Monday, April 27, 2009

If you write it, they will come

Not to totally rip off a famous movie quote, but I needed an intro.

No one has read this yet.  I just keep writing, figuring someday, someone WILL read this.

I am frustrated at my lack of ability to find a FIVE PACK of double pointed needles.  I have FOUR packs, which just aren't good for socks.  Yes, I'm still trying to find a way to knit socks. 

That's all I have to say about that.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

New Projects

I am sort of between projects right now.  I think I've finished most of my hanger covers.  I've given up on the socks for now.  I don't have any baby blankets to be working on.  The only thing I have in the hopper, so to speak, is an afghan for my aunt.  She's asked me to make a replacement afghan.  apparently, one of my great aunts made one for my grandmother.  My aunt has been using this one for years and it is finally wearing out.  I have been selected to make it's replacement.  She's picked a really easy pattern, but not so easy that it's boring.  Also, I say easy, knowing full well I had stitched and ripped out one row four times before I got it right.  

I have been a little preoccupied with the rest of my life.  Recently, I've signed on to do a 3 Day, 60 mile walk for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  My sister-in-law and I are doing it in honor of our mothers.  Both of them have been diagnosed with and treated (successfully) for breast cancer.  I've been trying to schedule extended walking into my schedule.  I am not in shape, by any stretch of the imagination, so I've been just walking 3 miles a day.  Now, I'm up to 4.  Even though it's not a whole lot, I've still got to carve out an hour and a half for walking.  Considering I've only got a couple hours a morning without children, and without waking up at the crack of dawn, my time is precious.  i am NOT a morning person, but I'm afraid I'm going to become one.  The only upside is that I'm slimming down, which is fab.  

The moral of this tale is that my craftiness has taken a slight backseat.  I've got three stockings I've got to make, so that will be the next project.  

In the meantime, I work on my aunt's afghan.  Oh!  and i've got to make flowers for my hanger covers.  Just as soon as I find a decent pattern........

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Those *&#!@ socks

Socks, socks, socks
I've been trying to work on knitting some socks for my son.  I got this great book for knitting both socks at the same time on two circular needles.  The directions are clear and it's been pretty easy.  Until tonight.  Somehow, I've managed to get tangled, every time around.  So now, the socks look like this:

So, as you can see, the scissors are standing by just in case there is an emergency.  I'm highly tempted to rip the whole thing out and start over on double pointed needles.  I don't have an outrageous amount of time invested..... Maybe tomorrow.

Baby blanket
As I was uploading pictures of those darn socks, I found a picture of my favorite baby blanket.  This was just the beginning, but you might be able to see the pattern emerging.  Maybe next time I'll manage to get a picture of the completed blanket.  They say hope springs eternal.....

So that's the blanket.  It took some time to get that darn picture posted, so I hope it was worth it.  

Crochet Guild
I was too chicken tonight to mention to my crochet group my idea for starting a chapter of the Crochet Guild of America.  I thought of it, but just couldn't bridge the fear.  Maybe next week.  I'm still thinking about it.  How far do I really want to take this group?  What is my goal and purpose?  I guess I'm questioning that.  How much can I take on?  As it is, I've started this group.  I signed up to do the 3 Day walk (and having to raise $2,300 to do so), which may turn into being a team leader.  I've decided to join Easter Star, which is a women's group.  I take my niece to her Rainbow meetings and am on the Advisory Board there.  I sing in the church choir, which meets once a week.  My daughter goes to a private Catholic school where I volunteer once a week and have to fundraise for.  She's also a Daisy Girl Scout.  Oh, and yeah, I am married to  a man whom I hardly ever see and have two kids, one of which has special needs.  Can I really add 'start a chapter of Crochet Guild of America' to my to do list and do a good job?  Then the other side of my brain kicks in and says, "but would it be any different than what you're doing now??"  You can see how I'm torn.  I'll research it and see what is involved.  I'm spreading myself too thin, trying to find what I'm good at and what I'm passionate about.  I need to narrow my focus.  Seeing it all written out is a little frightening.  And I'm sure there's more that I could add to the list.  I keep thinking of more.  Too much.  too much.  I've got to scale back.  somehow.  If you have any ideas, let me know.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Finished blanket, started socks etc.

Crafty things

In usual style, I finished my baby blanket, and didn't take a picture.  I was crocheting on that thing up until the very last minute.  Then it was a mad dash to get it stuffed in a pretty baby gift bag and high tail it over to the baby shower.  Of course, that left no time for pictures. Oh well.  Maybe next time.  I'm sure there is someone else I know that is going to have a baby.

As for my socks, they are going.....slowly.  I just can't seem to get interested.  i'm going to finish them, however, because I have started them.  Maybe they're going slow because I know they're for me.  This first pair, at least, are in the pattern for a grown up woman.  I figured I'd start there, then adapt them for my son, once I knew what the heck I was doing.  We'll see.

I also have some hanger covers that need to get finished.  I've been working on those things for two years now.  I've given myself the deadline of this year.  They must be done by the time the choir starts back up in September.  (They are covers for padded hangers.  They will eventually find their way down to the church for our choir robes.  This way, everyone can have their own individual, padded, covered hanger.  Ooo la la!)

Other things.....
I am beginning to train for a 3 day, 60 mile walk for breast cancer.  As my daughter would say "Wow-ee Kazow-ee".  It's in October in San Francisco.  I'm trying to figure out when I have time to do all my house work, knit/crochet, and walk in one day.  I guess this means I'm going to have to wake up before the butt-crack of dawn to get my mileage in.  I should be walking 3 miles on one walk at this stage in my training.  I can do it, but it takes an hour.  In a few weeks I have to increase my mileage to 4, then 5 etc.  Time will run short very quickly.  I hate getting up early, but I'm scared of the dark and most of my evenings are booked with meetings.    Oh well.  It will work out some how.

Now, I've got to figure out how I'm going to get to my daughter's Daisy meeting in Arbuckle (20 min away), by 6.  Plus, get the laundry done and dinner accomplished.  Shoot, the kid should have been in the bathtub 30 minutes ago!  Jeesh.  Can't we just add a couple hours to the day already??

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


I've got to start my socks.  I got a new sock book for Christmas, about knitting two socks at the same time on circular needles.  I keep putting off starting them.  I've got to do it now.  I've vowed I will start, tonight.  Tonight is the weekly meeting of my knit and crochet group I started through the church.  We've been strictly crocheters, but now, a couple of the ladies have decided to try knitting.  One had knit as a child, and was able to pick it back up with no problem.  The other was a total newbie.  She picks things up pretty quickly.  I'm actually thinking of starting a chapter of the Crochet Guild of America or the Knitting Guild.  Or both.  As far as I can tell, there aren't any local chapters.  The closest is Sacramento, which isn't that close.  We'll see.  

I haven't done any work on my second baby blanket.  I haven't finished my cardigan either.  Plus the previously mentioned socks that are non-existent.  Jeesh, I've GOT to get to work.  

I guess I should be doing that instead of this, hm?

Monday, March 2, 2009

The best little baby blanket ever

I recently went to a baby shower and gave the mom-to-be the best little baby blanket ever.  It's a very easy crochet shell pattern.  It works up to a small to medium blanket, perfect for the car seat.  Also, the crochet pattern conforms nicely to fit in around the baby in the seat.  Unfortunately, I didn't take a picture of it before I gave it away.  Typical.  It's probably the fifth or sixth blanket of that same pattern that I've gifted.  In fact, I'm working on another one for another baby shower next month.  I'll try to remember to take a photo of that one.

I'm also working on a cute little sweater . It's almost finished, so I'll try to photo that before I give it back to the afore mentioned mom-to-be.  It's a very adorable combination of blue and green, but not just your plain ol' baby blue and mint green.  I'm talking bright blue and a slightly yellowish kelley green.  Very cute.  I'm hoping to find an appropriate hat pattern to knit up as well.  The sweater has come together easier than I thought it would.  

My next project, that I keep putting off, is knit socks.  I've GOT to knit some socks for my son.  He's got Cerebral Palsy, so store bought socks don't work very well for him.  I want to be able to customize socks for him.

I keep telling myself I will make them after this project, or after that now, I'm saying, after I finish the sweater, socks are next on the list.  Maybe if I keep saying it, it will someday come true.  

Monday, February 23, 2009


So, I've been reading a bunch of knitting blogs lately and I've become inspired.  Inspired to write a blog.  As the title suggests, however, I'm not as clever as the other blogs I've been reading.  So I am just going to write what comes out.  

Currently, I am working on knitting a cardigan for a baby-on-the-way.  It's a pattern I've made before, but in crochet.  This is the first time knitting it.  It's actually going pretty well, though I think I messed up on my gauge in the beginning.  It's too late now.  The baby shower is this Saturday and I'm only on the back.  I still have the front left to knit, the sleeves and the button band.  Not to mention blocking (which I've never done) and sewing together.  We'll see.  He may just end up with this cardigan as a happy birthday gift instead.  That would be okay too, as he's due April 1, and I'm making it a little big so he can wear it in the fall/winter (assuming I got the gauge right, which I doubt.  oh well).

I'm sure this blog will cover more than just my knitting projects but that's where I'm going to start.  I have several other things going on in my life.  Knitting is just my most recent craft addiction.  I also have been addicted to crochet, embroidery (as in dish towels) and cross stitch.  I'm sure all those crafts will make an appearance at some point as I have a weekly crochet group that I host and I've got a cross stitch stocking or two I'm going to have to make.  Ugh, not to mention a birth announcement or two I've got to get done.  Darn, I'd forgot about those.  For some reason, I took it upon myself to make Christmas stockings and birth announcements for the babies in my life, which is all fine and good for the first baby, but when the brother or sister comes along, I've set a precedent which I still have to fulfill.  Luckily, right now, there are only two siblings missing stockings.  Unfortunately, both siblings have had a couple Christmases already.  I'm falling behind.  

So for now, here's my craft post.  I told you, I'm just not that clever (in the writing department) so welcome.  Sit and stay a while.