Welcome to my “How To” section. My goal over the next few months will be to start writing up some detailed posts on various topics, such as how to do a heel turn on a sock, or how a sweater is constructed. I am hoping to get a number of topics covered to help people when getting started on a new skill.
Another new release! This is my Chocolate Cupcake Shawl. It gets its name from the yarn I used. It reminded me of a chocolate cupcake with an espresso frosting. This design is a higher level of difficulty. There are no rest rows with this pattern. Every single row has increases and decreases to create the tight pattern look that I wanted. It definitely is not travel knitting, because your attention will be needed. However, it the design on the shawl is written to be repeated as many times as you want. If you are looking for a much larger shawl, just keep repeating until it is the size you desire. For a shorter shawlette, just do fewer repeats. The information on the amount of yarn needed will vary depending on how large you want your shawl I used 2 skeins of the Freia Ombré Sport in the espresso colorway to create the shawl pictured here. Also, to get the gradient pictured below, I started skein one from the light end and knit until the end, then I started skein two from the dark end to match where the first one ended.
I was so distracted with the holidays, that I completely dropped the ball on here! Time for me to play catch up. I released a couple new patterns at the end of November. First up is Speckled Mitts. These were fingerless mittens I designed for a friend. They are a simple two stitch pattern that is very easy to remember. It gives a thicker fabric, but does leave some air holes, so they aren’t overly warm. I love the feel of the texture of these mitts. I hope you love them, too!
It is almost that time of year. When gifting starts to consume a large part of our brain. To help with that, the 6th annual Gift-a-long is here! You will see stuff from hundreds of designers, and there is a great chat group going that is helping to encourage each other to get those gifts out quickly. If you are interested in joining the gift-a-long group head over to Ravelry! I have also signed up to be one of the participating designers. It should be a lot of fun!
There are even lots of lovely prizes that can be won! But, you have to be a group member to fully participate in that. All the details are at the link I shared above. 😀
Welcome to my wood burning project area. I plan to post my latest projects that have been completed. When things are listed for sale, I will also direct you to where you can buy them. I am currently working on a run of keychains to get my stock of those up. I will also be working on ornaments and things that I hope to get up in the next couple months. Of course, I will also have larger wall hanging type things for house decor. Stay tuned!!
I am very excited to say that I am now mobile with my business stuff. Yay! One of the difficult parts of working from having RA is that sometimes sitting at the computer is very painful. If I’m not able to sit at the computer to work, I tend to get a bit grumpy, because I feel like I’ve wasted the day. I really haven’t, since I was trying to get myself feeling better, but still. I had an old MacBook that I fired up to get it up and running over the last week only to find that it had hit the end of its life. I tried listening to a Facebook live last night and the headphone port was all messed up. I also tried to install the latest OS on the Mac, and it said I was out of hard drive space. Apparently it only came with 125Gb, which is not much now days. I’ll get it all cleaned up and delete everything I can, but it will only be able to be used as a word processor. That’s if nothing else fails on it, but I’m not holding my breath. Unfortunately my novel I am working on is on that laptop, in a program that I bought as Mac only. Oh well. I’ll get it all printed (I think I already did, but I need to find the print out), and just do my edits and rewrites over here.
But, since I am now mobile, that means I’ll be able to do more to engage my audience. I will be able to do more blog posts and updates on Facebook. Plus it should mean a faster turn around on my edits for my editor. 😀 I even have the design software installed on here. I usually struggle to get it to work, but it was all smooth today. Except Photoshop. That little bugger took 3 attempts to get it to install. And to ensure no storage issues, I got a 4TB external drive to go with this bad boy. 😀 I’ll be good for storage for quite some time. The laptop itself already came with a 225GB SSD card, and 1TB hard drive, so it was already fine. But, I wasn’t taking any chances.
I’m looking forward to pushing hard the next few months to get some great stuff out to everyone!!
Hello!! As I’m sure you’ve noticed I’ve started a new endeavor. I’ve started selling essential oils. I’m just getting started, so you might get a few more posts over there compared to normal. Sorry about that. But, I assure you that while that is also one of my businesses, the crafty stuff is still number one. So on that front, I’ve been working hard to get things done. The design stuff is in the off-season, as I mentioned last time. But, ti’s only off-season when it comes to releases. I actually have two things still on the go. Other than that, let’s see what I have done.
First, here are mittens that will be going into testing in the new year. These are currently called Speckled Mitts, but we’ll see if that name sticks.
This is really the only finished product right now, but that’s okay. I’ve been pretty busy. I will hopefully have a finished pair of socks this weekend. Oh, and I’ll have a post shortly regarding a test knit I just finished for YONY. Watch for that soon!
Today’s oil review is Purification. I received this when I bought the Thieves oil cleaning kit. I got a little bucket, thieves cleaner, and a bunch of nice oils that are great for making the house smell fresh. When I saw the Purification blend, I set it aside in the little oil carry bag I got, and there it sat. Then a week ago, I was finding my laundry was smelling yucky. I had run out of a cleaning product that contained tea tree oil, and thought, well I need to reorder that. But, maybe I have something around the house already. I had some tea tree, but it was from the grocery store and smelled kind of weird…more like a chemical. I saw the Purification blend sitting there, so I checked to see what was in it. Hmm. It has Tea Tree in it already. It also has things in it like Citronella, Rosemary and Lemongrass, and smells really nice. So, I went and got my laundry in the machine and put my usual vinegar into the fabric softener spot, and added 4 drops of Purification to the laundry.
The result was great. The washer smells fresh, which is not always the case with a front load. But, better still, the laundry smelled amazing, and had zero vinegar smell. The entire laundry room smells fresh and lovely, which is hard to do, because the kitty litter box is in there. haha! Even out of the dryer the laundry still smelled great. I had been using lavender in my vinegar, but after things came out of the dryer, my clothes seemed like they smelled sweaty. Not attractive.
I definitely recommend Purification for in the laundry to give it a nice smell, and to help clean off all those yucky smells that tend to accumulate on our clothes. As for the vinegar in the laundry…well, I’ve used that for years for one main reason. My clothes and towels didn’t feel soft after washing. I didn’t want to use fabric softener, because it creates a film on the towels and makes them less absorbent, and also creates a film on the dryer lint trap. I had to keep washing the lint trap to make sure it didn’t cause any sort of over heating or worse, a fire. But, vinegar on itself can make clothes stinky, and it takes a bit for the vinegar smell to dissipate. Purification makes quick work of that smell, and knocks out all the musty/mildew smells that can exist in the front load washers. I highly recommend it.
*As always, these are my personal views. And this is really just one of the uses for Purification, but it’s the only one I have tested, so far.
**To join my group and get involved in the Oily journey, head to: https://bit.ly/2Q977F4
I have begun selling Young Living products. They have everything from essential oils, to daily supplements, and even cleaning and health care products. I personally love the Thieves tooth paste. 🙂 If you want to join my group to either sell or purchase Young Living products head to: https://bit.ly/2Q977F4
This blog thread will be a place for me to talk about the products I am currently using, and what I am using them for. I use these products to supplement other things I am doing, and how they help me, may not be how they help you. If you have any allergy issues, always read the ingredients lists for products, especially the pre-mixed items. Some blends are made with nut oils, so be sure to watch those.
* Everything related here is personal experience only. The FDA has not verified any benefits from any of these products. When dealing with a medical condition, be sure to work with your doctor. Do not stop taking any medications without your doctors guidance, and always check with your doctor to make sure there are no negative interactions.
First up on the Young Living front is NingXia Red. This is a happy bottle of juice and oils that helps to promote good health. It’s full of lots of good stuff that are just generally good for you, like Wolfberry juice, blueberry juice, etc. I have been drinking 1/4 Cup of this every morning and evening. I’m not a fan of the texture, even though it’s really not that bad. The taste is good, but it’s almost a bit like a tomato juice in texture. I just don’t deal well with textures I’m not familiar with. So, I dilute it with just some water, maybe another 1/4 C and drink. For me personally, I found out that someone with RA was drinking it to help with that. Since I’m not able to do any RA meds right now, I thought what the heck. Either I get some juice into me for just general vitamin qualities, or it helps.
Turns out it actually helps. After just a few days I woke up with no pain. That’s just not a thing. And since my pain levels are down to almost a 0, my BP went down. My blood pressure is really connected to my pain levels. If I’m in a lot of pain I am really tense and my body is stressed, and my blood pressure shoots up. If I have little pain, my blood pressure is more normal. For the first time in months, my BP was normal today. 109/74. Is it the NingXia, or just a good half week? I don’t know. But, let’s just say I haven’t had a good week in about 10 years. lol It’s usually a good day, or a good afternoon. I’ll report back more on this once I’m farther in. It’s been less than a week on it at this point. My husband is drinking the same concoction once a day. He has a bad knee, and OA all over the place. Yesterday he squatted down to check the status of the Halloween candy and then got back up. Then he realized what he had just done. One questionable thing right now, is that he is in bed right now. I worry because his liver is easily annoyed. But, Wolfberry is supposedly good for the liver, so we’ll see how he does. Perhaps his body is trying to cleanse. We start very low on anything with oils for him, because I worry. So, we’ll see how he is. Perhaps he just isn’t sleeping well, and needs the rest. It’s also yucky weather out there, and his hands have been swollen lately. The OA might just be having a fit.
So, for now, NingXia seems like it’s great. I’ll continue to evaluate it going forward. I am happy with how my system is reacting to it right now, though. Anything that can give me even a short reprieve is great in my books.
*These are all personal experiences only. The FDA has not verified any claims to the benefits of this product. Never stop taking any medications without your doctors consent, and always check with your doctors if you are taking medications to make sure there are no negative interactions.