Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Soon after I found all these: The Laura Ashley Roses set, yep - the whole set, will be GREAT for a quilt back (I'm thinking to go with a denim front made from old, worn jeans)... and also the green duvet cover (great yardage!). The neutral swirls will probably be bag linings, as will the others (the pink & white is a valance and the turquoise is a pillow sham).
I have had a "secret" knitting project - something I'm test knitting so nothing to share. What I can share is that I was a total idiot... I was determined to finish it over the weekend so I could get on to my own projects (and this is a small little thing to test). So I'm knitting away (it is on small needles), row after row (and thin yarn). I finally get to the last section and my stitches are WAY off. At first I think 'wow, glad I found this mistake' - which of course means that the mistake is in the pattern... right? can you guess where this is headed??? No, the pattern was fine... I had just completely skipped a small, but oh-so-important section. sigh... frogged back to that point and will resume my testing next weekend. Kinda made me feel like the Yarn Harlot! and incredibly grateful that my screw up was on a much smaller item...
Bailey says: Momma, wouldn't you rather go play frisbee than play on the computer?
It's so nice to be adored, but it really does interfere with my typing...
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Whoo-hoo... I remembered to be thankful on Thursday! Which is a distressing realization that I need to remember. Not to get preachy, but my outlook on everything would certainly be better if I remembered to be more thankful in general. or didn't need to 'remember'... but just WAS more thankful. right?
Today... I'm thankful:
- that I can work from home tomorrow
- that Bailey didn't get into mischief when I left him alone for 3 long days in a row.
- that someone (even if he has 4 legs) is excited to see me when I come home even when I've only been gone 15 minutes
- that my tomatoes are ripe!
- that tomorrow is half-price day at Salvation Army and I can go look for thrifted linens for quilts
- that my company pays for the DSL that I'm using right now
- that Project Runway has started a new season
- that I have a seemingly endless supply of knitting to choose from
- that E considers me the "best godmother in the world"
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Along with the 'organize the studio' and workspace, I have a growing list of things I want to make or techniques I want to try. Since I'm not feeling all that creative today, here's a random sampling
Espresso Art... how cool does that sound??
Tutorial to sew a cover for your passport! Make your own fabric labels from printable fabric... and make your own cutting table (which would be a great general work table for all sorts of things)
And for those that pack lunches (or at least intend to), a eco-minded sandwich wrapper
Dyeing yarn has been on my list for a while... here's a food coloring tutorial.
And this Seascape Wrap is high on my knitting queue... and would be a good project for the Water theme of Project Spectrum.... which I FINALLY joined and will start with the water theme next month (blue, purple, black). Project Spectrum (such a cool idea!) may also be my entre into ATCs - a concept I love, is totally me and yet... I've never done!
Okay... I've got to stop looking at all these fun things and get back to work!
Bailey says: Look Momma! See my meerkat impersonation!!
Monday, July 21, 2008
I'm going to make Mondays "Monday MeMe" (at least when I remember)... Today's Movie Meme was taken from Tienne. And I thought this was going to be easy... ha!
1. One movie that made you laugh: Hitch2. One movie that made you cry: Shadowlands.. and it's such a good cry!
3. One movie that you loved as a child: Grease. It was the first LP I bought with my own money (ok, it was as an older child)
4. One movie you've seen more than once: so many to choose from, an all-time fave is always That Touch of Mink w/ Cary Grant and Doris Day
5. One movie you loved, but were embarrassed to admit it: Dirty Dancing
6. One movie you hated: I didn't hate it, but was pretty disappointed in Horton Hears a Who
7. One movie that scared you: I avoid movies that I think will scare me, but Inconvenient Truth was pretty scary!
8. One movie that bored you: the latest Indiana Jones
9. One movie that made you happy: Chocolat... a story with grace AND Johnny Depp at his best
10. One movie that made you miserable: ???? why would I do that?
11. One movie that you weren't brave enough to see: Schindler's List. I even bought the videos, but never watched it.
12. One movie character you've fallen in love with: just one? ok, Mr. Darcy (Colin Firth version)
13. The last movie you saw: Mary Poppins (my goddaughter was spending the night)
14. The next movie you hope to see: Mama Mia (what a cast!)
Hmmm... After thinking about all these movies, I think it's time to plan another chick-flick-knit-nite!
Happy Knitting -
Bailey says: I'm just going to play with my new orange ball while you watch those movies, ok?
Sunday, July 20, 2008
I guess the inadvertent-procrastination theme actually started this morning... the service times changed at church for the summer (trial to see if we can get down to 2 services) so instead of 9:45, "my" service starts at 10:30am. Now 10:30 seems really late, and that I have all this time in the morning to relax or get things done... or whatever. But if you do the math -it's really only 45 minutes. Less than an hour. So far I've been late 2 out of 3 weeks...
And as for the intended afternoon's activity... I must confess to supply acquisition instead of organization! My goal is to have some before & after photos of my studio (aka craft room) before I leave to visit my family in 10 days.
Now off to at least get some knitting in so I can 'produce' something for the day!
Bailey says: I'm too tired to actually get my legs on the floor...
Have a great end to the weekend!
Friday, July 18, 2008
So when we all met (the 2 girls, their mum and me) at a LYS for 'social knitting' this evening, instead of working on my socks (I really want to finish SOMETHING for the Summer KAL-CAL), we got some Burly Spun yarn and size 13 needles. And you know what? the kid was right! She could knit!!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
I did make a couple of minor modifications (see notes on my Ravelry project page)... and think I may have to add one for myself to my queue. But not for a bit - there are babies to knit for, bags to design and socks to complete for the Summer KAL-CAL!
And oh yeah, that work thing...
Bailey says: Momma, you go work on the computer - I'm going to stay here in my favorite shady spot!
Who can blame him?
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
So about 2:30 I had finished my meetings so I thought 'I'll work from home the rest of the afternoon so I can check on Bailey and if it's really that hot, give him a bath to cool down. Well, clearly he wasn't suffering from the heat... this is the sight when I walked in the door!
Now yarn left out in the open is fair game and a temptation I avoid leaving about... but this time the little stinker got into my knitting bag and pulled 4 skeins out for whatever game he played!! I was dying... I really wish I could have seen a video of his antics, because clearly he was having fun! And fortunately, as in previous incidents, no knitting or expensive yarn was harmed in the process!
Who can blame him - I like to play with yarn!!
Bailey says: I'm hiding in the jungle... momma won't catch me for playing with her yarn!
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
There are several projects floating around in my head, but the inertia (I blame it on the heat) has me falling back to the Woodland Shawl.
1) I want to get it done, and 2) it's pretty mindless. I never thought I'd refer to lace as mindless, but this was such an easy pattern to memorize, that it's become mindless. I'm approx 75% done so the push to finish is strong...
I finally had a chance to take an outdoor photo of it - otherwise the coral color looks like neon orange. So here it is in its in-progress, pre-blocked state. The second picture shows the center row where I picked up live stitches from a provisional cast-on to make the shawl symetrica. Not perfect, but I like it and blocking will do wonders once I'm done. My modifications are in the notes of my Ravelry Project page for it (I also shifted the placement of a couple of YOs).
On a completely different topic... I bookmarked this post from Etsy on DIY Green Cleaning and finally got around to reading it. Some easy suggestions that I'll definitely try... as I finish up my existing cleaning products, I'm trying to 'clean green.' Take a look...
Bailey says: I'm staying away from that thing that blows in my face!
Monday, July 7, 2008
I'm having fun with these and 'borrowed' this from Throws Like a Girl... who 'borrowed' it from Yarn Thing. What great company... I'd meant to post this on the 4th of July, but of course- completely forgot!
Four jobs I have had in my life:
1. lamp shade sales
2. switchboard operator for a software helpline (aka therapist!)
3. IT analyst/project manager
Four films I have watched more than once (this could be such a long list):
1. That Touch of Mink
2. Mirror Has Two Faces
3. To Catch a Thief
Four places I have lived:
1. Needham, MA
2. Houston, TX
3. Norcross, GA
4. San Jose, CA
Four places I have been (again - too many to choose from!):
1. Disney (land and World)
Four favorite foods:
1. ice cream
2. fruit salad (how's that to cover berries, nectarines, kiwi, pineapple, etc!)
3. french fries
Four places I’d rather be right now:
1. wherever mr. right might be
2. vacation (any place will do!)
Four T.V. Shows that I watch:
2. Gilmore Girls
4. Design Star
Have fun and let me know if you join... Tag, you're it!
Saturday, July 5, 2008
As we left, E asked again when she could have another sleepover so I suspect I'll have a guest in the near future!
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Miserable photos because I only had my camera phone with me, but I love the different textures and colors... it was a bday gift from her mom and the quote at the bottom says "we raise our girls to reach for the sky... but sometimes it's really just about the dress"