among other things
I’m so excited for my girls, especially Chynna who is return to college after a two year sabbatical. Here are the traditional back to school pictures. I couldn’t get Danica to stand still long enough for a good one. She may be a bit blurry, but I like to think that is because she is so busy. I’m so proud of her for managing a work load, keeping up with college for all of these years and still managing to have a pretty fabulous social life.
Addendum: Danica was kind enough to put her outfit on from yesterday so I could retake her picture. What a good girl for humoring her mother.
Filed under: Just Stuff
The missing skeins have been located. I found one in my stash and the other in my mother’s. Yes, this means that I had to search both stashes.
This is my stash cupboard. It is a linen closet in my upstairs hallway that holds no linen other than the cross stitch variety. It holds instead all of my cross stitch fabric, thread collections, patterns, finished projects, and WIPs. It also holds all of my craft magazines and jewelry making supplies. The blank spots represent bags that I took out to search for the two colors that I didn’t have in my regular DMC stash (the blue bag). That is everything I had to search through to find two skeins of floss. Now I get to put it all back and try to make everything fit. I will probably spend some time winding the 1000 stray floss skeins onto bobbins. When everything is put back, there isn’t a single inch of space to spare. I need to rearrange some things and see if I can’t fix that. I have a couple of stacks of new-ish magazines that need a home.
Lest it appear that I have given up knitting, I finished a linen stitch dish cloth yesterday and loved it so much that I started another one. I love these yellow and orange colors.
Would you run to the craft store to grab just the two floss colors you need and thereby risk coming home with a heck of a lot more than just two skeins of floss OR search through this huge, unorganized pile?
I was pretty sure I had every DMC color known to man. This means that if I do in fact have the colors, I’m going to have to search my dozens kitted WIPs and the stuff I brought home from Mom’s to find them. Other than that, I’m ready to start. Halloween Hoot Owl from the 2014 Just Cross Stitch Halloween magazine.
I’m going to completely ignore that new colors were introduced in 2013, long after I stopped actively stashing cross stitching stuff.
Filed under: Cross Stitching
For my birthday, Chynna dressed in a purple shirt, jeans without holes, hung out with me and plied me with treats of my choice. I overloaded on birthday carbs comprised of a vanilla Dr. Pepper from Sonic, a bag of cheddar sour cream potato chips, and a pint of Hagen Daz dulce de leche. I snuck away for a manicure and pedicure. I didn’t get a picture of the birthday balloons that invaded the living room, but a TARDIS teapot vworped its way onto my desk.
Followed by a Knit Picks delivery and a Barnes & Noble gift card.
The 4th came and went with its many evenings of fireworks and sleep-deprived nights. I did manage to display some small measure of patriotism by finishing these socks and making a festive fruit pizza a few days later.
Later in the month, orange knitting happened while I learned the linen stitch. This might be my new favorite way to make dishcloths even though it’s a little more time consuming.
Then some sewing/quilting happened.
Fabric stash was obtained along with a gift of supplies offered by the hubby who believes that if I’m really going to do this, I should have the proper tools.
Keaton seems to think that all I need is him.
I’m a little late, but still feeling rather patriotic nonetheless.
Filed under: Knitting
Our third adult graduated.
His siblings were thrilled.
Filed under: Just Stuff
This project has been bugging me for several months. It really wanted to be started. I had been hoping to use Knit Picks Brava because I had the colors already stashed for other projects and was sure to have leftovers. It’s a nice acrylic and I didn’t think I would mind making a whole afghan out of it. Knit Picks wasn’t going to have more of the orange and white in stock for a while, I really didn’t want to wait any longer. It is also more expensive than Red Heart and money is kind of an issue right now. I finally bought the yarn and prepared to have my hands shredded by the cheap acrylic. Red Heart seems to have changed their Super Saver line a bit, the yarn was softer than I thought. It’s definitely not the softest acrylic on the market but it has been really tolerable. I mean, damn near… nice.
I got this far on the blanket and decided that I wanted it wider.
I don’t mind ripping this one out if it means I get a blanket that is big enough to snuggle under. This is for me so I don’t have time frame. If I have it done by Halloween, great, if not, I’ll live and it will be just as fun to have something Halloweeny to work during the season.
Filed under: Knitting
I couldn’t decide which color of contact case to get, so I bought a jar of all the colors.
Back when I was kid, you used the same contact (if you used one at all rather than just tossing them on the dresser) case for as long as the contacts lasted. Seriously though, a whole jar of different colored contact cases. How cool is that?