Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Craft Room

After a conversation with Hilton about discipline, which actually had nothing to do with the number of yet-to-be-unpacked boxes laying around my house, and a good nights sleep, I woke up yesterday morning totally focused and motivated to get the craft room / office useable. To appease the hyper little puppy I turned off the a/c and left the back door open so he could run about, which made for a very sweaty day. First I unpacked and cleared out almost ALL of the boxes from the room, which was pretty full when I started. Then I got the craft table in place in front of the window and went to move the desk in from the guest room. Getting that HUGE desk to turn that little corner was a feat of physics requiring the removal of both doors and some pretty fancy manuevers and lifting on my part. I thought about waiting for help, but I really, really wanted to get it done. I stacked all of the canvas bins of yarn by the craft table and look at the piles of yet-to-be-catagorized yarn still needing storage, I went through boxes of desk stuff, slowly putting things away, I went through clothes and added to the "goodwill" and "I wish" piles, I stacked the boxes of books together to await the arrival some day of a bookshelf, etc. And to reward myself at the end of it all, I threw down my yoga matt on the now clear floor and did a full hour before running off to my mom's to eat dinner and knit a little while.

So even though I didn't make it to Loops, or sit in front of the tv and knit, or any of those other things I thought about doing yesterday, it was a really good, productive day and i am totally excited about my new space. Having use of that room makes the house seem bigger. Its so odd.

Yay for my new craft room!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

What to say

Its very difficult to post about things when you are working on a bunch of gifts. So pardon some of the generalities, I just don't want to give anything away. My biggest project that is on the needles right now, and if you want to see it and are on Ravelry, there is a pic there, is rocking right along and I don't have any real concerns about making the dealine. In fact, I hope to be done early and get to get a headstart on my next super big project. I also just made my friend a birthday present and I am about to finish my cousin's graduation present, but I can't post pictures of those until after they've been gifted. The graduation present was really a last minute whim, but it has knit up quickly and looks pretty nice, if I do say so myself.

In other news, I have been exploring all of my WIPs that are sitting around at various stages of (un)doneness. My Candle Flame Shawl I started last summer, the Kat's Pretty Pink Dress, also started then, etc. My last trip to Cali had me finishing up some things, most notably that second sock to complete my first pair of my very own. That sense of accomplishment as well as fondling lots of lovely sock yarn recently has renewed my interest in tiny stitches and the things we can make with them. And while I seriously enjoy the tiny little dpns, a conversation with a lovely knitter at Loops recently has given me renewed interest in exploring the magic loop method, so I believe I will do my next pair of socks that way. I have a pair of nice long addi turbos in a size 1 all ready and waiting.

I have also recently been giving serious consideration as to what, if anything, I might want to knit to enter in the fair this year. I know its not until september, but to do anything of any major coolness I will need to decide and start soon.

Oh, and I bought more yarn. Four skeins of that pretty brown and blue malabrigo at Loops. I haven't figured out what to do with it yet, but it was talking to me and I had a giftcard burning a hole in my pocket.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Dallas

On the way to Dallas my mom read me the pattern and I whipped up a "C" washcloth (bride's initial), finishing it just before arriving. I would have finished it somewhere around the halfway point except I dozed. Car rides are good for naps. Anyway, there would have been plenty of time to get a good way into a "D" cloth (groom's initial) except we hit Dallas stop & go traffic and that made me nauseous all on its own, so I had to put the knitting down. It was sad. And then I decided knitting at the wedding might be considered rude, so I didn't do it. I did manage to finish the "D" the next morning while we were visiting with my dad's cousin and his wife (bride's parents) and get all the little ends on all the cloths nice and tucked in (I took a couple of the nice self striping orange, brown, cream I had already in my dishcloth stash) and make a nice little pile of washcloths to leave as my wedding present. :-) And then I totally forgot to take pictures! And the C & D cloths were really cool with cream centers and chocolate brown borders (go me, with the colorwork, which I almost never do). I did them that way because the dishes they registered for are the same dishes I have except in brown instead of blue. They have a dark ring on the outside and fade to lighter in the middle. :-) I also, moron that I am, forgot to take a care card to attach to the dishcloths, so I told the bride's mom that they should just throw them in the washer and drier like any other washcloth. Hopefully they get the memo. And hopefully they use them. I get irritated when people tell me dishcloths are too nice to use. Grrr. Ok, I guess I better get ready for work!

Friday, May 9, 2008

Going on a car trip

and you know what that means! Knitting time. Lots of it. The only catch is that I can only knit things that I can do without a pattern or having to keep track of very many things. I can't read or write in the car or I make myself sick. I think on today's adventure that I will make a set of washcloths as a last minute present. We'll see how many I can get done by the time I reach my destination!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Computer Meltdown at LYS

Loops computer crashed. Which means they lost their giftcard info. Which sucks because a) I had $100 in Loops cards, of which I had only spent about $15 and b) Mom has a card she can't find right this second. Why does this suck so much? Because they are asking everyone to redeem their giftcardsin 30 days by bringing either the little folder they came in (which I seriously doubt I kept) or a reciept for any partially used cards that would show the balance left on the card (also doubt I kept). I was saving the cards until I decided on a specific project so I could get all the yarn at once, now I feel like my hand is being forced. IF I can find the folders and the reciept I have to go in and use them quick, which is like bieng forced to pick something, even if its not the right something. The whole point of waiting was to be sure I got something I really, really wanted and now I have to pick from what they have right now. I guess I won't complain too much until I go look and I know its not their fault, but if I lose all this money because I didn't keep the little folders the cards came in, I'm going to be seriously upset.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Trip, etc.

Well, my trip was a lot of fun and I waaaay overpacked project-wise because, as you may have expected, while I was out there I picked up even more yarn. I got some lovely sock yarn, including some of that awesome Noro sock yarn, and some cotton & silk, and even some plain cotton for a tank top and other stuff that is for gifts so I don't really want to spill it all right here. I really, really enjoyed seeing all of my Cali knitting friends while I was out there and I even managed to finish the socks I started a little over a year ago. :-) I love the socks, I will try and post pictures of them soon. And I felt so super-accomplished when I finished them. They weren't my first finished pair, but the first sock of the pair was my first sock ever. But halfway through the second I had stopped working on them and started pair of socks for Cameron and then after I finished those I never got back to finishing my pair. I just love watching the rows of tiny stitched stack up on socks. Anyway, i had to borrow a bag from Shelley just to get home because of all of the yarn and other stuff I bought. :-)

I'm on Ravelry now, by the way. My name, shockingly, is knit-o-matic. So friend me if you are so inclined.

Now its time to get puppy and myself ready for bed. Night!