Monday, August 31, 2009
Crap, I miss him.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
I have a SIL that loves butterflies and green tones, so this is probably hers.
I haven't decided if I'm keeping this one or giving it away. The more I look at it, the more I like it.
The last necklace I made was for a friend who loves grey and yellow, especially together. There are grey bugle and seed bead between the larger glass beads, and frosted glass yellow beads in there as well.
There were also a couple of bracelets made, using a new-to-me technique I found in a beading magazine. These started as just bags of jump rings and beads. I had fun with two sets of pliers, and the rings and beads! I love, love, love the copper one with the blue beads. It's hard to see, but the blue beads actually have a copper edge to them - so nice! These may or may not go out as gifts - I'm having a tough time letting them go.
Of course, since I've been home, I haven't even looked at the jewellery stuff! I want to make more of this stuff - I just need to find the time.
And the good news - bad news in the computer arena - remember our home computer pooched itself when we got back from our vacation? Well, the hard drive is fine, meaning all our files are intact (pictures, and patterns and music, oh my!).
But the motherboard is fried. Great, let's spend MORE money...
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
So happy with this choice! I went into the dealership on Friday night, and walked out owning this car. I picked it up Monday, and I think I love it even more. It's dark charcoal grey (because we know how important colour is), and has everything I wanted. And only 8 km on the odometer when I picked it up! (there's a few more kms on it now...)
Nothing that came up at auction was right, so instead of making sacrifices, or settling for something, we went with new.
They even took my Civic as a trade in and gave me more than I would have thought - unbelievable what a good detailing and engine shampoo can do for the resale look of a car...
It got the seal of approval from my son and his friend, so that's good.
All in all, I feel really good considering I just spent thousands of dollars on something other than yarn... but the bathroom renos have been put back a bit - the guy doing them had a bit of a family emergency, so we've adjusted the timetable. At least it didn't happen in the middle of the reno!
Monday, August 24, 2009
felt fabric stickers:
some are serious:
some are just fun:
whatever they are, they are fun to make and I love giving them.
This reminds me, I have a couple of birthdays and a baby or two coming - must dig out the non-Christmas supplies...
Friday, August 21, 2009
do you line your knit bags? And what do you use for a closure? I'm working on one now--not fair isle but several kinds of yarn in varying rows.
I used to make a lot of knitted bags - specifically the Sophie felted bag with beaded handles. (sorry - I tried to find the pattern - it was free on MagKnits a while ago, and now that MagKnits has gone, I can't find it. I can't get the Knotions site to load, it might be there...) Because the felted fabric became so dense, there was no need to line these. However, when I make the little fair isle bags that are not felted, I do tend to sew in a lining. I sew, so whipping up a lining takes a few minutes on the machine, then I hand sew it to the top of the knitted bag. I try to find a tightly woven cotton, in a fun co-ordinating print, if possible. Simple stuff.
I usually don't put a closure on, but if it gapes, a quick sewn-on large snap does the trick.
I'll post pictures of the bag as it continues - I like these little bags for the quickness of them, and the dent they make in my (somewhat large) stash of Briggs and Little...
And I will detail the jewellery and cards I made while away - I'm stretching this out as much as i can, since I've had very little down time to knit since we've been back!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I also worked on some socks - finished up one in Opal (yarn gifted to me by the ever generous Helga). I have to cast on the next one, and will do so this week. I also finished up a pair of bamboo socks - probably to be gifted to my Mom - they're not finished here, but I did finish them on the drive home. The sock mojo is returning!
I started a couple of cotton stretch socks - fast moving due to the thicker yarn, larger needles (3.0mm instead of my usual 2.25mm)and fewer stitches. I had forgotten my small circulars that I use to start toes, and started these on dpns - a little tough for the first couple of rounds, but doable. Good to know. I decided to work both of these at the same time (it's not like I don't have enough needles), and see how that goes.
I also started a little project - it's a purse-like bag - smallish, but not too small, in a Celtic circle pattern in some black and red Briggs and Little yarn I had hanging around. I've made bags like this before, in fair isle patterns, and they were well received as gifts, so I thought I would try it again.
So all in all, a good week. I relaxed with family, and did some things that make me happy. Can't ask for much more than that.
Monday, August 17, 2009
I love the cottage, can't think of any better place to spend a summer week, my husband feels the same way, and we seem to instilled that feeling into our kid. Perfect.
Then we came home. The town decided to dig up a square of our driveway to replace a valve, but then did not repave it, so I have a 30cm square of gravel in the middle of the driveway. The newspaper (which I had stopped) did not stop until Wednesday, so my friend who was looking after the place, had extra stuff to lug into the house. And the best part - the main home computer decided to crap out. (I think it was virused). I can't get my email at home, all my pictures and music are stored on it (yes, I know I should back these things up. We talked about it at the cottage, and I was picking up a bunch of flash drives for that very reason this week). We can probably recover the data, but still. It pisses me off.
But... we had a great week off - I knit, I beaded, I made cards, I spent a whole lot of quality time with my husband, son and nephew (who had some homesickness issues, but we dealt with it). I cam back to work and found that most things were looked after for me while I was away (I had preplanned for most contingencies), so that was a nice surprise.
I will find some time to download the pictures of my crafty stuff soon - promise.
I really missed reading other's blogs! It's not enough of a reason to get wi-fi at the cottage, but it's close...
Friday, August 07, 2009
I've already packed the necessities - knitting, beading projects and some card making supplies (the kids can help with them - I've stocked a bunch of kid-friendly stickers and such).
As far as knitting, I'm taking the olive green cotton/rayon Luna cardigan, some socks (2 pairs in progress, and enough yarn for a few others), more Noro Silk Garden for another Andrea poncho/skirt, and the never ending Montego Bay silk/merino scarf. On top of that, I've got enough beading material for numerous necklaces and chained bracelets (I'm dangerous around those DIY bead magazines...), and tons of stuff to make a whack of Christmas cards. (the kids can have the Halloween stickers and stuff). I know, I'm only going for a week. But what if the car breaks down, or a tree takes out the road, and we're stuck there? It could happen. (I'm ignoring the fact that there are telephones and other things that will stop this from being an issue, but it's my vacation and if I want to pretend it could go on forever, I will.)
But the kid and I are starting the vacay off right - tonight after work, we're heading off to see "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince". He doesn't know it yet - I'll pick him up and head right to the theatre - curious to see how long it takes him to figure it out...
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
I know the Olympics are every 4 years, however, I really think in this family, we're going to make it an annual event.
And I did knit this weekend as well - there are finished pictures of the bulky cardigan, but since tonight is my Guild meeting, I'm going to give them first look at the finished product (they always get it second hand, after seeing the pictures here).