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.


Bye, Bye

Bye, Bye

Originally uploaded by Knitgirlll06

This was made for a co-worker who left yesterday.

Materials Used:
Cricut Plantin Schoolbook Cartridge
Colorbok Bubble Stickers
DCWV Glitter Cardstock on White cardstock

Still working layouts and working my way up to my scrapbooking pages.

Happy Birthday Daddy

Happy Birthday Daddy

Originally uploaded by Knitgirlll06

Here’s more creativity. Let me know what you think? Still getting my mojo workin’.

STR medium wt. in Thistle Originally uploaded by Knitgirlll06

This is what I’m working on for my SWAP Partner on Ravelry and I must say it’s always so hard for me to pick a project for other people who are knowledgeable about the craft so I hope she’ll like these socks.   Now I do have to say that this has been a bit of an issue because I couldn’t remember how to cast on 2 socks on ML and so I decided to go ahead and start the 2nd sock and then add it onto the ML needles.

Here’s a few things I got from Eat.Sleep.Knit I love getting things from her shop and as I always say the service is exceptional.  I have Crystal Palace lace circ. in size 0 and DPN’s in size 7, a skein of Claudia Hand Painted Yarns Silk lace in Poppy, and I made it to the 5M mark and got a bag of goodies.

Now moving on the newest hobby I’ve come to embrace scrapbooking and here’s just a peek into the incredibly fast growing stash or do you just say supplies.  Well anyway,  I shared the insipiration a few posts back…the Cricut Expression and now here’s the rest.

For those of you out there that are experienced Scrappers I’m looking for some help in making good layouts and I also want to make cards for different occasions.  Still looking around the www. for inspiration.  Well gotta run for now and hope you’re having a creative day.

Not another Hobby?

Having a lazy Saturday and thought why not go to JoAnn’s and use my 10% coupon off on your total purchase to enhance my scrapbooking stash.  Yes, I did say scrapbooking like I actually need to add one more hobbie to my list.  Well let’s backup a bit.  I’ve always loved scrapbooking just never took it seriously that was until I saw this……………Cricut machine on an infomercial one night.

So I got this last week the Cricut Expression from Provo Craft.  It is an amazing machine and the possibilities are endless.  I want to try out the quilt applique portion of this machine and believe me it will save so much time on cutting out fonts and shapes.   I have to admit there’s a novice here but give me a few months and I hope to up the anty in quality and cohesiveness of my layouts and theme selection.  Please tell me what you think of my first real effort at making a Thank You card.

The Cricut cut the card, words,  corner design and envelope.  How cool is that the only thing I don’t like is the little cuts it makes at the bottom of the card.   I’m thinking of finishing it off with some thread as another embellishment.   If you have any suggestions of sites that promote this craft by all means let me know.

Hello Ladies and Gents, I’d like to welcome you to my 2nd official Podcast Review.  This month I had the good fortune of interviewing one of my new favorite podcasters.  You can find Brianna of The CrochetSide  here .  Not only is her podcast rockin’ but so is her blog.    You will find Tips & Tricks, free patterns, link to her hand dyed yarn and her crusade as a crafter to be truly creative.

I chose Brianna because her podcast really caught my ear and inspired me to try new things with my crochet projects.   So without further ado here’s my interview with Brianna.

1. What crafts do you create?
I design and crochet mostly hats, though I’ve been branching out into bags and wraps recently. I keep trying to push myself into different realms of crochet so that I don’t find any one thing stale. I want to learn, learn, learn, and then pull from everything to keep my designs fresh and technically correct.

2. How long have you been doing them?
I taught myself to crochet in 2003, and once I learned a couple of basic stitches, I jumped right into making hats. I learned the structure of a basic beanie after I had already freeformed several “art-pieces”. If you check my Flickr account  you’ll see what I mean when you find the “Marshmallow” and “Ribbon” hat. Those had no design process—just an idea then freeform until I felt they were done. That was the beginning of it all, really, as I felt empowered by this new skill—it felt as though I knew how to crochet all my life, and yet I was only days into this new world of creativity. I like to think that Fate exists when I think back to how fast and hard I was drawn to crochet.

3. Do you sell your crafts?
I don’t go out of my way to sell the finished product. There aren’t enough hours in a day for me to fulfill all of my other responsibilities AND crochet individual items to turn around and sell. Instead, I sell the patterns to these designs. Occasionally I’ll take a custom order, but only when I have the time and won’t neglect something else. Between my day job, returning to college, running the podcast, dyeing fiber, and designing when I can, there is very little time for much else. 

4. How did you come to start your Podcast?
It was a complete whim. I had been opened up to the world of podcasting shortly before I began my own, and first started listening to Marly, of the Yarn Thing podcast. She was so much fun, and talked about crochet and knitting. I searched hard for a crochet-specific podcast, but there were very few, and of those few all were defunct. It was the right-time, right head-space, and a bit of spontaneity, that I found myself house-sitting for my mother while she was out of town. I had a cheap microphone handy, found a free podcasting host (didn’t know if I’d stick to it), and I rambled and rambled about pretty much nothing. There’ve been a lot of stops and starts to my episodes, so it’s taken me a while to get to where I am, but I think I’ve finally hit a point where I know what I want (at least partly) from my podcast, and I know what I want to share.

What started as a crochet-only podcast, has dipped also into my fiber life (dyeing and such), as well as my home life. I’m trying to balance them all, but still focus mostly on crochet. I’ve recently introduced a vidcast supplement to the podcast episodes. There’s a new section called “In Stitches” where I verbally discuss how to create a stitch or stitch pattern. Then, for those who are like me, where audio instruction isn’t what works for us, comes the vidcast/video episodes that are my showing my listeners/viewers how to do the stitch, from beginning to end.

5. What keeps you motivated to continue your show?
Mostly it’s been my listeners/viewers, particularly in the beginning. I really enjoy interacting and hearing their feedback, getting to know them and what they like, how we’re similar or different. Recently, though, I’ve realized that I really am a teacher at heart—I like sharing information and helping others to learn something. Some of the stitches/stitch-patterns I do in the future will be ones I’m not familiar with, so it means I get the chance to learn something new too. Also, there’s that whole having one more excuse to play with yarn!

6. What knowledge regarding your craft have you gained in researching your episodes?
Oh man, okay—I’ve learned the importance of swatching, and swatching correctly; that there is never a completely right or wrong way to do something, unless you’re a purist (which I can sometimes be, then am forced to smack myself for); that there is always something new to learn; that what I think of something today may change tomorrow (I’d never thought that I’d crochet amigurumi, yet somehow people received them from me for holiday presents); and that each new thing I pick up along the way only makes me a better crocheter. Oh, and that I do not have the be-all, end-all, absolute answer for everything crochet-related, and that’s okay. I’m still learning like everyone else.

7. In the land of Podcasting shows who is your inspiration?
I listen to so many, so I’m going to have to narrow this down quite a lot. I’ll share three:

1) Dr Gemma of CogKNITive
a. She’s a crocheter and a knitter.
b. Witty and amusing
c. Provides bits of wisdom in the form of life “strategies”

2) Lime’n’Violet
a. If ever I just need a giggle, the Lime’n’Violet crew provide it to me
b. They’re constantly doing something—a project, dyeing yarn, expanding their business
c. They seem fearless in regard of moving forward and aren’t afraid to publish ‘the crazy’. 😉

3) Yarn Thing
a. Marly was my first inspiration due to her openness
b. She has a fantastic laugh, and there’s never any doubt that she’s a good-natured, completely fun woman with tons of good stuff that she’s ready to share with the world.

8. This is a really big one, have you been published, appeared on any craft shows or do or plan to do any fiber festivals in the upcoming year?

I have not been published, outside of self-publishing, though 2009 is the year where I push to get this done. I’m even taking a class on designing for publication, so cross all your fingers for me!  I don’t know of any craft shows in my area, though I’ve looked, and if I can get published in the next couple of months, I will try my hardest to attend TNNA this summer. Barring that, I will be on the lookout for additional places to attend.

If you enjoyed this interview stop by and let her know by subscribing to her blog, Flickr page, or podcast.  Trust me if you like easy listening podcasts that give you new and inventive ideas then you can’t go wrong on the CrochetSide.  Stay tuned for next months review.

I signed up for two SWAP’s so far this year and it’s one of the things I do becuase I like to meet new people that I may not actually good at picking projects to make for someone else always but for me it’s the challenge of stepping out of my comfort zone.  So although I have been a crafter and blogging for a number of years last year was the first time I actually even considered getting involved in SWAPs.

Why am I talking about this you may ask?  Well there were 2 SWAPs that caught my attention on Ravelry the first is Sock It To Me 3  where you send a package to your partner for three months; with your packages being sock related and by the last package you’re required to make at least one pair of socks for your partner.  I really love this idea as I like sock knitting but for some reason am having a hard time finding the right pattern for my sock yarn I chose.  Here’s what I got in the first installment of the SWAP Annie feed my yarn lust and my desire for a new technique I love it.   The Harmony Guide to Lace and Eyelet knitting just what I had on my Amazon wishlist and from KnitPicks a skein of Essential  Wine kettle dyed yarn and 2 skeins of Andean Silk in Cinnamon.   Thanks so much Annie I love my package.

I also participated in the Celebration of Life SWAP on Ravelry and this is where you have to make items to donate to a Women’s or Single Mother shelter that services babies and children.  My partner was Nikki and she was wonderful.

To move onto the thoughtfulness here’s the package I got from Nikki

My package included a deck of Utah playing cards, a washcloth in earthtones, Cashews, Cheez-Its, a bookmark, sticky pads, colored pens, Herbal Tea variety box and mini pattern book and 2 skeins of Caron Simply Soft Eco in TWIG 0005.  We participated in the Celebration of Life SWAP on Ravlery.

Now onto the planning I’m still working on finding just the right project to make my first lace project.  I’m thinking of a lace scarf to wet the whistle  and then maybe onto the shawl I dream of presenting to my Mother for christmas this year.  More on that in the up coming months.

Finish Object Friday on a Saturday.  I have only completed 1 small project this week and it’s really a small item.  There was a Celebration of Life SWAP I signed up for on Ravelry and we were to knit items for our local shelter for new moms and babies.  So here’s the 1 thing I actually have finished for this

I know as quick as this could be it’s shameful that there’s only 1 and it’s made from Caron Simply Soft.

On to the Exciting news~ I have secure 2 wonderful ladies that allowed me to interview them for Feb. and March’s instillation of the Podcast Review.  The February interview is scheduled to be up on Feb. 11th.

Until next week stay focused, be productive and most importantly be creative.

This will be a picture laden post as there is so much I have to share with all of you.  First on Jan. 16th I recieved my AAS degree and it was big accomplishment for me.  There will also be WIP Wednesday pics and discussions of future project plans.  But first, I would like to share with you the wonderful weather I witness when I looked out my patio window this morning.

This started late Monday night with snow then yesterday there was more snow by the evening commute there was sleet and freezing rain and now more snow on top of all of that.  Hurray for me the Dr. couldn’t get out her driveway so we get a day off.

Doesn’t my car look sad?

Now on to my graduation and yes, I’m so very proud of my journey.  The only thing I really missed was my parents not being with me as they went to Missouri to help my brother and his family with their transition into their new jobs.  So here’s some photos.

Here’s the whole class and me smiling away as a classmate makes jokes.

here’s the well deserved degree

That same morning my youngest gir was inspired to create a cap to match her sweater so here’s her effort

This is the start and here’s the finished object

I just wrote out a ribbed pattern and she came back and asked questions and completed this.  She knows the concept of knitting but this is her first completed and wearable project.  I was very proud.   Aren’t my babies cute?

Now onto my WIP pics and future project plans.  I discovered cowls on Ravelry about a month ago and really like to concept and versitility they offer.  So I made the Birthday Cowl in Malabrigo.  I loved it so much that I began knitting up this one also in Malabrigo in Stone Chat purchased from Eat.Sleep.Knit ran by Raveler Knittermonkey otherwise known as Erin the Great!!!!

I will be adding more of these throughout the year for gift giving.   I also was asked to add a trim to a RTW doggie sweater to make it longer for the dog and here’s a pic of that.  I will knit for another quarter inch and bind off.  Being the fearless knitter that I am I thought I could take the ribbed edging off the bottom of this sweater and it turned out pretty good for the first time I’ve ever done this.   I have gained enough confidence with this project to actually want to attempt steeking in the future.

Update on lace knitting, I had spoke about my desire to try lace knitting this year and found a book on Amazon to get me started.

I have been reviewing this book for several weeks trying to narrow down my first project and my interest is leaning towards the Quick Scarf to get my feet wet.

Well I don’t want to spend all day creating this post I want to take advantage of listening to my podcast and getting some knitting done so I’ll be back for FOF in just a few days.    Before I forget,  my plan is to do the Podcast review once a month as I would like to have the time to listen to at least 6 episodes from each featured podcast and if I can there will be feedback from the Show host themselves.  That’s big dreaming but we’ll see what happens.

Hello everyone I want to stay true to my word and continue on with the FOF every week.  My only issue is I have a hard time keep up because of my work schedule but NO EXCUSES in crafting.  I found a pattern Birthday Cowl on Ravelry that I really like developed by a fellow crafter Nova in the Malabrigo Junkies Group on Ravelry .  This project is called Tiger Lily Birthday Cowl after the Malabrigo Worsted weight colorway.   What do you think

I also finally completed my first pattern design.  Honestly it needs to be knitted up in something like a Merino wool in a solid color that would help to define the cabling but I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease.  The cap came out nice but needs changes to the schematics to make a more comfortable cap for an adult.  I will share this with at this stage and as it evovles into something I would eventually like to have tested by other knitters for feedback.

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