Archive for October, 2008

So, how was your weekend?

Mine was mighty fine! Dh got up and got some of the children ready to go to the ball field on Saturday morning. They were still in the driveway at 7:30 when the phone rang, and it was one of the board members letting me know all the games were canceled. I do enjoy football season, don’t get me wrong. It’s busy, and exciting and frenetic and all that stuff, and it’s a very big deal for the whole family. But I do love the sound of “canceled”. It just feels good in my brain at this time of year, because it is literally found time, and in this case, it was about 12 hours of found time.

The fact that dh was still in the driveway was an extra bonus, and meant that no gas was wasted with him driving across town. Since he’s currently NOT employed (yeah, I know, I neglected to mention that), any savings is a good thing.

And it get’s even better! Mama saw my tweet about no games, and hopped on IM to ask me if I wanted her to come get me to go to her house and bead. I giggled, because I was already setting up to bead at my desk. Needless to say, I packed it back up and Country and I spent the day over at Mama’s beading and yapping. It was great! I made 7 pieces, plus there was shopping. Does anyone else run out of findings, go after more, and end up with new beads, too? Yeah? Thought so.

I totally need to update the bead stash pictures. Also, the jewelry store page and maybe the finished object page, too. Muhahahahahahahah

Productively Speaking

You know, this week, I have spent a lot of time beading (yeah, I hinted at that in the last post, and it is absolutely true). Now that means I haven’t been able to spend as much time blogging as I usually do, because I can’t do both. Well, not with my current set-up, but watch this:

And this:

How fantastic would it be to be able to blog and bead. Or blog and knit? Or blog and put on my makeup? Or blog and paint my nails? More to the point, what if I could create my Cass in the Kitchen post for the week while I was actually cooking? Or blog a knit pattern as I create it? Yeah, see? Now, I would need to buy a Blue Tooth noise cancellation microphone to use it, but I think the time savings would be so worth it! I could earn enough with the products I could make in the time I usually spend typing to cover the cost.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 Preferred Dragon Naturally Speaking can capture and transcribe up to 150 words per minute. Now, I took the typing test and I can only type about 58 words per minute. BTW, they need to work on Dragon’s typing speed test! . Or maybe I didn’t understand it, or maybe I just suck, because it never told me I was finished, and the timer kept going until I was down to a very discouraging 16 words a minute. But I won’t hold that against them, since DNS is a speech recognition program, not a typing program, LOL.

MacSpeech Dictate If your to-do list looks anything like mine, you should check it out. It could be like finding an extra couple of hours in your day! Oh, and if you are a Mac user, no worries. You’re covered, too:

So now, will you all quit blogging by typing all the time, and make something to share with the Online Craft Club? Please?!?

Online Craft Club #46

This week, I got nothing to show ya. I did work on Stuntman’s Wallaby on the way to a family reunion Sunday, but that’s all the needlework I’ve done. But just wait until Wednesday. It’s gonna be big, ya’ll. Muhahahahahhaha!

Since I;ve got nuttin’, it’s all on you, Show me what ya got!

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!

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The Wednesday Beading Report for October 8, 2008

Well, I almost didn’t post this. I got a chance to go bead instead of just writing about it, and so I did. And I made some cool stuff. But I don’t have pictures of it all. I decided though, that I could show you what I did have pictures of, and that would be a good thing! Am I rambling? I think I must be. HAHA! I’ve invented sleep-blogging! It’s like drunk-blogging, only sober and very tired. Ok. Pictures. And maybe some words.

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These two glass lanyards were custom orders.

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This piece I made for myself to wear to a family reunion on Sunday. I was wearing Skimmer with a bright orange cardigan, and thought a new necklace would just “finish” the look. I came very close to selling it to my aunt right off my neck, but she elected to have me make a longer one instead. Gotta love that kind of advertising, eh?

And here are a couple of pieces for the jewelry store:
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Incredible Egg Art

No, I am not announcing a new hobby. I know that’s what you think, but seriously, I’m happy for now with what I already do. But that doesn’t mean I don’t gasp in delight when I see some of the awesome things other people create as hobby art. I saw this picture about a month ago, and gasp I did.

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Isn’t that the most incredibly delicate thing you have seen in, like, forever? I mean, I have made some pretty stunning things in my time, if I do say so myself (right this minute, I am thinking about the lace baby dress) but seriously, I am humbled looking at that egg!

treeoflife 190x300 And look at this one! A tree of life right on the egg! That just amazes me. I hace always liked the tree of life designs, because they remind me of my family. I mean, come on, I have as many children as there are branches in that tree. Practically. For all intents and purposes. Especially if you count the ones that I didn’t give birth to that just hang around here. I should knit me a sweater with that design in it. It could replace the embroidered sweatshirt I got three kids ago and don’t wear anymore because not all my kids are on it. Anyway. I think I might be digressing.

So, where was I? Oh yes, I saw these eggs from L.D Bolton Arts a couple of months ago, and I begged to be able to tell you about them, because I know that my readers love beautiful things, and could appreciate the time and skill that goes into something like that. Go check them out, because the two I have showed you??? Those are just the tip of the iceberg eggshell.

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Continuous Cables by Melissa Leapman

9780307346872I was pleased to receive a copy of Continuous Cables to review the other day, and I have to tell you this is one luscious book. When I opened it, I was pleased to see, right in the front, instructions with lots of pictures. I like instructions, and I especially like ones with plenty of pictures! Various knitters have assured me in the past that cables were not that difficult, and now I am actually considering whether or not it might be possible to believe that. It seems odd to have knit all this time and never cabled, but, well, there ya go. I’m still quite intimidated, but I actually think it might be possible. In fact, I could maybe start with the aptly named “Simple Hat” which seems marginally less frightening than inserting my leg into a meat grinder. Yeah, I know, it is usually not like me to be a timid knitter. But umm, ya’ll. I tackled kitchener without blinking. I’ve written and sold my own successful soaker pattern. I can knit whatever you want to order with no pattern at all. But cables scare me.

However, there are some pieces in here that may make me overcome my fear. I like the Honeysuckle Sleeveless Shell and the Quick to Knit Bulky Pullover. I’d have to tighten up the armholes on the shell, but that wouldn’t be overly difficult. And the Tweed Hoodie, in my favorite RED might be a possibility. I could kill two new skills with one project there, since it needs a zipper and I have never put one in a knitted project before.

In the back is a stitch dictionary for like a bazillion of the closed figure cables that star in this book. Yeah, it’s not called Continuous Cables because it’s a big fat book. It’s called Continuous Cables because the figures all close. I’m embarrassed to admit that I was a LONG way int0 book before I realized that. Hey! Quit laughing. I told you cables intimidate me!

After looking through the book, I though the designs looked vaguely familiar. Not in a bad way, like all the same, just familiar as in comfortable. Sure enough, Melissa Leapman has published patterns in Interweave Knits and Knitter’s, and that’s where I recognized her from. She also authored Cables Untangled.

Continuous Cables goes on sale October 8th.

A Great Giveaway

Do you live in an area where you can get Charter internet? Because if you do, you need to perk up! They have got an awesome promotion going on right now, provided you think saving money PLUS maybe winning a car is awesome. And not just any car, either, it’s the new Honda Civic Hybrid worth $24,000. Yeah, color me green with envy. Well, no, color me polished metal, which is the color of the car in question. This car gets up to 45 miles per gallon. People, I am averaging 16 or so in my minivan, maybe a bit more since we took it back to the shop and had the sensor adjusted. I could totally use a hybrid car.

Alas for me, Charter doesn’t service my area, so I feel comfortable letting you all know about “Save Green, Go Green” sweepstakes. I might would be more selfish if there was a chance that I could win. You can read the complete rules here, and then enter by subscribing to Charter. They offer some sweet phone/internet/cable packages much like the one I have. It’s convenient to only have to worry about one bill each month, instead of three. Do me a favor though: If you do sign up, once you are a customer please recommend they expand to cover coastal North Carolina, ok?

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Online Craft Club #45

This week, I made a hat. It’s a child’s hat for a child who needs a hat, and that’s about all I want to say about that.

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So what have you made lately?

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!

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