Friday, December 29, 2006

An Inventory(finished objects 2006)

Not a lot of finishes this year; I don't see my output increasing too much over 2007 either. As the kiddos get bigger life gets busier.

Knitting:

(1)Jaywalker socks--Steinbach Wolle Aktiv Color 100--pattern Magknits (Jaywalker KAL)
(2) 2 mini sweaters--leftover sock yarn--pattern from Last Minute Knitted Gifts
(3) Novelty garter stitch scarf--gift yarn
(4) Hooded Sweater--Plymouth Encore Worsted--Debbie Bliss(Vogue Knitting on the Go)
(5) Raglan Sweater--Plymouth Encore Worsted--Knitting Pure and Simple
(6) Sweetheart Hat--JS yarn--She Ewe Knits freebie(Norwegian KAL)
(7) Afghan squares(3)--Cascade 220 Superwash--"pebbles" from 100 Afghan squares to knit(a gift for Michele's wedding)
(8) Hooded T--Classic Elite Flash--Artful Yarns pattern
(9) Nancy Drew socks--Trekking XXL(110)--Teri's pattern(for Trek Along with Me KAL)
(10) 2 mini stockings--leftover sock yarn--one pattern from the Interweave Holiday Issue(2006) and one from the SOCKS book.
(11) Hat--Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport--The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns

Stitching:

Heaven and Earth Designs Magic Witch ACEO QS(Sara Butcher)

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

WTF?!?!?

PMS induced RANT ahead--proceed at your own risk.

Okay, I've tried VERY hard to restrain myself from venting about the--excuse my language--piss poor snow plowing job here. If you recall, last week we were "blessed" with 33 inches of snow. They didn't plow our street until mid Friday and then they only plowed a one lane path(leaving a good car length between the end of driveways and the actual plowed path)and don't get me started on the joy of having to back up if another car was coming because if you tried to move to the side you got stuck. I didn't complain--we dug out to the path and dealt with the challenges it brought.

Today--when I'm not sure--they plowed "lane two" leaving the lovely 2.5 foot pile of snow down the middle of the road(preventing anyone from turning into their driveways without--you guessed it--getting stuck in the f-ing snow bank).

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This pic was from my cell phone; hence the poor quality. I was afraid I'd throw my camera at the snow bank or the UPS man--who FINALLY showed up today.

And the BEST part of all this is that they are predicting another foot of snow tomorrow into Friday.

Let me say yet again--I HATE snow.

A Year in Review

Now … Year in Review meme

The drill: Go back through your blog and post the first sentence of the first entry in every month.

January: What do I want to accomplish knitting, stitching, writing, and life wise this year?

February:: This week's SBQ was inspired by my visit with Dawn and is: With the exception of your online stitching friends, do you have any
other stitching buddies?

March: Where in the World?

April: Here are a few buttons you can use to proudly display your Stashalong Survivor success.

May: Magic Witch--9760 stitches

June: Drum roll please. . .
I have chosen #110, the orange colorway, (I really want to see what it looks like knitted up).

July: Storykeeper was my Project Spectrum focus piece for June.

August:Howdy--long time, no blog!

September: Okay--here's what I'd like to accomplish knitting/stitching wise this month.

October: This will be my second year participating in Socktoberfest and I've set myself up with quite an ambitious sock schedule.

November:Sing along won't you? ;)

December: Lifted from Kimberly(great name, by the way):



My goals from January 1, 2005--how did I do?

What do I want to accomplish knitting, stitching, writing, and life wise this year? I have been putting quite a bit of thought into this. I think it will be very amusing to look back on it come December, so here goes.

Stitching Wise:
(1) Finish Storykeeper**NOPE
(2) Finish one quarter of Arwen and Aragorn(64800 stitches)**NOPE
(3) Choose and Finish 1 Quick Stitch YES
**In doing the math for this I'm not even sure it is possible. On a fabulous day I am able to put in about 400 stitches; on a realistic day I'm able to put in 200. I also value my knitting time which tends to cut into stitching time, but these are goals not requirements, right? Yeah, that was right--one thing this year has taught me is how much time I "actually" have to stitch. 2007 goals will be more realistic.

Knitting Wise:
(1) Decrease my stash, by looking there first when I have something I want to start.--DONE
(2) Get down to no more than 2 Knitalongs at a time(do the math on what I need to finish to accomplish that and I'm still not sure how I'll classify charity knitting and stuff)I was doing well with that, not so much right now though.
(3) Get my WIP list down to 5 or fewer things(easier said than done)Pretty close there.
(4) Make progress on my "Double Secret Probation-a-thon" Not as much as I would have liked.
(5) Ad lib something--not really design something, but take a pattern and alter it in some way in order to make it my own. NOPE
(6) Knit this; how cool is that hat? If I do that and the arm warmers from Anticraft, I'll be one scarey mommy when I go pick up Little Diva after school. NOPE, but I did add more pirate goodies to my pattern stash :)

Writing Wise:
(1) Finish my Nano 2005 novel and let it marinate before beginning revisions. YES
(2) Complete Nano 2006 YES

Life Wise:
(1) Get a job for the 2006-2007 school year. (That has been put on hold for one more year so that we can avoid putting Little Rage in daycare. I think that is the best decision for our children and I'm sure I won't lose my sanity staying home for one more year--plus it gives me more time to knit and stitch.)

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, everyone!

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During the holiday season, I find myself thinking of holidays past. This ornament reminds me of my Grandmother. She loves cardinals--loves them. They always remind me of her and I find myself buying cardinal things because of her. She always fed them her in backyard. She had three pairs that came by on a regular basis. Their color always captivated me; they are such beautiful birds. I'll never forget when one of her cats brought her a present--a beautiful, red, dead cardinal--seriously, it's the first time I saw that she was capable of murder--that cat almost lost all of it's nine lives. Needless to say he didn't go after a cardinal again ;)

She has to spend this Christmas in a rehab center because she broke her arm and needs physical therapy. I always think of her over the holidays. Her cooking(the delicious smells, the "Granny slices" which were usually a quarter of the cake or pie) , the way she decorated, all the effort she put in to making every holiday just right. I'm sure you all can relate--I hope that each and every one of you has a person who lit up the holidays for you.

If I can deliver even one quarter of the holiday memories to my kiddos that she did with me, I'll be happy. She gave all of us a lot to live up to during her holiday hosting heyday.

Enjoy your holiday weekend; I hope your holidays are blessed!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Oh, The Weather Outside is Frightful. . .

Here you have it. 33 inches of snow. Tuesday we went to bed to dry roads. Wednesday and Thursday brought continuous snowfall leading to the grand total of 33 inches.

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Luckily I went out early Wednesday morning to pick up some supplies(mostly for the kiddos) and the drive home was dicey at best--thank God for four wheel drive. Today DH and I spent the day shoveling--now if they would only plow our street. Shoveling almost three feet of snow does no good if there is still three feet in the street, you know.

In other news, I upgraded to the "New-no longer Beta-Blogger" which took ALL day to upgrade, by the way. The jury is still out; I'm cautiously optimistic.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Finished Object




Pattern: The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns by Anne Budd

Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport in Springer

Needles: 16 inch size 4 and size 4 dpns

Monday, December 11, 2006

New Start

I didn't plan on starting anything new until later in the month BUT(famous last words) this was just screaming at me and it was too loud to ignore. I mean, I had the fabric, the floss, and the time(well maybe not the time but I made the time).

Here's how far I got over the weekend:




Piece: Blackstone Fantasy Garden

Designer: Ink Circles

Fabric: 28 count Antique White Jobelan

Stitched: 2 over 2(for the Celtic Knots), 1 over 2(for Blackwork)

Started: December 7, 2006

Modifications: If you look at the orignal, you'll gather pretty quickly that mine doesn't match. I'm attempting to change the colors. So far I've substituted DMC 803 and 814 for Carrie's Creation Threads in "Coffee" and "Gator Green". Those are the only two solids I'm using everything else will be varigated DMCs. I'll post the specifics once I get to each color.

Just some random thoughts on this. It's been quite a while since I stitched 2 over 2 and it feels HUGE and FAST. I almost forgot how to count and stitch properly after all the parking and row by row stitching I've been doing on my HAED projects.

***non-related: If anyone out there can think like a 4 year old, let me know. Rage got a Leapster L-Max for his birthday and he's "misplaced" his Letters on the Loose cartridge. For the life of me I can't find it, but is HAS to be somewhere in this house. We've already had two mini-meltdowns because he can't remember where he put it and at $25-30 a pop for games for this thing he won't be getting a replacement. Where would you leave something if you where 4? I've looked everywhere he frequents and I have a feeling it will show up when I'm looking for something else--you know how that goes.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Red Sweater KAL update.

My red sweater. I want to get it done and I HAD made great strides in that direction until. . .I bound off the bottom of the sweater and tried it on. It's shorter than I wanted it and I didn't like my bind off, SO I ripped back and I'm adding more length.




I love the yarn(Cascade Quattro) and I love the pattern (Knitting Pure and Simple Men's pullover--I want it big).

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I want to get back to stitching and I've had many things tempting me in that direction as well. Hopefully I'll have something to report next week--after the HAED General SAL.

Did you ever notice what enablers we crafters are? I have purchased no less than 4 patterns this month because of some beautiful charts I saw on the HAED BB. And knitting. . .well it goes without saying that my stash wouldn't be nearly as large if it weren't for the pretty stuff I see with my knitting grrls(online and IRL). Even though it cuts into my budget(the kids don't NEED to eat, right?), I'm thankful for every single one of my knitting and stitching enablers :)

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Finally, today is Rage's birthday. He's 4. It's hard to believe that he's growing up so fast. It's amazing what a difference a year makes. He looks so grown up and he's becoming more assertive(he IS Little Rage after all--he's just more verbal with his rage's now). But there are still a few infant/toddler comforts he's clinging onto. He loves his blankie(which is more like a rag now), we're trying to phase out the bink, and he likes to cuddle with his mommy when he goes to sleep.

He fell asleep on me the other night and as I was carrying him upstairs I teared up remembering how many times I've done the same thing before. I used to be able to carry him up in one arm, now he fills up two. I used to be able to walk up the stairs facing forward, now I have to put him at an angle. My little baby Rage; is growing up and I can't wait to see what changes the next year brings.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Memes

Lifted from Kimberly(great name, by the way):

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?
I'm going with Hot Chocolate; although if I'm in the right mood I can put away a lot of eggnog.

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just set them under the tree?
Santa always wraps the presents(at least until Diva and Rage get bigger).

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?
WHITE--I had more than enough of colored ones in my youth.

4. Do you hang mistletoe?
Nope.

5. When do you put up your decorations?
The day after Thanksgiving.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish?
I don't think I have a favorite holiday 'dish'. I like cookies and all the yummy finger foods around the holidays.

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child?
My favorite memories always revolved around the anticipation of the night before Christmas. I'd spend all night listening for Santa and it was even more magical if we woke up to fresh snow.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
I don't remember, but I think it was later than most. That's one piece of magic that was hard to let go.

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
No, as a kid we did though.

10. What kind of decorations are on your Christmas Tree?
First, I'll tell you what isn't on my tree--bulbs--not a one. My tree is decorated with Hallmark ornaments(which I've been collecting for about 11 years), a few miscellaneous other ornaments, and a couple of Little Diva created ones.

11. Snow! Love it or Dread?
I like snow on Christmas Eve and Christmas day; otherwise I hate it(I know hate is strong word, but believe me that's how I feel about snow).

12. Can you ice skate?
I used to ice skate all the time when I was little, but I haven't since about 12th grade. I still inline skate though.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
As an adult, my favorite gifts would have to be Little Rage and Little Diva(OR my iPOD--LOL!) As a kid, my favorite gifts were my Breyer horses. I used to get one almost every year.

14. WhatÂ’s the most important thing about the Holidays for you?
Family and Traditions.

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert?
Easy, sugar cookie cutouts. I don't like making the cookies(but I do), BUT I love decorating and eating them.

16 What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Decorating the tree, watching the Christmas shows, and making Christmas cookies.

17. What tops your tree?
A red and green plaid bow.

18. What is your favourite holiday book?
The Night Before Christmas, The Bible, and the Polar Express.

19. What is your favorite Christmas Song?
Carol of the Bells.

20. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yummy?
Yummy

SBQ--

Do you stitch Christmas ornaments? If so, how many do you stitch each year and for whom? If not, why not?

I have not, but not for lack of materials I have most if not all of the Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issues. I think I may start; since I'm getting into having more hand made stuff around. I haven't in the past because I am REALLY bad at deadline stitching(or knitting) and I wasn't sure if I wanted that stuff on my tree. As for gifts; I'd have to really, really, really like you to give you something I stitched--I'm very choosy about who I stitch for.

How do you secure your thread when you begin a new one? Specifically, do you or have you ever used a waste knot?

If I'm stitching with an even number of threads then I use the loop method to start and I run it under finished threads to finish blending it in as best as possible. If I'm stitching with an odd number of threads then I try and catch the end under the first few stitches of that color and I finish the same as with an even thread count.

I'm anti-knot. Knots are a KNO, KNO in my book.


COMING SOON: Knitting and stitching content--what a concept!!