Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Wow has it been since August??

Geez. Guess my other stuff has kind of taken a front seat to posting here. Everyone follows my other one anyway so I may just close this one out and combine it with the main one.
I won't have that much time to devote to three blogs let alone one once I head back to work. Despite the time off and having two babies coming any day, I haven't been knitting that much. Been on the computer a lot, doing jewelry designs instead of knitting... bad girl!
So I may combine all my hobbies into one blog and just have two, one for personal stuff and the other for creative stuff. I have a blog for my jewelry stuff but it's over on my artfire account. Since not many people out in the aether get over there, going to have to make that a bit more public.
So, as of now, I'll be closing this blog, or changing the name or something and closing my gardening one for sure. If I don't have a garden, why have a blog about it?
I don't know what I'll call the new blog, but it will have something to do with life, creativity and the pursuits thereof.


On second thought... I just had two other blogs that weren't being used, I can keep this one open and just use it.
I couldn't think of a good name for a new blog and just capitulated, deleted the gardening and the 'book' blog and changed my mind.
Such is a crafting mind.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Long time no post...again.

This is a needful post to show off my sister in law Olivia's gift to me. She crocheted a prayer shawl for me.

That's the best shot of it, and still doesn't do it justice. The yarn is multiple strands held together so there's one skein in the middle that has white in it. I'll have to model it sometime and get a good shot of it.
I am making one in return for her, with the same condition that I use 'what I have on hand'.
I am knitting a pair of infant sweaters for the twins, in Chargers light blue with a yellow and white band on the upper sleeve. Everyone who's seen it here immediately recognize the color scheme. Good. I didn't want to try and figure out how to do a lightning bolt!
I just picked up a new book, inexpensive surprisingly!  Knit Prayer Shawls: 15 Wraps to Share buy Leisure Arts. Hardbound and small enough to take with me. It's got some gorgeous patterns in it using yarn I could find almost anywhere! Great stuff and it is only $10!
Okay, now I need to go do some actual knitting. The first sleeve on the baby sweater is down to the cuff and I am in the middle of the shawl....

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Well, about the progress....

The gloves are on hiatus, the baby stuff has been given to the recipient and now... I found out that the twins are both boys!
Alrighty then... this makes picking colors for projects much easier. Going to make their life a bit difficult later on but here's hoping that they both are healthy and happy babies.
I hope I did mention it here, I've blabbed it everywhere else that daughter is having twins.
Other than that, looking at a possible 6 week layup due to the discovery of the dreaded B. C. 
Yep, I've got breast cancer. Having it analyzed and biopsied to see how much has to be taken off. Not looking forward to the possibility of a mastectomy, but what choice do I have?
Anyway, still knitting away, have blankets, booties and bonnets to knit. They're due in January and even around here, that's going to be a cold month.
Keep clicking away!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Plugging along

I am working on a pair of fingerless gloves for a friend of Devon's. Her hands are tiny so they're going to be fast to finish even though I'm using sock yarn.
The 'set' for my coworker is done so I'm going to be somehow packaging that and taking it to work for her since she's due in September.
I sold another pair of earrings on artfire! Woohoo! Getting those mailed out tomorrow and then hope for more sales faster.
I've also created a few new necklaces, and hope to make some more sparkly types to sell at a fashion show in late August.
Personally, I'm leaning toward more organic and natural stones and settings, but can still create almost any type of jewelry. Working on some bracelets and necklaces using macrame and fine hemp or bamboo. I might start using some satin rattail cord as well with crystals or glass.
I'm kind of on a bead and yarn diet right now though, have to save up money for real expenses. Riiight.. you mean yarn and beads aren't real? Say it isn't soooo!
Okay... other than that, most of my other news is on my personal blog.
Keep on knittin'!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Baby blanket redux..

Sort of.
I have been trying to finish a baby blanket that was supposed to go to a friends baby who is now 3 years old. After the third mistake I looked at the size of it and thought, 'this is big enough for a lap blanket in a stroller without being too big. Screw it.' and I started the seed stitch border. I'll be glad to get that finished and then make a hat to match. So this coworkers baby is going to have... a singular hat, two pairs of socks (vastly different sizes but out of the same yarn) and a blanket and matching hat. Geeez!
After that's all done, I have to get cracking on preemie stuff for my own grandbabies! We still don't know and won't for several weeks. Amber is seeing a peri-natalogist in a week and then her own doctor as well. Basically she's got appointments every two weeks for the next four months. She's added two more names as alternates, Scarlett Joy and... dang can't remember what the boy alternate was. She came up with extras in case they are two of the same gender.
I still don't like Paisley! bleh. I'm afraid it's going to prejudice me against the little thing and it's not even her fault! What's a mom to do? I've heard so many stories about families being at odds because of the pressure in naming a baby. Scarlett Joy is a mouthful and as far as word meanings go... kind of odd. But she would be answering to Scarlet Martinez. (Don't know if she's using one or two T's on the end).
Okay, this is the last rambling of the day... going to grab the blanket and hunker down in bed for a bit before going to sleep. Don't have work tomorrow and kids won't be over until around 5 or 6 so.. I get to sleep in tomorrow! Turn off the alarm and do whatever I want for half the day!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Shocking news!

I reported a few weeks ago that Amber was pregnant, well she had been complaining that she felt bigger earlier than usual.
Tada! First doctor visit and sonogram... SHE'S HAVING TWINS!
This is the first set of twins ever in this generation of our family.
So...as far as knitting goes... I have to plan for two of everything. ::sigh:: better get cracking on them too. Early January is the expected month, since she had a c-section last time AND it's twins... she gets to pick the birthday within the 36th week.
Her baby shower is being planned for September so as not to conflict with Ava's birthday in October.
Twins. If both are healthy and go to term...that is just stunning!
I have to go find some preemie patterns now. Hats, sweaters... lots of them. But with no genders to go with them it's going to be interesting.
The pictures she brought home show two distinct silhouettes, which means fraternal and could be two of one or one of each. One of each would be good..three girls oh crap! Two boys whoa...
Oh, and we both agreed that we'll need little stretchy bracelets for them to keep them separate. Which means I get to make bracelets for them!
(I jokingly told her 'what about a tattoo?' Both she and Dan have multiple tattoos, she said if it were legal to tattoo children she'd do it!)

Anyway...off to find some patterns on my computer. I know I have a couple. Or three.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Going to be selling some knitting

Getting kind of desperate here.
Roommate situation is getting me worried so I'm going to be putting the brown fingerless 'Steampunk' gloves up for sale. Maybe $45 or $50 and see who wants them. Just wondering if I should charge more. The yarn was free, it's just the labor that was involved which only took me a week. The other gloves I'm working on, the cotton/wool Fern Garden ones that I designed myself are still in progress so I can't do those yet. When I do get that done, the pattern and the gloves are going up for sale. The pattern for $5 and the gloves (for very small hands) for $50. Those I'll post on Ravelry a well as Artfire. The pattern will be converted to a .pdf so people can download it.
There wasn't any knitting this week because I didn't get there until 7:30 due to computer stuff. I helped Jae with her knitting for a bit then went to go visit my kids. Socks are almost done, starting on the toe for the second one, everything else is plugging along.

Okay, need to get breakfast.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Well it has been a long time..

I have over 75 items listed now, working on another necklace, and some bracelets. I've done three other necklaces as well and have those posted.
As for knitting, I'm working on a pair of baby socks for co-worker, hat is finished, pulled out a blanket I had started for someone else and will be finishing that since it is sort of boy colors it will do just fine. Going to go to knitting tonight and show off the new yarn I got to do another blanket or maybe a shrug for me...
I've got a cable scarf I'm plugging away at occasionally and picked the Fern Garden gloves up again to try and get those done so I can edit the pattern and get it listed on Ravelry and/or my own site.
So right now, have to scoot to knitting. tootles!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Latest Creative news

I have a total of 34 items listed on my artfire frontpage. I have yet to add the gloves that Im wearing. I went through the photos that are left on my flashdrive and I lost about half my photos. Probably from pulling it out without ejecting it a while ago. I lost all the dragon earrings as well as photos of the gloves I'm wearing, and several other sets of jewelry. dangnabbit!
I am collecting all the items that I have listed and putting them in trading card pocket pages with a small notation on the backing card that it is listed. (A little 'A' or star in the corner.) That way if someone buys one from the book, I can delete it from the listing or vice versa. The trading card pocket page was a great idea, though not so much for post or leverback hooks. I need to figure out how to get little boxes or trays to fit in a binder. I have the germ of an idea on how to do it, but need to see how it would implement for real without spending any money.
I've been looking into getting a used mac and the cheapest I've seen for what I need is about $750. At $10/pair I need to sell 70 pairs of earrings to pay for a computer. So pass the word! I have thirty saved out... it's a long way off and I need that computer now!
Well, that's rather selfish, but true. I am about five years overdue for a new computer.
I also figured out a way to display the post and leverbacks easier. Foam inserts for holding rings. They hang just fine and I can slip the whole thing into a page protector to put in a binder. Voila! Yay for Sporadic Creative Genius!
I have finished one of the chokers almost, just have to finish the end and put a bead on it for a clasp. The hair ornament I put up has gotten 11 hits just in the last 24 hours. Now if someone would just buy it!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Okay... back on track here

I have done three pairs of fingerless gloves (photos to come), working on a fourth pair and have plans for selling one pair. I've written a pattern for a pair of lace gloves that I'm in the process of finishing. The pattern needs a little editing and then will likely upload it to Ravelry for sale.
I'm working on a block style baby blanket using Patons Pure Cotton in four colors.
Oh... this is also where I shamelessly plug the new yarn we got in at Beverly's
New company I've never heard of but we got in a bulky color changing acrylic yarn, some new organic cotton on the same scale as Grace, and coming will be some new baby yarn. Right now I can't remember the name! Kertzer that's it! We got in the Marble Chunky which looks beautiful although it is an acrylic. The Down To Earth Cotton that has a matte finish but is the same weight and ball size as Patons Grace. It is also organically produced so is free of chemicals. As for Angel Baby, that's all I know. I think we're getting the spot and print in which will be great since we're kind of stuck in a baby yarn rut.
So, that's it for now. Photos will be uploaded to my Ravelry page in the next few days. Boy do I have a lot of catching up to do!