Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Hexaourney

I have embarked on a new journey.  It all started when I was looking for something other than granny squares to make and I stumbled upon the thought of making hexagons.  After searching for a pattern, my darling sister directed me to Attic24's wonderful tutorial and before I knew it I had the pattern memorized.  I am using my cotton scrap yarns in the variegated colors first.  Currently I have 25 hexies completed and I still have a little bit of scrap yarn to use up.  I will have to make a decision about what to do after I have used my scraps.  I have qutie a stash of cotton yarn, both in variegated and solid colors, so I don't fear running out.  But, if I should run out, well I may have to make a gigantic order!  How much fun would that be?!?
I am doing singlets that I will stitch together later, rather than joining as I go.  I am probably one of the only people who loves finishing work!  I love to sew by hand, so the thought of joining all these hexagons is quite appealing to me.  Strage, I know.

So, I settled in this afternoon and measured a handmade quilt that I have to get a rough estimate of what size I am looking to make this hexaghan and utilizing those math skills we thought were ridiculous and a waste of time, I have determined that my target grand total will be 160 hexagons!  I was expecting to have to make WAY more than that.  I am giving myself another week of doing some "fun" stuff before I have to start supplementing with gift crafting.

Here are a few photos of what I have done right now...

And so it began with one of my favorite colorway, Raspberry Swirl

After one evening and one day off

They blend rather well with my quilt, no?

The Leaning Tower of Hexies...I love that my parents are looking on in the background!

And the tower fell...

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Warning: This Post Contains Photos!

I would really love to say that “I can’t believe it has been so long since I have last written”, but in honesty I can’t say that. I realize it has been a long time and I feel guilty about it. But, you didn’t miss a thing! I basically checked out the entire month of July. All the steam I had going into May and June fizzled somewhere around the 4th of July! I finished one book in July! One (1) O-N-E, One! That is beyond disappointing. I didn’t do any studying. And today I paid the ultimate price. I quickly read my final chapter and when I took the test, I miss checked a box and instead of my perfect score, I got a 95%! I am a bit devastated by that. I am vowing to put in the full effort from here on out!

I let my crafting slack as well. I was able to get two projects completed in July, the Princess & the Pea from Itty Bitty Toys and a secret present for my dear sister. I almost eeked out another, but alas it was not meant to be and Orion the Snake clocked in August 2nd.

I got some much needed cleaning done though. For the last few weeks I have been working on getting rid of some stuff, destashing and just cleaning up. My bathroom is done and I am super happy with how it looks. I also rearranged and cleaned up my tiny living room and it is the most relaxing and enjoyable place to be and today I finally just cleaned up the bedroom and the whole package is very enjoyable right now. I was even able to get some crafting in and work up a dishcloth and an itty bitty cloth for a swap I am in.

Work is well work. What is there really to say about it? I have good days, I have slow and long days, and I have frustrating days. Usually the frustrating and slow and long days go hand in hand.

The boys had a spa day last Wednesday. I think I was more happy for them than they were. They were good and they look awesome! We have had some thunderstorms the last few days and Cooper is beside himself with worry. Surprising he seemed less afflicted on Friday when we had an all out storm. The winds hit such speeds as to break a long standing pine tree in half and take down a power line in the next block. We were without power for about an hour and a half and that is a long time for us. It was odd, there was nothing that we could do. After about an hour, I went to check to see how far reaching the outage was. As soon as I got into the alleyway, I could tell it was close and not as far reaching as I had thought, or was it hoped? Anyways, all ended up fine, except for the poor people’s fence and shed.

In just a few short weeks the kids will be heading back to school. How jealous I am sometimes. There are times where I wish I could do it all over again and make different choices. I am fairly happy with my life as it is, but there are some things I would change. Specifically I would change my course of studies in college. I would have been more focused and chosen a much more direct course of study than leaving it so open ended.

I am making changes in my life. It is slow, but I think that I am on the right track and in a year I hope to look back and see a definite difference. But, life is good and I am happy.

I will leave you with a few photos…

Dear sweet Emmaline waiting for the computer

The Princess and the Pea ensemble

Orion, the seemingly orangish snake


Elliott (ignore the socks on the floor, this is an old pic)

Oh, my how did that get in here?