winter things


Even though we live on the mostly flat prairie, we do have some really beautiful limestone bluffs and driving through the winding carved out roads is so lovely this time of year.

I never did get around to having a candy cane before the holidays were over, and now that the tree is down and the cheer is all packed up, the mood has completely passed. They’ll lay in a pile on the table until I’m sick of looking at them. I always think next year I’m not buying them, I’m NOT ..but then I fall for their nostalgic cuteness and dollar a box lure as soon as the seasonal aisle starts taking shape in late September. The grandma thrift in me has even tried to store the leftover canes till next year ..don’t ever do that.

Besides being kinder, gentler and more understanding in 2018, my goal is still one of working through & loving my yarn stash. I’m not setting limits or pre-building in guilt (because let’s face it I’m gonna buy yarn) but instead I’m trying to be less impulsive when making purchases and only bring in things that I truly adore. I’m also trying to change how I think of my big beautiful stash, fingering is not only fingering, but when doubled can be a light worsted, weaving my ideal length of scarf roughly uses 800 yards of fingering or 500 yards of worsted. I can mix and match weights and colors to create new weights and new colors, I am only limited by my own limits đź’•

Starting off first things first, holding double strands of worsted to make a chunky cable knit hat and sipping on a cold creamy chai (even though we haven’t been out of single digit temps, I always prefer my drinks iced, my already overly hot bod can’t handle hot drinks in any season :)

..exactly kiki..

I can’t even remember the last time I knit this big, it mostly goes back to that hot body thing and the practicality of wearing fire. It’s also been a while since I’ve had a hat pattern smack me so hard I dropped everything and cast on for it right away (I hoard patterns too!) ..but the idea of using 2x the amount of stash yarn has this girl who can barely stand a jacket, contemplating all the double stranded woolies!

(On a side note, does this pom-pom make my hat look too commercial? Lex said she loved the hat, but didn’t love the pom-pom because it made it look like something you could buy in a retail store …what?!? I know memade is “on trend” and fast fashion is jumping all over the handmade look with bulky knits and leather tags on brims, but never did I think their mimicking of slow fashion style would make me question the commercialization of a flipping faux fur pom that I ACTUALLY MADE!)

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Project Bag: Field Bag by Fringe Supply Co.

Hat Pattern: Braided Cable Beanie by PremKnits 

Stash Yarn circa 2014: Hollywood by Cascade Yarns. Sadly this super washwool with holo sparkle carded right into the wool is discontinued :(

life in creams, greys and pinks

Oh and some plaid…

Our girl is somewhere out east on a train home to us, we have been busily tiding up, running about and preparing for her and the holidays. Lately I’ve been finding my peace in trying to make anything and everything, like a one off zip pouch because I’m currently obsessed with clear vinyl or weaving crazy chalklegs tartan plaid potholders, using up all the bits and half balls from way down deep, just so I can feel less guilty about adding beauty to my stash. Today I’m all about baby goat face selfies and researching overnight oats.  I don’t always know what to write or bother with captions, awkward silences are my life :) I can’t seem to take myself seriously enough to think anybody cares, so that usually leads to major spreads between posts. In reality, I am a total bore who likes to take pictures of stuff and sometimes talk about things I love. When the words or images aren’t there, know my heart felt appreciation is, thank you for taking the time to visit and for putting up with my weirdo. ♥

let me just say..

Mostly I’m a well organized mess. (gosh I love that pink lead holder)

A bag for everything and everything in its bag, sometimes even small ones in slightly larger ones.

Personal goal to use up all the scrappy bits .. first a little cashmere,

then a little wool, next a bit more cashmere, more wool and now we’re at alpaca in liquid makeup shade 0.5, you know how it is.

Lost an afternoon building a cotton NINETEEN HUNDRED HOUSE dishcloth, well done.

Still a perpetual hat maker who rarely wears hats, but falls deeply for the details and decreases.


I’ve been feeling uninspired (you might have noticed the makes all have been things I’ve made a million times over, basically my fallback type of projects, because makers gonna make) so in an effort to force inspiration, I rearranged my upstairs art room/studio (broke my ass) and realized I will never have that sparse minimalist all white IKEA plant filled creative space I see everywhere online and thought …maybe? No, pairing down is not my thing, thank you.

  I’m just a little magpie .. part random collector .. part junk drawer