Saturday, November 28, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
I am also crocheting a hat using Patons Silk Bamboo in sea. I really wanted to try the yarn, so I bought a skein to make something small. Oh, is it soft and pettable! It is definitely a luxurious yarn, I like it. I am trying to figure out what stitch pattern to use for the body of the hat. I'm thinking some kind of post stitch to add texture. I'll take a picture when I'm done.
Well, I'm off to play with the kids and maybe start something cool this morning. Have a creative, fun day!
Monday, July 13, 2009
In my defence, I have decided to train for a 5 K run, and making time to run has really cut into my computer time. So far I can go about 2 miles without having to stop, so I'm 2/3 of the way there (a pretty big accomplishment for someone who could barely run a tenth of a mile just a year ago). I have added in a little strength training too (which also cuts into my computer time). I feel very healthy and empowered and I enjoy getting out of the house. My neighbor is kind and sweet enough to watch my girls, so I actually get a little time to myself when I run-- an added bonus.
I guess, perhaps, I've become one of those crazy exercize loving people. So mow I'm obsessed with crocheting, crafting and running. I really need to figure out how to stretch time so there are more hours in the day for me to get to everything-- you know, since I actually have to take care of my children, husband, dogs and house too!
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
As for the sweater-- I used Lion Glitterspun and an I hook. I think I will add a hook and eye closure just under the bust. It's really hard to see the texture the fpdc and bpdc give the shells in black yarn. I think I'd like to make this again in a lighter color to show off the stitches
Monday, April 27, 2009
Princess, again, was running around, pretending she had various and sundry different super powers. So, she comes up to me in the kitchen and I'm humming "You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch"-- it's been stuck in my head for days-- and she says, "Zap!" to me. When I asked her why she zapped me, she said it was her super power, "To zap out the songs stuck in peoples' heads." Wow, what a cool and useful power to have!
Sunday, April 26, 2009
I made the mistake of going shopping at Gymboree with the girls the other day. So my 4 year old runs to a rack, gasps, and says, "Oh, this skirt is fabulous!" (it happened to be a tulle tutu skirt) When I explained that she already owned 4 tutus she gave me this look, and said, "One of them is my sister's, I only have 3."-- like she'd be bereft with only 3 of them! Needless to say, she did not get a 4th tutu-- she didn't get upset, she's really a good girl, but I swear, 4 going on 14!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
I had a lot of fun giving away the roll, maybe I should do these more...
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
In honor of NATCROMO (National Crochet Month) I thought I'd give away a hook roll, lovingly (tho' somewhat crookedly) sewn by yours truly. Leave a comment about why you love to crochet (and your blog address, if you have one) and your name will be put in a hat for the drawing on Friday the 13th (around noonish EDT). I'll announce the winner and how to get in touch with me then. Who knows, maybe Friday the 13th will be your lucky day!
What have I been doing for NATCROMO, you may ask? Well, I am attempting to design a shawl. So far I have been drawing a blank. I'll get a few rows into something and it looks awkward, or I can't get the stitches or increases to work right... it's been a bit frustrating. Maybe I should stick to bags. Still, I won't know if I can do it unless I keep trying. Wish me luck!
Saturday, March 7, 2009
I just had to get that bit of philosophising out. Really, if you're never read through Piecework magazine, you should, it's fascinating.
Friday, March 6, 2009
when the world is puddle-wonderful
(lines from ee cummings poem in Just)
This is one of my favorite poems (here is a link if you want to read the whole thing). My mother read it to me when I was little, and I think of it on beautiful spring like days. I feel this poem very strongly today-- my little girls are outside playing in the sunshine and dirt, giggling and having fun. Finally a warm day! I know it won't last--in Michigan we get snow in April-- but I feel blessed to have a moment of spring today.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
Because I keep making the pins to go with them! After reading the kind words of praise that Jimbo gave me in his blog I decided to make another shawl pin. Now I think I am actually going to have to make a blue shawl to go with it. I just used a wooden pin I'd already made, I think this one needs black or metallic color (I just have to figure out how to do that-- or con hubby to help me--"Oh, honey, you may have to go over to Woodcraft or Rockler to help me with this." "Sure thing dear!" as he jumps up and grabs his car keys.) It's kinda like convincing me to go to Joann or Mary Maxims.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
All I could think about was how tired and cold and stressed I was. It took my daughter to remind me to look at the positive. It made me smile. So, when you are in a bad mood or worried about something-- just think of all of the good things that are happening all around you. Enjoy life!
Thursday, February 19, 2009
The second one is done with fptr, ch 3, sk 3 sts, fptr all around and it seems more sturdy than the net stitch (sc, ch 5, sk 3 sts, sc) on the first one. I think I will use the fptr more it really keeps the bag from stretching out.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Now, my 4 year old is a handfull lately too! I taught her a new word the other day-- "Contrary".
I hear a lot of "I won't, I don't, I can't." We watched the Little Mermaid 2 yesterday for the first time and when it was over I said, "That was a good movie!" and she said, "No, it wasn't!" Now, she was smiling and laughing the whole time, but I guess she has to disagree with everything I say.
Maybe my girls have really bad cabin fever. It has been a very cold and snowy winter and we haven't been doing very much. I don't feel like leaving the house much myself, so I'm sure my attitude does not help. All I know is that I need to figure out what to do. I am loathe to take them out, however, because they give me such a hard time. It's a vicious cycle.
Well, here's a funny story, my 2 year old has taken to wandering around the kitchen during dinner. This has caused me and her father all sorts of grief-- proper family dinner is important to us. So she's dancing around instead of eating and we tell her to sit down and she says, "No, I the queen, I the bossy queen, I don't sit down." We got her to sit for a few minutes eventually, but she kept chanting "Bossy Queen, Bossy Queen." all through dinner. It's a good thing she's cute!
Monday, February 2, 2009
I assume there have been some problems with people bringing knives or guns into the theatre. (Either that or they were worried I was a terrorist or something.) I am not sure what they thought a suburban housewife with her family was going to do with a 5 inch long pair of scissors... did they think I'd rush the stage and give Elmo a haircut? However it is, it is a sad commentary on our society that theatres (and sports arenas for that matter) have to take such precautions to keep violence out.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Yesterday my children and I made bird feeders with pine cones, peanut butter and birdseed. We tramped out in the deep snow in the backyard and hung 3 pine cones on a bush the birds usually like... and so far no critters have come to partake of or treats. Hmmm, I wonder if we did it wrong or something. Hopefully some animal finds them.
I have not been crafting much. I guess I needed a break. I am making another market bag, but other than that, nothing. I have a few designs sketched out and some very rough patterns written out, but I have not had any desire to work on them. I'll post again when I have some more inspiration. 'Til then, adieu!