather sappy, but I tend to collect vintage nursing fiction, so I snagged it. 


These I enjoyed thoroughly! I love Garrison Keillor's books. And two in one visit! Hardback!


I have others of Noel Streatfeild's books and since I collect vintage children's fiction I hopped on this instantly. I haven't gotten a chance to read it yet but I'll do it soon.