Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas Projects = DONE!

I feel like I have been working since the summer on these projects... actually, I have been. That's why I am so excited to be done with them! D-O-N-E! Done! Dunzo! I'm super stoked to share what I have finished too.
I made tote bags to use as stockings this year for my sisters. Glittered puzzle piece wreath ornaments. Handknitted somethings for my sisters. A notecard yearly calendar for my mom. And it's not even the week or a few days before Christmas and I can call my projects DONE! Sorry, I'm just so excited!

At this point all I have to do now is make myself not come up with any more crafts to try to complete before Christmas. "I think I can. I think I can." That may not be enough to make me stop.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Causes Worth Looking For and Supporting

Have you ever just stumbled upon something you thought was pretty cool? Like a product, perhaps? I have done this so many times and I have loved every single outcome. All of them have been products that sell for a good cause. Some are very well known and others not so much. I think that people who choose to help others for their careers are so important to society. What would so many of us do without them? Most of the products with a cause that I am talking about are ones that operate somewhere else in the world, but let's not forget about the ones in our backyard too. I mean people like teachers, firefighters, police officers, and the like. What would we do without their passions to help those who need it?

Now to talk specifically about a few causes that I think are totally awesome and whose creators deserve not just one cookie but a whole box of cookies with a gallon of milk. (That's a pretty big deal for those of you who just don't realize how awesome cookies and milk are.)

Here's the first one:



Krochet Kids International

What do these GUYS do? Well, let me tell you!
Or better yet, just go to the site and check it our for yourself. It's so cool... I wish I knew these guys in high school.

Number Two:



Pura Vida Bracelets

Not only are these bracelets adorable, fun, and comfortable to wear (I am the proud owner of the Breast Cancer Style Pack, it is October, you know) but the causes that this company reaches exceeds those of a lot of others. You can pick a bracelet and support almost every cause you are passionate about. I know a couple of others I will get to here in a bit.

Number 3:



Toms

Now who doesn't know what these are? Shoes, of course! And for every pair that you purchase a child who doesn't have a pair gets one as well. It's that simple. And I like simplicity.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

FO KAL!

Here it is! My finished sweater for my luvin' the mommyhood KAL! I am so excited. It's beautiful. I want to live in it. I want to make one in every color. I want to wear it to bed even. When can we have some cold weather?


Thanks Jane Richmond for this awesome pattern!

I love the feel of the Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage. It's so squishy, so soft, so beautiful to look at. It's hard for me to not boast about how great I think this sweater turned out. Not too shabby for my first adult sweater. I'll give Jane the credit!

Here are some adjustments I made to the pattern:
I added a TON of length to the body and arms. I made the decreases begin after my bust and increased right after my waist. I did 7 rows for the neck ribbing, 13 for the bottom and 10 for the sleeves to make them in porportions to each other. When I picked up the sleeves I added four extra stitches, 2 on which I K2tog on the next round and then had two extra until I reached the place where I began my sleeve decreases. I don't think the extra two made a difference at all. I'm not that great at filling in the holes in garments so if anyone has some tricks please let me know! When I blocked it it grew quite a bit. I got nervous and so I put it in the dryer to shrink it back up. I think after I give it it's next wash I'll lay it flat to dry but not block it out so much. Jane's pattern was so well written I just made a few adjustments according to what I thought fit better as I went along. I made the size 34 but I'm wondering if my gauge was off because I feel like the sweater has a smaller fit. Or maybe I'm just bigger than I thought I was! Anyway, LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Little things that make a BIG difference

Over a year ago G and I decided that we needed to sponsor a child who lived in a poverty stricken area. He and I got online and looked up Compassion International. I asked G if it mattered to him what kind of child we sponsor, he immediately said, "A boy, who is like me." We began searching through photos and descriptions of children. I told G I thought we should look for a child from Haiti because the people there had recently experienced a natural disaster.
We came upon a little boy who is a month older than G, who's favorite color is blue, and who likes to play soccer. G thought that this was a great match to his description of being "like me." We choose Styve.

We write corespondances to Styve and receive letters in response from him. A few months after Christmas we received one of these letters. In it the translator (Styve's mother) told us how they used their Christmas gift from us to buy a goat. A goat!!! I got teary eyed reading this and explained to Gunner how money we won't ever miss has made a huge difference for a family in need. We talked about all the things a goat can do to help the family and how thankful we are to be a part of a ministry that is helping those who need it.
     
Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”
Matthew 19:21

I think about what a little of what I have has done and cannot imagine the outcome if I gave everything I could to those who need it.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Finally!

Today I am casting on for my KAL... finally! I'm only a week late, but better late than never. I had a good excuse: Aunt Mae's vest needed to be finished and I HAD to go rafting this last weekend.


The water was low but we had an awesome guide to get us through the tough spots! Let's hear it for Sage Outdoor Adventures! If you are in the area and are looking for fun this is the place to go. We went down Browns Canyon in Buena Vista and it was gorgeous. Cole is awesome and didn't get us stuck once. Everyone one was in the river at one point except for Sara and Grandma... next time they'll get it...


Here is Cecil Mae's vest. It's pretty cute. I didn't have as much fun making this project but that could be because it's not something I would pick out. The pattern was easy to read and I enjoyed working with the yarn I chose. Once it was blocked I liked it much better.


And I got to spend the weekend with my love. Nothing is better than that.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

My WIP on the KAL

I had a crazy goal of getting Aunt Mae's vest done before the KAL started and I was not successful. I still have a little ways to go. So what do I do? Begin my other sweater or not? I think I will wait until I finish the current WIP.




I'm seeing everyone else's posts about the KAL and I'm wanting to begin so badly! Nothing is stopping me except myself. "One thing at a time." That's what I keep telling myself. However I've been browsing yarns on different websites because I'm already dreaming about future projects. Here's where I've been:

Sweet Georgia Yarns

Quince & Co.

Tanis Fiber Arts

KnitPicks

I'm drooling over all the yarns and colors...


Friday, June 22, 2012

Project Update...

I have finished Grandma's socks! Yay me! Here they are:




These are from Ann Budd's Sock Knitting Master Class Almondine pattern by Anne Hanson. They are PRETTY. You can find all the project details here.

I am also done with G's fall soccer pages for his scrapbook. That means I still have to complete spring soccer and when baseball is over end of next week then that needs to be completed too. But any progress is great progress, right?

Here's a bathroom update: I decided not to start the bathroom quite yet only because I am now thinking of taking the entire sink cabinet out and replacing it with a pedestal sink (or at least Jake will) and possibly tiling the shower... It's amazing what deciding to paint something can do to you. You change one thing and before you know it everything needs to be changed.

And I haven't even touched my rug. Sad, I know, but I will. Maybe tonight! Yes, I think I will. I was going to start ANOTHER kniting project before I begin my KAL but I think I need to (In the words of Jake) SETTLE DOWN! We'll see how long I can keep this mindset.

One more update: Jake and I looked at that commercial property for sale in town.... It's too run down to even consider it. Unless I was a millionaire, which I'm not, I don't want to put that much money into it to fix it up. That's okay because in 10 years something else may come along, but who knows where I'll be then anyway. Maybe I'll want to have a bakery or something. :o)

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Current Projects

Here's all the projects I have going on:

Hooked rug: This is a huge rug that I would like to finish for my kitchen.


Bathroom half-remodel: Here I just want to rip all the wallpaper down and paint.


Sports scrapbook: I do pages for every sport that G participates in.


Grandma's socks: Grandma just needs a nice pair of socks!






What to do? What to do? What do all my readers think I should finish before I start the KAL? Let me ask myself! ;o)

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

My First KAL

Here we go! I thought that one day soon I would be doing this I just didn't expect it to happen today. I was going to finish Grandma's socks, finish G's last two soccer season scrapbook pages, finish the edge on my first hooked wool rug, and remodel the upstairs bathroom. I should have known better. I am not one to finish every other project I have going on before beginning another.

I was browsing fb's newfeed when I saw luvinthemommyhood's latest blog post. A Summer Sweater KAL. I signed right up. I already have the yarn and the pattern picked out so I may as well join and get yet another project going.

So here is my yarn choice:

And the pattern I have chosen is Jane Richmond's Oatmeal Pullover. I've had this pattern saved since I joinded Ravelry and have been waiting to begin it.












I just finished my first ever sweater for my sweet niece and I am so pleased with how it turned out. She is going to look lovely in it! I found this pattern here.




So I'm marking June 27th on my calendar not only and the start date to the KAL but also as a deadline to get a couple of my other projects done! What couple should I shoot for? Grandma's socks and the scrapbook? Rug and bathroom? Maybe I'll post some pictures and let everyone choose for me since I have Crafter's ADD.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

New Passion!!!

After thinking about this for a while now I've decided I have found a new passion. I say I had to think about it only because I think a passion is something that deeply affects you. It changes who you are, what you want to be, and what occupies your mind.

I've picked up knitting in the last year after having known how to crochet for at least 20 years. I didn't start small either. I started with a hat, knit in the round, with several different stitches in it. I thought, "How hard can this be? If I'm going to learn I may as well learn as much as possible from the beginning." I don't start out small with anything.

After knitting this hat I became hooked. I've had a project (or three) on needles ever since. I've begun to explore LYS and stray away from the big chain stores. I attended an Ann Budd sock class 3 hours away. I'm diving for the first time into the deep end.

There's this little building in my town that is for sale. It's cute. It's white, old, with a white fence around it and right off the main highway. So what? Well, all that is going through my mind is that it would make the perfect yarn store! Modeled off of my favorite store in Buena Vista, I'm dreaming of all the yarns I would carry, the scrapbook paper, the needles, fun little notebooks, knitting/crocheting books, lotions, and all sorts of other gifts. I woke my husband up in the middle of the night and asked him if he would buy it for me.

I realize my town is so small it may never make it but I do continue to dream. I homeschool my son and am only beginning second grade this fall so I have many more years to go before I can think about committing my time to anything outside my home. But like I said, "I have a new passion!" This won't go away, I believe I am in a very committed relationship with this passion and maybe in twelve years I can see this dream become a reality. Until then I have so many more aspects of knitting to explore.

Did I mention I also have a passion for learning? ;o)