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


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)