September 8, 2013 at 9:33 am (Uncategorized)
It was a very long week with no posting and was pleasantly surprised to find that my blog was nominated for the One Lovey Blog award! Thank you Cinn!!!!
1. Thank the person(s) who nominated you.
2. Post the award graphic.
3. List seven random facts about yourself.
4. Nominate seven other blogs & let them know that they have been nominated.
Seven Random Facts About Me:
- I own an island (on the rock river with no power or running water).
- I am a total dork….proof: MS in statistics and I design star trek beer cozies.
- I have a great dog (who is also very photogenic).
- I am married to a great guy that puts up with all of the following of my obsessions:
- Knitting- there is yarn everywhere
- Shoes: I love how a great pair of heels can make you feel ready to conquer.
- I LOVE books….mostly fiction, but I do read a little of everything
Here are the seven blogs I nominate for the One Lovely Blog Award (in no particular order):
- Makewise Designs
- Slipped Stitches
- Let’s Face the Music
Thanks again Cinn!!
June 27, 2013 at 7:01 pm (Knitting, Uncategorized)
I’ve been working on the Kitchen Sink Bag for a week now, and am a little disappointed in the results.
Two big problems. First, the basketweave does NOT look the same in when knit in the round as it does when knit flat. Not to mention it was REALLY hard to keep track of odd and even rows when knitting in the round, so I kept making mistakes, which makes it look even worse! See the difference (1) knit flat vs. (2) knit in the round.
Second, I came to the finally row of repeating mesh pattern and should begin ending the bad and creating the handle. It is SO short and squat! Since the mesh pattern is so stretchy, seems silly to have such a wide bag of it.
So, after a week of effort, and an almost finished bag, do I frog the project and start over, removing the basketweave and making the pattern less wide and more high? Or maybe I should just finish it up, make this my boat tote bag (towels, sunscreen and a book should fit) and use the cream yarn I still have to make another they way I want it. Thoughts?
June 20, 2013 at 7:46 pm (Knitting, Uncategorized)
We recently purchased all new furniture for our office, which of course forces us to clean out and reorganize the office. One thing it made me realize is just how big my stash is and how many started and unfinished projects were hidden in the closet. So I am determined to use or get rid of the stash and only purchase yarn for a specific project and only when I am actually working on it!!!!!
So, project one…I found some great cotton yarn and have started on a project, a bag Itsybitsy and Kitchen Sink Bags
I used to a have similar bag (and I LOVED it) that I had purchased at Whole Foods, but it was much think yarn and eventually, it fell apart.
Got started last night with the project and found the basket weave stitch to be SO DIFFICULT!!! Then tonight, some luck struck….my needles broke!!! And I can say how glad I am they did. I was using some cheap bamboo needles that had been purchased on ebay and when I switched to a pair of Boyes metal needles that was a HUGE difference. Basket weave stitch is not as difficult because the yarn can move some much easier with the new needles.
I hope this means with the office clean up and the new project that t I can get rid of all my crappy bamboo needles and eventually replace them all with all!!!!!!!
February 21, 2012 at 5:03 pm (Uncategorized)
I feel I have been working on these gloves way to long…I started back in January and I am still not finished with one. Close but not quite. In my defense, I have had to make a LOT of adjustments to the pattern, my husband’s hands are as wide as the pattern, but not as long. The original pattern looks a lot like what I have done below, but the waste yarn is there to add a cap to the gloves.
With the cap it looks like, I still need to add a cap for the thumb:
I also need to get started on my Project Yarnway challenge project, but I know what a mess that will be as soon as I open up all those beads!!!! On the bright side, there are already flowers coming up. I can’t believe it. I has not gotten out of the 40′s on the good days….but here is the proof!
It is making me dream of summer…I can’t wait until it is warm enough to put hte dock back out and sit by the water in the sun.
May 10, 2010 at 11:06 am (Uncategorized)
So, I have not had my mac, so I finished this over a week ago and still have not posted it! This is Bobbi’s Bahama Beach Bag that I created for the April challange.
Therre are desciptions of the challenge and my orginal sketches here:
I love the final design. It is kind of like a backpack. When you grab the straps, it closes the top of the bag!
The timing was prefect, I was able to deliver the bag while Tom and I were in Florida for a short vacation.
We spent a lot of the time on the beach.
Not sure what to do with the ton of seashells we found!
It was clouldy the first few days, but it was warm the whole time we were there.
We also found some scary looking jelly fish!
Some of them were deflated….
The artists of this sandcastle insisted that they be incldued in any photos of it…
The last day on the beach was very sunny and great! I love sunshine!
May 10, 2010 at 10:54 am (Uncategorized)
I got my new mac! It is so awesome. I went with a 17″ MacBook Pro with a solid state drive. SO cool. It has been so hard to keep up with stuff when I have to borrow Tom’s computer….I am so glad to have my mac back! I decided to name it Big mac since it is so huge! Mr. Macky has now been retired. It still works as long as I use an external monitor.
April 26, 2010 at 12:43 pm (Uncategorized)
I finish the front of the bag and I was not happy!
It was so wide and then came in sharply to the where the handles would have been. And the sockinette stitch on the bottom was too loose!
So I decided to start over. I got some more yarn (added some color). I did love the lattice stitch, so that will stay, but the idea for the bag now is much different. I decided to make a bag kind of like a backpack that the straps go all the way through the top of the bag so when you pick up the straps it closes the bag. I also changed the bottom so it is a different color, in moss stitch and with a smaller needle so it wouldn’t be loose like the last one.
Here is the new sketch and materials:
The new swatch (upside down!)
I finished up the back of the bag. The large holes are for the strap to run out of the back and connect to the bottom of the bag.
March 29, 2010 at 8:31 am (Uncategorized)
Yeah, we are going to Florida! Tom is doing a training session in Florida at the end of May, so he has a free flight out threre. I found I had enough miles on my card to get my flight for free as well! So we are booked and getting 4 days in the sun. Mmmm, beach, here I come!!
March 23, 2010 at 8:17 am (Uncategorized)
I have a no leak coffee cup, that apparently leaked!! There was so much coffee in my bag and now the screen on my mac is destroyed. I called apple and fixing it would cost so much, it is worth just buying another!
Poor Mr. Macky! I already miss him!
March 16, 2010 at 6:59 pm (Knitting, My Designs, Uncategorized)
This month the challenge was to knit/crochet any type of item you want, but 80% or more of the materials used must be something that is traditionally not used for knitting.
I decided that I wanted to design a hat of sea grass (I was dreaming of summertime out on the boat). I ordered some sea grass that is supposed to be used for weaving baskets or furniture. The description said it was only 3.5 mm wide, so I thought it could work.
unfortunately, when it came, I saw it is quite fat and stiff. When I tried knitting with it as it was, the results were not good!
So I started taking the stuff apart and found that it had several strand of seagrass weaving through it. Each piece was a reasonable size and had one fat end and on slender end.
I then started using individual strands of grass to create a swatch to see how it would look knitted.
It was messy, but I kind of like it. I think that making sure the hat has an intentional messy shape and look to it may just work. I like staying with the whole natural concept I have going for the hat, so I got some tiny shells, sea glass and flowers carved from conch shells to give that hat a little more character. Here is my sketch for the design, BeachComber
The sea grass is stiff unless it is wet, so I found I am having to knit over the kitchen sink! Here is my cast on…
I have not got far yet, but so far, the hat looks like this…..