Promise Me…

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Hello Friends!

‘Promise me’ is finished! My granddaughter, Jasmine, who just started 6th grade, is the proud recipient of this piece. It’s hanging above her bed. Proud grandma moment.

I enjoyed finishing this stitching so much.

Hobby lobby has canvas for artist. You know, the white inexpensive canvas? Well, they now have burlap canvas. This was the perfect backdrop for this. Don’t you think?

I cut out the stitching and wrapped it around a piece of sticky board just big enough to give it a border. I then cut another piece of sticky board just a bit larger and wrapped a piece of fabric around. I tacked down both pieces in place with hot glue.

Who doesn’t love a hot glue gun. It’s a crafters saving grace.

I then layered the sticky boards together and hot glued them both to the canvas. 

No piece is complete without a bow. Check.

I’m in love with this. And, my granddaughter is too.

If you would like to see what else I’m up to, please visit my Instagram page.

If you’d like to see what my daughter and I are stitching and talking about, please visit our Facebook page.

I hope to see you there!

 

I’m all sorts of Crazy…

 

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That got your attention, didn’t it! *smiling*

I’ve been knitting, sewing, and cross stitching, oh my!

Grab your coffee, sit in your favorite comfy chair and have a read.

First things first, I’ve released the July dishcloth to my Dishcloth Diva Club Ebook. Do you have it yet? I mean the ebook? If not, its not too late. Get it HERE.

This simple dishcloth is a stripey patriotic fun knit.

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I’ve also been sewing on this tote. I finished it yesterday and love it so much. It carries all my projects effortlessly. Made with cotton fabric and cork fabric (for pockets), this will be my go-to favorite bag. The FREE pattern is called Reversible Box Tote by Very Shannon. It’s so much fun to sew. Goes together very well. Her instructions are easy to follow. I’ll DEFINITELY make this again.

Something that is near and dear to my heart is cross stitching. Years ago when my girls were little (they are now 31 and 35), I took to cross stitching. I made the cutest samplers and had them framed at a frame shop.

I took a decade or more away from it, and began knitting. Soon after I added author to my credentials.

Fast forward to today, I’m back to cross stitching (still knitting). Though, the craft hasn’t changed, the way in which we purchase and frame have. Purchasing is done primarily online. Sadly, there aren’t any stitching shops in my area. I found Stoney Creek online, where I’ve purchased many things. In fact, my order should arrive today. I already have my cart filled (again).

Also, I’ve discovered through FlossTube, Yes, it’s a thing–a YouTube variation for those of us who cross stitch, Priscilla and Chelsea, a mom and daughter team who cross stitch and share. They are my newest obsession. Such enablers, they are. *wink*

Cross stitching is why I called this post what I did. I love a new found craft, even though it’s an old craft for me. I embrace the crazy. Hey…maybe that should have been the name of this post.

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Well, that’s all I have for today. I will be back to share my haul from Stoney Creek.

Until next time,

Get YOUR crazy on!

~Deb

Blogcast – Episode 2

If you’re a first time viewer, I want to say Thank You for checking me out. If you’re a returning viewer, I want to say Thank You for coming back.

Welcome
Virtual {HUG} from the Dishcloth Diva. Because, without (you), my readers, I wouldn’t be spending time writing this, showing you that, and chatting it up about whatever. 

For those that don’t know me, I’m Deb Buckingham, otherwise known as the Dishcloth Diva. I spend most days knitting and enjoying the process. I’m a yarn-a-holic, enjoy a good cup of coffee, and knitting in coffee shops and cafes. 


You can find me on Ravelry
I have a (mostly) Pattern Store on Etsy
I love to Tweet fun stuff
I enjoy sharing fun pics on Instagram
My boards are overflowing on Pinterest


Life is Good

Everyday is a gift in my opinion. It’s the part of life that I look forward to after each “sleep”. It’s another day to start over, if in fact your to-do list didn’t get touched because of lifes many adventures. A day to sit and ponder my next project, or just sit, knit, and sip on some coffee. 

I feel that I haven’t finished much, and my WIP’s continue to grow. But, for the most part, I’ve finished (some) stuff.

Life happens, right? I mean you get started on another project, only to be distracted by the fact it’s time to feed the husband. Don’t get me wrong, he’s as flexible as they get, but it’s the “wife” part of me, sometimes, that feels I NEED to cook for him. I set down my needles, and head to the kitchen where I discover the only thing available to make is mac ‘n cheese. So, what goes with that? Nothing…off to the store I go, I go, off to the store, I go!

I was able to go on a field trip with my granddaughter. That was loads of fun. 50 some 1st graders all pile out of a bus as I meet them at the Nature Center for our tour. We all sit Indian style on the floor in front of a puppet show. The kids really enjoyed it, and well…so did grandma. Then we were all arranged into groups and asked to follow the leader. There were 2 teachers and lots of parent volunteers. Good! It sure could be a challenge to keep an eye on that many. That was the highlight of my week!

WIP’s
Like I said, I feel like I have many more of these than I do Finished Object (FO’s). The one thing I really enjoy knitting on are socks. I’m working on the Jeck socks. It’s a free pattern on Ravelry. So easy to memorize. So much fun in self-striping yarn. I’m using a colorway called, The Meadow II by Fresh from the Cauldron. I picked it up at Stitches Midwest last summer. The perfect yarn for this pattern. Also, did you notice the matching fingernails. No, not planned.

FO’s 
I finished my husband’s socks. Yay! Long time coming. He’s been begging me everytime he sees me cast on (yet another) pair of socks. For me. The stripes matched up perfectly. I didn’t even try. Impressive, huh? The yarn I used was Diversity by Plymouth Yarns. The colorway is a red/grey/black/white combination. He picked it out, so I knew he’d love it. I have yarn in a pink/grey colorway that will be mine when I have time to cast on.

 

Diva Enables 
The one thing I’m always good at is enabling you with yarn, patterns, needles… I’ve discovered a fun yarn, purchased at Joanns, and loved by me. It’s called Sincerely by Pure Essence. 

I’d call it a heavy worsted. I’m designing a baby blanket using one of my dishcloth patterns, revised (pic below). My mad math skills played well here. But, this yarn is soft, it’s sturdy, it doesn’t squeak like some Acrylic yarns I’ve used. I’d rate this yarn a 10/10. Seriously! 

Dishcloth Diva recommends it! (5 stars)
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Another cool project I’ve been working on is my new Crochet Dishcloth pattern designs. It’s one of many to come. I do love a good crochet dishcloth. They are thick and full of absorbency. I crocheted this with Lily Sugar ‘n Cream cotton yarn (light blue), and Bernat Handi Cotton yarn (grey). Both I love equally! What is it about crochet that keeps me coming back? It’s only one hook, unlike with knitting, you use 2 sticks, It’s addicting, It allows for much creativity. 

I named this one Omaha. You wonder why? Well, in having a fun conversation with my husband as he sat across from me in my loft, we decided that it would be fun to have a line of crochet dishcloth patterns that resemble different cities and what they are known for. Cute, huh?

 Here’s what I wrote about Omaha

“This dishcloth is the first in a series of patterns related to cities. Cities, you ask? There are so many, why not name them for their beautiful scenery, land marks, or what they are known for. This pattern reminded me of sprawling miles of corn fields in the rural areas.”

What is it you love about Crochet? I’d love to “hear”.



Also, my daughter (up and coming crochet designer) and I have been crocheting up these fun dishcloths. No, the pattern is not mine, but I sure do love the design. The pattern is called Just Right and Big Time. It’s simply written, easy to memorize, and it’s FREE. Go grab it for yourself.

Pic from Just Right and BigTime on Ravelry

Favorite Patterns I’m Stalking
I have this thing lately with wanting to make some super cute amigurumi animals. You know, those cuddly, soft stuffed toys that will sit on your desk, or perch on the bookshelf? 

I have two favorites:

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Hedgehogs!! Super cute. Look at their little faces. This seems to be knit in one piece. In reading over the pattern there is NO sewing or grafting. You are picking up stitches along the way. The pattern is FREE here Their Ravelry page has more cute pics and details about the pattern. If you’re so inclined, they have even put together kits for the yarn on their website, whether you want the grey, blue or pink one. Or you may be like me and want all 3.  Yay Purl Soho!

The second pattern I’m stalking, OK, I bought it, is Girl Elephant in a frondy frock.

Pic From Little Cotton Rabbits Ravelry Page


Is she adorable or what! A little bit of fairaisle, seaming, and cute little details will make her sit oh so proudly on my desk. She’s knit in a DK weight yarn, and is a purchased pattern. You won’t be disappointed. When I downloaded the pattern, I was immediately impressed with Julie’s overall attention to detail.

I’m excited about my creative world, the various stitch patterns available and the ways in which I can take one of my own designs and create a totally different project.

Teasers
Like my newest, soon to be released, baby blanket. Here’s a peek… Details coming next month. One of my favorite dishcloth patterns, a few simple mad math skills, and some fantastic yarn [equals] success!

Like many of my favorite podcasters, I am participating in the monthly cross stitch pattern by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. It’s called Once Upon a Time Sampler.

Pic From The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery on Facebook


I haven’t been as good as I should (because I’m easily distracted) with completing each month as it’s emailed to me. But, here’s what I have so far. It’s called Once Upon a Time. I hope to have more to show you next month. I better anyway, we are into April! April! I better get busy…

This has been a fun episode. One doesn’t realized how much is going on until you attempt (I think I did pretty good) to remember all you’ve done. Maybe this is a lesson for the Diva–do episodes more often.

Giveaway

Let’s do a giveaway. How this works is you leave a comment here on the blog with your favorite part of my episode 2 (this one). Was it the enabling? Stalking? Teasers? Whatever you enjoyed, please leave it in the comments below. I will draw one winner on the on the 20th and announce it in the next episode. It will either be yarn or pattern or both! 

One final thing…if you haven’t already, please enter your email address (if you choose) in the subscribe to my mailing list box. It will be sent monthly, and always contain a coupon code.

So, until next time,

Knit On!
Deb