One of the challenges I face in every house we have lived in has been having a place to craft and having a room to use for guests when more than two people come to visit at one time. We’ve always had a home with two guest bedrooms, but one of those bedrooms has always been full of a computer desk, sewing machine, craft cubbies, book shelves, etc. Usually squeezed in around the sides of a double bed. Too much stuff in too little space.
My dream has always been to have a studio/craft space, but my reality has been that we can only afford so much space and so far that extra room hasn’t been an option. Most of the time, the guest rooms are unused, so it seemed like a waste to try to have two bedrooms for guests that made about 1/3 of the house rarely used space. Our family is pretty spread out across the U.S. and the cost of travel keeps us from getting together as often as we would like. So we decided, after we retired, to make one bedroom into an office and craft room we could both use, but to try to figure out a way to do it so we could make room for a bed if needed. That led to lots of Pinteresting, but I think we have figured it out.
I like to use scrubbies on my dishes that will not scratch the finish. Being that I cook from scratch a lot, I’m washing pots and pans almost every day. I’ve always kept a few of the plastic scrubbies on hand, but I hate how they come apart and unravel, plus you can’t just throw them in the washing machine and reuse them. When I saw the Red Heart Cotton Scrubby yarn at my local craft store, I decided to give it a try. No, it’s not organic but it is machine washable.
Cancer is a mean, rotten, ugly bastard. For the most part, words escape me when I think of cancer and what it has done to people I love. My mom defeated it more than 20 years ago and is still alive and well. Her husband, my stepdad, didn't win that battle and he has been gone 10 years now. My mom and I were his caregivers to the very last minute. One of the hardest things I've ever done, but I am so glad I was there.
Now, my husband's daughter has breast cancer-stage 4. She is just way too young to have to deal with all that. Her kids are way too young, her husband is way too young. She is beautiful and brave and fights like hell to defeat this cancer monster. Our hearts, prayers, thoughts...are all with her every day.
It is so hard to see your children suffer and feel helpless to do anything about it. So I did what little bit I could to add a little warm fuzziness to her battle. I knitted chemo caps. I wish it was more. I'm putting the patterns here for anyone else who might want to use them. For Kelly, bravely battling to slay the cancer dragon. We love you.
Multicolored Chemo Cap, 1.3 MB, PDF
Twisted Rib Chemo Cap, 1.3 MB, PDF
We recently moved into a new house and I needed a quick and inexpensive solution for a bathroom window that was only 23" wide. There is a tree in front of it, but it also looks right out toward the neighbors drive way and gave a direct view to our shower. Better safe than sorry. At the time we were renting the house, so I did not want to mar the walls or install something that we would have to leave.
The curtains are actually two white cotton cup towels, two sets of clip on cafe curtain rings, and a spring loaded curtain rod. The cup towels were a little long, so I folded them over at the top to get the desired length. If I ever take them down, I just add the cup towels to my kitchen stash. It has worked great for very little money.
I just added a new pattern to my Ravelry store, Neenie Makes. I call it Leaves of Fall because I used a falling leaf lace pattern for the design and Knit Picks Swish Tonal in Goldrush, which reminds me of the colors of fall leaves. I love this tonal yarn because of the subtle color differences throughout.
One skein (220 yds) was all it took for both the cowl and the ear warmers (headband). The cowl is about 22" around and 8" wide and can easily worn draped loosely around the neck or pinned with a shawl pin.
The ear warmers (headband) are about 21" around and 4" wide. By estimating the gauge of one repeat of the leaf pattern, you can easily change the size of the cowl or ear warmers by adding or subtracting repeats. The pattern includes both cowl and ear warmer and can be purchased for $5.50.
I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 1982 and have been gluten free ever since. I went dairy free two years ago. I share recipes, DIY projects and crafts, gardening tips, life philosophies and thoughts on this blog. This is just my story. In no way should it be taken as medical advice because every individual is different. There are also a few affiliate links for products I use and recommend. I make a tiny amount of money if you buy something and it in no way changes the price you pay.
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