Sunday, March 25, 2012

Busy and productive

I have been busy and productive the past two weeks.  I didn't post last week as I spent most of the week with my brother, sister in law and her mother.  We had a wonderful visit and I was sorry to see them leave.  So knitting and all other craftiness got put on hold for the whole week.  But I made up for it this week.  Have a look.


This is one of the hats I made that will be given away at Christmas.  This is for my oldest Grand Daughter.  She is very petite so I had to go down a needle size to get the right measurements so this would fit her.  She lives in Kansas and I didn't want to see it blow off her head in their daily 35 MPH winds.

This is the same hat but I didn't like the way it looked on my iron.  (I really need to buy a head to display my hats on)  It is on my hand and I think it is really cute.

Here is the scarf that will go with the hat.  I am trying to decide if I want to do a full scarf or put a button on this and make it a cowl type thingy.  It is done in the faggot stitch and is so easy to do.  But it has big enough 'holes' in it that I could easily put a button on it and make it more of a cowl.  What do you all think?

But the majority of my time was taken up doing this:

This is my Daughter's Easter dress.  I really enjoyed sewing again but I forgot how much time it takes to do things the RIGHT way.  I want to show you a close up of the bottom.

My Daughter is not very tall (5'1") but this dress hit her above her knee.  She told me that she wanted it to be the middle or below the knee as she is no longer 6 years old (not by a looooong shot) so I told her to go and find some trim to put on the bottom.  She found both of these at Hobby Lobby.  We have enough of both to do her a headband also to match the dress if she so chooses.

I can not believe we are at the end of March and this blog a long will be ending in a few months.  I did ask the administrators if we could do it again for another year.  I have been so much better at blogging this past year and my projects are actually getting done.  They said that there didn't seem to any reason why we could not do another one next year too!  I hope they meant it.  I have met some very talented people on this group and have gotten inspired by many of you.  Your comments have helped me make some decisions that I otherwise would not have made.

Anyway, that being said, here is how my list looks now:


3 Log cabin squares (when ever) Knitted  (in progress)
Hexipuff (one a day for as long as it takes) Crochet (on hold for the moment)
Mittens for Jenn .  Knitted (have the yarn)
LaLas prayer shawl (when ever) Knitted ( in progress) For Christmas 2012
Cancer Ribbon Shawl (when ever) Crochet ( in progress)
Alpaca/Silk Prayer Shawl Crochet (in Progress for Christmas 2012)
4 blooming pillows (Have the yarn) Crochet for Christmas 2012
4 – 8 pairs of socks (Have the yarn) Knit for Christmas 2012
2 hats and 3 scarves for men.  (Have the Yarn) (one set in progress) Knit or Crochet for Christmas 2012
17 dishcloths (in progress) Knit for Christmas 2012
Mittens and Scarf (have the yarn and scarf in progress) Christmas 2012


 Here is the list of things that are finished:

****Finished******
Hat and Scarf (November gift)  Knitted (finished July 2011)
 Scarf for Jadin (by October 10th) Knitted  (finished October 2011)
Wedding Ring Afghan (finished in October 2011)
 Bedsock (Christmas) Crochet or knitted, haven't decided (Finished October 2011)                
 Hat for Josie (Finished October 2011)
wedding ring afghan (Christmas) Crochet (Finished in December 2011)
Bedsock(Christmas)  (Finished November 201
Scarf for Jenn (Finished December 23rd!!  2011)
Scarf for Josie (Finished December 26th 2011)
One man’s hat (Finished January 2012)
5 dishcloths (Finished February 2012)
1 log cabin block done (Finished February 2012)
Comfort Shawl (Finished March 2012)  Christmas 2012/ Crochet
1 dishcloth (finished March 2012)
Hat (finished March 2012)

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

It is finished!

I have finished projects to show this week.  WOOHOO!  About time, huh?

Here is the picture of the finished shawl for DD for Christmas.  (She is standing over my shoulder looking at this)  Like she doesn't know what it is going to look like since she is the one that bought the pattern and yarn.

I still need to block it yet.  It is only 30% mohair so all I am worried about are the points on the end of each side.  Do you think it will block being only 30% wool and 70% acrylic?

Here is another shot of it.  Please excuse the mess in the background but this is MY craft room.

I also completed some dishcloths as I told you about last week.  Here are the completed ones.

Here is a picture of the one that is in progress.

I love this pattern.  It is called Double Bump and you can find it on Ravelry.  Super easy and fast to do and makes for a great scrubbing cloth.

So today is almost half over.  I have bathed both of the dogs, done 2 loads of laundry and am getting ready to make Spanish Rice for a family dinner tomorrow night.  Then DD and I are going to JoAnn's to pick out material for our Easter dresses.  I am also going to look for some T-pins to use for blocking.  My LYS was out of them!  I could hardly believe it.

My brother, sister in law and her mother are coming into town today for the week.  They will be staying at the apartment complex where my mom lives.  I don't know how much crafting I will get done this week as I do want to spend time with them.  But what I do get to I will tell you about next week.

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

one fourth

I just realized that I am 1/4 of the way to my goal in my new healthy life.  Not too bad for it only being 5 weeks into it.  My pants are getting looser and looser and I am now into the smallest pants and blouses I have in my closet.  Can you say Shopping Trip?  I am stoked about it too.

This has been the week from H E double toothpicks!  Let me fill you in on what has been going on.

Saturday hubby and I took our two adorable, sweet, cute doggies to get their nails clipped.  He held them on the way there (they were not very good for him).  On the way back he told me he was going to drive so I got into the car and was getting Dog #1 on my lap and was holding onto Dog #2 when Dog #2 decided he didn't want to be there so he jumped out of my arms and in the process scratched the snot out of my upper arm.  By the time we got home (5 minutes later) my arm was bruised and there were wonderful little claw marks on it.  Hurt like a bear too!

Sunday arrives as a bright beautiful day.  It is going to be in the 80's so we pull the cover off our shade awning so we can open it up and keep part of the yard shaded so we can sit outside and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.  Hubby is so sweet and offers to go to the grocery store for me (I have already been twice and kept forgetting stuff).  So while he is gone I decide to get the table outside all cleaned off and set up for the family that is coming over for the day.  I walk from end of the yard to the other, totally forgetting that the awning has these loooooong legs on it that stick out, and my toe catches on the end of one of the legs.  Phones go flying, as well as everything else that I was carrying at the time.  I land full weight on my left knee, put my hands down to brace my fall and slide on the cool decking and land up about 2 feet into the grass.  (I guess I was speeding a bit)  I am in a panic because there is no one home.  So I think I will call my Daughter to have her come and help me.  So I grab my cell phone ( I am still laying on the ground afraid to move ).  I look at my cell phone and realize that my daughter is in Mass.  DRAT!  So there is no one else that I can think of to come and help me up.  I decide to start wiggling parts to see if anything is totally damaged.  Everything moves............I touch my knee..............owie.  But I have to get up.  So I manage to get up and hobble into the house and grab my Grand Daughter's Boo Boo bag and slap in on my knee.  Then I look down and see that my hands are bleeding where they scraped along the cool decking.  (Not the smoothest surface to slide on)  So now I hobble into the bathroom to wash them ............owie..........and pour peroxide on them.  How I love to watch that stuff bubble up.  Then I realize that our peroxide is about 10 years old.  So I call hubby and ask him to pick up a new bottle.

The day goes on as normal with me sitting with boo boo bags on my knee but it really was not all that sore then.  The next morning................................OWIE OWIE OWIE.....................now I am worried that I might have broken something in there and the base of my right thumb is on fire.  So off I go to the urgent care for xrays.  Thank the Lord.................nothing broken and the Doctor told me that for a person with Rheumatoid Arthritis I have wonderful joints.

This is day 4 post fall and I am still sore and now my ribs are hurting.  Well of course they hurt........I have been walking funny for 4 days and plus I landed pretty hard on my hands I am sure I jarred all the muscles in my upper body.  Lucky for me.................I can still knit and crochet.  HEHEHE!

Yesterday was a great day for me though.  I was able to pick up my new car that I ordered 3 weeks ago.  We thought it was going to be a month or two before it would come in.  So I am the owner of a 2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited in Sky Blue Metalic.  I love it.  It has all sorts of bells and whistles on it.  I am going to have to read the manual tonight to figure out how to work everything on it.

On a crafty note......................i have finished the body of DD Christmas Shawl and all I need to do now is the edging and then block it.  Another thing will be off my YoP list soon.  YEA!

Happy Crafting.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Dish clothes




Here is how my list looks now.

3 Log cabin squares (when ever) Knitted  (in progress)
Hexipuff (one a day for as long as it takes) Crochet (on hold for the moment)
Mittens for Jenn .  Knitted (have the yarn)
LaLas prayer shawl (when ever) Knitted ( in progress) For Christmas 2012
Cancer Ribbon Shawl (when ever) Crochet ( in progress)
Alpaca/Silk Prayer Shawl Crochet (in Progress for Christmas 2012)
4 blooming pillows (Have the yarn) Crochet for Christmas 2012
4 – 8 pairs of socks (Have the yarn) Knit for Christmas 2012
2 hats and 3 scarves for men.  (Have the Yarn) (one set in progress) Knit or Crochet for Christmas 2012
Comfort Shawl (in progress)  Christmas 2012/ Crochet
19 dishclothes (in progress) Knit for Christmas 2012
Hat, Mittens and Scarf (have the yarn) Christmas 2012

 Here is the list of things that are finished:

****Finished******
Hat and Scarf (November gift)  Knitted (finished July 2011)
 Scarf for Jadin (by October 10th) Knitted  (finished October 2011)
Wedding Ring Afghan (finished in October 2011)
 Bedsock (Christmas) Crochet or knitted, haven't decided (Finished October 2011)                
 Hat for Josie (Finished October 2011)
wedding ring afghan (Christmas) Crochet (Finished in December 2011)
Bedsock(Christmas)  (Finished November 201
Scarf for Jenn (Finished December 23rd!!  2011)
Scarf for Josie (Finished December 26th 2011)
One man’s hat (Finished January 2012)
5 dishclothes (Finished February 2012)
1 log cabin block done (Finished February 2012)

The only thing I have accomplished this past week was completing 2 dishclothes.  I won't bore you with pictures of them since they are the same patterns that I have been doing in the past.

I wish I had completed more fibery goodness in the past week.  Unfortunately I was busy every night this past week and only had about one hour per evening to do any type of crafting.  Hence the reason I only got 2 dish clothes done.

Hopefully this week will be a bit slower paced but it starts out with a bang.  I need to take my youngest chi-weenie to the vet right after work on Monday for his early check up and shots.  His vet is about 20-25 minutes away from our home.  By the time I get home it will be close to 7 and that doesn't leave much time for dinner and crafting.  So lets hope the rest of the week doesn't fill up as quickly as last week did.  I really want to CRAFT!

Family day is today.  We are doing it at my house.  We are going to BBQ hamburgers/ hotdogs and I am making home made macaroni and cheese (low fat/low calorie) and I made a no bake cheesecake for desert.  Also low fat/ low calorie.  I am still doing well on my weight reduction.  To reach my goal will probably take up to 7 months.  But it took me 10 years to gain all this fat so I figure 7 months to get rid of it is not so bad.  Even my hubby said that his pants are starting to get a bit loose on him.  He is not overweight but it wouldn't hurt for him to loose a few pounds too.  My mom and Daughter are also doing well.  We use My Fitness Plan and love it.  All three of us have dumped 10 pounds a piece.  WOOHOO

Happy Crafting!