Yarn Storage

We have a bonus child that has been living with us for about a year and a half to two years. So I’m a little short on room. Eventually I’ll be able to shuffle bedrooms around and get my crafting room. Just not anytime in the next month. 

I had been storing my yarn in laundry baskets. And on the floor next to them. And under the dresser. And in a backpack. I’m sure you’re getting the picture. 

I really didn’t want to spend a lot of money on something that’s going to be temporary. My husband wanted it more organized. 

This is what we came up with. The bins came from Menards. I have a few finished projects, my current wip and tools in the top bin. The yarn is organized in a way that makes sense to me. I can just glance at it and see what I have. Because the bins have depth they are all stacked several skeins deep. 

It’s not pretty but it is functional, was reasonably priced, and I can live with it until I get a permanent space to set up how I like. 


Twelve Blankets in Twelve Months: February 

I finally bit the bullet and finally finished February’s blanket. I couldn’t have March’s blanket done first now. That just wouldn’t be right. 

February’s blanket was actually the first blanket that I started this year but the second finished. I started mid January then took a break to make the Ravenclaw blanket in January. So the Ravenclaw blanket got finished first. Then I needed a break from my last square so I started March’s blanket. Well it’s getting toward the end of March so I figured I’d better go back and finish February’s blanket. 

This blanket was crocheted in mini c2c. I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn. Each small square takes about 4 hours if you don’t have interruptions like children or a dog. I have both. The large square is equal to 4 small squares. So it should take 16 hours. I wish! It took a bit longer. Finishing the Hogwarts crest felt like a big accomplishment. 

This is the blanket that started my quest to make twelve blankets in twelve months. I saw the pattern on www.twoheartscrochet.com and fell in love. If you’d like to make your own Harry Potter blanket, go visit their wonderful website. 

I love how the blanket came out. It will be hard not to drag it with me to Florida and take pictures with it all over Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure on my next trip. I could get the coolest pictures on the Hogwarts Express. 

My husband was awesome and spent yesterday weaving in tails I missed. I’d also like to thank the baristas at my local Starbucks for being so encouraging. They have been so excited to see my progress on this blanket and kept me supplied with caffeine to keep working. 

Twelve Blankets in Twelve Months: February Update

I broke down and finally finished the last square for February’s blanket. I’ll assemble it tomorrow. I figured that I should probably finish February before March and I’m almost done with March. 

(I just have to crochet the banner and attach it to March. I’ve already assembled everything else on March.)
Something about this square took what felt like forever.

The pattern for February’s Harry Potter blanket is available at www.twoheartscrochet.com

I wonder how I should celebrate finishing my second Harry Potter themed blanket. I think I’ll celebrate by going to Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade and get myself a butterbeer. 

Happy St Patrick’s Day

I baked Irish soda bread for the first time. Hopefully it came out. If not, there will be plenty of corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and carrots. Then there’s desert! A mint ice cream pie with fudge, whipped topping and Andes mints in a chocolate cookie crumb crust.

Or there’s always candy.

If you want something different for St Patrick’s Day you can always try my shepherd’s pie with Guinness.

A Steampunk Pattern

I took a break from working on my projects and commissioned patterns to make something just because. 
My newest pattern, if any of y’all like steampunk. 

There’s also a robot square and an octopus square that can be substituted. 

Steampunk Pattern

If I ever get time to make something for myself, maybe this will be it. 
(If you ever want a challenge, try graphing gears. Shudder)

Happy Pi Day



Happy Pi Day!

We celebrated Pi Day in style. We used our special Pi pie plates.


Instructions to make pi pie plates can be found at http://www.instructables.com/id/Glass-Pi-Pie-Plates/

Our pi pie plates sat on our handmade pi tablecloth.


Instructions to make a pi tablecloth can be found at http://www.instructables.com/id/Pi-Cotton-Tablecloth/

Now let’s talk about the best part of Pi Day; the pie. I made all sorts of miniature pies. Miniature pies are so much more fun to eat than slices of pie. Miniature pies also made it easier to try all the different types of pies. Can you imagine trying to eat half a dozen slices of pie?

We had miniature blueberry, cherry and lemon meringue pies for our fruit pies.

There were Reese’s Peanut Butter cup pies topped with miniature Reese’s Peanut Butter cups.


For savory pies we had chicken pot pie and shepherd’s pie.


And of course pizza pie. There was pepperoni pizza and tomato basil pizza.


I saved the best for last. Everybody’s favorite pie was the Cafe au lait pie.


The recipe can be found here.  I created this pie especially for my 13 year old. The one type of pie he asked for was a coffee pie. You have to try this pie. It is so good it will make your eyes roll back in your head and you’ll forget about everything but coffee pie.