Thursday Purse-Day!

Hi Everyone.  This is going to be a short and sweet post today.

This week’s bag is a combo FO-purse of the week.  i’m just not feeling up to digging up a new bag to take pictures of. 🙂

bag redo bag comparison inside bag

So I finally finished the bag.   I ended up cutting off the straps so i could redo the top.  i was really unhappy w/ how flared it was, esp since I couldn’t sew the lining on right.   It bothered me so much I fixed it.  I think it looks better. 🙂

Project HP House Fair Isle Pouch Bags (ravelry link)
Yarn: Berroco Comfort Sock / S.R. Kertzer On Your Toes Bamboo
Amount Used: about half a skein of each
Color:  Dark grey / dark sage
Needle Size: US 2
Date Started: May 26, 2009
Date Finished:  June 7, 2009

Still working on my Shalom sweater.  I used the powers of algebra to figure out all the sizing differences in the pattern.  hahahah.  so far i’m very happy w/ how it’s all coming out.

shalom on the mannequin closer look

So far so good. 🙂

SASSY UPDATE

my precious baby

This is one of my favorite pictures I took of Sassy.  I took this picture a few months ago, I think in February.  As I look at it, my heart breaks.
I had to say goodbye to Sassy on Tues, June 8.  She just quit eating on Monday/Tues and could barely move.  All my friends told me I would know when would be the time to say goodbye.  That time came.   I had a beautiful last day with her.  I spent the day just snuggling with her and loving her and she just loved me back.  She was always a loving cat.  Anytime I cried about anything, she would always run to me and give me snuggles to make me feel better.  As weak as she was, she heard and saw me crying and she managed to lift her head for some headbutt snuggles.

The day I went to the pound to pick out a new cat was Jan 20, 1996.  I went inside to take a peek and i saw 2 cats at the Mansfield Animal Shelter.  One boy cat was sitting there, just giving me the stink eye.  Then there was this fluffy meowy cat that ran right up to me and jumped onto my leg.  I started squealing as she picked me to be her mommy.   All I saw was all this orange fur, these awesome mitten paws (she was a polydactyl cat) and i heard this kitty cat just meow meow meow as I held her.   My entire adult life was spent w/ Sassy.  She was there with me thru my many phases in my life, my worst and my best times.  She trained me well to fit her needs. 🙂

I know she’s in a better place and that thought is what is keeping me sane. Thanks to everyone for your condolences and your thoughts and hugs.  You have all been a great help and blessing.

I miss her so much.  Lord, please take good care of her for me.

Thursday Purse-Day!

hello all!  happy Thursday!  How is everyone today?

here’s today’s bag!

dewdrop bag inside dewdrop bag outside of bag

this is a dewdrop bag.  yes i made it.  yes…please do not look at the seams AROUND the handle.  they are messy and crooked! hahaah.  dont you love the fabric though?  i talked about this bag as one of my sewing projects, but i’m posting it up as a bag of the week.  Fabric was bought at Joann’s.  Pattern provided by an etsy seller.  directions were clear and concise. 🙂

So I was told by Janice I needed to do a Sassy update.  (hi Phil).  Sassy is still not eating as much.  She’s barely eating and i think she’s lost more weight.  I talked to the vet about this on Monday and I was told to come pick up another appetite stimulant (in pill form) to try and see if that’ll get things moving.  i know this is not new…but does anyone realize how insane it is to give a pill to a cat that is REALLLLLLLLLLLLY good at spitting things out???  she is So good at it!!!  after multiple attempts (we’re talking like 10-12) to get that piece of a pill in her mouth, i finally just disolved it w/ some water, put it in a syringe and squirt it into her mouth.  she did NOT like that. 🙂  and it didn’t help much.  not sure if the water dissolving it hampered the effects.  I’ll try to give her another piece tomorrow…but she is catching on.  of course as I write all this, she’s laying on top of my hands as i type on the laptop…so cute.  how can you be mad at that??? 🙂  she’s being so kissy and sweet.   so anyway…we’re going to report back to the doctor by Friday.  it may be time for a 2nd opinion.

I have no FO’s for this week.  I do have some WIP’s.  I”m still working on the christmas stocking.  I finished the foot finally on Sunday.  I need to put in the beard, eyes and the lining.  i picked up some fabric for the lining yesterday. 🙂

lining w/ the stocking

i need to finish this off.  i had to rip out the foot 4 times b/c I don’t know how to read directions.   and i didn’t realize I had made a mistake until i started decreasing for the toe…each of the 4 times.  I’m truly very stupid.

I finished one baby bootie today.  I got an urge to do the pattern and I just rummaged around and found some sock yarn I want to use up. again….i did not read the directions as written and i started off differently than what the pattern called for.  Eh…the results are the same.  does the journey really matter? hahaha

booty-licious another view bottom of the bootie

i’ll finish the other bootie tomorrow and post up pics once im’ done.  I think this is a very cute little shoe! 🙂  someone at work asked me if these were for a Longhorn.  Nope.  I didn’t have anyone specific in mind when starting these…but giving them to a Longhorn isn’t a bad idea….

I did make a couple more bibs this week. 🙂  These bibs are fast and satisfying and crowd pleasers. 🙂

bibs i love this fabric! i love this fabric too!!

i’m getting better i think.hahaah.

i’m starting to get sleepy….i hope everyone has a good weekend!

Thursday Purse-Day!!

Hello all!! It’s Thursday!  Happy Thursday!  time for another bag!  WHOO HOOO!!

Amy butler bag side view goodies inside

Isn’t it cute?  I wish  I could say I made it…but I did NOT.  I got it at Michaels on clearance when i went shopping w/ the Purling Ps on Sunday.  🙂  all the goodies inside?  yeah..it was all clearance yarn.  I couldn’t resist.  DON”T JUDGE ME!!! 🙂

I sent my brother his baby shower gift the other day.  I added the clothing label touch to the sweater and added a pair of baby booties to the mix.

no name yet does it look not obvious? haha

little MJ Skimmers bottom of MJ Skimmers

Strange enough…these two projects use the same yarn.  The pictures look like they are different colors.  so weird.

ProjectMary Jane Skimmers (ravelry link)
Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton-Ease
Amount Used: 1/4 skein of each color?
ColorBerry and Pewter
Hook Size: 3.50 mm
Date Started: April 16, 2009
Date Finished: April 16, 2009

I made the 6 month old size for the shoes b/c who knows how big this kid is going to be.  Her mom is tiny tiny tiny, so i bet she has a ginormous baby….or a really tiny petite one. 🙂

I’m working on another santa stocking for pay as mentioned last week.  i’m almost done w/ it.  i screwed up on the heel 3 times before I got it right this time.  apparently I think i know so much that I don’t need to read patterns thoroughly before I just jump in.   so that took away a whole day.  grrrr.   and i decided this stocking needs a liner.  sigh.

ho ho ho working on the foot what a freaggin mess!!!!

I dread weaving in all those ends.  oh wait…do i really have to if i’m going to use a lining??? OOOH..maybe not!!!! 🙂  yay!!!  This stocking is bigger than the original one.  i’m conflicted.   I also need to weave in the beard.  sigh. i’m not as done as I thought I was.

i did a bit of sewing this week too.  I made some bibs and burp cloths.  I need to send these sets out for a gift (to go along w/ that pewter colored sweater and kimono baby shoes I showed off last week)…and i’m stock piling for future gifts.

bib-by boppy booooo! burb cloths I know these are easy to do...but man. that fabric makes those things so adorable. doesn't this fabric look like japanese fabric?  it's not! :) crunch and munch

The burp cloths and bibs are for the gift.  The middle flower-y bib…might be going to a drooling little girl i saw last week.  Let’s see if I see her tomorrow. 🙂

i’m sleepy. 🙂  peace out!

Thursday Purse-Day!

Whoa.  Sorry for the late post folks.  I had such little sleep from tues night, i was delirious by weds night.  I had to get to bed at least for a nap.  Yeah…my naps are like a full night’s sleep…esp when it’s night time. hahhaa.  sorry folks!!

here is this week’s bag!!

Hello kItty DS case back view inside

So this is a Nintendo DS Case.  🙂   Of course I had to get a Hello Kitty one.   hahaha!  What’s stupid is, right after I got this case, I sold my DS to my friend.  I meant to give her the case too, but it went MIA for a little while.    Maybe I should get another DS to go w/ this case.  hahah j.k.

So what’s going on….

I took Sassy to the vet again on Tues b/c she still isn’t eating.  We have come to the conclusion that her tooth is just bothering her so much she needs to have it pulled.  So we pulled her tooth and a 2nd tooth on Tues.   She’s pretty pissed. 🙂  Giving her pain medication is a big pain in the butt.  The first day i did it, she managed to spit it back at me in her fury.  hahaha!  but hopefully that fixes the eating issues.  i cant be having an anorexic cat!!  You know how they say that pets look like their owners?  That means I would have to go anorexic too!  I love food too much!

sassy's drugs me giving Sassy some kisses Sassy giving me headbutts.

Her drug arsenal above.  And then a rare time when she is being super sweet and letting me take pictures.   of course they are crappy webcam pics…but whatever. hahaah.

I have some FO’s to show off.

My brother’s friend’s sweater is done.  Working on the baby booties now. 🙂  i was going to try to stay up last night and finish the booties before I posted.  Yeah…that didn’t happen. 🙂

The sweater looks a weird color here. i think this is my fav pattern by far gotta see the neckline back view

ProjectTelemark Pullover
YarnLion Brand Cotton ease
Amount Used: a little more than one skein
Color:  magenta
Needle Size: US 5
Date Started: April 9, 2009
Date Finished:  April 16, 2009

Every time I do this pattern I think i love it more and more.  You know what I love the most about this one?  The reactions it gets.  people freaggin LOVE IT!  It should be a big hit at the baby shower. 🙂  My brother might be pimpin’ after that.  ahaha jk.

So the Telemark pullover i did last time…the pewter colored one?  I made some booties to go with it and totally forgot to blog about them. 🙂

aaron shoes w/ blockers! aaron shoes sand blockers

Project: Baby Crossover Shoes (etsy link)
YarnLion Brand Cotton ease
Amount Used:  less that one skein
Color:  pewter and blue
Needle Size:  US 5
Date Started: April 1, 2009
Date Finished: April 1, 2008

I’m not sure how I feel about these little booties.  I am really scared they won’t stay on the boy’s feet.  But oh well.  They can always go on a teddy bear or something.  That reminds me…i should get one to send w/ this…  these took like an hour to make.  SUPER easy!!

I have some stockings i need to make for commission.  One of these old ugly Santa stockings.  We all know how i feel about them. hahaah.  Well, i thought i had this one’s pattern.  I do NOT.  and you know what?  I looked all over…ravelry, etc.  Someone on rav had made a few of these.  I asked her if I could buy a copy of the pattern from her.  She said no!  b/c it was a copyright infringment!  WHAT?!?!?  this pattern is SOO old the copyright laws don’t apply to it anymore.  I begged a little more and she refused to answer me.   wtf?!?!  So i decided just to chart it out myself.  it wasn’t hard at all, surprisingly.   And using  MS Excel for this is great. 🙂   I was printing graph paper and doing it that way at first…i made so many mistakes and in pen.  DUh.  So I’ll be ready to get cracking on these as soon as I’m done w/ those baby booties today. 🙂

santa chart

I got a new toy yesterday!  I GOT MY NEW SEWING MACHINE!!!  WHHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!  I had a revelation a couple of weeks ago when doing something on my current sewing machine…this thing isn’t going to do what i need it to do in the long run.  SO i emailed my good friend Mary and asked her opinions about the baby Bernina machines.  I’m not ready to drop thousands on a sewing machine…but a few hundred?  maybe. 🙂   We took a little trip to the Bernina store in Dallas to look at the baby Berninas (Bernettes).  I needed Mary’s opinion about them b/c she is an expert seamstress and she has alot of Berninas. hahaha.  We went.  I’m lucky I didn’t fall for the $1600 machine.  But i fell for the one I got.  Ordered it.  Picked it up yesterday.  I was so tired last night, I didn’t have a chance to play with it at all!   but i did take pictures. 😀

bernette box! sitting on the table WHEEE!!  now it needs a name! it's all purty lit up! even my sewing machine has to have some kind of computer in it. and compartments. :)

Sigh.  what to make first?  no idea 🙂  hahaha.  I”ll do something, that’s for sure.

I should be productive and clean house now since i’m up!  have a great day everyone!

Thursday Purse-Day!!

Hello everyone!  It’s Thursday!  Time for another bag!!  Whoo-hoooo!

Another fakey! hahaha back view

This is a continuation of the bags that I bought last week when shopping w/ Janice.  😀  is’nt this one CUUUUTE?   it’s very roomy!!  and  yes…only $15.  muahaha!

Thanks to everyone’s well wishes for my little baby.  I got the test results on Thurs/Fri.  She’s FINE!!  PERFECTLY healthy!  nothing is wrong.  The vet even said “i wish half my cats that come in here were as healthy as Sassy is!”  *blush*  I was asked about her eating habits and we tweaked her diet a bit.  no more crunchy food…only canned food.  To see what happens.  and oh yes…i was to QUADRUPLE what I was feeding her in canned food.  OK.    I did it.  she was fine for about 5 days.  Then she started throwing up again.  I talked to the vet today and she’s concerned about that.  Sassy has to go back to the vet on Monday for X-rays.  Sigh.  she’s gonna be pissed at me.   But thanks again for keeping her in your thoughts/prayers.

So I got lots done this week.  I’m not sure why my productivity went up or whatever…but I was successful.   YAY!!

Item #1….the cardi.  IS DONE.  DONE DONE DONE!  WHEEEEE!!

The cardi is done!! more light i guess? back close up of the buttons

It’s no secret i had some serious issues w/ this pattern.   I’ve been pretty pissed about it al and i know i should have just went w/ a top-down raglan sweater.  As much complaining as time-outs as i had w/ this cardi, i could have ripped it all out and started all over w/ a top-down and finished it in LES S time.  sigh.

ProjectTreeline Striped cardigan
Yarn Berroco Comfort Chunky
Amount Used:  5.5 skeins
Color:  Natural
Needle Size: US 10.5
Date Started: Feb. 21, 2009
Date Finished: April 1, 2008

Wow.  it took me over a month to do this.   hahaha.  soooo.  here are my thoughts/notes.

Dislikes:

  • Sleeves were done first.  At first I thought it was awesome so I didn’t have to do a gauge swatch.  duhhh..
  • The pattern was fine until you get to the section where you add the sleeves.  MATH…WRONG.  I cannot say this enough.  i was pulling out the little hair I have left on my head over this.   I picked up, knit to the end where you finish the decreasing and i was 10 stitches too many on the left side.  I then ripped it all out and re-did the math and found out there was a mistake.
  • there are some weird mistakes in a certain part of the pattern that isn’t CRUCIAL to keep going (more of an annoyance), but you don’t know when to STOP decreasing.  I’m not into patterns where you have to feel around for a guess on this.
  • The button band info didn’t work w/ what i had.  Using a smaller needle size for that ribbed button band and picking up fewer stitches was the solution.  I picked up too few the first time and had a very gathered cardi.  I picked up TOO many the 2nd and 3rd time trying this and i got a ruffle.  So i figured out a solution by just doing.

Likes:

  • I think the method they used to stripe so many stripes is great.  I think that was what the pattern was focused on rather than anything else.

enough complaining.  I love the buttons I found for this!

Item #2…So Cal Chic sweater for Aaron L.

sweater. :) I think this sweater makes Zoe look really chic and like a boy. hahahah! close up of the neck detail back view

ProjectTelemark Pullover
YarnLion Brand Cotton ease
Amount Used: less than 1 skein
Color:  Pewter
Needle Size: US 5
Date Started: Feb. 14, 2009
Date Finished:  March 30, 2009

I love this pattern so much.  I wish I could marry it! haahah  I am working on a pair of matching booties and a hat for this.  maybe no hat.  they live in SoCal.  not that cold all up in there.

Item #3….Hot water bottle cozy

Last week for P-La’s bday, I made her a hot water bottle cozy.  She’s been talking about knitting one for forever.  That day, i just happen to see something online where someone took an old felted sweater and made a cozy for it.  Omg.  I had this old sample Noro cabled sweater that i was going rip out and re-use the yarn.  It was a pain.  so i just threw the whole thing in the washer weeks ago w/ plans to make something w/ it.  I never did it.  🙂  So i made a hot water bottle cozy.  P-La said she liked it.  I hope she wasn’t lying to me! hahaha

water bottle cozy water bottle cozy see!! it fits!

ended up having to hand sew it b/c the fabric was so thick, it didn’t fit under the presser foot on my machine. 🙂 hand stitched it closed.

Item #4 ….. Little Red Riding hood.

ti there. :) goodbye? the burt reynolds

Project: Bunny Gurumi (direct link)
Yarn:  Knit picks Wool of the andes (stash dived for this)
Amount Used: 1/2 of each color
Color:  beige/natural and red
Hook Size:  G
Date Started: March 31, 2009
Date Finished: April 1, 2009

My cousin showed me this etsy seller’s dolls for sale and begged me to make one for her.  i waited a while then went back and found out the seller was now selling the pattern rather than just the dolls.  i got alot of OOOOH’s and AAAAAH’s when i worked on it at work and at knit nite.

I’ve been sewing this week too.  I’ve got a few things to post that I managed to finish…

Dewdrop bag inside of the dew drop bag. Passport sleeve bag for petra's bday inside of bag. mini box bag to match bag isn't it cute? GASP!  look how SMALL it is!  pen is for scaling. :)

I fell asleep in my office chair earlier and i better go to sleep before i do it again. 🙂  have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday Purse-Day!

Happy Thursday everyone! 🙂

It’s time for another bag! 🙂

I got a new wallet this week.  It seems like I get wallets all the time.  yes, dear friends…i do.  It’s a sickness.   But I saw this wallet on some tech site and I was sooo excited when I saw the video on the website.  (yes…a video got me excited about a wallet).  Flip Side Wallet helps protect your ID from RFID theft.   Hard-case wallets get me pretty excited too.  Don’t ask me why.  I have no clue.  i think it’s all the snappy noises they make when they close.  tee hee.

of course I had to get PINK CC's go on the bottom, other cards go on top ID and cash. :)

yeah I had to get pink.  Sue me.  hahha. It doesn’t hold THAT much, but i shouldn’t be carrying so much stuff w/ me to begin with anyway just in case.   and yes…it snaps closed. 🙂  and stays closed!

I’m almost done w/ the for-pay cardigan.   All i have left is the decreases for the neck and the button band.

I did get some sewing done.  Go figure.  Why is that?  A Love affair w/ a new hobby I guess.  I just made a couple of little things this week.

My bedroom door has been closing on it’s own for a couple of months.  I like most of my doors open for air flow and such.  Plus since I live solo, why do all the doors need to be shut?  So for the last couple of months, I had some random vice grips holding my door open.  hahahaha.  just sitting there, blocking the door.  I was looking thru some of my computer files and I found a pyramid door stopper pattern I saved a long time ago.  So I decided to make it.

Silly vice grips propping my door open. :) the pyramid door stop...sans loop and made a bit bigger than called for in the pattern Sassy is wondering what this weird thing is. *sniff sniff*  greetings, newcomer.

I forgot to put the ribbon on the top.  By the time I realized it, I didn’t feel like ripping the seam to put it in.  plus, it’s supposed to prop the door open.  what do i really need a ribbon loop for?  cuteness factor I guess. 🙂  The pattern says to fill it up w/ beans or rice.  Is this even a good idea?  i can’t tell you the numerous patterns I see that call for this sort of thing. these are ORGANIC items!  I mean…they can rot can’t they?  I know w/ rice you can get weird little bugs.  I’ve lived that experience.

I get the f’ing creepy crawlies when I think about that day I found this out.  It’s weird to fill a bowl w/ rice from it’s trusty storage container and rinse it all out…then look in the bowl..and see things moving.  and then you look in the trusty container…and see rice moving.  I screamed like a little girl that day for a long time and i boiled everything that came in contact w/ that rice (even threw some of the containers away).  So i am VERY scared of putting rice in things that will sit around for, what is in theory, years.  So I filled up the door stopper w/ aquarium stones?  those little rocks?  i hope there aren’t bugs in those things. 🙂

Botgurl’s bday was on Saturday and she told me no presents.  Okey dokey.  I got her a card.  But then I found this fabric and some cheesy for-show-only pot holders had to be made. 🙂

hello sexy fireman fireman on one side, flames on the other. i like this fireman better..i think he's hotter.  bwahaha! hot man on the front, fire on the back

isn’t this a riot?  it’s all for fun and show.  She said she liked them!  YAY!!  Success!

It rained like crazy daisy here last week.  I got a new trench coat that was awesome to wear in the rain.  and I had a hat that kept my head nice and dry.  (I don’t like umbrellas…too fussy!)  I was prepared for this rain…except for my feet.  normally i just wear flip flops and dont’ care about my feet getting wet b/c if you wear normal shoes, they will get wet anyway and i get pissed off when i have soggy shoes and socks.  But this rain was cold…very cold.  So i wore shoes, but i wasn’t happy about it.  How come I don’t have a pair of rainboots?  It does’nt rain THAT often here, so that’s probably why. 🙂  But if i get ONE pair, then i’ll be prepared!   So guess what I got??  WHEEE!

OOH what this?  check out the sweet box! OMG!  TOKIDOKI RAINBOOTS! WHEEEEE!! I <3 you!

Why didn’t I get Hello Kitty rainboots?  i saw some.  by the same company that made this pair too.  I didn’t dig them as much as I did this pair.  Sigh.  I can’t wait till it rains again. 🙂

I WILL FINISH THE CARDIGAN THIS WEEKEND!  I declare it here!  I must get it done! 🙂  have a great week everyone!

Thursday Purse-Day!

Hello all!!  It’s Thursday!! Time for another bag!! 🙂

Gym bag...so small what little goes inside see how it all fits in there? lol

So this is my current gym bag.  EH?  how is this even possible?  Well, usually when I hit the gym, I go home first.  So this bag is just a bag for my cell phone arm band, locker lock, earphones, a small towel, gym card, and my keys.   It’s a tiny bag, but I’ve outgrown it.  i can’t always go home before I hit the gym, so I need to have a real gym bag w/ gym clothes and shoes in it. hahaha.  for goodness sake, i can’t even put a water bottle in this current bag!

So this week I made a few things…but not knitting.  I actually made something w/ my sewing machine!  WHEEE!  but because of my distraction, knitting suffered.  No worries, mates.  Knitting has returned tonight. haha.  But look at what i did!  🙂

I MADE AN APRON! Charm pack apron...fun to do all straight lines...good for jen. :) i tied a crappy bow. :)

This is a charm pack apron that was pretty easy to do.  All I had to do was sew straight lines.  It was good practice.  I tell you, I’m not scared of my machine anymore!  ALTHOUGH…there was a moment while sewing the binding that i almost smushed my finger w/ the part of the machine that screws the needle in b/c my hand was right there right when i stepped on the pedal.   I started screaming out of fear. 🙂 hahaha.   but i’m over it now..i think. 🙂  I am debating about giving this apron to my mom.  BUT…she gets aprons really filthy b/c she cooks ALOT and gets food all over her aprons like a good cook should. 🙂  and i think she needs a full sized apron, not this half apron stuff. i think one made of some wipeable material, but is cute, will be better for her. 🙂  She can wear it at church! haha

I’ve been working on the cardi again.  I’m to the point where I attach the sleeves and then after that it should be smooth sailing and not much longer to go.

mostly done!? :)

see?  I got more done! YAY!! I’m going to keep trucking on this and only this until i’m done.  hahaha. 🙂

Alright…short post today. 🙂   posting more later!

Thursday Purse-Day!! :)

Hi Everyone!   Happy Thursday!

I think today’s post is gonna be a short one. 🙂   I’m SO sleepy!!  And I have to work tomorrow (which is usually a day off for me).   So I am posting before I sleep or else it’ll never get done. 🙂

ANYWHOOO…..here’s this week’s bag! 🙂

Hello Kitty wallet back of wallet look inside. :)

I went to one of my favorite stores last week and this gem was there.  How can I resist something SO freaggin cute?  I can’t.  That’s why I have it now.  hahahah!

I’ve been working on contract projects all week and not making MUCH progress on them.  I’ve been working on putting together an Escalera jacket for my friend Margie.  I”ll take pictures of it once it’s done.  She asked me to help her before Christmas and last week she jolted my memory that I hadn’t done anything w/ it yet.   whoops.  Lemme tell ya….i’m not digging 3-needle bind-off much anymore having to do so much of it. 🙂  Margie got half a sleeve done, so I need to do the rest of it, do the 2nd sleeve and the collar.    And i was hired to do another Christmas stocking plus redoing the name on an old stocking.   So yeah…Christmas isn’t for a long time, but the stockings are wanted way before Christmas. 🙂

I’m still working on that cardigan for pay and I’m about 1/4 of the way done w/ the body.  I finished the sleeves already…So i’m making progress.  I need to finish. 🙂   I’ll take pics of it when i get more done.  so ashamed! 😀

I have an FO to show off.  I finished this months ago.  I meant to block it and take pics…but I never blocked it.  I found it when i was putting some things away and I remembered I needed to block and take pics.  Well, i got half of that to-do list done. 🙂

Front view right view left view close up of the unblocked cupcakes. :) aerial view

Project: Have a Cupcake Hat (Ravelry link)
YarnUniversal Pace
Amount Used: about 1/3 of each color
Color:  Purple varigated, Purple, charcoal Grey, Beige
Needle Size: US 3
Date Started: Sept 30, 2008
Date Finished: Oct. 3, 2008

I did this hat when i was on vacation in Canada visiting the family.   Since my grandparents’ house just had VERy basic cable, i sat there knitting as my brother cursed at the lack of tv and internet in the house.   I got alot done!! hahaha.  I tried to pick non-pink colors for this hat to be a bit different..make it a darker….I guess more “adult” hat.  i think the colors I picked matched each other too closely b/c some of the cupcakes just kind of blend.   and I think I would have gone down a needle size just b/c I’m a loose knitter.  I made this hat originally for P-la. 🙂  I’m not sure if she’s still going to want it or not.  hahha.

I made some DPN holders this week as well.  I seriously have some ADD going on right now. 🙂

hello kitty DPN holder made for friend Iris if she wants it. :) bw hello kitty DPN holder <3 socks <3 Napa Cabbage for Aubyn.  it's a bit too long <3 mitts <3 trying to be fancy

I really love those colorful Hello Kitty beads.  i think they are just so cute even though they aren’t authentic. 🙂

So since I took that sewing lesson last week/2 weeks ago…i’ve been finding lots of things I want to make.  What to make first?  I do’nt know!  I’m salivating at all these patterns and fabrics I’ve been finding.  But I’ve been finding myself gravitating toward 70’s prints that have come back.  I remember how when i was a pre-teen/teenager how much i hated all those old prints.  now i <3 them! 🙂  i washed some fat quarters I had at home and just dried them on my stairs railing to save energy (not using my dryer).

laundry line i think i love the one on the left more

I think I’ll make something this weekend! 🙂   have a great weekend everyone!  I’m off to sleep!

ooh another post :)

Botgurl asked me to blog about something i forgot to blog about yesterday. 🙂

I took a one-on-one sewing lesson w/ someone last weekend.  I found an ad on craigslist from someone who was offering sewing lessons in my area.  So I contacted her and we made arrangements to meet up last Saturday where I had a great lesson!  I made a pot holder!

front side of pot holder backside of pot holder.  *snicker*

This is the pot holder pattern from Simple Sewing book.   Thanks to Lisa for all her patience w/ me. 🙂  Don’t look at the screwed up corner.  i was listening to what i was supposed to do, but until I did it, it didn’t sink into my head.   once I make a mistake, it all makes more sense to me.  So the corner is jacked up b/c …i’m lame. 😀 hAhAHA

So why did I take a lesson?  I’ve always wanted to learn how to sew.

my sewing machine

my sewing machine

This is my machine.  Yes.  Hello Kitty is on it.  😀  Don’t mock me!!

I’ve never learned how to sew.  I have taken 2 lessons in the past.  1st lesson was taken and I made a skort.  BUT…i did nothing on my own.  The lady teaching the class did all the work for me.  So I learned nothing.  Plus I borrowed a machine from the store b/c i didn’t have my mom’s sewing machine yet.  The 2nd lesson I took, I attempted to make an Amy Butler bag.  I couldn’t even sew a straight line.  DUH. hahah.  plus that day I took the lesson, I got a bit of horrible news that day, so it wasn’t the best day to try to learn something new.

in both situations, I didn’t have someone there that was understanding that i couldn’t even sew a straight line! hahah. I didn’t know how to thread the machine, etc etc.  And…  i have this horrible fear of the sewing machine…getting my fingers too close to that moving needle.  I’m scared of sewing my fingers.  Alright I said it!  And in the past whenever I was playing w/ the machine, I would just let go instead of trying to hold the fabric down straight.   again, don’t judge me! hahah

So after our lesson on Saturday, I feel so much better about it all.  I grabbed some fat quarters I had bought in the past (Yes…i had fabric here even though I didnt know how to sew!) and played around w/ just sewing straight lines and getting to know my machine.  and i quit letting go when I got close to the needle.  That, my friends, is progress. 😀 hahahah