Saturday, April 30, 2011

Caturday April 30

Yes, it comes in a larger size (click photo for it).

Here's my little princess the first week after we rescued her from the animal shelter.  With a fresh cut, sneaking out from underneath our bed and preparing to explore our (then) lavish 588 square foot apartment.

On a non-Caturday related note: I purchased black animal craft eyes yesterday.  We're reaching critical mass here.
With the marine animals breeding like bunnies in our home, I figured it'd be a good investment.  As-yet-named octopus has received the first pair.  SO. MUCH. BETTER. THAN. BUTTONS.  Just wish my craft store had a wider variety. Oh, Internet, you continue to come to my rescue. . .

Friday, April 29, 2011

It's Finally Friday

And it's my very first Finished Object Friday post!  WOOHOO!
I'm trying really hard to get more photographs into my blog posts and I think over the last few updates, that's shown. :)  This post is going to have an abundance of pictures since I was feeling really frisky over the last few days. :D  Click on any photo for its larger view.

Super duper huge thanks goes to Kathleen of a surprise every time. for sharing this octopus pattern.  It's an hour project for a slow crocheter (like me) and perfect for left-overs in your stash.  Simple, well-written and easy to memorize (I made a third one -- not pictured here -- last night entirely from memory already).  The gigantic yellow one is named Orly.  I whipped it up during Contini's nap because he loved Blue-Eye Olly so much (that's the little guy shown sneaking into my coffee mug).  Unlike virtually every other project I've ever made for Contini, this one he was absolutely thrilled about.  The hug and the smile shown below are genuine.  Orly has also gotten into his share of antics already (with Earl).  The octopuses will soon be overtaking our apartment.  We're gonna need a bigger boat. ;)  

Also, let me apologize for the funky formatting of this post.  Blogger is being stupid about that.  (In reality, it's likely that I'm being stupid about it.) ;)

Blue-Eye Olly wants decaf. I don't.

Orly steals my remote.


With his new keeper.
Orly attacks!

No worries about Mom's scarf in this whole octopus bonanza.  I made myself finish her gift first before undertaking Olly (and then Orly, and then third as-yet-named).  I don't know why my camera hates me so much but I swear, the yarn I used for the fringe looks like a closer match to scarf yarn in person.  Now the hardest part: waiting a week and a couple days to give it. ;)

You'd think I like making scarves. . .

And without further ado -- for those who saw my journal on Wednesday -- the answer to the hot topic of that sock:

So, what do you all think?  Feel free to be honest (you don't have to be brutal).  ;)  I think it was a mistake using variegated for lace.  To the more experienced:  does that ever work?
It was a good choice considering how much I messed up and the fact that I was not using this yarn for anything else (except for Olly who used up very little).  I considered it a "practice" sock for the pattern.
I will be honest that it is quite comfortable.  It's a little large in places and doesn't stretch as much as I think it should to fully show off the lace -- which is lost in the colors anyway.  I know the adjustments I'll need to make when I attempt this pattern again.  With a single-color yarn.  *cough*

To conclude my first FO Friday post:  I learned stuff this week!  And that means it was a pretty good week. :)

Thursday, April 28, 2011

News and a Weekend Recap (with photos)

I announced this on Twitter and Livejournal yesterday.  Thought I'd pass along the evidence.  I'm excited, and so proud to be included in this event!!

Apparently our podcast is good enough that despite adjusting their acceptance process, we were still allowed to go to San Diego Comic-Con International  as press! (Click the linkie off to the right to see what I'm talking about.)

 Photos from this weekend follow.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

It's not too late to WIP it

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By now, you're familiar with this WIP, I'm sure.  Progress report:  I spent three days of the last week at my parents' place -- and since this is for my mom, it didn't go with me.  Three days I didn't get to work a single stitch on it. Add onto that: we hit the Carlsbad Flower Fields one day of the weekend and the zoo on the other weekend day.  Typically when we do stuff on the weekend, it somehow impacts my ability to work on the scarf during the week.
And then, last night out of the blue, I had a sudden bout of the have-to-draws.  Four drawings later, guilt set in for not having worked on something "due" by May 8th.  It was really starting to feel like everything conspired against getting this scarf done anytime reasonably soon.
Case in point:  Week before last, it grew 28 inches.  This last week, I only got 19 inches done.  I was planning on calling it a scarf at 50 inches, which apparently it is.  So I guess I'll finish the repeat of four rows and see how I feel about it.  I may very well have a FO this week!

Click to enlarge, but don't blame me for ensuing eye injury
Welcome to the "what-the-hell-is-that?!" show. :)  I think there comes a point in every crafter's life where something is attempted that gets filed away as a one time deal.  Take the monstrosity to the right. Please. *rimshot*  Seriously, though, lace sock pattern + variegated baby yarn = butt.ugly.
I hope it'll look better when it's actually on my foot.  However, this is the prototype I mentioned in previous posts that I've been working on while at my parents'.  And, well, it has an abundance of problems.

It feels like a great victory when I finish a round with the proper number of stitches on the proper number of needles.  The breath I hold through a round is exhaled in a whoosh.  And then I pick up the yarn and start the battle again, hoping to feel victorious in another 42 stitches.
The good news is I'm having more victories as rounds go on.  At some point, the lace is actually correct. The bad news is -- in regard to the analogy I set forth at the beginning of the prior paragraph -- I lost a great many battles.  I doubt this one is getting its mate.  I have appropriate yarn in my existing stash that shouldn't look like a puke of colors in this pattern.  And having the experience, the next sock should have a lot more right with it and a lot less wrong. :)

On the bright side (groping to find it in this case), the Ducks are out of the playoffs.  One less thing to steal away my attention from the things that truly matter: knitting!  (And drawing.) ;)

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Caturday April 23

What seemed like a promising playoff game yesterday quickly turned awry.  I still feel stunned, even now.  I sat and knitted away on the sock I started when I visited my parents last. During hockey season, knitting is more therapy than anyone else, and it's for the general safety of those around me. 

Here, have some kitty.
Euphoric cat is euphoric.  (Grumpy blogger is grumpy.)

Friday, April 22, 2011

Frivolous Friday April 22

Instead of finishing anything this week so that I had something to show off today, I started a new pair of socks yesterday.  Which -- still on the cuff -- I'm pretty sure I already screwed up somewhere.  (It's okay, though, these are prototypes, so to speak.  I just wanted a project I could take with me to my parents' place.)

So have another Frivolous Friday post!

Ever get the feeling like you're being watched?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Now WIP it ... into shape

What's funny is how appropriate that title is for today's WIP Wednesday. . .  You'll see.

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I would have liked to have gotten more done in the last week.  The downfall to attending faire is that even if we go one day over a two day weekend, the whole weekend is consumed with things that keep me from getting to do much of anything on my crafts.
We did manage to spend a sizable chunk of DH's paycheck on groceries, though.  (Does a single green bell pepper really need to cost almost two dollars at Walmart?!)

Pardon me, I obviously digress.  :-\

Even with having lost two days to faire (and chores and whatnot), I managed to get my scarf to 31 inches long!  Near 28 inches knitted in a week. For me, that's an accomplishment. :)

You can see I'm also running low on yarn.  I'm probably around the halfway point on this scarf, bearing in mind that the recipient is only a couple inches over five feet tall. I don't want its length to overwhelm her stature.  Nonetheless I think I'm going to need a bigger boat.

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So here's where the title of my blog post comes into play.
I file my taxes on time.
I don't steal from my employers.
I'm a good mommy who dotes on her son.

I'm good people!!  Why is this happening to me?!

(The bottom edge is slanted pretty steeply up to the right.  That's not a trick of photography or any kind of upshot from having photographed this on the back of our sofa.)  I'm relying on blocking to take care of this but I wonder if there's something I'm doing (and something I can change with my technique) that's causing this to happen.  Is it because it's lace?  This happened on the first scarf I knitted from this pattern, which was a little over half the width of this one.  The fringe doesn't do so much to hide the slant, and I never bothered to block that scarf.  I was just happy I was able to do the YOs at that point. :p

So in summary, I believe I'm over halfway done and a few rows from needing another skein.  Lucky me, I've got a coupon to Joann and reason to go out tonight before Game 4 of Ducks v. Preds. Is Bobby Ryan back yet??

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

How I Spent My Monday

 Why am I sharing a photo of our living room?  Because it took two hours to get it looking like this.  And about two minutes to turn it into a raging wreck again shortly after this photo was taken.  Note all the toys both on and in the coffee table.  They're all indications that our son really needs a playroom of some sort. ;)  The sheet on the wall off to the right is blocking our fireplace. Turns out that a mischievous little boy was shoving his toys into the vent above it.  Several are permanently lost.  It's unattractive and temporary but it keeps Contini from hiding his playthings where we can never really retrieve them. Seriously, some fell into the side vent down to the downstairs neighbors. It's bad.

Did you notice the 'living toy' hiding in the picture above?  Look carefully. . .  ;)  
I stacked the DVR and DVD player purposefully to keep her from climbing on them (I didn't want her tracking litter and getting it into the machinery).
Silly me.  She just crams herself up in there anyway. Keeps her safe from Contini, I guess.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

First of the Faire Season 2011

(Click photo to enlarge)
Guess what we did today? :)
Despite all the blue in his outfit, we still had a few people refer to our son as a little girl.  I realize at this age they're rather androgynous looking. . .  But c'mon, if we had a little girl, she'd be dressed in as much pink as is legal.

We took a deep breath this morning and left the stroller in the trunk of the car.   (This would be the first time we've really gone anywhere without having a cart or stroller back-up plan.)  With the intent to leave about a half hour before the Ducks/Predators game, we figured he'd be fine milling around faire for a few hours. 

The temperature peaked at 79° F and it was plenty sunny.  We gave Contini every opportunity to drink (Pedialyte) and I was stressed about how little he wanted and was willing to take.  Nonetheless, he persevered.  He sat through a good portion of several shows and had a great appetite (and sense of humor!).  He even got a good hearty handshake from Master Shakespeare (and had no clue what was going on though the little ham certainly appreciated the attention.)

We ended up leaving about forty-five minutes later than I planned and Contini took a fifteen minute nap in the car (the second we put him in the car seat, he was out!)
When we got home, I asked if he had a good day.

He smiled and said, "Yes!"

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Caturday April 16

Caturday, this time with a guest.  (♥ You can probably guess who Little Prince Charming is. ♥) 
Contini is leaning in to kiss Miranda in this photograph.  She's surprisingly tolerant for a little old kitty.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Frivolous Friday

A sizable chunk of craft bloggers like to do a post on Fridays showing off their FO (Finished Objects). I have nothing finished this week (really, haven't finished anything in many weeks - boo, hiss!) but I wanted to do something today.
So I give you something having nothing to do with anything and I shall call it Frivolous Friday!

The Cretaceous version of Pyramus and Thisbe.  (As performed with a dragon.)
This could also be a Cretaceous drive-thru.  Do you want carrion with that?

I think I'll go make myself useful now and start bemoaning the Ducks' next playoff game (tonight). . .

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

When a problem comes along, you must WIP it

(I estimate I have about ten more weeks of being able to use lyrics from Devo to title Work In Progress Wednesday posts.  Let's see if I'm right.)

Remember this photo? You should if you've been reading along since Knitting and Crochet Blog Week (or from before then).  This is called photographic recycling: it's the third time I've used this picture in my blog.  Unless something unforeseen happens, it'll be the last time you see it.  (Thank goodness, right?)

So here is the scarf I was making for my mother as a gift.  I'd like to start here by saying I hate making scarves. I do it more often than you would think because I do, in fact, hate making them so much. Several inches north of where this photo was taken, I completely screwed up on the pattern.  I suppose I could have fixed it had I really tried, had I the patience, had I the experience.
But I didn't try.  I don't have the patience, nor the experience.  I could have taken it to the more experienced in my knitting group but I hate asking for help.  Plus, you know, I apparently don't go anymore. >:-(

My friends, the photo that you see to the right is what defeat looks like.  After wasting about a month bemoaning how I screwed up on the previous incarnation of scarf, I finally broke down and ripped it all out.  I sat with a partially rewound ball of Vanna's Glamour yarn in Blue Sapphire for a week or so before finally starting over.  This time with a much simpler YO lace pattern I'd successfully knitted in the past.  I'm now hoping to get this done in time for Mother's Day.  Here in the photo (taken yesterday), the new scarf is a day old and three and a half inches long.  Since the photo was taken, it's grown almost six inches.  I'm pleased with my progress as I've yet to mess it up and I feel I'm knitting it fairly quickly.
Oh, I added a couple numbers to the photo.  This was taken on our kitchen table which currently is not used for eating but for storing.  Domestic Goddess Fail.  At #1: a sign that renaissance faire season is here (childrens sunscreen in a stick).  At #2: an indication of how much I've been writing lately (spiral bound notebook and a fabric pen holder sitting just on top of it).

I highly doubt I will have a finished object (in terms of scarf) to share this Friday.  In fact, I worry about how coherent I will be since NHL playoffs start for my boys tonight and we're making a concerted effort to follow at least two of the other match-ups for Western Conference in addition to Anaheim Ducks vs Nashville Predators.
*Deep breath*  Must. . .  remain. . .  calm. . .

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

That Could Have Been Worse

Hold tight, crafters.  I'm aiming for a knitting update for my next blog post. :)  Including a photo or two.
This post is all about my  little man of the hour.

Yesterday was Contini's last vaccine administration for two whole years (excluding seasonal flu vaccines, for which we choose FluMist now).  I suppose when the next round of immunizations rolls around, it will also happen to be in preparing him for going to school.  (How on earth is this happening so fast?!)  In addition to a booster shot, Contini had a finger-stick test for anemia.  He was most upset about being restrained.  He cried a little bit over the shot in his thigh and having his finger squeezed (twice) but mellowed out much faster than he did after his last set of immunizations.  I was so proud of him!

We had to switch pediatricians with our move out of San Diego County last summer.  I procrastinated pretty superbly on picking Contini's new doctor.  As luck had it, I picked well.  The physical Contini had yesterday was the most thorough he's had since he was born.  I also absolutely love his new doctor's demeanor toward his patients and their parents.  As is typical in these appointments, he asked about developmental milestones.  We couldn't get Contini to demonstrate how he jumps, but when the doctor asked, "Does he string two or more words together?" Contini sat on the floor and demanded clearly, "I want to go outside!"

Co-pay for pediatrician's physical: $30
The look on pediatrician's face at that point: Priceless.

I also told him how high Contini counts (and that he is able to fairly consistently correctly count objects), that he knows most of the primary colors (though he still confuses many of them) and holds complete conversations.  I failed to add on that he knows most of his alphabet and can recognize all the letters (though, like the colors, he gets similar looking characters confused sometimes).  Oh, and that he knows a few words I wish he didn't.  (I especially appreciate that he knows the context in which to use such words.)  Or that he knows almost all his body parts, the names (and sounds) of a lot of animals and most dinosaurs (among them: 'certops, steg'saurus, t-rex, 'patasaurus, vah'rappor, pteran-don).  By-the-way, he does a pretty mean imitation of monkeys. :)

Anyway, apparently our little boy is not supposed to know most of that stuff yet.  The doctor said what I'm sure he tells most of the other parents: "It looks like you have a very bright boy there."

We spent the rest of the afternoon visiting with my parents at their home, where Contini gave a live performance of the song and dance in the video I posted on April 7th.  My father sat on the floor with him and built towers out of the blocks they bought for his last birthday.  As a joke, my father started putting a couple blocks upside-down on the top of the tower.  Contini informed him, "That's not right! Upside-down!" and then put the blocks on correctly.  Neither of us expected that.

One last thing about the little one:  after the last time Contini got hurt, I attempted to put a band-aid on him but I couldn't get him to leave it on.  Since then?  Let's just say he still has the Hulk band-aid on his finger from yesterday's anemia test and is showing no signs of removing it -- or letting us take it off him!
This photograph you see to the right here was taken (by my phone, sorry for its quality) just before publication. Note the groggy look on his face. Guess how long he's been awake? ;)

Sunday, April 10, 2011

An Open Letter to Time Warner Cable

Dearest Time Warner Cable,

I appreciate that you carry channels that actually play Anaheim Ducks hockey.  After several years of Cox Cable, that was a breath of fresh air.  You've enabled me to become completely and totally obsessed with hockey again.  Perhaps I shouldn't thank you for that, however, as we head into the post-season and I'm starting to recall what hockey withdrawal feels like. (Not yet, not yet, not yet, at least four more games!)

I also appreciate that we have more channels and better Internet service for less money than we paid Cox.

Having said all that, Time Warner Cable, I do not appreciate what your On Demand service is doing.  You know that there are parents who use On Demand for appeasing their very young and often impressionable, sponge-like children.  You know, the kids who pick up and mimic words very quickly?

Do you really need to play advertisements for Jackass 3D on the main On Demand menu?!  I don't appreciate my toddler being exposed to that kind of language where it is entirely unnecessary.  It's not like I'm on the HBO or Skinemax menus -- where I imagine a complaint like that would be handled thusly: "Why was your child present while you were looking through porn titles, anyway?"

I am not a proponent for censorship but couldn't they just refrain from saying the title of that stupid movie? I assume anyone old enough to watch it would know how to read and would therefore understand what is being advertised without having to hear its title.

Not all families accept this kind of language as main-stream or, well, acceptable.  Mine, for one, doesn't (although I'm still having to work the kinks out of Earl's vernacular).


A Mom standing up for impressionable 2-year-olds everywhere

I am sure that if you stopped to think about it for a moment you can see what may have prompted this particular blog entry.  ::unamused::

Earl reminds me time and time again that I could simply mute the television before switching over to On Demand.  I'm trying to train myself to do this as it is, in fact, a good idea and we could certainly use a brief respite from the constant noise in our household.
However, it's been a constant annoyance for the past few weeks now and I figure -- I hope -- I am not the only mother exasperated by it.  I can't wait until the next set of movies is released and we don't have to see those stupid ads on On Demand anymore.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Caturday April 9

Miranda looks the way I feel right now.  The writing bug bit me fairly hard yesterday.  I spent much of the day writing (fanfiction I've had stewing for a decade, plus!) and after a brief discussion with Earl about a couple up-coming scenes, he took Contini to bed while I stayed up to write.  Until after 2 AM.
Insomnia is just the way I want to go into renaissance faire season.

And after all that last night, you'd think I'd be done for a little while but no.  I still have so much to write, and I still feel like spending days on end doing just that.  I love it when this happens -- as long as I can indulge that desire.  (These days, not so much.)

I spent so much of my recent free time doing Tunisian Crochet that I got a little burned out on it.  I think that was why I was so happy and so eager to write.  It allowed me a break from yarn -- something I don't especially like -- so I could think about my next project.  I'm debating on starting a pair of socks or trying over on my mother's scarf.  (I hate scarves. . .  but if I use a brainless lace pattern, I can get that scarf done in time for her birthday, which would be very nice, and with much less agony than the pattern I already attempted has caused.)  Stay tuned for more on the drama known as "What's Contessa Going to do Next?"

Oh, before I forget: take a little look at the "About" tab just below my pretty banner up at the top of this page.  I updated it over the last few days and upgraded it.  I've also been making adjustments to the appearance of my blog.  What do you think? :)

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Are You in Dire Need of Cute?

This should help.

Listen for parental freak-out at 42 seconds in. :)

These impromptu antics brought the process of picking recipes for the next several days to a screeching halt.  I have no regrets.  Unfortunately we somehow ended up with a tuna fish hamburger recipe. . .  So I may eventually have at least a couple regrets.  (I'm not a huge fan of eating fish. I much prefer to watch them in a tank.)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

A Little About Learning and a Lot About Food

Or something like that. ;)
Have a gander at a completed portion of my WIP table set, including invisible food and drink! Done in Tunisian Crochet with acrylic yarn I've had gathering dust and moths in my stash (Caron Simply Soft). The four coasters are done and look mighty fine if I do say so myself. However, I'm debating what to do with the other three place mats, as I dislike what this particular pattern did along one edge. (It got all ripply and weird. I attempted to hide it with the black edging but even that looks too funky for my taste.)
What's the point of crafting if you can't have a little learning experience from your projects? In my case, each and every project is an experience. :p

I suppose I should take this opportunity to share an upcoming new feature to my blog: "We're Not Starving" entries.

The short version of the story is that I'm on a specialized diet.  Hubby joins me on it because it's healthy and is good for weight loss.  That's not my reason for being on it, but it's easier to make one meal for everyone in the family than it is to make two separate meals. . .  And then hubby's sitting there munching on stuff I wish I had and I'm left feeling cheated.  This way we all eat better, are healthier and it saves us a lot of money. We have a cookbook with 500 recipes in it and it was hubby's idea to start cataloging what we eat.  We've been on this diet since August 2010 and have only hit a small portion of those 500 recipes so now we're attempting to go through the book's chapters to try to get through each recipe at least once.  We're happily sharing our adventure with you. :)

Here's a longer version of the story for those who want to know:

Monday, April 4, 2011

The Joys of the Budding Imagination

For those who've been visiting my blog for a little while, you can see I'm slowly but surely upgrading my space here. (In this particular case: today I snagged photos of the valley in which I live and Earl was sweet enough to make them into a fantastic panorama. . . which became an equally fantastic banner at the top of my blog!)
Probably not the best day to take a photo, especially if rain is coming, which I hear it is. . . But it'll suffice for now. I imagine the blog banner enhancement project will be an ongoing thing and I have some ideas for what I can do in the future. :)
I also changed my blog labels so that they're in alphabetical order. I liked the idea of seeing topics in order of how often I use them. . . but when I was looking for something I knew I'd posted and couldn't find it quickly, I knew I had to alter it.

Anyway, the only thing creative I have to share is in the process of receiving its border. Maybe within the next day or two I will have photos of it. (One can only hope, right?)

In the meantime I leave you with some Cute (and the explanation of this entry's title):

Each day that passes, I watch my son grow both physically (he's had a recent spurt, actually, and is now wearing new shoes) and mentally. To say it is a treat is a massive understatement.
Yesterday before heading to see his grandparents, Contini was watching an old Disney cartoon with Pluto (Mickey's dog, for the 0% of the population who may not know that) and a gopher.
Out of the blue, Contini came over to me, holding out his arm in that "I want a kiss!" fashion. (Moms, you totally know what I'm talking about. Women with men in your lives, you probably know this tactic, too.)
Before I could get on my knees to comfort him (having no idea how he may have gotten hurt and not seeing any cuts or bruises), he tells me, "Pluto bite me! Kiss it, make it better!"
I'm glad I was already near the floor because I darn near fell over!
Here and there I can see his imagination developing. He plays with his toy dinosaurs (as opposed to those real dinos for which we have no room in our apartment) and gives them voices ("Mommy T-Rex" has a high-pitched voice whereas Spinosaurus has a deeper voice) while they tromp around (he makes the tromping sounds too sometimes). He pretends to sleep (including snoring!) and drink out of anything that can pass for a cup or bowl.
But there was something about this new "Pluto bite me" thing. I mean, besides the fact it's blatant lies (thanks, Granddad, for spinning it that way). . . he continued that tactic the rest of the day. Including saying "Pluto bite you" before giving us kisses to make it better! (And of course, meanwhile, he had a plush Pluto that he was carrying around all. day.) :)

I can hardly wait to see what that little boy surprises us with next.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Knitting & Crochet Blog Week: Day 7

Your knitting and crochet time.

Write about your typical crafting time. When it is that you are likely to craft – alone or in more social environments, when watching TV or whilst taking bus journeys. What items do you like to surround yourself with whilst you twirl your hook like a majorette’s baton or work those needles like a skilled set of samurai swords. Do you always have snacks to hand, or are you a strictly ‘no crumbs near my yarn!’ kind of knitter.

I don't get much dedicated crafting time these days. A few years ago (prior to the birth of our son) this might have bothered me but I feel I've adapted well to the environment.
When Contini was very little, the only way he would sleep was in someone's arms. So during his father's workday when he slept (in my arms or snuggled in on my lap) I would be on our recliner carefully knitting away. Sometimes literally knitting around him.
The television would be on quietly in front of me, usually on a news channel. (On weekends, it would be America's Next Top Model.)

In recent months since Contini has gotten more mobile (and no longer sleeps in my arms -- even if he did, he's so big now I couldn't knit or crochet around him), I'm really only able to knit or crochet simple projects while he's watching one of his favorite shows. This typically gets me about a half hour each day where he's really absorbed in what he's watching before he loses interest and it's up to me to entertain him.
For more complicated projects, I have to wait until he's napping or after he goes to sleep at night. Unfortunately, both times leave me very sleepy. I think it goes without saying I don't do much that's overly complicated. It doesn't end well.

As for my other main craft, jewelry making/beading, that usually also needs to wait until Contini sleeps. Too many tiny (swallowable/chokeable) items for little hands to snatch, sharp tools for stealing and getting hurt on, etc., etc.

Usually my craft time is accompanied by the television (specifically, Dinosaur Train or Mickey Mouse Clubhouse) but when I'm lucky, it's local news. I'd be just as happy (happier, actually) to knit or crochet to music if I were able. Music is the core inspiration for my oldest craft, writing. I don't think it would have the same influence over making jewelry or knitting socks, per se, but music has a certain affect on me.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, concludes Knitting & Crochet Blog Week. I'm going to go have some banana fritter waffles to celebrate that I managed to finish something I started (without screwing up)!!!


Saturday, April 2, 2011

It's not too late!

It's still Caturday, still enough time to share this!

Please click for full cuteness.

Knitting & Crochet Blog Week: Day 6

Something to aspire to.

Is there a pattern or skill that you don’t yet feel ready to tackle but which you hope to (or think you can only dream of) tackling in the future, near or distant? Is there a skill or project that makes your mind boggle at the sheer time, dedication and mastery of the craft? Maybe the skill or pattern is one that you don’t even personally want to make but can stand back and admire those that do. Maybe it is something you think you will never be bothered to actually make bu [sic] can admire the result of those that have.

There are a few things, actually, and mostly they are large projects.

I want so much to be able to start and finish an adult sized blanket/afghan (whether tunisian crochet, regular crochet or god forbid, knitted).
There's a pattern for a sweater in a magazine I bought several years ago that I constantly think about. The pattern itself is simple enough but the amount of yarn and time it looks like it will take have been deterrents.
There are knee-high socks I'd love to make. . . but again, I worry about how long they will take despite using worsted weight yarn.

Lastly, the skills I keep thinking about attempting (sometime in the near future) is Entrelac, which I mentioned in my Day Two blog week post, and knitting socks toe-up on two circulars. Maybe within the next few months?

I know I'm missing a lot of skills I should be pursuing. One of the things I love most about knitting and crocheting is just when I think there isn't any more that I can learn, I find another ten things I don't know. :)


Friday, April 1, 2011

Knitting & Crochet Blog Week: Day 5

And now for something completely different

Have been busy the past couple days. Thought I'd share a picture to make tonight's post quick and painless.