Friday, January 28, 2011

I'm hooked!!

That missing inspiration I mentioned in my previous post? I think I found it.

During her visits to teach me how to sew (a renaissance bodice -- see the WIP, left), my good friend and the author of Yet Another Creative Blog has been bringing along a scarf she's been working on. (Check out her blog post dated Wednesday, January 19, 2011.)
I can't even begin to tell you how impressed I was with it.

After thinking and stewing about it -- and with no other projects I have the urge to work on (we'll ignore Mom's lace scarf sitting on a stitch holder currently, *POUT*) -- I decided to see if I could conquer this Tunisian Knit Stitch deal. Previously my only venture into afghan-style crochet has been the Tunisian Simple Stitch, which took me much too long to figure out.

This experience was quite different (likely benefiting my previous experience with Tunisian Simple Stitch), resulting in a darn near spontaneous understanding of what I was supposed to do. Without looking at photos or viewing a video. This pleased me greatly.

And so, not wanting to undertake a project too involved, I just started with what will be either a skinny faux knit scarf or a faux knit scarf for the little boy in my life. :) (It's all of 20 stitches wide.)

Pictures will be forthcoming when I'm further along in the project and/or have decided what I'm doing with it. YAY!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Reading, wire and missing inspiration

I'm excited to announce (and no one else will care) that I finished the first book of The Looking Glass Wars series. I finished it in just a couple days, which for me as a feat! As I reached the end of that book, I hurried to the library website to place a hold on the second book (Seeing Redd) -- and since then I've placed a hold on the third book as well. I guess I'm hooked! I feel so good to be getting to read again. :)
It may not have been the purpose of the reading challenge for which I signed up, but it served my purpose quite well. I figure once I get through what I can get from the library (all three LGW books and two of the three Hatter, M. books) I might start on that list from my personal collection. Maybe I'll get in a LOT of reading this year! One can only hope.

After considering getting back into wire work, I finally succeeded in creating something new.

I am happy to consider this a success, given that I've tried since I was quite little to make something wire-wrapped that looked halfway decent. My mother wire-wrapped in the years prior to my birth and she was incredibly good at it. I always figured I would be but have been massively disappointed. There's so much wire-work I want to do and now that I've done this, I have some hope I may be able to get those other ideas out of my head successfully. At long last!

Have a photo of a previously FO:

This is my crocheted net Moebius shawl. The colored yarn was hand-dyed by me with a slow cooker and Kool-Aid. Seriously, after seeing what this stuff does to fiber, I'm never drinking it again -- nor letting my son touch it.

While I've been thinking a lot about projects and having tons of ideas for crocheted projects, knitted projects and jewelry (among a few other random crafts), I've been having problems with the yarn stuff, much as I want to do something. . . Anything! This kind of creative-block is like being constipated. Frustrating. I've started several crochet/knit projects only to frog them with a shrug. I need to either find a perfect pattern for the yarn in my possession or. . . just. . . find whatever craft-Metamucil I can to get past this.
Kind of hoping my upcoming vacation will provide the inspiration for knitting and crocheting I've temporarily misplaced.

Currently working on a needle holder. Not too thrilled with it but I'm determined to finish the stupid thing.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Don't You/Forget About Me

After a little over a fortnight I find a few items to update my blog with. I didn't forget about you, sweet blog. :)

The photos (left) poorly show off a random headband I made, doing the Moebius thing I apparently love and playing with a basketweave style stitch. These are the type things I do when I have no real projects to fiddle with. (Which actually isn't the case but it doesn't stop me from doing these things anyway.)
I still need to photograph a bunch of my other FOs. One of these days maybe?

Today I finally paid a visit to my city library for the first time (we moved to this area in July 2010) and I've gotta say how thoroughly impressed I was with virtually everything about it. Mind you the last library I visited was in our previous hometown which was small and old and didn't have much selection. This library was big, and new, with a beautiful view of one of the city parks in a little valley below it. It had rows and rows of books (OK, it's not exactly the sprawling library like that of downtown Los Angeles but WOW) and a fantastic children's library with these cool stylized rocking chairs. Well done, Riverside county. Well done.
I immediately filled out a library card application (one of few things about which I don't have to hold my breath on a credit check) and noticed a pile of books sitting by the woman who helped me at the front desk. I had to ask about one book in particular and after checking its status, she asked if I wanted to check it out.
I did, indeed, borrow The Looking Glass Wars. It's me and 358 pages versus the 2-week borrowing period. I'm afraid I know which (or rather who) is going to lose.
However, this is becoming the first book of this reading challenge. I know I'm kinda breaking a rule but at this point I'll just be happy to get reading ANYTHING.
Plus, rules are made for breaking, aren't they? :p

On the hockey end of things: Not much to comment on except it's another road trip for the Anaheim Ducks. We don't seem to do well away from home so that in itself is bothersome. We're one game in to a four-game road trip and so-far-so-OK. Tomorrow we play the Toronto Maple Leafs . J.S. Giguere is slated to play as goalie for the opposing team. I love him and was destroyed when they announced his trade from the Ducks last year. I don't foresee any happy ending to tomorrow's game. Of course I want my boys to win, but not at my favorite goalie's expense. And the worst thing is I can't NOT watch it. Sometimes I hate you, hockey. SO. MUCH.

I'm going to go ahead and update my Projects List as things have changed quite a bit in the last couple weeks.

Current projects: Ribbon and lace scarf, knitted lace scarf for Mom with Vanna's Glamour yarn.

Just finished: Basketweave pattern Moebius headwrap, Patternless crochet & knit hat for hubby, crochet hat for baby and knitted hat for myself (we're taking a vacation to the cold soon so I bought Fisherman's Wool and went to town!)

On the horizon: Knitting for charity: Hats for soldiers, more customized crochet hook handles, more jewelry, writing (fanfiction, SIGH), wristers, socks and maybe sewed stuff (many thanks to a thoroughly awesome friend for FINALLY teaching me how!) ♥

Monday, January 3, 2011

Starting 2011 off right. . .


After procrastinating for months, we got our shots at a nearby Walgreens. Our health insurance used to boast free flu vaccinations but recently that's changed. A shame, as getting a poke-in-the-arm-with-a-sharp-needle is NOT cheap. Sixty dollars later, I'm not entirely sure which part of the process is the "added insult to injury" portion of it.

I definitely appreciate the retractable needle because between that and knowing JUST where to put it and how to position me, it was impressively and practically painless (all except the $30 per shot thing, I mean).
And it turns out that the guy who administered our vaccines had a neat little story; the first flu shot he ever gave was on Kevin Costner.
Hubby and I are officially one degree away from him! Who knew?
So I suppose that puts us two away from the center of the known universe, Kevin Bacon.

(Have I put enough famous names in this post that it appears on all Internet search engines?) ;)

While I've been typing up this post, Hubby has erected a play (ball) tent in the living room for our son. The boys seem to really be enjoying it. Oh, boys.

The little one picks up so much so fast these days. Watching the acquisition of language and the birth of verbal communication in a little human is nothing short of remarkable.
He and I were laying in bed the other night with the door closed and the cat milling around in our hallway.
Here is a transcript of what transpired.







To this point I'm not sure how he pieced that last remark together. I do suppose these are things he's picked up from his shows on TV but he puts sentences together so well and has a startlingly good grasp of the plural form (which is he exceedingly careful to pronounce).

I have yet to start on the reading challenge but on the bright side I did buy more yarn (the local craft stores had sales; I couldn't resist). I am hoping to have three hats made before our coming trip midwest. Can I do it?
Only time will tell!

Happy New Year and may your 2011 be filled with health and happiness and may we all prosper.