Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Monday, October 30, 2006
We dug out a bunch of card stock, some stamps, fancy scissors, and acrylic paint and went to town! E. always comes to me when she needs to do something crafty, just because she knows that I'll have supplies on hand, at any given time. Tee hee! We stamped cardstock, cut it out, and glued it to another piece of cardstock. E. hand-wrote all the details inside, and we added cute little bug stickers in each corner for a little something extra. All said I think we did about 15, the ones above are just a sample. I think they're adorable and Nannon's friends at school will love getting homeade invites.
I started off the day by heading to the grocery store for all the fixings to make Italian beef. I came right home and put it on to cook. The beef is at the stage now where it is starting to fall apart, and it smells wonderful!
After lunch my friend S. came over for a cup of coffee, and by the middle of the afternoon we were around the kitchen table flipping through craft books, sipping coffee, and enjoying the beautiful view out the kitchen window. My friend E. stopped in and the afternoon turned into a photo shoot for the finished Seraphina and my Symphony scarf.
E.'s daughter Nannon showed up after school, and I just had to take a picture of her cuz she was lookin' so punk-rock stylin". Her 10th birthday was Saturday, and she's a great kid. Happy Birthday Nannon!
I promise to put up project specs for Serafina and the scarf either tonight or tomorrow, but for now I'm getting back to the Italian beef, and after supper E. and I are going to make the invitations for Nannon's birthday party. Back to the fun!
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Not a bad first attempt, I think. It's definitely a stockinette tube. But it doesn't look so great in the places where you switch from one DPN to the next. And knitting in the round feels very awkward to me. I'll keep studying the tutorials and practicing.
I'd really like to learn more about making socks and their construction in general, and I think learning to knit them is a good first step. I'm gonna keep practicing on the DPNs and go from there.
Saturday, October 28, 2006
I love the printed fleece, and it was on sale, of course. I used the same fleece for the back of the blanket that I used for the pillow. They look so cute together on my bed, and the blankie is so warm to snuggle up with!
As I said yesterday, Mardi Gras is in full swing here, and I checked out the flea market uptown this morning. I only brought home a couple of cool finds, the budget is limited this year. By the way, I wore my Blue Beauty Sweater to stroll through the market, it is just warm enough here to show it off! That's it in the upper left corner.
I bought Black Cherry-scented and Blueberry Cobbler-scented candles, and a couple of cute wooden hand-painted signs. Some of these things will probably become Christmas presents.
Friday, October 27, 2006
After the girls went to their dad's, the boyfriend and I went to a little get-together at my friend M's. While I was there I made another fleece blanket, and this one is all for me. Yay! Pics tomorrow if I can find time among all the Mardi Gras excitement.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
(Whew! That wasn't as hard as I thought it would be!)
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
My sewing adventures have taught me that just because something looks easy doesn't mean it is. I've always been a natural at crochet, so I thought I would be quick to pick up sewing skills. Not so. Now I appreciate all the handsewn things I see on the net (on places such as Craftster) so much more.
We all have our own individual talents, be they sewing, crocheting, or glass-blowing. From here on out, I will do my best to accept compliments on my work more gracefully, without diminishing the time and effort put forth to produce the work. I think everyone should read Stephanie's message and pledge to do the same, no matter what kind of stuff you make.
P. S. Stephanie's lace wedding shawl is absolutely gorgeous, a work of knitting genius!
Monday, October 23, 2006
Sunday, October 22, 2006
I like the Rainbow Boucle, it works up into very pretty waves of colors. It doesn't frog well, however. Hopefully, no more swimming in the frog pond for Serafina!
Saturday, October 21, 2006
This morning I paid a total of 60 cents for the other three at two different yardsales. I know that Crochet For Today was a good find, I borrowed it from the library last summer, and never got around to making anything out of it before I returned it. Now I have my own copy, super cheap! The other two are just a leaflet and a holiday magazine from the 80's or something.
I picked up this fabric yesterday on sale at JoAnn's. (I love being a preferred member, you get great coupons and always know about the sales.) The frog print is about two yards of fleece, and the kitties are three yards of flannel for more pajama pants. The yarn is Sensations Margherite, on clearance of course. I have a couple of these in pink and blue in the stash, so I bought the purple to throw in with it. It's a very soft yarn, and pretty colors, too. Again, super cheap.
I love cheap stash-building. It makes me feel good, without being too hard on the old wallet. Christmas is coming up you know, must save for presents.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Blogger is being a butt. It took me all day to get this post up, and today is the 20th, not the 19th!
I've been working on these blankets for over a year now, really. I started on the yellow one last fall, and cut the green one to the same size at that time. I worked on the yellow one here and there, with the intent of giving the blankets to the girls for Christmas.
I didn't finish in time for Christmas. Not even close. I made it about half-way around the yellow one, and when Christmas passed, I stuffed them in a Rubbermaid tote, which I am prone to do with projects I am pissed off at. I pulled them back out last week and set to work finishing them up. It amazed me how quickly they went this time. (I'm pretty sure it has something to do with the fancy fabric scissors I bought on sale at JoAnn's.) I learned so much from the first blanket that I did the whole lime green blanket in two short evenings. Now that I've got the hang of it, I expect I'll be making quite a few more of these fringed blankets. These two Spongebob blankets will now fulfill their destiny under this year's Christmas tree, wrapped up for Kassi and Laynie.
Lest you think I have only tied together a couple blankies over the past week, I took this pic of all my other current projects. On the left are my Socktoberfest socks, they are growing bit by little bit. On the right is a scarf crocheted from Red Heart Symphony, I still need to fringe the other end.
And in the middle is a ball of JoAnn Sensations Rainbow Boucle and the pattern that I hand-copied from the Internet yesterday. It will become the Serafina Shawl, for a Christmas present. I spent a lot of time searching the Internet yesterday for just the right pattern, and this one came up again and again, so this one it shall be!
Sunday, October 15, 2006
I've started the second sock, so as soon as the kiddies are bathed and tucked in, the second sock and I will be curling up for some good ole, drama-filled, reality TV.
Saturday, October 14, 2006
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
The main culprit behind the lack of cleaning mojo? I'm blaming her:
The sock is moving along quickly, mostly because once I get going, I can't seem to put it down. It sucks me in, and all the cleaning nonsense no longer registers with my brain.
I've reached the split for the ankle, and I'm actually thinking about taking out a round or two, because I think I may have been so entranced by the sock that I went too far. I'm definitely going to need more yarn, which makes sense because crochet stitches use more yarn than knit stitches. I think this is why the sock seems to be thick to me. I've never actually seen a handknit sock in person (that I can remember, anyway), so I don't have much to compare to, but it seems thick to me. They will be warm, though, and I guess that's what counts.
So, the moral of the story is, don't say you're gonna clean when you know the sock is gonna take precedence. Honestly, did you really think I was gonna clean closets when it's Socktoberfest?! He, he, he.
The staff at Cardinal Glennon is exceptional, and everyone was very patient, kind, understanding, and most importantly, skillful. Thanks to their wonderful care, Laynie's infection has been lanced and drained, her fever is gone, and she feels much better. We came home last night, and she's been playing and resting on and off ever since. Thank you so much to everyone at Cardinal Glennon, for taking such good care of my baby, and sending us home as good as new.
Sunday, October 08, 2006
When I got up this morning I sent the girls to their dad's for a couple of hours, they haven't been seeing him much lately so it was kind of a treat for them. The treat for me? Getting to work on my sock some more. Here's where I'm at now:
By some kind of crocheting miracle, it fits. Yay! Of course, it may be more that I'm stubborn, and ripped out the damn thing over and over until it looked like it would fit, than a miracle of any sort. I'm happy either way. I love the way the colors are striping up so far, and it's going quickly now that I'm past the toe and on the foot part. I'm still convinced that I'm going to run out of yarn. I'll probably have to buy more, but if I can't find this particular kind, I'm sure I'll think of something creative. Maybe a solid pink or black for the afterthought heel and cuff. I'll cross that bridge when I get to it. For now, I'm off to keep working on the sock. This whole Socktober thing is addictive!
Saturday, October 07, 2006
I've spent the last couple of days researching crocheted socks (in between the closet-cleaning). I put together a list of some of what I found, for anyone else who might be interested in crocheting their Socktoberfest socks.
- Toe-Up Crocheted Socks- I've only looked through this pattern so far, but it seems to be very easy to adapt.
- Amanda's Weekly Zen- Scroll down to the Sept. 4th and 16th entries for some inspiration.
Crocheted Toe-Up Baby Socks- These are sooo cute! Great for using up leftovers.
Brown Shell Socks- These use more yarn than I have for my Socktoberfest socks.
- Hot Pink Crocheted Socks- These socks at Knitmodo and Crochetmodo don't have a pattern but they are great for inspiration.
- Many people have also suggested or mentioned the book Crocheted Socks! by Janet Rehfeldt and Mary Jane Wood. I checked it out at Amazon and it looks like it would be a good resource, but I can't really afford it right now. Eh, maybe someday.
I'm contemplating the notion of giving up Socktoberfest socks for myself. I'm afraid that my two 50g skeins of yarn won't be enough. I could make a pair of socks for each of the girls, though. Or, I could try to adapt some of the things I've found into a toe-up pattern of sorts and just crochet until I run out of yarn. I'm still deciding. I'm going to run out of time if I don't speed it up.
Thursday, October 05, 2006
See the flowerbed, in the left upperhand corner? That's where the stem of the plant is, but it just keeps getting bigger, and bigger, and longer, and now the flowers hang out of the bed. I'm afraid the guy who mows the grass is going to cut them off. Now that would be a tragedy, cuz these are some of the best looking flowers I've had all year long. And they match my soon to be socks perfectly.
Here's the yarn resting in the arms of Frankenstein (we've been hanging up our Halloween decorations). I thought this pic was appropriate since it is Socktoberfest, after all. It rather looks like ole Frankie has a secret plan to run away with my sock yarn!
I guess this would not be such a great travesty, because my progress thus far is nil. Zilch. Nada. I have managed to find one crocheted sock pattern so far that uses actual sock yarn rather than worsted weight. It's the In Your Shoes Ankle Socks pattern from Crochet Me. A nice-looking pattern, but I'm not sure it's what I'm looking for. I have rather large feet, see, and I want to make sure that those two little balls of pink goodness are going to make it through the whole pair of socks. And the instructions are not really clear on how to adjust the pattern for your size foot. It's one possibility, and I'm not giving up. I'll keep looking until I find just the right pattern, or figure out how to adjust this one. I'm fully dedicated to seeing this project all the way through, and to finishing on time. Let the games begin!
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
I'm going to clean out all of our old clothes, and rather than donate them or give them away, I'm going to organize them to be used for various crafty endeavors. Sure, I won't keep everything. But I have tons of ideas flying around in my head on ways to recycle old clothes and such. Why not channel that into Christmas presents, made from the heart and by hand?
This weekend I am going to do my best, with the time I have, to clean out and organize all these clothes that we really aren't wearing. I'll also try to take pictures of this wardrobe de-stash/crafty stash-up adventure, and post them for fun. This will be the hard part. The fun comes when I can pull everything back out, a little at a time, and create.
P.S. Since I figured out this whole button thing, I'm trying to update the look of my blog, or at least make it more colorful. I'm adding buttons under my link bar right now, so if you want to be included, contact me through the comments. Thanks!
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
I said I would post about Socktoberfest when I was done with the button, so here goes. I have never knit a pair of socks before, and I've only crocheted baby socks. I'm going to crochet myself my first pair of socks with some Moda Dea Sassy Stripes in a pink colorway hidden in the stash, but first I have to find the perfect pattern. I've been browsing the other SF participant's blogs to see who else crochets, but no luck yet. I'm also going to use up my sock yarn scraps to make preemie socks, and I'll add them to the hats I plan to donate.
Those are really my only goals for Socktoberfest, I have to think about Christmas presents right now, so I don't want to set my sights too high. I can't wait to have my own pair of handmade socks, though, so I'm excited to get started. Happy sock knitting (or crocheting!)
Ok, see that? The button works just fine there. But I can't seem to make it work on my side bar, and I definitely cannot figure out why. Oooooooh, so frustrating. I'm not a big fan of html. If anyone can help me figure this out, that would be so great. E-mail me, comment, any help would, well, be helpful. I'll post more about Socktoberfest when I get this figured out.