Thursday, April 27, 2006

Some progress ....

Well, the body of the baby cardi is done. Now it just needs sleeves, ties, and a sewn-up hat.
I have a few sewing projects that are in various stages of being done.
I have not done anything for project spectrum yet :-( Nor have I finished a bag for sew I knit :(
Ugh. Having a crafting slump just stinks. No motivation around here at all ... better find some quick!
Of course, I need to also remember I have a baby who wants to be held all day and I've been having a lot of extra kids over here lately ... a neighbor will ask if her son can stay for a bit while she runs out (which is fine because he's usually playing with my daughter when she asks anyway so it keeps her busy) and I've been helping with my aunt's 4 kids as she is in the process of moving, and then sometimes we have 2 other kids here to help out. Fun, but exhausting and it doens't leave a lot of time leftover for *me*
That said, the reason the body of the baby cardi is done is becuase I went to stitch n bitch Tuesday. I don't know if I stitched or bitched more, but regardless it was fun and I had a blast.
And oh, I started a dishcloth (small and easy to carry). And I recieved confirmation that I did make it into the quilting class I signed up for! YEah! =)

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Never enough time ....

I wish I could sit and just spend one day knitting. Just one. That's all.
As it is now, I do a few minutes here, a few minutes there, some work while I'm out, some at home. Which is fine, until I have to read a pattern. Yes, I screwed up a pattern recently. I believe the issue is working in small spurts and not really being focused on the work or reading the pattern. But basically, I had to frog 10 rows on the baby cardi Friday night. Which stinks because since frogging, I have only knit 3 rows. :::play violins::: wah, wah, wah. Oh well. Such is life.

On other news, I have started to teach my sister to knit. She wanted to make a poncho. We bought the needles (US 10's) and the yarn (lion brand home spun) and set out. The directions said to cast on 36. So she casted on the 36 most tightest stitches ever. We literally had to cut them off. I couldn't even slide them off. Not once, not twice, but three times LOL!!! Then we had our 36 stitches and she completed about 4 rows. She then had 42 stitches with about 3 dropped stitches interspersed. Poor thing (Oh, yes, she is 13 years old). Then we tried again, got similar results. And again, and again. So i sat down with her and told her I got she wanted to make the poncho, but it wasn't working very well. So we switched to size 15 needles. I gave her some very basic red heart yarn. I told her to cast on 20 stitches. I told her to count her stitches after every single row and every time she had did not have exactly 20 stitches, I wanted her to remove it from the needle, pull it all out and start over. Harsh? I don't know ... maybe. But yet, she obviously needs just to practice the movement and also focus on what she is doing and pay attention to the stitches she makes. I told her to do that until she had about 12 inches of work and we'd learn how to bind off and then move to smaller needles and practice some more. Then once she got that down we would practice with the 10's and the homespun yarn and then she could work on her poncho.
I told her what she is knitting now can be used as a blanket for her American Girl doll to attempt to keep her motivated to do it aside from just learning to knit.
I hope she does it and has fun with it and learns how to stop adding/dropping stitches! LOL!
It was nice she wanted to learn, but hard because she thought she should be able to pick up needles and wa-la! Be able to knit! And now my 6 year old wants to learn. I told her we would do it in the fall - that with warmer weather coming it would be better for her to run around outside and save knitting for chillier weather ;-)

Speaking of teaching, we had our first baseball practice this weekend and one of the moms saw me knitting. She mentioned she wanted to learn, bought yarn, needles and a book and was stuck. So I told her next practice to bring her stuff and I'd help her with it! Yeah! I'm just spreading the knitting around!

So that is my weekend. Still no finished products. Still no pictures to show that would mean anything. Blah. Just trying to get a few moments of knitting in each day! LOL!

Monday, April 17, 2006

Weekend ...

So this weekend, okay, well Saturday late night/Sunday early am, I finished a skirt for my cousin. She wanted to wear it fir Easter and didn't finish (I think I mentioned I was helping her). So I finished it for her. My dh said I was a truly generous person because deciding to make her skirt meant I couldn't finish my skirt. Well, I don't buy that, especially since I did grumble about it a bit LOL!
Anyway, the kicker of it all - it was too short so she didn't wear it anyway. Ugh. Seriously bummed about that. I didn't cut the pieces though, so not my fault (see, that quick to not take any blame - shoots my dhs theory right out the window).
And I forgot to take pictures of it, so I have nothing to show for it. Oh well.
I have made some progress on my baby cardi. Started to cut out pieces for my knitting needle holder. If I could find more than 2 minutes to work on it, I would finish quickly. It truly is a simple pattern ... a few pieces of fabric and then, stitch a few straight lines to create pockets for needles and ta-da! But my children have a sensor in them that goes off whn I try to work on anything these days LOL!!!
And oh yeah, in addition to wanting to learn to do a bit of gardening, I have decided to learn about photography too. Which of course my dh was thrilled to hear about. He's a good sport though. He has learned to just kind of nod his head and smile and then start wishing that it doesn't cost too much money LOL!

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Gardening ...

Okay, so all of a sudden I think I want to have a beautiful garden. I know it's a little late to start this year to figure things out. I will, however, probably put in some impatients around the border to throw in some color for the summer.
But, if I wanted to learn about gardening and get ideas for gardens, where would I look? I realize the last 3 times I have asked for opinions, I recieved only one reply to one of them ... but I am hoping just a few passer-byers can offer some advice!!

On a knitting note, I did go out to the stitch and bitch last night! FUN FUN FUN! I think I had more fun talking than knitting. Just three of us there, but the conversation was great! I'm glad I went! And I did make a little bit of progress on my baby cardi. I want to finish it fast all of a sudden though becuase I keep browsing other blogs/books/magazines and there are about 2 million projects I would like to do one day!! Eventually, I will have to compile a list and figure out which one to do next!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Real Slump!

This is like a true slump! I went to Hobby Lobby this weekend and came home empty handed. Although my dh was glad to not see me carry in a million bags, even he looked shocked! My dds asked me how come I didn't buy anything. I usually go in order to find one thing, and come home with a bunch of extras. My husband laughs at me because I will tell him "I'm running to Hobby Lobby to get one thing, I'll be back soon." And he likes to say "No you won't! But go and have fun and try not to bankrupt us!"
I think things will get better as soon as my baby boy doesn't desire to be held all day - which I am hoping will happen soon. I think by the time I have held him most of the day (all 19 pounds of him - and yes, he is exactly 4 months old today and so we can safely call him a big baby!) and after nursing, honestly, I don't have a lot of desire to do much of anything except crawl into bed and go to sleep!

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Crafting slump ....

Yeah, I think I'm in a slump. I have a ton of projects in process right now, and honestly, I don't really care to pick any of them up right now. Bummer :-(
I hate being in a slump. I have so many things I want to make, just not the desire to actually sit and do them. I need a good slump breaker ... but none of my ufo's are calling to me loudly enough.
Here's hoping this slump ends soon.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Baby Cardi

Work in progress ...

It's so boring to see a picture of, but it's the baby cardi I linked to last time. This is the first time I have done two colors like this ... needless to say I'm not sure if I spend more time knitting or untangling yarn! LOL!

I did buy the Vogue Knitting Magazine. Mostly for the skirt on the front, which even dh thought looked nice, so hopefully I can make it soon! Yeah!
Speaking of skirts - still working on that purple one. Also plan on knocking out a needle holder here soon.

Too many things to do ... not enough time to do it all. Then again, I have 3 kids around here - one of which who can't move without help! LOL! So, generally I don't have time to work unless all of them are sleeping. These days that doesn't happen until midnightish, and well, I'm too tired!