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My New Colorful Dryer Balls

I’m usually pretty boring when it comes to my dryer balls. Neutrals and more neutrals are the words used to describe them. One day one of my friends said, “why don’t you make them more colorful? They will be easier to find among the clothes and be more fun to look at.” I took her advice and this is the result. What do you think? Dryer balls are a wonderful alternative to the chemically laden dryer sheets and fabric softener and they are 100% eco-friendly. So as long as you don’t have an allergy to wool, you should definitely give them a try. Cuts down on drying time too! Up in my Etsy store soon! xoTracey

DIY: Christmas Cards

I don’t know if you are like me but I love to send out Christmas cards. Something about the Christmas season brings out the “Traditional” in me and all of a sudden I’m baking cookies and mailing cards. When I was a child Christmas was just magical to me. I used to light up the tree and just sit there staring at it. A couple of years ago Anna-Rose from the blog My Lifebox designed a few Christmas cards that you could download for free! My favorite one is Rudolph (gotta love that red nose!) but there are two more for you to print as well. Please click here for the downloadable cards. xo Tracey

Knitting Stash

I think I have a problem…I’m addicted to wool! When I first started to learn how to knit I couldn’t understand what this “Stash” business was all about. I was like “why would you buy wool that you don’t have any plans for?” Well as you can see I have now succumbed to the stash philosophy because I have no projects for any of this wool. In fact most of it was just bought because I liked the color, or it was on sale, or it was chunky, or I liked the color, it was on sale and it was chunky. I have been storing all this wool in a big chest of drawers that we have in the dining room. The piece of furniture is very elegant with three wide, deep drawers, which is SUPPOSED to be storing table cloths and napkins but which is ACTUALLY hiding all my wool. The other day my husband opened one of the drawers and asked me where the place mats were and I sheepishly hung my head …

My New Project: The Nordic Wool Rug from “Pickles”

I have just been introduced to the website called “Pickles“(what a great name!) and all their gorgeous patterns have my head spinning! I love knitting with chunky wool but it’s sometimes hard to find patterns that use this type of wool. Unbeknownst to me there was this wonderful website called “Pickles” which has quite a few patterns that call for chunky wool. After much consideration, I think I’m going to make this rug. What do you think?

Felting Class Fun

Wet felting is one of my favorite hobbies so I thought I’d try my hand at needle felting and took a class at a local knit shop. This is Regina who was in from Brazil to meet her new granddaughter (her daughter is sitting next to her) and she created this gorgeous bunny with the big pink ears. Talk about cute.   This is an action photo of Isa (Regina’s daughter) who decided to make this cute little Hampster. He’s still a work in progress. Truth be told Isa’s a bit obsessive detail oriented when it comes to her needle felting so it took her a little longer. and finally this is our teacher – the lovely and talented Samantha who is holding this totally real looking gnome (admit it, you’d scream if you woke up and saw him at the foot of your bed). Sam is a fiber genius. If there was a Superhero that improved peoples lives with knitted and felted stuff Sam would be it. Hey, she already does that so I think I’ll …