Thursday, March 31, 2011

Where are they now? – 2KCBWDAY4

Whatever happened to your __________?
Write about the fate of a past knitting project. Whether it be something that you crocheted or knitted for yourself or to give to another person. An item that lives with you or something which you sent off to charity.

I've touched on this a bit in the past, but we'll revisit it again for the blog week. I pretty much take pictures of everything I've worked on. Even before my digital camera, I took a pic of the finished project. It helps me remember what I did, how my tastes have changes, that yes I DO complete projects even when it feels like I don't. I don't have the very first knitted block I worked on, but I do have my first completed project in a box in my craft closet, a Barbie coat I did when I was 13. When I was 20 I made a sweater from a Family Circle magazine that I still have. In fact I've worn it the past couple of winters.

My first UFO is also sitting in my craft closet. After that grey sweater was complete, I started a short sleeved yellow cotton blend sweater, but it never got finished. I always wanted to finish it too, but at this point in the game, it SO wouldnt fit me anymore. I have it in the bag that I will pull out to finish for Baby Girl. That is if it doesn't look too '80s for her. That was back in the early 90s. I didn't pick up the needles until 2001 when I made this.

As you can see, #1 Son (or Man/Child) was only a couple of years old. He is now 12. That vest lasted 3 winters!! It was a little big that first winter, fit great that 2nd winter, and a little snug that third. Thank goodness knits will stretch!

I see the same thing with Baby Girl. What start out as dresses turn into tank tops which eventually cut her off in the armpits and are then put away. Two examples are these.

So while I dont always realize the time passing with knits I make myself, I DEFINITELY see it with the rugrats.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tidy Mind, tidy stitches - 2kcbwday3

Day Three: 30th March. Tidy mind, tidy stitches.

How do you keep your yarn wrangling organised? It seems like an easy to answer question at first, but in fact organisation exists on many levels. Maybe you are truly not organised at all, in which case I am personally daring you to try and photograph your stash in whatever locations you can find the individual skeins. However, if you are organised, blog about an aspect of that organisation process, whether that be a particularly neat and tidy knitting bag, a decorative display of your crochet hooks, your organised stash or your project and stash pages on Ravelry.

Believe it or not, I'm actually pretty organized when it comes to my stash. Most of my yarn is sock yarn (shocker!) and it fits in a big plastic bin. This is an old pic of my sock yarn from 2 years ago. I may need to take another one soon. I'm getting that urge to clear out.

I have another plastic bin that holds wools and acrylics for charity items. I have my spns in a holder I got on clearance from JoAnn's, my dpns are in a smaller version. My circs are in another plastic bin that has drawers and they fit nicely in there. Most of my circs are my Denise needles so those fit in that container that I keep on my night stand.

I've always been real good abt keeping track of my projects. When I finish a project I take a picture of it. When I start one I will note the date, the book/magazine it came from and any other pertinent info on it. Back in the day before I had a digital camera, I would take a pic of the finished project, write out all the info on an index card and slip them both in a small photo album. Once I started using my digital more, all my projects are stored on my computer with the info in a journal that I also keep on my night stand. I use Ravelry a lot to keep track of my projects, but I mostly use Ravelry to check out yarn and projects of other people. I rely on my journal for a quick reference of what I have going on and what I have finished.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Skill + 1UP – 2KCBWDAY2

Day Two: 29th March. Skill + 1UP

Look back over your last year of projects and compare where you are in terms of skill and knowledge of your craft to this time last year. Have you learned any new skills or forms of knitting/crochet (can you crochet cable stitches now where you didn’t even know such things existed last year? Have you recently put a foot in the tiled world of entrelac? Had you even picked up a pair of needles or crochet hook this time last year?

Well I can honestly say I haven't picked up any new skills. I knit for enjoyment. For relaxation. Right now learning anything new would just add stress and I don't need any more of that thankyouverymuch. So I just keep knitting (and occasionally purling). Recently not a whole lot's been getting done either. I haven't had the time or energy to focus on one particular project. Could explain why the socks are taking months instead of weeks or those kitty blankets dont seem to be progressing at all. However it's there for when I need to just do a row at night or a few rounds while waiting for the kids. Knitting for me is a means of relaxation and enjoyment and right now that's enough.


Speaking of relaxing, the IO and I finally got away for our 25th anniversary. It has definitely been a challenge this year to get away, but it had to be done. It was a moral imperative.** We ended up going to Disney World, more specifically Epcot. They are having their Flower and Garden Show going on

and it's something we both enjoy. While a lot of you are experiencing more cold and snow, we had a bit of a heat wave over the wknd. I think we hit 90. Thankfully today we are only 72 so the 90s arent here to stay.


I have to say we had a really nice time. While it was warm during the day, there was a cool breeze to keep you from a total meltdown and once the sun went down it was perfect. While Disney may seem a bit juvenile to some, I've discovered we really are Disney people. I've been going since it opened and the IO and I have gone many times before rugrats ever came into the picture. We ate in Mexico and drank tequila; stayed late and DIDN'T watch the fireworks; took backstage tours

where we got to see hydroponics in action,

a tomato TREE

and pumpkins relaxing in hammocks.

We ate by the pool and didn't feel the need to jump in. While we love doing Disney with kids, it's definitely an experience w/o them as well.

It was a FLower and Garden Show which meant there were lots

and lots

and lots

of flowers.

They had topiaries

and sand scuptures

The show is only a couple weeks in so everything is fresh and new. By May, no matter HOW much everything is watered or changed out, everything starts to look a bit wilted.

**Bonus points if you know what movie that is from...

Monday, March 28, 2011

Knitting and Crochet Blog Week - Day 1 - 2KCBWDAY1

In an attempt to get my blog groove back, I'm participating in Eskimimi's Knitting and Crochet Blog Week. If you want to play along, go here. Today is the first day so you're not too far behind to join in.

Day One: 28th March. A Tale of Two Yarns.: Part of any fibre enthusiast’s hobby is an appreciation of yarn. Choose two yarns that you have either used, are in your stash or which you yearn after and capture what it is you love or loathe about them.

The two yarns I chose were Lorna's Laces and Malabrigo. I LOVE Lorna's Laces. It's a pretty yarn that's very durable and can last a long time. Plus I really enjoy knitting with it. The downside is that it fades very quickly after only a washing or two. I have a skein all set to go for another pair of socks to take the place of the ones that just recently wore out.

Next up, Malabrigo. What can I say? Everybody loves Malabrigo. Everybody but me. I've knit with both the worsted weight and the sock weight. The worsted is a single ply yarn which meant that I kept unraveling it while I knit. I figured the sock weight would be better since it was spun with nylon and not just a single ply. Well while I love the colors, the yarn had knots and the socks wore out in less than a year. The yarn is very yummy to touch, but not a good yarn for me to knit. I have two skeins in my stash that need to be relocated.

So there you have it. If you do play along, mention it in my comments so that I can come read your post. If you don't, then tell me what two yarns you would have picked.

Her relocate yarn?!?! HA! Don't make me laugh!!!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Spring into Sunday

I don't know if its because the earth is quaking, we've got a supermoon over head,

the US has entered into yet another war or because it's now spring, but I have woken up with a headache for the past three days. Today was the worst so not much was done today other than stitching on Kitty Cat Row.
Before today:

After I couldn't work on it anymore:

I'm making good progress and it's really an easy stitch. Nice blocks of same color stitching and only bits of backstitching here and there. Now I think its time to bring out some mindless knitting. The headache is gone, but it's already 11pm and I dont plan on doing much this late at night. We're at the beginning of spring break so I'm looking forward to not waking up early tomorrow. However next Sunday I assume I'll be feeling differently!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Feline Fridays

Catching up on that DST lost hour......

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Do we need to beware

the Ides of March??

Maybe if your a salad..........

Monday, March 14, 2011

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Saturday Sky on a Sunday Morning

It is still morning, right? The clock tells me its 11:30, but my body is telling me it's 10:30. I hate DST. I wish they would pick a time and leave it. It will take me a week to adjust to the time difference. Plus I hate losing an hour. I dont have enough time as it is and now I have 60 min less. Blech.

Here is my Saturday Sky

I took this late in the afternoon, but never got back on the computer to post. It was a gorgeous day outside which grew colder as the sun went down. I'm happy we still get weeks like this in between the weeks of 80+ degree weather.

Speaking of weather and the great outdoors, I still haven't killed all of my plants. Some of the petunias have gone down hill along with the Bush Daisy, but my pansies are still going

and so is the bouganvillea.

I've always loved azaleas and finally planted two of them in the yard. The shrubs are doing really well, but no flowers are showing up. I heard that planting them can shock them a bit which could explain the lack of blooms. While I'm disappointed I'm not getting any flowers, it's doing well so I'm thankful for that.

I had a couple of spots to fill in for the front so I decided to plant some veggies. I got tomatoes

and bell peppers.

Both are doing really well, esp the tomatoes. It's filled in a lot since I bought it a couple of weeks ago. Let's see if I get any fruit by mid May.

Gardening isn't the only thing going on here. I've started a few new projects. Last week I wanted to do some stitching so I pulled out my bag-o-tricks to see what I got to pick from. This one jumped into my hands.

It's Kitty Cat Row and I had the fabric and all the specialty threads (both WDW and Gasts) for it. I don't know abt you, but I don't always have everything I need for some projects. Fabric, but not all the floss. All the floss but no fabric. While the count of the fabric is still small (28ct) it is evenweave and it's a sand color which makes it much easier to see. So far so good.

For those who came to see knitting, I've got some of that too! Three new projects have been cast on in the past couple of weeks. Let me introduce you all to them.

First up, a baby blanket for Knit1Bless2, a charity being sponsored by Debbie Macomber.

We could choose from three charities and she would make sure it would go to the one we want. I'm using two strands of Simply Soft held together using a simple stst for the body with a knit border.

Next is a tank for Baby Girl.

This is from a free pattern from Berocco that I'm using some sport weight cotton yarn with. It's going to be light and airy and comfortable for the summer.

Last is a pair of socks.

Cherry Tree Hill yarn that I've been wanting to use for some time now. I'm using a basketweave pattern from Stitches of Violet that I'm really loving.

What I love most about all three projects I've started? Not only am I using stash yarn, but I'm using stash yarn that I've had for a while!!! Yarn that I still love but finally able to make something I like with it. Esp that purple yarn. I bought that off eBay a WHILE ago when I was getting back into knitting. There's not enough to make anything for me, but now is enough to make something for Baby Girl now that she's older.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Friday, March 04, 2011

Feline Fridays with some TU SAL along for the ride

Here's my ort jar for March

I'm thinking this will be dumped, cleaned and ready to go for the next 3 months. Not only is it dusty, but there is some kind of mysterious stickiness on the side of it.


No, I don't need any SPF. Now go away.....

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Playing in the Dirt

Remember these??

I finally planted the majority of them into the ground. I've been waiting because I wanted to see where I wanted to put them. Do they look good here? Or over there? Do I want to leave them in containers or put them directly into the ground? I was running out of time FAST since some of them were looking a bit ragged while others were growing thru the holes in the planter and thriving. Plant them I did! It was in the 60s this AM and after dropping off Baby Girl and Man/Child (aka #1 Son) I decided today was the day. Everything but one plant is in the ground and I'm not sure what I want to do with it. It requires a LOT of water and I'm not sure I want it in front of the column by my front door. I'll have to think abt that one.....

I'm just happy they're still alive.

Meanwhile gas is up to $3.49 here. Feh. I think I better start planting food. Soon it's gonna be too expensive to drive to the store.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Dr Seuss Day

He was an amazing man. Putting a cat in a hat is NO easy feat!

Lucy says:

Don't even THINK about it!