Monday, November 30, 2009
Lots of crafty stuff going on here at Chez Serenity. I love to knit, but I have to say, that nothing beats an embroidery machine for whipping up nice, fast, Xmas gifts. I have taken photos but can't show them until after the holidays.
Thanksgiving weekend was not the restful refuge I was hoping for. Dinner at my brothers ended when his step-daughter fell to the ground in her first ever seizure. Very scary for all (not the least, her). The doctors let her leave the hospital last night. They have some ideas but, ultimately, are just not certain what caused it. Friday, I spent some time visiting at the hospital. Got lost coming and going. I swear downtown Jax confuses the heck out of me. Saturday..xmas shopping. Sunday...car repair, xmas shopping, & a movie. I'm pooped.
I am still over-thinking my next project. For now, I have woken up a napping F&F scarf just to keep my hands busy. Thanks to the Yarn Harlot, I have added JoJoLand's Swirl Shawl to my "I want it now" list.
Maybe I could pick up the pattern tomorrow and knit it out of stash (Koigu?) thereby staying firmly on the "no yarn for a year" wagon. The thing is, that I have not been in a yarn store in all of this time. I have a feeling that it will be a lot harder to avoid buying yarn when I am in a yarn store. I will let you know how it works out for me.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Thursday night, we had the pleasure of seeing our teen perform in his HS's production of Jekyll & Hyde the Musical. It was a complete blast. Overall, the production went well. There was, however, a handful (including my baby and his BF) who were very good, and the boy who played Jekyll/Hyde was simply outstanding.
This was teen's first foray into drama (on stage, that is). He has been singing choir since he was little, even getting to perform at Epcot last year. However, oddly enough, he has been scared to get on stage in a dramatic production. Not only has he gotten over that, but he is thinking of changing is major from graphic design to performing arts (I vote double major but we shall see).
Had a, much needed, girl day a few days ago. Friend Nancy and I caught the morning showing of New Moon. I loved it. If you liked Twilight, you will love this one (although the music was not nearly as good). Nancy had not even seen Twilight (or read the books) and she liked it (I caught her up on the characters & story over breakfast)
One of the fun things about going to a movie with a non-knitter is their reaction to my knitting during the movie. How can you see? (I don't have to) Wouldn't you rather watch the movie? (I am). You are a nut. (Like I haven't heard that before). Her day will come. I will be teaching her and a few others how to knit this Tuesday. How much you want to bet, she will be knitting through Eclipse in June?
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Now that the Cinnamon Bay is done. My creative mind has moved on to what to knit next. I have narrowed it down to three projects that I like and can make out of stash. I will almost certainly make all of them. It is just the order that is in question.
First there is the Liesl by Ysolda Teague. I have seen this baby knit in a few different yarns, in an assortment of sizes. It always looks good. I would probably use Knit Picks Main Line in Blue or KP's CotLin in a soft green.
Next, we have the Colourflow Wrap by Christa Giles. This wrap is knit in a bit tube, and steeked down the middle. The cut ends are unraveled, then knotted to form the fringe. It calls for nine different colors of Koigu but I think I would use four different colors of Cherry Tree Hill Supersock. I have nine colors of Koigu but taking one from each colorway would limit what I could do with the remaining hanks. Just picking the colors for this was interesting. At first I thought I could mix yarns but found that, in order to keep dyeing style consistant, I will want to stick with multiple colorways of a single type.
Finally, there is the Kandinsky Kimono by Leigh Radford. I fell in love with this sweater when it first appeared in Interweave Knits, Spring 2002. This was right around the time when it seemed like Mission Falls yarns would be discontinued. With that in mind, I searched around and found all of the colors. Once I had it all, I found myself intimidated by the complexity of the colorwork and put the project away. Now, however, it looks eminently do-able (older, wiser, etc). Plus it would really fit my "jeans, a tank, and a pretty sweater" style.
I am seriously considering casting on for the Kandinsky (for home) and the Colourflow (for the road). This would break my streak of knitting on project at a time (except for socks) but I really can't see myself working on the Kandinsky while I chat with friends over lunch. The hitch with that is that I would need to buy another hank of SuperSock to finish the wrap, which could break my no yarn for a year goal (assuming I finish it before Xmas).
It the meantime, I am working on, machine embroidered and, needle felted, Christmas presents.
I actually had some really nice felted items but I forgot to photograph them before lending them to a friend to use as class samples. I should have them back in a couple of weeks. I will take pictures then.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Every year we talk about making Christmas more about the meaning than the gifts. This year we will actually have to do that. Like so many, we are quite a bit tighter financially than we have been in the past. Don't get me wrong, we are truly blessed. We have a home, hubby has a job, we are healthy, loving, and loved. Financially, we are meeting our needs. Over all, life is good.
Still, Christmas will be a challenge. We have spoken to family and friends, letting them know that, in some cases, we will not be exchanging gifts this year, and in others, we will be sending handmade gifts. That is my department.
Whenever possible, on Tuesday mornings, you will find me meeting with a lovely group of women. All of whom, are talented in their craft of choice. There are knitters, crocheters, quilters, painters, mixed media artists, you name it, and we have someone who does it. One of the great things about this group is that everyone is willing (sometimes anxious) to share their knowledge.
All of the pictures in this post are items created by our fearless leader, Lael. This past Tuesday, She showed me how to make the very pretty, needle-felted, pink flower brooch, so that I can recreate them as Christmas gifts. Thank you Lael for sharing your knowledge, passion, and inspiration with me.
You can find these and other wearable works of art at http://www.etsy.com/shop/wildwillow
Tell 'em Lisa sent you :-)
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Cinnamon Bay Beach Blanket/Bag
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The Cinnamon Bay Beach Blanket/Bag is done. I had a couple of people tell me that it looked complicated but,in fact, it was a very easy knit. I am pleased with it and plan to make it my go-to beach bag.
I was planning to make the color wrap next but my free Rowan kit (for subscription) arrived yesterday and now I think I may work on that first. I have a couple of days to think about it since I need to put some work into Xmas presents first.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Oh my gosh! I am the mom of a 17yo. I was thinking yesterday that I am now older than my mom was when I was a 17yo. Does that make me old? I don't feel that at all. Feeling young or old has never been an issue for me. Really I just feel like me. Wiser certainly, but not necessarily older. Rather than denying my birthdays, I revel in them. Who does not love getting presents?
Anyway, the teen's birthday was fun. His day started with breakfast in bed. There was no school but he had an all day musical rehearsal. By way of a birthday treat we stopped on the ways so that he could pick up his favorite sub (for lunch). We picked him up promptly and went to dinner at his restaurant of choice (Chili's). He seemed to like his presents (which included cash, his favorite). Tomorrow night we celebrate again, with extended family, here at Casa Serenity.
The Cinnamon Bay is done (except for the i-cord pull). Unfortunately, we are getting just a bit of that hurricane that pounded the panhandle. It is just too dreary (wet & cold) to take pictures on the beach. I am hoping that tomorrow or Saturday will be more beach worthy. In the mean time, I am going to go curl up with hot chocolate, a blanket and a good book.
Monday, November 9, 2009
What to do about the Cinnamon Bay yarn shortage? When told my tale of woe, hubby suggested that I might be over-thinking the whole thing and that I should let myself or him just buy the darn yarn. By not means convinced, but keeping his words in mind, I looked into my local options only to find out that the yarn has been discontinued (Eeek!). What to do? After trying this and that, I finally decided to pull back my last two rows, leaving myself with two full repeats of the lace edging (rather than the called for three). I then knit one row in color B (I had worked the body in stripes) and began to cast off. The picot cast off confused me a bit at first but I eventually figured it out and am now more than half way to the end. At that point, I will work the I-cord pull strap, also in color B. That is assuming that I have enough pink to get the job done. If not, there will no doubt be another round of tears (metaphorically speaking) and grinding of teeth (literally).
We did get to the beach this weekend but I was so taken with the Blue Angels that I forgot to take pictures of them. My bad, I will do better next time.