Monday, March 31, 2008
I found this Samsonite suit case at the thrift store in perfect condition. No rips and it didn't even smell old on the inside. I used some scrapbooking paper and decoupaged it to the outside. My decoupage stills could improve but I think it was more my medium. I had found a couple items at the thrift store to include (sombrero, prairie dress, tie, scarves) and asked Joy #1 to go through her stuff to find things to add. I think it turned out well. I also found a picture of the cousins playing dress up at Gran & Papa's house and put it inside her case to inspire her.
And while visiting yesterday I finished an embroidery that will be gifting and about 5 inches on the french press cozy. This is out of the Doodle Stitching book and can be bought separately here. I enjoyed working on it. Now I have to figure out how to frame it.
Friday, March 28, 2008
Gracie thought I was setting up the camera for her. So, I tried a second time.
My mouth looks funny and I am trying to stay straight because she is nudging me in the back. Like I was stealing her shot. I was running out of time before I needed to leave so I gave up. I leave you with the dark, first shot.
Onto the sleeves.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
- Take Joy #2 fishing (and beg/bribe Joy #1 to come along)
- Picnic dinner by the river (Missouri)
- Start herb garden and plant hollyhocks
- Walks in the evening
- Candlelight snack at dark and watch the stars (if you have seen Stardust something similar to when Tristan & Victoria are looking at the stars)
- Schools out party in our backyard for the neighborhood kids
- Build cardboard castle in the yard
Someday these will be in my yard
Monday, March 24, 2008
I did manage to finish my socks this weekend. I love them and can't wait to start another pair. I don't have any sock yarn in the stash so it will be a little while. I am holding off buying more so I will finish my sweater. I am happy to report that I have 12 more rows of the body and then onto the sleeves. I don't want to be tempted not to finish this sweater by lovely sock yarn. There will be plenty of time to knit socks when the weather warms up. For now it is still sweater knitting weather and that isn't going to last much longer.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend too!
Monday, March 17, 2008
I am 60% into the testing stage of the scientific experiment. Sock one is complete and I am ready to turn the heel of sock #2. The testing is not completed but I think at this point I can analyze the data and draw a conclusion. (are you impressed that I remember 5th grade science?)
The yarn is a dream to knit with. Not only is it beautifully dyed but it is great yarn to begin with! The Monkey pattern is fun too. It is easily memorized and is not so complex that I have to think while knitting these. I believe my hypothesis will prove correct! As long as I knit with great yarn, matched with a fun pattern I should be able to continue sock knitting. It will take some time to fill my drawers with hand knit socks but now I know it is a possibility.
Sadly, since I can't put the sock knitting down and have little free time to knit everyday the cardigan has been ignored. Here is a poor picture of it but at least it will give you an idea as to the work in progress.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
The whole of my kitchen has been transformed into cardboard haven. And I do mean the whole! The pictures were taken from the doorway. The only way to move about the kitchen is in and out through the passages. So I did what any good mother would do. I took a picture and then demolished the part that was standing between me and the coffee pot.
This is what happens when your the first one to bed.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
On Easter weekend our congregation's youth will be participating in Leadership Training for Christ (LTC). LTC is a year long program that focuses our kids on a particular book of the Bible and a theme from that book. This year the book is 1st Samuel and the theme is Here I Am. Every year comes with it's challenges but we prevail in the end meeting the deadlines and the kids performing their parts wonderfully. The backstage stuff can be ugly but the performances always shine. I believe that most of our kids are procrastinators and shine under pressure. :)
Middle School Banner
My part in LTC, besides making sure my kids are getting their projects done, is banner and Bible Quiz coordinator. I am happy to say that the banners are 90% done! The rest are finishing work that I have to do. There are only 2 this year but each group designed and executed their projects efficiently. We only met twice and the first meeting was just about design. I am very proud of their efforts. I did very little in helping them. Basically, bought the material and supervised. I am so glad they are done!
Sunday, March 9, 2008
- Joy #1 & #2 & I went shopping in KC yesterday for Banner project supplies
- Go a new book Doodle Stitching
- Saw some interesting yarn at JoAnns
- Had coffee at Starbucks, ice cream @ Sheridans, & dinner at Panera
- Rented movies Stardust, Eragon, Sydney White
- Knit 2 rows on sock
- Joy #1 slept in her room last night. Progress without spicy food!
Saturday was a lovely day with my lovely people.
Socks that Rock, Pebblebeach, New Laptop named the Craigon
Saturday, March 8, 2008
- Laptop is talking to my network printer (I can print!)
- Laptop is talking to scanner (I can scan)
My system must have needed a good nights sleep just like I did. We are up and running. I still feel a little out of sorts as the dual monitor is new to me but I'll get used to it. :)
More good...sock is fabulous. Pictures to follow! I am ready for the first heel.
Even more good...Joy #2 pampered me when I got home last night. He propped me up on pillows in my bed. Brought up hot tea on a candle lit tray for us to enjoy while playing a calm game of chess. I won! First game I have ever won again him or ever (I'm new). I don't think it counts though because I have a sinking suspicion he let me win. He did a good job of making the game last though. Good kid that one!
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
I casted on last night for a pair of socks. Monkey (no purl version) in fact. I just finished the ribbing and am starting on the lace pattern. Socks that Rock really do rock. I have knit 1 inch and I love this yarn. I have been knitting a row here or there while scanning in documents and I have the urge to stop working and just knit. I fully recognize that this is the honeymoon stage with this yarn and sock. But it is a good start. I really am pulling for a drawer full of hand knit socks.
In other news my laptop screen died, which means I can't work at home or surf the web after hours. I have ordered a new laptop but probably won't get it until March 15. I'm not looking forward to switching all my stuff over. This also means picture less posts until the new laptop comes. It's too much of a pain to upload pictures here, especially when I'm going to have to move them anyway!
Well, back to the salt mines. My five minute sanity break is up! BTW Joy #1 is still in my room and I am not seeing any motivation on her part to get out. I have threatened to make it my studio if she doesn't get to moving but it still hasn't happened. She did say something about a new bed and turning back on her cell phone as wonderful motivators. I'm not buying!
Saturday, March 1, 2008
So with this said, why did I just purchase some awesome sock yarn? And not just any sock yarn. The cream of the crop Socks That Rock sock yarn. This yarn is raved by every knitter that has touched it. And I didn't just buy one skein. I bought 2. Ok, one is for me and one will be a gift to a friend.
Now a normal person (read non-knitter) would be wondering right now, "Why would she spend good money on sock yarn when she does not like knitting sock?". (The knitters know that great yarn can be considered art and don't have to have a purpose.) I have this theory. Maybe I have not enjoyed knitting socks because of the yarn I have used? Maybe this yarn will be so wonderful that I will want to do nothing but knit socks! And I gotta tell you, I wish my sock drawer was filled with hand knit socks because I love wearing them so much. So welcome to my experiment. I have not cast on yet because I am a one project knitter and I am working on my cardigan. But soon, very soon I will cast on and my fate will be decided. Will I have a drawer full of socks of my own creation or Wal-Mart's?