Sunday, December 10, 2006

Boo Hoo!

News update! My computer is mysteriously on the fritz! I am posting this from my friend's computer (Hi Kristen! and thanks!) Hopefully my friend will be able to fix it tomorrow. I'll be back...

Saturday, December 09, 2006

I Am Not Worthy

This has got to be one of the most precious gifts I have ever received.
Tonight, my daughter, all secretive and hush-hush, is scurrying around, asking me which fabric I like best, disappearing for awhile, then reappearing with a needle and thread, asking for help threading and tying the knot. Awhile later she reappears and asks me if I can tie a knot without looking. Uh, no, not with a needle involved. So she reluctantly hands THIS over to me to tie off.

She made me a phone case for my phone! By herself! Look! A craftster in the making! I couldn't be prouder. Isn't it precious? I will cherish it forever.

Here she is posing with her handiwork. No, that is not a scullery maid. The apron she has on is actually what started the sewing bug. She went to a birthday party and they sewed their own appliques on their aprons. She loves it and added some of her own when she got home. She picked up a quasi-do rag thing at the 99 cent store yesterday and is wearing that to complete the look. It is actually very cute and innovative and I thought it could be a neat thing knit up. One half of it is a band of fabric about an inch and a half thick and the other half is a band of fabric about 8 or 9 inches thick. You can wear it to look like a bandanna, or you can bunch it up and it is a thick hairband. There's actually three or four "looks" you can achieve with it, but we only liked those two.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Is It Just Me?

Am I the only one who gets all crazy excited about sometimes the smallest, most insignificant knitting projects? Take for example, the pears. CRAAAZZZY about the pears.

Now, its the lined potholders. I am all about the lined potholders. Here's my first one:

Per usual with the bad pic. But now I have about 50 million balls of Sugar 'N Cream. And a growing pile of those little quilter's triangles of fabric. And the thread colors are building up. Okay, I didn't buy it all today. But I didn't NEED to buy anymore colors of Sugar 'N Cream and I did anyway. I better get crackin'

This strangely satisfies my little secret sewing bug. I have never been a seamstress and I do not own a sewing machine. But I kind of like hand sewing. Not like I'd make a whole dress or anything. But I like making up little projects like this one. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. One time I made Kai a little satin/flannel comfort blanket by hand. And I often like lining my purses. I know, I'm weird that way. I fully admit it.

Here's a picture of Figgy posing with the potholder.

Well, I guess I better get started cranking out more potholders. I was thinking ... since they are lined, they don't really have to be out of cotton. You could do wool, or silk, any yarn you have around. The possibilities are endless! Yes, I like me some potholders!

You'll see, tomorrow it'll be something else. The trick is to make as many potholders as I can before I get sick of them. Does that make sense? Didn't think so.

Friday, December 01, 2006

I've Missed You

No. Really. I have.

There's been a lot of water under the bridge. Driving to SF. Thanksgiving. Lots 'n lots of food. Too much food. Some family bickering. Driving back to SB. Clothes got tighter. Stressed out about Christmas. Work is an escape. Never enough sleep. Constantly behind in housework, time with the kids, cooking, laundry and returning phone calls. Oh yea, and bills. That about sums it up in a nutshell.

So, as a kind of escape, I have been knitting. There are a few hats laying around the house. This is one I whipped out for Emi.

And there are actually three of these pears. One is hidden behind the others. They make up in no time and are very fun.

I got sick of looking at the wet wipes and kleenex box in my cubie and thought I'd cheer up the space by whipping a little something up. It's probably the most expensive kleenex and wet wipes cozy ever. They're made from Colinette Giotto and Douceur et Soie leftover from a scarf that I made. I really like the way they came out.

Here's a close-up.
Ahh, that's better.

And this is a baby blanket I have been working on. It is the greatest tv knitting ever. Straight garter stitch and two strands that you switch around every once in a while. Boring, but great tv knitting.

Knitting. What would I do without it?