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Snowbound Crafties

I know, I lose some of my right to complain about winter weather by willingly living in Idaho. But, this winter is bad. Easily the worst one since we moved here six years ago. I try and look on the bright side (yea, plenty of water!) but I am just not a winter lover. After weeks of either snow, freezing rain or extremely low temperatures- I am feeling a little anxious and trapped. And there's another snowstorm predicted to begin tomorrow. I'm trying to avoid panicking (This winter is never going to end!) by focusing on the cozy and the crafty. I've stocked up on hot chocolate and candles. I've piled up plenty of cozy quilts all over the place. Heaven knows we have plenty of those. I ordered sweatshirts online so they would be delivered right to my door. And I've made a list of crafty works in progress and tried to focus on finishing some of them up. Since Christmas break ended, or actually didn't really end thanks to snow days, I've finished up three.

First a baby quilt that's been on my design wall for months.

I just wanted some simple patchwork to piece as leaders and enders while I was working on Christmas projects. And I figured it was time to stop hoarding that lovely Sarah Jane parade print. It just might be my favorite fabric of all time. Don't worry- I still have more left so it won't be overly traumatic to give this one away.

Next, I focused on another pre-Christmas project- Toothy Joe from The Big Book of Knitted Monsters.

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Man, I love that book. I've lost track of how many monsters I've knit now.  And I'm sure this won't be my last. 

Finally, I finished a gift for myself. Even if Ellery has her eye on it after modeling it for me. 

This scarf made use of the 12 dent heddle for my Cricket loom that my mom sent me for Christmas and 13 shades of Knit Picks Palette yarn ordered with Christmas money from my Grandma. I love everything about it- especially that rainbow or twisted fringe on the edges. But, I also want to immediately remake it with just the rainbow warp and a plain white weft. Yes, I absolutely love it and absolutely want to change it at the same time. It's totally possible. I have plenty of leftover yarn to make it happen.

I think when the snow starts tomorrow, I'm going to start cutting out a new quilt. That should help with my sanity level. At least for a little while. Now I just have to decide on one and plan it all out.


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