Monday, January 20, 2014

Winter Projects for the Winter Blahs

Lake Michigan 


I hear rumors of very cold temperatures and more snow....

I hate to admit it, but it is not even February and I am already thinking of spring. It is going to be a long haul if I don't get a better attitude.
Hobby Farms had an article that shared 7 ideas for beating the winter blahs

*Purge-get organized
*Rekindle-finish projects
*Connect-draw inspiration and learn from farmers
*Expose-expose yourself to new perspectives
*Pamper-give your body some TLC
*Play-put some fun into your day
*Dream-Fresh ideas

http://www.hobbyfarms.com/crafts-and-nature/beat-winter-blahs-7-tips.aspx


From that list, I have been putting together a list of projects to work on to get through the long winter days ahead.

Knitting: Great winter project-I just need to move on from scarves and dishcloths. I get caught in my comfort zone and have a hard time moving forward. On to more challenging things. Any ideas for a novice knitter?

Hand Spinning- My wheel has been dusted off and has been in use quite a bit this winter. I am still working on the Tunis Roving, Mike processed for me. It is getting a little easier. My goal is to spin the yarn, dye the yarn, knit the yarn. I am thinking, maybe a hat for Mike. He would appreciate it, even with all of the mistakes it is bound to have.

Soap Making: I am getting ready to make my second batch. I am down to three bars from the first batch. I just need to remember to add more lemongrass this time.

My house could use some organizing, Sheep registrations could get filled out, we'll see.... 

How are you beating the winter blahs?? 



15 comments:

  1. I hear ya! I am so ready for spring. Our weather has been in a holding pattern of cloudy days, no rain no sun no anything, for weeks now. It's very monotonous. To combat the blahs I have been trying my hand at watercolor painting with so-so success. lol

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    1. That sounds like a good plan! I can't draw a straight line, so I really appreciate the work of others :)

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  2. Actually trying to get outside more to view what's going on down by the pond, out in the pasture, etc... If you can't beat it kind of mentality right now! :)

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    1. Good Idea Nancy, I went for a walk in the woods today, figured might as well enjoy it! Colder weather is coming and we will be stuck in the house soon enough :)

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  3. It is really hard this time of year. Winter just keeps stretching on and on! We are working on planning our garden and upcoming additions to the homestead, and that really helps. Just something to look forward to helps get us through the cold days!

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    1. We are making plans for the Spring too. It does help to plan ahead, it will be here sooner than we think!!

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  4. I'm not much of a knitter, but I like the results. How about trying a pair of two needle tube socks? Or two needle mittens. I have a hard time with circular needles, can ya tell?

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    1. Thank you for stopping by! I appreciate the suggestions.
      Socks have been on my to do list for a long time, they just look so intimidating!

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  5. I started working on a quilt. I've pulled 2 twelve hr shifts on it the past couple of days, plus some time before that and the top is still only half done! It's a good way to take up a lot of time...

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  6. I don't like winter. But I have been working on adding some layers to the garden - it keeps me focused on spring, and makes me happy to be repurposing old newpapers and wood chips.

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  7. I really do cherish an excuse to work indoors. I love your list.

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  8. Great list! I'm doing a lot of knitting too, simple stuff because that's all I can fit into my life right now! (Bet your yarn is better than the stuff I have! :) Also reading, garden planning, and getting started early on quilts for Christmas gifts.

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  9. The winter blues are always a problem with me too. Can't wait until I see those spring flowers popping up. You have some great suggestions. Thanks for sharing. Visiting from Tuesday With a Twist link up! Have a healthy day!

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  10. I like winter. It's the heat and humidity of summer I find hard to tolerate. It would be cooler if we lived closer to the ocean (I like your photo). Now, I'm dreaming! :-) I like your list. It looks very doable. Good luck with your next batch of soap.

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    1. The picture is Lake Michigan in the Upper Peninsula (its really cold there :)
      Our favorite vacation spot!

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