Friday, January 28, 2011

Friday Fill Ins - 2011 Wk 3

1. Up to someone else to decide on dinner.

2. Thankfully I am too old for the Bieber fever that is going around.

3. Coats and scarves, mittens and boots: I can knit two of the four.

4. Next Thursday I will get a nice back rub.

5. I'm thinking about how great today is going to be.

6. My fabric stash will be turned into some wonderful little items.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to moving furniture out of one room, tomorrow my plans include moving furniture into another room and Sunday, I want to cut fabric and knit!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

My New Love Affairs

In late November, I found love online.  Actually I found it sitting watching television, but we hooked up via online activities, specifically QVC.  I cannot tell you how I felt the day he arrived on my door step.  It was an early Christmas gift and ever since, I have just fallen more and more in love with Keurig.

With him are the brand new K-cup carousel and my new favorite travel mug that holds the perfect amount of coffee!

I also started another love affair last week. I'm a slut, I admit it.  I am okay with that.  I have several lovers.  He arrived on Tuesday evening and I got a chance to take him for a ride on Wednesday and then again on Thursday.  He is quite smooth and is will to take things slow.  I am taking classes starting this Tuesday so that I can give him the proper attention he deserves.  He too came from online distractions shopping, at HSN.  I present Singer (we are planning a naming ceremony in a few weeks for both boys).

Friday, January 21, 2011

Friday Fill Ins - 2011 Wk3

1. So many of us complain way too much.

2. Patience even in hardship.

3. Those who are accepting of me the way I am are my true friends.

4. My knitting is waiting quietly.

5. Light is in both the day and night.

6. Disorder of all that is ordinary.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to cleaning, tomorrow my plans include shopping and Sunday, I want to watch DVR & knit!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Friday Fill Ins - 2011 Wk 2

1. Right now I need to start working.

2. French Vanilla coffee with Pepppermint Mocha creamer is what's in my glass.

3. A copy of this letter will be put in your official file.

4. Pie is best with a spoon.

5. The best movie I've seen lately is non existent!  I have not seen anything lately.

6. Crocheting is a like; Knitting is a love.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to knitting, tomorrow my plans include knitting with a friend and Sunday, I want to knit and watch DVR!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Knotebook, The Binding Machine and an Elegant Monster

I thought I would stop in and let you know that I am going to be using Knitting Knotebook to post my fabulous projects!  I kind of forgot about it and the other day was taking a look at my dashboard and thought "hmm...that is the best place, especially if you want to use this space for every day type of writing."  So, head on over there.  There's something new!

I have been receiving many fluffy packages since Friday.  First, Friday I received my package with a new sweater/vest combo, that was promptly returned on Saturday :(.  Just didn't look right on me.  I did keep a set of Penguins onesies though for my little reborns.  So darn cute!  Then I came home and my new shoes were here!  I got the cutest pair of Croc heels.  My friends could not believe they were Crocs.  Then on Monday, my beautiful new binding machine arrived.
But, alas there were no supplies to test him out with!  I did punch a few scrap pieces of paper though and that got me through.  Then on Tuesday, the supplies arrived along with my Fashion Bug order.  I promptly had to return some pants from that order...gah they were ugly.  Right now I am just waiting on another clothes order and in February I should be receiving my game used ice sculpture from the boards used during the Winter Classic.  Yes, I did purchase used glass from a hockey game.  I am a dork like that.

I continue to come out of the bathroom each morning and find this waiting for me...

Here he is laying with Luella, my new Mommy sewn black doll I got for Christmas.  Now he just stares at me until I get up and then as soon as I am over the threshold, he is snuggled in.  Poor guy acts like an old man in the evenings.

Well that is all for now.  I will leave you with a photo of one of my favorite scenes in my bedroom.  My dancer doll, my Olivia the Elegant Monster (thanks sis!) and my scent bat (whose scent has caused extreme eye allergy reactions).

Monday, January 10, 2011

FP 2: Stashed Away

Finished Project: Stashed Away
Craft: Knitting
Date Began: January 2, 2010
Date Finished: January 5, 2010
Yarn: Sugar 'n Cream - Sage
Needles: US 10

I wanted to get an early start on Christmas gifts for 2011 and I knew that I really wanted to make this basket for a dear friend and fill it with lots of little goodies.

I didn't read the pattern all the way through and went to start and realized I needed to knit with three strands! Really three strands?  And only on a size 10 needle?  With 100% unforgiving cotton?  Are you sure?  Yes, yes I am sure.  So off I went to wind balls from my brand new fresh cone.  That was fun.  Note to those of you wanting to do this...just buy three or four balls and knit from that.  I am sure it will be much easier.  I wound and wound my way and finally was able to get started. 

The pattern is really easy and is only a four row repeat.  To get the required 2 1/2", I needed to complete two and one half repeats.  The four sides looked kind of small and I thought, well it will still be a cute basket. 

Once I started the bottom of the basket, I thought that the whole thing was going to be one big wonky mess.  The bottom seemed huge and the sides seemed tiny.  How was this ever going to come together?  But together it came.  Once I seamed all the sides together I found out the basket was going to be much larger than I anticipated.  Oh well, more stuff to fill it with!  It needs a bit of blocking (I am just looking for the right shape to fit in there to block it around), but I am super pleased with it and I think that the recipient might just like it.

Friday, January 07, 2011

Friday Fill Ins - 2011 Wk 1

1. It's 2011; I have five personal goals.

2. I love to crunch on pickles.

3. Thankfully I have my family.

4. Memories, some of the best things in life.

5. I am so moody.

6. I would love a bowl cherries.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to DVR, tomorrow my plans include knitting and Sunday, I want to watch hockey!

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Ringing in 2011

If you didn't see it (because I know you are all watching my blog every minute of the day!), there is a new project post below. 

I rang in 2011 in three of four time zones.  Sorry, Pacific, I just couldn't stay up another hour.  I barely held out for MST, but I was determined to meet the new year this year.  I got a New Year's kiss from Elliott, of course I had to wake him up to get it, but he was more than willing (I put on some lemon lip balm and he was good to go).  I waited in anticipation of the Winter Classic all day, watched hours upon hours of coverage and then when it was all said and done, I was depressed and comforted myself with Dill Pickle dip and chips.  Happy New Year.  So much hype and my Penguins just looked like their game had slowed down and they just were not connecting on passes and some unlucky bounces.  They will recover and I am looking forward to another great Stanley Cup run from then.  It is good to have Jordan Staal back in the lineup.  Go Pens!

I have a list of goals this year, and I am ready to add another one.  I think it is high time I push my sister into the blogging world.  I think everyone would love to see her crafts and here all about how she makes stuff and what she is doing!  I must plan my attack and get her to surrender!

This is what I find every morning when I come out of the bathroom.  Cooper waits and waits until I finally get up and then he runs for the warmth of the bed and just makes himself at home.  Such a cutie.

And here is my New Year's kisser...
I had a fairly productive few days off.  I was able to set up my craft area and seriously decrease the movable area of my little living room, but it is worth it to have an area to do a variety of things.  I spoiled myself and got the OmniGrid folding station I have been wanting.  I got the extra large one and I got such a sweet deal!  Here it is partly covered by my 2011 project books!  And just to show you how many projects I will never get to, there is a thickness shot too.

Just so you know, they are separated by project progress sheets.  I am such a nerd.  It is what makes me me.

The day is winding down and it is time to get ready for work and get some things picked up and put away.  I am looking forward to a great and productive 2011!  I wish the same for all of you.

P1: Death By Knitting

Finished Project: Death By Knitting
Craft: Embroidery
Date Began: January 1, 2011
Date Completed: January 2, 2011
Pattern Source: Urban Threads

I started this on New Year's Day with every intention of finishing it during the Winter Classic.  I think I was too bummed out to finish it and decided to wallow in my sorrow by eating chips and dip.  Since I didn't want to get it dirty, I pushed it off and finished it after today's unintended nap.

I used a white canvas bag (pack of three from Joann Fabric & Crafts), took one of my most favorite designs from Urban Threads, and applied it using the iron/laser printer technique (and OMG it worked!  I could have made it a touch darker...if that was even possible) and then using some DMC floss, got started (sorry I don't have the floss numbers, I am a bad crafter and discarded all the labels without writing down any of the numbers!  I have a whole box full of unlabeled floss!).  I wanted to do something a little edgy for my friend Angie.  She is going to start knitting soon and I wanted her to be set in style.  I don't know too many knitters in my area, let alone any who would appreciate a skull as much as I would, but I think Angie will dig it.

It is stocked full of yarny goodness, a little reference guide I put together and some notions in a cute little knitted pouch.  I love to give my "students" a little goody bag to get them excited about the craft.