Chicago Flag

Being a Chicago Native, there is something about those red stars that just made me want to knit it! I wrote a quick chart pattern for the Chicago Flag. I made a small knit swatch and hung it up above my door, but I think you could easily crochet the chart as well. To download the pdf, click here:  chicagoflag

News!

I am a little annoyed today because after a surfing the web a bit last night I came across a blog host that I think I like more than wordpress.com. Mainly because it is more customizable than this one, but it also seems a little more user friendly. I have a vision of what I want this blog to look like, and sometimes it can be a bit difficult with only pre-made themes available. Since I really only just got started here, I am thinking I will move over there sooner rather than later. It is irritating, but the less posts there are to transfer the easier the move will be. I am having flashbacks of when I first started my Etsy store. I had a cute name all picked out and was so excited to start that I jumped into it without fully exploring the details. Turns out there was at least one other small business selling things under the name that I had chosen, not on Etsy, and not selling anything to do with knitting, but I needed to switch and start over all the same. I guess we are all learning as we go. It might take me a few days to fully transfer everything and make a nice cozy site over there.

Here is the link: http://fortheloveofearth.weebly.com/index.html

Keep in mind it’s still under construction, but I’d love to know what you think 🙂

 

 

 

Getting Crafty

Cactus pin cushion

I came across a creative pin cushion challenge from All Free Sewing. Since I was looking to make a pin cushion or two anyway, I decided to give it a go and post it for the challenge. I got my idea from http://www.gleefulthings.com/blog/?p=471 and simply made a few modifications. I didn’t have a spare flower pot anywhere, but I did have this votive candle holder, and I think it works just fine. Small projects like this are perfect for using up my scrap yarn stash. If you want to make your own pin cushion or check out the other submissions, the challenge can be found here: http://www.favecraftsblog.com/allfreesewing-presents-the-creative-pincushion-challenge/.

Knitting needle case

The other thing I did today was sew this case for crochet hooks and knitting needles. I have tried a lot of different cases and cups for my needles but I didn’t have one that was both easy to transport and easy to access. This one was actually a pattern for a pencil case, but the size fits crochet hooks perfectly, and is pretty close for most of my knitting needles. I am still pretty new to sewing and this was my first time ever sewing in zippers- I think I am getting over my fear! Does anyone else have cool ways to store knitting supplies? I would love to hear from you!

Coordinating lining and zipper

Lazy Summer Days

Lily from my garden

What a lovely weekend it has been. I have really been enjoying watching my small shabby garden that I planted last year start to pop up again. Let me tell you something about this garden. I was truly shocked that anything grew there in the first place, let alone grow again the next year. It is planted in a small corner of the yard; a yard that opens up to the alley and is more gravel than dirt. In a pathetic attempt to make this horrid space look pretty, I threw down a couple bags of soil and threw some wildflower seeds on top of that. The soil I had gotten for free from a classified ad and there seemed to have been some bulbs mixed in with it. I didn’t expect them to do anything, but I have seen some flowers which I definitely didn’t plant.

Park in the Loop

I also planted sunflowers last year, and boy did those grow! I wish I had taken pictures of them, but alas, I am not one to remember to photograph things. I have been trying really hard to remember to take pictures these days. They grew to be taller than me, which means they were probably a good 6 feet or so. I have seen the beginning of them sprout up again, but they are pretty slow it seems right now. This is the first garden I have ever planted myself, although I have kept lots of potted plants inside, with various results. For awhile I had a monstrous aloe plant that kept outgrowing every pot I put it in. We decided to take the dog for a walk downtown since it was such a nice day outside and the gardens there were in full bloom as well.

Awesome!

The second part of my weekend was seeing one of my favorite bands play in Milwaukee. We got free tickets to an Against Me! show while standing in line for the last concert we went to. This is not the first time I’ve crossed state lines for a concert, and it probably won’t be the last. Driving 2 hours for a show can get a bit daunting, but it was totally worth it this time. The venue was much smaller than anything in Chicago, and so we could see everything up close. The band was super happy to be there and the lead singer could not stop smiling the whole time, it was awesome! The venue also lacked any bouncers near the stage and as a consequence several guys were leaping up on the stage towards the end and singing with them.

I love you Tommy Gabel