Archive for March, 2009

Well…there hasn’t been a real in depth post for a while and I felt this was a good time while I have the time.   First off, let me start off by saying that there has been some researching going on over here as I have some new projects that I would really love to venture into but need to learn more about the techniques, the proper language of the craft and what’s appealing to my creative taste.

Here I will cover all areas of my creative endeavors.  First let’s take Knitting I’ve been knitting socks for the SOCK IT TO ME Swap on Ravelry for the past month and there’s 1 pair completed as of last week and I have another pair on the needles.  As it has been stated in previous post it’s hard for me to knit for people I really don’t know and that’s why I keep getting into SWAPs.  I view it as my chance to push myself out of my comfort zone and think outside of what I would do for myself and hopefully at the end of the SWAP there will be growth, new discoveries and hopefully a new friend to keep in touch with.  So here’s a little history of my sock knitting journey.  I started out on DPN’s, then I found Cat Bordhi’s Socks Soar on Two Circulars and that really made sock knitting fun, then I discovered ML(Magic Loop) this was were the fun and action really happened for me.  After that it was learning how to knit 2-at-a-time and I conquered that, then it was Short Row Heels and now that’s in the bag also.   During this winter I discovered cowls and although I’ve only made 1 so far they are the next big thing for me.  They are so fantastic as a quick gift idea and also a wonderful way to make use of the infamous 1 skeins that we fibers lovers get just because. I also want to knit some shrugs as cover-ups for the spring/summer season.  I’m in the process of looking for patterns that are a quick knit that maybe able to get done over the course of a weekend.  I know that’s wishful thinking but it’s the only free time I have.

Now let’s move onto Crochet there’s been nothing going on here at the moment but as always I’ve been looking for inspiration for a a few Spring lace pullovers or shrugs.

In the world of Quilting there’s been some planning for a few applique quilts using my Cricut Expression to make my words and new applications.  This will open up more options for art quilts also.  The biggest obsticle now is time.  So stay tuned.

Next is the one craft I really need to jump back into.  Sewing and if you keep up with my blog that has been pretty non-existing since the summer.  I do however have 2 outfits on the cutting table with all the notions, linings and ideas ready to go.  This has been bugging me because since I started my job there hasn’t been any real time to just sit and sew or to do any crafts to my hearts content.

Last on my list is my newest interest, Scrapbooking this is one that I’ve been wanting to get into for several years now and just jumped into over a month ago.  There’s still so much I have to learn about this craft and have yet to become truly inspired other than being in awe of my Cricut Expression and what it can do.  I would like to learn more about layouts, embellishments and journalling.

Onto the next thing.  I had a knock on the door yesterday and this is what I got from my SWAP partner Annie

My gifter is really thoughtful and gave me a wonderful gift box full of new projects, tape measure, circs, 2 stitch markers and a skein of Pink yarn in fingering wtg.  The box is called Winter Knits Kit- instructions and tools for 25 Cozy cold-weather projects.  I also got a skein of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in Ravenswood.

Well now that we’ve had this time to share, my request is for you to share with me any tips or favorite quick patterns, tools or sites to inspire me to take it to the next level.


Just wanted to stop by as I take a break from life to share what I’ve been up to since my last post.  First I would like to share my completed SWAP socks for my partner Cary. I’ve discussed these socks on several previous posts and this was really good as a get your-feet-wet project

I still have a long way to go in my creativity but this is going pretty well for now.  Still would like to know how do better layouts and putting my ideas together.

Well it’s the end of another week and there has been just a little bit of creating going on around here. I’ve been wanting to give my girls a scrapbook highlighting their life from a Mothers point of view.   So here’s The Princess’ first page this story began almost 20 years ago.  Stay tuned as her story unfolds.   I’m still reading and researching ways to be inspired through this process so hit me up with any tips.

Project Materials:

  • 12 x 12 Glitter Paper
  • Heart Breaker Glitter Embellishment
  • Cricut Cartridge in Doodlecharm for the mounting shapes and to journal
  • page projected by 12 x12 top load projector

Here’s my almost completed socks for my SWAP partner.  They are your basic ribbed socks with short row heel made from STR medium wt.  in Thistle.  I’m really hoping my partner will like my effort.   For me the hardest thing about SWAP’s is meeting someone’s  standards but I try to give as I would like to receive.  But choosing patterns is really hard for me as I’m still learning so many  new things to try.

The rule was to create at least one pair of socks for your partner and this is my warm up pair.  I have another pair that I will send in the last installment of our 3 SWAP installments.  This SWAP has been even more fun because the partners here are sharing what they are using the yarn they recieved with the group.

Well this is all I have for now but there are a few projects in the works.  I even have some sewing projects that I hope to have ready to share with you all soon.

Here’s the skinny on what’s been going on in my life over the past few weeks. First, I discovered and have become consumed with Scrapbooking and cardmaking.  So I got a Cricut Expression….Love It and a lot of scrapping materials.

Secondly, I’ve been sick with  gastroenteritis and I do have to say, this thing has knocked me for a loop.   Who knew working in a Pediatricians office would end up making me so sick.  What I didn’t realize when all this hit me, was I thought it had passed me over.  But around 8pm on Saturday night the flood gates opened and it brought me to my knees.  On Sunday morning I knew if I didn’t call the Dr.  my girls would have to call the ambulance to come and get me.  We made it to the ER and they took me right back and hooked me up to an IV and started introducing meds.   I’ve had two major illnesses since I started there back in August.   I’m hoping this is it.  I don’t think I could go through this again.

Thirdly, there’s been the socks I’m making for my Sock It to Me 3 SWAP partner and due to the late hours and illness they haven’t made much progress.  I did however make it to the heels on both today finally.  I also found another pattern that I think I can complete by April 5th hopefully.   Here’s a little pic to show the progress.

I love this short-row heel the best so far in my quest to make the perfect heels.

Still waiting to hear from my Podcast Review Interviewer.  Stay tuned.

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