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Monday, January 30, 2017

~ Late January Diversions ~

 I choose to call them 'diversions'
...instead of 'distractions'.

to me, a diversion is a good thing, 
while a distraction can be
well, not-so-much.

in the midst of purging/cleaning out every room of this old farmhouse,
I'm re-visiting lots {LOTS} of magazines, books, patterns & things that I've forgotten about.
like these!:

Molly Makes is a good one for vintage & color-loving folk,while Granny Chic is just plain FUN....the others are books on crochet techniques, which I am perusing once again due to my recent re-fascination with artisan yarns.

 Joan & I each purchased this pattern for a sweet little apron-like top to wear with our jeans ~
we bought them last Summer with the best-intentions of making a slew of them
to wear to shows & events.
I have pulled it out, picked out my fabrics and will be sewing up my first one in the evenings...
I'm excited to share my {good or bad} progress with you!

February 1st's edition of Early Work Mercantile will be here in just a few short days ~
I'm working on another humble-embroidered heart {my fav. thing to make lately} 
and also a hooked chair pad...

the 'dusty' colors of pale blue, peach, sage greens and light violet of this cotton fabric
are the perfect match to the dark chocolate brown I chose for the prairie-cloth backing of this heart

 pretty, huh?

I have always disliked polyfil or other synthetic stuffing material.
I don't like how it seeps through the fabric and shows tiny little filaments...
~ plus it's too soft & smooshy for me.
I prefer to use saved scraps from previous projects to stuff with...
makes for a nice heavy old 'feel'.

and, again...
that yarn.
it all started a few weeks ago, 
~ when for Christmas I received a gift card to Joann's.
there was a sale on yarn and I was looking at how beautiful it all was ~ so very colorful & textural.
And I decided to get my crochet hooks out and work up an infinity scarf for myself....
progress below ~

Yes, please excuse the cat hair in any/all of my photos.
Mr. Iggy is always present when I work, 
so there is a little bit of him in everything I do.


My Schedule for today:
Blog {check}.
Process/ship orders. {yay!}
Laundry {ugh}.
Start working on Taxes {double-ugh}.
Walk in our deep woods a bit, before getting back to my needle & thread ~
Count my Blessings {yes}.

Wishing you all a Monday filled with sweet diversions!
Blessings from the Farm ~


The Eveningstitcher said...

I get side-winded all the time.....I start out with good intentions...but then fall to browsing...oh well. Love your scarf! This is the first year I haven't pick up my crochet hook....and I need a scarf for myself. Joann's has beautiful yarns to choose from....it can be a very dangerous place for the pocket book!! Have a wonderful day...sounds like you will be busy!

Cheryl Reeves said...

Always such lovely creations, now I dont feel bad having so . many projects in the works.
Blessings to you

Mugwump Woolies said...

Love Dottie Angel's IG feed...she's such a free spirit! Can't wait to see the apron. Gorgeous colors in that sweet sewn heart.
Have a great week!

Cathy G. said...

Ahhhh! Such beauty in all you create Lori! Your scarf is Gorgeous!!! I need diversions throughout the day too as all the necessary work of the business is too overwhelming for my artist spirit! So here I am reading blogs!! Happy diversions and good luck on those taxes...
Cathy G

Anonymous said...

I love that you knit, too, Lori! Though why I'm surprised I really don't know…you do everything else! My diversion is now Queen Victoria. Everything Victoria!! I love your heart pillow and the primitively-stitched stuffing hole. Your combination of delicate flowered material with primitive brown is perfect!

Winnie Nielsen said...

I love that apron pattern and your fabrics!! Aprons are a favorite thing of mine to wear because I love the convenience to big pockets and the protection it gives my other clothes. Please show us your finished project as I think it is going to be awesome. You new infantry scarf is very rich and colorful and I think you will get a lot of wear out of this basic. Plus the many new artisan yarns make up into wonderful quick and lovely gifts for others.

Anonymous said...

Oops! My mistake! Crochet!!! Not knitting!

Martha Doe said...

Hi Lori!

I love the scarf and the yarn...very pretty!
I like the way crocheting is so much quicker than knitting.


woolyredrug said...

Too funny Lori...I bought that same pattern last summer...got it cut out...but never sewn together;)
It's good to have goals...right? Fun post my friend ~Laurie

elaine allerton said...

Lori,,, your scarf is great,,, works up quick with the big hook, the heart is sweet, too,,, saving all my wool ends and threads to stuff small stuff , too,,,,
Have a busy day,,, sounds like u did,,,

Cheryl WNC said...

Lori, I have that same pattern! My daughter and I were looking for the pattern books and I saw this. And fell in love with it. Trying to decide on the fabrics to use. I love the ones used but I don't wear yellow well, but....I'm looking for others that will. Love your pieces. Thanks for sharing. I agree with you about diversions and distractions.
Happy sewing!

Karen said...

I have that pattern too but have yet to sew it. Can't wait to see yours!!!

susan hemann said...

I was trying to find that sewing pattern but cannot quite see the number

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