Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Waiting for Ebay to End

While I am waiting for my ebay auctions to end, I will attempt to find what I did with this little booklet which is suppose to get me organized with the knitting needles that I own. This was my goal, as I unstashed, detrashed, organized my storage room. However, somewhere in all the chaos, I have misplaced this cute little book. Not only will it hold a notation of the needles that I already have, it has a handy reference for converting yards to meters and all those grams and ounces. Plus it gives me a ballpark figure of yardage needed for various articles so I can walk into a yarn store with confidence. But I lost it.....guess that is the universe's way of saying....."stay out of stores!"

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Sunday....Early....Need Coffee

This is half of the new purse I am knitting. This is the half of the purse that on Wednesday night nearly had a Mudslide Mocha dumped on it at Borders Bookstore. Best Friend and I met up and were chatting and catching up, seated on a coach. My mocha was on the long coffee table in front of us. To my left, and facing us, was this delightful lady who was beading on a wall hanging she was making. The three of us had already traded ooohhhss and aaahhhhsss over each other's projects. Beside her was her college bound daughter and directly across from me, an older gentleman.

Through all of us, sweeps "A Lady", whose purse proceeds to knock my Mocha off the table onto my purse and feet. And she keeps right on going. Best Friend does a "hey, you just knocked over her coffee" as I am trying to get my feet out of the sticky mess. "A Lady" stops and glances back over her shoulder, "I did that? Don't know how, but it's so crowded in here" and goes right on. Thankfully, I had the coffee for a while and while warm, it wasn't hot.

Older Gentleman gets up and advises the Borders crew who come out with mop and we get everything cleaned up. Luckily, nothing spilled on the knitting or the wall hanging. I'm adopting the "that's life---she probably had a terrible day" which is surprising since I am usually the one that would be in-your-face/or loudly behind your back confrontational. Older Gentleman tells me that the store will replace the drink. I'm like, not worth the bother. Few minutes later, here comes Borders Lady and replaces my mocha.

I just hope "A Lady" has a better life than she was demonstrating Wednesday night. I must have a pretty good one as complete strangers took care of me.

I hate to brag on myself (no I don't), but just about have the storage room turned into something usable. Moved enough stuff out. I mean out all the way to Goodwill. Now I moved a drop leaf table up there. This way I can open it up and use the table for crafting, or sorting fibers (next job).

In the meantime, during non-purging of storage room, I am working on this scarf out of baby alpaca. Really the yarn is so soft I want a full body suit out of it. I also finished the other half of my purple purse, so it is ready to to sewn together and lined.

The yarn, Chunky Misti Alpaca is a light celery green. I can wear the scarf into springtime.

One good thing about purging my stash (and I am being brutal) is that I am pulling stuff to sell on eBay and then I do have a stack of needlework I am going to donate to a couple of woman whose home burned and they lost all their needlework stuff. Give unwanted stuff a good home.

Well, off to purge another closet of "stuff".

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Ok, I'm Nuts!

This is the regular size, brown paper grocery bag (or sack, depending where you're from). It is full of pecans. Bulging full of pecans. So full I just know at some point in time one of the cats will dump it over. I have a second bag about a quarter full and there are still a ton on the ground under the two trees in the yard. My pecan-mania has gotten so bad, that as we walk out to the car (which is under the two trees) I stop and pick up nuts and put them in my pocket. Goth Daughter has gotten so that she has to tell me to "step away from the nuts, Mom".

One problem with the nuts however, besides my compulsive behavior to pick up every one, is that as the sun rises, the crows invade. Did I mention we have a tin roof and that the pecan trees are right over my bedroom? Did I mention that crows like to try and eat the pecans and crack them. Unfortunately, sitting in trees, crows have problems holding on to nuts. So, as I lay in bed some morning, nursing strep throat, headache, what-have-you, I get.....

"CAW, CAW...bing, bong, ting...CAW.....bam, bam, ting...CAW, CAW...."

on the tin roof. If I wasn't only about 6 blocks from the police station I might be tempted to try my hand at some target practice. And the cats.....they only make the crows caw more.

By the way, those nuts don't count the ones that I gave away, or the 3 bulging quart bags of pecans in the freezer (down to 1 1/2 due to holiday baking).

But am on vacation. And what do you do besides put your feet up? You clean out the storage room and "get organized"! It's a new year, let's do some purging and straightening! So this is my living room. I have the save pile (shades of Clean Sweep--TV viewing does pay off after awhile), a Goodwill pile, a trash pile and an eBay pile. There is the pile that is for the senior center and piles for a couple of friends. I bring down a bin at a time, sort and return it. And in the process, organizing all my yarn and sewing supplies. I have started a data base of the yarn that I have in my stash, including gauge. Looking through some books yesterday I realized right off I have the yarn already to try a couple of patterns.

And no, while I am not the world's greatest housekeeper (I'm not in the top 100 either), it normally doesn't look this bad. After all where would Goth Daughter and Trumpet Princess lounge?

One of the best things...I rounded up 11 skeins of Caron Simply Soft that I had purchased at AC Moore for "something" or "somethings" and were there. Back into an AC Moore sack they went and back to the store. Since there was no receipt, I HAD to take store credit (poor ol' me) and used it to buy the yarn for a couple of purses out of Lion Brand Wool East Thick and Quick. And a couple of skeins of Fiore. Pictures of at least part of the purse later.

Back to the storage room!!!!!

Monday, January 02, 2006

Day Three and On a Roll

If you need a model, get Goth Princess occupied killing things on the TV screen and you can drape all sorts of stuff over her. Cats included. This is the loopy scarf I made out of 5 skeins of yarn my sister sent. I did 5 rows of loop stitch and 5 rows of garter stitch, using up each strand. Luckily the colors of the yarns did blend in together.

The 4 legged model is Carroll (we thought it was a girl when it was little and named it Carol, turned out to be male).

This is a closeup of the "Loops and Garters" as I call it. It was a mindless project during the holidays. What I liked about it is that I made it a little wider than I should have and it folds up on itself. Goth Daughter likes it. Trumpet Princess thinks it's weird.

Also on the holiday working on is this spiral dishcloth. I got tired of the plain square one, even though I gave them away to happy recipients right and left. Easy pattern. I have done 1 alternating colors on each of the "wedges" of the spiral. Good way to use up some of that left-over cotton yarn.

I enjoy this washcloth a lot. Easy, easy once you get the pattern down.

And this is the bottle holder I am working on getting the "pattern" down for. It is crocheted and was shown to me by someone who made up her pattern, every time she crocheted it. Anyway, I am trying to get a little more "formal", but have tons of color combinations, adding beads, etc. that I want to try.

Day Two and Finished a Project Already!

Day two of the new year and I have already reduced stash and completed a project. This is a purse that was featured on the Carol Duval show. My sister had sent me some balls of yarn and I had one ball of Patons UpCountry and one of Moda Dea Cache. The UpCountry is a chunky yarn and feels sssssooooo soft. Makes me want several balls for a shawl or sweater. I doubled up on the Cache and knitted up the purse. Since it was a cast on 30 and stockinette for 54 rows, it went really fast, about 2 hours. The lining that I am using is some white cotton that I
dyed with the left over Lumiere paints I had in blue, green and purple. I am planning on using the rest of it for another purse that I saw on Carol Duval, but first I want to stamp some images on it with black Lumiere paint.

The lining made with Lumiere paints. This is my first attempt at painting fabric and it was fun.

This is the front of the purse. Since I didn't have enough chunky (the only time I feel chunky is cute) and I was combining with the Cache, I had stripes. The last stripe ended (or started) just right so that it is at the fold in the bottom on the purse.

This is the back of the purse. Or I guess you could say this is the front and the other side is the back.

This is a close up of the flower that is on the front/back of the purse. Since the stripes ended, I needed something in the blank space.

What is really neat about the whole purse thing is that about 5 years ago I bought literally a SUV full of craft items at a yard sale where the lady was getting out of the flea market business. Part of it was a hefty garbage bag full of the plastic purse handles. They were all from the 60's and 70's and I just had them stuck back. Now they are in vogue again. I did paint the handle of this purse with some moss green paint since I didn't like the plain brown plastic look.

Now, onward and upward. Almost finished with a hobo bag that is on the Lion Brand site, but doing it in wool and plan to felt it with a ton of flowers on it. Will see how it goes as I also plan on cleaning out the storage room this week while on vacation and the kids are in school.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Starting Off New Year with a Bang!

Well, I am starting out the new year with the designation of being a "great mom". Goth Daughter turned 15 on the 28th of December. We had the sleepover on New Year's Eve. A am sure there were a couple of parents that were glad they had their kid out of the house on New Year's Eve. But all her friends "dressed up" for the occasion and we had masks. Goth Daughter requested that I turn her Phantom of the Opera style mask into a matte black with a rose on it. I did.....sort of.....but she was happy with the result.

"I blew out 1 candle!"

She didn't want a traditional cake, since she was going for the sophisticated look and was having hor d'orves. So I made semi-petite fours and lemon poppy seed pound cake. I stuck a candle in the center of one of the little bundt cakes.

Luckily, both Best Friend and I burn candles, so we had a big supply of votives, tea lights and 1/2 used pillar candles. I saturated the room with candles and turned off the lights. They only got to come in when "dinner was served". Trumpet Princess got to play butler/waiter, so that made her happy she got to be in the middle of everything.

This really doesn't show up the candles as well as I would like, but what can you expect, taking a picture in candlelight.

One good thing about having friends who are all semi-goth, there is a lot of black. I have cats who are not afraid of anything, so black jackets to lay on is just up their alley. Keep an eye out for potential laps and get cat hair on everything. Even all the giggling didn't scare them off.

So for at least a few days I am a good mother. Trumpet Princess did not get jealous or upset or "left out" during the whole procedure. I basically got up Saturday morning and told her that her job was to stay out of my way and her sister's face. So she had the whole day on the computer IM'ing everyone and talking on the phone with occasional interruptions to take out some trash. Double good mother! Got things done, no fighting.

Let's see how long the "good mother" lasts.