Boy Blue - Baby Blanket

I started knitting this for my husband's niece who was having a baby, three years ago... I ended up making her a quilt. Which she really didn't seem to appreciate but that is another matter entirely! 

I have enjoyed knitting on this, it's relatively mindless so it's a good pattern for the car, tv or when you are visiting with friends, you can still knit and be a part of the conversation. There is a simple cable on the sides and the body of it is a garter stitch rib. super simple, but. it. is. taking. forever... This is an older photo and I have more done on it than this. It's been a while since I've work on it... My plan is to keep working on it and gift it to a friend who is currently pregnant and is due December/January. Plenty of time to finish it. 

My Ravely link for this project is here 

WIP's accountability

As a lot of you know I dabble in quite a few different craft spheres. I've been knitting the longest but along the way I picked up paper crafting,  I'm probably best known for that, quilting and English Paper Piecing or EPP.

Last year around this time I caught the Spinning bug. I started with a spindle and some alpaca roving I purchased at the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival a few years ago, right after we purchased our own Suri alpacas.
Elizabeth Bennet and I last Summer
Since then we also purchased two French Angora rabbits Anne and Gilbert. I have a desire to get sheep too but that will have to wait until we have enough pasture to keep them... someday!
My spinning wheel,
a Kromski Minstrel

Last Christmas hubby bought me a Kromski Minstrel spinning wheel. I've been collecting different types of wool and fleeces, some raw and unprocessed and some that are ready to spin. Mother's day is almost here and hubby and the boys are gifting me a blending board and some hand cards... I have enough "things" but the list goes on and on...

As I look around my room I see I have a lot of things that I've started but not completed. Many knitting projects, a few mini albums and organization projects that have been put on the back, way way back burner. I have this compulsion to cast on a new project and find myself easily tired of working on the same thing. What I say is a compulsion is really a lack of discipline on my part. I've been listening to a couple podcast/vloggers on YouTube AndreSueKnits and Knitting Expat Podcast, both have blogs and are on Ravelry. They have each mentioned being a monogamous knitter, meaning they generally only have one project on the needles. I probably have 8, all being done very slowly and without enthusiasm. Not that they never have more than one going, I think they actually both agreed seperately that having three going at once is the most they would usually have.
Screen shot of my WIP's on Ravelry

That got me thinking. I love the feeling of having a project completed, hours, days and weeks worth of work finally done.


So I have decided that my projects that I have OTN (On The Needles) either need to be completed or head to the frog pond. I will be making up blog posts on all my WIP's, whether or not I will finish or if they will be ripped out. I'm hoping this will keep me motivated to finish all my projects and be able to share new projects I'm debating on starting... 


WIP = Work In Progress
OTN = On The Needles
Frog = Rip out work to fix mistakes or to save the yarn to use on another project.
Frog Pond = Pile of projects you are going to rip back all the yarn to use on something else. 
Blending Board = Board with special cloth on it that you can use to make rolags for spinning. 
Rolag = Tube of fiber for wollen spinning. Made on hand cards, drum carder or a blending board.

Weekly Deals September 8th 2015


Bermuda Bay birthday


I love Bermuda Bay, a little splash of this color goes a long way! It's bright and cheery, perfect for this birthday card. 
I learned a new trick at Convention with this embossing folder. The scallop circle punches line up pretty well and can easily be embossed and added to a card like I have here. This is a fun technique and I'm planing on trying it out with different shapes and folders. 


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andrea@gardenofcreativity.com
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Weekly deal Wednesday 01

Hi crafters! I just wanted to share with you an idea I had for a series that I think you will really enjoy. Every Tuesday Stampin' Up! announces their new Weekly Deals. I thought it would be a fun challenge for me to create a project that used at least one of the items from the Weekly Deals so you could see them in action. I find it's hard to tell if I'm going to like something until I see in being used. 

This week I picked the 1/4" Cotton Ribbon trim in Melon Mambo. This color sounds and looks like summer to me. It's a beautiful hot pink so I thought this would be the perfect thing to start off my new series! 













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andrea@gardenofcreativity.com
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Weekly Deals for July 28th 2015


Happy Stamping,
andrea@gardenofcreativity.com
http://www.andreacimino.stampinup.net