Wednesday, December 31, 2008
As the year winds up and I look at what things we have done as a family and me personally.
I hope that friends (cyber and IRL) and family have a happy healthy new year.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
My latest gifts.....
The Caroline Bag a Christmas present for my mother. She likes pockets so I lined the bag and added a bunch of pockets to the inside.
The Felted Clogs Are for my mother-in-law. I took this picture before I sewed the suede bottoms on. After I sewed them on I wrapped them up and forgot to take a picture of the finished project.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Between loads of laundry yesterday I was able to fit in a baby quilt. It is actually more crib size. I fell in love with the fabric when I saw it put together at my local quilt shop. After the top was put together a couple of months ago I wasn't as in love with it as I wanted to be.
My dh informed me last week that his office was going to have a baby shower for one of his co-workers. I pulled out the top dug through the stash for batting and a back. " ta-daa" a very cheery, sunny, bright baby quilt.
I most excited because I didn't have to make any trips to the store to finish it. thank heavens for the fabric stash.
Monday, December 1, 2008
It didn't make it to the Charity Knit Night at TempeYarn and Fiber like I wanted to. I did take in a bunch of hats for the donation box.
My new favorite hat pattern is the Boy Hat. I'm not the fastest knitter so this is good for me.
Not pictured were two crocheted preemie hats. This charity knitting is in part due to the Year-Long Gift-A-long group on Ravelry. The Quarterly Challenge was to pick a Charity and knit for it. I chose a local chapter of Project Linus, and wanted to focus on items for preemies. There was a need for bigger items as well. I find the charity knitting to lift my spirits when I am down, and resolve to always have something on the needles for a charity.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
It isn't very easy to find 100% wool sweaters in the thrift stores of Arizona. I imagine most people who live here are like me, they found a sweater the liked years ago and because it only gets cold enough here one or two months a year to actually wear a sweater...the sweaters hardly get used and last forever.
I did find a little gem of a sweater. A jCrew brand Cotton/ Cashmere/nylon blend. All the seams were sewn not serged, and picking the seams apart was a real dream have all but the back frogged washed and skeined up. I have an urge to knit a hat and scarf combo out of this soft stuff. Now I just need some time
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Top L: Frosty Morning Fingerless Gloves for my niece; R- Magical Fingerless Mitts from Sheknits.com. for #2 son
Bottom L: Cabled Footies from the book One Skein ;R- Men's Toe-up Work Sock with a Twist for my dad.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Toe-up Work Sock With a Twist from the Unique Sheep Ram Sock Club. A lot of firsts for me.
- first sock club
- first toe-up sock
- first short row toe
- loving the yarn and pattern its what is distracting my from....
Hemlock Ring #2 pattern by Jared Flood aka Brooklyn Tweed.
It is the second time I have knit this blanket.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Coggietm totally rocks as a swap partner. My goodies include: Lovely Hand dyed Alpaca with a Twist Fino Lace yarn (dyed in my favorite colors by Coggie herself) with beads and a pattern for the snowdrop shawl. An “I knit” mirrored compact, coffee, a yummy desert mix, a sock blocker key chain and some hilarious postcards. She wisely chose to not send chocolates, being that it is still almost 100 degrees outside they would have melted all over the place.
this was a wonderful surprise to come home to . Thank you Coggietm
Almost forgot. She also sent me a Ravelry button personalized with my favorite ravatar
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Today is the 7th anniversary of the 9/11 plane hijackings, which ended by jets crashing into the World trade Center , Pentagon building and a field in Pennsylvania and the deaths of many people. I play over in my head the happenings of that morning, what I was doing where we were going, and feeling like I just wanted to gather my kids around me and hold them tight.
What learned from this event and has been reaffirmed to me on various occasions is that life does go on, and it is up to me to carry on.
Other things I learned:
*Hug my family members everyday, tell them I love them. Following those words up with actions that also show that I care about them
*Honor those I have known and loved, who have passed away, through my actions in how I treat others, volunteer for activities I know that they would have supported
*Have fun! Find joy and beauty in every day and little things.
*Sometimes it is better to play with your kids than it is to have a perfectly clean house.
*Turn the television off.
Today while I go about my activities I will think about those events that happened seven years ago. I will pray for the families of those who lost loved ones that day, and I will carry on.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Most days Sharon (aka She-Knits) starts the thread with a thought, quote or question. For Monday Sept 8th these are the questions she posted
Is there something you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you
Or you can take the lightweight question,
If you could keep your
own brain but experience what it is like to be someone else for a day who would
It was easy to answer the first question. The second on was a little more difficult. I tend to empathize with other, my friends and family , a little to easily. When they are having problems and trials , my heart aches for them. I know I don't have the strength to be any of them for a day. The quick answer to this question is my 4yo dd. She is full of joy, wonderment and unconditional love. She is a fun kid, and makes me laugh all day. I would like to be her and see how she does it. I need a little more joy , wonderment and ability to love uncondtionally. This question is one I need to think about a little more today
I had hopes of posting projects today but got a little behind in my schedule. Maybe later.
Monday, September 1, 2008
The idea is to put everything in a fishbowl and pour in blue colored gelatin. There is a note in the silver tin with a poem in it asking her to the dance. He wrote another poem that tells her to dig to the bottom of the deep blue see to find the treasure, I think we are going to wrap that poem around the large red gem looking peice of glass seen in the picture.
This is the third time I have tried to get this set up to work. So far everything is staying on the bottom...now I am just waiting to see if the gelatin will set up. If it doesn't work this time......He's gotta do something else.
Friday, August 29, 2008
2. I can show pictures to the blog. It does not ask me for 10 replicas of the project for all of its little friends.
3. I am learning new things about the blog. Ways to make it pretty. How to organize it and how to share.
4. I feel accountable for what I say or type on the blog. Prjects started and shared on the blog must be finished eventually.
I really like the blog. I have kind of learned to post links correctly, add buttons, and gadgets. For now though I will keep the blog simple.
On the needles today: I am obsessing about making a throw for my brother's mother-in-law. The obsession comes from buying the yarn several months ago.....and now not being able to find it. I hate it whan that happens. I was going to make her a Hemlock Ring Blanket by Jared Flood, from some lovely alpaca blend yarn. I really want to find that yarn..arrrgh!
I am going to look a little more and if I can't find it I will settle down with my Monkey socks
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
The yarn is Knitivity Down Home Art Yarns sock yarn
Also onthe needle is the beggining of a blanket for the Stitch it Podcast Listeners' Charity Blanket Group-West Coast. The theme for this blanket is Falling Leaves/ Autumn. I am using Vanna's Choice in Dusty Green the stitch pattern is a cable called leaves and vines and is addapted from a wash cloth pattern.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Socks to be posted later
Monday, August 25, 2008
On a recent podcast Shirrell had mentioned the New Year podcast by Brenda Dayne for which the theme was "Start as you mean to go on." I think of this saying on those days when things don't start out right. You know what I mean. Those days when everyone gets up late, they're crabby,and moving s-o-o-o s-l-o-o-w , I usually end up these mornings in psycho-mom mode. After I get the kids off to school and have a few moments to breathe, I know that I should have approached this day better. "starting as I mean to go" is becoming my daily mantra
I may not post frequently and participles might possibly be dangling all over the place. Knitters are forgiving people.
next post: If I can figure my way around the program pictures will be posted and more info on life in the Valley of the Sun