Friday, December 4, 2009

This Designing Thing Can Be Frustrating

Decided to dip my toe in the water and get to designing.  My plan is to post the patterns and pics on Ravelry and then see what happens.  The first designs will be free patterns.  When (if?) I get good at the design thing, I may start to sell some.  We'll see.  So far I have designed:
  • a cabled fitted beanie
  • a ribbed fitted beanie 
  • a fitted beanie with a narrow patterned color band
  • color band in a slouch-style hat 
  • a simple lacy slouch-style hat.  
  • a very basic 2x2 rib fingerless guantlet pattern with variations for simple color work 
Lastly, I'm working on a cropped ribbed pullover.  This one is a bit of a challenge at the moment.  Will post pics of the finished objects as soon as I get off my lazy behind and take them. 

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Dishrag City

Time to start hunkering down and whipping out dishrags for Christmas. And some of my all-natural general purpose cleaner to go with. Here's a couple of samples.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Hello Again...Naturally

So much for updating daily...Let's see, where shall I begin? A lot can happen in a month. Since my last post, all three boys have finished their school years. I now have a Freshman, a Sophomore, and a sixth-grader. Clay has been a slug for three weeks, Logan and Sev have already swum three meets (very successfully, I might add) and Logan's 8th grade grad ceremony was wonderful. Working on the slideshow for the dance was very enjoyable. I'm now inspired to make more slideshows. The process was pretty cool. And of course, I also have all that scrapbooking to catch up on. Sevy's teacher gave me a ton of scrapbooking stuff from her recently cleaned out scrapping room, and now I have new inspiration. Lots of cool stuff. Her taste is quite similar to mine, it turns out, so I will put it all to good use.
I started a few more knitting projects without finishing any of the ones I'm currently working on. Just to add to the clutter around here, I guess. The new projects are baby bibs that I'm designing myself. My plans are to sell them in my Etsy store at some point. 100% cotton.

We had to forego our yearly traditional cherry-picking expedition. That was a bummer. The boys' swim team beat Glenmoor yesterday, something they haven't managed to pull off for a decade. Talk about exciting. We've gone from a team that was perennially winless to starting off the season undefeated. The old-timers on the team were quite excited. It was really neat to celebrate with the other families that have seen this team come so far. I'll post pictures of the next meet. It will be our first night meet since we joined the team 6 years ago.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Happy Things

These are teasers and also proof to Kathy that I am, in fact, working on her shawl and will finish it soon. Just working the knitted-on border right now. It's on a time out because I put it down to finish some socks for sale, and now I'm scared to pick it back up because I remember it took me a while to figure out how to knit the border, and now I'm going to have to relearn. And it may not go smoothly, what with me being dimwitted and all.
Here's what's been occupying my time since my last post. First up, Clay on the pitcher's mound at his high school game - he pitched 5 innings, giving up only one hit (which the other scorekeeper scored as an error charged to the shortstop instead of a hit, but I scored it a hit), and walking one batter (only the second of the whole season for him). This against the number two team in the league that slaughtered us 21 to zero last time we faced them (Clay didn't pitch that game.) This was the second to last game of the season. The season is now over, and Clay received the top pitcher award for JV for the season, along with recognition for outstanding performance in Academics and Athletics. Go Clay!!
Next, yarn. This is a gift from Sevy's 5th grade teacher as a thank you for chaperoning at the week-long Science Camp mentioned in my first post. The yarn is from Guatemala, where she spent her Easter vacation visiting her brother who is an elementary teacher there. She also came back with little goodies for each of the students. Very thoughtful and lovely.

Here's another shot so you can appreciate it. There is a ton of yarn in each of these huge hanks, and it is finest laceweight. This will be a challenge to wind, but I can't wait to get my hands on it.

One of the (several) items currently on the needles. It shall be a sweater for moi upon completion, now that it is coming on for summer and hot as hell...Procrastination, don't you know? That's what I'm calling it, for kicks.

These two are shots of the bag that represents my first attempts at designing a bag. It's planned to be felted after completion and will be large -kind of an upscale tote - the handles will be knitted integrally. Designing on the fly, using the colors I have on hand of Brown Sheep Bulky. I'm determined to knit from stash until I get it somewhat under control. I figure I won't be buying yarn for at least a year, unless my resolve weakens.

Here is the mate to the anklet I mentioned in my first post. Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Gold Hill. Love the colors, but find the yarn too thin for my taste. Doesn't feel cushy enough.

And in other news, the youngest two had their swimming season time trials this morning, and to quote Barry "They rocked the pool." Excellent times for all events, despite Sev's misgivings about having to do flip turns for the first time in an actual event. Not to mention having to do his first official IM.

Monday, May 11, 2009

This Time With Pictures

Okay, just for kicks I'm posting another for today to see if I can upload pictures without a problem. If this works, tomorrow I will add my wips and some finished items. The above are shots of my youngest at Science Camp and the garden from said Science Camp.

The First of Many

It's time to take the plunge. Just need to figure out how to add pictures so this can get interesting...Lot's of wips on the needles. Just finished anklet sock from Lorna's Laces in Gold Hills colorway. Decided to make them anklets instead of full length because I only have one skein. Very nice colors, but yarn feels pretty thin to me.

Need to make a big batch of rebatch (handmilled) soap and some melt and pour glycerin for around the house. Front bathroom sink is clogged and the boys didn't say anything. It's probably been like that for weeks and I just noticed this morning when I went in to pick up in there and saw the sink filled with disgusting toothpaste water. Truly nasty.