moxie


Right now I’m just passing the time until all the utility companies open so I can pay bills. I’d much rather stay home and work on this than spend money on “trivial” things like electric and water 😛

knit bead shawl

I’m basing the shawl off the Sunday Market Shawl by Vanessa Carter, but I’ve changed it a bit.  Instead of casting on 30 stitches, I did 60 because I like wider stoles that cover more of my back.  I’m also adding beads randomly through it.  I hope it turns out well…I’ve used beads in knit projects before, but not of varying sizes and since you drop every third stitch to create a decorative ladder I hope that the beads don’t cause issues with dropping them when it comes time.  I think it’ll be fine though!

I’m using a super super soft merino from one of the recycled sweaters.  I’m holding it double since it’s kind of between a fingering and sport weight.  This is such a nice, mindless knit after the Hemlock Ring.  There wasn’t a whole lot of thought involved with that after the center, but it felt like the feather and fan went on forever.  This is just plain old stockinette until right before binding off.  I can read or watch tv while working on it without worrying if I’m screwing up a pattern.  Every couple rows I’ll spread the shawl out and decide where to add a bead by marking it with a safety pin.  Simple!

I didn’t sleep much last night so I’m sure by the time I get finished with my running around today I’ll be exhausted.  Gutter woke me up at 4:00 this morning to let me know that I’m a bad Mommy for not getting up and giving him food.  Then Moxie decided she needed cuddles and threw herself over my hips, pushing Cordova even farther under my ribcage and making Paul wake up with a start saying “HUH?!” LOL, crazy.  So, because my husband and fur children are snots, I’m treating myself to a hazelnut caramel iced latte at Sonic.  So there! 😉

Hope the weekend will be good for everyone…do something fun!

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I took Paul to work again today so I could run errands. In the 15 minutes it took me to get from the airport and back she’d murdered Bonnie.

bye bye bonnie

I’d used this bento to house some Strawberry Chex last night for some late night munchage and I guess the smell was too alluring. I’d only used this bento twice 😦

Oh well…moving on.

My yarn arrived in the mail last night but I was too lazy to take a picture. The color is not quite accurate, it’s a little lighter in person. I’m in lust with it and I can’t wait to make something FOR MYSELF with it. I haven’t decided what just yet though.

knitpicks shadow vineyard heather laceweight

I also actually finished something too! Remember that afghan I posted about months ago? The oddball block afghan? Here’s the link, refresh your memory. Remember now? Good.

I started this a long time ago but I was trying to structure it too much. I started with the first block and I got about 3/4 of the way through it and put it down. Someone uploaded the patterns for the blocks on Ravelry and it flicked my interest on again. I picked the 19th square to start on and finished it just this morning.

oddball sampler afghan square 19 little boxes

If you look, you can see where I jacked up the pattern. On the right, the very last repeat of blocks, I didn’t change the colors so it’s the same as the blocks below. Oh well. I seriously doubt it’ll be that noticeable when it’s sewn together with all the other ones. I was just way too pissed at my mistake to fix it and I think I’ll just call it a signature instead of a knitting flaw!

Here’s the back too, so you can see how wickedly neat my stranding is 😛

oddball sampler afghan square 19 little boxes back

That’s about it. I’m going to go vegetate on the couch because I have run my ass all over this town today.

I’m a little disappointed in myself for not getting my ornaments done.  I’m such a stickler when I make a promise to myself and I feel guilty for not doing what I said every single day.  I’m trying to give myself a little slack though because really…what’s going to happen if I don’t reach my goal?  It’s hardly the end of the world.

However!  Just because I’m promising that I won’t beat myself up doesn’t mean I’m throwing in the towel!  I like having personal goals and challenges, it keeps me motivated!  So, even though I haven’t had anything to show for the last couple of days (except a really great visit with a friend!) I’ll be trying to catch up over the weekend.  If I don’t, then I’ll get over it.  I’m going to try though.

Our visit with out out-of-town guest was really great.  It was quick and felt like a blur, but it was so much fun.  We visited and ate pizza and played video games and caught up on the last year.  Moxie and Snitch got along famously and poor Mox was so sad when they left.  I felt guilty!  She’s back to her old self today but I was really worried about my moping pup last night!

The hubbin’ is out Christmas shopping right now and that gives me some time to work on a few things as well.  I’ve got most everything done now except something for my father in law (I’m STILL contemplating) a few bath cloths for a friend,  a small handbag for my mom.  I *think* that’s all, but I’m sure I’ve forgotten something or someone and will be going crazy two days before Christmas.  Ugh.  I love the challenge of getting things done by a certain time but I never start soon enough.  You’d think I’d have learned this by now!

I may or may not post this weekend, depending on whether or not I get my ornaments done.  I may take a whole afternoon to catch up and do a mass post of them.  I’ll have to wait and see.

I’m not going to get around to doing an ornament today (or tomorrow either most likely) but I’ve not given up the good fight!

A friend of ours from Vegas is coming for a visit tomorrow and I’ve got to finish her gift, like now!  I started it a little whiole ago, but since we’re not going to see her again before Christmas I’ve got to have it done to give to her before she leaves.  I’m doing these fingerless gloves and I think she’ll really like them.  We’re just going to spend the day visiting and catching up, watching Christmas movies and crafting.  She was always my crafting buddy when she was living here and I’ve kind of missed that!  So chances are I WILL do an ornament (or two, or three) tomorrow, but I don’t think I’ll be posting at all until at least Thursday.  I’m especially happy that I’ll finally have someone around that really enjoys celebrating the spirit of Christmas with me.

She’ll also be bringing her dog with her.  Snitch (yes, like the golden snitch from the Harry Potter series) is a sweet dog, but very puppy-like.  I’m really hoping her and Moxie will get along, but I’ll be taking precautions in case they don’t.  Cordova will be so excited to see his old play pal.

Now I’m going to listen to the Stash and Burn podcast, knit like a mad-woman and try to figure out what to take out for dinner.  If I get the chance I’ll post some of the quiz results from the fun quizzes I took last night.

There’s a million other things I should be doing right now, but I wanted to pop in and post my 8th ornament.

It’s one of my favorite ornaments so far!  This knitted lace ball is knit flat, seamed, then a balloon is inserted and blown up to stretch the knitting in to a ball after you dip it in to stiffening solution.  When it’s dry, you pop the balloon and you’ve got a delicate air filled lace ball that stands on it’s own.  So pretty!

It’s also my little monster Moxie’s first birthday!  We adopted her this past February and saved her from certain death.  No, really…we found out when we went to the pound that her and her littermates were to be put down the following day.  There’s been a lot of trials and “learning experiences” with her, but she’s a sweety.

I’m a little late with this post, but yesterday wasn’t a good day.  Around mid-day I started feeling flu like symptoms and spent the rest of the afternoon in bed.  I’m feeling a lot better now.

I never did get around to making any potholders, or those nifty hair turbans, but I did make a little muslin dress.

Everything started out great this morning.  I got my sewing machine out, all the little things like my rotary cutter, measuring tape, cutting mat.  Right after I’d cut my “pattern” is when I started feeling icky and called it quits.

 

    When I got up and got around without feeling like falling over, I finished this light little smock.  Please excuse the horrible photoshop job…I just didn’t want anyone to see my craft room wall because there’s so much junk hanging on it!

It’s not fashionable, and I probably won’t dare to go out in public in it, but it’s very comfortable and it breathes.  I’m thinking about dyeing it cornflower blue since I’ve still got some dye and I’m not a fan of tan.

After I finished the little shift I spun for a little while.  I first got in to spinning about a year ago and though I liked it, it wasn’t a craft I got instantly overjoyed with.  I put my spindle up and didn’t touch it for several months.  The funny thing is, the morning I got up and decided to spin some new yarn, I’d found that my puppy Moxie had annhiliated it!

R.I.P my pretty spindle

For some reason because I couldn’t spin, I desperately wanted to!  I remembered seeing a tutorial somewhere online for making a spindle out of cds!  I rushed to the computer and looked it up.  Literally five minutes later I had this:

Okay, so it wasn’t full of yarn after five minutes, but I had a spindle with a fantastic weight that looked pretty cool too!  Matter of fact, I think I can spin better yarn on it than my pretty one that I put hours in to making!  If anyone is interested, look up the instructions for making your own cd spindle here. (Warning…pdf file!)

I’m really looking forward to using the yarn I’m spinning.  You see the yarn that’s on my first spindle?  I still have it!  It was the first yarn I’d ever spun and I was so proud of it that I couldn’t find just the right pattern to make with it.  I’m going to get on that because it’s a shame it’s not been made in to something fabulous.

On the knitting front, I finished Heart from Knitty and I’ll be pinning it out tomorrow.  I’ll get pictures soon.

I’ll leave this long picture-filled post with another picture.  It was taken from the passenger side of our car on Sunday after a delicious lunch at our favorite chinese restaurant.  It’s of Bull Mountain in northern Arizona.  Too bad I couldn’t get a clearer shot without all the new developement cropping up.