Monday, March 30, 2009

Conservative Coaster

I'm a moderator in the Politically Incorrect Conservatives group on Ravelry. I decided to put together a conservative care package for the other moderator (the group founder). This is a coaster/mug rug I made for her from Caron Simply Soft (again, the white and red are Eco and the blue is the much better original). I really like how it came out. Here's the link.

She's also getting a Neal Boortz book (Somebody's Gotta Say It), a yard of Republican fabric, some red/white/blue ribbon, a handmade bookmark, three balls of Knit Picks Palette yarn (red/white/blue), and a handmade card.

I know many of you are far from conservative, so feel free to ignore this post if you wish!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Front Finished

Still working on the back. Coming along nicely!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Almost Finished & Gift Knitting


This is the almost-finished A Little Bird Told Me... bag for my cousin, Sabrina. I just need to run it through the wash to felt it. I'm a bit concerned about the size of the flap... looks a little small to me. I followed the pattern exactly; it has a drawstring closure, so maybe that's why the flap is so tiny for the size of the bag? I think I'll stitch a flower on the flap once it's finished.

Here's my newest WIP:

It's the Knotty Pillow from the January/February 2009 issue of Crochet Today magazine. It's for Arthur (my brother) for Christmas. He'll love it... just his style. I'm using Caron Simply Soft in the Twig and Wheat colorways (it's the Eco yarn, which I really don't like (white tufts of fiber throughout, squeakier/more plasticky feeling, etc), but it's all the Walmart carries... they seem to have done away with the regular Simply Soft).

Friday, March 27, 2009

Baby Crafting

So many babies are on their way! My cousin is expecting her first, my SIL is expecting their first, and my old best friend from grade school is also expecting her first!

I don't know sexes yet, only on my friend's baby (a girl). We are expecting Isabella Celine May 3. I've started on her baby gifts and have this finished so far:



This bib was very quick to make and was great for using up scraps of Peaches & Creme leftover from my RAK dishcloths. I'll run it through the wash before gifting to soften it up and block it.

There are two buttonholes on the strap for adjustment. Here are close-ups of detail:




Thursday, March 26, 2009

FOs and Yarn

Shawn's Macbook cozy is finished!



My own design, drawstring at the top, the apple logo chart is from the Techguy Socks pattern and is duplicate stitched on.

I also have cloth number four of my RAK that's going to Portugal finished:

Magical Threads is the yarn store here in Dahlonega. I had been in a few times before, but was unimpressed by the selection and staff. The yarn was in the garage and you had to be let in and someone waited while you browsed. I always felt pressured and that the staff was aggravated that I'm not a quilter (their main focus). Well, they have decided to move the quilting machines outside and the yarn is now in the main store. Much better! I feel so much more welcome and they have a very nice selection of yarn and notions.

They have a good sale selection as well (still in the garage, but so much better now). I got some Rowanspun 4 ply for 2.73 per skein. I've never used anything Rowan before.



I am working away on the BFF sock (now that I have new needles for it) and am almost finished with the first sock in my other pair on the needles... it's a secret for now! It's my own design and I'll show it off once the first sock is finished. I really like how it's coming along.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Friendship Afghan

It's finished! I got in all my squares, have them put together, and have finished the edging (2 rows of single crochet).

HPIM7795

HPIM7797

The squares are from all over the US, Canada, and Portugal. It's 5' x 3' in size.

I'm back at school now and am starting to get caught up on my blogs and such. I'll now be posting regularly again.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Productivity


FO! I finally finished my birthday Slippery Socks. They feel so good on my feet and I really do love the finished object. I have never made a better-fitting pair of socks.


Sock number one of the BFF Socks is finished! I really love them. So comfy. I am halfway through the leg of the second one, but it's on hold because my mom's little Yorkie baby, Gabby, decided to eat two of my needles (yes, the needles I just orded a few weeks ago and my only US 2 dpns!).

To make myself feel better about the needle tragedy, my mom and I stopped in at Creative Yarns in Macon. We had gone to the mall there and my dad stopped in the gun store. We got bored and left him to go yarn browsing. The store is moving to a new location and there's a 25% sale!!! I didn't know it when we went and found at at the check-out counter. I wanted to spend at least 25.00 to get a punch in my discount card (3 punches to go until I get 25% off my total purchase!). I was able to get 2 skeins of Tofutsies sock yarn. I have been wanting to try it out and love the colors. It looks a little splitty, but that never really bothered me before.

Spring Break is good. Uneventful, but nice to have a break. Shawn came in today, so we went on a little lunch date and will be riding horses later. Tomorrow we'll be going to Dobbins Air Reserve Base to let my mom apply for a job and then Shawn and I will be riding bikes on the Silver Comet Trail.

Friday, March 13, 2009

TGIF, For Real!

I'm Free!

The much-needed Spring Break is here! I'm heading home today and will have limited internet access (the home computer died, so I have to rely on the rare free wifi I'm able to find). I'll be posting, though, at least a few times this next week.


1. When I look to the left, I see my bedroom door, drum carder, and rat and hamster cages.
2. The living room is the room that has the best view in my home.
3. Let it work to my advantage.
4. I love finding places to get stuff done dirt cheap!
5. Opposition to crime, from murder to illegal immigration, is a responsibility that all qualified citizens must share.
6. If you have any extra yarn lying around, you know, feel free to send me some! ;-)
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to going home and relaxing, tomorrow my plans include sleeping in and, Sunday, I want to spend the whole day riding Acorn with my friend, Amanda!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

A Little Knitting

I feel like I've been a bad blogger lately. I have just been busy with school and such (the weeks before spring break are always hectic with assignments, exams, and papers!). Even so, I've been able to get some fiber crafting done...

I'm still working on Shawn's computer cozy. It's really coming along, despite how boring it is. The good thing is that I can work on it in the dark (Shawn and I have been doing a few night drives in the mountains since the weather has been so pretty lately).

The ribbing stretches to the perfect size for his Macbook.


The knitting for Sabrina's Birdie Bag is finished, only the 60 inches of stockinette for the strap is left. Seriously, not fun. After I finish the knitting, only the minimal seaming, felting, and a little embroidery left! Then it's one more in blue and a backpack in red/blue (Spiderman colors).


Sock progress. It's sad that I've been working on the Slippery Sock for so long and have so little progress! It's just not the funnest knit ever. Not difficult, but not easy either. I got in my magnetic pattern holder thing from Knit Picks and it has really helped in making the sock more enjoyable.

The BFF sock is an easy knit, but I don't work on it much (the computer bag is getting most of my attention right now).

I've been spinning some more also. On my drop spindle. Trying to get enough spun up that I can actually get started on a cardi/pullover. I'm thinking the February Lady Sweater... what do you think? Should I jump on that bandwagon? I have mixed feelings about it... I think it's beautiful, but is it something that I should make for me to wear? I never know what looks good on me. sigh


Spring Break is next week! Yay! Plans are to spend through Wednesday at home (Shawn at his house) where I'll be hanging out at the house and riding horses with a friend if the weather cooperates, Wednesday (again, weather willing) I'll have lunch with Shawn and his family then the two of us will be off to Six Flags (it's been too long!). Then he'll come to my house and we'll just spend time there, not doing much. We were thinking of possibly heading up to Chattanooga for Rock City, Ruby Falls, Lookout Mtn, etc that last weekend, but nothing set in stone yet. Shawn has never been; I practically grew up there we went so often.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Gideon (& spinning)


Picture taken March 2009.

Name: Gideon
DOB: 1999 or so
Sex: Neutered Male
Breed: Daschund/Chihuahua mix
Joined Our Family: April 1, 2002

His Story: Gideon came from the Griffin dog pound. I was in the 9th grade and wanted my own indoor dog. I had done a few searches for breeders, but never found anything I wanted or that was affordable. My parents went to the pound to see if there were any small dogs... Gideon was the only one. I was at my then-boyfriend's house at the time and didn't meet my new boy until I got home later that night. I loved him immediately.

Gideon is a stoic dog. He sleeps A LOT and isn't the clingy type that has to be petted and right there on you all the time. He shows his love in a different way that I really appreciate (I have little patience for needy animals). If he were a human, he would be a little old English man with a stiff upper lip.

He had heartworms when I got him, but I got that all taken care of. I would never have a pure Chihuahua or a pure Daschund (especially Daschund), but love my Giddy-monkey. He is even-tempered, not hyper, and is confident without being overly dominant. He's my big dog in a small dog body (he weighs about 16 lb).

Gideon sleeps with me at night and usually sleeps in longer than I do (hard to believe, sometimes!). He enjoys sun-bathing in the summer and hates the cold of winter (he sleeps under the woodburning stove when it's cold out). He is mesmerized by fire and will watch the fireplace forever if I let him. He is great with other animals, but does like to explore with Josie if he can escape the fence (we've got that fixed now, sorry Gideon!). He loves "cookies" and long walks/runs.


Gideon using Josie as a pillow. Picture taken March 2009.

Peeking at me from the bed. Picture taken summer 2006.


Picture taken summer 2005.



This is about 56 yards of bulky weight 2-ply wool (roving from SAFF). I think I'm going to spin more like this and make a new knitting bag.





Sunday, March 8, 2009

I go to school in a beautiful area




Amicalola Falls, March 7, 2009.
We climbed all 600 + steps, down and up. It was a workout.
Knitting updates coming soon!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Haircut

It's such a beautiful day out... perfect haircut weather. My haircuts are always done on a whim. I will be out doing something else and just pop in for a haircut; they are never planned.

I haven't had a cut to take off length (only trims) since spring 2006 when I chopped it all off, so my hair was pretty long. About mid-back or so. It was driving me crazy, wouldn't do anything nice, and I was longing for short hair. However, Shawn doesn't really like short hair on me (we met when my hair was a good few inches above my shoulder), so I had been putting off a short cut. Today, though, I wanted my hair cut and he said that short hair would be fine if it was the right cut... we looked at a few pictures (by the way, why are fashion and hair so ridiculous in those types of book? Who really does that?) and found a normal cut that we both liked.

I'm happy with my new hair. It feels soooo good and Shawn really likes it. My stylist and I both think that I should keep my hair somewhat short because it would help with my hair falling out. I shed like a dog and the length was just weighing it down even more and wasn't helping.

The Fill-in

1. Making and mailing someone handmade bookmarks was my last random act of kindness.
2. Another place to call home is Dahlonega.
3. It's best to use your head at least a little in matters of the heart.
4. Coffee, tea or something else?
5. It's funny how siblings raised in the same way often take separate paths.
6. Our school reminds me that there is still a place untouched in certain respects.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to sleeping, tomorrow my plans include knitting group, and, Sunday, I want to sleep in and craft a little!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Favorite Things Swap & A (Sort Of) FO

I was in the Favorite Things Swap Round 2 swap on Ravelry. You send at least three of your favorite things (and one has to be yarn) to your pal. I love Rube's favorite items!

-One Skein Robyn's Nest March 2008 Sock Club Yarn (Lucky Clover colorway) - Such pretty colors and perfect for St. Patty's Day coming up soon! Can't wait to get started on socks with this yarn.
-Jo Sharp Lumina yarn - I love the sequins!
-Rock Star Scarf pattern for the Lumina - I'll have to make this! Looks like it will be good for this yarn.
-A tiny sheep piggy bank with a Canadian coin inside - So cute!!!
-A Robyn's Nest tape measure - Can never have too many! I need one for each bag!
-Chocolate - 2 milk chocolate, 1 dark chocolate... all gone now!
-A wooden needle holder made by her brother - So nice craftsmanship! This is so useful!
-4 sheep buttons in a satin bag - SO CUTE! I love the black sheep... really completes the set!



I finally finished the bodice I was test knitting. This is a picture of it right off the needles, unblocked. It came out nice and I recommend the pattern (it will be out in May, in Altered Couture magazine). I'll get to the skirt part later in the month.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Knitting and New Toys

What little I have finished on Shawn's computer bag. It's 2x2 ribbing with a panel of stockinette (the apple logo will go here). I really like the Plymouth Encore yarn.


The BFF Sock's progress. I don't really work on this too much, just while I'm sitting at the computer. I do a few rounds here and there. It's really a quick and easy knit, though. The colorway does obscure the pattern a little, but it's better than the picture looks. I've decided to keep these for myself (ok, I'm greedy when it comes to my handknit socks), but Michelle is getting something else she'll love instead.

The second Slippery Sock is coming along; I'm almost finished with the leg. Finally.

This is my graduation gift from Moma:

A tune-up kit for my wheel. I really needed this... poor Charlotte was all rickety and wobbley.

A handmade spinning mat! My mom got it from a lady in Texas. It lays across my lap, has a built-in tape measure, and there are lots of pockets on each end. This is perfect and I love it! So unique and useful!

An Ashford umbrella swift!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't believe she actually got me one, and an Ashford to boot. She likes to keep things from the same company and I'm the same way. This is amazing and I've already used it tons. LOVE LOVE LOVE.

She normally hates to give gifts early (I'm the bad one about that), but this time she was so excited she gave it to me this weekend. But, I was told that I'm not getting anything else for graduation. I completely understand... my mom has been laid off for months now and she really had to scrimp and sacrifice to get me these things.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Before and After

I'm skipping the normal pet post this week and this before and after is in its place. I was in a t-shirt and had the windows rolled down Saturday. Sunday was a huge contrast to that. Here are some pictures of the animals that show that.

Before:

Rats playing (the cage was outside since the weather was so nice).




After:

Rats playing on the hood of my truck. They LOVED it. They would run, stop, and slide across the hood over and over.


Before:

Black Jack went with me Saturday when I went to town (isn't this the best picture?).

After:

Black Jack shivering in the cold.

Before:
Acorn waiting to be fed.

After:
Acorn hoping the snow will stop.