a WIP and a FO Wednesday!

Hello! I am coming out of the shadows to blog! It’s been crazy busy around here. I’m working on Spawnbeast’s party. I’m totally over-doing it, but it’s his first and I want amazing pictures to show him when he is older. Plus, I’m a whore for a good art project. Have no fear, I will share all the good stuff at a later date.

Today, I will share other fun stuff like a little sewing FO! Way long ago, I told you about my newest (and oldest) sewing machine. It’s a 1912 Singer “Sphinx” Treadle machine. I finally sat down and figured out how to make it run again! It took a whole day of grease, compressed air and hair-pulling frustration but I did it! I decided to do a mini project on it to see how well it sews actual things. One of my knitting friends posted on Facebook about buying a crayon case for her purse when she goes to a restaurant with her son. I thought it was a perfect project!

I dug through my fabric stash and found everything I need. Less than an hour of work and ta-da:

My machine did great, it got a little dicey with more than four layers of fabric but that’s to be expected. I finally got the hang of treadling but I do need to tighten the drive band. I even worked out the tension to the point where I’m pretty comfortable using this as my main machine.

In other news, I’m on the second Spawnbeast socks. The first one is finished and looks like it may fit the little guy by winter or spring. I’m lucky to get any stitches in these days. Along with Spawnbeast’s party, I’m swamped with Scentsy stuff which is a good thing, I love being busy, but man am I tired. It is go-time all the time.

This picture sums up my life right now. I’m jumping from pile to pile. I can’t wait for fall, I can relax and enjoy the weather. I’ll go on nice long walks, wear sweaters and obsess over all the pumpkin flavored things.

I can’t wait.




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WIP Wednesday 8/13/14

Knitting burns 88 calories an hour. I’m going to find some sequined short shorts and KNITTERISE!

Not really but now you have that visual stuck in your head.

In other knitting-related fodder: My new project bag is the bomb-diggity. I’m knitting some Spawn socks and the bag is perfect!

I’m stashing busting as usual. I’m making socks that Spawnbeast won’t fit into for a while. I’ll just tuck them away for when he’s big enough. I think I’ll even use them as *gasp* stocking stuffers.

I’m using two sock patterns as guides, but really I’m knitting by the seat of my pants.




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2014 Swap Package!

Yay!!! After looking at the box for almost a month, opening day is finally here! My swap partner is from Albany, New York! I got all sorts of fun stuff from her area and from her vaycays!

Opening the box:

The contents of box!:

Here is what is in the little baggies, pardon the Spawnbeast’s hand. He was excited for swap package too!

Close up of the Yarn! I also got a little beaded bracelet kit.

Close up of my new project bag. My swap partner knows me well: Now I have a pin to match my bumper sticker!

What is really funny, through post stalking, I think my swap partner and I were in the same part of Virginia around the same time! I didn’t even know there was a cultural museum in Staunton!

So awesome! Thank you Alissa!!!


My other Swap partner (the one I send a box to) is in the Bay area. I sent her some Mennonite Applebutter, little pouches that my aunt made with her Amish quilting friends, some roving from my Alpaca farmer friend, some Scentsy soap and a few other little things.

Great fun!!! I love swaps!



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I try to keep this blog upbeat but tonight’s news of Robin Williams’ passing just tugs at me. Instead of asking why and watching the media speculate, I’m doing this:

For people who are thinking about suicide, THIS IS A SIGN. THIS IS HELP. Here’s is a link to The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.


Life has it’s ups and downs and you will pull through this. If you need this message, reach out and get help. There’s no shame and ignore the shrinking stigma of getting mental health help. Be kind to yourself and you will see this through.

Hopefully, no one needs this message but I want to make sure people who do need it, can see it. Followers, hugs the people you love a little closer tonight.

Rest Easy, Robin.

May I present?

Today’s presentation went really well today!  Although, I am a little rusty on public speaking and could nitpick 900 things I could have done better, the attendees really seemed to enjoy themselves.

I brought some props along. A knitting show-and-tell:

The crowd! A few more people trickled in as I got started. It was a full house!

Dev took some action shots! I wore my Cini Cardigan because I felt like I needed to wear some hand-knits!

My presentation was about Sock knitting during the major US wars. I also added in some knitting history and anecdotes from my grandma. At the end, an impromptu knitting discussion happened. It was like a knitting group but only a few people brought their knitting. All the ladies were really nice and the president of my volunteer gig was very pleased with the turnout.

The Hus/Spawnbeast came along to help set up the projector and screen. During my actual presentation, they took a walk to the local car show. A good day was had by all. Now that I’m finished researching and preparing for this, I can focus on Spawnbeast’s birthday party. My craft room has exploded into one giant art project. More on that soon enough…

In other news, on Tuesday, I will have a swap package to open! I’ve stared at the box for almost a month now; I’m so glad opening day is almost here!




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Guys, I wasn’t going to mention this until after it was over but my plans changed when I MADE IT ONTO KNITTYBLOG!

I’m the fourth link down. I’m nervous. I’m excited. I’m nervous. I’m excited.

For those who hate when I post links, here’s the Press release:

“Visitors will have the chance to spend a Sunday afternoon learning about the history of knitting at the Dewees Museum on Aug. 10.

Manni McNeil, a young mother with a background in radio broadcasting and social media, is one of the Historical Society of Trappe, Collegeville, Perkiomen Valley, Inc.’s enthusiastic and enterprising new volunteers. She is a life-long crafter who knits, spins and sews and, in addition to telling about the History of Knitting, will tell you about how her grandma tricked her into knitting and how her mother and grandmother are genealogists who instilled in her an interest in history.

The hour-long presentation will begin at 1:30 p.m. and will be followed by light refreshments and free time to tour the Dewees Museum.

This Tea-at-the-Tavern program is free , but donations will be appreciated to help maintain the two historical sites. RSVPs will help volunteers plan ahead, but are not required. Please leave a message at 610-489-7560.

The Dewees Museum is located at 301 W. Main Street in Trappe. The Henry Muhlenberg House, just down the street at 201 W. Main Street, will also be open for tours.

The two sites are maintained by The Historical Society of Trappe, Collegeville, Perkiomen Valley. Visit their website for updates on scheduled events and recent happenings at trappehistoricalsociety.org.”

I’m nervous. I’m excited. I’m nervous. I’m excited.



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Checking in with a brief announcement!

Hello! I haven’t been around much lately. Over the past week or so, the plague has hit our house and I had some (read sarcasm) *really* fun dental work done. Fear not, I have been crafty out the wah-zoo. Husbeast and I even took some time to have a lunch date. We both got crabs and sweet bibs:

The garden is in full overdrive. I’m making fridge pickles, zucchini bread and tomato salad as fast as I can turn it out. I’m also knitting up a storm for Spawnbeast’s upcoming birthday. Which leads me to my announcement…

I’m going to have to take a short break from blogging. I have this vision of a kick-ass, mostly DIY party and I need to focus on it. We also have a few projects to finish on the house and it’s a busy time of year for my Scentsy gig.  Have no fear, I will pop in from time to time. All my birthday craftiness will be revealed in a later post. I will not disappoint you!! If you really need a Crafty Yuppie fix, I will also pop onto my facebook and twitter pages occasionally.



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