Archive for January, 2008

Online Craft Club Show and Tell #17

I’ve been a busy, busy girl this week. And I’ve also made time to craft. :)

You remember the hat, right?
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And then I picked up the Fantasy Ride and came within a couple-three hours of finishing that lower right corner.
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And then I found the Wonderful Wallaby pattern. Yesterday, as soon as I had done some cleaning of the leftover mess (yeah I know I said I was going to finish that, but, it’s the Wallaby. Knitting crack, see? ) and written lesson plans for Spidey, I cast on one for Drama.
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She asked me first thing this morning if it was done yet. Clearly the child has a warped view of the knitting process. So, what have you been making?

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Here’s what you do:

Take a picture of your current project, whatever that happens to be. Or maybe one you recently finished. Or the materials for the one you are about to start. Let’s say materials for a project in whatever state it happens to be in at the time you snap it. On Friday, post the picture and tell us about your project. What you did, or what you are going to do. How much you are enjoying it, or hating it. You know–show and tell.

Just copy & paste the code below the graphic and get crafty with me!

Be sure to come back and leave a comment so we know where to find you!
[tags]Online Craft Club[/tags]

Vindicated on Wonderful Wallaby

Some time ago, in fact so long ago that I am not going to go look for it, I think I told you I had purchased the pattern for the Wonderful Wallaby. In fact, I think I went so far as to mention that TheClone and I were going to make WWs all around. Then, later, but still several months ago, I mentioned that I thought I had bought the pattern, but I couldn’t find it. Well, boys and girls, remember me telling you I built a library? Today I am tackling the mess left in the entryway of the house, and I found a hold out box of books. Books that used to be on the cart beside my desk and that got moved in stacks to somewhere else, and and and. They went to their new homes one by one today, and there, between two books was sandwiched my pattern. Oh, Baby. Wallaby, Wallaby, Wallaby.

I am virtuously holding off casting on until I finish dealing with the clutter from the moving around of major furniture type stuff, but then? Will there be cruises? No. There will be wallaby knitting going on in this house.

I can touch them all

So, I’ve been building a library, which you may or may not know. Here’s what I know you don’t know, because I haven’t mentioned it to anyone yet: My knitting books are now on the shelves right beside my desk. Ya’ll I have knitting books beside my desk! Like, half a shelf. Which isn’t an incredible LOT of knitting books, but it’s a lot more than I had beside my desk before. I can pull them out at will for inspiration or instruction. In fact, the only way this could possibly be better would be if they were on the top shelf instead of the bottom. (My teaching books are the top instead.)(Cook books in the middle, just knew you had to know.)

In other news, I am still working on Fantasy Ride, and I am hopeful to have the second quadrant done by Friday. Also, there are doc appointments this afternoon, and I am debating trying to take it or finding some knitting to take instead. Decisions, decisions again. If I had as many diamond rings as I have possible projects ….. I could sell some of them and buy more knitting books.

1 down, 11 to go

And that one is the hat for Country that I purchased the yarn for forever ago. I should probably wait until Friday to tell you about it, but I just can’t. Unfortunately, I’ve told you just about all I know. I used a size 10 set of circs and I cast on 80 stitches. I went around and around until I was almost out of yarn. I decreased. I finished. The end. Lost the ball band, so I don’t even know what it is. Yes, I do! It’s the first FO of 2008!

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Hi, my name is Cass and I have a yarn addiction. If you run any drug treatment centers for that malady, please DO NOT contact me.

Online Craft Club Show and Tell #16

Oh, I had a mini goal on my way to my main goal of 12 projects this year, and I met it!
I wanted to get the lower left quadrant of Fantasy Ride completed and I finished it last night! Exciting times, I tell you! It was really iffy, because as I was stitching along yesterday evening, the knitting bug bit. I mean, I was jonesin’ for the needles, ya’ll. It was bad in here! But I held myself back by pattern gazing instead. I am thinking about doing something like Sweetness for Spidey’s mal-fitting sweater. I am thinking about PrepSchool for a friend of mine (yeah, Ted, that means you!) But I am also considering the lower right quadrant of this piece. Decisions, decisions. And what I really, really, really want to do is finish Sonnet. Except I am beginning to think I ate the yarn in my sleep. Perhaps it is time to file a claim on my home insurance. What exactly is the value of a sweater months in the making, though?

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Here’s what you do:

Take a picture of your current project, whatever that happens to be. Or maybe one you recently finished. Or the materials for the one you are about to start. Let’s say materials for a project in whatever state it happens to be in at the time you snap it. On Friday, post the picture and tell us about your project. What you did, or what you are going to do. How much you are enjoying it, or hating it. You know–show and tell.

Just copy & paste the code below the graphic and get crafty with me!

Be sure to come back and leave a comment so we know where to find you!
[tags]Online Craft Club[/tags]

Holidays are for stitching and goal setting

I have decided I really like holidays, because on holidays, I sit around and stitch. Let’s just say that on Friday, you will be very surprised :)

So, I’ve been thinking, as I have been stitching, about what I want to do craft-wise this new year. I sort of have my in my mind that I would like to finish a project per month. That’s a goal of just 12 projects, and I usually go way over that, so I have to make a hitch in it: I’d like to finish 12 projects without spending any money on supplies. Can I create for 365 364 days without dipping into paypal? No Joann or AC Moore? Should I build myself a way out? I know, for instance, that I will need a frame before I can declare Fantasy Ride completely finished, but I also know that if I go to buy that frame, other things will find their way into my cart, much like I went to Joann last summer to buy buttons and quilt backing and ended up with supplies for another quilt. I can get the project ready to frame for free though.

And I really, really want a copy of Big Girl Knits, too. Hmm, I guess a goal isn’t worth anything if it doesn’t cause you to stretch just a bit, huh? But no money at all? For a year? That may be a bit too tight. Let’s try this: once I finish those 12, then I can buy something if I want to. According to my budget software, this is a very good idea.

Only One?

I was just looking at my WIPs page and had a shocking realization: technically, I only have one active yarn-type project OTN. Seriously! There are actually 5 projects, but 2 are scrap, one I don’t have the rest of the yarn for, and one I have lost the last ball. That leaves one, people, just ONE. How did that happen? I am practically projectless!

I also looked at my stash page and nothing interested me today, more than the project I am currently doing, so I think I’ll end up cross-stitching some more today. I am burning that Fantasy Ride up. Of course, it helps that there are major open areas in the work, LOL! How it came to be that my stash page doesn’t make me drool is beyond my comprehension, though. That’s just weird.

Hmm, I meant to have a big long entry here, but having now said what I had to say, I think I’ll go stitch. After I finish blogging, of course.

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