Monday, June 19, 2006

Bath sets

I got my delivery from Apple Pie Baby & of course had to make up a set right away to see what they look like! I'll take pictures that actually look like something as soon as I get a chance. Devin has her end of the year show at school today, so she's lounging in the tub right now with some of the Bath Sand that Jayme sent. That stuff smells SOOOO good! Thank You!!!

OK, that's it for tonight. The knitting has been slow lately., so I'm really hoping to get some done tonight after Devin's show. Her last day of school is Friday, so I have to get my butt in gear!!

Thursday, June 15, 2006


Just an overview of what I'm working on...

The bracelets were given out at today's Daisy Meeting. So cute!! I got a LITTLE knitting done on the grenn bunny yesterday. I was too sleepy. It really shouldn't be a problem getting it done tomorrow. Unfortunately there will be no knitting tonight as I'm working until 9:30. Boo!! So what else is on the needles.... A blanket for my nephew-to-be. The pattern is from this book. It's the sailboat blanket. SOOO cute & super simple. A really fast knit & I can't wait to get back to it!! I must admit that I've never really been into knit baby blankets- I like quilts better- but the Shop on Blossom Street Knit Along booklet has a few that I would make. Definitely a good buy :-) Also is progress is the Irish Hiking Scarf. I started it b/c it looked simple & like a good way to learn cables. I was right- it was simple & a good way to learn cables, and really, it's a nice pattern & all... But I made it with some Red Heart Supersaver yarn that was *rescued* from my mother's basement. BLECH!!!! I hate that stuff!! I don't even like looking at it!! It's making it really hard to finish the scarf when I can't tolerate the yarn. It's such a pretty patern in a NICE yarn, but with this crap... not so much! Anyway. I can't bear to ditch it, so the scarf will get finished & put in a clothing drop box or something. Who know WHEN, but eventually. I never actually planned on finishing it. I was just gunna make a swatch to give the cable thing a try, but now I'm stuck with it. I think I'll have to make up for it by making another Irish Hiking Scarf in a nice yarn. I have a whole bunch of acrylic yarn that I don't like, but I figure if nothing else I can use it up making cat toys, or toys for my kids or something that I don't want to spend a lot of $$ on, right????? RIGHT???? Oh, and I'm working on a Fisherman Shrug for my sister, Gloria. Once again, I'm not a fan of the yarn, but she picked it out. And of course there are still washcloths in progress.

Things I want to make:
I got some hand dyed wool from The Fiber Studio in New Hampshire. I'll be making a felted bag with it. Not sure yet what pattern I'll be using. I got some beautiful hand dyed silk yarn there too... I whish I took a picture of it before making a ball b/c it was just so yummy in the hank!! The color is *Artichoke* & it's mostly purple & green with a bit of brown. That will be transformed into a scarf for Mom. I think it should be a shawl, but she wants a scarf. I may just have to do what *I* want to do with it regardless of what she wants!! And the final purchase there was purple & teal hand dyed cotton that I initially wanted to make washcloths with, but then I ran across the Rose of Sharon pattern & decided that my daughter MUST have that hat!! So those are the immediate projects that I want to make. I have binders of patterns & stacks of books of other things I want to make too... WAY too many to list.

Georgie has a B-day party for a little girl in his Day Care class coming up. I think we'll get her some dress up stuff & make her some *fancy* beaded jewlery to go with it. I just got a GC to Michael's from two of my Daisy's, so that will purchase me some beads & maybe some yarn if I can find anything I want. Why do they not have anything basic there??? I did get the cotton yarn for my nephew's blanket there & the yarn for the bunnies, but I can't seem to find anything else there that's basic & NOT acrylic!!! (Blech!!!)

And a little self reflection here:
I think I need to work on more challenging patterns. I feel like everything I make is so simple. I need to just give it a try & work on something more challenging. It just kills me so much to rip things out... I don't want to start something unless it's a project that I know I can make! Or that I can at least make look somewhat decent.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Bracelets & other randomness....

I finished the bracelets last night. Nothing fancy- they're for five & six-year-olds:I must say- it's much easier stringing little glass beads onto floppy stretchy cord when you're not drinking Baccardi Razz & Diet Coke!! LOL! They were super simple... it was just my love for Rum & Coke that made it take this long!! All that's left is to package them & write note cards to each girlie.

Another washcloth that I made:

My charting skills aren't so great. I didn't take into account that the squares on the graph paper wouldn't be the same shape as my stiches. It's a squat little star, but it's a happy star.... Oh well. Devin's class has named themselves the *Stars* so she's insisting that her teachers get star washcloths with their gifts. Her main teacher is Ms. Blanco, & Devin wanted her to get a white star washcloth. I found a nice lacey star pattern & totally messed it up, so I have to get more cotton & make a new one. The messed up one has gone to my mom (it really wasn't worth taking a picture of!!) and despite it's uglyness it still manages to get her clean. Who can ask for more? The reverse bloom washcloths that I've made so far were in Crystal Palace Cotton Chenille, but once I finish the one I'm making now I'm trying them with cotton. Unfortunately not the nice organic cotton that I made the star ones out of, but beggers can't be choosers! It will be nice enough.
And this is the bunny that I'm making a few more of:

It's the easiest bunny pattern in the world. That was my first attempt & I was apparetly distracted when I made him b/c I have no clue what I did to his ears!!! I've figured it out since & I promise it's much nicer! I think I've made 4 so far in all different yarns. They're a big hit with my kids!!

Monday, June 12, 2006

About time I got one of these....

So, I decided it was time I jumped on the blog bandwagon. I think my friends are beyond bored with hearing about my latest knitting projects... My kids they'll still listen to me about b/c really, they're my KIDS... But I think they're just done listening to me ramble about knitting!! I figure I would ramble on about things here & you would only wind up here if you were actually looking for something I was babbling about :-D Now if I could only figure out what I was doing.... I started with a few pix, b/c who doesn't love pix?? Those two cuties up there are my kids... I love them like crazy!!

This is my latest obsession- knit washcloths!! I'm making a bunch of the reverse bloom flower washcloths from Weekend Knitting

then I'm gifting them to the teachers with gift sets that Jayme is making me from Apple Pie Baby

That fantabulous quilt is a crayon quilt made by the girls in the Daisy Troop I lead. We're donating it to Project Linus. Thanks to Mom for doing most of the sewing!!

OK, I think that's it for my first post :-) Time to tuck the kids into bed then get moving on making beaded bracelets for my Daisies (need to make 6 more by Thursday) and two more knit bunnies for my cousin's baby shower this weekend.