Knotty Witch

Cooking, Crafting, Dreaming…it's what I do

Back to work – and it feels good. February 22, 2011

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No, I’m not working outside the home again. I’m not sure what lies ahead for me in that regard. I’ve been a bit of a miserable home maker as of late though, and it finally sunk in why – because I wasn’t doing it. Yes, I’ve been doing my chores, no one has missed a meal, or a snack for that matter. I still bake, and mate socks (although, usually a pair at a time…) and all else that’s implied with being a home maker. But, it’s about making the home too – not just maintaining it.

So, yesterday I woke up took an ibuprofen and went to work on ironing the fabric I purchased weeks ago to make some kitchen accessories. For my $6.00 splurge – I expect to get curtains, cushions for the benches to the kitchen table, a couple of pot holders and maybe a table runner.

A seamstress I am not – but I do enjoy the idea of sewing immensely. That’s what keeps me trying. Of course, if I tried more often – I might be better at it. None the less, I now have new Kitchen Curtains hanging. I even made the tie backs with a little ruffle. I was a little concerned about trying that with this fabric, it’s upholstery fabric I purchased at Ocean State Job Lots…which is a bargain variety store of sorts. Three yards for $6 was too much to pass up, and I decided to get as much out of it as possible.

Next, I will start working on cushions for the benches. The comforter I’m repurposing for the padding is now in the washing machine, and then I will be off and running with that. In the mean time, I have a few scrap pieces from the curtains, and am working on cutting squares for some pot holders to put together with some scrap denim squares I’ve got lying around. Now that I’m moving along with it – I’m excited to see just how much I can get out of my little splurge.


Jump Start on Goals for the New Year December 29, 2009

Well, the hustle and bustle of Christmas is behind us – I hope you all had a wonderful one! Ours was a little…off , in some ways. My Mother spent Christmas Eve in the hospital, her oxygen had dropped dangerously low. She is home now, and hopefully on the mend. We’re worried, but will stay positive. My daughter’s future FIL had a stoke on Christmas, not his first I am afraid. Other than that – we did spend the holiday together with family and friends, and it was all it should be.

Still and all, it’s behind us – what lays ahead no one can really know. I however have learned to focus on things I can and do have an impact on, and let all else come to pass as it will or won’t.

That being said – my focus for 2010 is something that has been on my mind, and something I will be writing about some. It’s not so much that I plan to make any grand changes – but I do want to add onto some of the changes I have been working towards through the years.

Right now, I have 2 crochet projects in progress. One is an afghan for hubby and I to use on our bed.

The other project I have in progress is a throw for our living room. It’s also done in an alternate stitch, sc and slip stitches. It’s going to take a LOT of yarn for such a small thing. But, I love it. I apologize for the pictures, it’s not the camera this time – it’s me, LOL. My Dad gave me his camera which is a much nicer one than I had – I just have to learn to use it properly. Also something to work on into the new year ūüėČ

Needless to say, one of the things I am focusing on this year is making things for our home. I have always dreamed of having a home filled with hand-made items, both for function and decoration.

I also plan to get started on making gifts for holidays and personal occasions through out the year – and not just starting in the fall. Procrastiation is not a virtue – which sucks, since I have such a skill for it.

Now the house is full – and it’s time to start dinner. See, I should have started posting earlier. Oh well, I guess I have some work to do in that one area.


Before we left… December 2, 2009

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I did manage to get a few things finished up for the holiday season. We also got pictures of the dogs in thier Santa Hats – before they ate them, how amazing is that. Kaya’s says “Princess” , Baxter’s says “Christmas is Pawsome” and Yankee’s says “The cat did it – with broken bulbs stitched all over. Cute. My sister bought them so they could be festive too.


Christmas from Scraps November 19, 2009

Filed under: Crochet,Decorating — knottywitch @ 9:46 pm
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I’ve got the slippers all wrapped up. They did eat up a lot of my stash – but there’s still some gifts I can pull out of it.

This vine on a fence scarf, shared for free at Gnats On The Windshield is definitely on the list. 

I’m also going to make some holiday pot-holders. There are more here.

The¬†boys are finally going to get Nunchucks, like they’re always begging for – being the “Ninja’s” they are – crochet ones are perfect ūüėČ

Of course, there are the usual suspects Рso to speak Рscarves, hats, and mittens. Plus some fingerless gloves/wrist warmers. Head bands, hair accessories, necklaces, purses, remote holders, coasters, place mats, pillows, and such.

 Any other ideas?



I want this tablecloth November 18, 2009

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I am going to make this tablecloth. I don’t¬†have a table, but I will have this tablecloth.¬†If I start right¬†now, I may finish it by the time we can have a table. Of course, one of the kids have to move out, so I can take out the middle bedroom, so I can expand my kitchen so I can¬†have room for a table. They really screwed up when they turned our house into a 2 family home. I get as far as “rental properties” go, 2 rents>one – but they sort of forgot that there would be 2 families¬†the house would have to serve. If a family requires 3 br. don’t ya think they have some people who they might want to feed, may be even people little enough to where they’re required – by law- to feed? Hm? Ya think? I shouldn’t complain. If it weren’t for the fact that the previous owner was a slumlord who collected the rent, and failed to pay the mortgage we wouldn’t have gotten such a deal on the place.

But I digress – the pattern is called ¬†Puritan Crocheted Tablecloth – There is just something about it that speaks to my soul. If you click on the picture, it will bring you to the pattern. Just in case it speaks to you, too ūüėČ


Let it snow valance finished October 30, 2009

Filed under: Crochet,Decorating — knottywitch @ 3:32 am
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I’m not sure what I think of it, but it’s done…¬†

Here it is hanging in the kitchen with the (now) snowflake curtain.

There was not enough cotton to complete it. It ended up being a mixture of cottons. I will end up making the set again – probably in a glittery yarn/thread for next year. We’re planning on replacing the windows soon, and we’re hoping to put a larger window in the kitchen. I’ll wait until I know for sure before doing it again…I think.

At first, I was thinking I’m done working with white for a minute, then I remembered all the other lovely projects I’ve come across I’m itching to do…guess it’s going to be a White Christmas already.


Valance turned curtain, needs a valance… October 27, 2009

Filed under: Crochet,Decorating — knottywitch @ 9:39 pm

Well, while I¬†do love the snowflake valance, it’s really a crappy view out my kitchen window. Fortunatly it’s a small window, so the valance can be used as a curtain even as it is – but then I need a valance.¬†¬†I¬† used the¬† free chart generator at Celtic Cross Stitch¬†and entered¬† “Let It Snow” and it gave me this – pat_for_Let_It_SnowI tweaked it a little, (spacing) and transferred it to my graph paper (I don’t have a printer) and with a little luck, I’ll have enough of the white cotton to¬† turn it into a valance to go with the ‘curtain’ I already made…. I’m not going to add the peaks, though if there is anything left over – that is assuming I have enough to begin with- I plan to crochet a few snowflakes to hang off the bottom instead to dress it up a little. We shall see how it all works out. I’ll keep you posted. I’m off to play for a while….