Saturday, December 16, 2006
I LOVE felting! Even William was amazed at the process. I've made two more bags that I plan to give as gifts. I've been terribly busy crocheting lately...practically every evening. Christmas is in a few days and I've got a list of mostly hats and scarves to complete before then...probably a couple more purses if I can make the time, and then a felted purse for myself. Here are the other two. I did write out a simple pattern and would love to post it here if someone could help me posting a pdf file here.
Monday, December 11, 2006
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
I am actually taking a break from crocheting...crocheting what you ask...scarves of course...tons of them. I have several orders for scarves from work, and possibly a large one coming in from a friend's college classmates (we'll see how that pans out...hopefully good, I could use the extra money this time of year).
Today was pretty nice, I only worked three hours, got my Christmas bonus and went shopping for a few items to make Thanksgiving dinner for me and William. Of course, I'll do the big dinner tomorrow with family, but I decided to cook my own dinner on Friday. My menu includes: Apricot-Glazed Cornish Hens; Cornbread Dressing, Cranberry sauce; Macaroni and Cheese; Carmelized Brussels Sprouts with Sunflowers (don't gag thinking about it, we both love brussels anyway);Yeast rolls; Collard Greens; Yam casserole; Cherry congealed salad and Pecan pie bars. Just typing that I'm thinking that's a lot for me and William, but it's a long weekend so I'm sure it'll be fine. I had to get recipes for just about everything. That tells you how often I cook from scatch.
Monday, November 6, 2006
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Monday, October 16, 2006
I decided to get in gear and start working out regularly (Cardio & Pilates)...This is week 3 and I'm down 5 pounds. I am really enjoying Pilates and had my first class in public last week. Can't wait to go back today. I cringe at the thought of using a public mat though, I know how sweaty I was after finishing step and heading straight into Pilates (as more than half of the class did). I just don't want to lie there sweaty on top of someone else's sweat, but I needed a yoga mat bag to carry mine in from home. So, why not try to make one? And I did. I am so thrilled with how it came out. After a couple of failed attempts to make the sleeve (which is essentially what it is)...I decided to crochet it in long rows rather than in the round. For some reason, it seemed to be too wide and sloppy looking the other way. I made a drawstring closure which also serves as the shoulder strap. The only thing I would do differently is to line it, it doesn't slide in very easily and I have to pull the bag over the mat like a sock. I plan to write the pattern up and post it (a freebie since it's so simple) if anyone is interested in making their own. All you do is crochet a circle (for the bottom of the bag) just round enough and set it aside....then crochet a chain a little longer than the length of the mat, hdc in each stitch across until it easily wraps around the mat. I then crocheted the seam with a sl stitch and turned it inside out so the seam wouldn't show. When I crocheted the circle to the bottom of the sleeve, I did so on the right side of the work so that the seam would show and give the bottom of the bag more shape. With 4 strands of yarn together, I made a really long chain stitch, weaved in it through the opening and tied it in a secure opening near the side seam securely. And ta-da, you're done! I still may line it, this should be very fast and simple to do. The entire bag is crochet with two strands held together and crocheting in the front of the stitch only throughout, this will give you a ribbed effect.This bag would make a great gift too.
Friday, July 21, 2006
Instead of working on the skirt that I intended to wear today to an event (which I'm no longer going to), I spent a couple of evenings cleaning out the garage and organizing my yarn stash. I have more yarn than I think I could ever use...unless I get to work creating and designing.
Friday, July 14, 2006
Sunday, July 9, 2006
Friday, June 23, 2006
Yes, believe it! A crochet-related blog entry! I actually picked up the dusty crochet hook and COMPLETED an original project! I completed it Sunday night and just finished writing the pattern out (for the most part) last night. It works up pretty quickly. I like the yarn I used, which is some I purchased on Ebay on the cone, it feels light and drapey, perfect for over a sundress or with jeans. Thanks Deanna for modeling it for me.
Friday, June 16, 2006
Just got the brief, ready to file, I might just be outta here!
Thursday, June 15, 2006
So, this is what she's been up to instead of crocheting and designing patterns. I can blame the yardwork to a certain extent. This is the bed I made in the backyard a few weeks ago, it's amazing how much growth I have already compared to this photo. I find myself getting more into the gardening thing now and actually know the names of certain plants! I've even picked up an earthworm (not with my bare hands of course)! My mother came by (she has an amazing green thumb) and she was quite impressed with my choice of plants, the fact that they were planted in the correct conditions and just how the rocks turned out around the bed, and isn't that what's its really about anyways, the approval of our mothers...just kidding, but it did make me feel good.
I haven't completely abandoned crochet though. I saw a shrug that inspired me to pick up my hook and yarn last night and I'm eager to get home to work on it (after watering the plants). I brought it in to work with me hoping to steal a few minutes and get a few rows done. So far, it's still sitting in the bag next to me. I should take a photo and give you a sneak peek.
Monday, May 8, 2006
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Krispy Kreme donut maker
Wal-Mart Shoe Department
4 movies I can watch over and over:
I love movies and I'm sure I could name more than 4, but these are the first that come to mind:
How to Make an American Quilt
Butterflies are Free
4 TV shows I love to watch:
A Haunting (or any show about true ghost sitings, investigations and the paranormal)
Sex and the City (still)
Good Times (still)
Everybody Loves Raymond (started watching the reruns and I love it, it's really funny)
4 places I have lived:
4 places I have been on holiday:
Columbia South Carolina
MAN, I NEED TO GO "ON HOLIDAY" MORE I GUESS
4 of my favorite dishes:
Chicken quesadillas with rice and beans
apple crisp with walnuts
grilled salmon with roasted garlic seasoning and rice
4 websites I visit daily:*
I've been finding it hard to find time to get on the net lately...
Yahoo & Google
4 places I would rather be right now:
Since I'm at work blogging right now, this is easy:
At Home crocheting and watching a good movie
On a cruise ship to just about anywhere
Having drinks with a few girlfriends
In Lennox Lewis' arms (ha!)
4 fiber-bloggers I am tagging:
I don't really know how to officially "tag" someone, so let's just say, if you're reading this now, YOU'VE BEEN TAGGED!
I've been in my house almost 2 years now without a dining room table and chairs, a co-worker sold me this nice antique set (the leaves are not in, but imagine that there are 2 and this table can seat about 8 people) for a whopping $150. I couldn't pass that up, even if I decided to sell it myself, I know I can get more than that for it. I love it though!
Here is a photo of the Rhubard that's coming up in my yard. It didn't do so well last year because I failed to water and nurture it as it should have been....maybe I'll get my green thumb this year, looks like I have a second chance and perhaps later this year, some Apple Rhubarb crisp.
Most times when I try to knit, I end up inadvertently increasing or decreasing if I am not sure to count each stitch after each row. But I noticed I usually do this with Red Heart Symphony yarn, it's a challenge for me to knit with, but I love crocheting with it. Good thing this is just for my freeform wall hanging, so I'm not too discouraged.
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Me and William have once again decided to get back together. This was not an easy decision for me. I truly had moved on...remember Kelvin? Well, I should have know from him misrepresenting himself from the start that he was a shadey person. He continued to be somewhat deceitful, and it was making me mad that he thought I was so dumb that I wouldn't see it, or if I saw it, I would just dismiss it....I THINK NOT. Not to sound callous, but let's just call it like it is, he served his purpose...REBOUND BOYFRIEND! Thanks! William however has really been spending a lot of time convincing me that I am the one for him and that he's ready to make a real committment to me. Call me crazy, but I'm starting to believe him, he's never done as much talking as he has now and he's really opening up in a way that I've never seen him before.
I haven't been particulary crafty lately...a little crocheting....a little knitting (and I do mean very little). I am inspired though to create a dress or skirt and actually got to work on it a little yesterday in the waiting room of the doctor's office. I've got to go back tomorrow for one more test...it seems that I have a 2.9 cm cyst on an ovary. Hopefully they will just remove it and that will be that!
Thursday, February 16, 2006
Tuesday, February 7, 2006
Grandma called me when I got home yesterday asking if I had had a chance to make the red hat she asked me for last week. Well, it had completely slipped my mind and I felt horrible. I asked her when she needed it and she said Wednesday for a Valentines dance she was going to at a senior's center. So I hung up the phone, went to my yarn stash and came across some TLC Amore yarn in two shades of red and frantically went to work making the tam. About 1 1/2 hours after that, I went to work on a scarf to match and to make myself feel better about forgetting the hat in the first place. I took it by her place after work and she LOVED it, it looked so cute on her, perfect fit and everything. My mother, who had been over the night she called and learned I had forgotten, went by and saw the set. She felt compelled to call since I'm sure she talked about me not making the hat in the first place. She was shocked that I had made time to make the set for her and she said she loved the yarn and colors (that'll teach you to talk about people mom!).
Monday, February 6, 2006
Sunday, February 5, 2006
First of all, thanks Deneen for sending me the wonderful shawl. The photos do not do it justice. I really like the yarn you chose, it's so soft and the colors are so funky. It's funny that when it arrived (Saturday), it went perfectly with what I was wearing so I wore it for the rest of the day. It fits perfectly, I love it.
Deneen also sent the coolest little orange (I love orange) pouch, that rolls out and had some really nice stitch markers in it. Brilliant idea Deneen, so convenient!
I finally broke down and went to see an eye doctor on Saturday morning. It has been quite a while since I've had my vision checked, and I've been having some problems. Well, it looks like I should be wearing glasses...all the time now! I know this is going to take some getting used to. I'll probably feel very self conscious at first, like I"m wearing a costume or something. I'm eager to get my glasses to see if I really see better though, that'll be nice.
The weatherman is talking of the chance of wintery weather for tomorrow morning. I know that tomorrow will be a very hectic day, we've got a deadline at work, and I know that it'll probably just blow over my area as usual and I'll be making that familiar Monday morning drive tomorrow, but the kid in me is hoping I'll wake up to snow on the ground and the morning news team announcing closings. I'm going to put out some positive wintry thoughts anyways.
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Saturday, January 14, 2006
I had my sister, Carolyn, Sindy and Sugar over last night for a girls night in. It was cold and raining and perfect for something like this. I've got a slight headache now from last night, all the laughter, wine and good food. I'm definately moving slowly this morning. I thought about going to the track, but it is bitter cold out there and windy, so perhaps I'll get motivated enough to do some sort of exercise inside today besides crocheting and changing the chanels. I've been working on a sweater for myself...well working on seems the wrong way to describe it since it's been sitting in my room untouched all week. I'm going to try to get to it this weekend so I'll actually have a crochet post with photos. It is coming along nicely though.