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Getting Back in the Saddle

Whew!  I’ve been gone quite some time…I felt like I had nothing to post for the longest time, and then I just got out of the habit


I’m ready to get back in the saddle, metaphorically speaking of course.

Anywho, I’ve decided to mainly focus this blog on my crafting endeavors, with the occasional book review, cooking tidbit, or Goodwill discovery making its way on here.

Now on to exciting news!  On the 6th I participated in my first craft show!!!


It was very cold in the building hence me being all bundled up.  As you can see, I have some lovely wares for sale including knitted wrist warmers, jewelry, and adorable holiday aprons.

Sadly I sold nothing.


I do have a few bright sides.

  1. People said they liked my work.
  2. People weren’t in a buying mood.  No vendors really sold much.
  3. I DID IT!

I think the last one is most important.  I am really good at a few things, but I feel I truly excel at procrastinating.  Why do today what I can put off til tomorrow?

And yes, I did sign up for this show two weeks before it happened so I have a ton of material leftover to make even more holiday aprons, but I now have actual stock to put in an Etsy shop.  So be on the lookout for lifeisjustduckie on Etsy to fill all your holiday apron needs.


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The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief



A few weeks ago I knit The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief.  I bit the bullet and joined Ravelry just for this pattern.  After I saw Pinko Knitter’s version of this scarf, I had to have it.

Luckily I had some lovely yarn in my stash to use!  My Mom bought three balls of this yarn for me two Christmas’s ago…it started out as a sweater but I didn’t like it so I ripped it out.

One ball worked up perfectly for this project which was wonderful.  This scarf worked up super-quick.  I mean like a week, week and a half, tops.  This pattern was also really portable, which helped me finish it.  I have quite a few projects on needles that are just too big for me to lug around, so I’ve lost interest in them, being able to stuff this project in a small bag was really convenient for me.  I will definitely knit this pattern again, it was so fun!

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Obligatory New Year Post

It has been freezing cold for the past few days and keeping my laptop actually on my lap is quite wonderful!  I’m hoping we’ll get a blizzard soon to make up for the lower than usual temperatures, but I’m not holding my breath.

As a new year starts everyone jumps on some bandwagon or another.  I thought of a few to join and wanted to share them…that way when I fall off (or am tempted)  I have it in writing typing that I should stay the course.

My New Year’s “Resolutions”

  • Not buy new clothes (socks and underwear don’t count)
  • Start blogging regularly (twice a month at least)
  • Sell one item a month that I have made

So far I haven’t bought any new clothes, but it’s only Day 8 and I’ve only been to the Goodwill once.

This is the first post of the new year so I haven’t fallen off there either.

And I still have three weeks til the end of January, so I’m doing good on all fronts.

On a side note I managed to do last-minute Christmas knitting, as in on Christmas knitting, and finished wrist-warmers for my brother and sister.  I didn’t manage to get a picture before they left for school but hopefully I’ll get one soon.  I haven’t completed other projects in a while, but hopefully I’ll be able to finish something soon.

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Lace Panel Pullover

IMAG0268 by lifeisjustduckie
IMAG0268, a photo by lifeisjustduckie on Flickr.


Here’s the start of my newest sweater.  My Mom got me this yarn for Christmas and it has just been sitting in my stash taking up space.  I hope to power through the rest of the sweater in about a month, I think any sooner is pretty unreasonable for me haha.  I found the pattern in the latest Love of Knitting magazine, it has thumb holes in the sleeves!  Which is why I chose to knit this sweater in the first place…

I also got to go explore The Needlecraft Barn, our local yarn shop, in Morgantown this past Saturday and it was awesome!  The Needlecraft Barn is packed from top to bottom with all things related to needle work, from embroidery to knitting to cross stitch,  I had a really great time there and hope to go back soon.

In other news, I’ve started learning how to ride horses, something I’ve wanted to do since I was little.  One thing I didn’t realize was how many muscles a person has in their body that they never use…I didn’t know about the muscles in my legs until it hurt to sit down haha.  So far, apart from the soreness, it’s actually going pretty well.  Apparently I’m not half bad at it, and I haven’t fallen off yet *knocks on wood*

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“Our birthdays …

“Our birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time.” Jean Paul Richter

Yup, it’s my birthday.  I turned 23 today at 4:04pm, that’s right I get serious about this stuff haha.  I just like being precise in these things.  I found that quote in one of my Tea Time magazines and thought it was adorable!  About turning 23, I don’t feel any different…maybe by tomorrow I’ll feel strange but probably not.  After all it’s just another year, 365 days.  It was fun to log on to facebook and see my page flooded with birthday wishes, and it was even better getting texts from the few people who actually know when my birthday is haha.  My wonderful parents sent me flowers this morning and they smell delicious!

Some people would say I need to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of turning 21…but I’m ok with being 23.

Well, I’m off to make a cup of tea, then to cast on and knit a swatch for a sweater.  I need to figure out how many more balls of yarn I need.

Yup, I’m ok with being 23.

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