Saturday, November 28, 2009
Lets see: knitting: A cardigan for me, which was kinda my own design, well I took the lace part from the tank I made last year, and knitted it up sort of like a cardigan pattern I got from Lion Brand's website. A knit/sewn combo dress for Bella, a scarf for me and another on the needles. My first pair of socks (another on the needles), a sweater for Gavin (needs to be sewn up), about 50% of a sweater for Bella - both Christmas presents. Re knitted my knitting bag, the acrylic I first made it out of didn't hold up. Got to make: hat for DH, baby sweater for co-worker who's preggers, another set of baby uggs for another coworker who practically begged, scarf for my train mate (another asked for project, how can I turn someone down who asks me to knit?)
Sewing: Made DH a bath robe, out of valour(sp?). Man that stuff is hard to work with. Thank you Lord, that I have a serger. Made it WAAAAYYY too big, but he's a trooper and is living with it. Made some table toppers and runners, some craft panel vests (which I'm not that crazy about now that they're done, but they look good on the hanger). Made a calendar quilt I'm rather proud of, and a baby quilt - but both need the binding finished up. Made a table runner for a co-worker who just bought a house. She's enamoured with the Amish, and I immediately thought of her for the pattern "Almost Amish".
I either have a fiber addiction or a shopping addiction, cause I have entirely too much fabric and yarn. And yes, I keep buying more. I see something that's so neat/cute/adorable and MUST BUY THE YARN NOW, cause you know, they'll discontinue it before I get to knitting it. I recently bought a used Ultimate Sweater Machine from a Raveler, hopefully it'll help with the stockinette projects.
I spent the last two weekends cataloging all the damn fabric I bought - cheap, but still - for when I lose the weight and need a whole new wardrobe, donchaknow. Yeah, don't hold your breath. But my living/dining room almost look like living and dining rooms again, you can see the furniture at least, and we can vacuum it again.
Got me one of dem dere Kindles this summer. Way too easy to buy books now, but also way too easy to read 'em. I've been, the last couple years or so, reading multiple books at a time, one by the TV, one at the kitchen table, one on the train... This makes it so simple to switcharoo. It keeps track of where you're at too, no more lost little pieces of paper (even though I own like a dozen bookmarks). I've read about 40 books since I bought the Kindle, some of them freebies and cheapies (yeah, I still read Harlequin types, so sue me). A co-worker loaned me Twilight last week. Brace yourselves, I wasn't crazy about it. I know, I'm a traiter to my gender or something, but just didn't get what all the hoopla was about. Read it in about 3 hours too, geez the typeset was at 5th grade level or something.
Oh, and the family did get together, albiet a week or two later (long story).
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Knitting: did lots with very little to show for it. Made another checkerboard baby blanket . Made a baby hat and baby socks (my first, and not nearly as scary as I thought). Never finished the niece's (3) cardigans, or the nephew's pullover. Got selfish knitting for everybody else so now have 2 sweaters on the needles for me, and another planned. Seriously in the MYTICKIML (more yarn than I can knit in my lifetime) category, but there's so many cool things to knit! Just ordered some sinfully expensive (but on sale - clearance, only one color left) cashmere. Cashmere! Enough for a sweater! As I write this I'm eyeing a stole on sundayknits.com -- reminds me of the mexican stripes shawls.
Working on which is an embroidered cardigan. I'm using Elann Bamboo fusion which is super splitty but super soft and drapey. Bought enough of the embroidery colors to make a striped tank to go underneath the cardigan.
Also working on "Frida's Sunshine". Using TLC Cotton plus and knitting in size medium. Having the hardest time with the 12 row zigzag pattern, keep finding mistakes 2 or 3 rows back. Knitted the same darn rows 5 times already.
Work's been crazy busy lately. We changed to a new quote system in my department, between that and the layoffs (less workers, but not less work) I've been hopping.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
In actuality DH needed help with re-grouting the shower. He's been painstakingly (next time, not that there ever will be a next time, we'll tear out and re-do, trust me it's easier) removing the grout we screwed up when we redid the shower 10 years ago. Re-grouting was too big a job for him alone, but a pain to do together in such a small area. We ain't exactly toothpicks, you know! Started at 10 and barely made it to Mass at 4. Bonus - ordering out pizza!
Getting there with Emily's CHRISTMAS gift cardigan. Going to be an Easter cardigan now, which kinda fits, it's pastel colors. Found a cute cotton print on eBay to make a skirt to go with it.
Monday, February 2, 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
It's a worm binder - made to hold plastic and even live fishing bait and lures. Read somewhere that it makes a great knitting needle organizer. Know what? It totally does. Totally ROCKS. Worth every penny. I bought the double, it's two sided. Multiple clear plastic zippered pockets and 10 Ziploc like pockets in each zippered compartment.
I used the label maker to make labels for the Ziploc-y bags(ex: 5mm sz 8) and put the labels on the inside of them. I knew that label maker would come in handy for more than labeling Video/Audio cables!
I went from this: Knit Picks interchangeable needle set, Knit Picks DPNs and a couple circulars, a few Addi Turbos, all the needles I inherited from my MIL - DPNs and circulars (thanks Mom), a Boye interchangeable set, stitch holders, stitch markers, point protectors, bobbins, a measuring tape,: two needle gauges, and tapestry needles. That purple and white monstrosity on the top right was my attempt at creating (copying) the "Circular Solution" where there's a strip of fabric that hangs from a clothes hanger, with labeled pockets that you slip the circulars through. The actual one is made from cotton duck, I used plain ole quilting cotton -- without interfacing or batting -- cause I'm stupid. It ended up as you see, a mass of wires and needles that managed to tangle, even with their respective rather droopy pockets.
Still haven't finished the nieces and nephew x-mas sweaters, guess they're going to be Easter sweaters! Right now finishing up a pair of baby uggs for a shower at work Thursday. The yarn, Berroco Suede really feels and looks like suede, and with the Berroco Plush mimicking sheep fleece, well they're just the cutest things, really look like Uggs.
DH's hours got cut to 32 (4 days a week). We're happy he still has a job. Course this is after I went on a major yarn buying spree. Gotta stay out of the online yarn shops when I'm in a funk. Out of the funk, but now I have to pay for it all (and sneak it in to the house). Good thing DH doesn't read the blog. Don't tell him, ok? Marital discourse would surely transpire.
He'd currently removing the grout from our shower. We retiled it around 10 years ago, but did a lousy job on the grout, removing too much in the sponging off stage, to where the terra cotta sides of the tiles showed in places. And the caulking wasn't very even, ended up with pockets where moisture got in, and mildew started. So today we also went to Home Depot and bought a Dremel tool and grout removing bits. Even with the Dremel it's slow going, we're going to be using the guest bath for awhile! (Counting blessings, thank you Lord, that we even have a guest bath).