Sunday, February 20, 2011

Not your normal post

Um, a online pal of mine, Toni mentioned on her blog that there is something going on in the United States that may eliminate public broadcasting. She seemed disturbed by this, and I can't help but feel the same.Why would you cancel Sesame Street?? This is not my normal posting, but here is the link she shared for Public Broadcasting. I can't help, but I hope that enough people out there can. Good luck.

Keeping busy

This week had flown by. I think that somtimes it's not a good thing even if work goes quick. I have stuff to get done and if my week is over so fast, how will I get to it all. I have a goal list for 2011 that I have yet to share here, and I keep forgetting honestly. Sounds silly, but the reason I wanted to make another list this year is because I felt that last year it kept my head in the goal game.

That being said I would like to share it.

But first, what I have been dabbling with this weekend.

The green/ orange/red tube is a new hat for my niece. I tried to make her one already, but it was only big enough to fit my nephew who is one month old. Ooops... take two. Good news is my sister liked the yarn, and it's a washable wool so it will keep the little head warm. I do so  love knitting for my family!
Secondly, I was trying my had at CROCHET! I love the look of granny square blankets, and it's on the list this year, so I figured I better familiarize myself. I am not understanding the instructions in the book so far, but I am going to try the Attic 24 blog tutorial and  see how that goes. She makes lovely blankets.

Okay so on with my knitterly goal list for 2011. Even though it's late Feburary, I assure you I have had this list since at least mid-Janurary. LOL

1. A Yoke Sweater (to be determined)
2. A Bog Sweater in Purple Cascade 220
3. Fair Isle Inspired vest or sweater
4. Urban Aran sweater modified to a Cardigan
5. New sweaters for the kids in my life (6)
6. Crochet Granny Square Blanket
7. Rogue Kit knit up
8. Green Superwash top-down sweater
9. Brown sweater or vest for husband
10. Nephew's Christmas Stocking
11. Wedding shawl for a special bride
12. All 2010 WIP's complete or resolved.

Ta da! There it is. I am feeling pretty good about it so far. I have my own set of rules to go with it. One of which is a re-evaluation in July, to allow myself revisions. I am keeping track of yarn used for the 100 ball challenge and I am not restricting myself to JUST THIS LIST (as you may have noticed with my other project post this month) Too much restriction = no fun. That isn't the point. I really just have a few things I want to get done, so I think that this is helpful. Three of the WIP's from last year are sweaters that were on the list. Just need some finishing.... or a front, or some sleeves...... and I'm done! Progress to come of course. Can't wait to show you wha't up next. Oh! On that note......

Here is the yarn and needles ready to begin the Christmas Stocking for my nephew. No time like the present. I anticipate begining the bridal shawl in the next month. Happy crafting!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

They are done... mostly

Here they are, warm and lovely.... but they are a bit too big, so I am putting them throught the machine again. I love this process! I guess the only thing that is a problem is that felting really only goes one way. LOL

I can't wait to wear them and give them! Purple ones are for my Mother in Law. There are two pairs for me, and the one for Jen. I think that Jen is intrested in the purple yarn so I may be turning over the rest of that to her.... I don't know what to use it for, except one more pair of slippers.

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Today's post is brought to you by...

The letter "B"

for Baking

And calzones for dinner...

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

New Projects

A good friend of mine and I are trading skills.
She can spin....... and I can't.
So in trade for some spinning...... I am making her something warm and lovely.

Slippers! The first half of a pair of Fibre Trends Felted Clogs. I am finished most of the slipper and am on to the top cuff. Next step is the second sole and then on to slipper two!

These are pretty close to the pair that I knit for myself and finished in the beginning of January. Same colours. Aren't they nice? Patons Classic Wool for the black and Patons Soy Wool Stripes for the main foot. I love how the striping works out. Can't wait to be finished with these so I can get them felted up for her! Trades are where it's at!