Ode to Power Tools

12-15-09

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In my next life, I want to come back as a woman who can use table saws and the like.  Whenever I see something I love, my first instinct is to try and make something similar.  When that something is a pair of socks, well then, piece of cake!  I can knit socks til the cows come home.  But what about when that something is a primitive-style coffee table? Or a handmade red wagon for tugging stuff around in the garden?  Or a giant wooden snowman to stand by the front door all winter long?  Well darn it, for that stuff you need to pull out the big guns.  And call me crazy, but I have this dreadful fear of slicing off my fingers. 

Have any of you ever tried your hand at woodworking?  And, did you live to tell about it? 🙂

Have a wonderful Monday, friends!

~Stephanie

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Brea Bag

This is always a busy time of year, and this year it’s especially busy with trying to get the market up and running.  But there is always time for knitting and I wanted to share a finished project with you. It’s one of my favorite patterns to knit, and it’s available for free on the Berrocco Yarns web site.

It’s called the Brea Bag.  Berrocco calls for using two strands of their Ultra Alpaca held together, and I did make it that way the first time I tried this pattern. It made a large, beautiful purse.  (Unfortunately, that one met its doom in an unfortunate incident – I’ll spare you the gory details.)  This time I tried it using one strand of Donegal Tweed Homespun by Tahki Stacy Charles and size 8 needles.  The single strand of worsted weight yarn created a smaller bag, but the tweed gives it a really rich texture.

It’s lined with a rich, jewel-tone fabric from Hobby Lobby that has a paisley and floral design.  And it has a zippered top, since I’m a klutz and frequently drop my bag. 🙂 

If you haven’t tried this Brea Bag pattern, I recommend it highly! It calls for straight needles, and the only special skill you really need is to be able to cable.  In fact, I think this bag is much easier than it probably looks.  The pieces come together quickly – it’s the lining that’s time-consuming to create. 

If you decide to make one, I’d love to see it. And if you have links or photos of other bags you’ve made, please share them!  I would love to see what projects you are working on – knitting, quilting, sewing, or what have you?

~Stephanie

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Fortune Cookie Friday

 

Use your talents. That’s what they are intended for.

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Beautiful Ohio

On Sunday, Tom and I made a road trip to Yellow Springs (near Dayton) to visit the shops there in search of new artists and crafters for the market.  The ride to Yellow Springs is fairly boring.  Going west out of Columbus it’s your typical Ohio highway scenery, and then you exit the highway and follow some very average backroads for quite some time.  (Corn fields and soybeans as far as the eye can see – that’s my kind of scenery.  Subdivisions and gas stations, not so much.)  Anyway I was just starting to wonder if we had taken a wrong turn when we came around a bend and laid eyes on the most beautiful sight:

“STOP THE CAR!”  I must have nearly screamed it while leaping from the passenger door in awe.  Who would have ever imagined such a beautiful view?  There were sunflowers in bloom for literally as far as the eye could see.  Simply incredible.  Beautiful Ohio!

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Mustard at Midnight

Culinary_mustard (sk. Horčica)

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Oh my!  Busy weekend. For the past 3 days I’ve been shopping, decorating, sewing, canning salsa, looking for new vendors for the market… more details on all of that tomorrow and maybe the next day, or whenever there’s time.  Though frankly, I may be up all night.  I was hungry a little while ago and ate a few pretzels with some really spicy mustard.  Looking back, maybe it was unwise to eat spicy mustard only a few short moments before nodding off.  So if that keeps me up all night, perhaps I’ll be back in an hour to tell you about this weekend’s travels.  And if not, then I wish you all a good night and a wonderful week ahead! 

And, how was your Labor Day weekend?

~Stephanie

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Fortune Cookie Friday

 

Stop searching afar.  Happiness is just next to you.

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“Remember Me?” by Sophie Kinsella

Cover of "Remember Me?"

Cover of Remember Me?

My favorite books are historical fiction, but every once in a while I find myself in the mood for a good “beach book.”  So a few weeks ago I was looking for some chick lit at the library and came across Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella.  And I have to say, for chick lit, it was a pretty good book!  The main character suffers from amnesia starting very early on in the book (I’m not spoiling anything here), and as the story unfolds she unravels the mysteries of her life.  The tale itself is a bit predictable, with a few interesting twists at the end. But even though there weren’t many surprises, it was good, light entertainment just the same.  If you’ve read any of her Shopaholic books and enjoyed them, you’ll enjoy Remember Me? as well.

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